Animal Stories - Common Goldfish


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Goldfish are fun to watch... just look at all the different colors of these beautiful fish!
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Brenna - 2010-12-21
Hello, I have a question. Right now, I have 2 goldfish one fan tail and a common. I know that commons can get very big. In a few days I am getting a 46 gallon 36X16X24 bow front aquarium. Then I will be purchasing another fan tail and a black moor. My question is, do you think that there will be enough space for them?
Thanks for your advice ! :)

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LunaWolf - 2009-12-31
...Ergh. The Goldfish live twice as long as dogs, and can grow over 12". Bragging that your goldfish lived for a year is like bragging that your dog lived for 6 months! You CANNOT keep a goldfish in a bowl, they might survive for a month or two if your lucky, but they WILL DIE! They grow over a foot long; how would they even fit?! Single tailed goldfish need at LEAST a 50 gallon tank with at least a 100 gph filter, but in the end they are POND FISH, not BOWL FISH. Some people say they'll grow to the size of their bowl, yeah maybe. But only on the outside. Their internal organs won't stop growing though and they'll be literally crushed to death on the inside. Lovely, huh? The U.S. is one of the only civilised countries that haven't banned bowls yet. Honestly, some people just shouldn't have animals.

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  • angie - 2010-02-26
    It's a shame the "some" animal lovers are as judgemental as you. I commend Elizabeth for trying...
  • Lady - 2010-09-06
    I agree with Angie. And sometimes you have to start small until you can do better. I have 3 common goldfish in a half gallon tank meant for bettas. Its the best I could do for the moment. I'll be upgrading to at least a 5 gal in a few days, and then saving money to oufit a big tank. Just because I'm poor doesn't mean my son doesn't deserve to have his fish. I change the water once or twice a day and they are doing great. They're more active than they were in the tank at the store. They eat well, are healthy, with no signs of any disease, and seem happy as can be.
  • chad record - 2010-11-20
    I am new to tanks...I have a 30 gallon tank with a good filtration system, ...anyway w/ the tank came two 5 to 6 inch goldfish and 3 red eyes, I have added 6 goldfish, 1 survived so far, 3 danios, 3 mollies, and a plecostamus(excuse my ignorance). Anyway when does a fish get too big, and then what do I do....they are fish, but still my pet....
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caroline giles - 2010-10-14
I have two ordinary common goldfish. They spawned. I have about 100 fry now they are two months old I have noticed that some of them have like a three prong tail. Can anyone tell me what kind of fish these are? The mum and dad have ordinary common fish tails.

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Tim, age 47 but still a kid - 2008-12-07
Thank you very much for the informative pages on common and comet goldfish. I bought half-dozen "feeder comets" this past summer to put in a child's wading pool (with pots of emergent aquatic plants) to prevent mosquito larvae. When the cool of autumn arrived, I caught two to put in a 10-gallon aquarium in the house since my poor Plecostoma (Peter) had just passed away :-[. Both are the same color and size, but based on their tails I thought perhaps one might be male ("Bob") and one female ("Fanny"). Even though both were purchased as comets, I now think Bob is a common goldfish and Fanny is a true comet. Nevertheless, since they are both the same species and subspecies, I presume that they'll have no trouble breeding IF (50-50 odds) they DO turn out to be male and female. It would be helpful if there were a closeup photo of the head of a breeding male to illustrate the little whitish thing-a-ma-bobs that would be present. Otherwise, the information provided was very helpful. Thanks again!

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  • Lucky - 2010-10-03
    How do you know that one is a female and one is a male?
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Dustin - 2010-01-29
I have a 6 in. betta eating beast of a goldfish named bigfin in my large tank. He is a comet and his tail is so long the back is just a dead weight on him. He loves attention and is no regular fish. He can follow my finger and learns. He learned from my bettas (which have passed away, sadly) and my gouramis what to do if you are tired. He learned from my knife fish that naps are good. They can be 1 hour long. He learned from me that 2+2=4. The only other fish that learned anything is my golden gourami which waves at you when you put your hand against the tank gently. he is about 5 years old.

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  • LALALALALALALA - 2010-10-03
    Sounds like you got some cool fishies. =)
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Erika - 2010-10-02
I'll be getting a fish soon. I was thinking about getting a Common Goldfish, because I've heard that they are very social. I really want a type of goldfish that will swim around and have a personality. Reading about the Common Goldfish, I really didn't get a lot of information. :/ Can anybody tell me if a Common Goldfish has a lot of personality? Thank you!

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  • my lips are sealed - 2010-10-03
    I have 3 common goldfish and 3 shubunkins and YES they are very exciting! At first in their new tank they will be scared okay? But do NOT worry they WILL get over it! I suggest you get a common goldie (and why don't you get a few shubunkins too? They are very social too! And they are the tank mates of the common goldfish) at a petstore where the tanks are over crowded and I know that sounds stupid but that way in your tank they will be grateful of your kind deed ;D but look up fish diseases and make sure the fish you get are healthy and DO not overcrowd your tank! Good luck!
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Carol - 2010-09-21
My goldfish, whose name is Fish, is now almost 6 years old. He has been in a 1.5 gallon globe bowl for his whole life, and he's a great member of the family. Just recently I've noticed Fish seems to be going through a "growth spurt," so I've done some online research about goldfish, and I realize that we should not in fact be keeping him in a bowl! Yikes! We didn't know, and now we're planning to transfer him to an aquarium. We always thought that, according to the old tale, he would only grow as large as his bowl allowed. So can we really expect him to keep growing? He's now probably about 5 inches long, tail included.

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platypuses rock - 2010-03-22
I have a common goldfish and his name is Floyd. At first I didn't know if he was eating but now I see him eat. I feed 2 or 3 pellets a day and I keep him in his tank in my bedroom.

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  • Caroline Jones - 2010-09-18
    If it is 16-20 OC you should give him three meals a day
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nearer - 2009-10-26
Well my 6 year old son just won a common goldfish. I put him in like a betta bowl or tall goldfish bowl and I feed him several times a day in small increments. He's doing good but I want to put him in a filtered tank so I don't have to change his water all the time. How much should I change the water until I get him a tank?

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  • fdxgjhfgj - 2010-03-22
    I'm tying to find out
  • moon - 2010-06-20
    Hi I'm moon I'm from pak I also like fishes I like fishes when I'm 10 years tell me how to make my fish happy and healthier plz tell me I want to know information tell me plz.
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eli - 2010-05-19
I have a lot of comet fishes and I want to breed them. I do not know...

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