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elena1
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kinda confused
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:04:29 AM »

i have two goldfish, one is bigger than the other. i have had the big one for a year and just recently got the smaller one. before i got the new one, my fish was always swimming around. now they are both at the bottom of the tank together side by side. they get up once in a while to eat or to move. what's going on?? & the water is very dirty, should i clean it now??
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Nossie
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 01:39:22 AM »

This all depends on how big your tank is, how big is it? Two goldfish need a minimum of 20-30 gallons, so if your tank is not big enough, you'll need to upgrade!
Now, the reason why the fish are sitting on the bottom is likely to be stress from bad water quality, the tank is going through a mini-cycling process since you added a new source of waste (the little goldfish), and this is a pointer that you're not providing enough space for your fish since a large enough system shouldn't have such problems. Your biological filter is probably overloaded.

I wouldn't clean the tank, never do that, just siphon out a big part of the water and vacuum the gravel well. I'd change about 75% of it.
You could, and by all means should, buy yourself a test kit so you can test the pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels or bring a sample of the water to the pet shop and ask them to test it for you Smiley It'd be great if you're post the results here!
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Goldiegirl
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011, 10:33:24 AM »

Listen to her! She's a fish genius!  Cheesy
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elena1
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011, 11:44:28 PM »

okay so i cleaned it like you said to & the fish are so much happier! the dirty water was the problem.
Thank you! Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 01:40:04 AM »

Thank you, Goldiegirl! Wink

elena: So, how big is the tank? You'll probably need to upgrade, as I already said. You really can't decide to not do that just because your fish are acting healthy right now. It won't last for long if you won't give them a big enough tank.
How often do you change water in it usually?
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spydexign
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2011, 08:06:47 PM »

Having a big tank can help but it's not always a guarantee.
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fantailer
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011, 07:52:47 AM »

If you already have a good sized tank for two goldfish and you don't have the equimpent for a bigger one a bigger tank is not a good idea. You will end up with cloudy hard water.

But if you have the equimpent a tank would be good idea. Wink
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Redfishmagazine
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2011, 05:07:33 AM »

Bigger tanks are generally more stable (water chemistry wise). This makes them (generally) easier to look after!

David.
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Nossie
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Re: kinda confused
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2011, 02:39:40 PM »

Think of a larger tank as a safety buffer. The more extra space/water you have, the safer it is for your fish and easier to avoid pH crashes and the like.
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