Fun things about the Ranchu Goldfish
These fancy goldfish have a round and chubby body shape that is similar to that of the Lionhead or the Oranda. In fact, they resemble the Lionhead so closely that they are often mistaken for them. Both goldfish breeds lack a dorsal fin which is one of the reasons for their restrictive swimming abilities. Both the Lionhead and the Ranchu will sport a hood. A hood is a head growth that is very brain-like in appearance. Hoods are also sometimes referred to as a Wen. While both fish have this head growth, the Lionhead’s hood is much more prominent on top of his head. The Ranchu’s hood is slightly less prominent and sometimes covers more than the top of their head.
Are Ranchu Fancy Goldfish difficult to care for?
The Ranchu can be quite the handful for the first-time fish owner. They are prone to various health problems and require some degree of care in order to stay happy and healthy. Therefore, the Ranchu is only recommended for the experienced goldfish owner. It will eat almost anything you feed it. They love varied diets including fresh food like veggies or fruit and also frozen food or flakes. The hard growth may take at least one year to develop.
What to know about feeding aquarium fish
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.