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molliefan09 10-24-2009 08:31 AM

right place?!?! goldfish....
so i posted a thread yesterday but i am not totally sure i posted in the right place so i am going to repost it here....
so last october my little brother won 2 goldfish at our "fall festival" and to our surprise they are STILL alive.....we have never had this happen before......they usually are dead by morning. In any case i am assuming these are comets as that is what is usually at these fairs.....originally they were housed in a goldfish bowl and my mom soon realized that was a bad idea so she bought a 2.5 gallon hexagon tank with and internal filter and bubbler......since they were put in this tank last december nothing else has been done with it...they feed them, keep the light on during the day and change the water every week or so.....i was just over there the other day and they are HUGE probably 3-4 inches a piece. since getting into the fish keeping hobby a couple months ago ive been hounding her to get a bigger tank...however she only has room for a 10 gallon...she says she doesnt want to go any bigger because then they will get bigger :evil:. I have decided to take it upon myself to get these guys a bigger home. i may even move them to my house, im not sure yet. i mean are taking care of these guys and their habitat any different then caring for my tropical community tank?? i know they are VERY dirty fish and may need more frequent water changes and a good filter. in anycase any info would be helpful and again she only has room for a 10 gal wil this be sufficiant for now??

xrayjeeper83 10-24-2009 09:16 AM

Dont ya hate it that everyone thinks fish will only grow to the size of the tank they are put in. I would think 2 in a 10 gallon would be plunty big

molliefan09 10-24-2009 09:18 AM

i do hate it and before i got into fish keeping i didnt know anybetter so i guess and cant get mad at her for being uneducated about she feels bad because if she would have known better she would have gotten a bigger tank to begin with

xrayjeeper83 10-24-2009 09:34 AM

I guess its what parents tell their kids so they dont have to spend money, plus the fish usually die so fast that they never get to full size.

I remember a gold fish I use you to have that was kept in a pot in the kitchen for a while. It was only for a little bit, but the fish tried to commit suicide when a noodle dropped in the tank lol

Twistersmom 10-24-2009 09:35 AM

How about building a pond for them? or do you have a friend with a pond?

molliefan09 10-24-2009 10:58 AM

my moms house is rather large but the space available outside is she has 2 dogs and 2 cats they would probably love to snack on them.....a dr i work with has a koi pond....i suppose i could ask him to take them....would they be ok in their??

Twistersmom 10-24-2009 11:23 AM

I think they would be just fine. They would love the space a pond could provide.

molliefan09 10-24-2009 11:25 AM

i willask him this week and see what he says....we are all suckers for pets in need of a better home....i work in the vet field

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