The Goldfish Council Show Program

The Goldfish Council Show Program Author: Gary Hater Contributors: Joshua McWilliams and Mark Rausa Editors: Amy Sims-Shonka The Goldfish Council TM is a nonprofit 501c3 charity that is designed to educate and promote the goldfish hobby. Part of our education program is having events and judging shows and workshops. In 2016, we instituted new goldfish … Read more


Wakin Origin The Wakin was developed in Japan in the 18th century or before. I t appears to be a foundation fish for some other varieties in Japan. This is said to be the common goldfish of Japan. It is a somewhat popular pond fish in North America and is also a common inhabitant of … Read more

Calico Veiltail

Veiltail – nacreous (calico) Origin Normal eyed Veiltails are generally thought of by most keepers as the dream fish. The extremely graceful fish are very rare in North America. At the present time there are three dominant types; Philadelphia, English lines and Asian imported hybrids. The Philadelphia Veiltail came to North America from Japan in … Read more


Tosakin (Tosa) Origin This very difficult to groom top view fish was developed in Japan before 1868. The exact method of development is unclear, a cross between a Ryukin and a Osaka Ranchu or it is a direct mutation of a Ryukin. © Merlin Cunliffe 2016 Breed Development Raising this fish for show is most … Read more

Broadtail Telescope

Telescope- Broadtail Origin The telescope eye has an origin in Asia over 200 years ago. The protruding eyes are variable, but matched on individual fish. Initially Broadtail Moors were only black in color. Today multiple color varieties are common. English Broadtail Moors have been bred in North America for decades, Linnemeyer and Sims-Shonka lines dominate … Read more

Telescope Oranda

Telescope Oranda(Froghead) Origin The Telescope Oranda was developed in China most probably as a cross between a telescope and a Lionhead or as a Telescope to a Crucian carp. The literature is unsettled on this. The breed is a t least a 100 years old and still makes its ‘way into the local fish shops … Read more


Telescope – metallic / butterfly tail Origin The telescope eye mutation was clearly established by the late 18th century, as evidenced by numerous examples in the Billardon de Sauvigny paintings. Clearly, telescope-eyed fish originated in China, it is thought from the Ryukin. Following this, telescope goldfish were then exported to other countries, including Japan. Traditionally, … Read more


Ryukin Note: This standard may be used to judge the Tamasaba, the single-tailed version of the Ryukin. As a single-tailed fish, the Tamasaba is a longer form, with a more tapered body and longer peduncle that enables the fish to glide through the water. Breed Development The majestic Ryukin is a powerful fish that swims … Read more

Red Cap Oranda

Oranda (Red Cap) Origin Fish with a head growth or wen were developed more than a century ago. It is probable that the Oranda came about by crossing Lionhead with fish with dorsal fins. Even today it is confusing if all Oranda’s started in Japan or China. Writing a standard that has several body types, … Read more

Top View Ranchu

Ranchu (top view Ranchu, TVR or Japanese Ranchu) Origin Statement to judges and exhibitors: The Ranchu breed originated in Japan and is considered a top-view goldfish with metallic scales occurring only in red (or orange/yellow), red and white, or white and should be judged separately from all other Ranchu-like, or Ranchu derived fish including side … Read more