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Need Help New Here And First Time Fish Owner

Discussion in 'Welcome to FishLore' started by DarionNguyen, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. DarionNguyenNew MemberMember

    Hello guys!
    So I’m darion and I decided to join this forum to get some insight. So basically I’m a first time owner besides being a 5 year old at a fair winning a fish in a game. Long story short I went to my local pet shop not knowing the troubles and care needed for fish mind me I’ve never looked into it before so don’t kill me :( Long story short the guy at the pet shop told me good fish would be the best to get without having a tank setup. Mind you I knew about filters etc but never knew they were necessities, yes I believed just a tank some sink water and you’re good. Now doing further research I know but I’m a bit too late. Long story short he told me goldfish were the go to and that I can use this tank (pics attached) and it would comfortably home 3. Now I know CRAZY RIGHT but I didn’t know that til now. I now have a 10 gallon with filter air pump etc still not good enough for goldfish as I have read you need 20 G for 1. I believe my fish are stressed due to the small living space so I need some advice. Do you guys think I should take them into another local shop and possibly trade them in for another species or even just donate and purchase a better fish for my space, or just give them time to adjust to the n (I can not fit anything more than 10G). I am new to the fish parenting scene but I tell you I’m hooked and I love it already please help me :( :(

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  2. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

  3. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Well, I'm assuming you can't get a ~55 gallon tank to hold all three of them right now so yes, the best thing you can do is take them back. Though right now since they're so small I don't think they're cramped, I was in the same place as you once but with 4 common goldfish in a 10g. They held out for a year until the innevetable happened.
    Can you also read this for me: Nitrogen Cycle
    I'd start by changing out 5 gallons of water a day and using Seachem prime, dosing the whole tank with it

  4. DarionNguyenNew MemberMember

    So you’re saying pour the whole bottle of conditioner while doing water changes? And I read the article and watched the video
  5. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    For the conditioner its only a couple drops to treat the whole tank .
  6. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Not exactly, just dose for 10 gallons every water change. What water conditioner do you have at the moment? If it's not prime I would highly recommend going to get a bottle of it as soon as you can, that and a way to test for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates
  7. DarionNguyenNew MemberMember

    Yes tomorrow morning I will get the whole test kit I have 2 kinds of conditioner but not prime
  8. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Way to act fast in this, lots of people wait a few days and things get worse. You've already got a check in my book.
    Do you know what kind of conditioners you have or the names of them?
  9. DarionNguyenNew MemberMember

    I have NovAqua and Aqueon
  10. DarionNguyenNew MemberMember

    UPDATE just purchased Prime Conditioner and Stabilizer a gravel vac and master test kit gonna do water change and all that in a hour
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  12. DarionNguyenNew MemberMember