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Old 01-29-2011, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Enterprise, Nevada
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I just got a couple of Goldfish to start off a new aquarium. I have heard stories of them living a really long time but I'm curious what the longest time is that some of you have had goldfish live.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:48 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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well right now our oldest commet if 5 and going plenty strong...
our oldest koi is 6 and also still going strong.

i belive the oldest goldfish on record died at 43 yrs old.
and the oldest koi on record died at 226 (and no, thats not a typo!)
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:40 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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When I was a kid, probably around 11-12 years old, I won a goldfish at a carnival... I went off to college at (almost) 18, and the fish was still alive and well!! I think it ended up living another 2-3 years, so that's probably around 9 years old in total. My mother used to call it the "immortal goldfish," and would cruelly joke about having fish for dinner if it didn't die of natural causes soon.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Goldfish will live for many, many years if properly cared for, and not kept in a small aquarium or bowl. As a child I didn't know any better and had a fantail goldfish in a bowl, poor thing. At least my father insisted I change it's water every day. The goldfish lived for about 9 years until I moved out of the country. Then I gave him to a pet store when I moved. Right now I have several goldfish in my pond, and I've had them all since I first dug the pond 5 years ago.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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I got 4 goldfish at a store, the first one died in a week or so. In 4 months the other one died.7 years later the other goldfish died.now 9 years since I bought that goldfish its still alive and well I still have it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:18 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I have three (they are in an outdoor pond most of the year but I scoop them into an indoor tank for the very cold months) that are 5-6 years old. They were your basic ten for a dollar feeder comets, and many of their cohorts died in the first year. I have lost quite a few but these are the genetically strong ones, I guess. They're now about 5-6 inches long.

Goldfish are dirty (they eat, poop and pee a lot) so one HUGE key to keeping them alive and healthy is very frequent water changes, and/or a good filtration system. I do not have the latter so I use a half-inch hose to hoover out debris and mucky water weekly, and replace it with aged water....just water that has sat in a bucket for about 24 hours to outgas chlorine.

Your local fish/aquaria store if you have one (not a chain) should be able to tell you what you need to do to deal with your local water and the fish you have.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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My son won two goldfish at a carnival. They were 8 years old when we gave them to a deserving child. We've since relocated, but last I heard they were still alive.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:38 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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I won a goldfish at a carnival (familiar story, lol), when I was around 11-12 years old... he/she was still alive when I left for college, and made it to around 8 or 9 years? He was big, too! My mother actually got a bit attached, and I wouldn't be surprised if she cried when it died.
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