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Lady Hobbs
07-30-2008, 03:29 PM
I notice that often people buy goldfish that will grow too large for their fish tanks. Perhaps someone (?) could list the species and the size they become at maturity so others who buy this fish will know.

Not a whole big article but just a listing? I know nothing about goldfish or would do it myself.

troy
07-30-2008, 03:39 PM
Goldfish are all the same species.

Lady Hobbs
07-30-2008, 03:52 PM
I have started this list but will change information if it is incorrect altho everyone has different information as to their sizes.

Comets 18-24"
Fantail 5-10
Moors 12 "
Oranda 8
Ryukin 7-10"
Bubble-eye 7
Ranchu 7
LionHead 8
Pearscale 7
Celestial 6
shubunkins 13"

troy
07-30-2008, 04:05 PM
I've heard about a 16 inch long Oranda.
commons 24"
lionheads 10"

Sounguru
07-30-2008, 04:09 PM
I caught a 4lb comet.....

troy
07-30-2008, 04:27 PM
Ryukin 10"
shubunkins 13"

Lady Hobbs
07-30-2008, 04:32 PM
Perhaps we should write......anywhere from 6 - 18 inches. LOL

Fishguy2727
07-30-2008, 09:39 PM
There is also a difference between actual length and body length. With so many breeds havign such long fins, they are only half the size of their maximum size.

In general the long-bodied goldfish get 12-18", the round-bodieds have a body about the size of a man's fist, then add the fins.

This is why I suggest going with at least a 75 for fancy goldfish. Since they get so big AND like to school, you need a big tank.

Lady Hobbs
07-30-2008, 10:59 PM
I knew some got very large but didn't realize they all did.

Gemstone
07-31-2008, 07:21 AM
they all get big....the bigger the tank the bigger the fish...have seen some fan tailed ones in a large pond get to about 30cm....and these are considered ornamentals??...lol...and cannot say whether it was fully grownout at that point.

Ty
07-31-2008, 11:32 AM
they all get big....the bigger the tank the bigger the fish...have seen some fan tailed ones in a large pond get to about 30cm....and these are considered ornamentals??...lol...and cannot say whether it was fully grownout at that point.


you might be better listing the minimum tank size for the number of fish.

20 gal for one, ect.


I have 5 in my 75, and I think that is all that I am going to get unless I find one that I have to have, but I would not go more than 6.

Gemstone
07-31-2008, 12:01 PM
you might be better listing the minimum tank size for the number of fish.

20 gal for one, ect.


I have 5 in my 75, and I think that is all that I am going to get unless I find one that I have to have, but I would not go more than 6.

Personally I don;t like putting goldfish into tanks at all...I have always had mine in ponds...but then the climate is condusive to that...the one goldfish that I have now, however, is in a bowl....but this is just till we move..He will be getting a pond pretty soon.

Fishguy2727
07-31-2008, 01:23 PM
For fancies it is exactly that, 20 gallons for one and an additional ten gallons per additional fish. Since they like to school (at least 6) this puts them in at least a heavily filtered and properly maintained 75.

I have 8 in a 150.

Lady Hobbs
07-31-2008, 02:50 PM
Some of those pictures of goldfish that are the size of a man's hand sure resemble a blood parrot. Fat and short and orange.

Fishguy, if their are any corrections to the size list I have put up, let me know and I will change them. I am looking for what they average not what one huge fish turned out to be that is over the top when it comes be the normal size.

Actually the list has helped me to figure out I will NOT have goldfish ever. They just get too large for the room I can give them.

Fishguy2727
07-31-2008, 09:19 PM
I have not seen many very large goldfish. I know the record for any breed (including the long-bodieds) is the massive oranda shown in the Guinness World's Records book. I think for most it really depends on finnage. While some have very large and long fins, others have much more modest finnage, yet they are actually about the same size.