Do Goldfish Get Lonely

Discussion in 'Goldfish' started by sylvie, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. sylvieNew MemberMember

    My first ever and very favorite goldfish died a few weeks ago (on my birthday ). I had nursed her back to health from losing her eye, and though I've had other fish she's always been my favorite because she was truly a survivor. I didn't know if I was going to get another fish, but I just bought a new red and white oranda from LFS. I haven't got any pictures yet, but I'll post some when (s)he ( name tbd: either Karl, Franz, or Ruth. You can let me know which you like best) gets settled in.
    Anyways, since Sylvia lived alone because of her injury, I was just wondering if, now that I have a non-handicapped fish I need to get a second fish. If they are social I would get another one to keep the new fish company, but if they aren't I'll just keep one so that (s)he can have the best water quality (s)he can.
    Thanks for your help,

  2. GoldiemomWell Known MemberMember

    They like companionship but all depends on the size of your tank. Need at least a 30 or 40G.
  3. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    Goldfish are thought to be social so yes its recommended more than one.
  4. ραмєℓαNew MemberMember

    Goldfish like to be in groups. But they require lots of space. Perhaps 4 feet long and a vol of at least 30 gal for common goldfish. For fancy ones, 3 feet long and 20 gals.
  5. sylvieNew MemberMember

    Thanks guys! I have a 40 gallon and only the one fish. How long should I wait to get another?
  6. Dch48Well Known MemberMember

    Probably no need to wait
  7. ραмєℓαNew MemberMember

    Just need to let the bag sit in the tank for abt 15 mins then net the fish in. The store water might be contaminated so dont add it in. Your fish shld be doing fine. :)
  8. sylvieNew MemberMember

    Oh, I know that. I was just wondering how much longer I should wait before purchasing a companion for this fish
  9. ραмєℓαNew MemberMember

    I dont think u need to wait thou..
  10. GoldiemomWell Known MemberMember

    Common goldfish actually need 100g or a pond.

    Be sure to quarantine your second one for at least 2 weeks before adding to main tank with this one.

    Quarantine 2 weeks before adding with your first fish!
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 20, 2018

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