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post #1 of 9 Old 05-23-2010, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
Red face Thinking about getting a Goldfish

When I was a kid, I would always keep goldfish in the tiny bowls and cleaned it whenever I wanted to. Than I would wonder why they died.lol I took down my 5G when I lost my "King" betta and I would rather not put that up again (my sister hated it). I would like to get the smallest goldfish...can one be kept in a 2.5G? I know I would have to clean it a lot because they poop a lot. I also wouldn't use a filter (I don't use filters for my bettas) so would that be ok or do they need a filter or bubbler? Sorry, I know NOTHING about goldfish other than they like cold water.lol 8) Any input would be great, thanks!


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post #2 of 9 Old 05-23-2010, 06:40 PM
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There is no adult Goldfish that can live in an unfiltered 5gl or a 2.5gl. Unless someone has invented a pygmy dwarf version and forgot to tell me about it, lol.

Have a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfish
After reading this article, it seems that even the smaller species still attain lengths of 5" to 8", which is much, much too large for the tank you are considering.

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-23-2010, 06:44 PM
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that will most definitely not work out. A goldfish cannot live in a tank so small, especially without a filter. Although a goldfish may look small when it's young, they can grow extremely fast. You would need to invest in a much bigger aquarium if you wanted to get a goldfish.

I can go into more detail if you'd like, but I believe I speak for most people on this forum when I advise you that this will not work out. For a tank that small, I would recommend sticking with a betta, and even considering investing in a filter.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-23-2010, 06:48 PM
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Here's our forum's own profile on Goldfish:

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/goldfish/

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-23-2010, 06:53 PM
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i tried that only with two black moor goldfish. Needless to say i eventually got lazy and forgot to clean the tank out as often as i needed to. Then they both got sick so i cleaned the tank and gave them medicine annnnd everything was honky dory until i came home from school one day they were both dead :( I loved them though, their names were kanyé and beyoncé haha

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-23-2010, 07:02 PM
I wouldn't go under 10 gal per goldfish with a really good filter

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-23-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
Ok, thanks guys! Guess that's a no go.haha Thanks for the information. :)


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Ok, thanks guys! Guess that's a no go.haha Thanks for the information. :)
Well, at least you did your research and decided it wasn't a good idea. Don't you wish everyone would do the same thing and not make poor stocking choices?? Bravo for you!!

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-24-2010, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
Lol yeah. It would be fun to have a goldfish or two, but I'll wait until I have a 20G+ tank so they can thrive.


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