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This is a discussion on Goldfish!!! within the Cyprinids and Atherinids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Originally Posted by Zephyr How many fancy goldfish *talking about double-tailers here* can live comfortably in a 30 gallon tank? Only one. I don't ...

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Old 06-17-2007, 05:33 AM   #11
 
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Re: Goldfish!!!

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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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Old 06-17-2007, 04:31 PM   #12
 
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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Old 06-17-2007, 06:22 PM   #13
 
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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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Old 06-17-2007, 06:53 PM   #14
 
I was surprised at the oranda sizes I found.
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Old 06-17-2007, 07:38 PM   #15
 
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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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Old 06-18-2007, 03:47 AM   #16
 
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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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Old 06-22-2007, 11:22 AM   #17
 
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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Old 06-22-2007, 12:17 PM   #18
 
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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