Tish the goldfish was the worlds oldest goldfish ever recorded at 43 years. As spectacular as this sound, it’s a truly amazing achievement for a captive fish.
Tish the goldfish was won at a funfair in 1956 by a boy named Peter. Little did the the boy know that the fish was going to be a long term investment. When he won Tish Peter also won another goldfish named Tosh.
Over the next 19 years both fish continued to live a harmonious life as pets of Peter, who was no longer a boy, but a full grown man. When Peter got married he passed on both pets to his parents to care for. After 19 years, Tosh died, which in itself is an extremely long life for a pet fish.
In 1998 Tish surpassed the previous record holder, a goldfish by the name of Fred, who died at the grand old age of 41. Not long later, Tish faded to a silver, grey color. Shortly before his death he became ill. Although the Guinness Book of World Records couldn’t confirm Tish’s age through biological testing, they were satisfied with the testimony of his owners and confirmed Tish as the oldest goldfish ever recorded in the world.
Peters parents who cared for Tish claim that the fish survived for so long because of its diet and sunlight. They said that he was never over fed and they placed him in the sun daily. While it’s possible that this led to his long life, they may have unwittingly aided in his longevity by providing a clean environment for him.
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