Goldfish can grow very big

@scheng1 (24742)
Singapore
December 6, 2015 6:15am CST
It seems not possible that the tiny little fry of goldfish can grow to a monster of nearly 2 feet long. However, that is true. The largest goldfish in captivity is in Netherlands. The size is about 19 inches. There are some reports of people catching super big goldfish in Lake Tahoe. The weight of these goldfish is about four pounds. The length of these goldfish is 18 inches on record. There is a possibility that some goldfish are 2 feet long. So far nobody knows how many goldfish are in the lake. It is not surprising that goldfish can grow very big. Goldfish belongs to the family of carps. Carps are known as big fish. Many hobbyists do not have the space in their tank to let the goldfish grow to this size. When a goldfish outgrows its tank, it will die. However, in the wild, when goldfish has abundant food, and space to grow, they can grow into monster fish. What to do with all these super large goldfish? The best solution is to catch it, and eat it. Goldfish is edible, and with the amount of fat in the body, it probably is very tasty. Perhaps McDonald’s can sponsor a cleaning up of Lake Tahoe, and uses the giant goldfish to make fish burger.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 Dec 15
I had heard before that goldfish will grow as large as their tank or environment will support.
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
6 Dec 15
That is the thing. When little children throw their gold fish into the lake, they are letting a monster fish into the lake. A few months later, the little gold fish will grow to 2 feet. It is scary the way that gold fish can eat and grow.
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@ataboy (755)
• United States
6 Dec 15
@scheng1 this might be true in SOME cases, where the size of the environment is relatively "small" (Note: small is a subjective word), but there is a limit... I have many'a ponds in my backyard. Some are filled with goldfish, some Coy, some mixtures of these and/or other fish. Some of the goldfish are quite old...many years (hard to say exactly since it's a continuously revolving replacement scheme). Yet I've have no goldfish larger than maybe a foot. It all boils down to a maximum surface area to volume ratio for the fish as with any organisms. So without going into more detail, there is a theoretical limitation to the size of a goldfish. I realize I'm a dream-crusher now, but it's not my fault...I swear, I'm merely the messenger!
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@youless (93576)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Dec 15
I have never seen such a big goldfish before. I think eating them is not a good idea. I have a better idea and it can bring more profit. I think probably people are willing to pay for a look at such a big goldfish. It must be so amazing to look at it.
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
8 Dec 15
I wonder how you are going to keep such a big goldfish in the tank! Many Chinese believe in keeping a big tank of 9 goldfish of special breed. They think that these 9 dragons can bring them good luck in business and in life.
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@youless (93576)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Dec 15
@scheng1 If they can have sharks, I think it is fine that they make the tank for the goldfish. As long as it brings money, everything will not be a problem.
@kaka135 (14115)
• Malaysia
7 Dec 15
Thank you for sharing these interesting facts. I did not know a goldfish can grow to so big, and it is edible. I always thought of goldfish as a pet, and kept inside small aquarium.
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
7 Dec 15
Actually goldfish is an artificial fish breed by breeding different Koi fishes to get the genes in ancient time. Koi fishes are edible, and in ancient times, they were found in rice field, and farmers would catch and cook for dinner.
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@kaka135 (14115)
• Malaysia
7 Dec 15
@scheng1 I like Koi fishes, and I didn't know they are edible too.
@ridingbet (59428)
• Philippines
7 Dec 15
I think a goldfish should be kept in an aquarium to be watched and fed, and not to be made a fish burger, or any dish. The gold fish I see here are about the size of my index finger
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
7 Dec 15
That is because you do not see the gold fish in a lake. if you put the small goldfish in a lake, it will grow to become a very large fish. In theory, the growth will not stop. It is hard to imagine a gold fish that is a third of your weight.
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@TRBRocks420 (82622)
• Banks, Oregon
6 Dec 15
Yes, we had a giant gold fish before too. I couldn't believe how big it got.
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
6 Dec 15
Where do you keep the fish? In a pond? They sure can eat, and will grow very big.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
7 Dec 15
Goldfish will grow to fit the tank they are in. Move them in a bigger tank and they will grow even more. I think that's amazing.
@moondebi (1209)
• Bangalore, India
7 Dec 15
Once I read in newspaper about a king sized gold fish. Now, I cannot remember the exact weight.
@GreatMartin (5738)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7 Dec 15
Koa goldfish are used as decorative fish in ponds--you might be interested in reading this:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the ornamental fish. For other uses, see Koi (disambiguation). Koi Conservation status Domesticated Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class:
• United States
6 Dec 15
Wow I certainly didn't know that goldfish could grow that big nor did I know that they were tasty!