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Harley01
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How often to feed my fish
« on: April 08, 2012, 07:19:47 PM »

Hey i just bought a 1 gallon fish bowl and 1 oranda, 1 fantail and 1 black moor, i only have a big tank because they are really small right now like a little over an inch each and the petstore clerk forgot to tell me how much and how often to feed them!!! I have goldfish flakes so please tell me!
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Harley01
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Re: How often to feed my fish
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2012, 07:20:42 PM »

Opps I meant to write small tank sorry!
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scrivens345
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Re: How often to feed my fish
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2012, 12:50:10 PM »

that tank isn't suitable for any fish Huh
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fantailer
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Re: How often to feed my fish
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2012, 04:30:31 PM »

You really should give them back they will die in a couple days and live a week if your lucky out of their 10 year lifespan. Goldfish usaully grow to 8 to 10 inches they need 10 gallons each. Only a betta could live in that bowl.

Please bring them back.
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Nossie
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Re: How often to feed my fish
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012, 07:21:11 AM »

You shouldn't feed them at all in that bowl, they'll poison themselves just by breathing anyway.

GET A BIG TANK OR GIVE THE FISH BACK. There is just no mercy to be given if you imagine that these fish are alright being in there because they're small for the time being. This will have a negative impact on them since they're just babies! They will never reach their full size if kept in a place like this during their essential growth period... Undecided
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Skwishee
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Re: How often to feed my fish
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 02:43:24 AM »

I agree with the others.

The minimum stocking for fancy goldfish is 20 gallons for the first fish and then 10 gallons for each additional fish. So for the 3 fish you have you would need a minimum of 40 gallons. If you are un able to do this, then you will have to re-home the fish or take them back to the store.

The reason for this is because goldfish give off a lot of waste through their gills whilst breathing and from their own waste. If they are kept in too small a tank, or the tank is overstocked, or the filtration and maintenance of the tank is poor, the fish will become extremely ill and will quite possibly die.
That may sound a little over the top but honestly, I once had 2 goldfish in 5 gallons and lost one within a week. (The remaining goldfish now lives in a 3 foot, 23 gallon tank and is doing much better) but I would hate to see the same thing happen to you Harley.

A 40 gallon tank as a minimum with filtration that's 10x the tank size (so in this case 400 gallons per hour), would sort things out in this situation. The reason the filtration needs to be so high is because of the amount of waste given off that I mentioned above.

Please if you have any more questions, do not hesitate to ask us. We are here to help Smiley
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