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This started about a month or two ago and it hasn't progressed any more since. I was wondering how many people had this issue? I've read up on it a little bit, but haven't found anything that knowledgeable on the topic. I will be posting photos shortly.

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There is a mutation that turns the gill covers out like that.  It is considered attractive in some Asian areas, but has not become popular in the US.  It's not harmful.

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Thanks Shakaho! (again).   You seem to be the site expert on this subject. 

 

 

I was wondering how many people have this issue?

 

I do. My fish "Goldie Hawn" has it, I think it looks good on her, what do you think?

 

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I think I dislike it more than like the mutation. This Ranchu is the only male (I think) in my tank, and he's the one that fertilized all of my current fry. I love everything about him except for his gills. Thanks for the replies and pictures! I haven't seen it on any other goldfish before.

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Homerjay:  A lot of goldfish have that little flap behind the operculum that flares slightly.  I don't think this is the mutation Shakaho is talking about.  The OP's Ranchu, however, does seem to have a subtle "reversed gill" trait.  Here is a good picture of the real deal:

 

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Reversed Gills, Dragon Back and Bubble Eyes...holy breeding  :yikes  I would name him Frankenstein :rofl

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Thanks all! I heard someone call this outturned operculum once before. I'm not sure that mine has the same thing. When I look at pictures relating to outturned operculum the entire gill cover becomes very loose. I know mine just has the ends curled outward but I thought that maybe my Ranchu has the start of that trait. When their gill cover separates that much I read they can more easily become victims to foreign debris and infections, etc.

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When they eat, forage, and breathe, a lot of foreign debris is filtered through their gills anyway. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you see immediate cause for concern.

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