Lionchu Goldfish Raising and Caring
Category: Gold Fish
The Lionchu Goldfish is a cross breed between the Ranchu goldfish and the Lionhead goldfish. Their type is Twin Tail goldfish. An adult can grow to about 6" (inches), and they live between 7 and 10 years or more. Ideal water temperature that is kept between 65 and 78 degrees, they can live in cool water. Thailand is the country of their Origin. The Lionchu goldfish of today has a dorsal fin. The older version of the Lionchu goldfish do not have the dorsal fin.
The Lionchu goldfish is very social and a community fish. Lionchu goldfish are omnivorous, that means that they eat both live food and vegetative. Ranchu goldfish have a broad back, curving back, and tail placement thats what the Lionchu get from that goldfish and the Lionhead gives it the large head growth. The number of Lionchu goldfish being entered in competition has gone way up.
The AGA and GFSA have not officially recognized the Lionchu goldfish as its own breed. The most common colors are Yellow, orange, white-and-red, and other bi-colored Lionchu goldfish.
The Lionchu goldfish is not one of the fastest fish, so that it can get its fair portion of food, good tank mates with equal swimming skills are important. The Black Moor, Oranda, Fantail, or Ryukin goldfish are good tank mates. Do not mix with other fast goldfish.
You will need to purchase a liquid test so that you can test for Nitrates and Ammonia. The strip-style test kits are unreliable and a waste of money. You should use a dechlorinating product to remove the harmful chlorine from the water. Test for nitrite, ammonia, and proper PH. Water Conditions should be 65-78 Fahrenheit, KH 4-20, pH 6.5-7.5. The ammonia should always be 0, and the nitrate should be below 20. If it's at or above 40, you have too many fish or are not changing the water often enough.
Doing weekly water changes, remove and replace 30%-50% of the water in Lionchu goldfish tank. Perform a thorough gravel cleaning once every 2 weeks or so. You need to use a gravel vac which vacs up debris while removing water and cycling it back to your tank. With goldfish (who produce an exorbitant amount of waste) you will need to do this as frequently as you can. Once a week, once every two weeks, or once every three weeks is the minimum depending on how many fish you have. Removing all the water from the tank will damage the bacteria that has grown that helps decompose the fish waste.
The Lionchu Goldfish makes a lot of waste, and should be feed several times a day in small portion, the goldfish doesn't have a stomach that is why you should not over feed. They should not be kept in less than 10 gallons of water. 10 gallons must be the least amount, and the more room you can provide your Lionchu Goldfish with, the better the fish will live. You should make Filter intake tubes covered in aquarium sponge or something comparable to the sponge.
You need the proper filter. Goldfish create a lot of waste and are known for being messy. your filter should completely clean the water at least ten times an hour. If you have a twenty gallon tank, you will need a filter that can handle the waste of at least 200 gallons per hour. A filter that cleans more than ten times the amount of water in the tank is more than adequate.
Get coffee bean sized gravel for the bottom of the tank (if it is any smaller the goldfish could accidentally swallow some while feeding). Make sure any rocks or gravel are metal-free, since rocks with metals can harm fish by leaching toxic residues into the surrounding water.
To decorate your tank, Buy a few ornaments and decorations and fake plants. Do not buy ornaments with openings small enough that the fish can get stuck in them. Remember to consider how large your goldfish can get.
Cycling your tank is important, Follow the steps to cycle your tank. This establishes healthy bacterial and chemical levels.
When buying your Lionchu goldfish see which ones look like the healthier goldfish. Be wary of tanks with dead fish in them, as this can be a sign of illness or improper care. Clamped fins are a sign of illness. In addition, healthy fish will have no white spots, swim with their fins held upright, and have a nice rich color or color. Swim around all over the tank and look healthy. When add the Lionchu goldfish to the tank. It is important to introduce the fish to the tank environment slowly. As soon as you get home, float the entire, closed pet store bag (with the Lionchu goldfish inside!) in the tank for about a half hour. This will allow the water in the plastic bag and the fish, to equal out to the same temperature as in your tank. Next, add a small amount of water from your tank to the bag, and wait about 15 minutes. Do this at least one more time. Dispose of the water down a drain or outside. Then, use a net to transfer the Lionchu goldfish fish carefully into the your tank. Dispose of all of the water in the bag. This process not only reduces stress for you fish, it also prevents the dirty pet store water from contaminating your tank.