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fantailer
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Couple questions
« on: January 12, 2012, 05:46:23 AM »

Can a betta fish eat tropical fish flakes?
How long till a goldfish can breed?

I know its kinda short but after Thor got sick and I put him down I want to get back on track.
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2012, 01:01:20 PM »

My bettas ate goldfish flakes occasionally when I was out of betta pellets, so I wouldn't think tropical fish flakes would harm them one bit. 

Regarding the time span it takes for a goldfish to reach sexual maturity, it varies from fish to fish.  As soon as a male goldfish sports breeding tubercles on it's gills and pectoral fins, it is able to breed I know.
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Nossie
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2012, 02:26:04 PM »

I didn't feed anything but tropical fish flakes to Bruce Smiley As well as tubifex and bloodworms, I think live foods are more important than manufactured foods in general, at least when it comes to bettas who are carnivorous fish Smiley

Like Goldiegirl says, it varies a lot from fish to fish when a goldfish matures, I heard of one who wasn't ready to breed until he was 15!!
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2012, 03:07:51 PM »

Fantailer- I've been reading a lot about breeding lately too. Most sources say you should wait until the fish is at least two (if they're mature then) so that you can spot any problems that may be genetic and see their adult color. Who are you thinking about breeding? I am only going to try with Rowan and Aspen since they are show-quality, from a breeder. I'm waiting til spring after next.
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fantailer
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2012, 04:57:22 PM »

I'm not thinking of breeding. Im kind of trying to avoid it unless a get some kind of show oranda like a lemonhead. What a dream!

I do have 2 fish that are near 2 years old. And with different genders I have to worry about it.
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2012, 05:01:08 PM »

Oh I see. Well that's good then! I don't think it's something that should be taken lightly. Perhaps by keeping the tank a constant temp throught the year you could avoid it...dunno. Or just separate them I suppose.
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Skwishee
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2012, 05:29:06 PM »

I wouldn't worry about them breeding fantailer, goldfish from what I've heard, will usually eat the eggs or fry.
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2012, 05:58:00 PM »

If the tank is heavily planted and the fish is well fed it's quite possible for some to survive, I have read several instances on here. Smiley But from what I've read it usually takes a bit of interference to ensure breeding, live food, change in water temp, increased aeration, etc. and as Skwishkee said that even in the unlikely event they do breed the eggs/fry probably won't survive. They require a special food and filter. So not to worry.
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fantailer
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2012, 06:03:42 PM »

Yeah but if I do see fry I would separate them because I would want to see what kind of fish they were when they grow up.
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Nossie
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Re: Couple questions
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 01:57:32 AM »

If I had eggs in my goldfish tank, I'd definitely separate them into my quarantine tank! Smiley
Besides, I bet a pet shop would be happy to take care of some small goldfish babies later! It would be very time consuming to bring the kids up though, so I probably would get so attached to them I'd just give them to friends and family <3

...but I had planned that Berry and Atlas would breed :'C I always thought Berry would make a great mother considering how attached Baby got to her <3
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