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Fishy Jeff
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Not breeding goldfish
« on: February 05, 2013, 01:07:51 PM »

So, the pond is heading into it's second spring.

Last spring there was a lot of fishy activity and the resulting fry. The goldfish genetics is interesting as there are offspring that have no resemblance to the parents. Out of a couple shubunkins, an orange and white, the offspring include all black and other variations. None look like their parents.

So, before I wind up with a fish ghetto, I can use some advice on not breeding fish. I have a small 40 or 50 gallon tub I could use.

What are my options? And if I pull out fish, do I pull the chasers or the chasees?
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Re: Not breeding goldfish
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 04:49:42 AM »

Maybe you could have some sort of divider and split them into females/males?
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Re: Not breeding goldfish
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 08:03:22 PM »

You could also try keeping the pond around the same temperature the whole year to prevent breeding.
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Re: Not breeding goldfish
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 10:03:01 AM »

Personally, I think it would be very hard to separate them.
Could you give the babies to a local pet store or to friends that have a pond and need fish?
I had two fish in my smaller barrel ponds this summer.  Thought they were both females and never saw any breeding tubercules or them chasing/spawning.  When I went to tear down the pond for the winter there were 8 teeny tiny babies I am presently hand raising.  Smiley
Re: Not breeding goldfish
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2015, 02:49:22 PM »

I have a 5 Gal. Tank with2 Goldfish, a filter and air stone. I noteicd over thepast few weeks a brownish to very dark brown build up on my sea shells and it's now starting to spread to the tank glass I change the water about 2 gal. bi-weekly ad while doing so I clean everything in the tank except the shells I clean the inside glass and use the suction to get rid of as much bottom stuff as possible old food fish feces and so on. I have only had my tank for 5 months but this is th 1st time I have seen this brownish build up. What can I do t get rid of it and what is it???
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2015, 04:02:27 PM »

A vase is likely not big enoguh. You should really have an aquarium but if you can't get one, at least get a large plastic fish bowl. 2 gallons at minimum. With all that said, you will eventually need an aquarium with a filter. goldfish produce a lot of waste and a small tank gets dirty very fast. You will need to do partial water changes daily. feed them once a day and only a small amount. this will make sure there isn't a lot of waste going into the bowl.
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