Undoubtedly, yes! One of the first images comes to our mind on hearing the word ‘aquarium’ are beautiful Gold fishes swimming in an equally beautiful fish tank. They are among the most popular fishes in the ornamental fish market. The gold and red colors impart a royal beauty to these fishes. Gold Fish was first developed in China from the ornamental fish variety, ‘Koi Carp’. The Gold Fishes seen in aquariums have a small body, with a curved back and a tail fin consisting of three lobes. Gold Fishes are normally colored in gold, red and white.
The ‘Comet’ is another variety of the Gold fish. Comets have a lean body, with a tail almost as long as their body. Comets are colored in a mix of red and white. The upper part of the Comet is red in color, while the lower part is white. These type of gold fishes are sometimes with scales and sometimes without.
Gold fish also includes a species that has eyes like a telescope. These are scaly. The black colored ones in this category have bulging eyes. The ones which are pure white in color, called the ‘Peacock Tail‘, has a round body.
Another variety of Gold fish has a head shaped like a lion and is called the ‘Lionhead’. This type is usually red or white in color.
‘Calico’ is another variety of Gold Fish which is egg shaped and has big fins. These peculiarities help us in identifying the different varieties of Gold Fish.
Almost all varieties of the Gold Fish grows to an average length of 30 centimeters. They prefer cold water which has high oxygen content. Gold Fishes live up to 7 years. Air should be passed into the aquarium containing the Gold Fish with the help of an aerator. The feed for these fishes include uncooked semolina, tubifex worms and small creatures apart from artificial feed.
Ornamental fish farming is a good business opportunity consuming very little time and infinitely more enjoyable than other business ventures.