I love my goldfish. It looks like her growth has slowed down a little. I hope she doesn't keep trying to grow. >.<
Also, I've been meaning to post this for the past couple of days. I'll get this out of the way before I begin: I know buying fish that are in bad conditions doesn't help, and keeps the cycle going and stuff like that. But. I can't help but feel such sadness for this goldfish at my local Wal-Mart is huge, about the size mine is now, 4-5 inches. And it's in one of those TINY tanks they have, she/he is half as long as the tank, and doesn't have any room to swim. ): It's makes me so depressed, but all I have is the 20g my one goldfish is in and then an empty 10 gallon. I don't have the means to give it a proper home, but Wal-Mart's home is even worse. Please help? I love all fish as if they were my own, and it hurts.
Elizabeth, what kind of goldfish is it? Is it a comet goldfish or a round fancy goldfish? Since comets can get up to a foot and will eventually need a tank of 50gal or more, I'd be iffy on rescuing another comet. If it's a round-body goldfish, you could rescue it but you'd have to make sure it gets enough to eat, as long-body goldfish outcompete round-body goldfish for food.
If you think you can upgrade tanks in a few years to a 75gal, you could rescue another comet. But you'd want to overfilter the life out of that tank. I mean, really overfilter. Get a canister filter that is rated for a 100gal tank and then get a hang-on-back filter that is rated for the same. If you can throw a sponge filter in there too, you'd be even better.
I speak from experience on the overfiltering thing. I thought I was overfiltered in my 55gal with 3 5" koi/goldfish. My filter was a Fluval 405 canister filter rated for 100gal. But it turns out I wasn't.
Also, if you rescue the goldfish, get Kent's Nitrate Sponge for your filter 'cause your nitrates get high fast.
I could, but it would be a couple of years before I could upgrade, either 2 or 3. It's another single-tail like mine. >__<
Edit: I wish I wasn't so sensitive sometimes, but I can't stop worrying about that fish.
Edit 2: This may be relevant, so I'll throw it in there. In about 4-5 years, my husband and I will be moving to our own house instead of this place we're renting, and I plan to set up a goldfish pond. I don't know if I could afford a 75g since I'm going to college right now, but maybe a between a 50g and 60g in a couple of years-- then moving them to a pond another 2 years later.
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I'd like to set up a pond now, but I don't see how I could move something like that. There aren't any restrictions, we could if we wanted. But then I'd have to drain it and move it, I suppose. Hm. :/ Any thoughts? Should I make a thread about this?
Elizabeth, would you be open to setting up a horse trough pond like mine? That COULD be drained and moved with you. Yours needn't be as big as mine. Two comets could be very happy in a 150-200gal trough pond. You could find a good rubber trough for under $500; that way you don't need to coat a metal one with rubber like I did. This: Submersible Pond Filters: Koolatron Crystal-Flo Complete Pond Filter System
is an EXCELLENT filter for what you would need. It has a UV light too, which will keep algae down. Your total cost, I would guess, would be $700. But if you had to dig a hole and fill it, it would be comparable in price and you would not be able to take it with you.
EDIT: What size tank do you have right now for Comet?