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When Do Fancies Stop Growing?

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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.

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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.

Hi Justin,

Goldfish will continue to grow their entire lives, although the fastest growth will have completed after the 2-3 years.

For me, after those 2-3 years, my goal is to keep the fish more or less the same size.

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I see. On a side note, let me ask this. In the first year or two, how much should we feed growing goldfish (in body weight percentage)?

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I see. On a side note, let me ask this. In the first year or two, how much should we feed growing goldfish (in body weight percentage)?

This is not an easy question, and because I haven't studied the charts as much as I should, I will have to check my papers.

Hopefully Shakaho will see this and give you an answer, as she is quite familiar with these growth curves.

Having said that, I would aim for only about a 10-20% increase in weight monthly at most. Slow and steady is the best way.

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I see. On a side note, let me ask this. In the first year or two, how much should we feed growing goldfish (in body weight percentage)?

This is not an easy question, and because I haven't studied the charts as much as I should, I will have to check my papers.

Hopefully Shakaho will see this and give you an answer, as she is quite familiar with these growth curves.

Having said that, I would aim for only about a 10-20% increase in weight monthly at most. Slow and steady is the best way.

Alright. I will make sure to weigh my fish again this month to see if an increase has occurred. If not, I will make sure to feed a little bit more!

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I have only had my choooos for about 1-1/2 months. They have grown enough to notice it in that time. They were 8 months old when I got them. I have been using the 2percent of body weight per day rule. I spread it out to 4 feedings a day. 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm, then final feeding at 8:00 pm. I feed Omega One sinking pellets for all meals except 8:00 pm. That meal is where I vary the diet. Everyday it is something different. Frozen Blood Worms, Omega One Super Color, or New Life Spectrum. I plan on introducing some vegetables soon. Once they get a little bigger I will start introducing some vegetables in place of one of the other meals. I am a little leary about giving 3 or more feedings of pellets per day.

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I have only had my choooos for about 1-1/2 months. They have grown enough to notice it in that time. They were 8 months old when I got them. I have been using the 2percent of body weight per day rule. I spread it out to 4 feedings a day. 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm, then final feeding at 8:00 pm. I feed Omega One sinking pellets for all meals except 8:00 pm. That meal is where I vary the diet. Everyday it is something different. Frozen Blood Worms, Omega One Super Color, or New Life Spectrum. I plan on introducing some vegetables soon. Once they get a little bigger I will start introducing some vegetables in place of one of the other meals. I am a little leary about giving 3 or more feedings of pellets per day.

My fish love veggies! They find it a relief from their staple food, Omega One. I feed peas, TINY pieces of broccoli, and some leafy greens occasionally. Make sure you peel peas if you plan to use them!

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