Fish Species


Ranchu - Description

The Ranchu is known as the 'Buffalo Head'. It can be recognised by its lack of dorsal fin, egg shaped body and a large growth on its head which is thought to resemble a bunch of grapes! It is not recommended for beginners as it is not as hardy as other varieties of fancy goldfish.

The Japanese refer to the Ranchu as 'The King of Goldfish' and it can be found in a variety of colors including Red, Orange, White, Chocolate, Black, Red and Black, Red and White and occasionally Yellow.

Popular Name: Ranchu
Species: Carassius auratus auratus

Profile of the Ranchu

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Ranchu species.

  • Size: Up to 20cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Coldwater Pond or Tank

  • Diet / Feeding: Commercial Dried Fish Food Flakes

  • Temperament: Good Community Fish

  • Behaviour: Slow Swimmer

Scientific Classification of the Ranchu

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Carassius auratus auratus

  • Popular Name: Ranchu

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

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Facts about Fish Species - Ranchu

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi, Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral.

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