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post #1 of 85 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question bettas and goldfish

my dad has a five gallon tank with one betta and two goldfish on his desk at work. do they get along or should i tell him to take the betta out?
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post #2 of 85 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 06:49 PM
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Yes!!! take the betta out. Bettas and goldfish aren't a good mix beacause they are COLDwater fish and bettas are TROPICAL and NEED heat. Even if goldfish were tropical a betta wouldn't get along with them beacause they have long fins JUST like a betta does.

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thanks. i will tell him!
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thats a big NO NO bettas and goldfish are not good mixes:)

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that's what i told him! he just said "they're fine". i'll tell him he HAS to take the betta out!
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IMO-the goldfish need to be moved not the Betta, 5g is not big enough for goldfish......
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IMO-the goldfish need to be moved not the Betta, 5g is not big enough for goldfish......
i agree with you OFL but either one of them need to be moved for both the fish's sake.

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they are very small goldfish, but either way, i will tell him they NEED to be separated!
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post #9 of 85 (permalink) Old 08-05-2010, 07:55 PM
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Small goldfish grow to be BIG goldfish. It doesn't matter if they are small now, they will get bigger. The whole thing of them only growing to the tank size is only partially true. If they are in a small tank it stunts their body but their internal organs keep growing, which eventually kills them.

Are they feeder goldfish? (the 25 cent ones?) if so, they have the capacity to grow about 18 inches long. I just got some a few months ago (3 inches when I got them) they are now 6 inches long. And the one I got last year is about 12 inches. I'd highly recommend you find them a home with someone who has a pond.

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+1 for doggyhog.

If you can't find the goldfish a pond home soon, (not a wild stream, lake or river because that's just insane) and you absolutely want to keep them, most of what you need to know about housing them is that one goldfish needs at least 20 gallons of water to fully grow and stay alive, and they have massive bio-loads so big filters are necessary, so if you just so happen to have a 40-50 gallon tank, you could stick both fish in there and watch them grow :)

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