Do Goldfish Get Lonely

  1. s

    sylvie New Member Member

    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,
    Sylvie
     
  2. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    They like companionship but all depends on the size of your tank. Need at least a 30 or 40G.
     
  3. david1978

    david1978 Fishlore VIP Member

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


  4. ραмєℓα

    ραмєℓα New Member Member

    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. OP
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    sylvie New Member Member

    Thanks guys! I have a 40 gallon and only the one fish. How long should I wait to get another?
     
  6. Dch48

    Dch48 Well Known Member Member

    Probably no need to wait
     
  7. ραмєℓα

    ραмєℓα New Member Member

    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. OP
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    sylvie New Member Member

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

    ραмєℓα New Member Member

    I dont think u need to wait thou..
     
  10. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    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!