Goldfish as we know them today are produced only through selective breeding and are not found in the wild. There are numerous breeds of goldfish with a variety of colors, body shapes, and finnage (goldfish anatomy). If you would like to know more about goldfish, then check out the Goldfish Society of America.
Acclimating New Fish to Your Pond
When adding new fish to the pond it is important to follow a few simple steps to insure happy and healthy fish. First, if the pond is new or water has just been changed or added, be sure that chlorine has been removed by using a pond dechlorinator such as Pond Prep. Next, place the plastic bag containing the fish into a shady section of the pond. If your pond is in full sun, be sure to cover the bag with a newspaper so the fish will not get too warm. Allow the water in the bag to adjust to your pond water temperature. This may take between 20-40 minutes, depending on the difference in temperature. After the proper water temperature has been reached it is a good idea to further acclimate the fish by opening the bag and allowing some of your pond water to enter the bag. This will allow the fish to adjust to the pH of your pond. Allow the bag to float another 5-10 minutes and repeat the previous step several times if there is a significant difference. Too great a difference in either temperature or pH can cause your fish to become stressed.
Water Garden Gems has an excellent selection of cold water pond fish. We strive to have an assortment of types and sizes available to suit anyone wanting fish for their pond. Goldfish varieties available include but are not limited to: comets, sarassa comets, calico fantails, sarassa fantails, red fantails, calico telescope eyes, black moors, shubunkins, orandas, lionheads, butterflies, and ryukins.