The comet is America's goldfish.  They were developed in the 1880's by a U.S. Fisheries Bureau employee, Hugo Murlett.  The Fisheries Bureau (now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) had a fish hatchery of sorts in Washington D.C. and some of the ponds, including "Carp Pond", still exist on the National Mall near the Washington Monument.  The comet was developed by crossing veiltail to common hibuna.  Murlett named them 'Comets' because they reminded him of several prominent comets being seen in the sky during that decade.  Murlett left his Federal job to create a business producing goldfish on a commercial scale and later described his techniques in a popular book.  Comets soon became widely available throughout the country and, to this day, comets remain the most popular variety in the country. 

Comets are similar to common goldfish (hibuna) with an elongated body and a single tail.  Comets are usually slightly slimmer than a common goldfish, but not by much.  However, the fins are greatly elongated and the tail is at least half as, and often as long as the body.  Most comets have a ribbon tail with narrow lobes and pointed ends.  We are developing a comet with rounded tail lobes and the lobs held well spread apart.  They ar reminiscent of a Bristol shubunkin, but with the metallic scales and colors of a comet.
The most popular color for comets is solid red or variegated red and white.  The red and white ones are called by their Japanese name, ‘sarasa’.   We have been breeding a few chocolate and bronze comets.  A year or so ago we introduced yellow comets and we are now working on a line of metallic blue comets.  If a comet is calico color, then it is no longer a comet; it's a shubunkin.

Like common goldfish, comets are very hardy and will flourish in water gardens where some of the short-body and more highly-bred goldfish varieties do not do well.  They get fairly large though.  While the body may not get quite as large as a hibuna, if you include their elongated tail fin the comet may be the longest of all goldfish.  Given enough space and time they will grow to perhaps fourteen inches. 

All of these goldfish were born on our farm, each one is different and the individual in the photos is the individual you receive.  To order, just send an e-mail to goldfish@raingarden.us and let us know the item number to the left of the photos.  To the right of the photos, you will see a column with the price of the fish.  Farther to the right is a separate column with the shipping cost for one or more fish of that variety and size.  We will confirm the shipping cost when responding to your email.

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