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Mermaid
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Totally wet behind the ears ;)
« on: May 24, 2010, 12:35:51 PM »

Hello fellow goldfish lovers!  I am completely wet behind the ears, lol  Wink  I won two common goldfish at a festival saturday and I am not good at keeping a tank!  I bought a little, and when I say little I mean tiny, tank with a lid--so the cats wont get them.  I bought a Spongebob and a Pineapple House for them.  I have some water conditioner and some fish flakes.  I guess my question is how serious do you really have to be for these little guys to have a happy life.  Im am on an extremely tight budget and dont really have the money to get fancy but I am an avid animal lover and couldnt bear to see them pass away!  Not to mention I have a two year old that will be crushed Sad  Do they have to have gravel? Plants? HuhHuh  I dont have any fancy equiptment to check PH levels and what not so I have to wing it.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated!  Diego and Dora would love you to help me out so they can keep on, keeping on Wink
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Nossie
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Re: Totally wet behind the ears ;)
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010, 01:24:19 PM »

In fact, the thing I'd suggest you getting would be a 30 gallon tank (or preferably bigger) for them babies of yours (: In a good "package" you could get the gravel, lamp and filter as a part of the bargain Wink
You have two common goldfish, and these two would grow to about a foot in length if cared for well, and they could live for up to 30 years! Therefore, these guys need a big, well filtered tank for them to move about! A 30 gallon is absolute minimum!
Goldfish are extremely dirty, and they need lots of oxygen to stay healthy. So if you really care for these fish of yours, you'll buy them a proper tank! (:
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Re: Totally wet behind the ears ;)
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2010, 11:09:38 PM »

As far as affordable water testing, I know a lot of pet stores that sell fish will test your water for free.  If you don't want to go in every week, the at-home kits are easy to use and very affordable.  They just consist of chemically-treated strips of paper that you swish in your water.  They change color and tell you what's going on with your water.  Plants are also affordable- no more than a few U.S. dollars.
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Hanna
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Re: Totally wet behind the ears ;)
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2010, 08:56:30 AM »

Hi Mermaid,

another chance to get a bigger tank, maybe complete with gravel, airstone, etc.  could be ebay, or the local newspaper perhaps?
Or maybe the pet store does offer the facility to "rent" a tank?
They do offer this option here.

Paper strips to test the water chemistry are not really recommendd, as they are not accurate. A master test kit ( Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and pH ) may cost a bit more to start with, but lasts for a very long time. So it may be worse to think about this option too
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Re: Totally wet behind the ears ;)
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2010, 03:51:14 PM »

hi
just look for a used or new tank/filter. start of with that make sure u get a good filter. they dont need rock or gravel. but they would like some decor.

i paid 10$ for my first 10 gallon tank and filter and made my own decor. the whole set up cost me about 20$ i still dont use gravel it is easyer to clean.

be warned though  if u start keeping fish it will never stop. you will just want to upgrade all the time

I just started a 55 gallon saltwater tank it cost some money for sure more than 20$ anyway
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Re: Totally wet behind the ears ;)
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2010, 05:01:36 PM »

Hi Jordan, can you give us some ideas about homemade decors?

It sounds so interesting and exciting  Wink
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Re: Totally wet behind the ears ;)
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 06:06:47 PM »

hi
go find some drift wood or rocks that u like just make sure u rinse it out. if you have any quick dry cement thats were thing get cool.
get a plastic molding of a shape pour in the cement maybe put fake trees in the cement while it drys then u have a decor. that would sell in a store for 15$ or more thats how they make them. we did that. and made a bridge. for the bridge fill a plasti c contaner up with the cement and put a pop can in it and it would make the hole they go though

sorry i am bad at expaining things just a sk me again if u have problems
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