Rated 5 out of 5 by 4paws4claws lot of bang for your buck
I have many pets so when i decided i wanted to add fish to the list low maintenance was essential. I have had 3 in a large bowl for 2 years and they have shown no sign of sickness. If you want a pet but dont have much time or if its your first pet or you dont have the money for a larger pet at the time i would recommend these fish.
January 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by FedWayfishguy Great for backyard ponds and cold water aquariums
These pretty fish deserve a much better fate than to be feeder fish for larger fish and turtles. Besides there are more convenient, nutritious, and economical options speaking as someone who had large Oscar fish in the past and now have 2 large RES turtle's. They all had done well without feeder fish. Have about 100 comets since adding a 800 gallons backyard goldfish pond in late spring of 2011. Add a few fish every spring since started out with 40 the first year. They survive the Seattle area winters well that gets below freezing occasionally as my pond is 2 feet deep. They range in size from 7" to 2". Only a few are at the larger size. Feed them goldfish flakes and pellets. Petsmart has high quality comets, many are red & white, white, white with some red, bright orange, orange with some black, the solid black and browns eventually will change to orange. My favorites are the ones with the large forked tails. The best bargain around at 14 cents! Or 29 cents for the larger ones!
January 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Animallover176 Great fish
Most people think goldfish stay small and don't grow more then three inches there wrong they can grow over a foot they should NOT be kept in bowls no animal should ever be kept in a bowl not even betas. goldfish should at lest be in five gallons I would say and in a mouth or so upgrade to a ten gallon tank they can be used for feeders as I do not really agree with it but it is there instincts to do that I would say rather to buy minnows or ghost shrimp instead of gold fish as they can be a great pets for over twenty years yes they do live very long
December 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FISHEXPERT55555555555 Comet Goldfish
I have kept these fish many times over the years. They are often a beginners fish, mostly because of their low price. But here are some things you need to know before you purchase one.
-These fish get BIG, more than a foot long sometimes. They also live for a long time, up to 20 years. But if the tank is too small, they will die soon after outgrowing the tank. If they are kept in a tank smaller than 20 gallons, they will still grow at a normal rate, about 1/2 an inch p/month. They need space after they reach their maximum size, so you will need at least a 29 gallon tank for them, and you might as well get 2 for that size of a tank, and some snails or shrimp, too. If you'd like, you could even put them in an outdoor pond, but they may be in danger of being eaten by raccoons, birds, and other people's cats and dogs.
-These fish can NEVER live in a bowl of any sort. They are messy eaters, and produce a lot of "waste".
If you do keep them in a bowl, you will have to change the water twice a week to keep their O2 supply in the water at a good level, not to mention the waste and ammonia they constantly put into the water. So you will need to buy a filtered aquarium, unless you want to change the water twice a week.
-The reason they are so cheap, and why they often don't live to their maximum age, is because they are mass bred on a fish farm and sit in an overcrowded tank at the pet store until someone buys them. The reason they are so cheap is although they do make great pets, that's not what they are bred for. Mostly, these fish are thrown into a tank with a turtle or Oscar Cichlid, or some other predator, to be used as food for those animals, who enjoy eating live food.
-Technically, these can live with Tropical fish, although it is not recommended for beginners. Because of all the ammonia and waste the goldfish will put into the water, you will need a good filter. Also, goldfish like to live in cooler water #60-70 degrees F#, while tropical fish like to live in warm water #72-75 degrees F#, so you need a heater that will keep the temp at 70-72 degrees F. However, these goldfish cannot live with Fancy Goldfish, as they will always beat them to the food, starving the Fancy Goldfish.
I hope this helps!
December 5, 2015