You probably already know how short-lived a goldfish is if it’s kept in one fishbowl. Although you may have seen many fish in one small aquarium at your local pet shop or home, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best environment. Although a 45-litre (10 gallon), tank may seem large enough to house more goldfish than it actually is, the best environment for fish health is one per 45 litre (10 gal) of water.
Debunked is the gallon-per-fish rule
All kinds of goldfish are allowed to be outdoors, in a pond. Their lifespan can extend to over 30 years. They can reach 30cm (1 foot) in height. Common belief is that a fish grows as big as the environment can allow. This myth is completely false. Goldfish that are kept in fishbowls will grow unrestricted, but will die much sooner than expected.
- The outdoor life of a goldfish is ideal for fantails or fancy-fancy fish.
- The growth of a goldfish in a fishbowl is not restricted. It will simply die before it’s time.
They are messy fish
The waste that goldfish produce is quite large. Too many fish can cause water to cloudy and lead to illness or poisoning. The same applies to the one goldfish in a goldfish box.
Too many are bad
The oxygen supply to goldfish is very limited. The oxygen supply will be depleted if there are too many fish. This can lead to stressed goldfish and ultimately death. Goldfish require surface oxygen. Each fish needs approximately 0.28 m (1 sq. ft.) of area for every 2.5 cm (inch).
It might be hard to imagine one fish in a 45 litre (or 10 gallon) tank. Once they are comfortable with their caregiver, goldfish will eat out of a person’s hand. If you have more than one fish, you’ll need to get a larger tank or a man-made or natural pond.
Pet shops and aquariums are not in business to keep goldfish for pets. You may see multiple goldfish in one tank. You should be careful when purchasing a goldfish. It is important to make sure that your tank water is safe and that you fish are healthy. The fish shouldn’t become lethargic and/or breathe too quickly; these are indicators that the oxygen level is low, which can lead to stress. You should ensure that your fins, tail, and body are in good shape. The slime coating that protects goldfish from infection is called a “protective slime” and is removed when the fish is eaten.
Aquariums and pet shops don’t keep fish as pets. So you might see many fish in one tank.
- You should not let them be lethargic, or they will be breathing very fast. These are indicators that there is less oxygen in the water and the fish may be stress.