I’ve had a lot of success with feeder fantail goldfish believe it or not. I usually pick 3, a white with bright gold, a calico then whichever catches my eye for fun, gives a fun variety for everyone’s tastes. When I get my little guys they are .04 to .19 centcs each, bargain prices. I keep them in a quarantine pail for 3 days to watch for stress and disease then I put them in my tank. There usually 1/2 to 3/4 inch at most and grow up to 5 inches in a few years. The oldest Goldie I had we named Fred, he was 19 years old when I sold him (too big for any of my tanks)
I have purchased the big speedy goldfish but they usually don’t last mor hen s year or two, not sure if stress or something else. The smaller 5e fish the l9nger it seems to live as it adapts well to its environment.
Not sure if the filter made the tank heat up, any chance it was a heater malfunction? I have fried a twnkmor two over the years, not enough ester on the Hester snd they mslfuncti9ned. Hard lesson learned. Also your fish may not have died from dise@se but stress heat, like others said, keep your filter, but try deactivating the charcoal (if applicable by shaking it hard then rinsing it thoroughly, this gets all the junk out and keeps the established bacteria started and you won’t hsvr to cycle for several days first.
Also reuse your rock, just rinse it.... never use soap. Are you running an undergravel,or top filter? If undergravel snd it’s dirty best to break down the tank without dumping all the water - save a few gallons to start up the new tank. Instead of the usual blueish white water for 2 days it should look clear within 24 hours and be safe on day 3 for plants and fish.
· 6 months ago