The five factors that affect how big a goldfish grows are the water conditions, temperature, the amount of space, the type of food, and their overall health.
You can walk into most pet stores and find goldfish available – they are low maintenance and popular pets.
Many of the goldfish sadly will die after just a few weeks because people don’t take good care of them – if you take good care of your goldfish, it can live up to 40 years!
Reddit user TobiDaDog’s mother had purchased two goldfish from Walmart and put them in the family’s outdoor as a surprise.
Interestingly enough, she forgot all about them! Several years later, her husband found the fish when he went to drain the pool as part of a maintenance routine.
Not only had the fish survived – they had thrived!
Scroll down to see the mammoth fish! So, after they took the photos of the fish and cleaned the man-made pond, the two gigantic fish were returned to the pond and are doing well!
If you are thinking about getting a goldfish, don’t just buy a fish bowl. According to The Nest, a fish bowl isn’t an acceptable environment for goldfish because they don’t give the fish enough space to grow.
Also, there isn’t enough filtration or aeration. Be kind to animals, do your research and buy an appropriate size tank for your fish – then you can enjoy them for years!