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GoldFishKid
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Going to buy my first common goldfish soon.
« on: May 30, 2011, 12:46:05 PM »

What kind of behaivor should I look for in the goldfish I'm gonna buy?
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Nossie
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Re: Going to buy my first common goldfish soon.
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 08:12:00 AM »

Of course, you will want them to swim around actively Smiley As in, they should come say hello to you when you approach the tank, expecting food. A "hungry" goldfish, is usually a healthy one.
Look for strange behavior, if you see some fish hiding constantly or hovering by the surface, sitting on the bottom, you wouldn't want to take those home as first fish, since you probably wouldn't have any experience treating their illness yet.
Choose the fish that you like the most, color and personality-wise. But make sure the fish doesn't have wounds, torn fins, swollen belly or red areas around their lips. No strange spots, no fluff, clamped fins and no protruding eyes.

In short, you want an active fish with vibrant coloring, smooth scales and healthy, erect fins Smiley
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Going to buy my first common goldfish soon.
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 08:33:06 PM »

Yep, all that Nossie said is true. One thing I would add - if you are planning to get more than one fish, avoid the ones that seem aggressive in the store. They can lead to problems later on. At the other end of the spectrum, don't get one that's lethargic and is being the one getting attacked.

Other things I would avoid: super long and clear, stringy poo, deformities of the mouth and gills, or trouble swimming.

Good coloring is a major factor when choosing the fish, but keep in mind that the colors of a fish may change drastically as the fish grows and matures.  Wink
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