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Old 04-11-2014, 11:52 AM   #11
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Re: A good first fish?

I second the advice to avoid goldfish. Not because I dislike them, but because I do like them. I actually and had to learn the hard way how much space they really need to thrive, proper filtration, water changes, etc. There are some beautiful fancy varieties, but goldfish in general would not be the best choice if you're going for an easy beginner fish!


ETA: I also second (and third! ) the advice to pick up some water conditioner like "Prime" if you're on city water.

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Old 04-17-2014, 04:50 AM   #12
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I love goldfish and has my own at home.
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Hands down..goldfish ..Elmo's pet


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A Molly is also super easy fish to take care of and they come in lots of different colours so you can get a few different ones.
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Re: A good first fish?

I was thinking about a Goldfish too. Never had one, but it's always a good time to start. Ay good documentation before taking a Goldfish?
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Re: A good first fish?

Bettas are the least maintenance but goldfish are very hearty too
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:35 PM   #18
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betas are very low maintenance fish. If you buy one gold fish is not so hard, is when you start putting several together that COULD be a problem. Goldfish poop a lot. Which puts a lot of ammonia into the water. The more fish you have, the more maintenance it needs. I had one Goldfish for a long time. he was such a happy fish. Later on we decided to buy more gold fish since someone gave us a 50 gal tank. I had to change a % of the water at the right temperature every other day or so. but because there were about 10 different gold fish their environment got all screwed up and they started dying. We had one of those sucking fish... plecostomus that was supposed to help the filtration system and clean the tank... but i think the poop was just too much for him. He didn't keep up. at the end we were able to save about 2 of them. my beloved first goldfish was the first one to die anyway. goldfish are beautiful though. they just need maintenance
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A betta, for sure. They require so little work, don't need a lot of space, and are hard to kill.
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Betts. Ours is still going strong after almost two years! BUT, I would advise you to get a ten gallon tank, with a filter and heat source. Pour filter was inexpensive, maybe $20? And it keeps the water super clean. I change the little filters inside monthly (6 filters for $20) and only have to change the tank water every six months. Super low maintenance. Easier than changing the bowl every week.
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