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post #11 of 18 Old 06-17-2007, 05:33 AM
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How many fancy goldfish *talking about double-tailers here* can live comfortably in a 30 gallon tank?
Only one. I don't think you should risk using pond water. Too many risk are involved there. External parasites such as fish lice are quite common in ponds.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-17-2007, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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After doing some research and averages, I've found that I can safely assume that these are the following maximum lengths for the listed goldfish *rounded up to the nearest tenth*:

Bubble-Eye/Celestial Eye- 4.3 inches.
Black Moor- 6.2 inches.
Oranda- 9.5 inches.
Ranchu/Lionhead- 3.5 inches.
Pearlscale- 4.1 inches.
Ryukin- 6.5 inches.
Fantail- 8.5
Vieltail- 4.1 *excluding fins*

Therefore, I can conclude that not only is each breed of goldfish different, but also that many people who group fancy goldfish into one size class are wrong.

I have made the executive decision to raise one group of the following in the 30 gallon tank, based upon my findings:

Bubble-Eye/Celestial Eye- 3-4
Black Moor- 2
Oranda- N/A
Ranchu/Lionhead- 3-4
Pearlscale- 3-4
Ryukin- 2
Fantail- N/A
Vieltail- N/A

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post #13 of 18 Old 06-17-2007, 06:22 PM
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like i've said, most fish people are going to suggest being conservative with goldfish just because the average person will overstock a goldfish tank easily. It looks like you have done some good research though and are still staying pretty conservative...so well done

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post #14 of 18 Old 06-17-2007, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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I was surprised at the oranda sizes I found.

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post #15 of 18 Old 06-17-2007, 07:38 PM
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i've actually heard of them getting up to 12 inches but even 9 is quite amazing.

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-18-2007, 03:47 AM
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i love the pearl scales! they r sooooo cute!!! i have my goldie in my tropical tank, alot of people go against that, but hes a happy fellow! good luck with watever u decide to do!
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-22-2007, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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It's gonna be hard to pass up all the tempting little fantails at the LFS though, but the leetle guys will turn into beeg guys in no time.

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post #18 of 18 Old 06-22-2007, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Now that I think about it, alot of goldfish breeds are mixes. *Oranda ryukins, fantail oranda* so if I were looking to purchase a mix breed, maybe I should average the sizes of the pure strains to get the maximum length.

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