Your pet goldfish should NEVER come out of a feeder tank.
After the cost of medications and a tank large enough for them to grow, your cheap fish ends up costing an arm and a leg! If you really want a common or comet goldfish, don't buy one housed in crowded conditions.
It can be hard to find a reliable source for quality goldfish.
Starting off with a sick fish (even if it’s not a feeder) from the get-go doesn’t usually end happily, especially for beginners.
Here’s the kicker:
Nearly all pet store goldfish are already sick or are on the verge of sickness.
The pet stores can’t afford to quarantine each shipment of fish for weeks and treat them for the host of diseases they are carrying before offering them for sale. All they can do is ship ’em in and ship ’em out.
They may look good now, but they have been passed through many stations and very stressed by the time they’ve arrived at their final destination. By the time they get home, they’re all but spent.
That’s why it’s so common to hear,
“My goldfish are ALWAYS DYING!”
What do you do if you just bought a pet store goldfish?
You are going to need to treat your new fish for disease yourself.
And if you already have fish, you are going to need a separate tank to do this in so your new fish doesn’t contaminate the others.
Salt (for most parasites) is a good starting point
Dose the whole tank at .3% salinity – 1 tsp salt per gallon.
Expect the quarantine time to last 4 weeks.
Goldfish have a bad reputation for being short lived because people don’t quarantine.
And sometimes, even if you do quarantine, the fish is just too worn out to make it.
Now in reality, a healthy, quality fish can live decades.
But you have to start out with one.
Most people think that pet stores are their only option, so that’s where they buy their fish.
Actually, buying directly from a professional goldfish supplier online is easy and you don’t even have to go anywhere – plus the fish will be in far better condition than those at the crowded pet store.
Best of all, your fish may already have been quarantined and will be far less stressed.
Always start off with a healthy fish, if you have the choice. You won’t regret it.
Listen, I get that those chain store cheap prices can look pretty appealing.
You may pay more for one high-quality goldfish initially…
… But you save your money big time by not buying cheap goldfish after cheap goldfish. Not to mention the cost of medicating your sick fish. (It adds up!)
Now that you’ve got your beautiful new goldfish, here’s how you introduce him, her or them into the tank.
Float the bag in the water for 30 to 60 minutes to acclimate the temperature.
Open the bag. Please DON’T dump the yucky water from the bag into the tank.
Using clean hands, gently scoop up the fish and transfer it into the aquarium.
There you go!
It’s common for new fish to hide at the bottom for a bit as they adjust to their new surroundings.
They might just be a little skittish for a time. But they’ll perk up after a bit.