Lionhead Goldfish
Carassius auratus

Care Level



Fore Ground



Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5 - 8

Minimum Tank Size






Water Conditions

65-75° F, KH 4-20, pH 6.5-7.5


General: The lionhead goldfish are an aquarium produced, species of Asian carp. These fancy goldfish will reach a length of eight inches, and live well over fifteen years in captivity. The lionhead is unique because of the raised scales, and fantail. Lionhead goldfish tend to produce a lot of bioload, as they are mostly herbivorous. Therefore, it is best to keep these fancy goldfish in an aquarium with sufficient filtration. Fancy Goldfish are tolerant of minimally brackish conditions, but should not be kept within an aquarium exceeding a specific gravity of 1.002.

Fecundity: The lionhead goldfish may produce up to 10,000 eggs per clutch.

Water Chemistry: Lionhead goldfish prefer a water temperature that ranges from 65-75F, a KH that ranges from 4-20, and a pH that ranges from 6.5-7.5.

Aquarium Diet Lionhead goldfish are herbivores and will accept herbivore pellets, spirulina, and goldfish flake

Dimorphism: The lionhead goldfish male will display tubercles on the forehead, and operculum. The female will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: The lionhead goldfish are typically compatible with other peaceful, community fish species such as smaller tetras, rasboras, pencilfish, mollies, and platys.

Lionhead Goldfish Photo Gallery

Lionhead Goldfish Videos

Author: Aquatics Unlimited