1 year ago
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Goldfish companion question...

My comet is currently housed by himself. I have some fancies in another tank that seem to enjoy each others company...I know they don't have complex emotions like we do but it seems they are happier with other fish around...

Is it healthier for the fish to have at least one other buddy (comet) in with him? I am debating about purchasing a comet/common goldfish to put in the tank with him...

Not sure if this is the right thing to do as he has been on his own for a few months since I won him at a local fare...

He has grown quite considerably...about 2 inches since I received him. I know he is a pond fish however I am going to try to give him as much as I can for a healthy life. I really try to take great care of my fish and spend a lot of my day taking care of them...trust me .

Thanks!

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1 year ago
Bonnie
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How large is your Fsncy Goldfish tank? They need very large tanks, if huge like 90 gallons you could put him in with the fancied

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1 year ago
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55 gallons...

I read not to place them with the fancies because they are much faster.

He showed previous signs of aggression when I unknowingly housed him with 1 fancy a few months back for just a day...I had to seperate them. This was before I knew not to and Walmart for SOME unknown reason has stickers that say it's ok to house them together...The fancy is fine.

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1 year ago
Joni
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@shine. Good morning! He is most likely just fine on his own right?! He will grow very quickly and, for the most part, enjoy eating and going potty... repeat! I think it is the human in us that always try to go in pairs. To this day I ponder my male betta, in one of my tanks, with his mystery snail. He is the friendliest, happiest guy..... but, a buddy simply wont work out. On the other end of the size scale, my blood parrots would wither away if kept alone, is why I have 3..... in case something happens to one of them. Nice tank size for the one to grow and live happily. Their is a goldfish guru on this site..... he will comment on this if he see's the post I am sure! Have a great day!

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1 year ago
Bonnie
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How big is his tank? I housed 4 fancies in a 55, I have been told that wasn't big enough, but they thrived. When we moved to Texas we gave them to neighbors and I have heard they were still well and big.

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1 year ago
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His is a 40 for now...he will eventually be upgraded to a 75-90+ gallon. I believe he is about 3 inches (including tail).

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1 year ago
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Thank you! I think I may keep him alone for now...he seems happy. I will keep an eye out for more advice.

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1 year ago
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That will be good for now. Sounds like you have done your homework on tank size.

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1 year ago
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He is fine by himself! If you are overly concerned, stick a mirror on one side of his tank so he can 'see' another fish. Although goldies are social creatures by nature, they also do perfectly fine by themselves as a single fish.

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1 year ago
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@shine..... you have just heard it from our experts! I love the mirror idea!

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1 year ago
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@jlk Haha.... I love this. I am picturing a 3 inch fish in a 90 gallon tank! This person Shine must be a wonderful change for you! Already planning for the future right?

@shine you have a very lucky Goldfish!

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1 year ago
Bonnie
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I think in the 90 gallon tank, he could have a friend. I love the mirror idea.

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