Comet Goldfish
  Origin - United States Difficulty - Beginner
  Availability - Very Common Adult Size - 10 to 15 inches
  Price - Very Cheap Scales - Metallic

 

YOUTUBE Video:

  Sarasa Comet Video - A school of Sarasa Comets.

  Sarasa School - Lots of adult Sarasa Comets shown from above.

  Butterfly Comet - An adult 8 inch Butterfly Comet.

  Pond Comets - Video of some adult Comets in a small Pond.

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History and Origin of Comet Goldfish

This is the only breed originating from the United States. Comets are very similar to Common Goldfish except for their fins, which are long and flowing as opposed to the stiff short fins of Common Goldfish.

Comets have more ornamental value for Ponds than Common Goldfish (they often share ponds with Koi), but breed as easily as Common Goldfish do. So they are often bred for food for predatory fish as well.

Special Care for Comet Goldfish

An adult Butterfly Comet

Like Common Goldfish, Comets are very hardy and require no special care. They are commonly kept in ponds and can survive any conditions that Common Goldfish can survive.





Ideal Characteristics for Comet Goldfish

The body shape is identical to that of the Common Goldfish for all intents and purposes. The main differences are in the fin length and shape. Comets do tend towards slightly longer bodies though.

All fins should be single except the Pectoral and Pelvic fins. The Caudal fin should be pointed, long (3/4 the length of the body or more), and deeply forked, like an open pair of scissors. All other fins are longer than the Common Goldfish and should be pointed. Fins should be erect, without folding over or overlapping.



Known Variants of Comet Goldfish

Most Sarasa Comets are predominantly white

The Sarasa Comet has the same body shape and fin type as a standard Comet, but is colored deep red and white, as shown in this image. Sarasa Comets do not necessarily have Tancho-type patterns, just red and white coloration (though Tancho Comets are usually considered Sarasa Comets). The fish is basically white with mottled patches of deep red (so they are more white than red).

Butterfly Comets have flowing fins that dont stay erect. Their fins conform to the same standards as regular Comets, but are flowing instead of stiff. They do not have split Caudal fins like butterfly varieties of other goldfish breeds however.





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