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Lionhead Characteristics and How to Keep Lionheads

The lionhead is a representative of the Chinese goldfish breed. It is characterized by the lack of a dorsal fin and abnormally developed meatus, as seen in the Ranchu strain. In this article, I would like to explain in detail the characteristics of the Lionhead and how to keep it.

What is Lionhead?


Lionhead is,This goldfish was bred in China and is a representative of the Chinese goldfish. It is characterized by the lack of a dorsal fin and abnormally developed fleshy mass as seen in the Ranchu strain.In appearance, it resembles the Japanese Ranchu in some respects, but it is a different strain of goldfish. The difference between the Lionhead and the Japanese Ranchu is that the Lionhead has an extremely short body compared to the Carcass, and its tail fins are also smaller, making the Carcass appear larger when viewed as a whole.

The origins of Lionhead

Lionhead is,It is classified as a 蛋 type (tan chu) goldfish in China. The word "蛋" means egg. Lionheads are said to be 蛋種虎頭金魚, which is a summary of their classification and appearance characteristics. Tiger head, lion head, etc. indicate the presence of a flesh mass. However, they are generally known and loved as jusei and suxin.In some regions, Jusei is believed to be the god of longevity and longevity. In the 1800s and 1900s, China's main exports were to Western countries, and the English name "lion's head" was given to Jusei in order to convey its most distinctive features, the tiger and lion heads, in an easy-to-understand manner. The name "lion's head" was adopted when it was imported to Japan, and it is still used today.

Things to do in Lion's Head


How to enjoy Lion's Head,It is the large growing fleshy mass that distinguishes it from Japanese ranchu. If you want to enjoy them, I recommend viewing them from the side (side view) in an aquarium. By viewing it from the side, you can enjoy the lionhead's growing nuchal mass to the fullest, and since the nuchal mass becomes more uneven as it grows, there are many places where shadows are created when the light shines on it, which allows you to see the nuchal mass differently than usual.Many lionheads have shorter body and tail fins than the normal Ranchu strain of goldfish, so if you want to enjoy them, you can view them from the side, but I recommend viewing them from above in a bowl or other container (top view). By viewing from above, you can compare the head, which has a mass of flesh, with the short body, allowing you to fully enjoy the round form of the fish.

Points to keep in mind when mixing swimmers

When mixing goldfish with other goldfish and other species, there is sometimes uncertainty as to what species is good and what species is not. First,There is no general prohibition against this or that when mixing goldfish with other species.Therefore, depending on the personality and environment of the goldfish you keep, even species that are said to be bad for each other may get along well with each other. However, there is also the matter of compatibility between goldfish. If you put incompatible goldfish together, there is a high possibility that they will fight or that only one of them will monopolize the food. However, as I explained in the beginning, there is no prohibition for goldfish to mix with each other, so if you want to mix them, you may do so. Now, I will explain the goldfish that are compatible with Ranchu and those that are not.

Compatible goldfish

Goldfish that are most compatible with lionheads are Ranchu-type goldfish such as Ranchu and Edonishiki.Since the Lionhead breed is a very poor swimmer, we recommend a Ranchu-type goldfish, which is also a poor swimmer, because it will be less stressed by being chased by other goldfish and eating food first.

Incompatible goldfish

Goldfish that are incompatible with lionheads are Japanese goldfish, such as wakin (Japanese goldfish) and comets.Many Japanese goldfish are agile and grow large in a short period of time. If they are mixed with Japanese goldfish, be aware that the lionheads may be eaten by other Japanese goldfish and the difference in body size may cause them to move away from each other.

What to look for when keeping a lionhead


Lionhead is,The short body of the fish makes it a popular breed among female fans, who find it cute when it swims, waving its tail fins in the air as hard as it can.The care of the Lionhead is not much different from that of the Ranchu, but it is recommended that you pay more attention to the head mass than you would for the Ranchu. The lionhead is a representative Chinese goldfish. Some specialty stores do not handle Chinese goldfish, so if you are interested in keeping one, we recommend that you ask the specialty store for more information.