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Any advice or credible websites on raising goldfish?

Asked by Spinel (3220points) January 5th, 2010

I recently received an assignment to get and care for a fish of some kind. I am leaning toward a goldfish, specifically the black, pop-out eye kind. I’m still looking for the real name of the breed.

My last experiences with two betas was disastrous, leaving me nervous with fish period. So, any good advice or helpful websites on raising goldfish? I would like it to stay alive for at least a month or more…

(I have already “googled” it. Nothing but sites for little kids came up. I need some serious, more in depth information).

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syz's avatar

It’s called a Black Moor.

I’m a little confused by your phrasing: are you looking for information on breeding goldfish or for information on goldfish husbandry?

Goldfish are one of the easiest fish to keep (except perhaps for bettas), although they are know for being quite dirty. I’ve never researched it, but I was under the impression that ponds/larger tanks are required for breeding. What exactly happened with the bettas?

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

I breed fish, so this is easy.

Goldfish don’t keep well with other fish because they produce excess nitrogen (i think nitrogen… excess something or other).

If you’re purely aiming to keep it alive, just go buy a regular goldfish. If you can find an already grown one get that one (sometimes they’re called “comets” when they’re big… it’s still a goldfish), as they have a fairly high mortality rate from their youth (aka feeder fish). Don’t get a fancy one, they get sick way easier ESPECIALLY the bubble eyed ones.

Other than that, just keep the water temp between 60–75, and feed once a day a pinch or so. Far easier to keep than a beta (though in fairness, betas are pretty easy to keep too).

Spinel's avatar

@syz The latter. It would be cruel for me to breed fish since I can barley keep one alive.

ArieBoyer's avatar

Don’t over feed them! Apparently the rumor is that they only have a three second memory so they will have forgotten that they have already eaten.

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