Why I Didn't Get Goldfish Funny

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    Long reason is I had zero knowledge or experience in the hobby when wanting some. We didn't want a large tank and I was about to cut 30 corners just to get goldfish.

    Really it is more of I got lucky at a PetSmart and a staff member overheard mom and I talking about what supplies to get (supplies and setting the aquarium up was step one before the fish). He knew a lot about goldfish including saying the right facts (20 gallon and up rule for a goldfish) he even said we'll need to do 2 water changes a week. We walked out of there feeling like goldfish equal calculus.

    That's why I chose guppies and bettas.
    The reason I wanted fish in the first place was a video I saw from Snake Discovery where they caught some invasive wild goldfish at somewhere. At one point Emily holds a goldfish that blubbed, I was sold to get a pet fish after seeing that blub.
     
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    Not sure why you would do 2 water changes a week, it should be normal water changes when they are small like 33%? When they get a bit bigger you could do like 50 - 66%. Not that much of a difference. If it is fancy you should be able to do like 2 - 3 if not like maybe just one like comets, commons, and etc. It really depends on the type you are getting.
     
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    This was like a few days before getting Iycho the betta (my first fish of the hobby). I had no clue what water changes were for the first 2 months of being an aquarium hobbyist. We only had my very old 1 gallon aquarium that I had 2 goldfish in when I was little. They I believe were calico Ryukins their names were Nemo (for the orange one) and Dorthy (fir the silver one). He said Mollies need a 30 gallon, and Balloon Bellies don't live as long as normal Platies and Mollies.

    He did say Comet goldfish need much more space. I don't have goldfish still but I do have a navy of like 100 guppies, lol.
     
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    I see, I will agree with Balloons do not live as long because of deformities. But, my mollies seem to be fine in a 29 Gallon tank. The only reason they need the bigger tank is because of the mass bioload that the little tanks may not be able to handle.
     
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    I have a 29 gallon too. I've kind of learned about bioload with my guppies and pest snails. I do think 29 gallons would be classified as 30 gallons when we round in to the nearest tens place.

    I surprised I am not getting bashed for listening to a pet store staff for once, lol.
     
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