RAIN GARDEN GOLDFISH
Below you will find some Watonai (pronounced WA-town-eye). Watonai are as hardy as wakin but have larger, broader tails. It is a very old variety which is seldom seen today. To be honest, I do not think that anyone else is breeding them now. However, if you want a strong, hardy goldfish which can fend for itself in outdoor ponds and still have a broad fancy tail, nothing beats a watonai. The tail fin is nearly as wide as the body is long.
Watonai may have been first described in English by Dr. Shinnosuke Matsubara, Director of the Imperial Fisheries Institute, Tokyo, in his paper Goldfish and Their Culture in Japan. The paper was presented and published in the 1908 Proceedings of the International Fisheries Congress, Washington, D.C., Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries 4: 381-397. These proceedings also include a beautiful color lithograph of a watonai. Matsubara says the watonai was first created by crossing a ryukin with a wakin. Watonai were also mentioned by Dr. Yoshiichi Matsui, Professor of Fish Culture, Kinki University, Japan, in his 1972 Goldfish Guide which was republished by T.F.H. in 1981. Dr. Matsui also referred to them as “Long-Bodied Ribbontail”.
Since watonai were no longer available, I went back to the original cross to recreate them. In that first batch of about a thousand offspring, less than a dozen individuals stood out as superior to the rest and with all the desired characteristics. We grew these to adult and now have several generations of offspring. In 2010, we introduced a calico watonai, yellow watonai in 2012 and metallic blue in 2013.
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