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  1. #1

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    Default My child brought home a goldfish and, well, goldfish.


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    Hello all! As the title suggests, my child brought home a little common brownish feeder goldfish as a souvenier from a field trip.

    When I first saw it, I thought "Great another thing to kill".

    I kept some tiny common brown freshwater shrimp in a 5L (?), until one day they were all murderized by a dragonfly nymph (it was an experience to watch it mature, at least, and had some neon green racing stripes on its face when it was ready to fly off and make more murdering babies). That's pretty much what the fish is living in now, swimming in Brita filtered tapwater without the luxury of a carbon filter or any sort of conditioning chemicals or water testing. It gets a 1L water change every few days. I don't think it even realizes when we feed it.

    Personally, I don't want this thing. I kept some comets and fantail shubunkin long ago, but that was in a 75 gal tank. Should I just... flush it? It's not very human, but I might be able to scrounge up a 20-25g bowfront tank, but I honestly don't want to deal with the water changes and poop cleaning for such a dull fish that belongs in a pond, not a tank.

    I kind of miss fancy guppies, but is there an equally harder alternative for a small tank?

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    Yea do not flush! That is exactly how invasive species get introduced potentially. Anyway I'd try and find a local fish store that might be willing to trade for something suitable or just take it off your hands.

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    Good suggestion above, or find a closed pond and release it.
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    I agree, flushing isn't an option. Finding a store or someone with a pond to house it in is a much better idea. Even a 75 isn't big enough for the common feeder/comet goldfish. They do best in ponds-goldfish specific ponds. Too many become invasive because they are dumped where they shouldn't be. Good luck to you finding her/him a new home.
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    Well, the situation sort of resolved itself. We'd found a shop nearby with a little outdoor water feature to rehome our fish to. Problem was, we found its corpse lodged up the filter intake tube.

    I know healthy fish don't have that sort of thing happen to them, so I'm a little baffled. I've used single feeder goldfish before to cycle new tanks (which eventually got rehomed when too large). It wasn't overfed, but ate if it saw food (once the food broke surface tension and started drifting down), and I did only 20% water changes, 3 days after we first filled the aquarium, 3 days again after that.

    All I can really think that might have caused the sudden death was the AC in the LDK area malfunctioning. It's currently a minimum of 28-30 C outside in the daytime (coolest at 26-28 at around 3-4 am ;T), so it's really not much cooler inside than out. The water feels noticeably warm if you stick a finger in, and there is substantial condensation on the glass above the water line.

    If we get another fish, it'll probably be a tropical species, just a betta or shrimpies again. (I don't think I can have both, I've head bettas tend to predate red cherries, so I'm not sure how natural morph cherries would do even with substantial cover.)

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    Since the water wasn't conditioned, it probably died from ammonia poisoning.
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    I agree most likely died due to ammonia build up especially since goldfish having poorly developed digestive tracts produce a heavy bioload

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    Sorry about the poor goldfish.
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    Thank you very much for all the replies. I'll let the tank finish (fishless) cycling and ask a local fellow aquarist about our tap water quirks.

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    Two of the most essential items for successful fishkeeping, IMO:

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