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Celestial Goldfish

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Quick Statistics - Celestial Goldfish
Temperament: Community
Family: Cyprinidae
Native To: Asia
Diet: Omnivore - can be fed live food and commercial food (such as flakes)
Adult Size: 5 - 6 "
Temperature: 65° - 78°F
Care Level: Medium (not recommended for beginners due to their poor eyesight)
Scientific Name: Carassius auratus
Environment: Freshwater

The celestial goldfish variety resulted from a mutation of the telescope goldfish around the 18th century. They are most noted for having a pair of eyes that gaze upwards. Very young celestials have normal eyes but as they age and grow, the eyes begin to gradually protrude and turn upwards.

Celestials are small when compared to other goldfish varieties. They have a torpedo-shaped body with a curved back, which lacks a dorsal fin. They generally grow to a length of about 5-6 inches.

Celestials are available in different colors including white , red, and many colors in between. The scales can be either nacreous or metallic in appearance. It is rare to find celestials with nacreous scales.

Variants of the celestial goldfish include the Deme-ranchu and the Toadhead or Hama-tou.


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There are 9 comments
Posted by andy – thetford england

Has anyone had any trouble keeping one of these? I have just introduced one to my cold water aquarium, it lost a complete eye with 24 hours, it seems ok with its one eye, its feeding ok, and swimming ok, but now looks like something out of a horror film. I have other fancy coldfish, which all live ok together, just wondering if anyone else has had any problems???

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Posted by fantailer

Celestial goldfish can't live with other kinds of goldfish

Posted by Jason – Pittsburgh, PA

I love these guys! They're so doofy looking! Ours has a hard time homing in on food, though.

Posted by nat – Saint Petersburg, FL

Completely agree asorvia! I could not have said it any better!

This is proof of the existence of very disturbed individuals trying to play God on this planet.

Posted by asorvia – Russia

This is probably the best example of man tampering with a perfectly beautiful variety of fish.
It saddens me that these fish have been bred with a disability that they have been designed with that completely thwarts the brilliant designs of nature. Goldfish of any showy breed are unable to survive in the wild by any stretch of the imagination, but these ones are crippled by the sheer awkwardness of their anatomy.
they have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Ronaldina

These fish are rather bizarre aren't they! I have to say, whilst researching them I very nearly screamed.

Thanks for your comment Eileen, I think you've persuaded me to buy a new Goldfish (I love Goldfish you see but I've never owned one)

Posted by Regina Falange

Wow they are the most beautiful fish i've ever seen!
I don't want to say what they remind me of!

Posted by Eileen

We've had our celestial goldfish, Orbit, for 7 years in a 3 gallon tank with only an airstone. We love to watch him vacuum rocks and feed. He's about 8" long and his eyes are each about 1" diameter!

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Posted by Penny

Hello Eileen,
I just read your post which I know was a couple of years ago about your fish Orbit. I realize you may have not have the fish any longer, but just wanted to ask you some questions. We inherited one of these fish in the past couple of weeks. I see you used a 3 gallon tank with an airstone. Is this what you would suggest? I was at the pet store today and the employee suggested a 10 gallon tank, but I am questioning that, since your fish lived at least 7 years in the smaller tank. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks!