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Keep or give away? Goldfish
Old 07-28-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
 
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Keep or give away? Goldfish

Ok, I have an 6 year old goldfish, and a 4 year old. One is 8 inches the other is 6. I moved them into a new tank a few months ago. It is a 29 gallon, they live with a bristle nose pleco. I do water changes for them twice a week. Well I keep buying new bigger tanks for them, but I don't really have room for more tanks! I got them as a birthday present when I was like 9. Well they were in a 2.5 gallon tank back then :p and 1 died, but the other one I still have. He was my very first fish... So I would have trouble letting him go. It's awesome to say the first fish I ever had is still alive and I have him! I guess I've got a while before they outgrow this tank.

I had 3 before, and I gave one to a banker lady who had a beautiful pond. Well her husband I guess is more of the fish person. She said that she would take my other ones if I wanted. I would have to give away both, since they are social and I can't just have one. (Would the BN pleco be enough company by any chance?)

I have talked to her when I gave her e other fish and she said he is doing good and grew bigger. Her husband knows exactly which one was mine! I just really don't want to loose my babies... But my water is like 79 degrees because Arizona is hot and I have no way to cool it down. They'll grow out of this tank, they have fake silk plants (probably not enough though, I'm planning to get more) and they seem healthy but I know a pond would be better.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
 
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I know you are attached but if you love this fish let it go to that pond. Both of them. They will be happy and will have the room to grow and obviously people who care will be taking good care of them. Maybe they will let you visit on occasion? It's the nicest thing you can do for your fish. They already are too big for a 29 IMO. Goldfish live a LONG time, but being kept in a small tank can take away from their lifespan and you know you don't want that.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:44 PM   #3
 
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I have one Goldfish looking for a pond too.... I would kill for that opportunity. And if you already gave her one of your Goldfish they will likely be like, "Hey, Joe's here!" They are very social with their own kind and will likely remember their buddy if you bring the 3 together once again. I truly believe that. I've seen a fish mope when its mate dies, and I've split up pairs to give the female a rest only to have the male go nuts with seemed excitement to have his female return to their tank again. What if there was something to it? You would be doing a good thing for all of them, really you will!!

I have mine in a 75 gallon and it's way too small for her! She needs a pond desperately but I need something deeper than 3 feet for wintering over and protection from raccoons. (I have heard that males grow what looks to be a bubble like appearance on their gill plates, females do not)

You can always start again with something tropical in the 29.
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
 
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I have one Goldfish looking for a pond too.... I would kill for that opportunity. And if you already gave her one of your Goldfish they will likely be like, "Hey, Joe's here!" They are very social with their own kind and will likely remember their buddy if you bring the 3 together once again. I truly believe that. I've seen a fish mope when its mate dies, and I've split up pairs to give the female a rest only to have the male go nuts with seemed excitement to have his female return to their tank again. What if there was something to it? You would be doing a good thing for all of them, really you will!!

I have mine in a 75 gallon and it's way too small for her! She needs a pond desperately but I need something deeper than 3 feet for wintering over and protection from raccoons. (I have heard that males grow what looks to be a bubble like appearance on their gill plates, females do not)

You can always start again with something tropical in the 29.
Well I also have a 20 gallon with tropicals. I'd think a 75 is plenty... :) I've never seen a raccoon so I'm not sure if we have them? I had 4 goldfish a tally, gave one to a pond, and the other one, my biggest male, who was white! Got stuck in a log decoration and when I got him out, he swallowed too much air, and I had to break his fins because they got stuck in that log, and his back was all red ;( it was really sad. I just harried him in a paper towel. Needless to say that log has been removed.

I mean a lot of people say that it's 20 gallons for one Goldie and 10 for every additional. Hmm...


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Old 07-28-2013, 05:27 PM   #5
 
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Yes that is minimum for small goldfish because they do grow so big and that is so much better than a GF bowl which is still a common practice that we try to discourage ... mine is already about 8 inches long too... I had her in a 45 G long but she just seemed to have no where to go.

Just think of all that room in that big pond!!
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
 
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I see my pictures don't show up... Here ill try and see If this works.

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I always get tall instead of long. I know goldfish are better in long one though...
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:41 PM   #7
 
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That looks like a lovely pond! I'm with Jakiebabie. If you love them, let them go. I once bought a comet goldfish on a whim (I have a 55 gal goldfish tank). He was able to live with my fancy goldfish for a while, but he quickly outgrew my tank. At the end of the summer I was able to donate him to our local butterfly garden that recently installed a pond. Years later he is still there. I go see him from a time to time. Yes I miss him, but I know he is much better off in a pond. Sometimes it's about what is best for them, not for you. It hurts, but when you love something, you put its happiness above yours.
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