So my cousin had her daughter's first birthday party today and thought it would be a fun/good idea to give away goldfish as prizes for a game :/ There were way more fish than there were bowls, so almost everyone got two or three fish per bowl - and these bowls are tiny (like betta bowls). I wonder how many fish are going to die this week/tonight :(
I had asked my uncle to put one aside for me so I could at least save one, however, there were thee others left over and two extra bowls. My uncle said he was just going to dump them outside if no one took them!! :( So one of my cousins took one of the bowls with two of them, and I took the last little guy in my bowl.
Now I have two goldfish and no idea how to take care of them. I figured they would be better off with me than they would be tossed away, so I'm giving it a shot.
Luckily, I had a left over tank (only like half gal though) and cave decorations from previous betta fish when I was little. As soon as we got home, I cleaned out the tank and the cave, put in some water conditioner, and rinsed out the rocks that came with with the bowl my cousin provided. From the tad bit of research I did online, I see that caring for them is similar to caring for bettas in terms of not needing a filter. I guess they don't need heaters either.
So right now, they are both currently in a one (or 1/2) gallon tank, which I know is too small.
HOWEVER, along with my research, I read that goldfish need a crap ton of space (way more than bettas). How true is this? I DO have a 5 gallon tank in my basement, but I'm not sure I'm even experienced enough to maintain one of those guys. What is the smallest sized tank they would be okay with?
I'm thinking I might try and re-home one and keep the other (I'm already in love with them...). Would one goldfish be okay in a 3 gallon?
Is there anything else I should know about raising these guys? How do I tell their gender? (I don't want them having babies lol). Did I already do something wrong in terms of their temporary set up?
Any information would help! Thanks :)
Edit: They are pretty tiny and slim at the moment. I'm not sure what kind they are. One is white with an orange patch on his head and the other is orange with some white on his underside. They have pretty long tails.... I know I'm not helping. I'll try and get some pictures tomorrow (I had to leave my house)