Should I split up my goldfish?

Nyria

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My sons and I went to Petland the other day and bought some fish. The fish dude told me that we could have a bunch in this fishbowl - so we got 8 feeder fish in a 2 gallon bowl.

Since then I have been looking on the internet and I think that's not enough room for these little fishies. - 1 has already died.
Also they are cery active.

Until I can get a big aquarium I was thinking I could put half the fish into another little bowl (a friend will give me her 2 gallon hexagon shaped bowl).
Should I split them up or just keep them together until I can get a bigger bowl?

Thanks =)

(here's a pic to show how small they are)
 

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candice19

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Split them up if you can, even if temporarily. 7 (:sad:) in a 2 gallon bowl really is too much.

Also, depending on how well you take care of them, these little feeder fish can get quite large. I had some of mine grow to 5+ inches! (at least I think they're feeders judging by the photo)
 
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oh dear - I don't think you were given the best advice there. Split them up ASAP to give the survivors a chance.

I have six goldfish in my garden pond and a couple of them have grown way bigger than expected.

Good luck!!
 

Nyria

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I think they grow in relation to wear they live - so if they are in a small bowl they won't grow too much - if they are in a pond they grow bigger. But I guess I'll fgure that out soon enouhg eh ;)
I split them up today - and I am still looking for a bigger aquarium -- but in the meantime at least I know that as feederfish their little bowl is at least better than a bigger fish's tummy ;)
 

onegirlcreative

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i have heard that goldfish do need a bigger tank. when we bought my daughter's beta a few years ago, the guy at petco told me that it's a common misconception that goldfish can live in very small tanks, especially with other goldfish.

he said (surprisingly) that betas can handle living in a smaller tank, but only by themselves because apparently they're very aggressive.

i would definitely split them up and get another tank or one large one.
 

Nyria

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My sons and I went to Petland the other day and bought some fish. The fish dude told me that we could have a bunch in this fishbowl - so we got 8 feeder fish in a 2 gallon bowl.

Since then I have been looking on the internet and I think that's not enough room for these little fishies. - 1 has already died.
Also they are cery active.

Until I can get a big aquarium I was thinking I could put half the fish into another little bowl (a friend will give me her 2 gallon hexagon shaped bowl).
Should I split them up or just keep them together until I can get a bigger bowl?

Thanks =)

(here's a pic to show how small they are)

I can't get the big one yet - I live in the country and we won't be going to the ciyt until next week -- so I wanted to split them up so they would be happier for the week.
But now I think I made an oopsy because the Alpha fish is in the bowl and the others miss him.
 

Lakritze

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Oh sorry, I missed that.

I'm not if that would work but maybe you could use a large pastic storage box or container till you have a tank.
 
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I remember getting feeder fish from the store when I was little, and a lot of them died within the first few days of coming home... I think a lot of those little guys are sick/weak to begin with, so don't feel bad about the one that died. It's good that you split them up, though, they'll be a lot happier with more room to spread out! Sort of off topic, but my sister got a feeder goldfish in grade school that lived almost 20 years!
 

Nyria

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I did find a fish message baord - who knew they'd have one for that.
They also suggested finding a tub for them =)

And it's funny you mention the 20 year old fish. when we first got the fish I talked to my son about how they won't live long -- then I researched it -- oops. I read about one that lived to 32 years - wowza
 

Nyria

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I remember getting feeder fish from the store when I was little, and a lot of them died within the first few days of coming home... I think a lot of those little guys are sick/weak to begin with, so don't feel bad about the one that died. It's good that you split them up, though, they'll be a lot happier with more room to spread out! Sort of off topic, but my sister got a feeder goldfish in grade school that lived almost 20 years!

Thanks for that =)