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Lionhead Oranda goldfish are unlike typical goldfish and are easily recognizable by its raspberry-like texture cap on the head. Known as the wen or crown, the cap doesn’t appear until the oranda is three to four months old, and forms fully in the next one or two years. The cap continues to grow until an oranda goldfish is around two to three years old. This noble species hails from Asia but has since become popular with aquarists around the world, who are attracted to its unique wen and remarkable silhouette.

Note: Pictures examples of stock only. Assorted colours supplied.


Features of Oranda:

  • A fleshy growth raspberry-shaped cap around its head
  • Lionheads have double caudal and double anal fins, lack of dorsal fin
  • Egg-shaped body and come in a range of colours
  • They are peaceful and hardy fish

The Best Aquarium Size for Oranda:

Depends on the size of Oranda, 150L aquarium for one mature Oranda goldfish is recommended. You’ll likely need much larger tanks if you’re planning on introducing some tank mates and maybe even more Oranda—usually, the bigger, the better.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The social and peaceful Oranda goldfish thrives in a community. These fish aren’t fast swimmers and can’t compete for food with fast-swimming types of goldfish. Avoid keeping Orandas with faster goldfish species like Shubunkins, common goldfish, and comet goldfish.

Great tank mates for oranda goldfish include:

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Oranda Feeding :

The omnivorous Orandas accept dry flakes and pellets without any issues. High-protein snacks like brine shrimp, bloodworms, tubifex worms, and Daphnia are great, too.

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Oranda Tank Set-up:

Filtration System :

Filtration system is necessary for Orandas. Oranda Goldfish prefer highly oxygenated water. You can achieve this with your filtration system. Alternatively, you can install an air bladder.

Substrate :

Orandas are diggers. Use rounded gravel or fine sand to cover the bottom of the tank.

Aqua One Gravel Dymax Gravel 2kg A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Plants for Orandas:

Orandas like to nibble on plant leaves and dig in the substrate, uprooting plants in the process. Artificial silk plants are a great alternative to live plants and plastic plants.

Decorations for Orandas:

Decorate the oranda’s tank with smooth rocks or ornaments without sharp edges or protruding points. Artificial plants can work well. Additionally, you can also choose to use Aquarium Ornaments such as: Kazoo handmade fish decorations, caves, rocks, and maybe even driftwood will create a fun playground for them to swim around.

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