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molly and gold fish tank mates?
so my mom brought home this little orange and white fish and i think its a gold fish. i already have a tank with mollies in it and i was wondering if i could put my goldfish in with them because he doesn't look very happy all by himself.
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That is a goldfish. He should not be put in with molly for several reasons but primarily the molly need warmth and the goldfish does not. The goldfish also needs space, a 20g long tank or better.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Unfortunately that goldfish (click on the shaded name for more info on them) is going to need a 75 gal or larger tank when it is fully grown. It is a myth that goldfish grow to the size of their tank. Comets (which is the breed of goldfish yours is) will commonly grow over 14 inches and like to have a lot of swimming room. I urge you to return him if you cannot provide a large tank or outdoor pond for him. There are other fish that have similar colors and can be kept with mollies.
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