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Qmx
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What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« on: April 20, 2008, 10:11:36 AM »

I have a ten gallon tank, but no fish yet. I want to get fancy goldfish. How many would the tank hold healthily and what other type of fish could I get?
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008, 06:20:57 PM »

only fance goldfish should be with fancy gold fish. No comets. they are much quicker and tend to be much more aggressive. You can get a pleco. Or you can get apple snails or gold apple snails. I have seen goldfish and tropical fish live long lives together in the same tank but it compleatly depends on each indavidual fish. they all have diffrent temperments. ANd if it will fit into another fish's mouth it will be food.

Goldfish create much more waste than other fish. They NEED a filter. Most tropical fish should be stocked no more than an inch of fish per gallon of water. Goldfish it is 5 gallons of water per inch of fish so a 10 gal is not reccomended as you can only safely have 2 one inch fish and they wont be an inch for long.

Id suggest trying live bearing fish such as mollies, platys and guppies. They are much easier to care for and you can have a wider variety. And they give birth to live young. If you want to raise them you can btu if they are not seperates they will most likely be eaten.

make sure you talk to the pet store about having your tank properly set up. It takes about a month to have an atmosphere that can maintain life. Putting them into a new set up with no bacteria would be like putting a person on mars. You would not survive. You need to build up your good bacteria. Buying a bottle of CYCLE and pouring the whole thing in ( you cannot overdose your fish with this product) can help speed up the process. It IS good bacteria in a bottle. Add 2 cap fulls weekly after that.
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Tyler
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008, 07:22:29 PM »

A ten gallon is not even enough room for ONE goldfish, since they are very dirty fish and can get up to 12 inches long.

Also, no other tankmates go great with goldfish because goldfish are coldwater fish and most everything else you'll see at the pet store is tropical or saltwater.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2008, 09:36:36 AM »

I'd recommend getting a larger tank(20 or 30 gallons), and if you want a companion, another fancy goldfish.
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Ryan
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2009, 08:00:43 AM »

How can you tell a female from a male goldfish Grin
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2009, 09:19:47 AM »

None never put any other type of fish with goldfish.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2009, 09:21:42 AM »

Please never put a pleco in.
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TIFFANEY LUCAS
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2010, 10:40:53 AM »

I have a bubble oranda that is with a pleco.  They are happy together.  I also have a redtailed shark that is getting beat up by his mate in another tank. I want to put him in with my Oranda, temporarily to recover.  Is that Acceptible
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2010, 11:02:33 AM »

Hi Tiffaney,
I don't recommend putting your red tailed shark in with an oranda.  The shark is a much faster swimmer than your goldfish.  Also, if your shark is "beat up"  then he should be put in his own tank, like a hospital tank to recover.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2010, 01:04:14 PM »

I have had large and small tanks. with a mixture of cold water and tropical fish. right now i have a 40 gallon with 2  goldfish that are between 3 and 4 inches and my angel fish from top fin to bottom is about 7 inches.. i have found in my own experience that as long as they are relatively the same size they will be fine together. algae eaters are a good addition to this tank as well. I have had this tank for over a year now and have yet for any of my fish to die
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2010, 08:01:26 AM »

For a ten gallon, goldfish aren't a good bet. It will get dirty very quickly and will require a lot of maintenance in order to keep the water healthy. But, healthy water equals quick growth and the goldfish will outgrow the tank in about a year.
Maybe think about a planted tank with guppies, mollies or platys. There are a lot of very pretty varieties out there that are almost as tough as goldfish.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2011, 03:19:31 PM »

My blue calico ryukin has lived in perfect harmony with our danios for over a year now until this morning when I found a zebra tail sticking out of his mouth. I turned my back to get some water for the tank after seeing them all swimming healthily, and the next thing I know, he's got a fish in his mouth and the others are cowering in a corner. 40 gal tank, well-fed. There's sites out there that say a danio would be too fast a swimmer for the slower moving fancy goldfish, but here we are. Like someone already said, if another fish can fit in another's mouth, it can be eaten.  Undecided
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2011, 10:43:51 PM »

Sorry for your loss.  It's nice that you shared your story, so others can learn from it.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2011, 10:44:56 PM »

If you want more than one fish in there with the fancy, I'd suggest a larger tank. With my goldfish I have angelfish and a pleco and they all get along great. The goldfish and pleco are about the same size (the pleco is a bit smaller) and the angel fish are quite a bit smaller at the moment.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2011, 05:13:27 AM »

All shoaling fish are generally too small to be kept with goldfish, no matter how fast they swim, in the end they do get caught.
The main problem with keeping goldies and other fish is that they all have different water quality requirements. RESEARCH is the one thing necessary to know if they'll live healthy in the same environment. And of course, small fish can't ever be kept with goldfish. What do you think happened to my last guppies when I was a kid and didn't want to keep the guppies separate anymore.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2011, 08:41:22 AM »

Any kind of goldfish will go with fantails. I have one fantail, one common, and 3 comets and there happy living together in their giant tank!
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2011, 02:27:02 PM »

goldfishluver: The fantail may not be getting enough food once they all grow up, which may give it various health problems :/
Fantails are the faster fancies, but they have nothing to say against a comet!
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2012, 11:20:37 AM »

I have 3 fancy goldfish in a 5 gallon tank and it is a great attachment to my room. They are so friendly and they all get along so well. Even though they are goldfish, I don't really have to clean the tank that much, but i also have a filter. If you don't have a filter you may have to clean it alot. a simple sponge filter isn't expensive.
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Re: What type of fish make good tank mates with fancy goldfish?
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2012, 05:45:20 PM »

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I have 3 fancy goldfish in a 5 gallon tank and it is a great attachment to my room. They are so friendly and they all get along so well. Even though they are goldfish, I don't really have to clean the tank that much, but i also have a filter. If you don't have a filter you may have to clean it alot. a simple sponge filter isn't expensive.

PLEASE, do not house three goldfish in a 5 gallon aquarium! Many goldfish owners make the mistake of thinking that a bowl or small tank is "okay". Well it isn't! Many pet stores just want to sell you products and they don't really care if you overstock a tank and have inadequate filtration. Certain types of goldfish can grow longer than 12", only if they are given adequate space. They can also live over 10 years if properly cared for, with these reasons, this forum has a MINIMUM of 10 gallons per goldfish. For filtration always do at least 10x the amount of gallons you have for proper gph for goldfish (10 gallons needs 100 gph, 20 gallons needs 200 gph, and so on)

If you have common or comet goldfish, you are required, if you care about the well-being of your fish, to get about 20 gallons per fish. That may sound like a lot, but seeing those curious little fish swim around and grow up to 12" is truly worth it.

Fancy goldfish such as orandas, pearlscales, black moors, veiltails, ryukins, and other double-tailed goldfish are recommended to have 20 gallons for the first fish, and 10 gallons for each fish after that. But you could also follow the general minimum above.

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