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Old 06-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #11
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While I don't find the attraction to goldfish like I do cichlids that is a amazing example for people new to the hobby, well done my friend!
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Wow, it is hard to imagine the little guy getting that big. And in most peoples tanks it wouldn't

Please share how old the big Goldie is and what living conditions/tank/pond it was raised in, and now lives. That is a really beautiful fish.

Thank you and it would be great if you could do the same thing with the "feeder" goldfish too.

My daughter "rescued" a couple feeders and of course they were tiny 1.5-2 inches long and now maybe 8-10", in the pond, after 2 years.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:38 AM   #13
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Wow, it is hard to imagine the little guy getting that big. And in most peoples tanks it wouldn't

Please share how old the big Goldie is and what living conditions/tank/pond it was raised in, and now lives. That is a really beautiful fish.

Thank you and it would be great if you could do the same thing with the "feeder" goldfish too.

My daughter "rescued" a couple feeders and of course they were tiny 1.5-2 inches long and now maybe 8-10", in the pond, after 2 years.
My best guess is she is approximately 3yrs old, possibly a bit older. I purchased her from a private breeder that keeps the majority of his fancies in ponds. As our winters can be quite nasty and goldfish growth during the winter months is very limited, my best guess is she was in the 6-9 month range when I purchased her. She has spent the larger majority of her time indoors though she was outside last summer and will be again once our weather here decides to cooperate! She has grown this size in just about/under 2.5 years with a hefty wc schedule and an excellent diet.

I hope to get a few more comparison pics posted but not everyone has been as cooperative!!
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My best guess is she is approximately 3yrs old, possibly a bit older. I purchased her from a private breeder that keeps the majority of his fancies in ponds. As our winters can be quite nasty and goldfish growth during the winter months is very limited, my best guess is she was in the 6-9 month range when I purchased her. She has spent the larger majority of her time indoors though she was outside last summer and will be again once our weather here decides to cooperate! She has grown this size in just about/under 2.5 years with a hefty wc schedule and an excellent diet.

I hope to get a few more comparison pics posted but not everyone has been as cooperative!!
Thank you, the picture really is worth a thousand words here especially. For sure make a sticky!
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Somebody should make that into a poster. Might explain to people more why goldfish need such large tanks.
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Is just one telescope in a thirty ok?
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Wow, it is hard to imagine the little guy getting that big. And in most peoples tanks it wouldn't

Please share how old the big Goldie is and what living conditions/tank/pond it was raised in, and now lives. That is a really beautiful fish.

Thank you and it would be great if you could do the same thing with the "feeder" goldfish too.

My daughter "rescued" a couple feeders and of course they were tiny 1.5-2 inches long and now maybe 8-10", in the pond, after 2 years.
My goldfish of the same breed, though different colors, was purchased super small. Just shorter than my pinky and thin. I had him in a ten gallon and he had stunted growth. I upgraded to a thirty gallon (just him in the tank) and he is now about the length of my hand. Granted I have generally small hands... he is definitely at least 5-6 inches now. And plump but not fat
He's a fighter seeing as he's gone through fish illness a lot in the ten gallon and survived a whole big move to a new apartment. Had to put him in a bucket for the move while I took down and set up the new tank in my new place.
But he is definitely happier. I run two filters on it to get about 450 gph. And I'm thinking of adding a third. My city water is like... the worst ever.
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Have any of the other fish decided to be cooperative for the next photo shoot?
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Have any of the other fish decided to be cooperative for the next photo shoot?
Going to try and post a few more pics! Three are from today (ryukins and juvenile moors) and the rest are from this past winter. Unfortunately, I no longer have my two giant moors for new pic comparisons thanks to the heron that outsmarted me this summer.
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An adult female ryukin and a juvenile (lfs size) ryukin (and YES you can have a heavily planted tank with fancies!!!!):
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