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Posted 20 December 2006 - 10:35 PM

As posted by TXcowgirl

Names: Lionhead Goldfish(Carassius auratus var)

Area of origin: China

Min/Max Tank Size: when small (2”-3” in body length) 10 gallons should be fine but at an adult size they will require up to 25 gallons and then 10 gallons for any additional lionhead (rule I go by, moderators may want that changed)

Suggested Care Level: Depends on if you don’t mind the messes they make and siphoning the tank on a regular basis, other then that they are a very hardy fish and are easy to care for.

Water conditions: The temp. should be 65-72 F (18-22 C) and that goes for any coldwater goldfish. They tend to like higher pH ranges around 7.5 – 7.8 should be fine for any goldfish

Diet: They can eat a wide veriaty of foods but a good quality goldfish pellet or flake food will suite their dietary needs. Other foods that they can eat but don’t only feed them this includes bloodworms, peas (with shell removed), cooked chopped up rice (good for goldies with floating problems), oranges, grapes, strawberries, kiwi, brine shrimp, tubifex worms, daphnia, chopped up and soaked algae wafer, and many other types of veggies and fruits.
But stay away from live foods and stick with frozen to prevent parasites in your tank.

Temperment: These guys tend to be the little puppy dogs of the tank. They will get along with any other goldies but watch out for the “faster” goldies because they can tend to pick on them which can be deadly.

Suggested tank mates: most any other fancy goldfish would be fine depending on if it is a fin nipper or not.

Breeding: Some good advise from http://animal-world.com :
“Goldfish are generally easy to breed! They are a very social animal and do well when kept in groups.
Goldfish typically shoal, forage and feed in groups and are likely to breed as well. It is best to add oxygenating plants such as Anacharis in the aquarium for the spawning process and for eggs to adhere to.
To induce spawning, the temperature can be slowly dropped to around 11 C (60 F ) and then slowly warmed until they spawn. This is done to mimic the conditions found in nature when spring arrives which is the only time they will spawn in the wild. Feeding lots of high protein food such live brine shrimp and worms during this time will also induce spawning.
Before spawning as the temperature increases, the male will chase the female, in an unaggressive way, around the aquarium. This can last for several days. The colors of both fish will intensify, the male somewhat more than the female. During spawning the male will push the female against the plants while both fish gyrate from side to side. This stimulates the female to drop tiny eggs which the male will then fertilize. The eggs will stick to the plants by sticky threads. Spawning can last 2 or three hours and can produce up to 10,000 eggs. The parents, when finished will then eat as many eggs as they can find.
For this reason it is best to remove the parents after spawning is complete. You will need to feed one of the various specialty foods for fry until they become big enough to eat flake or brine shrimp. At first the fry are a dark brown or black color in order to better hide and not be eaten by larger fish. They gain their adult color after several months and can be put in with larger fish once they reach about 1 inch long.”

Personal observations, Advice: I personally love this breed of goldfish because they are so sweet and really cute with their big wens which look as if they have the head of a lion….hense the name lionhead.




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Posted 21 December 2006 - 07:59 AM

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