- Scientific Name: Carassius auratus
- Lifespan: Approximately 10-15 years
- Size: 7 – 12 inches
- Care: Easy
- Community: Yes, as long as you have lots of room for them to move around. (4+ ft tank )
- Lifestyle: Diurnal, active during the day.
- Minimum Tank Size: 45 gallon tank, remember bigger is always better.
- Water Temperature Range: 68 – 75 °F
- Water pH Range: 6.5 – 8.5
- Water Hardness Range: 6-16 dGH
Perform a 10%-25% water change weekly. If you do not have a filter in your tank, do a water change twice a week.
A hood is recommended as it aids in helping your fish stay in the tank. Also, the hood keeps debris or dust from falling into the tank.
For Lighting: Full spectrum lighting – T5 is recommended.
Every fish and tank is different, so it is important to know what your dealing with. Some fish love a lot of current and others love no current at all like bettas. Some fish tanks are tiny and some are huge. Knowing what you have, or what you are going to have will help aid you in deciding which filter to go with. Check this article here to select which filter you should go with.
Silk plants, live plants, and decorative ornaments may be put into a goldfish’s tank. If choosing to use live plants, be aware that goldfish love to eat plants and may destroy your plants in doing so. Some goldfish keepers buy inexpensive floating plants (i.e. Anacharis) just for this purpose. If choosing to use fake plants, try to use mainly silk fake plants which are smoother for the fish’s skin. Some fake plants are very rough and can scrape the sides of your fish’s skin if rubbed the wrong way. This is just something to take into consideration when going plant shopping. Hides really aren’t needed in a goldfish’s enclosure.
Usually their diet consists of goldfish flakes or pellets. As a treat you might also like to offer some frozen squashed peas, silkworms, or bloodworms. If feeding frozen foods, make sure to thaw the food before feeding it to your goldfish.
The redcap oranda is a type of goldfish, and we all know goldfish are known to eat and poop 24/7, so you will want to go with something that is easy to clean and is safe for your fish. Most people prefer to use sand rather than gravel due to the impaction gravel may cause if ingested. However, if gravel is the way you want to go, make sure to use very fine gravel that will not harm your redcap oranda if ingested or you may choose to use large gravel pieces that can’t fit in your fish’s mouth. River stones are another option you may choose due to the fact that river stones are bigger than the redcap oranda’s mouth so therefore can not be ingested. But have in mind, cleaning will be a lot harder since you will have to manually pick up each river stone to clean the bottom of the tank.