Fish Species

Ranchu Goldfish

Ranchu Goldfish - Description

The Ranchu Goldfish is also known as the 'Buffalo Head' and 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's not recommended for beginners as this particular variety of fancy goldfish is not as hardy as others.

The Japanese call the Ranchu Goldfish  '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 Goldfish
Species: Carassius auratus auratus

Profile of the Ranchu Goldfish

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

  • Size: Up to 20cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Coldwater Pond or Tank

  • Diet / Feeding: Commercial Dried Fish Food Flakes

  • Temperament: peaceful, Good Community Fish

  • Behaviour: Slow Swimmer, if placed with faster swimmers ensure it gets sufficient food

Scientific Classification of the Ranchu Goldfish

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 Goldfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

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Facts about Fish Species - Ranchu Goldfish

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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