The History of the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish:
Every goldfish species can be traced back to the Carp that were vastly bred in Ancient China. These Carp were used to sell at the market because they were easy to catch and would produce in large numbers quickly. Therefore, they were an excellent source of food to feed the families living in the villages of China. These unique looking goldfish are thought to be one of the many goldfish breeds to be developed in China. They are also one of the oldest goldfish breeds dating back to the 1700’s. In China, they took on the name of the Dragon Eye Goldfish and the Dragonfish because of their bizarre appearance. When they were introduced to the Japanese, they took on the name Demekin which remains their Japanese name to this day.
Physical Traits of the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish:
The Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish’s most prominent feature is their unique eye shape. Their eyes appear to bulge out from the top of their heads in a telescoping effect. This effect is caused by the cones or stalks that are placed on the side of the fish’s head. Sometimes the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish’s eye stalks will stick out about ¾ of an inch from the base. The eye formations may not fully begin to take shape until the goldfish is five or six months old.
The body of a Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish is chubby, rounded, and considered one of the egg-shaped varieties of goldfish. This body shape can also be found in the Fantail Fancy Goldfish, the Black Moor, the Ranchu and many other breeds of fancy goldfish. However, their bodies tend to stay more petite and short with the exception of the size of their head and fins.
The Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish should have a split caudal fin (tail fin) that is only partially forked. Originally, their tail fins were often not as long and flowing as other goldfish breeds, but, they are rather moderate in length. However, many Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish develop various another tail fin (caudal fin) shape including the butterfly tail shape, the broadtail shape, the veil tail shape, as well as long and flowing tail fins.
Their scales can develop in multiple color varieties as well as varying patterns. Some of their most common solid colorations include blue, white, red, and brown (or chocolate). They are also popular in the tri-colored pattern, calico pattern, as well as the bi-colored pattern (often red and white or, black and white a.k.a. Panda). Regardless of the color or pattern of their scales, they are almost always metallic and shiny.
Difficulty of care of the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish:
The Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish is not recommended for first-time fish owners. They can damage easily as a result of their unique eye development. Their eyes may be protruding and large, but their eyesight is rather poor which contributes to their potential for injury. Another factor to consider is their swimming abilities. Their chubby body type and poor vision make them less capable swimmers. The Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish can be regarded as high maintenance because of their requirements surrounding these handicaps. They should not live in habitats that include objects, décor, or filtration systems with rough or pointy edges nor should their filtration systems produce a strong current. They should only be residing alongside similarly handicapped goldfish breeds. Appropriate tankmates for the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish include the Bubble Eyed Fancy Goldfish, the Black Moor Goldfish, the Lionhead Goldfish, and the Celestial Eyed Fancy Goldfish.
If you are considering starting a Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish aquarium or an outdoor pond with goldfish inside of it, then you should make sure that you are providing a healthy environment for them. For example, goldfish require filtration regardless of the habitat. The filtration ensures that the water they are living in is safe for them and free of harmful bacteria. If you wish to use tap water to fill the tank or pond, then you will need to purchase a water conditioner. The water conditioner clears the tap water of harmful heavy metals and chlorine (which are toxic to fish). Follow the instructions for use on the packaging for best results.
You should never overpopulate your Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish environment. The rule of thumb to follow for a safely populated goldfish aquarium or outdoor pond is to plan at least 20 gallons of water per fish. For example, if you want ten goldfish in the habitat then you should prepare to purchase a 200-gallon aquarium. This may seem excessive. However, the fish do not stay small for very long, and they require room to grow, swim and plenty of oxygenated water for them to breathe. Goldfish hobbyists say that you should purchase the biggest tank that you can afford and choose your fish quantity based on that.
Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish require 30% of the tank water to be replaced every two weeks. The new water should be treated with water conditioner before being added to the tank. Filter parts or décor that need to be cleaned should be rinsed in the tank water that had been removed. Rinsing or cleaning them in untreated tap water may cause your fish to go into shock when the object is returned. Also, you may rinse away the beneficial bacteria. Gravel and fish should never need to be removed from the aquarium during a cleaning. Gravel can be cleaned by using a gravel vacuum.
Nutrition and Feeding the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish:
You may think feeding Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish is a piece of cake. You may believe that goldfish only eat Goldfish Flakes or Goldfish Pellets. However, this is not the whole truth! Yes, goldfish can be fed these products, and they are readily available at any local pet store. However, they actually enjoy a variety of different types of food. Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish are omnivores so they will happily consume plant sources as well as meat sources. Now, don’t think that you can offer your goldfish a Turkey leg from Thanksgiving and that they would be happy to eat it. The truth is, their meat sources are a little different. Goldfish, like the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish, enjoy:
They will happily accept any one of these meat sources as a protein filled meal. On the other hand, these goldfish also enjoy plant source meals such as:
Plants (usually they will nibble on the live plants you place inside the tank)
Plant roots (goldfish are diggers, and they may uproot a live plant to nibble on the roots)
Fruits including blueberries and strawberries (cut up)
Vegetables including broccoli, mashed peas, and lettuce
Algae (they will usually nibble on the algae growing inside the tank)
When choosing what to feed your Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish, you should consider mixing and matching the above items with their regular goldfish food. For example, you may want to feed your Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish some fish flakes as their first meal, a few worms as their second meal and finally some leaves or lettuce as their third meal. Goldfish should be fed two to three times per day. Generally, they should be fed in the morning, afternoon and evening. However, this will depend on your schedule as well. Goldfish flakes and pellets are good choices for a quick meal (usually provided during your busiest time of day).
Regardless of what you are feeding your Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish, or when you are feeding them, you should never overfeed them. Goldfish are instinctual munchers. This suggests that they will eat just about anything at any time, and they can quickly become overweight if you allow this. Therefore, you should only provide your Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish with the amount of food that they can finish eating within two to three minutes time. Uneaten food will only sink to the bottom of the aquarium, become moldy and pollute the water.
Habitat Requirements of the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish:
Do not place any sharp or pointy objects inside the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish aquarium. Choose smooth décor and other still objects to decorate the tank that will not cause harm to your fish. Your goldfish will continue to grow until they die as long as they are provided enough tank space to do so. They should be kept in a rectangular shaped habitat. Rectangular aquariums or outdoor ponds offer your fish adequate surface area for swimming, growing as well as quality oxygenated water for breathing. The Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish is a delicate fish and therefore it might be easily damaged by the filtration device, décor, or other objects inside the tank.
They require a filtration system that offers mechanical, biological and chemical filtration. These three systems will ensure that floating debris and other things inside the water are removed. However, you will need to choose a filtration system that does not have sharp edges or an intense suction or produce a strong current.
As previously mentioned; goldfish require a habitat that is not overpopulated with other inhabitants. Each goldfish should have about 20-gallons of water. Therefore, if you have ten Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish, then they should be living in a 200-gallon tank. This rule of thumb is set to provide adequate living conditions for the inhabitants without them swimming into each other. They may do this anyway as their eyesight is rather poor. Another problem that could occur if a tank is overpopulated is excessive pollution. More residents living inside the aquarium can result in more waste. The more waste that is in the water (that they use to breathe) the less oxygen is available.
Their tankmates should be similarly handicapped to avoid competition for food against more agile swimmers.
Personality and Temperament of the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish:
The Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish is one of the more docile goldfish breeds. They are naturally very sweet-natured and calm. They can be very interactive with their tankmates as well as their owners. Most goldfish can recognize their owners and even anticipate their arrival. The Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish may not be able to see their owners very well, but they can distinguish them from strangers based on their voices. Overall, these goldfish are not known for their aggression.
Potential Health Problems of the Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish:
Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish can be prone to a variety of health problems, especially if they are not adequately cared for. These health conditions include but are not limited to:
Goldfish ICH: Ichtyopthirius Multifiliis is a parasitic condition that creates a marked effect on the goldfish’s scales. This disease is also known as White Spot Disease after the spots that appear suddenly.
Fin Rot/ Tail Rot: this is a symptom of an underlying condition. This is a sign that shows as an apparent “rotting away” of your goldfish’s fins or tail. Causes of this symptom include bacteria, parasites, fighting with other fish, and stress.
Anchor Worm: A highly contagious crustacean common amongst Koi fish and Goldfish. These crustaceans cause your fish to demonstrate body rubbing as well as experience inflammation and respiratory problems.
Swim Bladder Disease: a common balance disorder amongst fish. This can be the result of various other health problems including constipation, parasites, or poor nutrition.
Fish Lice: Also crustaceans that are common in outdoor pond inhabitants. The fish will exhibit body rubbing, loss of color, as well as loss of appetite. These crustaceans can inject the fish with viruses and bacteria which could cause further health problems.
Ulcers and Tumors
Final Thoughts to sum up:
Telescope Eyed Fancy Goldfish may be bizarre looking but, they are very sweet-natured and docile. They are rarely aggressive towards other tank inhabitants and may only become pushy during feeding time or if a threat were to present itself. Overall, they can make an excellent addition to the home of an experienced goldfish owner. Avoid online fish buying as well as purchasing fish from breeders or pet stores with a bad reputation.