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newfishowner 12-27-2008 05:31 PM

Goldfish question
Hello, a friend of mine just bought me a goldfish and I have a few questions. I have a 2.5 gallon mini tank, and a air bubble maker thingy. I also have a can of golfish food flakes, and a bottle of chlorine ammonia eliminator.

How often should I feed my fish?
How much goldfish flakes should I feed him?
How often should I change the water?
How often can I leave the bubble maker thingymajig on?
Does it matter how long I keep the fish tank light on?

Thanks for any help. I've never owned a goldfish before and don't want to kill it by overfeeding, underfeeding, or not cleaning the tank when I should.

My last fish was a betta and that sucker lived for 4 years. But they seem like lower maintenace fish?

Cody 12-27-2008 06:18 PM

First, this tank is way, way, way too small. Do you know what type of Goldfish he is? Fancies will need at bare minimum, a 30G, and comets need 75. Do you even have a proper filter, or a heater to keep the temperature stable?

Also, did you cycle the tank before you put him in?

But to your questions...
Feed him twice a day, but vary his diet.
What he can eat in 3 minutes.
Since he is in a 2.5G, every day. If he was in a proper tank, then once a week.
Leave in on 24/7.
10-12 hours.

Jay Ack 12-28-2008 04:06 AM

no effense but i honestly think goldfish is waste of time and money. they are usually best for feeder fishes. but regarding your questions..............

How often should I feed my fish? twice should be best
How much goldfish flakes should I feed him? about size of a quarter is fine
How often should I change the water? change the water once a day goldfish dirty the water fast
How often can I leave the bubble maker thingymajig on? air always has to be on no matter what fish and tank
Does it matter how long I keep the fish tank light on? light creates algae, so you dont wanna exceed more then half of a day. you can leave it on overnight then in morning turn it off.

taylorg 12-28-2008 08:57 AM

get rid of the gold fish and by a nice betta or buy a new tank, filter, let it cycle and use that:shock: but i would just go with a nice betta:-)

newfishowner 12-29-2008 12:30 PM

THanks for the help guys

The goldfish is a small little guy. bout the size of a quarter or less.
The tank is all I've got for him, but it seems to be more than enough for the fish to swim around.
I'm not going to be able to clean the tank every day, or every week for that matter. I live in a very rural area and I don't trust the well water I have so I have to drive 30 miles for my drinking water. So changing everyday is impossible. I do have a filter, that came with the tank but it takes up a ton of space and do not want to use up any more space in the tank. but thanks for the replies.

Aquatic Gardens Goldie's Cove for Goldfish Deluxe Goldfish Kit ( the tank I have)

Cody 12-29-2008 12:46 PM

I'm not trying to sound rude, but you should return the goldfish if you cannot give him the proper care. This is why people think they are short lived, while in reality they should easily live 15-20 years.

Twistersmom 12-29-2008 07:59 PM

The Goldfish may be better off with the well water. Purified water may lack the nutrients and ph level your fish needs. The others are correct, the goldfish will quickly outgrow that tank. Your fish would be better off if you found it a new home or buy it a larger tank. You need at least 10gal for 1 goldfish. I would buy a water test kit, your well water may be fine for your fish. A tank that small is going to need water changes a few times a week (maybe every day), or your fish will die from the ammonia in the water. Good luck to you and your fishes health!

taylorg 12-29-2008 09:16 PM


fishman09 12-30-2008 08:58 PM

yuo dont need a heater or filter for goldfish

Cody 12-30-2008 09:20 PM

Again, this is another myth that people think is right.

Yes. Yes you do.

What makes them so special as to not have a heater or filter? Sure, people think no heater because they are coldwater, but they need a constant temperature which is only provided by a heater (set to 68F, of course). And why, why, why would they not need a filter? They are probably one of the most messiest FW fish you can purchase, and easily need a filter for twice the size of the tank. So, that means you need a 60G filter. Bare minimum. Along with weekly water changes of at least 25%, better yet 50% because of their messy nature. Plus many air stones to give of surface agitation which creates oxygen, plus a large surface area to allow more oxygen in.

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