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Goldfish survive 134 days without food

By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2011 · Comment icon 16 comments

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In a heartwarming story of survival, two goldfish survived 4 months without food after an earthquake.
The two fish were left trapped in their tank in the downtown area of Christchurch in New Zealand for 134 days before they were found and rescued. "It's certainly an incredible story. I wouldn't have guessed that fish could survive on their own for four months," said aquarium curator Paul Clarkson.
The fish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from the animated television show Scooby Doo, spent four and a half months - 134 days - trapped in their tank in the city's off-limits downtown without anyone to feed them or even any electricity to power their tank filter before they were discovered this month and rescued.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by slowfade 13 years ago
Doesn't surprise me - goldfish can be tougher than most people think. My best friend at school had a tank of goldfish, and one by one they all eventually died off. That is except for one little fishy who somehow kept going for fifteen years!
Comment icon #8 Posted by wondergirl100 13 years ago
I have never heard of a goldfish that lived to be 15! That is probably a record for the oldest goldfish.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rosenrot 13 years ago
I have never heard of a goldfish that lived to be 15! That is probably a record for the oldest goldfish. Actually well-cared-for goldfish commonly live for 20 or so years. One of the oldest on record was 41 years old. Source. I've had mine for about 7 years now, and they're not showing any signs of slowing down. These are tough little fish. Most people don't know how to care for them, so when their goldfish dies around 1 year they just assume the fish aren't supposed to live a long time.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Robert1 13 years ago
If I read the article correctly, there were originally six goldfish in the tank. Three were missing and a forth was floating at the top of the water. It seems to me the last two fish survived by eating the other fish. Knowing that goldfish are omnivores, this is no surprise to me.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Atlantis Rises 13 years ago
New species: Piranha-Goldfish.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Aen 13 years ago
I just got to say is that i have a 75 gallon tank. I wanted the guppies gone, so i turned off the filter, heater, light and stop feeding them. Year later, there is still guppies and the catfish and some kind of eel. Fish can live forever o.O So i am not impressed by the story at all. LOL
Comment icon #13 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
Yeah. They ate algae. Then there's the delicate question of their missing companions. There were six goldfish in the tank when the earthquake struck. By the time the survivors were found, no trace remained of three of the fish. A fourth was found floating in the tank. Goldfish are, after all, omnivores.
Comment icon #14 Posted by village_idiot 13 years ago
And people say goldfish are stupid...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Soul Kitchen 13 years ago
Sadly, shortly after reuniting with the goldfish the family cat knocked over their tank and ate them.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Makazradon 13 years ago

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