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post #1 of 19
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I put these 4 15 cent feeder goldfish in my outside pond in the spring when they were an inch long. I took them out yesterday to put them in a tank for the winter and I cant beleive how much they have grown! And I cant beleive how much they have pooped in one day either! I;m going to have to get a bigger tank with a bigger filter!


post #2 of 19
omg! those are really goldfish??? i had no idea goldfish got any bigger than an inch or two...

wowzers!
post #3 of 19
Those are some big honkin' goldfish! I bet the cats like watching them!
post #4 of 19
They would make great cat tv!
post #5 of 19
I showed hubby your fishzillas....Joe says that they'll get as big as their living environment will allow! WOW!
post #6 of 19
Those were feeder fish?! Wow!
post #7 of 19
Goldfish are notoriously messy. I've heard it recommended to have I think at least 10 gallons per fish for fish of any size. For some reason it's always amazing to me to see fish grow. I think that's because when I was a kid they didn't live long enough to grow !
post #8 of 19
They are big! My dad used to teach at an aeronautical school that had fish ponds. I vaugely remember it being a shopping mall when I was little and seeing the fish. Well when I went back with Dad the goldfish had gotten to be over a foot long. They had 2 large ponds with a wide area below a footbridge between the ponds. Dad said they guys used to feed them all the time. I'm not sure how they made it through the winter or what they did with them in the winter but they were huge! I think I thought dad was trying to pull my leg!
post #9 of 19
LOL yup, Goldfish get huge, even the fancy fantail varieties can get pretty big.
I had a lionhead goldfish that was about 10 inches in diameter before he died.

Common feeders (well all goldfish) are decendants of common carp, which reach about 48 inches.
post #10 of 19
I've seen bigger..
post #11 of 19
Those are very big for common goldfish!
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by pushylady
They would make great cat tv!
Oh yes! The cats noticed them right away and spent hours last night patting the glass with their paws as the fish swam by! LOL! It was pretty funny to watch!
post #13 of 19
Actually the Goldfishes capacity to grow is what attracts me to them. I love big fish. I have a fancy gold fish now that I have in a ten gallon all it own but I have a 42 gallon tank available for the time at which the fish out grows his ten gallon tank.

However be very glad you haven't gotten on Pl*co yet. Those things grow fast and huge. I bought one a few years back that was less than an inch long and he wound up being 7 inches when he died. (I left him in the care of a friend while I was out of town...it was quite depressing to come home to no big fish.) I had him for about three years or so I'd guess. I'm getting another one though when the gold fish is big enough to go in the 42 gallon.
post #14 of 19
10 to 20 gallon per gold fish is a good rule of thumb and filtration at least 8x over gallons per hour 10 x is far better .. There are over 2000 kinds of plecos ... I have one called a pitbull that is 1.75 inches hell reach two inches at full maturity.,... I wouldnt put in a pleco that is a tropical fish with goldies that are coldwater fish... Try a hill stream loach
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by sharky
10 to 20 gallon per gold fish is a good rule of thumb and filtration at least 8x over gallons per hour 10 x is far better .. There are over 2000 kinds of plecos ... I have one called a pitbull that is 1.75 inches hell reach two inches at full maturity.,... I wouldnt put in a pleco that is a tropical fish with goldies that are coldwater fish... Try a hill stream loach
I plan on getting a bigger tank tomarrow! LOL! The pond needed cleaned, and since I will have to drain it soon anyway, I just took them out not really knowing how big they had gotten because my pond is about 4 feet deep, and about 6 feet long with lily pads and rocks, and the water was getting dark from all the rain weve had coming off a big oak tree above it. The waterfall filter just couldnt keep up with it all. So they were a big surpize to me!
post #16 of 19
Time to invest in a koi pond filter for next year

Filtration will be very important, I always ran 100-200 gph filters with goldfish, whether they were tiny in 10 gal tanks, or bigger in 20-50 gallon tanks.
I had the best results using both bio-wheel power filters and Undertow undergravel filters with power heads running the uplift tubes.
post #17 of 19
My aunt's neighbour, before she moved, had two pets: a cat and a goldfish. They both ate the same thing -- wet cat food. I'm not joking! The fish ate cat food! It was approximately the size of a large dinner plate, and lived in a floor-to-ceiling tank. Last I heard of it (and this was close to a decade ago) it has at least that old. Talk about a Big Fish Story!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by HeldDown
My aunt's neighbour, before she moved, had two pets: a cat and a goldfish. They both ate the same thing -- wet cat food. I'm not joking! The fish ate cat food! It was approximately the size of a large dinner plate, and lived in a floor-to-ceiling tank. Last I heard of it (and this was close to a decade ago) it has at least that old. Talk about a Big Fish Story!
I would love to have a floor-to-ceiling fish tank! That would be so awesome!
post #19 of 19
Wow they ARE big!
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