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    Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum, though I've consulted it frequently. I have a 5" brown/golden goldfish whose buddy just passed away. They reside in a 20 gal. aquarium. Over time, they both grew rapidly from small 1" "feeder" fish to the one I mentioned now at 5". It's buddy was about 2.5", was orange and white, but never grew at the pace of the brown/golden one. This survivor is very active and swims and jumps, knocks over plants, and plays rough. The one who passed away seemed stressed by this, even though they did everything together. I know it's typically one goldfish per 20 gal. so I don't want another fish if I shouldn't have it in there. I can't get a larger aquarium at this time, and I want to be fair. I simply didn't know this one in particular would get so large so quickly. On the other hand, it's used to having a buddy. So, I would like to know the proper thing to do. I do worry about it getting lonely, though.

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    Allways nice to see a new face. Dont hesitate to contact me or a mod if experince any problems.
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    Welcome to the AC.

    I've never kept goldfish, but I can tell you a 5" fish is much too large to be in a 20G tank, unfortunately.
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    Welcome to the forum

    Do you know the type of goldfish some pics would help alot :)

    Any way certain species like comet goldfish grow over 12" and are only suitable at that point in ponds and super large tanks. So we first need to determine the type. If it was sold as a "feeder" it's most likely the type that grows very large.

    Gold fish are very messy fish due to it's inefficient digestive anatomy so they have a high bioload. First then I would do if you plan on keeping it is upgrade the tank as large as budget/space will allow and same thing for filtration

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    The common goldfish, which are what feeder fish are, get way too big for a 20g tank. You will need at least a 75g tank for a 10-12" fish.

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    Welcome to the AC

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    I think the proper thing to do, honestly is to find it a pond or someone else who has a larger tank and "rehome" it - then you can restock your 20gal with fish that are a more suitable size for it (fish that grow to no more than 1-2"). A fish that is too large for a tank really shouldn't be sharing it with another fish. I had a neighbor that housed a fish your size in a tank a similar size and the poor thing ended up with nowhere to swim - that'll cut down on it's growth and life expectancy. And welcome to the forum!

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    Welcome to the forum :) I'm happy you decided to post here.

    Don't get him a new friend, unfortunately you know your tank isn't big enough for two feeder goldfish, he'll be fine on his own :)

    If you can though, pls try to rehome this fish in a pond, he will outgrow your tank, and like Stlouisfish said, you can restock your 20 gallon with appropriately sized fish. You have a nice size little tank, use it for little fishies :) You could even try a more docile smaller cichlid, dwarf puffer or betta if you like more personable fish. That way depending on what you get, you can house it with other fish.
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    Welcome to the forum, lots of good advice above. I agree that getting a 75 gallon tank or (best option) a designated goldfish pond for him to swim with other goldfish, is the best option. Please don't just dump him in a big pond-you would be surprised how may do that and it is to the detriment of the fish as well as other fish who call that (rightfully so) their home.
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    I think the proper thing to do, honestly is to find it a pond or someone else who has a larger tank and "rehome" it - then you can restock your 20gal with fish that are a more suitable size for it
    Stlouisfish is spot on. If you can't find someone with a pond, a pet store will probably still take it back. Then you can restart with some other fish that will be a lot more happy in a twenty gallon.

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