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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Beta and Goldfish

Yesterday was my son's b-day he a got a new tank its 3 gal and 2 snails. I knew about this gift and was prepared to include his betta.
A friend of mine also got him a goldfish, it is tiny and doesnt bother the betta, as of right now they are not even paying attention to each other.
the betta is very calm and not showing any signs of being bothered but what im worried about is the temp.

Ive been reading that bettas and goldfish shouldnt be together because of temp difference, not so much fighting. What do you think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 05:02 PM
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Yes, sadly Bettas need warmer water than Goldfish, Goldfish are on the cooler water end. Plus, that tank would be ok for a Betta alone. The Goldfish, depending on the type will need a 30g tank or even up to a large pond. I am afraid you're not equipped for the Goldfish at all.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2011, 05:03 PM
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I agree they should not be together, they are in completely different classes. The 3gal is fine for the betta, but quite soon the goldfish will have to be moved to a larger tank, because they get big, which will eventually be at least a 30g, depending on the type of goldfish. If you aren't prepared to upgrade for the goldfish, it would be wise to re-home it.

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Yeah, I agree with the others. The tank simply isn't large enough for a goldfish, as they can grow to be pretty big. Also, goldfish are coldwater fish, not freshwater tropical fish. So yeah, unless you're prepared to get a bigger tank for the goldfish, I would re-home it.

As for tank mates, there isn't much you can fit into a 3 gallon tank without overstocking it. I think you should just stick with the snails and the betta.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. Anyone want a golfish? lol
I wasnt prepared for a goldfish, it is really cute with its little fishie face but I just dont have room for it.

Thanks for the support!
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