Bubble Eye and Celestial

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

Breed Development

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
Body 20
Fins 10
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