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why bowls and small tanks are not suitable homes for goldfish
"goldfish-proofing" an aquarium
I couldn’t find the article I was talking about earlier, but here’s some things you can do to make life a bit more bearable for your goldfish if they have to live in a bowl for a while.
Why are these tips important?
They’re important because they reduce the stress level for your goldfish. Living in an environment that’s way too small for them is already stressful enough. Too much stress can make your fish fall ill or even die, so you’ll want to keep stress factors to a minimum.
1. Change about 1/3 of the water four or five times a week.
This will help keep ammonia levels under control.
2. Make sure there is lots of surface area.
Bowls often only have a small hole at the top, so you might want to lower the water level a bit so more oxygen can get into the water.
3. Don’t buy new things if they have already been in another aquarium.
The last thing you want is fluctuating water values or a sick goldfish due to contaminated water.
4. If you have multiple goldfish, try setting up a bowl for each of them (if you have the money for it, that is.)
Goldfish don’t like being alone, but it’s always better than being crammed in a small space with another poop machine.
5. Try to find a small filter.
Most filters don’t fit in bowls because they are round, but if you can find one (the small ones are usually not too expensive), your fish will definitely benefit from it! As soon as your new, better tank is cycled, you can add the small filter to that one (the more filtration the better!) or you can use it to filter a hospital tank.
6. Take out any unnecessary decorations.
I know you like that huge mermaid statue, but it takes away lots of space! A few plastic plants and a small layer of gravel should do. (I’ve already explained why you shouldn’t put real plants in your bowl - they’re absolutely fine for bigger tanks though, goldfish love munching on them)
7. Don’t overfeed!
This one’s very important, because rotting leftovers are bad for the water values! Feed your goldfish small portions of (sinking!) food and veggies (like lettuce!) throughout the day instead of a big amount once a day.
If you do happen to accidentally feed too much or if you notice your goldfish didn’t eat everything, you can use a water siphon to remove the leftovers.
8. Clean the bowl at least twice a week.
This means removing poop and leftover food from the bottom of the bowl with the water siphon.
10. Make sure the bowl isn’t in a crowded place.
It’s always important to make sure your aquarium isn’t in a hallway or another place where a lot of people walk by, but in this case your fishy is already stressed from being in an environment that’s too small, so he/she will appreciate it if they aren’t spooked by movement all the time.
If any of my followers have some good tips they’d like to share, those are very welcome!
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1. It will stunt the growth of the goldfish.
You will often hear people say that fish adapt their growth to the size of their tanks. This is not true. The external growth may seem to stop, but that doesn’t mean their internal organs have stopped growing! Those keep expanding in size until they’re squished so closely together the goldfish dies. A goldfish with stunted growth is easy to recognize: the eyes and fins are often way too big compared to the rest of the fish and their body just doesn’t look the way it should look (fins and tails that are bent while they shouldn’t be etc.)
2. Water values and water temperature will fluctuate
Because there is only a small amount of water in a bowl, a small nitrite peak could mean serious problems! Even if you happen to be lucky enough to be able to avoid such peaks, the water values and water temperature will be difficult to maintain. The fluctuation will cause lots of stress for your goldfish.
3. There will be issues with the amount of oxygen in the water
Small tanks, high tanks and especially bowls usually don’t have enough surface area. This means there might not be enough oxygen in the water for a goldfish. (Oxygen deprivation is often mistaken for begging for food - the goldfish will be ‘drinking’ air at the surface.)
4. Goldfish produce too much waste to be able to live in a small tank
A bowl can become dangerous for a goldfish to live in within a few days, because they produce more waste than most other fish. The goldfish will literally be swimming in its own poop, especially in an often unfiltered environment like a bowl. Even if you get a large enough tank, overfiltration is often necessary!
The list of issues caused by bowls/small tanks goes on and on and on, but for me the most important thing is that a goldfish will simply look better in a 20 gallon tank than a 5 gallon one. It will be able to swim freely and show its full beauty!
As for your second question:
Most people clean their tank with a water siphon, CLEAN buckets and an algae scraper. I personally carefully remove the fish from the aquarium and put them in a bucket that is only used for aquarium business while I clean the tank, because they’re very curious and I’m always scared they might lose an eye.
You start off by cleaning the glass with an algae scraper. How to do this depends on the kind of scraper you have, but it’s often very simple and you can usually buy them in any pet store.
The next step is siphoning the gravel to remove leftover food, goldfish poop and bits of aquarium plants.
A water change of about 30% for normal tanks should keep everything stable - you can easily do this with your clean bucket and water siphon.
I siphon the bottom of my aquarium two times a week and do an additional water change once. This keeps my water levels stable, but the amount of cleaning you should do depends on the size and filtration of your aquarium and the amount of fish in it. A smaller aquarium, more fish and less filtration all mean you’ll have to clean more frequently than usual.
Why do you need to cycle an aquarium and how long should you cycle it for?
The name says it all - the water, filter and gravel of the aquarium go through a cycle together when starting an aquarium. This includes a nitrite spike (very dangerous for fish!) in the beginning, and good bacteria growing in the gravel and filter, which lowers the nitrite.
For the full explanation of this circle you could probably google around a bit because I don’t know how it works from the top of my head, but it’s very important to cycle an aquarium for at least three weeks before putting any fish in it simply because the fluctuating water values might otherwise be very harmful and possibly lethal to them.
Asked by cadwallia cadwallia
Wow, that seems like quite a task!
I think you’ll need some kind of box that’s easy to carry like a cool box. You ask the staff at the store to put the fish in a larger bag with enough water to just cover the fish and then have them fill the rest of the bag with oxygen (very important!). Make sure the bag(s) aren’t leaking, put them in the box and off you go!
This won’t be too stressful for the fish it the ride isn’t long, because fortunately being in a dark place (like… a closed box!) will make them feel relaxed.
Asked by nothingtoreallygetfastfor nothingtoreallygetfastfor
Asked by nothingtoreallygetfastfor nothingtoreallygetfastfor
^ a goldfish with abscesses caused by bacteria
^ a goldfish with bacterial infection
^ a goldfish suffering from costia
^ a goldfish with fungus
^ two pictures of goldfish suffering from nitrite poisoning
^ a goldfish with anchor worm
I hope my advice helped. Diagnosing a fish is very difficult because the diseases often have similar symptoms, vague symtoms or none at all.
Asked by untrustuss untrustuss
I have no experience with bubble eye goldfish, but I’d suggest you keep an eye on him for the next few days and put him in the hospital tank as soon as you see ANY unusual behaviour or signs of illness. He’s already had a stressful experience and having to add the transfer to the hospital tank to that would be unfortunate, but I would suggest doing it if anything seems wrong.
Also, you can cover the filter intake with a thin layer of filter sponge (be careful the filter doesn’t clog though) so your goldfish won’t get stuck to it again!
Asked by beardedderek beardedderek
It really depends on how big it was :( if it was really small (I have, for example, really small round gravel that’s about as big as the hole in a lowercase “a”) he’ll probably be fine. However, if it’s bigger gravel, two things might be the case: he either swallowed it or it’s stuck in his mouth. If it’s still stuck, you’re gonna have to work with tweezers :( If he’s already completely swallowed it, I’m afraid I don’t think you can do much. He might manage to pass it through his system, but it might get stuck :( I have no experience with this, anyone else have any tips? (sorry for the late reply by the way, was away all day!)
Or any fish tank for that matter!
Pet stores usually sell fake shells that don’t have sharp edges and don’t contain any calcium or other things that are potentially bad for your fish, so if you want the pretty look of shells but not the dangers, there’s plenty of solutions!
Asked by sugarbot-artpost sugarbot-artpost
Unfortunately, bottom sitting is a symptom of many diseases. I recommend you to check your water levels (or have them checked at a pet store) and look for high ammonia, nitrate, pH and nitrite. If one of these levels is too high, you can do water changes to lower it and/or buy things to lower them (like pH-, etc.). I’d actually also recommend a water change even if the levels are fine. Because all of your goldfish are doing this I’m assuming it’s not constipation, but you might try feeding them all some boiled shelled peas anyway.
It might also be parasites. If checking the water levels, doing water changes and feeding peas doesn’t help, you might want to look up the symptoms for parasites and check if they match with the symptoms of your fish.
I’m not an expert on fish disease, but some of my followers might be - do any of you guys know what this might be?