The exact origin of the Veiltail is still under debate as some goldfish experts like John Coborn and Anmarie Barrie claim that the Veiltail is merely a mutation of the Fantail. While other experts such as Marshall Ostow claim that the Veiltail was bred from the Japanese fish the Wakin, their name for the common goldfish. To the rookie a Veiltail does look ever so similar to a Fantail.
When you look at a Veiltail you notice that their dorsal fin extends very high, a healthy Veiltails fin will be high and proud, this is thought to be a very striking feature among fish enthusiasts. Their other fins, the paired anal, pectoral and caudal all flow long and extend off the back like beautiful flowing ribbons. Their caudal fin is a double fin and the paired anal fins extend right back so that they are even with the middle of their elongated tail. The Veiltail has no forks in their tail.
Although they are one of the most pleasant looking goldfish they are unfortunately not that hardy and require more care than a common goldfish. Because of their long finnage they do require a lot of space to swim freely without their fins catching on anything, also mind to keep the aquarium not too packed out with plants, stones and rocks etc as the fins are easily damaged.
The quality of water a Veiltail is kept in must be maintained otherwise the fish can easily Lose its colour, their fins are susceptible to rot and many other fungal diseases.
The colours a Veiltail is available in varies much, they can range from orange and red metallic to black to nacreous. It is thought that the rounder the body, the better specimen of fish it is.
A typical Veiltail will live between four and six years and can grow to around 3-5 inches in length without including the tail. This fish prefers temperatures a little warmer than other fish we have mentioned on this site, the water should not be allowed to drop below 50F, an ideal temperature range is between 64F-74F.
The Veiltail should only be kept with other Veiltails in the tank, they are not very competitive or hardy so should not be kept in an outdoor pond.
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