How to Identify and Care for Lionhead Goldfish

Three Methods:Identify a Fish as a LionheadCaring for Your Lionhead: Choosing a Proper TankCaring For your Lionhead: Food Choices

The Lionhead Goldfish is the most popular variant of Dorsal-less Goldfish. However, its lack of a stabilizing dorsal fin makes it delicate and not perfectly suitable for first time fish owners. This article will explain how to, firstly, identify your fish, and then, if it is a Lionhead, how to care for it.

Method 1
Identify a Fish as a Lionhead

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    Check the fish you are preparing to buy, or if it is already in your tank, observe it. Lionhead Goldfish have the following as physical traits:
    • Lionhead Goldfish completely lack a stabilizing dorsal fin. If your fish has a dorsal fin, it is most certainly not a Lionhead.
    • Lionhead Goldfish are round and "fat" relative to other Goldfish.
    • Lionhead Goldfish grow a fleshy "growth" on the top of their head. It is normally orange, and they have been bred to show off the Chinese Lion-Dog. This is why they are called Lionheads in the first place. If the fish does not have this fleshy growth, it is not a Lionhead.
    • Lionheads come in a variety of colours, such as red, white, silver, and black.

Method 2
Caring for Your Lionhead: Choosing a Proper Tank

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    Avoid a hard tank. Since Lionheads are so delicate, their tank should not be extremely hard. They can hurt themselves swimming into it.
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    Keep the tank clean. Pollution does not sit well with the Lionhead, and other "fancy goldfish" and can easily kill them off, as they were not bred to survive in such harsh environments.
    • All fish, especially fragile fish such as the Lionhead, should still receive, at the very least, biological filtration in order to reduce pollution, as stated before, Lionheads do not do well in polluted areas.
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    Choose the right tankmates. Lionheads are relatively slow, and should not be put into a tank with faster or more aggressive fish, as, during feeding time, the Lionhead will have a very tough time keeping up, and the more aggressive fish really doesn't care. The Lionhead will have a hard time keeping up, and if the aggressive fish does happen to get aggressive, the Lionhead has no real defense against it. Keep it in a solitary tank, in a same-species tank, or around other more passive fish.
    • Lionheads are passive and do not normally encroach upon the space of other fish. Bottom feeders such as catfish are not necessary when goldfish are around, as goldfish bottom feed by nature. However, due to its pattern and lack of a dorsal fin, Lionheads, if not kept alone, should be kept around other "chill" or "relaxed" fish, as aggressive, hyper, and jumpy fish may accidentally injure the Lionhead.
    • Lionheads are not venomous, and pose no biological threat to any fish inside of your tank or to the tank's biosphere in any way. Socialize it if you wish, but do not place it around any aggressive fish, as conflicts may arise, or any living plants, if you wish for them to stay living.

Method 3
Caring For your Lionhead: Food Choices

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    Keep in mind that Lionheads are omnivores. What this means is that they will eat both meats, and plants. They are not picky eaters, and will eat flake foods, live meat, or frozen meat, however, if you are to feed them meat, it is best for the food to be deceased, as again, Lionheads are pretty slow. Lionheads should be fed around two to three times a day. Lionheads love:
    • Flake Food
    • Live food such as worms, shrimp, algae, and other fish
    • Plants and Vegetables

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