Goldfish lived in a 5 gallon bowl for almost 9 years now. how?
Topic: Goldfish lived in a 5 gallon bowl for almost 9 years now. how?
September 20, 2019 / By Avon Question:
My piano teacher has like a 5 gallon bowl with no heater or nothign just gravel. It is one of those 19 cent ones. She won it a fair like 9 years ago and its still living in the bowl,,,, it actually looks really healthy, nothing wrong with it. will it be a really dramatic change to move it into my 55 gallon tank? would it get really stressed out? In the 55 gallon tank i have 15 neon tetras, and 15 glow light tetras.
Best Answers: Goldfish lived in a 5 gallon bowl for almost 9 years now. how?
Vivien | 5 days ago
I won a goldfish at a fair when i was younger, and my father [god bless his ignorant soul] bought me i'd say probably about a 6-7 gallon tank for him. With my mothers up keep with the tank he grew about the size of the tank itself, at six years old we gave him away to our friend with a large tank, and from what i hear he is still doing well anyway- I think the goldfish would appreciate the bigger tank.
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Depends if you want it to grow to full size, and live for the 10 or so years that it should. In good conditions that little goldfish should grow into a big chubby 6" fish, and that's where the suggestion of 20 gal for one comes from. Sure people put them in 1 gal tank or bowls, and are amazed when they cling to life for 6 months. Sorry, but that's a fish keeping fail. A baby goldfish will be perfectly OK in a 10gal, for a year or two. Then it will be a medium size goldfish, and appreciate some more space. So it depends how far you are looking into the future... Some of my fish are 10 years old now, because I planned ahead and got a big enough tank. If you only have the space/cash for 10gal, that's fine, but there are better choices of fish. White Cloud Minnows are a small cold water fish. You can keep a bunch of them in a 10gal, and they will live happily and maybe even breed. No harder to care for then a goldfish, but with an adult size of only a bit over an inch, they wont outgrow the tank. Ian
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Are you sure it's in a bowl? I don't see how any fish could survive in a bowl for over a year with best keeping. She may have been replacing goldfish ehind your back. Try are very cheap and most of them look identical. Here's how it's very unlikely;
1. Bowls don't have filtration, and it's super hard to maintain them in an unfiltered tank (besides a pond) because they are one of the messiest fish and the chances of poisoning themselves with ammonia are higher than your typical fish.
2. Nitrogen cycles don't even exist. Nitrogen cycles are key to keepin fish alive, and since she is constantly changing the bowl water, the cycle constantly repeats itself which is very bad for the fish.
3. Very little room. Those cheap comet goldfish require a 50 gallon for 1 because they can grow up to a foot long! If it's in a bowl, or even a tank that is smaller than 50 gallons, stunted growth is inevitable, and your fish will most likely die of something other than old age.
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Originally Answered: Goldfish bowl?
The "inch of fish per gallon of water" is:
1) a lie (it depends on the fish. You can't compare big fish like oscars and small fish like guppies. They all have different needs.)
2) only for TROPICAL fish, not goldfish.
Properly cared for goldfish can live up to 20 YEARS! It's the little bowls that kill them off at 2-3 weeks.
Each goldfish needs 10 gallons all to itself. So, if you win 3 goldfish, you need 30 gallons AT LEAST. More is better.
Don't believe me?
It's not a secret, GOOGLE goldfish and see for yourself.
Carnivals are torture for goldfish. Very cruel. They live in agony. Don't support animal abuse.
If you want goldfish, get them from pet stores.