10-01-2013, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by thekoimaiden
I understand not wanting to rehome your comet, but this means you will need an even larger tank. You are now looking at something like a 125 gal or larger. Comets are large and active fish. They usually top out around 8 or 9 inches long. A fish that large needs room to turn as well as room to swim. The reason why everyone suggests a pond is because that is really the best place for a comet goldfish.
As to the age expectancy, 20 years is usually the maximum for pond goldfish. Ten is more like the average. There is a pretty large difference in age expectancy for tank goldfish vs. pond goldfish, and it has to do with metabolism. Tank goldfish are kept at a relatively constant temperature year-round which means their metabolism stays at a pretty constant level. There is nothing wrong with this, but the byproducts of metabolism are what cause the aging process. Pond goldfish go into hibernation during the winter during which their metabolism slows to almost a stop. So in a sense, tank goldfish age twice as fast as pond goldfish, thus giving those goldfish in the pond a seemingly longer life span (if they are protected from predation, mechanical failures, and poor maintenance).
I understand that and i have factored all that in... She is my princess and she will be treated like one... She will have the best of everything... She will want for nothing... I love her and she loves me and she is super healthy Posted via Mobile Device