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Skwishee
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Re: YIKES! Sky high nitrates...In our tap water!?!
« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2012, 03:21:20 AM »

I would agree with Nossie, I'd rather a fish be food for 5 seconds, than suffer in a 5 gallon tank for years.

The original poster asked about nitrates, us telling her those nitrates being too high will harm her fish, is honesty. Sky high nitrates aren't a huge deal, they are easily fixed with increased regular water changes. That's all it takes.
There's no need to try and convince them their fish will be okay, when it won't be, just like there is no need to try and justify a fish in a 5 gallon tank, when it's simply not fair to the fish.

You also cannot compare your life to a fishes life. That is just a crazy thing to try and compare.
Firstly that fish is in that 5 gallon tank, with bad water quality and it will become stunted, shortening it's life span. It would be like confining someone to a box room with bad air quality. It would cruel to do that to a human, so why should it be any different for a fish?

You may have a small house or a trailer, but you can go outside. A fish can't suddenly decide to go for a walk!

I appreciate your opinion, don't get me wrong, I too wonder what a goldfish would pick if he had a choice.
But as a pet owner, it is our responsibility, to provide that creature with a suitable and adequate environment. If you can't provide the environment, then don't buy it.

The only way a 5 gallon tank would be acceptable, is if it were temporary accommodation for a few months and the fish would be getting a bigger tank or pond  Smiley
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AZriverrat
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Re: YIKES! Sky high nitrates...In our tap water!?!
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2012, 03:28:25 AM »

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ha they are gold fish they can handle it dont worry Wink i have seen salt wat tanks at 60 (fish only with no problems)
<<<They may "just be goldfish" and will probably survive living in poor water conditions, but they are living creatures who deserve to have a healthy environment. It's my responsibility to provide the best care possible for them, so they will live a long and happy life.

I've had my original 2 goldies for almost 2 years now. They have gone from a feeder tank, to a 5 gallon tank, to a 10 then 20, and now they are in a 55 gallon tank and measure 7inches each. They will soon be in their final home...a 1000 gallon pond.

I had no idea how much time, effort and expense these little guys required, but to me its been totally worth it!

I am SO greatful to have found this site!!!
Without all those here who are so knowledgable and helpful, my beautiful babies would have not survived long at all.
BIG BIG THANKS to all of you!

Back O/T...
Nitrates are back down in our water supply, and my tanks are doing well.

 I have always used  Prime when cycling my tanks and for
 regular water changes....Until last time when I went to the LFS to get supplies. I bought amquel because it was on sale. NEVER AGAIN! Im sticking with prime from now on!
Thanks again
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Skwishee
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Re: YIKES! Sky high nitrates...In our tap water!?!
« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2012, 04:09:42 AM »

So glad to hear the fish are doing well AZriverrat Grin

7 inches is a nice size too! Will you be digging a giant hole for your pond or building a raised one? How far have you got with planning? A 1000 gallon's sounds massive, you're gonna need one heck of a pond filter for that one Grin
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