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SueF
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Replacing a goldfish
« on: March 05, 2012, 04:19:37 PM »

Hi - I have had two goldfish for 18 months.  one died suddenly the other day for no apparent reason.  The other one is still healthy but is zooming round the tank like a lunatic looking for his missing friend I think (or am I being silly!).  My question is if anyone can help:  is it ok to get another fish or should I wait till he gets used to being on his own.  He seems very stressed and I hate watching him behaving like this.

Thanks
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Replacing a goldfish
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 04:27:36 PM »

First of all- what size is your tank?
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SueF
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Re: Replacing a goldfish
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 04:41:59 PM »

40 litres i think
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scrivens345
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Re: Replacing a goldfish
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 04:55:07 PM »

That's way too small for even one goldfish, i'm afraid
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Replacing a goldfish
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 06:32:11 PM »

I completely agree with Scrivens. The small tank most likely contributed to the fish's demise and "swimming around like crazy" is a sign that the tank is too small for the fish to swim. If you want to keep your remaining fish healthy and happy buy an 100-120 liter tank as soon as possible (the bigger the better). Once the new tank has cycled (takes about 6 weeks) you can consider a second fish. Goldfish need a minimum of 80 liters for the first fish and 40 for each additional fish.
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Skwishee
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Re: Replacing a goldfish
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 05:31:12 PM »

Hi Sue and welcome to the forum Smiley
And may I say that I am sorry to hear about the loss of your goldfish.

If your remaining goldfish is acting up, it could be due to the tank size as already mentioned, but it could also be down to the water quality. If you have a water test kit or a local store who can test a sample of your water, then please could you let us know the water parameters of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate as something could have spiked.
I had an incident with my goldfish where she acted extremely hyper and distressed, it was all down to a nitrite spike and was easily fixed with daily water changes until it had sorted itself out Smiley

With regards to tank size, I believe others have already advised this area.
May I also ask what type of goldfish you currently have? For fancy goldfish as Cheri pointed out, you need 80 litres/20 gallons for the first fish and then an additional 40 litres/10 gallons for any additional fish.
However if your fish is of the single tailed variety i.e. common/shubunkin/comet, then the situation is slightly different. While single tailed fish do well in tanks when they are young, eventually they need a large tank or pond.
So knowing what type of fish you have, will help us give you better advice Smiley
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