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Old 06-12-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Why fancy goldfish require big tanks- visual perspective

Hopefully, this thread will provide a bit of insight into why fancies require quite a bit more water water than most people realize or are even willing to admit. I am not talking about a measly 20g per fish either. I think pictures provide a better insight than words.

Below is a juvenile telescope that is representative of the size of most goldfish sold in a lfs. He is the approximate size of a golfball (nose to tail) though thin and not in great condition (picked him up this past Saturday).
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Now, below is the same juvenile telescope in an 8g horse water bucket that measures 14inch across/15 1/2inches on the diagonal. He is pictured with an adult telescope that is pictured on the diagonal in the bucket (15 1/2in). A visual comparison of the juvenile goldfish stocked in the lfs versus a mature adult goldfish I believe speaks for itself.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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This is awesome as a visual!! Thank you so much jlk!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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I think pictures provide a better insight than words
Indeed it does, Jess. Not long ago I was in a Petco & saw a Yellow Lab fully grown. I know they can get big (not like that goldfish) but when you see them face to face it does a shock point factor on what to expect.
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Wow! I wanted another fancy when I got sorted but I kept telling myself no just go with the two. Especially since Peepers is getting bigger. After seeing that picture I don't need to scratch that itch anymore! Love it!
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Amazing! Excellent info!
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Wow - that is a real eye opener. Thanks for that jlk!
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This is great. Hope people will take this to heart.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:45 AM   #9
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You should sticky this. Biggest rookie mistake that absolutely anyone can make (and many do). My very first fancy goldfish was in a 15litre tank. Fortunately he was only in there for 2 weeks. Thank goodness for examples like this one to really make people think.

Question: how long does it take for a fish to reach that size? Mine have doubled in size in 4 months but they are still small in comparison.
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Now I'm wondering if I'll be okay with three fancies that are small/small-medium in a 60 gallon right now...or if I can get away with more...
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