Pearlscale Goldfish 2-3"

Live FishSKU: PG6106

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Pearlscale Goldfish

Pearlscale Goldfish, also known as ping pong goldfish, are an odd-looking variety of fancy goldfish that live in coldwater aquariums happily with other Fancy Goldfish. They are golf ball shaped with prominent scales, this makes them popular in the trade as they are very different to other fancy goldfish. 

Pearlscale goldfish are generally twin-tailed with very compact, rounded bodies. The fish takes its name from its nacreous scales, which have a raised centre outlined with darker pigment. The scales are arranged in rows and resemble pale-coloured pearls. This listing is for pearlscale goldfish of random colouration and sex, a mixture of orange, white and black patterning.

Can you keep Pearlscale Goldfish with other fancy goldfish?
Yes you can house Pearlscale, or ping pong goldfish with other varieties of goldfish. They also do very well with smaller coldwater fish, such as minnows or danios. Pearlscale goldfish are very slow swimmers, so care must be taken to ensure they are not out-competed for food by other faster-swimming tank inhabitants.

Are Pearlscale Goldfish more prone to disease?
Pearlscale goldfish are not as hardy as many of the other varieties of fancy goldfish, so care must be taken to house them adequately. The water must be pristine, as pearlscales can be more prone to stress-related bacterial diseases owing to their awkward size and movement, and unique protruding scales. As a slow-swimming variety of fancy goldfish, care must be taken to ensure they feed and are not out-competed for food.

Approx. supplied size: 2-3" / 3-5cm
Maximum size: 8" / 20cm
Origin: Japan
Temperament: Peaceful
Ideal number kept together: 1 or more

Water conditions
Our conditions: pH 7.5, temp 22°C
Ideal pH: 6-8
Hardness: 5-19 dGH
Ideal temperature: 18-22°C

Ease of care

Easy. We recommend having at least 25 litres of water per Pearlscale Goldfish to allow room for manoeuvre and growth. Make allowances for their unique shape and slow-swimming ability, do not have any sharp or narrow objects in the aquarium.


Flake & sinking pellets are best for slow swimming Pearlscale Goldfish. High Protein fish food when they are breeding. Sinking Pellets are best to help prevent swim bladder issues.


Pearlscales are peaceful community fish which can be housed with other peaceful Fancy Goldfish, Danios and bottom feeders such as a Borneo Loach in cold water tanks. 


Moderate. Pearlscale Goldfish are egg layers and breed best when in groups as they are very social.


Pearlscale, or ping-pong goldfish can live up to 10-15 Years in perfect conditions.

For more information on general fishkeeping and our shipping procedures
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In stock orders placed before 2pm will be despatched on the same working day (not including palletised items, pond plants or fibreglass ponds).

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 Packet/Courier items    
 Royal Mail (2-3 days)  £0.00-£49.99 £2.99
 Royal Mail Next Day (1-2 days)  £0.00-£49.99 £4.99
 Parcelforce 24 (1 day)  £0.00-£49.99 £7.99
 Parcelforce 24 (1 day) *  £50 and up FREE
 Pallets (booked in)  aquariums / bulky items  

 Pallets Standard (3-5 days)


 Pallets Express (1-2 days)

 - £39.99


*EXCLUDED ITEMS  extra delivery fees apply:
 Fibreglass Ponds (booked in)    

 Zone 1 (7-10 days)

 - £79.99
 Zone 2 (7-14 days)  - £149.99
 Zone 3 (7-21 days)  - £249.99
Pond Plants (direct from grower)
All pond plants (3-10 days) one-off fee regardless of order size/value £5.99


* Orders over £50 that are under 2kg may be sent by a Royal Mail Tracked 24 service.

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