(Closed) Has your goldfish lasted over a year?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

haha, I love your story.  Yes, my family has a similar story with a goldfish.  My little brothers wanted a goldfish, so we got two.  One passed away not long after, so we got another one.  That one passed away too.  After about 5 goldfish, we now have one, very large, goldfish who has excaped all odds and lived a very long and happy life.

Post # 4
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Too cute.

I volunteered at a fun fair once and at the end of the day there were 2 fish left from the goldfish game, I asked if I could take them home and that was ok’ed. I was 15 at the time, and I ended up taking them both to my University residence with me a few years later.

Fig & Newton died at separate times over my undergrad, but still….who knew?

Post # 5
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

great story- when I was 7 I won 2 gold fish at a carnival and they lived for 9 years and probably only died because of a long trip. good luck keeping Teddy alive!

Post # 6
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I won a goldfish at the fair when i was a teenager, and kept in a hard plastic drinking cup feeding it crushed up crackers for about 2 years.  I got attached and finally bought it a bowl and put him in there.  The next morning …. belly up.  Sometimes they are resilient.

Post # 7
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

A girl I went to elementary school with got a goldfish at a fair in first grade and it was still kicking by the time we all left in sixth grade. It got so big that they transferred it to the school’s nature pond area when it was built.

Post # 8
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I got a goldfish from the store when I was little, one of the cheap goldfish in the tank with a million others. I picked the right fish. It lived in my bedroom for 18 years, even after I went off to college. My mom kept taking care of it and when he died, we had a funeral for him and buried him in the yard under a fish statue. 

Post # 9
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My friends and i got a gold fish as  a joke for one ours friends new apartment so he wouldnt be loney that was back in 2002 he passed away at the end of last year…it was sad…the tank was as big as him (a 10 gallon tank) we tried a bigger tank and yea he didnt like it and got sick so we put him back in his old tank…that fish was huge. we never named it but it of course was fed plenty of beer and liquor…man i miss that fish lol.

Post # 10
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Haha. Go Teddy! Yeah we had one for like 4 years growing up. He lost to the cat. :/

Post # 11
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Haha thats hilarous! I had a beta fish that lasted like 2 years, but never a goldfish

Post # 12
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I have a goldfish, Tiberius, that I’ve had for 2.5 years. He seems to be going strong!  When I go on long trips, I buy those 10 day feeder tablets that you just drop in the bowl, just FYI in case you go on a long trp in the future and don’t want your fish to die. 

Post # 13
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My childhood goldfish (2 of them) lived for three years, I think. What finally did them in was that my mom put their bowl on our back deck while she was cleaning the house, and they sat outside in the sun for several hours in the summer. I asked if I could take them, but she thought the fresh air would be good for them (plus I doubt she was done deep cleaning). Water got too hot… fishies went belly up. 🙁

I was mad at her for a long time over it, hah. Obviously not anymore.

Post # 14
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve had goldfish and betta live to be a couple years old, that’s when I didn’t know how to take care of fish and the tank was green and filled with algae..  They were tough little buggers..  They died when I finally cleaned the tank haha.

My last betta “Fred” lived to almost 2 years, and survived: my cat constantly trying to paw at it, two moves, not eating for 4 days, a new bigger fish tank..  Similar to Teddy.  But he got sick at the end and had a disease and didn’t do well 🙁  

So yeah it is true that more fish are resilient than others.  When we bought this house it came with a goldfish since it had a built in aquarium in the wall.. and it’s still kicking. 

We bought many fish for it since its a 20 gallon, and I have killed quite a few fish since I am still learning how to take care of a proper tank and watch its PH levels and such…  So right now its affectionately called “Tank of Death” Laughing

Post # 15
3758 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Not me personally, but I have a friend who won a goldfish at the fair and it lasted for almost 8 years… it got huge and lived in a pond outside. It even survived going down her little brothers pants and many other tragic events haha.

Post # 16
1129 posts
Bumble bee

Goldfish ARE super resilient – they will live in REALLY dirty water and put up with not being fed all that often (I know because as a teenager I was a bad, bad goldfish owner).

The one thing that almost always kills them is water issues – either changing the pH in it by using water that hasn’t been treated or by changing them to new water that hasn’t acheieved the same temperature.

Really cute story!

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