How to Judge Aquarium Fish - Fantails


Type Test

Fish failing this test will be severely down pointed; deformities and major defects will cause the fish to be disqualified. Depth of body approximately 65% of body length.  Caudal fin divided, forked with slightly rounded well spread lobes held above the horizontal.  Dorsal fin single, all other fins paired and their extremities slightly rounded. Minimum length of body to be 21/4” (55mm). 


Caudal well divided, forked and held high without drooping.


Body will be short and rounded with a smooth outline. All proportions must approximate to the drawing.


Metallic group: Self colours - as listed in points table. Variegated - any combination of the listed colours in a pleasing pattern similar on each side. Quality fish will have high colour intensity and metallic shine extending into the fins. Calico groups - blue background with patches of violet, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, spotted with black. Fish should have a high intensity of colour evenly distributed over the body, with colour, especially black, extending into the fins.


Fish will be bright and alert.


Fish must be of accurate size for the species and age of fish. The exhibit shouldn’t be undergrown or overgrown.

The above judging criteria and comments have been provided for the purpose of education and do not represent the views, opinions or position of judges, officials or the RA&HS. Any resemblance to actual persons, competitors, or exhibits living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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