Lionhead Goldfish

lionhead goldfish

Quick Statistics - Lionhead Goldfish
Temperament: Community
Family: Cyprinidae
Native To: Asia
Diet: Omnivore
Adult Size: Can reach a length of 6"
Temperature: 65° - 78°F
Care Level: Medium
Scientific Name: Carassius auratus
Environment: Freshwater

Lionheads were originally developed in China and later introduced to Japan during the 17th and 18th centuries. Lionheads have deep bodies that are relatively short and straight. They are dorsaless fish similar to ranchus in appearance. The wen or headgrowth of the lionchu covers its gill plates, cheeks and head. The back of the lionchu is rather flat when compared to the ranchu, which has a more curved back. The wen of the lionhead typically requires about a year for development and patches of the wen are periodically shed.

Lionheads are rather slow swimmers so they should only be housed with other slow moving goldfish. They can reach a physical length of around five to six inches, and have a lifespan of five to ten years. Lionheads prefer water temperatures above 60° F in an aquarium.

lionhead goldfish

lionhead goldfish


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