Calico Ranchu Goldfish
Japanese Imported Ranchu
aka: Buffalo Head Goldfish
Size: up tp 8" in aquarium pH: 6.5 - 7.5 Temp: 65 -75F KH: 4-20 Origin: Japan
Chemicals: Goldfish Essential found at Aquarium Chemicals
Food: New Life Spectrum "Surface Feeder Formula" and Medium Koi Pellet found at Fish Foods
The mighty Ranchu, "King" of the goldfish of Japan! The Ranchu has a short, round body and short fins with no dorsal fin. The Ranchu Goldfish resembles the Lionhead Goldfish, but the posterior dorsal contour is much more curved on the Ranchu Goldfish. One other distinguishing feature that separates the Ranchu Goldfish from the Lionhead Goldfish is the tail, which is splayed sideways with lower lobes sometimes being located nearly horizontal on the Ranchu Goldfish. The Lionhead Goldfish on the other hand, has a tail similar to the Fantail Goldfish.
The Ranchu Goldfish was created during the Meiji Period (1870-1885). The history of the Ranchu Goldfish begins in China, but it was in Japan that the breed was really developed and perfected. There is no official standard for Ranchu Goldfish in Japan, but there are established norms that most breeders follow. They must have a good balance between the head, body and tail and a Ranchu Goldfish should always be able to swim around in a graceful and potent manner. The size of the Ranchu Goldfish is not important in shows; it is the proportions that are central when judging this fish.
The whole body and tail of the Ranchu Goldfish can be deeply red or have a reddish yellow-orange shade. There are also Ranchu Goldfishes that sports a red and white color combination, or a combination of white and reddish yellow-orange. Some Ranchu Goldfish have red scales with a white edge, while other individuals are completely white. There is also the calico coloration, which seems to be favored over self-colored fish, this is what we sell.
In Japan, a Calico Ranchu Goldfish is called Edonishiki. You can house your Ranchu Goldfish in a pond or in an aquarium, as long as you provide it with enough space. Just like the other goldfish variants, the Ranchu Goldfish produces quite a lot of waste products and a small aquarium will soon suffer from poor water quality even with strong filtering. Too little space will also hamper the development of your Ranchu Goldfish and you will never see it reach its full potential. It will eat almost anything you feed it, and you should provide your Ranchu Goldfish with a varied diet to ensure that it gets all necessary nutrients. Flake food and pellets can be combined with fresh or frozen life foods. Also include vegetables in the diet, such as cucumber, lettuce and zucchini. Remember that all goldfish types are cold blooded, so the metabolism of your Ranchu Goldfish will depend on the water temperature. You must therefore adjust the amount of food according to seasonal temperature variations.
Japan has huge goldfish Ranchu competitions. The ranchus are shown in shallow bowls and judged from the top, unlike the Chinese goldfish breeders who judge their goldfish Ranchu from the side. Ranchu breeders come from all over the country with to compete for the title of Champion Goldfish Ranchu Breeder. The Edo Nishiki is a calico Ranchu first produced in Tokyo in 1951 by crossing a Ranchu with an Azuma Nishiki. If you are looking for a great goldfish to collect, the "Goldfish King of Japan" is for you.
Size at shipping: about 2 - 3" No hand picking available at these prices.
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