Veiltail Goldfish

The Veiltail Goldfish

The veiltail has a modified deep-and-round ryukin-shaped body, though without the dorsal ‘hump’ characteristic of ryukins. The hallmark of the breed is its lengthy and graceful double tail which is square-edged and without any forking or indentation between the lobes.

It also has a high, prominent and well-developed dorsal fin. The anal fins are paired and are quite well developed as well. The term ‘veiltail’ is commonly and erroneously applied to any goldfish displaying a long caudal, but true veiltails must have all the characteristics described above. Veiltails are available in many colors and may have either metallic or nacreous scales. They can grow from 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm). They are not good swimmers but can be kept with other fancy goldfish. Veiltails will not accept temperatures below 55 °F (13 °С).

Veiltail Goldfish are similar to the Fantail Goldfish but have a rounder body and extremely long, delicate-looking fins. Their double caudal (tail) fin and anal fins are well separated. Like the Fantail, their dorsal fin is held erect, Their double caudal (tail) fin and anal fins are separated. Like the Fantail, their dorsal fin is held erect, but the Veiltail Goldfish’s dorsal fin is quite long and can grow to over 2 1/4 inches (6 cm). 

These show goldfish were developed in Philadelphia in the late 1800s but were derived from the Japanese Wakin, an elongated double-tailed goldfish. The current variety became known as the Philadelphia Veiltail Goldfish in the early 1900s. In Asia, they are also called the Feather-dressed Long Finned Man-yu. 

The Veiltail Goldfish is one of the most gorgeous of the goldfish varieties, but it is also rather rare. The Veiltail is delicate, difficult to breed, and even more difficult to breed true. Instead of the long, slender body of the Common Goldfish or the Shubunkins, the Veiltail Goldfish has more rounded or egg-shaped body.  These fancy goldfish can have any of three scale types and can be acquired in a solid red or orange, variegated colors, or calico. 

To have a Veiltail Goldfish is to have an aquarium graced with one of the most beautiful and impressive fish, but it is important to understand what this fish needs to keep it well. This goldfish has the ability to live at colder temperatures, but it is a rather delicate fish and not recommended for beginners. 

Because of their very round shape, they have extremely distorted swim bladder. The Veiltail’s swimming ability is encumbered by its rounded body, and its distored swim bladder is subject to chill. Additionally, their long, delicate fins are also subject to injury and subsequent fungal and bacteria infections. These characteristics make the Veiltail a rather delicate goldfish. 

Many of the elongated goldfish varieties like the Common Goldfish, Comet Goldfish, the Shubunkin are not really good companions for the Veiltail because they are fast swimmers and too competitive during feeding time. Better tankmates would be the less hardy Celestial Eye Goldfish, Water-Bubble Eye Goldfish, Telescope Goldfish, and Lionhead Goldfish. It won’t win any races,  but if kept with other slow-moving varieties, the Veiltail Goldfish should get plenty to eat and do well. 

Temperament: Community
Family: Cyprinidae
Native To: Asia
Diet: Omnivore
Adult Size: 6 – 8″
Temperature: – 65° – 78°F
Care Level: Medium (decorations with sharp points and edges should be removed so as to avoid damaging the fins of the veiltail)
Scientific Name: Carassius auratus
Environment: Freshwater