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MsLina
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3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« on: June 29, 2010, 09:54:11 AM »

Hi, I have 3 goldfishes (2 medium - 1 small size) in a 5 gallon tank with no pump or filter. It's at my office, approx 2-3 feet away from the window.

I checked the water temp and it's pretty cool - but my fishes keep going up for air.

I read a few blogs and most say they just need oxygen which mean I would need a pump of some sort...

The question would be - if i didn't get a pump - would my fishes die? Or would they just keep coming up for air? Any long term problems?

Thanks - all comments welcomed.
Ms Lina.
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MsLina
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Re: 3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 12:42:26 PM »

Can anyone help me?
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Mindemae
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Re: 3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 12:50:21 PM »

The question would be - if i didn't get a pump - would my fishes die? Yes, your fish are suffocating.  They only are able to obtain oxygen from their water through their gills.  They are not able to breathe air from the atmosphere like mammals do! Sad

Or would they just keep coming up for air?  They are trying to get air at the surface at the tank where oxygen levels are the highest.  5 gallons for 3 goldfish is too small.  They need at least a 30 gallon.  A 5 gallon tank for 3 fish is a torture chamber.
 

Any long term problems? Absolutely!!!  Think of it as you being locked in a small closet for the rest of your life with no fresh air.  Your fish will suffer gill damage and brain damage, internal organ damage and eventually death.   Cry
Do your fish a favor and either get them a bigger tank with adequate filtration and aerationor give them away and get a betta instead.  A betta has a special organ that allows it to breathe surface air.
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Nicole
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Re: 3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 12:53:51 PM »

Just relax, some of us are in different countries, some (like me) sleep in late. Wink
Well, it's mostly up to your fishies if you need one or not.  If you have a smaller tank (10 gallons per goldfish or less), I would say that yes, an airstone or an air toy is a good investment.  Fish can die without enough oxygen, and if your fish are gulping at the top, they probably need it.  Fish can also go blind or suffer brain damage, just like we can, so it's not only safe, it's humane.  Air pumps are pretty cheap, and, if you can't find an airstone (although most places carry them), you can get a cute toy, like an air-powered diver or treasure chest, for cheap.  Both look pretty cool and your fish will enjoy them- ours use their airstone as their private jacuzzi! Wink
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Re: 3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2010, 02:05:43 PM »

Thank you for your input. I'm kinda of shocked to hear this - as the people in petsmart told me it would be fine. Trust me when I say, my intensions are not to torture my new fish.

I'll invest in a pump right away. And see if I can donate the other 2. Thanks again for your quick response.

Lina.
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Re: 3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 03:21:53 AM »

Very good idea there! But one thing, don't listen to those people in the pet shop... I know they're the only source of knowledge for someone just getting fish, but they usually have no idea what they're saying to you. I can't understand how they could sell a 5 gallon + 3 goldfish AND NO FILTRATION Angry

And you might have to get a bigger tank even if you keep only one goldfish, so I suggest that you'd start looking around for some cheap 10 gallon tanks Smiley
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Re: 3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 06:12:43 PM »

Sometimes the store will take back the fish if you return them soon enough.  Just PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH THEM!!  Sometimes daycares, doctor's offices, or schools will take them.
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Re: 3 Goldfishs Needing Air?
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2010, 06:33:56 AM »

It gives me goose bumps and cold shivers noticing how many incompetent people work at a pet shop. I mentioned it a few times that similar things happened to us too, well we learned better very soon...
Our goldfishies need plenty of space to swim, to stay happy and healthy and share a long life with us.

They LOVE riding the airbubbles coming out of the airstone. You will have much joy watching them
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