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Brutice2007
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New comet goldfish
« on: July 26, 2010, 05:57:50 PM »

Hello,
I owned a comet goldfish for 6yrs before my mother accidentally killed him.  I also have one who is 4yrs old and has grown tremendously he is very happy comet named Brutice.   I love the fish so much I decided to buy 2 new ones I have the right size tank, filter, live plants too.  They do not seem nearly as active as my four yr old.  All they have been doing is swimming on the bottom behind a plant together...is this normal? Huh   
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Elliriyanna
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Re: New comet goldfish
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 06:16:20 PM »

sounds like they are shy. What size tank filter and type of plants do you have? and how long have you had them?
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Nossie
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Re: New comet goldfish
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 05:24:56 AM »

How big is "right size tank" for you? A 30 gallon is absolute minimum for three streamlined fish.

I'm already going to point out that you probably didn't put the new fish in quarantine before introducing them? This is very important, unless you completely trust that the shop you bought them from has only healthy fish. You still need to quarantine any newcomers for at least 2-3 weeks while treating for parasites, and observing water quality and the behavior of the fish.
These two fish might just be sick, especially if they're not particularly active.

So if I was you, I'd start with testing the water for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. If these are all fine, I'd suggest you looking closer at the new fish (and the old one!) so you'd see if there are any other visible symptoms on your fish.

It could be, if you put them there sometime yesterday or day before that, that they're simply not used to the new environment. It usually takes a couple of days for fish to acclimatize and get comfortable in their new home.
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Andrea
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Re: New comet goldfish
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 05:47:23 AM »

Hmm I agree with Nossie here. It doesn't sound like normal behaviour so I am wondering what size the tank really is? If everything is absolutely perfect as in the water has no trace of ammonia, they have no diseases, etc. I imagine that is what Nossie said and that they just to acclimatise to their new environment as one may have to when they move from outback Australia to New York City haha Tongue
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Brutice2007
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Re: New comet goldfish
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 08:01:20 AM »

They are in separate tanks than my four year old,  both new comets are only 1/2 inch they did not have any larger ones at the store.  I have only had them for 3 days but I think the first response was probably it.  A lot more active today maybe just getting use to surroundings.  A 20 gallon tank for the two might seam large to them right now also.   PH is good, I am no sure of the plant though I grew them from a kit in the pet store with an few different types.  Thank you for your responses I appreciate the help.
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Nossie
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Re: New comet goldfish
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 01:45:15 PM »

20 gallon will be just perfect for two goldfish Smiley No matter how small they are! They will only grow bigger and more beautiful if they get a good, big tank from the start Cheesy
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Andrea
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Re: New comet goldfish
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 02:42:55 AM »

Definitely agree with Nossie. The bigger the better, I definitely don't think it would scare them as it would feel more like freedom  Grin And what fishie doesn't like a lot of space to swim around in? You will be suprised at how quickly they grow and I know Hanna can back this up as her two comets grew very quickly. Then once they grow they will produce more waste and not only will the tank be to small physically but chemically.
How big is the tank? And how are they doing? Hope all is well Smiley
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Hanna
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Re: New comet goldfish
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2010, 04:08:28 AM »

Hi everybody,
for sure I can back this up Wink I went through this expereince how quick they grow and how quick we had to buy a bigger tank to keep them alive and happy.
We had to react asap

I mentioned it in some other threads, we were wrongly advised: when we got our 2 GF we were told 6 l is enough. After a few days I realized sth is wrong, so we went and got a 34 l tank. Humphrey and Hepsiba were about 4-5 cm small, so again sbdy else said this is plenty. And now, after 3 months they are about 10cm, we got them a 150 l tank which we restored from an old grubby thing to a little beauty.... there is another thread here on the forum about it Wink

so the bigger, the better Grin
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