Oh goodness, I know I can't afford a 55 gallon tank... Even a 50 gallon is pushing $300, and I work at a coffee shop. I don't have a spare $300 right now. The largest I own at the moment is a 5.5 gallon with my plakat in it (though he could be put in a smaller tank if need be). A 5.5 gallon sounds like it wouldn't cut it for a goldfish, though. I'd assume it probably is a comet goldfish, but I haven't seen the fish yet. My coworker will be bringing it and its tank to work in the next day or two and I will take it home from there.
I think she has had the goldfish for a while... at least a year, I think. So yes, it probably is permanently stunted. From what she's told me, it already looks too big for its tank, but she didn't feel like buying a bigger tank and she was ascribing to the "Keep it in a small tank and it will stay small and be happy" myth. I feel a bit lost... I know I can't give this goldfish the life it deserves, but I can't stand the thought of this innocent fish being flushed down the toilet alive.
I'm not in Australia, I'm in the US... specifically Ohio. I know it's doubtful, but do you think there's any chance of there being a fish sanctuary of some kind I could give it to? Maybe with a pond where it could live happily? I want to help this fish... :(
ETA: I actually just remembered the 20 gallon I have sitting in the garage. It's in dire need of cleaning and I'd have to get all new filter and decor for it, but it's a solid 20 gallon glass tank with a working hood. Goldfish don't need heaters, right? My house stays around an ambient temp of 75. It's not a permanent solution, but maybe the fish could live there for a little while? Assuming I find somewhere to put the tank, of course... I'm running out of space. >.<
Back after a hiatus.
Pongo - HMPK Koi Male
Onyx - DSH Cat
Last edited by Seki; 05-31-2013 at 10:53 PM.