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Hey all I'm back to posting! I had a rough few months so posting on here wasn't a big deal- I have been lurking though. Anyways I downstocked my 55G tank to just my one goldfish (I believe he's an Oranda). My plan is to get another goldfish friend for him- however I've read conflicting info on how many will fit. I'd like to do 3 in the 55 but I've read some places say 60 is the minimum. Would this be do-able? I already do large water changes twice a week. My plan was to do the oranda, a black moor, and some type of calico.

Parameters now are 0,0,20 I have a heater and two filters running on it.
 

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I think it would be best to just have 2 goldfish in the tank. Three may be pushing it, bioload wise.
 

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I just realized your said your tank is heated. What is it heated to? Goldfish do not need a heated tank and do best in waters 60-75°F
 
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I am aware they don't need a heater- it's set to 70 I just don't want the temp to change too much of my AC is on or anything- and this used to be a tropical tank and it will probably be again one day . It's just there as a precaution lol. Also I meant to write what kind of filters I have
Tetra whisper 30-60g and Topfin 75G.
Do you think having two goldfish will be enough "friends" for them? I read they like to have other goldfish with them.
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This is the guy I have now
 
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No need to apologize!
Any food recommendations for goldfish? It has to be cost effective also. Currently I have regular flakes and sinking shrimp pellets.
 

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Oh yea!
I would recommend frozen brine shrimp and frozen bloodworms, as well as sinking pellets like Omega One Goldfish pellets in the small size. Repashy Soilent Green Gel food can be pricey upfront, but even the small bottle lasts forever! Goldfish like flakes, but if the flakes float they can cause swim bladder issues when the goldfish eats them at the surface. My goldfish enjoyed flakes too, but I couldn't find a way to make them sink without the flakes polluting his tank water, so I feed sinking pellets instead. Really it's up to you!
Edit: What brand are your shrimp pellets? They sound awesome and I'd love to get some for my goldfish. And your goldfish is too cute!
 
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Yeah I'm really trying to switch from flakes because of the swim bladder stuff. I have some dried bloodworms that I give sometimes as treats but they're also floating. I think I'll see if my lps has the omega one pellets though.
 

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I know Petcos carry Omega One, if that helps.
Flakes and dried bloodworms are fine as long as they're soaked in tank water until they sink.
 
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Yeah petco and pets mart are the closest stores to me- I'll check out the food selection when I have time to go get a friend for my current fish
 

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Awesome! What brand are your shrimp pellets? I'd love to pick some up for my fish!
 

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Justkeepswimming01 said:
I am aware they don't need a heater- it's set to 70 I just don't want the temp to change too much of my AC is on or anything- and this used to be a tropical tank and it will probably be again one day . It's just there as a precaution lol. Also I meant to write what kind of filters I have
Tetra whisper 30-60g and Topfin 75G.
Do you think having two goldfish will be enough "friends" for them? I read they like to have other goldfish with them.
147db9712472f08195f421b520d86d26.jpg
33fdb4e95eeb88bec82f886dd5faa8a7.jpg

This is the guy I have now
Awe..maybe I should setup a goldfish aquarium... Your's is super cute.
 
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They're wardley shrimp pellets I used to feed them to my corydoras- not sure if they're meant for goldfish but as they're what I have now they'll do lol
 

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+1 on the Repashy Soilent Green. Seems pricey, but is the best food for fish with such distorted bodies and common swim bladder issues. You can order it from DandyOrandas.com, I also recommend checking out their goldfish when looking for a friend for your oranda!
 
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I've thought about ordering fish online and even looked into it I simply can't afford how much it ends up being lol. I do love to "window" shop though!
 

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