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temptryst 01-29-2009 08:17 PM

Is Anything Compatible with a Goldfish?
I just got my hermit crab (used to be crabs) back from my friend who was taking care of them and the one left died within 24 hours of me having it again... so I had a tank open up that I decided to convert back to an aquarium. I threw my 1 fantail goldfish into it. I know it's often said not to put anything else with goldfish, but is there anything out there?


onefish2fish 01-29-2009 10:01 PM

first off, fishless cycling should be performed before "throwing a fish" anywhere. please read this:

how big is this tank? how big is the goldfish? what kind of goldfish?

granted your tank is big enough and (goldies need a big one) you may be able to put a school of white clouds.

MBilyeu 01-29-2009 11:41 PM

Dojo Loach(es)?

onefish2fish 01-29-2009 11:53 PM

the problem with mostly everything is that goldfish are cold water fish and most all other fish need tropical waters

aunt kymmie 01-29-2009 11:58 PM

Dojos like cooler water so they may be a good choice, yes?

Twistersmom 01-30-2009 06:46 AM

What size is the tank? Dojos do great with goldfish, but they can grow to be a foot long.

temptryst 01-30-2009 04:24 PM

Lol.. a foot long is a bit oversized. It's only a 5.5 so I was thinking small. Initially I was just going to have the one goldfish but it looks rather silly. I suppose it'd probably be best to just stick with some other goldfish then.

And as I said above it's a fantail goldfish. It's only about an inch and a half. I'm thinking of eventually adding 2 maybe 3 more.

aunt kymmie 01-30-2009 04:31 PM

Uh oh....5.5 is very small, especially for a goldfish. They are very messy fish with huge bioloads. I have no idea how large a fantail gets? I'm not sure if it's wise to add another fish to this tank... :-(

For this size tank you'd be better off getting a betta. A 5.5 for a betta is a great home, and you could also add some pygmy cories or some otos or ??

willow 01-30-2009 04:31 PM

to be totally honest,and please don't take offence here............
that tank will not be much good for long,goldfish of any species need a large tank,
as they do produce a lot of waste,i wanted some,however i can't occomadate them,
to live to their full potential.
a tank that size would be nice for a Betta,or shrimps,planted with wood decore.

temptryst 01-30-2009 04:39 PM

I had a different one for over a year in another tank and it never exceeded 3 inches. Reading up on them it generally says their max size is 6 inches. I'd be willing to increase the tank size if they grow. I was just assuming from my experience it takes them forever to grow?

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