Please don't eat me. (Goldfish rescues)
So before I even get started, please note that I am 100% aware that a goldfish needs a large tank. My hands are tied, I have no where for these fish to go, and I cannot purchase a larger tank since I just upgraded my bettas. I tried rehoming them, but everyone I know who keeps fish can't take them.
The other day, my brother's friend (he's 9) came here with two plastic sandwich baggies. Each contained disgusting, yellow water and a sickly looking goldfish. He also brought us two goldfish bowls. Yep, I said it: goldfish bowls. He explained to me that his mom was sick of the fish and had tried to flush them down the toilet alive. He knew that I kept fish, so he brought them to me. Apparently, I now take rescues. Anyways, one of the fish was smaller, and a white color. He said that this one had been orange, but turned white. The other was larger and had a long tail that split into two lobes. Without really thinking about it, I accepted the fish.
So now I have two goldfish, living in bowls with no way to give them more room, short of tossing them into our goldfish pond. If it were spring or summer or even fall, that would work out fine. But it's winter and the pond is ice cold and I would imagine that putting them in there would kill them. They aren't comets or fantails, but I honestly have no idea what they are. The smaller white one is in a one gallon bowl in my little brother's room, and the larger one is in a two gallon bowl in my room. I've been feeding them the pellets we feed our pond fish, and cleaning waste out of the bowls once a day. The larger one seems very healthy and active...just in a very small space. I don't feel that I've rescued them very well, but I guess clean water and food is better than being flushed.
So some questions...
Why did the little one turn white?
Will they stunt before I can get them in the pond (that would be about March/April depending on our unreliable weather)?
Why do people think keeping fish in tiny bowls is ok? Why do I always take on more than I can chew?!
Help would be appreciated. I feel so bad for these poor fish.