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Resetting a goldfish tank

Hi everyone. This is a bit of a follow-up to my previous question. So our second and final goldfish died today (don't think this one was ammonia poisoning, was fine last night and belly up-dead this morning). I want to take this opportunity to set up the tank properly and do better by the next fishies, because we weren't very prepared for these ones a few months ago, and sort of learned on the fly. I have a few questions. (Lots of detail inside because I don't want to forget anything.) [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Feb 11, 2014 - 6 answers

 

Do you remove a dying goldfish?

We have a dying goldfish. I'm certain he's dying. (ammonia spike in water, caught too late to save him, he's lying on his side gasping and has been sick for a couple of days). I've done water changes and gotten the ammonia and pH back into balance, but I want to know: should I remove the fish while he's still alive? I'm afraid he'll die overnight and start rotting, but I feel like (even more of) a murderer if I just take him out now.
posted by gaspode on Jan 6, 2014 - 15 answers

What's this little creature found in my pond?

I saw this little critter swimming around in my outdoor goldfish pond. It's maybe a little over 1/8" in diameter, seems to paddle around carelessly with feet/paddles on its underside. It's kind of flat, roundish and transparent, except for some spidery markings/innards. Seems to have a hint of a tail, and a couple eye-like spots. A search for baby crawfish turns up nothing quite like this. Mysterious how he got in the pond in the first place.
posted by 2N2222 on Apr 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Goldfish fire drill

Help my small apartment-dwelling friend come up with a fire evacuation plan for her goldfish. [more inside]
posted by ladygypsy on Apr 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Bubble trouble?

I just got a couple of fantail goldfish, which I am keeping in a approx. 5 gallon vase. One of my fish has developed what looks like tiny bubbles on his fins. What are these? [more inside]
posted by melangell on Nov 30, 2011 - 10 answers

I need a goldfish in its prime

Can New Yorkers with pet fish experience please recommend a store where I might purchase a healthy, ethically untarnished goldfish? [more inside]
posted by Morpeth on May 13, 2011 - 13 answers

How Green is My Water

We have a ten gallon tank and a goldfish, Monster Truck, the best goldfish a girl could win at a county fair Monster Truck II the best replacement goldfish for the best goldfish a girl could win at a county fair. We also have an impressive amount of algae. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Dec 24, 2010 - 12 answers

How does one care for fancy goldfish?

I just rescued a couple of fancy goldfish, and I could use some advice on how to properly care for them. Is it normal for them to rest on the bottom of the tank? How much should I feed them? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey on Apr 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Moving a goldfish into a new house?

Tips for moving your pet fish to a new house? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Dec 10, 2007 - 9 answers

Help for a Goldfish Killer?

Oh god, I've murdered my son's goldfish. Poor Mike, Jim and Poopy, I never meant to cut your lives short. Aquarians, please help! [more inside]
posted by maryh on Jun 1, 2007 - 21 answers

gravel-sucking goldfish

goldfish care: my goldfish, like all of them, sucks up his aquarium rocks. i've tried to rid the tank of all the ones small emough to get stuck. but now he seems to have one lodged in his throat. anything i can do to help him spit it out? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jun 24, 2005 - 15 answers

Goldfish Bully

How do I keep one goldfish from terrorizing another? I have two goldfish in a 5 gallon aquarium. They were the same size when I got them, but now one is bigger than the other. The big one bullies the little one. [more inside]
posted by duck on Apr 20, 2005 - 15 answers

goldfish feeding

weekend feeders appear to constipate my office goldfish. i know how to treat him, but i'd like to stop this vicious cycle. recommendations for how to feed the goldfish over the weekend? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Apr 18, 2005 - 8 answers

Lettuce or peas for goldfish?

Does anyone here feed romaine lettuce or frozen peas to their goldfish?
posted by jeremias on Nov 23, 2004 - 9 answers

How do I keep a goldfish barrel algae-free?

I'm looking after a neighbour's goldfish while she's recuperating after an accident. They're outside, in a half-barrel. The problem is that algi builds up in the water fairly quickly. Are there any tips to help keep the water cleaner, and improve the fishies' quality of life, in between changing it every week or so?
posted by Blue Stone on Aug 3, 2004 - 12 answers

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