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Old 08-04-2013, 11:15 PM   #1
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New here and I need serious help!!!

So it's that time of year again, and stupidly I let my oldest daughter play the goldfish game at the fair. She won 1 and the girl decided that because I bought the tiny $5 container that she would give us all of the fish in that container. Now I have 8 goldfish. I can't get a tank until at least Tuesday.
I am not new to fish but I haven't had them in 12years when I had to give up my tanks when I moved. I have a small house and very small budget. I found a 37 gallon starter tank on sale at petsmart and with a few extra tweaks, I figure I can have a decent set up for around $250.00
Here is the problem the fish are here 2 in the ultra mini tank that is better suited to a betta and the other 6 in a large mixing bowl. I am doing daily water changes and sometimes more than that. I need to get these fish in to the tank asap once I get it set up. I don't have time to cycle it. I know I am going to hear that I need more tank for them but I have no more room, no more space, and no more money for anything bigger. So how do I cycle this thing fast with goldfish in it?
I was hoping that a few would die I know that sounds bad. But they all seem very healthy and I can't not take care of them to the best of my ablities. Dang 8 goldfish... Couldn't have found a dirtier fish if I tried.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:21 PM   #2
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Sounds like your in a real pickle! I would rehome them or sell them to petsmart, depending on what type of goldfish they are, three can barely make it in a 37 gallon with heavenly water changes, you need a 90 gallon for 8 fancies and 500+ if they are commons/ commets
Add tetra safe start, it cycled my tank in a week
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #3
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LOL I was starting to think about an oscar! They are common feeder fish and my kids have them all named or I would have no problem giving them up. I haven't had goldfish since I was a kid myself other than as feeders for my oscars!
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I am assuming OP doesn't want to just give them away because the daughter will be upset.

At this point though it may be better to rehome. They usually always give away commons. Maybe try to give them away on here if you know how to ship fish, or give them to LFS. At least most of them. Keep a couple at most but they will eventually outgrow the tank.
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petco has a $1 a gal sale running till the end of aug

20 gal tank $20. and so on
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petco has a $1 a gal sale running till the end of aug

20 gal tank $20. and so on
I literally just looking that up 10sec ago!!
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:59 AM   #7
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The only one I can seem to find is from April. Do you remember what the URL was for that one?
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I was at a store on sat was told sale ends last weekend in aug
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I will rework my numbers and see what I can come up with!
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:14 AM   #10
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in the mean time go buy a small kiddie pool fill it up and put declorinator in it let it set over night.
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