How long do goldfish live?




How long do goldfish live?

Read on to find out how long goldfish live. Then, why not find out more about goldfish care?

Q.How long do goldfish live? 

A.Goldfish can live for decades! One goldfish was reported to be 45 years old!

“How long do goldfish live?” is an interesting question, but there’s no one correct answer. The most important thing to realize is that – unfortunately, due to differences in quality of carethere’s 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! Now 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!

Unfortunately, the answer to the question “how long do goldfish 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. Find out more about buying goldfish now.

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  • Anonymous

    Mine died at 11 and was 12 inches long.. :(

  • Karen Gaither

    My last gold fish just died at 20 years old. For some reason he flipped out of his tank. I found him on the floor, his fins and tail was dried out. I saw his mouth move a little bit. I put him back in his tank and held him upright. He began breathing and swimmimg slowly. I thought he was going to make it. The next morning he was dead. It broke my heart. In 1993 I bought a bag of 100 small goldfish at Walmart. Over the years, they slowly died off. This was the very last one. I just wonder how much longer he would have lived if he hadn’t flipped out of his tank. He had never done that before. I should have closed his lid. Sometimes I’d just leave it open. I feel so bad. I really do miss him because I fed him everyday for 20 years. :(

    • TheGoldfishTank

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for your comment and really sorry to hear about your goldfish! :(

      Well done for keeping him alive so long. While, as we’re sure you know, goldfish can live a very long time, 20 years in a lot longer than most live. You must have done a good job of looking after him!

      Are you planning on getting a new goldfish?

      TGT

    • TheGoldfishTank

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for your comment and really sorry to hear about your goldfish! :(

      Well done for keeping him alive so long. While, as we’re sure you know, goldfish can live a very long time, 20 years in a lot longer than most live. You must have done a good job of looking after him!

      Are you planning on getting a new goldfish?

      TGT

  • PumpkinMuffinCream

    My goldfish was my first few fish to die at an old age 2008 – 2013 he was 5 years old and my fish lolo is 3 years old a typical fish lives a few months how sad :(

  • Steve Thompson

    My fish died yesterday at the ripe old age of 18. Totally heartbroken. I remember getting him during the Euro ’96 football tournament when I was 11 years old and he has pretty much been the only constant throughout my life since then. R.I.P 5Bellies

  • http://sofDigi.com Gnostic Gnosis

    I have three Goldfishes and bought all three from Wal-Mart.
    One is a Fan-Tail that is a seven 1/2 year old named Mike. I named him something different at first but when I bought him he was black and changed to a white and finally gold. So I named him after Michael Jackson … lol.
    The other two came a year later (six 1/2 years old) their named Tia and Noah.
    Lengthwise they are seven inches long but Tia and Noah have more girth so they are both bigger than Mike.
    It is true that goldfish do live a long time with proper care. (That can get pricy at times! – Especially when facing illnesses.) I have only the three fish in a 55 gallon tank. (I did have a BIG-LONG algae eater (Bookman – named after the janitor on ‘Good-Times’.) but he died at four years old because I made the fatal mistake of adding too much algae control. I hope to have them for an additional ten+ years and will try my best to give them the proper care so to live a long and happy life.