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Michelle - 2010-05-08
My daughter just won 5 common goldfish at a local carnival. Are they okay overnight (fish stores are closed), what size tank should we get, and are they okay until morning without a tank? The only options we have are a 1 gallon betta kit and a 10 gallon aquarium (we don't have the water or conditioner for the 10 gallon)?

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  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    Ok, first of all you need more than a ten gallon tank. Number two, look on this website if you need help. It works wonders for me. thegoldfishtank.com
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Jimmy Thai - 2010-07-29
Hi I have 8 hardy common goldfish, and they are juvenile fish. Can I keep them in a 10 gallon tank? Since they are still small. I know that they poop a lot and yeah I have to replace the cartridge every two weeks. Me and my dad are caring for the tank, later on we will buy a 60 gallon aquarium at the pet shop. How many gallons does one goldfish need? How big do these kind of goldfish grow? Do I have to build a pond? My tank has a hanging power filter. I wonder if needed an under gravel filter. I have colorful rocks and a bamboo, I know 8 goldfish need a lot of space so I don’t want them to live with lots of decorations. I’m the one who always cleans the filter. My dad always does the water change. Oh yeah, and I need to know how to clean out the fish tank, because my dad usually takes out all the water with a siphon, so I did some research and it said to siphon out 32 cups of water or 20% but I don’t know. So please tell me some steps. I feed my goldfish “Goldfish Flakes” , and that’s all. I tried feeding them “Goldfish Quick Grow Pellets” but when I threw some in, they ate it but then they spitted them out. I don’t know if they are the right age to eat them yet. What else can small goldfish eat? I don’t know if they can eat live food like water fleas or bloodworms. Please give me a good reply thanks!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    At lest one gallon per inch of goldfish.
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Sam - 2012-06-19
My goldfish is so nice to me it loves to be petted I hope that's normal!

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  • Yelena - 2012-10-04
    My goldfish wants to eat me alive when it sees me :) I heard they are very social.
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    That's nice and all but I wouldn't do that. Fish Have a slim coat that protects them from illness. And by peting your fish you can be harming them.
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Guy - 2008-07-21
Hi. I have a bad history with goldfish. I saw a 1 gallon goldfish kit at walmart for about $10 with just about everything you could need for a freshwater fish in an unheated, unfiltered tank. I was wondering if this tank would be sufficient for 1 or 2 common 28 cent goldfish, assuming I cleaned the tank once a week because my schedule is tight. If someone could let me know about this it would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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  • Frank - 2012-06-04
    Nope. The goldfish can not live in an unfiltered tank and certainly not a 1 gallon! You would need at least a 75 gallon tank with excellent filtration no heater thought.
  • Alfred Minio - 2012-06-04
    General rule of thumb is 10 gallons a fish(with goldfish) and they defiantly need a filter.
  • Yelena - 2012-10-04
    I have a baby goldfish in a 1 gallon round fishtank for two months now. So far it's doing absolutely wonderfull as long as i change 3/4 of the water every morning with tap water. It takes only two minutes, so it has become as routine as to brush my teeth. I keep tap water in a bowl overnight before adding it to the tank, so it is the same temperature. My fish is so energetic, and social, and growing that i invested in a 20 gallon tank, and planning to buy another goldfish to keep it a company.
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    No way! You're going to be killing goldfish if you do that. Here is a web page with every thing you need to know. thegoldfishtank.com
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Danielle - 2012-11-17
I have had my fish for a couple months now and lately he has been freaking out and it looks like he is going to jump out of his bowl. I change his water about twice a week. Does anyone know why he is freaking out?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-17
    Use some test strips to test amonia.  Sounds like amonia spikes.
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    Ok, dude. First thing when you say bowl I hope you don't mean a 1-5 gallon thing. For goldfish you need way bigger tanks. Commons can grow a foot long on average. And number two. Two times a week? Even for a fish tank maybe once a week would do good. And if it is in a bowl, it needs a filter too. Best bet get a tank. And another goldfish too. Goldfish get lonely too.
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Katriana - 2013-03-02
I got 4, 2 centimeter long common goldfish, and one commet goldfish 2 centimeters long too. my sister had hundred as feeders so lil babys. I have a one gallon goldfish bowl and i saved these lil guys. i feed them differents things from time to time so they get what they need; flakes, pellets, blood words, shri,p things for em. they seem happy and healthy, no ick, nothing i can see. They aren't competitive and swim around the whole tank. they seem happy but will the small tank kill them? i heard they grow to tank size and theyre tiny young ones. so will that be fine?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-02
    They will need a larger tank, the rule of thumb is 20 gallons per goldfish. You will have to get a larger aquarium and should include a filtration system. See the information in the article above on how to take care of them.
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    I agree, these fish you said you saved need a way bigger tank or fish tub.
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Silvia - 2003-12-28
although beautiful and hardy...My suggestion for stocking levels is 1 fish per gallon of water. Also, these fish have the most amusing habit of rummaging around in the substrate, by working gravel in and out of their mouths searching for anything edible.These are hardy fish which can tolerate a lot, but please dont use that as an excuse to mistreat them.

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  • Gavin - 2014-04-09
    1 gallon per fish is not sufficient it must be at least 15 gallons per fish.
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    One gallon of water per inch of fish is better for healthy goldfish.
  • Rachel - 2014-06-04
    We tend to use the rule one gallon for every inch of fish. For a five inch fish you need five gallons of water, a three inch long fish needs three gallons of water, and three one inch fish will also need three gallons of water. For all of these fish together in one tank the bare minimum would be 11 gallons.
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dharm vekariya - 2014-06-03
Hey guys I have giant gourami and it has tail rot, I gave him a treatment of EM but suddenly it has stopped eating what should I do... The following EM TREATMENT I HAVE GIVEN (Erythromicin ( EM ), first dose 1 tablet for every 19 lit of water, 24 hours later 1 tab for every 38 lit of water, after 3 days do a 25% water change and continue treatment for at least 5 days more.)

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Alyssa - 2008-05-18
I have had these fish in my 20 gallon tank for a few monthes now, and I have to say, they are by far the best fish I own. Very peaceful, and I have even gotten some fry from them. I will never give them away!

The coolest part, is that my father got them as a birthday present for me.

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  • Eddie - 2014-06-03
    Hi we have just started a tropical tank and we have 2 honey gourami's. This morning the top of the tank is covered with little bubbles, seems like thousands are these their young, if so what do we need to do? I would be grateful of any advice thanks.
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Rechi - 2014-06-02
The albino Corydora is derived Corydoras aeneus. Text is erroneously stating that the albino variety Standing derived from another species.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-08
    Possibly, but in our research so far we have found they are believed to be derived from Corydoras paleatus. Two of the references cited on the bottom of this page suggest this; Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod in his book 'Aquarium Fishes of the World' shows the albino form of C. paleatus (page 430); and also author Richard Geis,  in his book 'Catfish Keeping & Breeding Them in Captivity,' also suggests in the caption of his albino photo, this color form being C. paleatus (page 54). However if you can share a resource suggesting they are C. aeneus , we would love to review it.
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