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ktinal900

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  1. Hi, I'm wondering if any of you could help me. This is going to a bit long but please bear with me lol. I have two comet goldfish in a large tank. When I first bought them, they were both the same size. Now, one of them is well over 7 inches, and the other one is only about 3 inches. Not surprisingly, the big one tends to bully the little one, chasing it around the tank, especially when it comes to feeding time. I didn't think much of this until the little fish got an eye injury. I think his eye got scratched when the big one was shoving him around. Even despite going to the fish store and buying some medicine they recommended, nothing happened. His eye is still cloudy and a bit bloody. I feel so bad, it is totally my fault... I don't know what to do. I've put hiding places in the tank, but the little fish never used them. And when I stuck some rocks in there (for hiding places for the little one), the big one ended up ramming into them and bloodying his sides. Luckily, once I removed them, he healed right back up since he couldn't bump into them. I read things that say it's best to keep goldfish in at least pairs. So I've been debating about separating my two fish, since the little one is frequently harassed by the big fish and gets little food (the little one rarely makes a move to the surface for food since when the big one spots him, he starts chasing him). Yet I'm hesitant since when the big one is not pushing the little one around, the little one seems to like hanging out next to his big buddy. What do you think I should do?? Is it a bad idea to separate them? I'm wondering if they can be compatible, despite the vast difference in size? Also, would you recommend a power filter rather than an undergravel filter?? And with a power filter, do I need an airstone as well? Alrights, that's it.... finally, I know. And I know I must sound totally clueless. But I'm learning and I want to do the best for my fish... they may not be anything fancy but I love them. If any of you can help me out, I'd appreciate it so much! Thanks!
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