Goldfish kept alone?

(5 Posts)
goodasitgets Sun 06-Apr-14 17:23:34

I have a 60l biorb (I know, I know)
2 goldfish in it just normal ones not fancy. They're probably 9 years old now, one is going very silver in colour. If one dies, will the other one be ok alone?

EauRouge Sun 06-Apr-14 19:22:59

I wouldn't add another, goldfish are lower in quality than they used to be so a 60 litre biorb isn't an ideal home for them. Goldfish do like company but you'll do grin They are fine kept alone really. Are they fancy or regular goldfish? If fancy then they probably only have a few years left anyway.

goodasitgets Sun 06-Apr-14 19:27:44

Regular goldfish. The biorb was mis sold so I did have fancy but they died after about 6 years
So just two regular ones. They seem quite happy, just worried if one shuffles off to heaven!!!

EauRouge Sun 06-Apr-14 19:36:33

Nah, he'll be OK on his own. Biorbs aren't great for goldfish and then you've got the added issue of quarantine- you are meant to quarantine new fish for 4 weeks before adding them to existing stock. Realistically, a lot of people don't do this. New fish can easily introduce pathogens to an existing tank and with an elderly goldfish you don't want to risk that.

I'd just wait and maybe get a heater and some neons for the biorb if you want to keep it after the goldfish have gone to the big pond in the sky.

goodasitgets Sun 06-Apr-14 19:39:01

Makes sense smile
Yes would probably keep it after fish have gone

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