The Red Telescope Goldfish may have traditional metallic red/orange coloration but thanks to its distinct telescope eyes, it makes an eye-catching addition for the goldfish enthusiast. The Red Telescope Goldfish is also known as the Dragon Eye Goldfish and Celestial Eye Goldfish. The most stunning feature of the Red Telescope Goldfish is the large protruding eyes that is said to resemble those of a dragon. The Telescope variety of fancy goldfish has long been considered the most representative goldfish of China.
When first hatched, the Red Telescope Goldfish has normal eyes. After about one month they begin to bulge. It may take up to three months for the young Red Telescope Goldfish to fully develop its characteristic protruding eyes. Once developed, the eyes of the Red Telescope Goldfish should be large, protruding, and symmetrical.
As a member of the carp family, the Red Telescope Goldfish is generally quite hardy. The Red Telescope Goldfish will do well in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a fine gravel bottom and hardy, cold water plants. Keep in mind that goldfish are diggers and will scatter the fine sand onto leaves and may injure thin and less hardy plants. Well-rounded river rocks are another good decorative addition to the goldfish aquarium.
There appears to be a definite courtship ritual when Goldfish breed. Breeding often results in up to 1,000 eggs, with fry hatching in five to six days. The goldfish fry should be fed small pieces of live or prepared foods designed for egg-laying fish.
The Red Telescope Goldfish is omnivorous and will eat all types of dried and live foods. Limit protein, however, to 30% of the diet. A goldfish flake or pellet food will provide these fish with the proper nutrition.