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Buying a Goldfish

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Webster, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    No, this isn't some sort of double entendre.

    About 6 months ago, I promised my daughter a goldfish for her 4th birthday if she was potty trained. She did a great job but I promptly forgot about my promise until she reminded me this morning that her birthday is next week and she wanted to know when her goldfish was coming.

    I've never owned a pet and I'm completely clueless about what to do. Should buy a big tank or just something small? Should I buy multiple fish in case one of them goes to visit their friends in fish heaven? What else to I have to buy?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member


    Here you go sweetie! Happy birthday.

    Seriously, I haven't had one since I was little. I remember a little bowl and just one fish swimming around in it. We'd change the water when it started to get cloudy. There is also something about that that seems cruel to me. I also remember a slightly bigger tank with a filter and several fish. My parents were pretty sly. They told me a fish floating belly up was sleeping once and then when I went out to play, my dad ran out and replaced him. I was none the wiser until I got older and they told me I was just as stupid when I was 5 as I am as an adult.
  3. StormSurge

    StormSurge Active Member

    My daughter won two goldfish at a fair two years ago. One of them is still with us.

    Don't put more than one goldfish in a 10 gallon aquarium. Goldfish need at least 10 gallons per fish, if not more thanks to all of their poo. I finally upgraded the surviving fish to a 20 gallon tank & she's doing great.

    Once you get the water going well (a couple of weeks I'd guess), you won't have to do to much maintenance other than replacing a few gallons of water per week and changing some of the filter materials.

    When I get home, I'll share with you all the specifics in terms of equipment, filters, etc.

    I would start with one fish, a 10 gallon tank & a good filter, all of which can be found at Petsmart.
  4. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Just buy one of those inexpensive old-fashioned one-gallon goldfish bowls.

    Try to keep it as clean as possible, changing the water frequently. You'll have to dechlorinate the water while the fish is out of the bowl (in a cup or something). Chlorine kills fish.

    Steer your daughter toward picking a cheap goldfish that looks similar to all the other cheap goldfish at the store. That way, if Mr. Goldie decides to take a gravel nap, you can tell your daughter he's sleeping and switch it out with another fish when she won't notice.
  5. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    ...cause they're so delicious. I love goldfish!
  6. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Exactly. That's the rough part. They just don't last long, so there is a decent chance you're going to have a very upset little girl on your hands.

    I had goldfish for most of my childhood. We took good care of them, but I don't remember any of the ones we bought as pets lasting more than a year or two.

    Actually, the ones that lasted the longest weren't supposed to survive the week. We had two turtles and for some reason they stopped eating. We asked the vet for advice and were told we had to try feeding them live fish, so we bought two goldfish to feed them. Just before we were going to send them to their fate, we gave the turtles one last chance to eat their regular food and they did. So we had two new pets that outlasted the turtles.
  7. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    I won a goldfish at some fair when I was a kid, and I remember the frantic call to my mom's work about a week later: "(whatever-its-name-was)' bowl is empty! There's water all over the counter! The cat is licking his paws! What happened?"
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Did you ever find out?
  9. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Remains a mystery to this day.
  10. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    The same thing happened at our house, AB. Maybe there was a serial fish killer out there.
  11. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member


    Fish are friends, not food.
  12. DirtyDeeds

    DirtyDeeds Guest

    WTF! 10 or 20 gallons for one goldfish? That must be one big-ass fish. And for the record, Nemo was a clown fish.
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