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why bowls and small tanks are not suitable homes for goldfish
"goldfish-proofing" an aquarium
While extra water changes seem to have fixed the betta’s symptoms of pop-eye, he now has a new problem: bloating. He is very bloated and it’s getting worse even after fasting for about 36 hours. His scales now seem to be slightly raised and it looks super painful, like he’s about to burst :/
I don’t even know if I want to treat him for this any more. The horrible fin rot, pop-eye and now this? These are all bacterial issues that keep coming back even though I do everything right and have tried everything I could think of. I really think the long antibiotics course to save him from fin rot this summer has compromised his immune system too much. If this just keeps coming back, I’m questioning whether it would even be humane to keep trying?
He’s obviously in pain and uncomfortable and stressed every time some disease pops up…
Obligatory question mark because what would you guys do?
Reblogging self because I know there are betta keepers following this blog too!
Etta is such a show off. #stud #butterflygoldfish
Ok so I have this one goldfish who’s been growing like crazy because he’s a very efficient eater. Usually he spends time after feedings picking through the gravel, I assume for food. I went to go to bed tonight and saw he was laying at the bottom with his lips open like he was eating. I tried to spook him but he was very lethargic and only moved a couple inches. Then I saw that he had a pebble stuck in his mouth, so I fished him out and using a washcloth and a pair of tweezers I managed to maneuver the pebble (which was really stuck in there) out of his mouth. He acted a bit dazed on return to his tank but within a few minutes he was eating his dinner with the rest of them, albeit with half of his usual spunk.
I’ve never heard of gravel pebble size being potentially harmful to fish. Does anyone have info on this? He’s right back at picking pebbles right now so how do I try to stop something like this from happening again?
I always recommend either barebottom or a thin layer of sand in goldfish tanks for this exact reason! I’ve heard about this happening multiple times before, so I’d recommend taking the gravel out. I personally keep all my goldfish tanks/tubs barebottom because it’s just must easier to clean, and they still search the bottom like they would have if there was sand/gravel!
Licking the bowl
by: James Starr-Marshall
We’ve done the unthinkable! We’ve advocated using a goldfish bowl!
When PFK editor Jeremy Gay said he had an aquascaping project for me, I was surprised to be handed a traditional goldfish bowl. In view of all we’ve done to ensure fish are kept correctly, it seemed strange to be holding an object causing so much trouble in the fishkeeping world.
In the 1980s real concerns were raised about the ethics of keeping fish in such containers and led to several campaigns.
By the 1990s most aquarium shops had stopped selling them and the goldfish bowl had become a symbol of bad fishkeeping practice.
The miskeeping of fish did not end with the goldfish bowl and there are still irresponsible fishkeepers around. The goldfish bowl in itself is not cruel —more so the suggestion that in it we should keep a fish that potentially grows to 30cm/12”.
With this project I think Jeremy wanted to take gold and fish out of the equation and give the remaining bowl to a responsible aquarist…
Just a quick #flashbackfriday to when Monroe was just a little squirt. (And had that magnificent red cap.)
If you want an easy to maintain fish to keep in a small container, get a male Betta Fish, not a Goldfish.
Keeping a goldfish in a bowl shortens its lifespan and makes it very unhealthy. They require decent sized tanks with filters, vegetation, and (usually) do well with tank-mates.
Though Betta fish, like most fish, would prefer a larger tank, it’s often considered unnecessary. Male Betta fish cannot live with ANY other fish (including females) and will kill them if they are put together, though females can be kept in small groups.
Betta fish will not thrive in a small bowl or tank, but they will survive.
Should you keep a Goldfish in an unfiltered bowl, you’d have to change the water twice a week or more, while with Bettas 40-50% once a week is all that’s necessary. Goldfish can quickly die of stress in bowls while Bettas will adapt to it.
Filters are mostly necessary for cleaning the water, not really helping the fish breathe. Bettas cannot breathe solely through the water, which is why they have their labyrinth organ which is basically like a lung. They gulp up air from the surface of the water to breathe. If you close off the top of the container, the fish will die.
Betta Fish are much easier to maintain and keep healthy than Goldfish. Don’t get a pet if you’re not educated about it. If there’s something you don’t know or are not sure of, use the internet to find out. Find a reliable source.
Keep your little friends healthy and happy.
I kind of see what you’re trying to do here, but the info you give is incorrect. 40-50% water changes a week in an unfiltered bowl? Ammonia will build up like crazy.
Like goldfish, bettas shouldn’t be kept in small unfiltered environments.