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Wiccanmp
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Bowl to tank...
« on: July 02, 2010, 12:43:05 PM »

My daughter recently (Monday) won a goldfish at a local festival and brought it home in the small bowl that they provided.  It's been a while since I kept fish, but at least I did remember that bowls are bad!!  I went out and purchased a 20g "starter kit" for goldfish just to get it out of the bowl.  I set up the tank as soon as possible,  but it has only been up and running for 3 days and was wondering when I could get the fish out of the bowl and at least into the tank.

I know that it's not even close to completing the cycling phase, but I was wondering if it would be better for the fish to get him/her into the tank since it has to be at least a better environment than the bowl!

I'm not expecting miracles with a carnival fish (I'm honestly surprised that it is still alive), but is there any hope for it when my choices are a bowl or the "uncycled" tank?

Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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Mindemae
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 01:16:02 PM »

If you want to put the goldfish in the tank then buy a test kit so you can test the water.
API Master test kit is the best.  It will test ammonia/nitrites/nitogen and ph.  That way by having the test kit you will be able to see ammonia levels when they rise and be able to perform water changes accordingly.
The only other think I would recommend is bacteria booster such as API's stresszyme.  ADD IT RIGHT TO YOUR FILTER!  This will jump start the cycling process and will help your tank to cycle faster. Add more once a week.

Also, no matter how cute they are  and how much your daughter begs PLEASE do not buy any more goldfish for about a month or so until this tank is cycled.  Ammonia and nitrites should read zero and Ph you want around 7.2-8.0 (alkaline) nitrates no higher than 40 mg/l. Then it is safe to add another fish! Smiley

Also, I use a water condtioner by aqueon and it keeps ammonia and nitrites at a minimum.  I love it!  And you can use it with the API stresszyme!  I've never had tanks cycle so quickly before!  Good Luck and keep us posted and ask any questions if you think of any.  Someone will answer and try to help!
POST PIX!  WE love PIX!! Grin
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 01:19:09 PM »

hi

i would get him in the tank now  the bowl u have him in will be worse for him then a uncycle tank. gold fish are tough they can live through cycling make sure u do huge water changes if u keep him in the bowl
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Mindemae
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010, 01:28:16 PM »

ONE OTHER THING! Cheesy
Sorry, I forgot to add that please while the tank is cycling and the goldfish is the tank, please only feed him once a day or once every other day!  And only as much as he can eat in a minute!!  Just until the tank cycles. Then you can feed him a bit more twice a day.  Overfeeding while a tank isn't cycled is one of the biggest reasons for fish to die.  It put's too much wastes in the water too quickly! Smiley  Your fish wil produce wastes just by breathing!  Wink
Have fun with your new friend and may he have a long and happy life! Smiley
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010, 04:56:40 PM »

Yes, put him in the tank, but test your waterquality regularly, at the start I'd suggest every day and add cycle aids to it. You can get Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate detoxyfier by Seachem. Also API Stresszyme is good to add like Mindemae said.
Do 10-15% waterchanges every 2nd day, no more, untill you get the wanted readings for your waterchemistry.

GOOD LUCK with your new friend Wink
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010, 09:42:45 PM »

I agree with what everyone else has said and I would put him into the tank as long as the ammonia etc. doesn't read to high. To make it cycle quicker I was thinking you could add a bit of water from the bowl into the tank, it might help that little bit Smiley
Best of luck.
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010, 12:08:07 PM »

I just wanted to add: good for you for realizing that goldfish should not live in bowls!   Cheesy
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2010, 05:22:20 PM »

Glad you got a 20 gallon Smiley

I have only one thing to add aside from what has already been told, and that is, that no matter how much your daughter wants new goldfish, get her at most one more! 10 gallons per fish is the absolute minimum!
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2010, 06:44:16 PM »

This is true, otherwise you will need to upgrade in a few month again

have fun and joy with your fish
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2010, 09:36:06 PM »

the only other thing is do u have a fancy gold fish (fantail) or do u have a comet or common fish. both of the last 2 will get up to a foot long so if u do get a second fish and we all know u should and will. get a fantail they stay smaller
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Hanna
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2010, 04:02:23 AM »

If you do get another fish, make sure they are the same type of fish: If your fish is a common or comet, stay with this kind of fish as they are fast swimmers.

DO NOT PUT AN EGGSHAPED ONE TOGETHER WITH FAST SWIMMERS.

The small and eggshaped ones are slow swimmers, if you put them together with a comet or a common they always will struggle for food
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Nossie
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Re: Bowl to tank...
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2010, 07:06:48 AM »

And they might get bullied by the commons/comets. Which will sooner or later kill the poor fantail :C
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