03-23-2009, 09:13 PM
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Honestly, if this were me and I had the money and my own room, I'd just buy a bigger tank, set it up, and see how that goes....not sure what your parents are like though. My parents don't even care for fish tanks and they weren't really crazy about the whole idea, but now I have 5 tanks (one 5.5, two 10, one 15, and one 29 gallon) all in my room which is about 8X10' by the way. Because they know that I take good care of my fish they've even offered to let me set up a very large (125 gallon) tank in my living room, but unfortunately I don't have the money for it right now.
Like has been said, your goldies will soon outgrow your 5 gallon tank and it is overcrowded as it is now. I know that you are very attached to them....but my teacher also "really cared" for her betta fish but he still almost died numerous times until she finally gave him to me. Because she finally made the right choice, he will get to live out a long life in his new home. It's really up to what your parents are like in my opinion. If you think that by showing them that you take good care of your pets that they will soon let you upgrade, then go for it. If not, you could check out the classifieds section here and maybe someone knowledgeable here would take them. If I were in a warmer climate, I would build myself a pond just so that I could take in all the goldies that pet stores sell under false pretenses...