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tithra

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Hi all,

I am currently in the market for one/two goldfish. I have a 30 gallon tank that I am cycling right now. I have been eyeing the fish at Rain Garden, in particular a couple Orandas. I was wondering if 30 gallons is large enough for two of them. The two I am looking at on the site are between 5-6 inches. I am having a difficult time imagining how large/small this is (given that these measurements are not just body, but body+tail). Would a 30 gallon be enough room for two fish this size? I would like to eventually upgrade to a 55 gallon, but I do not have the room for it right now (I will be moving in a year and will have room then). My other options is to buy two smaller guys (buying me some time before they grow) from a LFS, but I am trying to avoid supporting these local store with overcrowded tanks and sick fish.

Any input you have would be appreciated!

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30 would be fine for them. :) It's what we recommend here at Kokos, 20 for the first, 10 for every after. And with upgrading to the 55g eventually, I think you'll be fine. If you feel like one of them would be too much fish for your tank, I would hold off, though. :)

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30 is a great start. Im glad you got that large of a tank to start. BROWNIE POINTS. Then a 55 thats wonderful. Personally i like getting the lit guys cause i get to watch em grow up. Tank size by the may should be proportional to the fish. 10 gallons per fish is th minimum and at least an extra 5 gallons per inch of fish after 4 inches. Not sure he the other folks on this site agree but thats what i came up with by some careful thinking and simple adding. Hope all this helps in some way

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I'm finding my 40 gal with two goldfish is too much for me to maintain. For a while I did daily water changes.

But part of this is because I tend to understock my tanks, do less water changes then most people and have a bad system for water changing because the siphon doesn't fit on the faucet leading to water changes with buckets and 1 gal jugs.

I've heard 30 is the minimual for a pair, however when one asks, one needs to be aware that more water changes will be needed.

PS; Too bad you weren't in the market for Rain garden fish earlier from VT...I was looking for a shared order about a month ago to save on shipping.

I'm happy with my Rain Garden goldies, though it's been difficult without getting the tank I planned for them. I had a 70 gal planned that my friend said I could have when I was ready and she's always not home.

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I'm finding my 40 gal with two goldfish is too much for me to maintain. For a while I did daily water changes.

But part of this is because I tend to understock my tanks, do less water changes then most people and have a bad system for water changing because the siphon doesn't fit on the faucet leading to water changes with buckets and 1 gal jugs.

I've heard 30 is the minimual for a pair, however when one asks, one needs to be aware that more water changes will be needed.

PS; Too bad you weren't in the market for Rain garden fish earlier from VT...I was looking for a shared order about a month ago to save on shipping.

I'm happy with my Rain Garden goldies, though it's been difficult without getting the tank I planned for them. I had a 70 gal planned that my friend said I could have when I was ready and she's always not home.

Darn it, that would have been nice to save on some shipping : )

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