article: Goldfish Notes and Facts
Goldfish Notes and Facts
Goldfish are one of the most adored fish for the water garden. The idea of a
goldfish is most often thought about involving the tiniest of creatures but
goldfish can grow to be a variety of sizes, reaching over a foot long in some
cases. Goldfish are seen in history as pet’s way back before 1000 AD. Because
the goldfish has been raised as ‘pets’ for so long, they have spread from their
original habitat from China to just about everywhere in the world.
Goldfish species will vary, able to thrive in waters that will reach down to 32
degrees and ranging upwards of 90 degrees. Goldfish are not a delicate fish as
some other fish might be, they can survive in water that has some amount of
waste or pollution in the water, but of course to a limit. Water gardens that
have low oxygen levels due to high heat or a lesser number of plants will still
support the needs of goldfish for a time.
Common goldfish are the species most raised in water gardens around the world.
The common goldfish is not just one color, but will be found in colors of the
lightest reds, the lightest shades of orange and to the brightest of both. White
and black goldfish are also sometimes seen in the common goldfish variety but
not very often.
Fancy goldfish are another type of goldfish that is often found in the water
garden, but in limited areas because they are a more delicate type fish. The
fancy goldfish has a body that is a bit shorter than the common goldfish, with a
more rounded look to their body. Fancy goldfish are different from each other
some with divided tails and others with tails that are joined and look as if
they are one fan shaped tail. Some types of fancy goldfish include the Moor,
Orandas, and the Lionhead.
The common goldfish will grow to be anywhere from a few centimeters long to
about fourteen inches long. The fancy goldfish species will grow to be any where
from a few centimeters long to about a foot long. For the largest water gardens,
your fish will grow larger according to their varieties. If you chose a common
goldfish that is known to grow to be a foot long, and your water garden provides
them with the balanced environment this fish will grow that large. For the fish
that is supposed to grow larger, but that is put into the water garden that does
not support its fullest needs it may not thrive and remain smaller in size.
Goldfish will live for several years, ranging from ten to twenty years in most
water gardens, sometimes even up to twenty five years in the water that is
optimal. Fancy goldfish do not live as long as the common goldfish is known to.
Fancy goldfish often live to be about eight to ten years old, even under the
Goldfish that you purchase that are ‘babies’ will mature for breeding in sixteen
to about thirty months depending on the specific variety that you purchase. When
purchasing goldfish for your own water garden be sure to look for the lively
varieties of fish that are swimming in the holding tank, not floating or hanging
on the top of the water to ensure you are purchasing a healthy fish.