Read on to find out how long goldfish live. Then find out how to make your goldfish live a long time, with our guide to goldfish care.
“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 care – 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! 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 how to make your goldfish live a long time with our Goldfish Care series of articles.