View Full Version : My first goldfish!

12-06-2008, 06:06 AM
After thinking about it for months, A few weeks ago, I finally used my end of the semester procrastination motivation to set up a new tank!

This is my new fish. He lives in a ten gallon aquarium sitting next to my desk.



He was shy for the first few days. But now it seems like he never rests? and he favors the corner that I feed him in.. I wish he would swim around more.. makes me think hes hungry all the time.. or bored.

I can't wait to get to get him a tank mate!

12-06-2008, 06:11 AM
nice lil guy!

dont get him a tankmate, goldfish generally need 20g for 1, 10g thereafter, so for 2 you need at least a 33g

12-06-2008, 06:00 PM
and for only a few months..

10 gallons isn't enough?

12-06-2008, 06:04 PM
No, normally goldfish can grow anywhere from 4-12" So he will quickly out grow a 10gallon especially with a tank mate. If you have the funds, I would get a 20 gallon, or maybe buy a heater, and change to tropical fish instead.

12-06-2008, 06:18 PM
for one that size, a 10g is good for 1-2 months

12-06-2008, 06:27 PM
Awww I think your fish is adorable! thumbs2:

Wild Turkey
12-06-2008, 07:20 PM
Good info from cocoa 100% agree.

He is cute for a goldfish though isnt he? Usually they are not so much

12-07-2008, 01:20 AM
Check out the stickies in this section for some good information on goldfish. There is also a sticky in the general freshwater section about stocking an aquarium.

12-07-2008, 01:19 PM
Very cute colouration:)

True about tank size. I have 3 comets in my pond, and the one I've had the longest doubled in size in about 6 weeks, and is still growing at a ridiculous speed.

12-07-2008, 10:13 PM
Welcome to the Fabulous AC! Thats a great looking GF!thumbs2:
Unfortunatly I have to agree with the rest.
You will need a larger tank in the next couple of months.
Your Fish will look incredible with that coloring when it is larger!:19:

12-08-2008, 05:43 AM
I guess I underestimated how fast goldfish grow..

I'll be searching craigslist for a free 30 gallon. Any bigger won't fit in my room. If anyone in the SF area needs to get rid of one let me know!

Thanks all for the replies!

12-08-2008, 05:46 AM
San francisco, right?

got bored and checked craigslist for your area, this is a wicked deal for a acrylic tank


12-08-2008, 05:49 AM
That is a good deal.

Way too big for the space i have. it IS SF haha.

Demi ^_^
12-08-2008, 10:38 AM
Beautiful Goldfish! Lovely colours and he is definately pleasing too the eye ;))

I am glad you are hunting for a larger tank for the lil' one ;)

12-14-2008, 08:26 AM
Hi all!

New tank is set up! Put the old filter, gravel, decorations into it... with an extra filter... creates kind of a lot of current but the old filter is only good for 20 gallons and tank is 29... Going to put in some live plants with the next water change and possibly an air stone...



I think shes already grown in the few weeks that I've had her..


12-15-2008, 11:32 PM
Just have to ask this.. did you cycle the 29G first...??

12-16-2008, 04:47 AM
Just have to ask this.. did you cycle the 29G first...??

he put his old filter on it, so basically a instant cycle

12-16-2008, 04:51 AM
well if you can wait until february. Im gonna be going up there (san jose) . We get tax money in January and Im buying my goldfish a new 120. So the 30g tall they're in now (which isn't wonderful but does the job) is not gonna be needed around here anymore. Let me know

12-16-2008, 05:41 AM
Yea, I don't have enough space in the house to cycle the new one before I switched, but the old filter and everything seems to be doing its job fine.

Now looking at a 10g, I wonder how I ever thought it was big enough for more than one goldfish.

nyquil junkie
01-01-2009, 12:18 AM
A bunch of live plants will help quite alot with keeping the water clean.

Try anacharis, its cheap, and grows quick.

01-01-2009, 02:44 AM
A bunch of live plants will help quite alot with keeping the water clean.

Try anacharis, its cheap, and grows quick.

dont forget goldfish have been known to eat plants

01-01-2009, 03:54 AM
That depends mostly on the rest of their diet. If it is truly complete and balanced they don't bother them. Mine definitely don't.

nyquil junkie
01-01-2009, 05:28 AM
mine will root them up out of the sand, or roll in them. So I leave them floating.

01-03-2009, 01:50 AM
Beautiful goldfish, but as stated he will need a larger tank. A 20g is good for the rounder type goldfish, and a 29g is prefered for comets ans shebunkins. Good luck with the fish!