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Yes, it's definitely a fancy. A fantail. Shubunkins look waaaayyy more different than fantails. They're slimmer, and have a single caudal fin. :)

Fantail:

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Shubunkin:

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Its species is 'Carassius auratus,' subspecies adds another 'auratus' to the end. AKA 'Goldfish.' ;) Goldfish types aren't separate species.

Its type is Fantail.

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There are three major scale situations in goldfish: metallic -- all scales reflective; matte -- all scales non-reflective; and nacreous -- a mixture of matte and metallic scales. Matte scales are usually colorless resulting in a white fish with pink where the blood shows through.

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There are three major scale situations in goldfish: metallic -- all scales reflective; matte -- all scales non-reflective; and nacreous -- a mixture of matte and metallic scales. Matte scales are usually colorless resulting in a white fish with pink where the blood shows through.

I love this explanation!

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Its species is 'Carassius auratus,' subspecies adds another 'auratus' to the end. AKA 'Goldfish.' ;) Goldfish types aren't separate species.

Its type is Fantail.

Oh no not the species vs breed/type talk lol just kidding. But are right lol

There are three major scale situations in goldfish: metallic -- all scales reflective; matte -- all scales non-reflective; and nacreous -- a mixture of matte and metallic scales. Matte scales are usually colorless resulting in a white fish with pink where the blood shows through.

Matte.... if the fish has no metallic scales its a matte. But a matte can have color correct?

For example my fry that have no metallic scales but has a black spot and orange spots is a matte. Right?

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There are colored mattes, but they are from carefully selected strains. Does your "matte" fish have one or two button eyes?

I have a white fish I thought was a matte, but when I pulled it out for a closer look, it had a little patch of metallic scales on one side.

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There are colored mattes, but they are from carefully selected strains. Does your "matte" fish have one or two button eyes?

I have a white fish I thought was a matte, but when I pulled it out for a closer look, it had a little patch of metallic scales on one side.

Tow. I cant find a metallic scale on him though.

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There are colored mattes, but they are from carefully selected strains. Does your "matte" fish have one or two button eyes?

I have a white fish I thought was a matte, but when I pulled it out for a closer look, it had a little patch of metallic scales on one side.

I have 3 colored matte ranchu :) from a calico x kirin

And this is a fantail for sure :) would love to see an updated pic

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There are colored mattes, but they are from carefully selected strains. Does your "matte" fish have one or two button eyes?

I have a white fish I thought was a matte, but when I pulled it out for a closer look, it had a little patch of metallic scales on one side.

Tow. I cant find a metallic scale on him though.

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Could be a colored matte then. If only one button eye, it would have to be nacreous. I'll bet it will lose that color, though. I have just one fish with a small amount of color that hasn't turned all white.

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