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post #11 of 18 Old 08-17-2008, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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tank size

To be honest, I'm guessing at the size....an educated guess, but I'm used to rectangular aquariums, not round. I picked the fish and asked the man what size tank to get...this is what he told me. I KNOW that he's a salesman, but I would think that he would sell me too large rather than too small, right? To me, and obviously I'm NOT an expert, the fish look like they are ok and have enough room.

Obviously the water quality is an issue, but a 55 gallon tank? I can't see them needing THAT much room!
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-17-2008, 06:57 PM
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Re: tank size

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To be honest, I'm guessing at the size....an educated guess, but I'm used to rectangular aquariums, not round. I picked the fish and asked the man what size tank to get...this is what he told me. I KNOW that he's a salesman, but I would think that he would sell me too large rather than too small, right? To me, and obviously I'm NOT an expert, the fish look like they are ok and have enough room.

Obviously the water quality is an issue, but a 55 gallon tank? I can't see them needing THAT much room!
You'll be surprised how big these goldfish get. Fancy ones can still reach 8-10 inches so would they still like being cramped? Fishbowls are out of style and shouldn't even be sold anymore. These are rather discouraging for proper maintenance.

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post #13 of 18 Old 08-17-2008, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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All of this is very interesting. The bowl style of tank is very common here and sold most everywhere. I will give the bowl to my boyfriend I guess (he wants a betta) and have to get a larger aquarium. This is a bummer, because fish supplies are very expensive here!
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If you're located in USA, try looking in Craiglist for tank deals. Watch out for Petco's dollar per gallon sale as well.

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post #15 of 18 Old 08-17-2008, 07:06 PM
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That's a pretty big fishbowl, but I'd guess it's 20 liters and not 20 gallons. To give you an idea, a 20 gallon fish tank is two feet long, a foot wide, and almost 17 inches tall.

A 55 gallon tank would be suitable for these fish once they are full sized, but if you heavily overfiltered the tank and were really, really good about water changes, I think you could get away with keeping them in something as small as a 40 gallon breeder.

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post #16 of 18 Old 08-17-2008, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately, I am not in the US. I am in Costa Rica and I paid quite a bit of money for the tank that I have here....I guess I will have to bite the bullet and get a new one (don't worry, it's not in me to NOT do whats best for an animal even if it ends of costing me too much money). I am very disgusted with the man who sold me the fish and supplies though, because I was very specific about telling him that I wanted to make sure the fish had enough room. Well, whatever! There's no turning back now. I have two potentially giant goldfish that need my love and affection.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-18-2008, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately, the filter broke on the fish tank last night right around the time I decided that it would be best to return the fish to the store. I am unable to get a larger aquarium and I need to let the man at the store know that it was unacceptable to sell me fish so unsuited for the tank and filter. I don't know if I will get my money back or if he will trade me smaller fish that are more suited for the environment, but what fish would be best?
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-18-2008, 02:02 PM
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Well, it *is* a pretty big fishbowl, so assuming you could get a working heater and filter in it, you could definitely keep a betta in there. I think 20 liters is also enough room for a few very small fish, such as:

-Guppies
-Endler's livebearers
-Galaxy rasboras
-Ember tetras
-Neon tetras
-Sparkling gouramis

Also, for pretty much any fish, you'll want to get some sort of covering so that they don't go jumping out.

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