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eliza123
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where to buy goldfish
« on: August 02, 2010, 02:26:10 PM »

Hello does anyone out there know where I can purchase nice good quality goldfish in the area of san antonio? 
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Re: where to buy goldfish
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2010, 03:20:13 PM »

Try looking for some at your local pet stores around where you live. They often take care of their fish better than most chain stores.  As a last resort , you can try petsmart.

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Re: where to buy goldfish
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2010, 05:36:53 PM »

Hi eliza, welcome to the forum.

My advice where to buy is the following:

Have a look around in several petshops in your area. Have a close look at all tanks in there. Are they spotless clean, are the fish happy wigglers, does it smell nice in there? No dead or listless fish in the tanks? Have a look at the plants too, do they look ok or rotten. How is the "hardware" displayed? Nice and all in order? How is the staff: knowledgeable, clean?
Maybe you visit the same stores at different times too, can you see staff members caring for their stock and cleaning tanks?
All this helps to decide where you get your fish from.

Do you already have your tank set up and cycled? How big is it and how many goldies do you intend to keep?
Just for general info: 10 gal minimum for 1 fish. What kind of goldfish do you fancy Smiley

Wishing you fun chosing your fishies Wink
Please keep us updated
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eliza123
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Re: where to buy goldfish
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010, 01:34:02 AM »

Thanks for the replies.  I am building a 6ft x 4ft x 18inch deep pond.  135 gal.  I plan on cycling it for 2 weeks before I purchase the fish.  I plan on having only 3 preferably ryunkins or pearlscales. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 03:17:27 AM »

This sounds exciting Grin
Can you post some pics how your pond is getting ahead? We all are interested  Grin Wink
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Re: where to buy goldfish
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 04:25:12 AM »

I hope you're aware of the fact that especially egg-shaped goldfish (like ryukins and pearlscales) won't do well during the winter. It's quite common that they get swim bladder problems or even dropsy as the temperature drops in the fall/winter, so you should have a tank in doors to keep them in during the winter to keep your fish as healthy as they can be Smiley

Goldfish CAN quite easily survive winters, but it's proven that they thrive better in a warmer temp around 24-26 degrees Celsius Smiley
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Re: where to buy goldfish
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2010, 10:56:20 PM »

Hello, thanks for all the replies......so what type of goldfish would you recommend considering the size of my SMALL pond?   FYI we have very mild winters here in SA Grin
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Re: where to buy goldfish
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2010, 05:17:14 AM »

Why not a few of each kind? As in, a few commons, comets and shubunkins? Smiley You don't have to over stock the pond, so you could go with maybe 8-10 fish or something as a final goal? Smiley
Start carefully though! Get at most 3-5 fish for starters so you won't overload the filter! It takes a while for it to mature so it can catch up with the waste Smiley
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Re: where to buy goldfish
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2010, 05:57:41 AM »

oooo so exciting!!! i've just moved to my house and were planning on building our pond soon!!! sooo excited!!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2010, 04:28:19 AM »

Yay! A pond! I need to see pics of the process! Smiley
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