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You mention a small variety of Orandas that are available. I know that the Celestial eye goldfish stay small but I have never heard about small Orandas. Where can you purchase them and how large do they grow?
actually i don't think celestials stay small. with this i mean they can grow to be about 8-9inches ( including fins and all) i don't think that's small.
if u want small orandas ( they usually go at about 2-5 buck a fish) u have to ask the store people how big they grow to. I usually get my fish from fish farms or stores that only do aquatics - they know more there.
if they are the small kinds they'll be max 6-7 inches ( yes! that's small )
with the big ones i think u already know they can easily grow to 9-11 inches ( with tail fins and all )
u can also get small comets, have u thought of that? i hope that helps....
hi again... i just realised how silly i was when i said that the small orandas are "small" when celestials can be 8-9 inces! sorry sylvia!
i just walked to the farm area where we have our orandas and what i really want to say is, there are orandas who can stay at about 5-6 inches long. they might grow at the most an inch or so longer. that's about it though. u have to make sure u ask the breeder carefully first.
are u thinking of celestials?
if u do... i don't know if u know but try not to keep celests in too high water and not with faster GFs. they tend to stay closer to the bottom and eat from close to bottom - due to their anatomy. so really celests are ozeki ( topview) fish... not sideviews.
anyway sorry about the first post... i'm always open to discussions.. and criticisms. so do write!
As I had stated earlier I had never heard of a small Oranda and wondered if you ment there was a dwarf species available. There are no breeders here just the usual pet/department stores with ill informed staff who send people home with a bowl and a pond fish or some such thing. A 7 inch oranda is still a good sized fish with their large bodies but, when I get my own Orandas set up in their new tank I may try getting 2 Celestial eye set up in a spare tank as I understand that they do grow to be anywhere from 5-8 inches long but are a slimmer bodied goldfish. I will have to stop adding to my goldfish family after that as I have no more room unfortunately at this time.