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mkmom
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Goldfish beginner
« on: November 17, 2009, 12:50:23 PM »

Here's my story and I hope someone can help me.  A couple of months ago, we decided to get a goldfish.  So I did the research on cycling the tank, etc.  We bought a 10 gal tank thinking we would get one goldfish.  I did fishless cycyling which took several weeks.  Once my ammonia & nitrites were zero and I had some nitrates, we bought a fish.  Nitrites started skying.  I kept doing water changes (about 20% a day), added Amquel+ every day and put in some aquarium salt.  The fish didn't make it.  So, I changed the water which brought my nitrites back down to zero.  After a couple of days, we bought another fish.  Nitrites went up, but not as high - they ran around .5ppm.  I put in the aquarium salt and amquel+, but just lost this one too.  Ammonia was always zero and ph was 8. 

Not sure what to do at this pont.   I'm assuming the nitrites are my problem.  Both fish looked fine, but started hanging around the bottom and were gone in a day.  Do I try cycling again?  Do I get another fish right away?  I really don't want to lose another fish.
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Tigerlily
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Re: Goldfish beginner
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 03:27:12 PM »

do you want to have lots of fish? is it a common goldfish? if you don't want lots of fish do what i did and my fish is still alive after being dropped on the floor and going for minutes without air (water) lol Smiley i only bought a starter kit 1st with no fancy nitrates and stuff just plain old rain water, change the water once every week and feed her a flake a night! simple pimple! Wink really, not being smart but please don't kill any more goldfish before you get used to the way things work  Cry
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brandon
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Re: Goldfish beginner
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2009, 12:32:28 AM »

The minimum tank size for a single fancy goldfish is 20 gallons. I would suggest buying a 30 gallon for a single fancy goldfish. Remember that these fish get pretty big 8" is about the average size that they reach in an aquarium. Your tank might not be able to handle the bio load that your fish is producing. Goldfish are very messy fish and the bacteria colonies that you have established might not be able to handle all the waste that your fish is producing. I would suggest watching your water parameters very closely and do a 50%-70% water change when they get to be hazardous.
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Caroline Baxter
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Re: Goldfish beginner
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2009, 11:06:26 AM »

You are trying way to hard... I have have 4 gold fish in my tank.
I change my water once a week and my tank is really clear
the reason your goldfish has died is because they do not like changes in their water since you change 20% of your water a day, thats bad.
when you clean your goldfish's tank you put the fish in a plastic bag with its original water and after your done stick the plastic bag in the tank so the water inside the bag can slowly get to the temperature in the tank then put your gold fish back in the tank. You do this because the fish can get used to the water before you actually put them in. You should do this every 1-2 weeks.
Hope this helps!!!!
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Fleabie
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Re: Goldfish beginner
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2010, 10:40:15 AM »

Did you feed the fish a lot? Uneaten food will rot and create more ammonia, which can poison the fish. Try to feed in small pinches until the fish looks satisfied. There shouldn't be lots of uneaten food floating around the tank after you feed the fish.
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