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Pearlscale Goldfish may be one of the most comical looking goldies yet! They are purposely bred to have a very deep, rounded body that causes them to appear to waddle around the tank – even more so than an adult Oranda. Their scales are meant to protrude out from the body, similar to little beads – this is the reason behind the name Pearlscale.
However, please don’t confuse a Pearlscale’s upraised scales to a fish that is exhibiting the symptom Dropsy ( Yes, it’s a symptom not a disease). Every scale on a healthy Pearlscale will connect completely to the body. However, a fish that has developed Dropsy will have scales that ‘pine cone’ out from the body. It is very easy to distinguish between a Pearlscale and a pine-coned fish by taking a look at their profile from above.
A Pearlscale is movement impaired, which is pretty easy to see once you have watched one swim around for a few minutes! Different fish have varying degrees of roundness, but they all move pretty slowly in comparison to the other types of Goldfish out there.
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