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faelet
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Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« on: November 17, 2011, 06:44:54 PM »

Where can I buy baby (or just young) fantail goldfish?

Thanks.
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 06:54:26 PM »

Pretty much anywhere. They are the most common "fancy". If you are in U.S. then Petsmart, Petco, Wal-mart. Although I would recommend checking out a smaller store or an aquarium store, they are usually more knowledgeble and take better care of their stock. Are you all set-up? What size tank do you have? Any other fish?
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011, 07:56:00 PM »

Many of the fantails you see at Petsmart are about the size of dime or nickel.  These are still very young goldfish, probably at most 2 or 3 months old. You don't want anything younger , because tiny baby goldfish require a lot of care and very frequent feedings- just like newly born puppies, baby birds, etc..
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2011, 08:54:44 PM »

I bought two very tiny fantails (about 1/4") from petsmart earlier this year. When I got them they were both an indistinct brownish-grey and have since dramatically changed color. They did require extra work as nabi said. You must either crush flakes, pellets and freeze-dried or buy special fry-food. I would reccomend getting them a bit larger than I did so you know what they'll look like and can check for deformities. And no matter how small they are they still need significant tank space and proper filtration.
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faelet
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2011, 04:51:44 AM »

I have a 55 gallon tank set up, i'm giving away all the fish currently in it so i can get some goldfish. thanks for the info!! All the ones i see at petsmart places are like the $27 huge ones, which is why i posted here. maybe i'll drive out to a smaller aquarium store. its farther away.
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Skwishee
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2011, 05:33:36 AM »

Good luck with finding them! How many are you thinking of getting? Smiley
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faelet
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011, 01:24:25 PM »

not sure! at least three maybe! how many fish is too many for  55 gal?
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2011, 01:58:26 PM »

You could put 4-5 fantails in there permanently. Fewer fish if you plan on getting something that grows larger (oranda) or a faster swimmer (comet). Post pics when you get them! Also ask your petsmart what day they get their shipment, go look on that day and there will be a much better selection. I just found a calico-telescope eye that had only been there a few hours!
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faelet
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2011, 06:37:37 PM »

if i have less goldfish, would i be able to keep a bristlenose pleco in there? and maybe a few dojo loaches?
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2011, 07:01:31 PM »

Hmm. I no nothing about other types of fish...I think there is a thread along those lines in Other Aquatic Species.
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2011, 05:34:51 AM »

faelet no only a couple of animals go with goldfish: plecos and snails.
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2011, 06:04:32 AM »

If you are keeping just goldfish of the fancy variety, then you need to count 40 litres per fish.
So 55 gallons = 250 litres, so you could easily fit as Cheri stated 4-5 fish in there  Smiley

Just a quick note it's also advised to keep fancy fish together and single tailed fish together. With mixing them, the single tailed fish are a lot faster and more competitive for food compared to fancy fish who are slower and single tailed fish may well eat the food before the fancies have time to get to it.

If you'd like to keep a pleco, then you will need to count some space for him as well, depending on the breed you get. As some types can grow enormous whereas others stay quite small.
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2011, 06:05:25 AM »

There's no such thing as a bristlenose pleco, just for your info they're called simply Bristlenoses, in case you'd ever have to ask for advice or something about them in a shop Smiley
You could keep three-four of them with the goldfish, but the loaches won't work. You either keep a tropical tank with loaches and whatnot, or a coldwater tank with goldfish and bristlenoses. And that's it.

You could have four fantails (they are relatively small goldfish) and three bristlenoses or something in that tank, the bristlenoses will stay no bigger than 8-10 cm so they won't be a big load on the bio filter.
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Re: Where to find baby fantail goldfish?
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2011, 12:18:49 PM »

Awesome! Thanks for all the advice guys!
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