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i am nervous to get more goldfish since mine died D:


pandamanda111

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Hey guys:)

I would like your advice as to whether or not i should get some more goldfish. My previous ones died, one from gill disease, and one from fin rot (although my water parameters were perfect...?), and my parents are allowing me to get 2 more for my tank (which is cycled and filtered), however they told me that if these ones die within a year (i know goldfish should live to 20 yrs old), I am done with fish and can't get any more. </3. when my fishies got sick, i tried to give them medicine, but it didn't help them in time, and unfortunately they both died, one a week before the other. i only had them for 3 months! loved those little guys:(. so, do you think i should get more goldfish, or do you think i should get some boring tropical fish instead? ( i hear they're hardier...)i really want some goldfish rather than tropicals, but i don't want to be forbidden to get fishies ever again! i probably will end up getting goldfish. i just love them so much! (i am, in fact, on a goldfish forum... :) ...). so, can anybody tell me how to prevent sickness and disease in goldfish? will freshwater aquarium salt (kind of an oxymoron...haha)be good for preventing illness? do even the most knowledgable aquariusts have fish die young sometimes? or do their fish ever get sick and not be able to treat them in time?

please help me! i just love having my fishies in my room, and really don't want them to get sick:(

Thank you!

:)

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I would definitely get more goldfish. I can't tell you enough how rewarding I've found keeping goldfish to be for me.

Goldfish keeping, however, is not as easy as pet stores would like for you to think, though. Sometimes they already have caught something before coming to you, or they have been predisposed to it. And while there isn't just one way to successful goldfish keeping, there are certain required principles, such as:

- having proper QT for new and sick fish

- proper filtration and maintenance of filtration system

- proper stocking levels

- weekly large volume water changes

- proper food

- maintenance of appropriate water quality for goldfish. This includes pH, hardness, and temperature.

It sounds like a lot, but it is actually a lot of fun to learn about, and once you've gotten into the swing of things, it is very relaxing and rewarding. We are hear to help, and to share with you.

Don't give up :)

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As mentioned goldfish are indeed very rewarding to keep. I have both goldfish and tropical fish and both are easy to keep once you get to grips with the basic principles of running an aquarium. The list alex has posted above covers everything you need to research prior to getting your new goldfish. Looking at the different types of goldfish and the store that you will get them from can determine your success too. Speak to the other members here on the forum and see if any live in your area. Ask them if they can recommend a good LFS. Try and pick a hardier type of goldfish to start. I would highly recommend fantails. Stay away from some of the more delicate types of fancies until you have mastered the day to day running of your tank. Research the water parameters of the water you get in your area, that will determine on how you may have to treat it . Ask yourself what equipment you will need and can you manage a budget that will allow this. Depending on your tank size are you going to be able to do large weekly water changes. I use a python and changing 75% of the water in my 65 gallon tank is easy. People still use manual syphons and buckets but it's hard work. Will you be using tap water or well water ? There is a lot to learn but as alex has stated that it is part of the fun of keeping fish. As for tropical fish being boring i think you couldn't be more wrong. I have a leopard sailfin plec, 2 gouramis, 10 black phantom tetras, neon tetras, black neon tetras and harlequin rasboras and the tank is always a hive of activity :) Plus once you have kept dwarf puffer fish and shrimp you could argue that gold fish are boring. It's what you really like that counts. There is a vast wealth of information on here and if you listen to the experienced members you won't go wrong !

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What ever you do don't get discouraged. Get the fish you want to get. Just be careful where you get them. Goldfish are notoriously sick at most chain stores i go to. I prefer a ma and pa shop to get my fish, especially goldfish. I keep and have kept a fairly large collection of tropicals and would also argue them being boring. If you go with a tropical fish tank you could have more fish. My only question though is what size of tank are you dealing with? If your tank is to small that maybe your problem. I would have at least a 29 for 2 goldfish. You could probably keep 2 in a 20 but would need to do larger, more frequent water changes.

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I also think that there is a lot of luck involved in picking your fish. Sometimes you will just get lucky. My 2 remaining goldfish (fantail and oranda) both came from a large chain store and i have had them for over 5 years. I did get 2 beautiful chocolate orandas from a reputable specialised store and paid nearly 4 times what i paid for the chain store fish. I had constant problems with the more expensive fish. The longest lived goldfish in the UK was won at a fair and spent 44 years in a bowl. That in no way means that you should just rely on being lucky when picking a fish though. I still recommend researching different stores, looking at the state of all the fish in the tank that your fish are coming from. Avoid buying fish from tanks that contain dead or diseased fish in them and finally and probably most importantly QT your fish correctly and you should be just fine :)

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When I think about replacing dead fish, I feel whatever killed or caused them to die should be addressed. Assuming the cause can be found. If the fish died due to mysterious reasons, it might be for the best to keep different fish. And yes, the death of the fish might have nothing to do with your setup at all.

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