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#1 of 6 Old 04-15-2006, 08:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Can anyone post tips for keeping goldfish alive?
We have a little tank with a filter, I am following the directions for the water purifier and food, and within less than a week--the first one of two died and the other one doesn't look so good.
My kids are devastated. Ugh.
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if they dies within a week they may have had something when you bought them.

I have never had luck with goldfish living very long.

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if they dies within a week they may have had something when you bought them.
This probably isn't the case. Goldfish grow to over a foot long sometimes 15 inches. Also their lifespan is 10-12 years. They're not "bowl" fish. They produce twice the am't of waste as other fish their same size. In short, they're not good beginning fish. I have a 55 gallon tank with one full grownh goldfish. That's it. And even then it's hard to maintain and keep clean.

When you put a fish into a tank that hasn't been cycled (had any fish in it prior) it will have to cycle. The water in there is pure, thus no bacteria. When the fish poops in the water or excess food decays it produces ammonia - toxic to the fish. Gradually bacteria build, breakdown the ammonia, and produce nitrites which are also toxic to fish. Different bacteria build up to breakdown the nitrites and produce nitrates. Nitrates are relatively harmless unless the build up past 40. Once they hit 40 you need to change a portion of the water to get rid of them, and introduce new nutrients in the water.

Please do your research before purchasing anymore fish or other animals you don't know much about
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if they dies within a week they may have had something when you bought them.
yes this can be true, they could have had ick, did they have any white spots on them? Did they look like they had a hard time moving there fins? That's ick it can be treated you need to by ick medicine, when buying fish look for healthy swimmers with no spots on them. Sometimes fish will get stressed out when brought home, they can get sick from it and die. Also does your water have Chlorine in it, it needs a solution to take anything out of the water that fish can't handle, talk to the pet store.
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Every inch of golfish needs a minimum of 2 gallons of water. Goldfish can get up to 12-18 inches and the oldest living goldfish lived till it was 40. Your tank was probablly cycling and the nitrite killed them. If you want to do any fish besides a betta fish I recommend that you start with at least a 20 gallon aquarium with a power filter. You will want to add just 1 or 2 fish (3 if they are really smally like neon tetras). Let this tank go and feed sparingly. You will want to test your ammonia, nitrite and nitraet weekly. When you no longer have ammonia or nitrite wait one more week and add a few more fish. Keep in mind the full grown size of fish and how much room your tank allows. Good luck.
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hey liznchad, coming on a little strong there, don'tcha think that's why she's here asking questions?
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