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Hi All,

I am new to fish keeping and got gallon fish tank as birthday gift. I really wanna keep atleast goldfish in there...
1. Where is the best place to get goldfish?
2. Which type of goldfish I should go for as beginner?
3. What food I should purchase? And how I should feed him?
4.How many water changes should be done per week?
6.While changing water, do I need to take out fish?
7. Should I change all water at a time?

You help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot,

-W
 

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I believe I would get one of the Beta fish and put in it. Like Guppy Girl said, it is too small for goldfish.
 

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You can put maybe a couple of endler males in that tiny tank. They are smaller then guppies and do good for a beginner. Any other livebearer will outgrow that tiny tank and do not get a pair male/female as they will have to many babies and the tank is to small. You can also try some Ghost shrimps. They are inexpensive and you can find them at Walmart when they have them for 33 cents each. Petco and Petsmart also sell them cheap. The 2 endler males or a trio of Ghost shrimp will need about 20% of the water changed a week. Remember that these fish are tropical and will need a heater if the water temps goes below 70 degrees. I'm not sure if those mini heaters will be ok in a tiny 1 gal. tank. They make them for 2- 2 1/2 gal. tanks. Walmart has one for 2-5 gal but not for 1 gal. Maybe you could use that tiny tank for a hospital or holding tank for new fish and get a 2 -3 gal tank. a 2 1/2 - 3 gal. you can have about 3 male endlers. The betta is a perfect fish for that tiny tank. You can get one at any pet store even walmart sells them and all the food and suppies for them. I hope your tank has an underground filter. My daughter had one once and the tiny hang on filter sucked up its fins and it died. They do not like alot of water movement. Good luck let us know what you decide on getting.
 

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You do not need a filter if you don't plan on cycling the tank. PLEASE look up "aquarium cycle" and read the post here. Even if you do not plan on cycling (ie the buildup of benificial bacteria to process harmful fish waste) the tank, this knowledge will help you to understand water quality and how it affects your fish.

One thing you ABSOLUTELY need for a betta is a heater. A 25 watt adjustable visi-therm stealth heater is my favorite and really the only heater I would trust in such a small tank. Other cheaper brands could easily heat up too much and kill your fish, while those small unadjustable pad ones will cause the temperature to fluctuate with room temperature. Bettas are true tropical fish and need a temperature from 78-82. I have found out that mine do best at 80 F.

If you choose to not cycle the tank, you will need to do 100% water changes every other day because that is a very small environment (I would actually really recommend getting at least a 2.5 gallon instead). You will need to match the temperature exactly and use dechlorinated water from the same source each time. This leads to the fact that you will need a good dechlorinator. If the tank is uncycled you don't need a filter which will likely do more harm than good in a 1 gallon (bettas don't do well in current).

You can feed your fish betta pellets, frozen/freeze-dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. I also use bettamin flakes which most fish seem to love. Don't get tropical fish flakes as these contain too much vegetable matter which can lead to health problems and constipation. Remember to rehydrate freeze-dried food before feeding and thaw frozen food. A varied diet is always healthier for your fish, but you do not need to overfeed. If for some reason you end up with uneaten food, you can suck it out with a turkey baster so that it does not foul the water.

I also highly recommend that you read the betta care guide under "betta fish" in the "betta fish care" section.
 
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