By bristol-aquarists The Curled-gill or Reversed-gill goldfish is another uncommon variety of fancy goldfish that has been developed by specialist enthusiasts. It…
The Pompom goldfish’s name is actually Pompon, but the name Pompom is widely used. Most would assume the name Pompom is correct assuming it was derived from the two pom pom like growths that develop on the nose.
The bouquets start to develop at about 18 weeks and it takes many months for them to fully develop. The narial growth can become so large that they are sucked into the mouth every time the fish takes in water to breathe.
Good quality Pompoms should have a body shape similar to a Lionhead, no dorsal fin, and a smooth curved back with no bumps or hollows. The narial bouquets should be well developed, being at least the size of the eye.
Pompoms or pompon or hana fusa are a type of fancy goldfish that have bundles of loose fleshy outgrowths between the nostrils, on each side of the head. A pair of pom pom goldfish
The pompom has a similar body shape and finnage to the lionhead or Oranda but instead of supporting a headgrowth it has nasal outgrowths. The extent of the nasal outgrowths, which are enlargements of the nasal septum, vary in pompom goldfish. In some, the outgrowths hang down past the mouth. These skin outgrowths around the nostrils of pompoms are developed through selective breeding. Pompoms may have either metallic or nacreous scalation, and can occur with or without a dorsal fin.It will be best if the lionhead variety of these fishes are engaged with the same variety or other dorsal fin less fishes.
The Chinese submit this variety as the “Velvet ball”. There are records for the existence of this fish being seen as far back as 1898. The first importation of these fish into the United Kingdom was in 1936 when the original fish were exported from Shanghai and others were displayed at an aquarium in Paris. It was quite popular in the early days of the fancy goldfish, but is now very rarely seen for sale or on display.
The hana fusa or white pompom oranda is an elegant pompom with a dorsal fin.
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