Basic info: 29gal tank with 7 goldfish. 1 1/2 - 2 inches long each. Mix of common and comet goldies.
Has a cheap filter, dont know the brand or what not. And has a air stone bubbler.
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHv2O4b3C2Q
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My0QVH1rbc4
5gal tank with 1 male Betta
Only has a heater.
Rodger's Story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgEjkyA8e_o
Purchased a male Betta 3 years ago, recently died a month ago. Got another one, Rodger about 2 weeks ago.
Got my goldfish about 2 months ago. Had 12, 5 died within a week. 7 still thriving and loving life.
All of them seem to have 3 or 4 scales missing. (Or just really white) They have had this sense I got them, is there something wrong? It doesn't seem to bother them. No other symptoms like crashing into rocks or itching. And they do not fight! They are the friendliest fish ever.
I have heard about Cycling. What is that?
I never let my tanks run for days before adding fish. I set it up, add conditioner and put them in about an hour later (after leaving the bag in the water for temp and adding some water to get use to it.)
Should I replace all the water at some point?
My gold fish tank I take out half the water once a week and put new in. Once a month I take out all the water, rinse rocks and add new.. The Betta I take out all water, rinse the rocks and add new water. I do this twice a month.
I am also thinking of getting another Betta, but putting him in a 3gal. Yes? No?
Any advice you got for me would be great.
I'm still learning so please be kind.
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Welcome to the hobby and welcome to our forum. I agree with everything that Alasse said above, except i want to clarify one thing. A 29 gallon tank is big enough for 2-3 comet or common goldfish only temporarily. As she stated, these fish grow up to a foot or more. 29 gallons isn't enough space for a twelve inch fish to even turn around. Eventually they need a nice, big pond. Fantails and other fancy goldfish don't grow quite so big. You could maybe get away with keeping a couple in a 30 gallon, but i think even fantails need at least 55 gallons.