What Do Baby Goldfish Look Like?

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August 2, 2022 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant

Goldfish are born with a bright yellowish color. As they mature, their color changes to a light golden brown. The tips of their fins and tails become slightly darker.

Adult goldfish can range in color from pale gold to orange-red. Some goldfish have black spots on their bodies.

Do you know what baby goldfish look like? If not, you’re in for a treat! Baby goldfish are absolutely adorable, and they look very different from their adult counterparts.

For one thing, they’re much smaller – only about the size of a dime. They also have much softer fins and bodies, which makes them very cuddly and huggable (if you’re into that sort of thing). In addition, their coloring is usually much brighter than that of an adult goldfish.

All in all, baby goldfish are simply irresistible – and if you’ve never seen one before, you’re in for a real treat!

What Do Baby Goldfish Look Like?

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What Do Tiny Baby Goldfish Look Like?

Assuming you are referring to newborn goldfish fry, they are incredibly small and delicate. At birth, they are typically only a few millimeters in length and weigh less than a gram. They have a transparent body that is covered with a thin layer of mucus.

Their eyes are undeveloped and their tail is curled tightly against their body. Goldfish fry grow rapidly and can reach lengths of 2-3 inches within just a few months.

How Do You Know If Your Goldfish Have Babies?

If you notice your goldfish acting differently, it could be a sign that they are about to lay eggs. The female goldfish will often become more reclusive and stop eating as she prepares to lay her eggs. She may also chase the male goldfish around or nip at his fins.

Once the eggs are laid, they will attach themselves to plants or other surfaces in the tank using a sticky substance. The male goldfish will then fertilize them. Within a few days, the eggs should hatch and you’ll see tiny baby goldfish swimming around!

Will Baby Goldfish Survive in a Pond?

Assuming you have a adequately sized pond, goldfish will do just fine in it. In fact, they will probably thrive better in the pond than in an aquarium. They are very hardy fish and can withstand a wide range of water conditions.

The only real concern is that they may be eaten by predators such as herons or raccoons. But if you have a good population of goldfish, they should be able to out-compete these predators for food.

Do Goldfish Eat Their Babies?

No, goldfish do not eat their babies. While it is true that goldfish are capable of eating their young, they generally do not do so. There are a number of reasons why goldfish may eat their young, including lack of food, stress, and disease.

However, in most cases, goldfish will leave their babies alone.

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Baby Goldfish Stages

The life cycle of a goldfish is relatively short compared to other fish species. They typically only live for about 10-15 years in captivity, although there have been reports of goldfish living up to 30 years old. The average lifespan of a wild goldfish is much shorter, only 2-5 years.

The first stage of a goldfish’s life begins when the egg is fertilized by the male and floats to the surface of the water where it hatches 3-4 days later. The newly hatched fry are very small and vulnerable at this stage and must be kept in a sheltered area with little water movement to prevent them from being swept away. They will feed on microscopic organisms and algae until they are large enough to eat bigger food items such as brine shrimp or daphnia.

As they grow, goldfish undergo several changes in appearance. Their bodies become more elongated and their fins grow longer. At around 4-6 months old they reach sexual maturity and can start reproducing if conditions are favourable (e.g., plenty of food, clean water, etc.).

During each stage of their lives, it’s important to provide goldfish with high quality food and clean water to ensure they stay healthy and live long lives.


If you’re wondering what baby goldfish look like, wonder no more! Baby goldfish are small and delicate, with big eyes and fins. They’re a little bit different from adult goldfish in both appearance and behavior.

Keep reading to learn more about baby goldfish care.

About Author (Marjorie R. Rogers)

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