Just gonna tell ya my story and hopefully you guys can help me over the next few weeks
I recently set up a 25 gallon tank for 2 common goldfish. Originally I had never even thought about fish, but I wanted to get my daughter a pet of some sort. So I went to my pet store and the sold me a small plastic bowl with 2 common goldfish. Making sure to tell me that and more than 2 goldfish in a small bowl is too much! Ha!
Now I'm not gonna lie, I didn't do my research before I bought them, and because the store told me this was perfectly normal, I didn't think anything of it. So after a few days i decided to look up a bit about goldfish online, and as you can understand was a bit upset to see that fish can't live in a bowl! I honestly never even questioned it before. The whole "goldfish in a bowl" sounds normal. How do they get away with selling these tiny bowls?
Anyway, I've got quiet attached to the little guys, so I did a load of research and bought the 25 gallon tank (I know some people say they need more, and I'm not doubting they do, but with the resources I have the best I could do is 25 gallons at the moment). In the future ill hopefully upgrade.
So I set up the tank, have an eheim filter, an eheim jäger heater (I know they don't need a heater but I felt it was best to keep the water at a constant temperature). And I have an eheim 200 air pump connected to 2 air stones.
So I let the whole thing run for 2 days and then this morning I added the fish. I acclimated them by keeping them in a bag of water from the bowl, floated it in the new tank and slowly added little bits of the new tank water over an hour and then released them. I know people do this for ph differences. Was it even nessessary since the ph would have been the same in both the bowl and new tank? ( all came from the same tap). I used seachem prime to treat the water.
So it's now the first night and I tried to feed them, but they wouldn't go near it. It was moving around quite a bit because of the filter and air stones so I shut them off for a few minutes and still nothing. Is this normal in a tank change over? And also, should I be turning the filter off while feeding? I took out all the uneaten food by the way. I have flakes at the moment. Will vary the diet more soon.
Sorry for the wall of text
. Hope ya's can point out some errors on my part so far. Harsh criticism is welcome!
Edit: forgot to ask, is it ok to turn the air pump off at night? The tank is in my room and its a wee bit noisy