The ranchu is a highly regarded fancy goldfish in Japan. Compared to lionheads, ranchus have a more downturned tail and tail fin. 

Although similar to lionheads, ranchus have more-arched backs and have much shorter tails that are tucked-in at a sharp angle.  The most prominent feature of the ranchu is its head. There must be sufficient space between the eyes, and also from the eyes to the front of the head. The gill cover should figuratively extend quite far towards the tail. The headgrowth should seem to begin from the bottom of the gill cover and move upward.  The headgrowths of young ranchu fry may take at least a year to develop.  Young ranchus possessing broad foreheads and square noses generally produce better headgrowths.  Mature ranchus can reach between 6 to 8 inches in length.

Click on any of the images below to view our Ranchu gallery.