This has been something I've debated on in the past.. And I've been keeping fish for a couple years but I have never properly cared for a goldfish before. I'll admit I'm almost a noob at goldfish keeping, so please hold my hand a bit and walk me through this lol.
I'm asking for more help here cause I know there is a LOT of incorrect information about goldfish care out there.
I'm thinking of moving my current inhabitants out of my 37 gal tank in my living room, and I'm looking to keep a larger fish in the tank. There aren't really many options, but I am hoping I can keep at least a pair of fancy goldfish. Is this enough room for them? The tank is 30" wide, 12" deep and 22" tall. I currently have a canister filter (rated for a 40gal tank) with a back up sponge.. I can add more filtration if necessary.
I know not to really bother with live plants.
I know the tank shouldn't be kept warm, but should I keep a heater in there for when the ac is on, or cold winter nights? Or just in case of ick? My current heater can be set down to like 64°F I think..
Can I keep a single bristle nosed pleco in there too? Or no.. Or should I get more than two fancy goldfish?
And any suggestions on what kind to get? I don't really want to spend more than maybe $10 on each fish, though less is always fine. My LFS does have a small variety of goldfish.