Animal Stories - Common Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Common Goldfish

Goldfish are fun to watch... just look at all the different colors of these beautiful fish!
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Dennis - 2008-09-07
I put a couple of hundred feeder gold fish in my pond which is about 1/3 acre and 1 to 4 ft deep this spring All feeder fish were gold in color. This fall it looks like I might have 1000 or more fish swimming around in my pond. I have never fed them. The water I pump into the pond is from a drainage ditch. Water quality is awful. I am down stream from a large dairy that dumps their waste from time to time in the drain ditch that I pump from. Never the less I have never seen a dead fish. All I can say is that feeder fish are tough SOB's.

My question is; will the feeder fish change colors? From Black to Gold? Do I have to worry about them over populating? If so what should I do. The only enemy they have now is a great blue heron which I enjoy watching. Not sure I will like it if these fish make it to 6 inches in size however.

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sue wolf - 2008-09-02
I have an 800 gallon fish pond (my broken hot tub reborn). I don't want to use filtration, so I wanted to keep just a few gold fish. I started out with 4 6" fish last spring; but I now have an additional 15 3" fish and dozens of 1". I guess I was successful at creating a perfect breeding pond. I have 2 questions. Is there anything you can do to diminish breeding, and what do you do with unwanted fish?

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Abi Sufian - 2008-07-30
Now I have 16 of them. All of them are small at 1 inch. I feed them Tubifex worms.
All just in 10 gallon tank. I wonder how big those fish will get, to keep in a 10 gallon tank.

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m.conner - 2008-07-24
I have 2 feeder fish that I got to pre-start our tank for $ fish. I now have had them almost 5 years. They live in a 55 gal. with many huge fish--all tropical. They are 10 inches in diameter. I love my 12 cent fish. I feed them everything and anything for fish. Not picky, not hard to keep happy.

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lily - 2008-07-08
Yeah, I have three approx 2 inch long goldfish. Two are orange with black points, the smallest one is a greenish brown bronze. The pet store said they were young comets. Since its hard to tell the genders apart, I wanted to know at approx what size they would breed. They are going to be transfered to a larger, 8 gallon tank the moment they hit 3 inches.

My bronze one has this belly lump and I'm concerned for his/her health. Barely two inches, she seems fine and has clear eyes. I wonder if it could be a bladder problem or something. Thanks.

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Sarah - 2008-07-07
Hi everyone! Today I got two common goldfish for 12 cents each at PetSmart. I also got a Chinese algae eater, just in case. So far, my goldfish are staying in one corner of the tank and the algae eater is staying in the opposite corner. The tank is 2.5 gallons. I hope they are all right! If they die within a week, there is a guarantee at PetSmart that you can get free new ones, even though i might as well pay for them because of how cheap the were. Does anyone have tips?

Thanks,
Sarah

P.S. I live in Texas (United States Of America)

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mason - 2008-06-19
I enjoyed reading your interesting page about goldfish care (I found it while googling reproduction) and I decided to add my two bob's worth: yes, they are easy to care for as long as you keep them well fed and cleaning out their tank every few weeks. A good filter also really helps keep the water cleaner and aerated as well. We've got two fish - Wiggles, an ordinary goldfish and Dingleberry, a hyperactive Shubunkins. They both get along well together, really cosying up to each other at times... Another time we saw Dingleberry chasing Wiggles all around the tank - it was hilarious watching Wiggles frantically trying to escape his "amorous" attentions...

Goldfish are also more intelligent than you might think; Wiggles and Dingleberry always know when it's feeding time and they get terribly excited when they see me approaching their tank around feeding time!

We've just upgraded to a larger tank (15 litres) which replaced their old (and tiny) 5 litre job, and they just love it! I added a pictorial backing as well as more rocks and artificial weed for a more natural look and I also think that this more stimulating environment is definitely helping the fish as well as providing them with more room to swim and exercise.

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Maddie - 2008-04-29
I have two goldfish, a small gold one and a bronze coloured one. They are easy to care for and I keep them in a 2 gallon aquarium.

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christina - 2008-03-09
I am about to get one or two common Goldfish. Your info is so helpful! Thanks!

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Haley - 2008-03-05
Hi! I went to a fair and my big sisters friend won me a common goldfish. At first I didn't have it in a tank but after some research on the web I got it a 5 gallon tank. It looked lonely so I got another common goldfish! They were both fine for 2 years until the 2nd fish died. Recently, I got my 1st fish a 10 gallon tank and I'm wondering if i should get it another friend, but since Bubbles is so big I should probably get a bigger tank first!

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