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Mona
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My fish is a baby fish
« on: January 28, 2010, 07:39:24 AM »

I've got a new baby fish, it is a common goldfish. As I'm a beginner, I've a lot of questions:
1- I keep my fish in a bowel (without filters or oxygen pump) and I change about 50% of the bowel's water every day and I clean the bowel once every 2 weeks, Is it Right or Not?
2- I feed my fish with a Floating pellets (written on it for baby fish) it contains wheat germ & flour, white fish meal, soybean, dried yeast, glutin and minerals and vitamins with spirulina added. Is it good or not? and How long should I keep feeding my fish with?
3- How can I evaluate that my fish is growing well and efficiently?
4- Is there any problem if I keep my fish alone in its bowel without any partner or other similar fish?
5- lastly, What is the life expectancy of my fish if I keep it within the previous environment? and how can I increase it if it's short?
thanks a lot
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Mindemae
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Re: My fish is a baby fish
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010, 08:49:49 AM »

Hi,
Your beautiful, full grown fish is basically living in a toilet and it makes me want to cry! Cry
That container is not big enough for 1 fish let alone more!!!! Shocked
Your fish should have at least 20 gallons of water to swim in. Angry
A life expectancy of a fish like yours could be 10-30 years if taken care of properly but in a container like that probably not.
Do yourself and your fish a favor and get it something bigger to live in with proper filtration and airation, OR if that is not possible then give it to someone who has a bigger tank and get yourself a betta.
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Re: My fish is a baby fish
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010, 02:44:40 PM »

1. It's not good. Get him a bigger place! And some good filtration! Changing water so often, let alone cleaning it all out is stressing your fish terribly much! Now, I don't want to seem angry at you, but he's pretty grown as it is, and since he's a common goldfish, he needs at least 400 liter/105 gallons big aquarium or even better, a pond.
2. Sounds good (: Just add some blood worms, peas or tubifex, and you'll have a great diet for your fish! They enjoy variety in their food too. And the protein in the worms will help them grow.
3. I don't know much about this, you'll notice d: But I'm afraid that in such a small space he will not be able to grow very much.
4. Fish won't be lonely or bored if you'd keep him alone, and I'd strongly suggest avoiding to put any other fish in there with him. They would probably pollute the water and die...
5. It probably is short. Without a good source of oxygen, or clean water he won't last for very long. But if you'd get him a proper home (as in, the 400 liter/105 gallon aquarium) he should live for 5-10 years or even longer!

So really, make your fishie happy and get him a bigger home Wink This will make the maintenance easier too! You'll only have to change the water once a week and then about 30% of the water at a time (:
Good luck!
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Mona
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Re: My fish is a baby fish
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010, 03:04:59 PM »

Thanks Karma, I got your advice but I really don't know anything about Fish Care, I've got it 2 weeks ago only and it was a gift. I'll bring it a big Tank with a good filter and Oxygen compressor and i'll send its photo recently, I'm really love it and I'll do anything to keep it happy and healthy, thanks again
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Re: My fish is a baby fish
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2010, 03:31:55 PM »

Nossie, that little guy does not need a 105 gallon area to swim in, especially if hes all alone.... 20 gallons is really all you need for him, and then an extra ten for every extra fish you want. I believe that's the ratio...
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Re: My fish is a baby fish
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 05:52:43 AM »

Not for a common goldfish. A fantail would do fine in a smaller tank, but a common (or other single tail fish) need a lot of room to swim around in since they're fast swimmers compared to fancier varieties. Any pet shop or goldfish book would agree Wink
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Re: My fish is a baby fish
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010, 01:32:23 PM »

That may be true. but If i remember correctly, Nossie, you are keeping three goldfish in a 8 gallon snowglobe?

"I have one 8 gallon, that I got for my birthday along with three small, lovely fantails."

Seriously now. If that common goldfish is the only one in the tank, the most, THE MOST you should need is a 55 to 60 gallon tank. They get big, but not so huge that they need a whole pond..
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Re: My fish is a baby fish
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2010, 04:58:16 AM »

Did you miss the part where I said that they are one inch long? And the other part where I said that I would get a bigger tank for them later?
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