Golden rules to commit to your heart & mind now!
1. Goldfish need a minimum of 10 gallons of water per fish. Do NOT put a goldfish in a bowl!!!
2. Buy a water test kit before you purchase your fish! Preferably a master test kit as strips are not reliable.
3. Do not cycle your tank empty.Cycle with feeder fish before you place goldies into tank.(personal preference) You can cycle your tank fishless using beneficial bacteria, used gravel & an old filter from friends but if this is not an option only use feeder fish that you can give to a friend or plan to keep for yourself as a member of the family. NO FISH ABUSE please.
4. NEVER use a sterile tank! CYCLE CYCLE CYCLE !! Bacteria is your friend.
5. Research before you buy. But pick 1 source of info as it can get confusing & contradictory. This forum is an EXCELLENT source.
6.Test your water quality daily until you've established your tank. Water quality is the answer!
7. When in doubt ask!! Someone is always here that can answer our questions. Best batch of fish hoarders on the net!
Taking your fish home is exciting. Note there should be more AIR than water in bag. Only buy from a reputable source. Look at all the fish in the tank & make sure they're ALL healthy. NEVER pour bag water in your tank yuck eww good way to get ick. Let's get those fishies in the tank the right way. Float the bag in your setup properly cycled perfect water quality tank. Have handy a clean bowl,net, & clean cup.
1.Float the bag in tank for 15 minutes, 2. Pour cup of tank water into bag wait 5-10 minutes 3. Now pour 2 more cups of tank water into bag & wait 10 minutes 4. If fish have all adapted well pour them into clean bowl. If they seem to be getting shocked wait a few more minutes then pour another cup of water in bag & watch for 5 more minutes. 5. I prefer my fish to set in bowl for 5 minutes then Net fish out of bowl & place into tank. 6. Pour bowl of nasty bag water down the toilet. 7. Watch your fish enjoy their new safe home.
This method of introduction was given to me by an experienced 40+ year shop keeper & he's never lost a fish due to shock of temperature or chemical.
Now a word from our more experienced fish hoarders ladies & gents if you please