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Old 12-19-2014, 03:42 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Controlling Goldfish Waste

So I also have two goldfish besides my betta, just the tiny carnival/pet shop variety about two inches long at most (the smaller one is very young and only about an inch long, slim as a stick). They are kept in a 5-gallon Fluval Chi (after going through a tiny 1-gal bowl- do not trust pet store employees- an Aqueon 5-gallon Mini Bow, and a 2.5-gallon Top Fin glass tank), and I am thinking about replacing it with a 16-gallon but I am not sure yet. The Chi filter recently broke and now we are using a Tetra Whisper 10i. However, we still have to do daily water changes, mainly because of how much goldfish poop (ammonia build up). Is this normal for goldfish? Does anyone have any ideas about keeping the ammonia down? I'm really sorry if Ive been a bad goldfishkeeper, but honestly I am pretty clueless.

Also, we are going on vacation soon for about a week, and I dont think that the fish can hold out long in a tank where the water needs to be changed daily. I know the old fish sitting stuff, but I dont think anyone really wants to care for the fish, and if they do I am worried they may end up hurting the fish, intentional or not. What can I do?
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Old 12-19-2014, 05:48 PM   #2 
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16 gallons might be too small. Maybe get a 30 gallon? I know it seems a lot but for two goldfish you'll need that much. You'll also need an extra powerful filter since they are very messy fish. I don't know much about goldfish either but there's a youtube channel just on goldfish, and it might help you a little - https://www.youtube.com/user/flashofpink
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30 gallons... I'll try to invest in that...

For the filter do you have any recommendations?
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:38 PM   #4 
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Two goldfish need 40g. It's 30g for one then add 10g for each one added :)

+1 on that youtube channel!! <3
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:15 PM   #5 
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40g? It is actually pretty believable considering how much they defecate... I'll pay a visit to the store ASAP, thanks so much!

(I should watch more of that channel!)
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #6 
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I actually disagree with the rule for 30 gallons for the first fish and additional 10 gallons for the additional other fish.

The updated rule is 20 gallons for every fancy goldfish but in your case you don't have fancy goldfish.

You have the "common" goldfish. Comet or common. I would predict they need about 40 gallons per fish since they grow MASSIVE. I have two fancies my self and the maximum length or size their going to get is 6-7inches yours are going to get to a foot or even bigger, the problem with your common goldfish is that their going to get so big a tank won't be good enough, a pond will do. But! Since they are still small I suggest you grow them out in a 40 gallon :) or even bigger. I will recheck the books about comet or common goldfish since it has been awhile since I've had them :P
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I searched online, this site here (http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/article...expectancy.htm) says 14 gal for every new fish added to an original 48 gal for the first fish... so basically from 30-50 gal for the original fish and 10-15 gal added for each new fish, taking into account everything I've heard. Thank you so much!
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