Bubble-eye and Celestial
Both of these fish have a similar mutation that forces the eyes upward. The Bubble-eye is further adorned with water filled bubbles that are the result of vesicular secretions. In North America the Celestial is fairly rare, while the Bubble-eye is fairly common. Both breeds originated in China, but is typically imported from other lands also. The Bubble-eye and Celestial are both bred in North America.
© Merlin Cunliffe 2016
Both fish are metallic and come in a variety of colors. Calico or nacreous are also very common in Bubble-eyes. Both fish have similar matched fins.
© Merlin Cunliffe 2016
The following details are typical of both fish types;
- Fins are matched, tail can be quite long on the Bubble-eye and are typically shorter on the Celestial.
- Tails on both varieties are split a minimum of 35%, fused tails are disqualified.
- Eyes and bubbles must be matched. It is possible to have more than one bubble on both sides of the head, but they have to be matched to exhibit.
- Scales should be regular, symmetric and in rows.
- Back should have a slight curve, but not humped.
- Fish should be able to swim without flipping over, but a waddle because of bubble weight is acceptable.
- Calicoes are preferred to have blue in their pattern.
- The best fish have bubbles that do not have veins showing or at least they are not prominent.
The point schedule for the Bubble-eye and Celestial is a 100 points.
|Eyes and Bubbles||50|
|Deportment and Condition||10|
Eyes and bubbles
Description Bubble-eye Celestial
|Bubbles are matched and not so large as to prevent or impede swimming||50||NA|
|Eyes are matched and pointing upward in same direction||50||50|
|Bubbles are not matched||0-25||NA|
|Eyes are not matched||0-25||0-25|
|Slightly curved and elongated body||20||20|
|Body is flat or has a divot or spick||0-15||0-15|
|Body has a hump||DQ||DQ|
|Body is short and not as long as the tail||15||15|
|Fins are matched and the is 35% to 100% split||10|
|Fins are too long, more than the length of the body.||5|
|No anal fins, or pectoral fins are threadlike||DQ|
*Dorsal fins are acceptable and short tail varieties are becoming available, it is up to the judge to rate these changes.
Deportment and condition
- Fish must swim normally.
- When at rest, the fish must be balanced