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TonyMarkSmith 07-18-2011 02:21 PM

help with shubunkins
 
hi i am an amateur to keeping fish and have just recently bought my first tank with aeration pump (the tank is 14 ltrs aprx 4 gallons) i spent some time doing my research and allowed my tank to cycle for 4 days aswell as doing all the appropriate treatments ect..
i have just bought a shubunkin goldfish and introduced it to the tank and at first it seemed fine, but after an hour or so it started floating around the tank with the current with an arched back.
i have checked the nitrate and ammonia level and they are at pp00 and the ph is at 7 so im not sure what the issue is.

can anyone advise me please.

redchigh 07-18-2011 02:30 PM

Your testing kit is broken, and the goldfish is dying of ammonia poisoning. A tank will not cycle in 4 days.

Also, the tank is WAY too small. Ideally, take the fish back and get something that can survive in the tank.
Do you have a heater? You need one for fancy goldfish.

(A tip- If nitrates are 0, then your tank is not cycled.)

TonyMarkSmith 07-18-2011 02:40 PM

when i bought this tank i was told that it was ideal for a small goldfish, i have also followed instructions from several sources for preparing a tank for fish introduction and they have all been relatively the same advice for the size of the tank.
what type of fish would you suggest??
also i was of the impression that goldfish do not require a heater?!

lorax84 07-19-2011 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TonyMarkSmith (Post 740465)
when i bought this tank i was told that it was ideal for a small goldfish, i have also followed instructions from several sources for preparing a tank for fish introduction and they have all been relatively the same advice for the size of the tank.
what type of fish would you suggest??
also i was of the impression that goldfish do not require a heater?!


Unfortunately you were misinformed about pretty much everything. a 4 gallon tank is good for a betta, or a few shrimp, I have also seen a couple fancy guppies kept successfully in a 5 gallon. The Shubunkin you said you have will grow to around a foot at full size, and is really only suited for ponds. You also need to cycle your aquarium, here is the info on that.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

HMlairy 07-19-2011 02:30 PM

Nope Goldfish do not need a heater, they are subtropical and even live longer in unheated water (Y)


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