Hello! I'm new, my name is Allie.
I got a baby (feeder/common, however you want to refer to it) goldfish a couple days ago because they were giving them away for free in my dorm lounge area for a diversity building event. Anyways...
They gave it to me in a tiny little bowl no bigger than my fist and my fish was gasping within an hour, so a friend of mine gave me his old octagon (1 gallon I think) aquarium and a little bubbler/filter. She seems much happier.
But I have a couple questions-
I've been reading online about goldfish (I've become quite attached) and it looks like I'll eventually have to invest in a huge tank for it? Is that true? Even for a common/feeder goldfish?
And I think she's becoming bored, because she swims up and down along the side of the tank over and over, is that normal? Just up and down, up and down, for like, hours... lots of energy.
Any suggestions? It's probably a little over an inch long including the tail, will the common goldfish like that really get to be huge? Will she not just stay small since she's in a small tank, or is that cruel?
Maybe she would be happier with a friend?