The Sarasa Comet fish is a lovely alternative to a standard pond fish. It has a bright red body with subtle white patches and a single-tail. Although the comet may resemble ornamental carp, it lacks the barbels in the mouth, the markings at the base of the scales and it’s a different size. The Sarasa Comet adds a unique beauty to any backyard garden. Comet Goldfish aren’t that different from the Common Goldfish, but they tend to be more slender and their tails are longer. Sarasa comet fish are available in a large variety of colours such as orange, white, red, or a mixture of black/red/white/blue.
Keeping these fish
The Sarasa Comet is originally from China and over the years it has been dispersed all over the world. The ideal setup for them is a pond of a minimum of 180 gallons with a gravel substrate, rocks, and cold-hardy plants. The size a Sarasa Comet will grow to depends on its environment. It likes to eat plant roots and will dig to get to them. You should place rocks and the base of your plants to protect them from these frisky fish. Proper filtration should be provided to maintain proper water conditions.
The male comet can be told apart from the female by the concave bottom section and occasionally it will have breeding spots on the head. Spawning may result in as many as 1,000 eggs and the fry emerge in about five to seven days. You should give the fry small live foods. They tend to show their colour in about eight months.
Comet goldfish can be breed in an aquarium or in garden ponds. You should keep the fry well fed and lower the temperature for a period of no less than a month and then slowly raising the temperature again to stimulate spawning. They spread their eggs freely in the water and the egg and fry will be eaten by the parents unless protective measures are taken. The best method is normally to take out the parent fish from the breeding aquarium once the spawning is finished while using a breeding raster to protect the eggs during the actual spawning. Some eggs might survive in an aquarium or a pond but the fry really should be removed. There is a slight possibility that a few fry might survive to be adult in a well planted aquarium or pond, but generally it’s not worth the risk.
Feed the Sarasa Comet a quality pellet or flake food, their food shouldn’t contain more than 30% protein. Usually their diet will consist of common goldfish flakes or pellets. As a treat, you could give them some frozen foods such as daphnia, bloodworms or maybe squashed frozen peas.
Comets, like the Common Goldfish can grow pretty big so ideally are best kept in ponds.
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