Sometimes, a change in perspective is what it takes to see the light.
~ Dan Brown
Ranchu Competition in the AJRS (All-Japan Ranchu Show)
The most famous of all Japanese goldfish is of course the Ranchu. In fact, the Chinese Ranchu was created in the early 80's when the Japanese Ranchu was introduced into Fuzhou to cross with the Chinese lionhead. Ironically, it was the Chinese Ranchu that first took the goldfish world by storm. The Thai breeders have also imported the Japanese ranchu and selectively bred it for appreciation in the side view profile. The Thais, being very skilled in ornamental fishes, and inevitably these ranchu become very popular too and are widely known as the Thai ranchus (side view appreciation).
|Top view profile of a Chinese ranchu:|
head is more rounded, body more olive shaped,
peduncle thinner and tail are not so widely open
|Top view profile of a Japanese ranchu:|
head is squarish, thick back, streamline body and wider tail spread
The most endearing moment for the Japanese Ranchu keeper is a shoal of cute ranchus wagging their tails and sexy peduncles in anticipation of their meals. Their active temperament, stocky peduncle, broad back and wider tail spread are a real joy to be appreciated from the top view ponds. Many people who started keeping the Japanese ranchu soon realised that they have open up a whole new perspective in enjoying the goldfish hobby.
Tips of starting the Japanese Ranchu hobby:
|Black Baby Ranchu (BBR)|