5 gallon tank with 1 goldfish?
I have a new fish tank and I'm choosing what fish I'll buy. I like the goldfish. Is it ok a 5 gallon tank for one goldfish alone?
Ok, thanks for the info. So, what variety can I put in a 5 gallon tank?
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Goldfish grow way too big for a 5gal. Plan on 20 to 50 gal for one, depending on the breed.
A betta is a better choice for a 5gal tank.
There are a few other options, but they are not very common, and usually need a higher level of care than a betaa can survive with.
You can look around and probably probably find an Orange betta? Their max size is less than 2", while you can expect a goldfish to reach 6 to 12" with good care. So although you buy them at about the same size, the betta will be almost fully grown, and the goldfish will only be a baby.
- SibylLv 79 years ago
No. A 5 gallon tank with even a single goldfish would be considered very overstocked. Consider that their minimum tank size is 20 gallons (for a single fancy goldfish), and a 5 gallon is a 4th of this size. Fancy goldfish grow 6-8 inches and produce a lot of waste- a 5 gallon simply cannot support one.
A 5 gallon with a gentle filter and an aquarium heater is great for a single betta. They come in many varieties including veiltail, crowntail, halfmoon, delta, and dragonscale.
A betta is the only fish I would recommend to a 5 gallon.
- 9 years ago
I don't think there is a gold fish that will stay small enough for a 5 gallon tank. Besides them out growing it goldfish are extremely dirty fish. They foul the water up pretty quickly. Might I sugest getting a Betta instead? they fit well in that size tank.Source(s): Have a Betta, my cousin kept goldfish in a pond.
- AhsLv 49 years ago
They can grow huge and require 30 gallons at full size.
5 gallons would be a temporary tank.
A fish that can live in a 5 gallon is a betta fish. They are happiest with at least 5 gallons.Source(s): I have a betta in a 10 gallon tank. She is very active and happy :)
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- Gary CLv 79 years ago
A pair of guppies could live in a 5-gallon tank.
Or a couple of pairs of Least Livebearers, Heterandria formosa.
Or one Betta.
Or one or two of one of the small species of killifish.
One goldfish needs at least a 30-gallon tank.
- Anonymous9 years ago
i would choose a telescope/bubble eye goldfish for about 2 months then upgrade two a 10 gallonSource(s): i have a telescope eye in a 5 gal. and he lived three months now he has a mate in a 10 gal. and they lived 4 years
- ?Lv 69 years ago
No. Fancy goldfish need a minimum of 30gallons and a common/comet needs a minimum of 75gallons. They also need double filtration.
- Anonymous9 years ago
A betta thats about it.