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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is 20 gallons enough for a goldfish?

I know people can be very particular about goldfish here. So I wanted to get some feedback. I don't want another betta right now after what happened to Ares. I will in time, but it would feel like I was replacing him if I went out and got another one this afternoon or something. And I don't want to use the tank for a sorority for a few reasons- I don't like the look of such heavily planted tanks being the first and foremost. But anyway, could I successfully keep a goldfish in a twenty gallon tank? What kind, if so?

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Goldfish prefer company, so while 20 gallons is enough for one Goldfish, it's really not. You'd need a much larger tank. =) Maybe wait a while. I'm sure you'll want a Betta in the future and you'll regret not having a tank for one.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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That's a very good point on the company bit. I won't get the goldfish, then. I'm sure I can put the dividers back in there. Then I could either put the three I have now in there or get three new bettas. Oh, the possibilities for an empty tank. :)

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It's one of those debated topics, much like how many gallons a Betta should have. However, I agree with Sweeda. Most website's and goldfish forums suggest 20 gallons minimum for the first goldfish (note this only applies to the "fancy" types) and then 10 gallons min for each added fancy goldfish.

They really do thrive with company of their own kind though, so you are making a very considerate decision of not getting one.


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I love having an empty tank. so many possibilities... :)

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I hate having an empty tank, cause I can't get any more fish LOL I have 8 empties right now :( Would you consider another type of tropical fish? A Dwarf Gourami would be neat, they are like Bettas. And then you can get 2 small groups of shoaling fish :) I have Celestial Pearl Danios, Glowlight Tetras, Apple Snail and a Gourami in my 15g :)


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Im sure you could have a goldfish in there. C:
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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You know, I was reading about gouramis while I was researching what to put in the twenty gal and it totally slipped my mind while making this thread. I know literally nothing about them, though. Where can I look to get reliable information on their care? And would a beast of a filter be okay for them, or do they prefer still water, too? The filter is an Aquatech 20-40 and it's crazy with current. >.>

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 05:05 PM
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Gouramis are similar in care to bettas. They prefer a lower pH and slow-moving water. They will show off their best colours I've found in tannin-stained water with lots of cover, and mine were forever spawning until I separated them as I could not deal with thousands of fry.

Some species are more aggressive than others (my pair of Gold Gouramis were always chasing each other around), but smaller species such as the diminutive Sparkling Gourami can peacefully co-habit.

If I had a spare 20 gallon, I would get some larger mouthbrooding wild bettas and keep them. They are fairly easy care wise and as long as you provide the right conditions, will readily breed.


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www.seriouslyfish.com usually has some pretty sound profiles. :) In a 20 gallon, I would definitely get a pretty dwarf gourami and some nice community fish. In my 20 gallon I would have:
- 1 DG
- 6 kuhli loaches
- 6 cardinal tetras
- 3 male guppies
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