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I just got 2 comet goldfish about 3 weeks ago and a 2 and 1/2 gallon tank (I'm going to get a 40 gallon tank on Saturday) if there and main thing that I'm missing besides gravel, a filter, and some decor

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Make sure your filter does 10x the gallon size. You would need your filter pumps at least 400 gph (gallons per hour), or more if you can.

You might want to get an air pump, tubing, and an air stone or rod. It's not essential, but nice so there's some extra oxygenation.

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you are basically adding new fish to an uncycled tank (no beneficial bacteria growing in it to break down your ammonia and nitrites.) Get yourself a good ammonia, nitrite, ph, and nitrate testing kit. Stay from those test strips they do not work well. monitor your water very closely. feed your fish sparingly, and conduct water changes if your ammonia, nitrites, are very high. Do not add any more fish for at least six weeks or until the tank is competely cycled

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you are basically adding new fish to an uncycled tank (no beneficial bacteria growing in it to break down your ammonia and nitrites.) Get yourself a good ammonia, nitrite, ph, and nitrate testing kit. Stay from those test strips they do not work well. monitor your water very closely. feed your fish sparingly, and conduct water changes if your ammonia, nitrites, are very high.

Test your water every day. Use the drops. You shouldn't allow your ammonia (which will be the first thing you get) to go over 2.0 ppm. That's very dangerous. Keep it as close to 0 as possible. You will probably need to change a good portion of your water every day.

Do not add any more fish for at least six weeks or until the tank is competely cycled

Really, you can't add any more fish at all, even to your 40 gallon unless you intend of buying an even larger tank in the future. Yes, your little comets might look fine now in your little 2.5 gallon and they're going to look dwarfed in your 40 gallon, but some day, they're going to need every inch of that space. So, no more fish except for maybe a betta to put in that 2.5 gallon after you get your comets into the 40.

You can help get your nitrogen cycle going by adding some beneficial bacteria such as Bio-Spira.

Final and most important thing you can get for your fish, knowledge. And that's free! Read every single thing you can find on Kokos here. Learn about the nitrogen cycle, learn proper feeding and what to feed, learn how to clean and maintain your tank, learn how to identify and treat diseases. Get yourself an emergency medicine kit set up so that when you have trouble, and sadly, none of us have escaped it at one point or another, you'll be ready.

Good luck with your new friends! Oh! And welcome to Kokos! Visit us often! We love goldies and we love to help!

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