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How to measure Oranda?
Old 06-22-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
How to measure Oranda?

When Measuring Oranda goldfish, do you measure from head to tip of tail or just the body?
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:35 AM   #2
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I assume you are asking the question because you are wanting to know how many "inches" of fish you have in your aquarium?

If this is why you ask, then you can't apply this rule anyhow. The rule of "one inch of fish per gallon of water" only works when applied to fish of very little body mass, such as small Tetras and Barbs.

Orandas have significant body mass per inch in length, which makes them much larger than the "rule of thumb" allows for. A single Oranda needs a minimum of 20 gallons of water.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:02 AM   #3
Lordy Lordy, thanks for the info. I have a 10 gal tank and 3 Orandas.... Looks like I may have to us 2 1/2 of them for fishbait or get a bigger tank.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:07 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, most fish stores fail to tell you that goldfish are just about the messiest fish out there- and they get to be 24 inches!

Now begins the painful process of realizing what these fish actually need, and getting really pissed off at the store who sold you them! :/ good luck, keep asking questions and we'll be happy to help you.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:06 PM   #5
Thanks for the info.

The only good thing about Walmart fish is, they gladly take them back after they die.......and the fellow waiting on me was afraid they would bite. I then went to PetCo and got a Halfmoon Betta, 5 Tetras, bamboo and a couple other live plants. The Service person said that should be a good way for a beginner to start a simple set up. Thanks for the Help!
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