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DCFeeShee
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Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:03:53 PM »

 Well first off I would just like to say hello to everyone, I am new to keeping goldfish and this website helped me a TON with my research so I thought I'd join!  Cheesy I currently have one lionhead goldfish (named Mufassa) in a small 1 gal tank (I know its WAY to small....I got it before I knew better  Sad) Now however I have a 30 gal tank that should be ready by next week its been cycling for 3 weeks now and everything has been good!  Smiley Im just wondering If I havent already caused damage to my fish's growth or if its nothing to worry about hes been in the about 2 months...I know keeping a goldfish in a tank too small can cause their growth to stunt up...I want to get one more fancy goldfish in that 30 gal.....lol and maybe put a betta in the 1 gal  Cheesy



And I'll post some up pics of my fish in his new home when he's in it!  Wink
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fantailer
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Re: Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 06:37:36 AM »

I think you could have caused a little bit off stunted growth. I did keep two fish in a ten gallon tank a year ago for six months and theyre about an inch of lost growth.

You can put three goldfish in there. Everyone has different rules right now on the forum so it doesn't really matter who you listen to. Yes a betta would do fine in that size tank.
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orandagal
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Re: Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012, 07:37:24 AM »

Hi DC and Welcome,
This is a really good site with lots of info and everyone is more than happy to help us Newbies! I have had fish for around 5 years, made a lot of mistakes along the way and like you just got my first 29 gallon aquarium in late January  (which I love by the way). I have 3 goldfish and am going with the rule of thumb 10 gallons per fish but hope to move up to a 40 gallon within the next year. This hobby can become very addicting, and starting up in the beginning can be a little costly. Don't get discouraged if it takes a little while for your tank to cycle. Mine was right at 6 weeks, and I'm very impatient, but I'm glad I waited before adding my fish. They are happy and healthy in their new home. I'm still learning as I go, but reading and asking questions is definitely the way to go  Smiley
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gwenblack72
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Re: Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2012, 07:51:59 AM »

As far as the gallons you need for your fish, there are diferent ways as faintailer said. Both of these are a little different, so you can decide what works best for you.  Grin Look at your fish see if there is any noticable damage, like eyes buldging, his belly swollen, I can't think of all the symptoms of stunted growth. Have you been adding any bacteria to the cycling tank, to help with the building of benificial bacteria? This will help with building the bacteria, to kill the ammonia, nitrates, & nitrites. Orandagal is right it is very addictive, & costly, but well worth the work!! I started with 37 gallon moved to 55, then got another 37, then a 60, now I have 150. I had to get rid of some of my tanks, but I still have the 60 & 150 gallon tanks. So take your time things will come together, & your fish will beh healthier if you wait for your tank to cycle.
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Re: Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 11:22:01 AM »

Hi I currently have three tanks a 15litre, a 28litre and I believe a 60litre not sure. I decided to cycle with my fish in the tank and am finding alsoets of problems such as high ammonia. I agree that cycling without the fish would be better and easier. Luckily my fish are still healthy, but do kinda wish I had waited.
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DCFeeShee
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Re: Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 12:08:45 PM »

Yeah thats what I was wondering fantailer...but he still is very small he is around an 1 in and a half. And yes I did add bacteria I have had tropical fish before and Ive always found it easier and safer to cycle without fish in the tank  Cheesy As my fish looks though he looks the same since I got him...just slighty larger  Grin I got him at a pet supermarket a town over they actually had alot of variety and healthy looking goldfish for being a large chain! I just feel bad about putting him in such a small tank Embarrassed But you guys have really helped me so I thank you!!!! Cheesy
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scrivens345
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Re: Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2012, 01:21:03 PM »

fancy gold fish , my rule of thumb is 30 gallons for the first fish and 10 gallons for each extra fish, and at least 3ft swim room preferably 4ft+


You should be OK keeping a couple of fancies in your tank for a year or two Smiley
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Skwishee
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Re: Hello Everyone!!....and a quick question :D
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 02:38:38 PM »

Hi and welcome to the forums!

I think from keeping a goldfish in a small tank, as you've stated, yes, it's growth will probably be stunted, so the fish will quite possibly grow at a slower rate than a goldfish of the same age kept in a larger tank.

I personally kept a goldfish in a 21 litre tank for around 5 months where she grew an inch or two (she was around 3 inches in total by this point) she's now in a 90 litre/3 foot and has grown around 1/2 an inch, in the 2 months she's been in there.

Seeing as your goldfish has been in the 1 gallon tank for a small time and I imagine will be moved very soon, he should be fine Smiley
As long as you see no outward or behavioural signs of him being unwell, as often fish kept in small aquaria have generally had to put up with poor water quality and can have some problems because of this.

Do you have a water test kit or a pet store that can test your water for you? This can be really helpful with knowing when the tank has completely cycled  Smiley It could also help on knowing what the water quality on your 1 gallon tank is like, if the water quality is bad i.e. ammonia/nitrites present, or nitrates being above 40ppm, then you may need to do more regular water changes while the bigger tank cycles.

Best of luck with cycling! Look forward to seeing some photos  Wink
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