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Hi - me again For the first time yesterday I decided to weigh my fish (reeeeally should have done it months ago). I know my fish Bubbles is a big girl but I didn't actually realise how much bigger! To put it in context I got my three fish Bubbles, Nessie and Scooter at the same time from the same fantail goldfish tank at my LFS. The shopkeeper said that they were all born this year. Bubbles was very slightly bigger than the other two so at the time I just assumed she was a few weeks older . When I weighed them yesterday Nessie came in at 17grams, Scooter at 18grams and Bubbles ..... 77grams!! . So for a fishy that is not quite a year old yet I was wondering if there is any way of telling how much bigger she is going to get? Although she is a fantail I'm starting to think I may need to treat her space wise as a common goldfish and allocate her a good 100 liters or so in any tank she is in. This picture was taken a few weeks after I got them. This is Bubbles now I'm sorry for the awful photographs, I'm really rubbish at taking photo's and should have really taken some while they were being weighed If any of the Mods feel this topic should be posted somewhere else please go ahead and move it - I really wasn't sure of the best place to post it
I got to thinking.... I know that it can be extremely difficult to say how fast goldfish grow, but is it easier to ask when they are done growing? Do we just have to wait until a few months have gone by with no growth, or is there a set age goldfish stop growing, kind of like humans? Are they done after 2 years? 3? Any replies appreciated. Interested in seeing the views on this.
[*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 0 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Mardel Strips [*]Water temperature? 74 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 2.5, 4 months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Aquatech 1-3 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Every other week, 80% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? none [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? HBH Betta Bites [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? None [*]Any unusual findings o n the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Bubble nest is less clumped together and neat, more bubbles detached and all over [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? See above So, I got Yuki right around this time last year. At first he would not eat, and it took me a week to get him to start eating and he would only eat bloodworms but now loves his pellets. When I got him I didn't notice him making his nests but a couple of months ago, and last month, I noted his bubble nests were impressive, large, and very well formed. They have gotten less formed as of a couple of days ago when I switched him from the 20 back to his 2.5g. I read that when bettas bubble nests become a little sloppier it could be a sign of illness. He has always been very healthy, active, and aware. His eyes are clear and only closes his fins to swim around. He does this weird thing with his pectoral fins (the long thin ones that come from under his actual fins) it goes out to one side and it kind of looks like it is bothering him. Is his lowered skill in bubble nest making something I should be concerned about? Sorry for the improper terms for his fins I am rusty on betta anatomy. I can't get pictures or videos because it is too dark for now. I will get some tomorrow (: