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My fish died
« on: June 01, 2009, 08:34:19 AM »
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I just got two gold fish on saturday one orange one the other one was white with an orange head i gave them food put water conditioner i dont know what i did wrong they were in a regular fish bowl
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2009, 05:09:26 PM »
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hi cat,
Sorry to hear the bad news about  your new pet fish.

Is one of the goldfish still alive? Were they swimming and moving around when you first put them in the fish bowl?
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 07:49:44 PM »
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I'm sorry to hear that your goldfish died.

Unfortunately, goldfish bowls are extremely hard to maintain.  Goldfish typically need a lot of space, as they tend to excrete more wastes than some other fish.  If you have a fish bowl, and absolutely can't afford a bigger aquarium, then there are several things that you can do to keep them alive (though they WILL grow, and will certainly need a much bigger living space).

First of all, get a filter for your fishbowl.  When I had a fish bowl, I used a corner filter, but an undergravel filter is good too.  Make sure you have gravel for your fishbowl, as goldfish love to mouth gravel and scrounge for food, plus the gravel can serve as a natural filter as well. 

Make sure to change water very often!  A water conditioner can't eliminate waste in the water, so if you have a fishbowl, you will need to change the water about every other day, even with a filter, to make sure that the water does not become poisonous or filled with ammonia (which will kill your fish).  Having such a cramped living space means that fish waste and uneaten food will pollute the water at a much quicker rate.  Covering your fishbowl is also a good idea, as it will keep dust and other airborne materials from polluting the water further.

Do not overfeed your fish!  Sometimes fish will mouth at the water for food, but do not feed them more than once a day, and no more food that they can eat in two minutes.  Overfeeding is one of the easiest and quickest way to kill a goldfish.

While goldfish are very hardy creatures, they still require a lot of care, especially in such a confined environment.  Honestly, it's best to give a fish at least five gallons of space per inch of fish, so a bowl really is nowhere near enough space.  They can manage while they're small, but remember that goldfish grow just like any other animal, and that eventually they will grow up and will not be able to survive in a bowl! 

I hope this helped you out some.  I wish you good luck if you happen to buy more goldfish.  They are difficult to care for sometimes, but they are worth it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2009, 08:02:53 PM »
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I do agree that you should not overfeed your goldfish, but i know that it is easier on their digestive systems if you have two or three small feedings over the course of the day.
Goldfish bowls are horrible environments for any fish, and their use is cruel. there is no filtration, cleaning terrifies the fish (who have no place to hide) and the ammonia, temperature and nitrite levels are hard to keep stable because of the lack of filtration and the waste just sitting there.
a number one killer of all fish (not just goldfish) is ammonia and nitrite poisoning. most people (and i do not mean you, specifically) do not pay attention to them.
in your case, you added two fish at the same time, with water conditioner and food. my guess is that when they excreted their waste, the water became saturated with all the nitrogen compounds, which was far too much for your new friends to handle.
possibly, you acclimated them wrong and the new water parameters killed them. acclimation does not entail taking the bag and dumping it in. it is a slow process of water changing which takes patience and care-two things easily forgotten with the prospect of a new fish.
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