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The pompon is very rare in UK, being something of a novelty fish. They breed
true to form. The nasal septa are enlarged and frilly, hence the name.
In the Far East the pompon (without dorsal) is called the velvetyball eggfish. In Japan there
is a dorsalled variety of this fish called the hanafusa.
Pompons first appeared in 1900.
The pompon standard is as follows:
- Depth of body to be greater than 1/2 of body length
- Nasal septa to be well developed
- Dorsal fin to be absent
- All other fins to be paired, caudal fin to be divided
- Caudal fin to be forked
- Extremities of fins to have a rounded appearance
- Minimum length of body to be 5.5 cm (2¼ inches)
The fish should be bright and alert and well balanced. The body should be short
with smooth contours and showing no sign of a dorsal fin. The caudal fin should
be well divided.
The colour may be metallic (self-coloured or variegated in a pleasing pattern
and similar on each side) or calico. Metallic colours should appear as burnished
metal, extending into the fins. Calico fish should have a blue background with
patches of violet, red, orange, yellow and brown, spotted with black.
Ideal profiles are illustrated below:
Adult pompons, calico colouration, Western standard
Orange pompons photographed at BAS 2011. These fish have a good body contour and finnage and well-formed nasal septa but lack the balance of red-blue colouration per the calico standard. The nasal septa of the left-hand fish are imbalanced in size and ideally should be matching.
Pompon with a lovely calico blue background colour. Shown at BAS 2008.
Pompon with a nice, smooth dorsal contour; the body could ideally be a little deeper. Photographed at BAS 2007.
Another good UK pompon, with a smooth dorsal contour, slightly deeper body and larger nasal septa. Photographed at BAS 2007.
This fish conforms closely to the standard, but has a slight hood. The fish has good calico colouration but lacks balance of colour and pattern
on either side, there being noticeably more red on the right than on the left. Photographed at BAS 2003.
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