How to Care for Your Red Cap Oranda

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How to Care for Your Red Cap Oranda
The red cap oranda is a type of goldfish. (gold fish with red cap image by Daria Miroshnikova from Fotolia.com)

The red cap oranda (Carassius auratus auratus) is a type of goldfish. Its body is covered in iridescent white scales, its tail is long, flowing and split, and its sports a fleshy red cap, or hood. They are slightly egg-shaped and generally more rounded than the average goldfish. Like goldfish, they are native to Asia, where they inhabit slow-moving and stagnant waters of rivers, lakes and ponds. These fish generally grow up to 6 or 7 inches long in captivity.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 30-gallon tank with lid (or larger depending on the number of fish)
  • High-quality goldfish flake food
  • Freeze-dried brine shrimp or other treats
  • Tank decorations (rocks and plants)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Outfit a 30-gallon tank for your red cap oranda, as these fish need lots of oxygen and space.

  2. 2

    Line the tank bottom with a layer of gravel substrate.

  3. 3

    Provide a system for the tank that will constantly filter the water.

  4. 4

    Change up to one-third of the water once a week.

  5. 5

    Provide shelter in the way of tank decorations and plants, such as smooth rocks, driftwood and plastic or live plants. Include a light in the lid of the tank if you choose live plants.

  6. 6

    Feed red cap orandas a high-quality flake food daily, one made specifically for goldfish. Follow the label instructions for dosage.

  7. 7

    Choose freeze-dried foods over fresh ones, which can transmit bacteria and parasites that can lead to infections.

Tips and warnings

  • The more space the fish has, the less likely it is to suffer from infections. According to Animal-World.com, it is common for red cap orandas to develop infection from debris, bacteria and fungi that settle in the folds of their hoods.
  • Limit protein to 30 per cent of your red cap oranda’s diet.
  • Red cap orandas are omnivorous and will eat many different things: they like brine shrimp, bloodworms, Daphnia or tubifex worms as treats.

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