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post #11 of 47 Old 11-29-2008, 11:17 PM
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I would strongly suggest you heed everyones advice here chromis. Good luck. If I were you, I'd either get a bigger seperate tank for the goldfish, find them new homes, or give them back to the store. I'd also find a new home for the shark. And research what fish are compatible with one another and their needs, before buying any more on a whim.
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post #12 of 47 Old 11-29-2008, 11:31 PM
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Those goldfish are just beautiful, and I can see why people would want goldfish... I was going to do a goldfish tank at first until I read more about them and saw all the other beautiful freshwater fish that wouldn't be nearly as difficult to maintain....

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post #13 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for all your advice! I'm only 13 and I doubt my parents will let me get another tank, and my wallet has tumble weeds in it! I don't want to have an unhealthy tank, but I can't return the fish to the pet store! What should I do now?!?!
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post #14 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 12:15 PM
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Any quality fish store (or even the big chain stores) should take the fish off your hands for you if you are unable to care for them. You might not get any money for them, but losing out on a couple bucks worth of fish is definitely less expensive than having to buy huge aquariums in order to house them appropriately.

Or, if you've got a friend or relative with large tanks (or even ponds for the goldfish) then you could give them away. You could also post an ad on craigslist offering to give them away to a good home.

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post #15 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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I really appreciate all your advice, but I love my fish and I would be very sad if I of rid of any them! I have even taught them to do tricks. It turns of that I can give them back. I just don't have the heart to! I don't want them to be miserable but I just don't know what to do!
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post #16 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 05:23 PM
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Hi, it is sad when mistakes are made in fishkeeping. The best thing you could do is return the shark and keep the goldfish. They both have totally different water requirments and should never be mixed. The tank is too small for either fish, but the goldfish will tollerate it better than the shark if you really must keep them.
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post #17 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 07:11 PM
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Give the goldfish back, your pleasure is not worth their misery, and you'll get over it. :)
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post #18 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'm sorry I'm in denial, but how do I really know that they are actually miserable? Once again, thank you for all your help/advice!
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post #19 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 08:51 PM
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Right now they might look okay because you haven't had them for a long time. Ammonia works slowly, but it is damaging them right now. Also, Goldfishes and sharks gets big, and if they are kept in a small tank, their growth will be stunted and it will dramatically diminish their lifespan. Keep in mind, goldfishes can live up to 15-20 years, but in a small space they probably won't make it to 2 years-old, and the ammonia will more likely end them before that!
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post #20 of 47 Old 11-30-2008, 08:52 PM
Well, your tropical fish would probably color up more when placed in a warmer tank. Other than that your goldfish and shark will soon get too large to move much at all in a 10 gallon tank. It is really not much of a life to be hardly able to move around your home. Not to mention the crazy levels of ammonia they will generate. I know that you are attached to them, but giving them up would be much nicer for all your fish if you are unable to provide for them in the long run. Try craigslist, at least with that you would know where they are going and choose someone who you know will take good care of them. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news :(

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