A New Fish... - Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums
 
Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums


Chihuahua-People.com is the premier Chihuahua Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.

Go Back   Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums > Off-Topic > Other Pets

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-31-2011, 02:37 PM
chi-aholic
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Name: Megan
Location: NJ
Posts: 456
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sissy2010
Default A New Fish...

So a few days ago I cleaned out the Fish Tank for my goldfish because it was getting on the dirty side. I cleaned it head to toe as i usually do, filled it up and waited for it to get to room temperature. So at 3pm i put the fish back and the next day i find that they died.

So i cleaned the tank again just in case, and filled it up. I did research on many fish - betta's gold fish and guppies.

i have a 3 gallon tank, and my room temp is 67.
I got a pet Betta fish. it's red. I kept it in a separate tank until this morning when i put him/her in the bigger tank in order for the chlorine to get out of the water. .

But people are saying 3 gallon tank is not good for any fish. But i'm curious why would stores sell them if they weren't good for any fish since people are saying that you need at least a 5 gallon for 1 goldfish.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 12-31-2011, 02:53 PM
michele's Avatar
Administrator
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Name: Michele
Location: Buckinghamshire England
Posts: 11,745
Thanks: 282
Thanked 743 Times in 639 Posts
Default

Well i have a 3 gallon tank and i've had mine for years,i do have a pump as well i also put that chlorine stuff in the water when i do a complete change.When we were kids goldfish survived for years in those little round bowls so i'm sure it's not the size that did it,have no idea why it happened
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-31-2011, 04:05 PM
chi-aholic
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Name: Megan
Location: NJ
Posts: 456
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sissy2010
Default

i don't use that chlroine stuff. never did and the fish lived well. too well in college i had to give away the tank to someone w/ the fish. lol.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-31-2011, 06:44 PM
chi-aholic
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Reno NV
Posts: 458
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Stores sell things that they think people will buy like smaller fish tanks, tiny bird cages, and bad dog food. It's cute and traditional to see fish in small bowls or smaller tanks. Those tanks take up less room and are more appealing in that way. Goldfish are really messy fish because they go to the bathroom a lot. They get really big too so a bigger tank is better for them and easier to keep clean. The fancier goldfish like the Bubble Eyes or Pom Poms are more fragile than the Comet or Fantail. I find that most goldfish are not as hardy as Bettas, Danios, Tetras, and fish like Mollies.

Betta fish are really hardy for the most part and do well in smaller tanks like the 3 gallon that you have. It seems like Betta fish can survive most anything that a lot of goldfish and other fish can't. I've had Bettas that last many many years with little care except a clean tank and food.

Maybe your water quality changed because it was all or mostly new water in the tank. Water from the tap is not always going to be the same so little changes like more chlorine or whatever could have been in your water. I used to just use tap water until I learned more about keeping goldfish. I did add water conditioner each time to remove the heavy metals and chlorine. My fish usually survived, but I had a lot more casualties. I eventually got my tank balanced, and I was able to keep my goldfish really healthy. I had some huge and really fancy goldfish when I was in college, and I would likely still have them if I didn't have to move far away from where I had them. The beneficial bacteria in the water are good for the fish so make sure you are not changing out too much water at once. If you want you can get a free water quality test at a pet store or you can buy a kit to test the water yourself.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-10-2012, 06:38 AM
LostLakeLua's Avatar
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Name: Kat
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,119
Thanks: 488
Thanked 175 Times in 141 Posts
Default

I recently started our aquarium. It's a 20 gallon and right now we only have 4 guppies; because we know we need to cycle the tank. This is basically setting up the biological filter. There are a couple ways to do it; including frequent water changes, or using bacteria from another established filter. If you don't have a filter (which eventually you can get balanced with the right bacteria) you'll need to regularly change water. But of course you want either bottled or treated water to remove the chlorine. Simply put, without thebiological filter the fish eventually die due to the toxic ammonia and nitrites caused by their waste. With the right bacteria established, the environment balances out. I'm glad someone pointed this out to me when starting our tank or I'd probably end up with a lot of dead fish.. =( most people think they can buy the filter & pump and be set. But that's not the case... cycling the tank is the most important thing in keeping fish alive!

Tips for Cycling Your New Aquarium - The First Tank Guide - Getting Your Fish Tank Up and Running with Minimal Headaches

All that said, bettas and goldfish have very different care requirements. I currently have my 20gal setup that just has guppies for now; but I also have a separate betta bowl. For the smaller bowls that don't have filters, regular water changes are a must.

Also, golfish are coldwater fish. Whereas a betta prefers a warmer climate. That said, though, putting a heater in a 3 gallon tank can actually be dangerous.

Here's a good link to some info about betta housing (and the Home page has everything else you'd ever want to know!
housing
My last betta lived 6 years, I really loved that little guy!!
__________________
~*~*~*~*~*~*~

facebook.com/rescutopia

Last edited by LostLakeLua; 01-10-2012 at 06:40 AM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-10-2012, 06:52 AM
Just arrived!
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Goldfish are really dirty, as in they produce waste VERY quickly. A single goldfish requires 20-30 gallons of water just to itself, soooo many die off early because pet stores sell them just like betta! They're really pond fish, like koi.

You should get your betta a five gallon tank! They're not very big and you can safely heat it to the tropical temperatures your fishy needs. They even sell stick-on heat mats for the bottom of betta tanks, so you don't have to take up room in the tank itself.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-12-2012, 02:28 PM
chi-aholic
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Name: Megan
Location: NJ
Posts: 456
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sissy2010
Default

my betta fish seems to be doing pretty well.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-12-2012, 04:40 PM
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Name: Jenn
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,191
Thanks: 2
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Default

My daughter has a small tank maybe 3 gallons and she has 2 popeye goldfish and a betta in there been alive for over 2 years. It has a pump filter etc. When I change it out I just use that chlorine remover and that's it no heater no testing water or anything else they have lived a long time so I guess they are fine lol.. I have had a larger tank in the past and I never tested water or anything and they lived a long time also. I actually gave them all away when my tank started leaking . It seemed the less I did the better off they were lol..
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 12:45 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright 2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
Chihuahua People 2004-2009
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum