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MissJ420
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having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« on: April 26, 2011, 03:11:46 PM »

I would like to have a goldfish bowl on my desk at work. I have read that it would be ok the two days on the weekend the fish was not able to be fed. Is that correct? If it were a 3 day weekend or longer I couldget a feeder thing to put in the bowl for him to eat for a longer period of time. My main question is.. will he be ok at work with not much light on the weekend? The ceiling lights are turned off.. there would be a little light coming from the windows 20 feet away (not pitch dark)  would that be ok on just on the weekends? Thanks for any info/advice in advance Smiley
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 03:17:49 PM »

Okay you can put a goldfish in a bowl if you know its gonna die in a week. Goldfish can grow to 12 inches and live for 20 years! They need a 10 gallon tank each!
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MissJ420
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 03:30:19 PM »

I have always heard you can put a goldfish in a bowl.  Huh They will only grow as their environment permits.
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 05:01:23 PM »

That isn't true though their outside body will their inside organs won't and they'll die because their organs will outgrow their bodies. Plus goldfish are very messy and poop amonia. Very little amonia can kill a fish and it builds up fast in a really small space. With such a small open area at the top goldfish don't get enough oxygen exchange and start making bubbles at the top of the bowl.
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 12:19:30 AM »

Goldfish bowls are very bad. In fact some countries don't even sell them because they are cruel. One goldfish should have at least 20 gallons.
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 01:12:07 AM »

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I have always heard you can put a goldfish in a bowl.  Huh They will only grow as their environment permits.

 They also will die according to their environment
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 03:39:04 AM »

Well said Hanna.
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MissJ420
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 12:02:13 PM »

ok so is there any other fish that can live in a bowl besides beta? The temperature does not stay normal enough (or warm enough) for a beta
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2011, 12:10:39 PM »

I have just read that neon tetras are well suited for a fish bowl with an aquatic plant added in. And yes, it talked about how goldfish are not well suited for a fish bowl
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2011, 01:04:06 PM »

Even small goldfish can produce massive amounts of toxins through their gills and their waste. Also, without a cycled environment they will die from suffocation. Being kept in a tiny bowl stresses the fish so much they often contract diseases like ich if the poisons in the water haven't killed them off yet. Also, I have a theory that they get lonesome without a friend  Wink 

Most tropical fish will need a heater because they do not do well in colder temperatures. I would suggest getting a 2.5 gallon or 5 gallon tank with a little heater and getting a few guppies or a betta fish.
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Re: having a goldfish at work... couple questions
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2011, 11:28:47 AM »

NO. OTHER. FISH. THAN. BETTAS. SHOULD. EVER. BE. KEPT. IN. A. BOWL.

Pure and simple, it's a no-no. Even tetras and small tropical fish will suffocate in the bowl, the reason why bettas are kept in bowls is because they naturally live in small muddy collections of water where they can breathe directly from the surface. Not to mention that tetras are FAR MORE sensitive to their environment than bettas :/ They need to be in a shoal of 7 fish minimum to be comfortable. So please don't do that either Sad

Allover, I don't like the idea of having a bowl on your desk for show at work. Would you keep a cat in your office at work? Or maybe a bunny? It's the same thing, fish need care as well, they won't change the water for themselves. Which you'd need to do on an almost daily basis if you'd have a bowl. Not to mention the SPILLAGE! Would your colleagues and boss really enjoy the swelling wet desk and water damaged floor? Wink If you want fish, please keep them at home in a good and proper tank Smiley
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