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Old 03-11-2007, 08:26 PM
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i just got some goldfish, i got 3, and i'm getting one more today.

i have them a good tank with a built in light and filter. i have gravel at the bottom of their tank, an ornament with holes for them to swim through, a live plant and a fake one.
i asked the woman at the pet shop about the sort of fish food and i picked the one she puts together in her shop and the fish seem okay with it. i also figured it would be better as this was probably what they were already eating.

anythign that i should need to know about keeping them happy. or are they fine just to swim around and make my room so pretty?

i was also told that for the first few weeks to syphin a 1/3 if the water out and replace it.

my mum has always had fish so she has helped me the whole time. any other tips?
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Old 03-11-2007, 08:59 PM
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You ALWAYS need to change water.
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:21 PM
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How big is the tank? How many GPH do you have for filtration?
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Old 03-11-2007, 11:52 PM
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the tank is 34L. and yeah, i know i always need to change the water. how often? continueously 1/3 a week?
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You're BARELY able to squeeze that amount of goldfish into an 8g tank.

I would HIGHLY suggest getting something in the 15 - 20g range. Goldfish are MESSY, and can grow pretty big.

Keep up on your water changes. Unfortunately, you didn't cycle your tank so you'd better be prepared to do lots of work and not be upset if you lose some or all your fish.



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Old 03-12-2007, 03:04 AM
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3-4 goldfish seriously need something around 200l (a US 55g tank). Remember, goldfish can live 20+ years, and reach a FOOT EACH.

Water changes are to reduce the amount of waste built up in the aquarium. With an uncycled 8g tank, I would change at least half the water, twice a week, to keep ammonia down. Its a small enough tank that it should not be that difficult (changing 30 gallons of water does get old )
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:53 PM
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oh yeah, you need a BIG tank.
and i dont know if you can plan on them living since you are cycling with them.

good luck!
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:35 PM
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my mum has always had fish. she always has fish while the tank is cycling. we have rarley lost them.
i also asked the pet shop owner about it. just to get another opinion. she said that she always puts her fish in straight away but she changes the water regularily and builds up the amount of fish slowly.

my fish arn't big. 2 of them are maybe 3cm long, the other 2 would be lucky if they are 1 cm. i didn't pick big fish. i want to watch them grow.

they pet shop has agreed to test my water for ammonia and nitrate, i just have to bring in some water.

also, i don't know galleons. how many litres to a gallon?
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:50 PM
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3.78 L to a gallon.

The point is, these fish will out grow a tank that size in a matter of months. You need to consider the ADULT size of the fish when picking a tank. Sure, you can upgrade, but there is always some reason to put it off another month, or two, and so on; unless you already have a larger tank around of course.

4 Goldfish is NOT starting off slowly. They are hungry, messy, large bodied fish.

The pet shop is almost never a viable source of income. It is in their best interest if your fish die! Why? People go back and buy more, or people go back and upgrade their tanks 3 times, instead of buying the right tank from the start.
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hm, i guess you will bring water in to the pet store twice a day.. because thats how much you should test it during cycling. once at night, once in the morning

correct, NEVER listen to anyone at the pet store.
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