Tamasaba goldfish

Do you know a goldfish called Tamasaba? Tamasaba is a goldfish that is not very familiar to beginners, but it is deep and has various characteristics. Tamasaba has a Ryukin-shaped body, the caudal fin is not divided into three or four tails but only two like koi fish, and it swims sharper than Ryukin, making it a neat Japanese goldfish.

Characteristics of a goldfish called Tamasaba

Tamasaba (タマサバ) is a goldfish native to Japan and has a Ryukin-shaped body, but its caudal fin has a comet-like windsock tail. Therefore, despite having a Ryukin body shape, swimming is very good like a Japanese goldfish. It is also known as a goldfish that can grow very large and swim with carp.

Tamasaba was born as a goldfish that can swim with carp!

History of the birth of Tamasaba

Tamasaba is often referred to as a goldfish that can swim with carp. Still, a carp farmer created it in Niigata, known as the origin of Nishikigoi(Koi Fish), to become a goldfish that can swim with Nishikigoi. Since it is a goldfish that can swim with carp, it is often bred in a pond and viewed from the top, but its body shape and fins are lovely even when viewed from the side, and a ball mackerel with a chintz pattern that is very beautiful even when viewed from the side is also produced. The hybrid of Ryukin and Shonai goldfish and the hybrid of Tamasaba are also called Shonai goldfish. It is also considered a new breed of goldfish compared to other billions that have continued since the Edo period (1603-1868). In Niigata Prefecture, where this goldfish was produced, it is challenging to allow Ryukin to overwinter. To provide cold resistance for overwintering, a goldfish called mackerel tail, which is the ball mackerel prototype, was created by crossing Ryukin and Shonai goldfish. From the mackerel tails, those with a round body and long tail fins are selected and fixed for generations, called the current Tamasaba. In rare cases, long-bodied individuals are born, probably because they are mated with Shonai goldfish.

What is Shonai Goldfish?

It is a variety produced in Shonai Town, Yamagata Prefecture, and is considered bullion in the Tohoku region and a goldfish called Tsugaru Nishiki. It features a little rounder body and a longer caudal fin as the comet. It is a beautiful variety called furisode goldfish because each fin grows and looks like furisode when it becomes a parent fish.

Derivative variety

  • Tamanishiki (Tamanishiki) A selection of transparent scales of Tamasaba. Like other transparent scale goldfish, it has a deep redness and a beautiful contrast with the white background.
  • Fukudaruma (Fukudaruma) Tamasaba is selected and selected to make the round hand shape stand out. It is generally thought to be short-tailed, but there are also long-tailed ones. Since the original ideal was a round tamasaba (some tamasaba are as round as Fukudarma depending on the strain), uniqueness is clear. Do not. Rather than being separated as varieties, it is more appropriate to see them as differences between strains of the same type, such as the bullion Rokuscale and Uno Ranchu in Aichi Prefecture.
  • Calico Tamasaba A calico body color of Tamasaba. The breeding volume is very small. 
Calico Tamasaba

Tamasaba Care

The method of caring for Tamasaba is not so difficult, but relatively easy. Despite being tall and round, it is easy to grow, and because of its windsock tail, it is good at swimming and feeding same as Goldfish. You must be careful when breeding Tamasaba because the amount of excrement (feces) that comes out after eating food is relatively large.
Naturally, the body is large, and there is a lot of food, but the amount of feces is large. So, of course, the speed of water quality deterioration will be faster. Even though it is a tough goldfish, if you keep it in a sloppy manner that leaves too much feces, the water quality may deteriorate, and you may be able to make fish death.
However, this kind of care is to be careful when keeping ordinary goldfish, so I think you do not have to be very careful because it is a Tamasaba.

Care Level: Easy same as Goldfish
Maximum body length: 30 cm
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years (the Guinness record shows 43 years)
pH: 6.0-7.5
Temperature: 50°F – 82°F (10-28 ℃)
Water Hardness: 5° to 25° dH,
Diet / Fish Food: Give your Goldfish flakes, freeze-dried and live foods. Vary their diet for optimum colors and health.

Is it difficult to breed Tamasaba?

Regarding the breeding of Tamasaba, of course, it is not difficult. Since all goldfish are oviparous, the spawning and breeding methods are the same. (Depending on the type of goldfish, it may be more efficient to do it artificially)


If you only ask about the process of making Tamasaba, it may seem like a goldfish, but since Tamasaba itself is a very beautiful goldfish, please try to grow it into a splendid individual.

Source: wikipedia

By fishexp