“How long do goldfish live?” is an interesting question. Unfortunately, there is a big difference between how long goldfish can live and how long most goldfish actually do live.
With proper care, goldfish can live for an incredibly long time. A goldfish that died in 2005 was reported to be 45 years old!
That’s a long time even for a goldfish, but many goldfish have lived into their teens and twenties, so you should be prepared to look after a goldfish for a long time if you decide to keep one as a pet! (If you want your goldfish to live for a long time then you really should check out our articles on goldfish care now.)
Unfortunately, the answer to the question “how long do most goldfish actually live?” is very different…
Most goldfish don’t make it past a few years and many die within a matter of months or even weeks. This is because a lot of people don’t take the time to learn how to look after goldfish properly or lose interest and start neglecting them.
To give your goldfish the best chance of living a long time, you should keep it in a big tank, with a proper filter, make sure the tank is cycled, keep a close eye on the water quality, and feed your goldfish the right type and amount of food.
The chances of your goldfish living a long time are also greatly affected by its genetics and how it was treated before you bought it. You should buy your new goldfish from a quality independent pet shop or private breeder to ensure that it is healthy when you buy it and has been treated well.
Check out the results of the above poll to see how long our readers have managed to keep their goldfish alive. How does the life span of your oldest goldfish compare to the poll results?
Find out how to make your goldfish live a long time with our guide to goldfish care.