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cheri_alexander
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Names of different colors?
« on: July 27, 2011, 08:12:19 PM »

Hi, I hope this is the right place to post this. I have nine goldfish all different colors. I am wondering what the colors are called. Is there a list somewhere? I have three fantails that may be "calico" One is black, white and yellow/gold. Another is white, silver/grey and black. And the third is red and white (this fish is not purebred fantail, or at least a very poor example). Another fantail is just yellow/gold and black. And yet another fantail is orange and black.
I know (or think) that I have a red cap oranda but I am unsure about the other two. One is white and orange and the other is an odd brownish grey.
Thank you for any help you can give, I hate to sound foolish when describing them to goldfish experts (namely you people). I am trying my best to get pictures but it's practically impossible.

Cheri

Rowan
Elder
Aspen- Orandas
Holly
Maple
Hazel
Ash
Willow- fantails
Blackthorn- Black Moor
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Nossie
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011, 02:18:02 AM »

Photos would be awesome!! Cheesy (If you feel like fighting the impossible... xD)
But I'll try to give you a little list here...

Calico - Blue skin with red (or yellow/orange) and black spots, usually naucreous scales (matte and a few metallic here and there.) What's important when identifying a calico, is the BLUE skin.
Tri-colored - White skin with red, yellow or silvery spots + black. Scales can vary between metallic, matte and naucreous.
Sakura - Strong red and orange, reds are usually left on the back and head of the fish (+ tips of fins and occasionally, red lips)
Red - What most people call "gold" Wink Or "standard goldfish"
Silver - White goldfish (May have red eyes)
Yellow/Lemon - Really, really yellow fish.
Tancho (Japanese for "Red Crane") - A silver goldfish with a red spot on the top of the head, red-caps included.
Chocolate - This is a pretty hard color to describe, the fish looks pretty brown, and it can be warmer, colder or darker, lighter brown.
Blue and Purple - The fish will look pretty gray, but with slight blue or purple pigments.
Lavender - A lighter variety of the blue/purple color.
Any combination of two colors will simply be: Red-Black, Chocolate-Blue etc.

Here are a few photos of the more rare colors Smiley

Calico:
(Here you see the blue hint in the skin)
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Yellow:
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(Here you can see the yellow goldfish among a few red ones, you see the difference Wink)
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Chocolate:
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Blue:
(They can look pretty gray, as mentioned, but especially when they have chocolate colored spots, they'll look blue Cheesy)
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Hope it helped! Ask if it was unclear or if you're just wondering about something more Smiley
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Ron H
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2011, 07:02:25 PM »

thats an interesting question and a very informative reply Nossie, great stuff, maybe this could be made into "sticky" too...  :)regards > Ron
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 08:06:43 PM »

Thanks you (again) Nossie for the great response. I guess I only have one Calico after all, and Rowan is chocolate.  That yellow color is awesome, Hazel is not that bright yellow but still very different from the red/orange. My sister managed to get some decent pics today with her much better camera, I'll post them as soon as she hands em over.
Cheri
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011, 07:42:43 PM »

Im going to try and post a picture of Hazel. Lets see if this works...
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 02:17:16 AM »

Hazel is a chocolate fish too Smiley
Note, paler chocolate goldfish are sometimes called "Bronze" when they have a slightly colder brown color to them.
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2011, 05:27:10 AM »

Nossie what color is a black moor?
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2011, 06:17:45 PM »

Yay! Thanks Nossie! I knew she was special  Wink
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2011, 02:56:56 AM »

fantailer: It's black Wink If you feel like sounding extra fancy, add "Matte" before that, since moors have this velvety look to them Smiley

cheri_alexander: She definitely is, it's a beautiful fish Smiley I had a chocolate oranda once, called Claymore, but he got sick with dropsy and died last year Cry
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2011, 05:56:43 AM »

Oh its black.  Roll Eyes

Poor Claymore.
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 02:51:43 AM »

One question though, you have 9 goldfish in how big tank? C:
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2011, 07:18:40 PM »

Nossie- I have three 4-5" orandas in 50 gallons. Three 2-3" fantails in 30 gallons. Two tiny (1/2" maybe) fantails and a 1" black moor in 10 gallons- just while they grow up. I have no problem getting the little guys a bigger tank but I usually can't find them in the 10gallons as it is. Thanks for your concern  Wink
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Re: Names of different colors?
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2011, 03:37:26 AM »

Sounds about right Smiley I bet they're so happy having so much space! Smiley
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