Goldfish Question

bellajourneyApril 16, 2012

Hi everyone,

I need some advice. The other day we rescued some small goldfish (they look like feeder fish) who were left outside to die (in little plastic cups with water) by a neighbor. (6 fish were alive, 4 were already dead.) The poor fish that were still alive were struggling to breathe, in filthy water, and no food. It was so upsetting.

We talked to our neighbor, who didn't want them (obviously), and they are now in a 3 gallon fishtank that we dug out of the garage and cleaned up. (DH properly transitioned them to the tank.) After doing a little research, I realize that a 3 gallon tank is WAY too small for 6 tiny goldfish that will get huge. But we are not prepared to buy and maintain a huge tank.

So - to end my long story - How can we find these little fish a happy home?

Thanks for your help!

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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Watch them for awhile. Three gallon for six fish is alright for a couple of weeks. Perhaps you may come to like them and get a bigger tank. At the slightest hint of interest from visitors you can thrust a couple upon them.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 3:52PM
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albert_135 - Thanks so much! You must be a mindreader!

I talked it over with my DH, and to my surprise, he told me that he is already attached to the little guys, and wants to build a pond for them! I was shocked! (He has always wanted a pond, but we recently bought a fixer upper home with a very long to-do list, and the pond wasn't supposed to happen for a number of years.)

Anyway - while we figure out the whole pond thing - what would be a good sized tank to keep our new friends in for a few months? Right now they are a inch long or less, not including fins.

Thank you so very much!! :)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 7:20AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

I should think that if you change a third to half the water every few days and don't feed too much you could keep six goldfish in a three gallon tank for long enough that you get bored and want to proceed with the pond.

When we bough an old house the first thing the wife did was convert a hot tub into a 450 gallon tank outside -- then she started thinking about appliances and the floors and the walls and color schemes and plumbing and, and , and ... you get the picture.

She now has six eight inch goldfish. Some floors improved, plumbing repaired. Color schemes still on hold but the goldfish look good.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 4:47PM
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I've rescued pathetic little feeder goldfish too. As they outgrew their aquarium I put them in a 350 gallon cattle waterer from TSC (~$250 IIRC).

I keep it netted & have a cheapo Harbor Freight pump in it within a home-made filter tub.

I've had the guys for years & they are gorgeous & have done just fine in the outside climate. (I do keep the tubs on the shady side of the house & half covered with shade net since my climate gets so hot.)

good luck--I think goldies are under-rated & abused because they are so cheap. They are tough, easy-keepers, beautiful & sweet.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 5:54PM
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"I talked it over with my DH, and to my surprise, he told me that he is already attached to the little guys, and wants to build a pond for them!"

That is so cool. What good luck for the survivors!

A couple of things you will want to be aware of before you build the pond.

A pond will attract raccoons and other animals that like to eat fish. Herons are aggressive fishing machines. Unchecked, they can wipe out a pond of Koi in a couple of hours.

Also consider how you are going to keep the fish warm in the winter. Some folks bring them inside for the winter.

Best of luck with your new pets and please post back to let us know how the pond works out!

Links that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 1:44PM
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To bad you don't live close to me(Toronto)as I have a 30 gallon tank I'm giving away.I've kept goldfish in it for 40 years and all you need is a couple of corner filters.When Your DH makes that pond make sure you have a cover on it at night as racoons love fresh fish,I found out the hard way.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 5:26PM
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