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I have two goldfish, one has been very sick for months (refer to my post in goldfish disease forum). While I'm not giving up on my sick goldfish, I have been thinking lately about the possibility of if she passes on. My other goldfish would be the only fish in the tank. My question is:do goldfish living alone get lonely, or are they okay to live alone? It may seem like a silly question, but I want my goldfish to be happy if my other one dies. And I really don't want to buy another one if he'll be happy alone because I don't have the heart to replace my sick baby.
I recently adopted a black moor and an oranda. I estimate them to be 2-3 years old. The first morning after I got them home, I found them lying next to one another in the bottom of the tank. Concerned, I investigated, but when they saw me they popped right up and swam about normally. I looked closely for any signs of illness, found none, and decided to keep an eye on them. This happened often, and I determined they were just sleeping. I chalked it up to the confines of the quarantine tank. I've since moved them to my main aquarium. And they still sleep next to one another. The only explanation I can come up with is the poor things were previously kept in a 10 gallon, and have grown up being close to each other. Has anyone seen or heard of cuddling goldfish?