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Mäder
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Tank Size...
« on: August 26, 2011, 10:24:33 AM »

Good morning everyone, I went off topic on my intro in the lounge and I think I might be misunderstood.  I would like to have a 40 gallon tank for goldfish, I really like the chubby egg shaped ones, how many can I put in that tank?  I was told 4, that seems wrong to me, but please help me out, as I have not gotten the set up yet...

Thanks in advance.

Marylou
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2011, 10:48:08 AM »

'morning there!  Smiley Well the general rule of thumb for stocking is for the first goldfish 20 gallons, and for each additional goldfish after that 10 more (gallons, not fish). Soooo, long term, for a 40 gallon tank 3 goldfish or less would probably be ideal. The reason goldfish need so much room is because they grow incredibly fast (at least an inch a year) and run out of room quite quickly. So though 3 goldfish that are each an inch or so long initially seems like understocking, keep in mind they don't stay that size. Fancy goldfish can grow anywhere from 6-8 inches long, sometimes even bigger. Not only that, but they also produce massive ammounts of ammonia, which can quickly poison the fish in a smaller space. Proper stocking will enable your fish to live long, happy, healthy lives and you to enjoy a relaxing tank, without all the stress caused by overstocking/bullying/frequent illness. Also, one thing I would add is that too small of a tank with too many fish causes stunting. This means that the body of the goldfish stops growing, but the organs do not, spelling death out for your friends. Not good.  So do it right the first time and don't put too many in there.

Hope this helps and good luck with your tank.  Smiley
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Mäder
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2011, 01:40:40 PM »

Wow goldie girl, thanks maybe I need to get a bigger boat ha ha ha ha ha
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2011, 07:19:22 PM »

Hahaha well the bigger the better, but 40 gallons is the perfect size for just a few. So you're right, if you want a large crew of goldies you will need an ark.  Wink

Keep us posted on how everything goes with your new tank.  Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2011, 08:19:16 PM »

Yeah people kinda flip out when you say I want a 1000 gallon tank for 100 goldfish. Cheesy
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Mäder
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2011, 06:03:51 AM »

I am so glad I came on this forum prior to buying my set up and fish, I had no idea, (regarding the size of tank to fish ratio) and I'm sure the people at the store wouldn't have a clue.

I'm looking at getting the tank in the next couple of weeks.
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2011, 09:45:30 AM »

Never go by what the pet store people have to say. Sadly, they will tell you things like, '2 goldfish in a 5 gallon aquarium will be fine.' Either they just don't know how big the fish can really get, or they want to make a buck off of unsuspecting customers... Undecided Glad you got good help here! There's so many experts on here they can help with most any problem.
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Nossie
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2011, 04:31:27 AM »

Note that you need to let the tank cycle before you add the fish! There's more info on that if you search the forum Smiley
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goldfishluver12
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2011, 03:07:55 PM »

Never ever believe pet store owners! When i purchased my first goldfish i was sent home with a plastic goldfish bowl, pink rocks, and a goldfish! Can you guess the end to this story? It didn't turn out good! After that i did my research and i now have 4 healthy fish in a 50 gallon tank!
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 04:47:30 AM »

yeah we should draw up a hierarchy of needs in relation to pet stores, we have the top and bottom parts already drawn up, $ at the top and animal welfare at the bottom....
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fantailer
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Re: Tank Size...
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2011, 05:34:43 AM »

Yeah hopefully no one will climb that ladder
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