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Nossie
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How big can they grow?
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:27:16 PM »

Goldfish grow biggest in ponds, nothing can beat mother nature, as I've heard (:
But now I am wondering about how big they can grow living in an aquarium with sufficient space for growth and with the best diet, water and general living conditions? And how old can they get?

My mother has had a few common fantails through the years in her 100 liter (~26.4 gallon) tank (one at a time with some tropical fish) and so far they've gotten to grow about 5 inches without counting the tail. And lived for maybe 3-5 years each.

Tell me about yours!
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 11:54:06 PM »

Well the oldest goldfish known lived for over 40 years in an aquarium of sort.  So given a proper diet and environment , they can have a very long lifespan.

Most goldfish will only grow to about 5-8 inches (excluding the tail) , so this probably what you should expect of your goldfish.
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 03:20:40 AM »

Yeah, the oldest registered by Guinness was 43 years, but I heard that the actually oldest one was 45 (: (only not accepted by Guinness records because of a lack of proof.)
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2010, 11:47:16 PM »

My biggest black Moor was too large to flush.  I buried him under a potted plant and watched it flourish the next couple of years or so.  Also, he lived around 5 - 6 years or so.  I have got to get myself another tank and more fishies!!  Wink
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2010, 01:56:43 AM »

this is what I got off the net... Grin
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2010, 02:13:59 AM »

roughcolliegirl:: Do so! Absolutely (: I remember when we buried a moor in my elementary school, in the plants :'D

hanna:: WOW! shit! D8 that's some big comet! D8 (Oh well, they ARE supposed to grow to a foot in length d: )
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2010, 09:49:30 AM »

hi
my dad has a koi that are over 3 feet and over 10 pounds and they are only 6 years old. and u can hand feed a few of them peas it is sweet.
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2010, 11:06:38 PM »

Wow!  BIG fishie!!
Ours are five inches and growing.  They used to be able to fit in their hollow log toy together, all three of them.  Not anymore! Wink  I'm dreading the day they grow so big they get stuck in it!
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2010, 05:46:40 AM »

Hanna: Hahaha omg!!! That goldfish is massive and I thought Sunshine was big Tongue Man I hope he doesn't get that big, he'd eat so much food.
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2010, 08:27:34 AM »

Some of my goldfish are about 9 inches....and my Orandas, 2 of them, are as big as my hand.  The orandas are just big, and round and fat.   Smiley

Hanna, that is one beautiful big old goldfish in that picture.   Haha, thats what I should do.....take a pix of a baby next to one of my goldfish.  That is a good idea to compare size. Wink
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2010, 08:36:36 AM »

Nossie, Yeah I read about those 40 year old goldfish. WOW!  I'm thinking that most only live, on the average, around 10 years or so.  And probably ones with exceptional care up to around 30?  Genetics and environment also plays a role in it. 
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2010, 10:57:10 AM »

Wow, glad that this thread finally got some posts! Cheesy

Mindemae:: I'm intending to try and keep mine alive as long as it's possibly possible! Maybe even my children'll get to know them! That'd be so awesome! Cheesy
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2010, 11:25:32 AM »

Nossie,
Wouldn't that be something for your children and maybe their children to know your fish?
Heck you might have to write a will and leave them to someone eventually! Wink
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2010, 11:53:32 AM »

Hah! That'd be so cool! : D (And yey, my new tank is ordered, so I should have it in 1-2 weeks (: )
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2010, 12:07:23 PM »

Woot!  Congrats on the new tank!!! Smiley
I am sooo excited for you!!   Wink
Please post pictures as soon as you can!! Cheesy
I LOVE looking at everyone elses pictures.  It's so much fun! Grin
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2010, 12:58:50 PM »

Me too! Cheesy And of course I will! I got a beautiful, big and sturdy bureau from my grandpa's childhood home that I'm gonna fix up to keep the tank on (: (saving a load of money in other words...)
I'm so excited about it myself, I've been thinking about it and planning it for weeks! Which plants to have, gravel etc etc! C:
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2010, 01:10:19 PM »

Ohhh I LOVE that you are using something from your grandfather.  I LOVE vintage and Antiques.
I have a desk from my grandfather that I have my 10 gallon quarantine/hospital tank on.  I plan to strip it down and paint it black later on this summer when I finish all my other outdoor projects.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2010, 01:15:45 PM »

Yes! And this one has very nice design! (: A bit worn though, so I'll be adding another layer of varnish, among other things.
I'm sure that tank will look so lovely on this! It's a few cm bigger than the bottom of the tank, so it's gonna stand safe and sure!
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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2010, 02:00:57 PM »

It sounds absolutely lovely! Smiley
I can't wait to see it and your new tank!!
It sounds like it was made for the tank!
Did you guyz end up getting a different place?  (Sorry I can't remember) Or did you just have to find room  for it in your apartment?
Will it fit in your living room?
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2010, 02:49:50 AM »

Sorry Ladies, haven't been to active here the last days, just fight to NOT getting the flu... ;)it comes into winter now here in QLD.
Yes I couldn't believe my eyes when I seen this pic... and I honestly believed first they only can get about 12-14 years old which is a LONG fish life. But 40 years, WOW... it is so amazing.... Now I'll go and treat my sore throat with a glass of red wine, LOL  Cheesy
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2010, 02:50:44 AM »

AND NOSSIE, please post a pic as soon as you can, I am so excited for you
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2010, 03:39:43 AM »

Mindemae: I honestly had problems believing it myself! :'D It's so perfect!
Anyway, the tank will be placed in my parents' house until fall (: We'll be living at their house until my fiances school starts (University! Cheesy) and then we'll move to a bigger apartment in a bigger city, and I'll simply be keeping my fish in the living room on the upper floor Wink

Hanna: Wow, winter! o__o Here it's like 30 degrees in the sun already! Cheesy I really hope you'll be healthy soon (: Btw, try having some Whisky! Some 50-60% should clear out your throat! c:
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2010, 07:36:25 AM »

Hahahaha, Schnaps did help  Grin. Thanks for your good whishes.  Wink
I can imagine how good your tank will look on the antique desk, it will be gogeous.

And according to growth and age I whish all our fishies will have a looooooong happppppy wiggly fishy life.  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2010, 07:46:25 AM »

Yeah, when I got that pic I felt my eyes popping out, I couldn't believe it that goldfish can get that big. Well, learned sth again. I always thought they get not much bigger as those bigger ones one can buy at the pet shop.
Perhaps this boy likes to be pattet too.

Ours love to nibble on my finger tips, very ticklish, lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2010, 07:53:19 AM »

Did you know that at some spas they use live fish to eat the dead skin off peoples feet when having a pedicure???
OMG I think that would be too weird but I guess some places it's popular.  My salon lady told me that when I was having a pedicure.  She showed me a picture of it.  People actually sit with their feet in a tub with water with fish in it!  Poor fish! Shocked
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« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2010, 08:05:40 AM »

GEEEE, nooooooooo poor fishies  Shocked   I'll be up in the air ... just imagine how that tickles...
 ........ but maybe it is like those tiny "cleaning" fish accompanying the sharks all the time.
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2010, 08:07:14 AM »

I googeled for the largest goldfish and found another pic.
This is the same boy it looks like, I would be scared he'd eat the little one
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« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2010, 08:38:17 AM »

I am surprised at how peaceful goldfish are.  I have my big orandas in with 2 babies and they all get along fine! Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2010, 08:44:55 AM »

AHW, this is so lovely, can you post a pic of them, eventually?
Love to see my fishie friends fishies  Wink
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Re: How big can they grow?
« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2010, 09:07:40 AM »

Well, Hanna did you look at my avatar on the other Aquarium forum?  That's Bobbi and Thor!
I sent you an personal message but you didn't respond. Wink
I'm so glad this site is back up again!!  I really love this forum best! Cheesy
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