09-28-2008, 11:37 PM
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I saw a goldfish in the old gross family pond that hadn't been maintained in over two decades, and thought, oh wow, this pond can support life! So I started fixing it up - I started digging out the muck and all these little foul smelling bubbles came up and the whole thing started smelling like a sewer - I figured I'd just released a lot of toxic gas from the deep, scummy substrate, and now everything in the pond was going to die from ammonia poisoning.
So I decided to find and rescue that solitary goldfish (he/she's a feeder my mother put in last year (with a dozen others) to keep the mosquito population down - so a comet, right?) about 3" long - he/she was pretty enthusiastic about being captured. I have him/her slowly acclimating in a 26 gallon dechlorinated rubber maid tub.
I want to take as good care of this fish as possible while I fix up his/her pond, but I know nothing about goldfish care. What are the immediate steps I can take to ensure his/her comfort (I don't even have any fish food)?