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    Sushi (Calico Oranda) and Klaus (Lionhead), Angus (Black Telescope) and Blue (Calico Ryukin).

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  1. If in doubt, always wait until Shakaho answers. edit: she always seems to have a good, wise answer!
  2. True, true. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  3. Tbh, I think everyone does ranches because there is money in ranches if you are good at it. Ranches are probably the most popular variety overall, and people are willing to pay good money for them. Edit: haha auto correct doesn't like the word ranchu haha!
  4. Agreed!! I'll probably end up doing either bubble eyes (there are only 3 major (competing) breeders in the uk, calico fantails or ryukins. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  5. Same here. Once we have a house, I'll set up my greenhouse, fill it with a few 8ft tanks and get breeding! Need to decide which variety I want to breed though haha! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  6. Agreed! Every place needs locally bred goldfish. Instead of always importing we need more people dedicated to breeding top quality fish in the us, uk etc. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  7. Tbh if we were going to calculate the average age of goldfish it would probably be about 1 month old considering how many are culled by breeders. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  8. Let's take this site as an example. Why do the majority of fish die?? Certainly not through old age. Plus you have ignored my points about overwintering. By keeping goldfish at higher temperatures we accelerate there lifespan. Hence why when the uk's top breeders leave their fish in a winter stage for 2 1/2-3 months a year their fin live a lot longer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  9. That's why I said if there is no disease. In no way was the proper care statement meaning no disease hence why I wrote proper care AND no diseases. We are going to have to disagree on this, my experiences and the experiences of those around me say different. Maybe it's just the difference in hardiness of fish between our counties. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  10. I have no fish that have because of crappy care of them prior to the one I have now. However my comets that lived in a 15 gallon tank lived 7 years, we're exposed to high ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels. You can't tell me that they wouldn't have lived a lot longer if as the 15 year old I was I had cards for them properly? I could return the statement. just because most people kill their fish earlier than 10 years doesn't necessarily mean that they shouldn't live that long. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  11. and actually, here in the uk there are numerous breeders who keep fancies for 10+ years as well. Not only are these fish long lived but they are hardy enough to survive winters down to freezing (the breeders use heaters to overwinter them at around 6C). Maybe we just have hardier fish over here.
  12. If you read my comment properly you would have seen I wrote about single tailed varieties. They are very long lived fish when kept well! A 10 year old single tail is probably closer to a 60 year old human... A 20+ year old SINGLE TAILED goldfish is nearer to a 90 year old human.
  13. It's kind of true though. There is no reason, with proper care and lack of disease, that a common/comet/single tail variety shouldn't live for 10+ years.
  14. A few years ago I kept commons in a similar sized tank to the one you are thinking about getting. It was okay until they got to 7 inches long, at which point they really didnt have much swimming space. Persoanlly, I have refrained from keeping commons/commets/any single tailed fish in an aquarium since just because they are big, fast, strong swimmers. I look forward to having a pond one day so that I can keep them again. (I'm not saying this is what you should do, just my experience)
  15. Sorry, forgot to say go for as big a tank as you possibily can! I picked up a 40gallon on gumtree for 40 quid the other day. Bournemouth and Poole often have a lot of second hand tanks around as we live in a big area.
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