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Aquarium Supplies Part 2 -- My First Experience With Goldfish


If you are seriously considering keeping fish as pets or are just starting out, I would like to stress again the importance of having some basic knowledge about aquariums and fish keeping in order to enjoy the hobby for a significant length of time and to avoid frustrations and disappointments.

In the first article I illustrated this by sharing my own childhood experience with bettas, and now I shall share my experience with goldfish.

While I still had my bettas I also wanted to keep some goldfish since I also found them attractive and interesting. My mom was reluctant to buy me some since I already had the bettas but she finally gave in and bought me a pair of "telescope" goldfish.

At the time I didn't have a real aquarium yet so we put the goldfish in a large jar (about 1 gallon). One of our neighbors told us that goldfish wouldn't tolerate chlorine and therefore, we should not use tap water. They happened to have a well and offered to let us use the water for my goldfish.

I soon noticed that the fish were constantly gasping for air at the surface. They also refused to eat. After a couple of days the water started to become cloudy, so I changed it totally. However, the fish still refused to eat and continued to gasp for air. Not long after that they became lethargic and eventually died.

My mom said probably "telescope" goldfish just weren't hardy enough and not easy to keep. However, I had not given up on goldfish yet, so I asked if I could try to keep other kinds and hopefully would have better luck. My parents eventually consented but my dad suggested that I get a real aquarium instead of putting the fish in a jar. You can imagine how elated I was that finally I was going to have a real aquarium.

So we went out and bought a 10 gallon aquarium and a few goldfish at the same time. I believe we bought 4 fish: a couple of medium sized "comets" and a pair of "pearl scales." We didn't buy them at a store, though. It was more like a wholesale type of place where there were plenty of different sellers selling their aquariums and fish. Again, at the time neither my mom nor I knew much about fish keeping. So we didn't buy any supplies for the aquarium. Just the tank and fish. That was it!

When we got home I filled up the aquarium with untreated tap water and immediately put the fish in. I was so excited to see the goldfish swim around in the tank, but that didn't last long. In a few hours the fish were no longer lively. They sort of stayed at the bottom and didn't move very much.

When my dad saw them he said they probably lacked oxygen and suggested that we go out and buy an air pump to aerate the tank. I had only seen aerated aquariums in places like public aquariums and fancy restaurants and thought that an air pump had to be very expensive, but my dad said it would be OK.

So my mom and I went to a fish store to look for an air pump. Besides the pump we also needed something to hook the plastic tube on to and hold it in place. We chose to get a frog ornament for that purpose (the air would come out of the frog's mouth). All the stuff didn't really cost too much.

As soon as we got home we hooked everything up and air started flowing into the aquarium. Like magic, within a couple of minutes the fish started to "wake up" and finally became lively again. My dad said, "I told you so!"

The air pump was about the only supply we bought for the aquarium. Having beautiful and lively goldfish in my very own aquarium was good enough for me. I loved them so much that I also fed them too much. I was happy to watch them eat. As you can imagine though, the water got dirty very quickly that I had to change it every day.

One day a friend of ours told us that we shouldn't be changing the water daily since it wouldn't be good for the fish. Also, in the mean time I had read somewhere that if you wanted to use tap water you should set it aside for a few days to get rid of the chlorine. Therefore, I set aside a bucket of water and changed 3/4 of the water about every 3 days.

I was able to enjoy the goldfish for a few months before one of them got sick and died and the others followed soon after. I was extremely sad and because of that my dad told me I couldn't buy any more fish. So, after all my fish died my hobby came to a sad end. Well, at least for a while.

Again, there is a take-home lesson here: if you're serious about having your own aquarium, there's some basic knowledge you need to possess before you even buy the aquarium and fish. You don't have to know everything there is to know about the hobby, but at least for the sake of the fish, you should understand a few things (such as how many fish you can have in a tank, how much to feed them, what kinds of aquarium supplies to have, and what kinds of maintenance you need to perform, just to name a few) that are crucial to their well being.

If you're an expert you most likely picked up on the things I did wrong in the story I shared above. If you're a beginner or just thinking about getting started with this hobby, I invite you to visit my web site (see below) to learn more.

About the author:

Jonathan Wangsa is the webmaster of All About Aquarium Supplies. There you can find resources and information about aquarium supplies and other aquarium related topics. Whether you're an expert or a newbie, you can also share your own experiences.

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DR. ROBERT WALLACE: Use a carrier to safely travel with pets  Goshen News

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PETS & COVID: Tyler veterinarian recommends social distancing from pets if you're sick  CBS19.tv KYTX

OMC Group Launches Tradable Blockchain Game Omni Pets - PRNewswire
OMC Group Launches Tradable Blockchain Game Omni Pets  PRNewswire

Pets and playthings … | Other Opinions - Aitkin Independent Age
Pets and playthings … | Other Opinions  Aitkin Independent Age

Pet Owners Bonding With Their Dogs, Cats During Pandemic - NBC New York
Pet Owners Bonding With Their Dogs, Cats During Pandemic  NBC New York

These adoptable pets will warm your heart: Aug. 8-9 - SILive.com
These adoptable pets will warm your heart: Aug. 8-9  SILive.com

Pets, Pets, Pets - Babylon Beacon
Pets, Pets, Pets  Babylon Beacon

Pets of the Week - Valley News
Pets of the Week  Valley News

Pets of the Week: Sophie, Hanselina, Cloud and Olivia are ready for adoption - Long Beach Press Telegram
Pets of the Week: Sophie, Hanselina, Cloud and Olivia are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

VIVA Pet of the Week: Molly - Lompoc Record
VIVA Pet of the Week: Molly  Lompoc Record

Lakeway artist draws attention to adoptable pets — literally - KXAN.com
Lakeway artist draws attention to adoptable pets — literally  KXAN.com

Long-Term Signal Says PETS Could Run Higher - Forbes
Long-Term Signal Says PETS Could Run Higher  Forbes

In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets - CNN
In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets  CNN

‘Raise a Pint for Pets’ to help raise money for local animal shelters - fox2now.com
‘Raise a Pint for Pets’ to help raise money for local animal shelters  fox2now.com

COLD NOSES: Adoptable Pets of the Week - The Florida Times-Union
COLD NOSES: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

Pet Tales: Land donated to end flood threat at Orphans of the Storm shelter - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Land donated to end flood threat at Orphans of the Storm shelter  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues - Psychology Today
The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues  Psychology Today

Pets of the week: Swiss and Bean are the missing ingredients in your life - Bucks County Courier Times
Pets of the week: Swiss and Bean are the missing ingredients in your life  Bucks County Courier Times

Good Day Pets – Meet Karen! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Karen!  KCAU 9

Meet our pets of the week: Two dogs and a horse - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: Two dogs and a horse  STLtoday.com

Adoptable pets for August 7-13 - Knoxville News Sentinel
Adoptable pets for August 7-13  Knoxville News Sentinel

Puppy euthanized in Omaha after apparently getting rabies from bat - Lincoln Journal Star
Puppy euthanized in Omaha after apparently getting rabies from bat  Lincoln Journal Star

Pets of the week: Chance, Smudge ready for a summer staycation in their new homes - Burlington County Times
Pets of the week: Chance, Smudge ready for a summer staycation in their new homes  Burlington County Times

Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August - KTRK-TV
Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August  KTRK-TV

Craven-Pamlico pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Craven-Pamlico pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

‘Showering pets with love.’ Sacramento-area animal adoptions, toy sales surge during pandemic - Sacramento Bee
‘Showering pets with love.’ Sacramento-area animal adoptions, toy sales surge during pandemic  Sacramento Bee

Summertime safety for your pet - MSUToday
Summertime safety for your pet  MSUToday

Pets at risk for COVID-19 - KSLA
Pets at risk for COVID-19  KSLA

A Paws for Pets : The trouble with Charley - York News-Times
A Paws for Pets : The trouble with Charley  York News-Times

Clear The Shelters: Keeping Your Pets Out of Hot Cars - NBC 6 South Florida
Clear The Shelters: Keeping Your Pets Out of Hot Cars  NBC 6 South Florida

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Suey - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Suey  KCBD

Pets can get nails trimmed, microchips at FurEver Home drive-thru event - Fremont Tribune
Pets can get nails trimmed, microchips at FurEver Home drive-thru event  Fremont Tribune

Pets and COVID-19: Some experts recommending social distancing from pets when sick - CBS19.tv KYTX
Pets and COVID-19: Some experts recommending social distancing from pets when sick  CBS19.tv KYTX

Pets Lifeline's new facility taking shape - Sonoma Index-Tribune
Pets Lifeline's new facility taking shape  Sonoma Index-Tribune

Nearly 1 in 4 California pet owners fear separation anxiety when they return to work, survey reveals - Valley News
Nearly 1 in 4 California pet owners fear separation anxiety when they return to work, survey reveals  Valley News

Found Dog, Black & White French Bulldog/Chihuahua in Southern Pines - Southern Pines Pilot
Found Dog, Black & White French Bulldog/Chihuahua in Southern Pines  Southern Pines Pilot

Happy Hounds and Healthy Pets - Flathead Beacon
Happy Hounds and Healthy Pets  Flathead Beacon

Lost Cat, Large Grey Tabby in Aberdeen | Pets | thepilot.com - Southern Pines Pilot
Lost Cat, Large Grey Tabby in Aberdeen | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

Laurens Co. Animal Control to use FindingRover.com to help reunite lost pets with their family - WSPA 7News
Laurens Co. Animal Control to use FindingRover.com to help reunite lost pets with their family  WSPA 7News

25 Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Their New Families - Cincinnati CityBeat
25 Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Their New Families  Cincinnati CityBeat

FUREVER HOMES: Pets of the Week | News | thecourierexpress.com - The Courier-Express
FUREVER HOMES: Pets of the Week | News | thecourierexpress.com  The Courier-Express

Rancho Santa Margarita Pets, This Clinics For You - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Patch
Rancho Santa Margarita Pets, This Clinics For You  Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Patch

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Farnand: Please pick up after your pets  Your Valley

Clear the Shelters: Senior pets make wonderful companions - KTVZ
Clear the Shelters: Senior pets make wonderful companions  KTVZ

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Popular ringworm treatment for Canadian pets unavailable  VIN News Service

Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com - Antelope Valley Press
Shelter Pets | Valley Life | avpress.com  Antelope Valley Press

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Caring For Your Pets With Bluebonnet Animal Hospital And Bluebonnet Riverside Vet  KXAN.com

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3 Hot Pet Stocks to Buy in August  Motley Fool

How to help pets dealing with anxiety - WWLP.com
How to help pets dealing with anxiety  WWLP.com

Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector - Nature.com
Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector  Nature.com

Can your pet transmit COVID-19? - WGME
Can your pet transmit COVID-19?  WGME

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4 Things To Protect Your Pet Against in Fort Collins [PICS]  New Country 99.1

Featured Pets 8/7/2020 - KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com
Featured Pets 8/7/2020  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

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San Antonio Pets Alive! places two dogs up for adoption after owner dies of COVID-19 complications  KSAT San Antonio

Child- and pet-proofing your home - Lynchburg News and Advance
Child- and pet-proofing your home  Lynchburg News and Advance

Pet adoptions on the rise, boosting product sales - Supermarket News
Pet adoptions on the rise, boosting product sales  Supermarket News

Pets of the week: A couple of cute kittens are looking for homes - MLive.com
Pets of the week: A couple of cute kittens are looking for homes  MLive.com

Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.' - National Geographic
Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.'  National Geographic

Mabinogi's Latest P.E.T. Update with New Dungeons and Bosses - Business Wire
Mabinogi's Latest P.E.T. Update with New Dungeons and Bosses  Business Wire

Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes - ArmyTimes.com
Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes  ArmyTimes.com

New Broad Spectrum Elixir CBD Oil Offers Relief to Pets and Owners Alike - PRNewswire
New Broad Spectrum Elixir CBD Oil Offers Relief to Pets and Owners Alike  PRNewswire

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0809 Chronicle week in review: Pets rescued from house fire, woman throws TV, 'Word of Mouth' prompts goodwill -- and it's time to pay your electric bill  Citrus County Chronicle

Carson City Humane Society's Pets of the Week: Sir Newton, Lord Leonard, and Lord Rock of Rochester - Carson Now
Carson City Humane Society's Pets of the Week: Sir Newton, Lord Leonard, and Lord Rock of Rochester  Carson Now

[Photos] August 2020 Pets | Pet of the Week - thepress.net
[Photos] August 2020 Pets | Pet of the Week  thepress.net

Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend - washingtoncountyinsider.com
Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend  washingtoncountyinsider.com

Colonial Capital pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

PET OF THE WEEK, AUG. 6, 2020: MEET JOSIE - wvua23.com
PET OF THE WEEK, AUG. 6, 2020: MEET JOSIE  wvua23.com

These steps will keep your pet safe if a hurricane hits where you live - KSAT San Antonio
These steps will keep your pet safe if a hurricane hits where you live  KSAT San Antonio

Experts Say, Please Don't Put Hand Sanitizer on Your Pets Paws - wobm.com
Experts Say, Please Don't Put Hand Sanitizer on Your Pets Paws  wobm.com

Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats - Tampa Bay Times
Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats  Tampa Bay Times

The Benefits of Making Pet Fostering a Part of Your Life - NBC10 Boston
The Benefits of Making Pet Fostering a Part of Your Life  NBC10 Boston

Red Paw, Philly's emergency response team for pets, shutting down - WPVI-TV
Red Paw, Philly's emergency response team for pets, shutting down  WPVI-TV

‘Pet me not’: Cat ‘says’ to its hooman. Watch hilarious video - Hindustan Times
‘Pet me not’: Cat ‘says’ to its hooman. Watch hilarious video  Hindustan Times

FIDUS Pet Concierge Expands to Add Another Luxury Apartment Community in San Diego, Casa Mira View, as Part of Growing Pet Care Family - PRNewswire
FIDUS Pet Concierge Expands to Add Another Luxury Apartment Community in San Diego, Casa Mira View, as Part of Growing Pet Care Family  PRNewswire

App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets - Bay News 9
App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets  Bay News 9

Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food - The Bark
Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food  The Bark

Tampa Bay area pets are in need of homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets are in need of homes  Tampa Bay Times

Pet of the Week: Meet Rick & Morty! - WWLP.com
Pet of the Week: Meet Rick & Morty!  WWLP.com

Pet Owners Warned Of Potentially Lethal Algae At Austin Waterways - Downtown Austin, TX Patch
Pet Owners Warned Of Potentially Lethal Algae At Austin Waterways  Downtown Austin, TX Patch

Woman trying to save pets rescued from burning home in New Castle - TribLIVE
Woman trying to save pets rescued from burning home in New Castle  TribLIVE

Pet of the Week and Animal Shelter Society Board Update - WHIZ
Pet of the Week and Animal Shelter Society Board Update  WHIZ

Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today - AgriLife Today
COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today  AgriLife Today

Pet Safety During Monsoon Season - Signals AZ
Pet Safety During Monsoon Season  Signals AZ

Pet stores in Kitsap can no longer sell animals from large-scale commercial breeders - Kitsap Sun
Pet stores in Kitsap can no longer sell animals from large-scale commercial breeders  Kitsap Sun

New Houston pet adoption event helps you find a furry friend for free - CultureMap Houston
New Houston pet adoption event helps you find a furry friend for free  CultureMap Houston

The People, Pets & Vets family extends to the Golden State - WFMZ Allentown
The People, Pets & Vets family extends to the Golden State  WFMZ Allentown

Clear the Shelters 2020: What to know before adopting a new pet - WKYC.com
Clear the Shelters 2020: What to know before adopting a new pet  WKYC.com

Purina Presents: Meet Shooter McGavin in Pet of the Week - KNWA
Purina Presents: Meet Shooter McGavin in Pet of the Week  KNWA

Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners - NPR
Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners  NPR

Pets - Anti Aging News
Pets  Anti Aging News

Clear the Shelters 2020: How you can help pets find their forever home - WKYC.com
Clear the Shelters 2020: How you can help pets find their forever home  WKYC.com

Fresno is the worst city in the U.S. to own a pet, new survey says. Here’s why - Fresno Bee
Fresno is the worst city in the U.S. to own a pet, new survey says. Here’s why  Fresno Bee

UPDATED: Vancouver dropping charges against pet groomer who opened in Phase 1 - clarkcountytoday.com
UPDATED: Vancouver dropping charges against pet groomer who opened in Phase 1  clarkcountytoday.com

City offering free pet adoptions throughout the month of August - RochesterFirst
City offering free pet adoptions throughout the month of August  RochesterFirst

The pandemic's unlikely pet: Chickens - CNN
The pandemic's unlikely pet: Chickens  CNN

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (8/5/20) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (8/5/20)  ABC15 Arizona

Owners warned stop kissing pets as U.K. latest to sound the alert over cat infected with coronavirus - MarketWatch
Owners warned stop kissing pets as U.K. latest to sound the alert over cat infected with coronavirus  MarketWatch

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VIDEO: 'Pet' Market in China Doubles as a Gravesite  PETA

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The Villages issues reminder about leashing and picking up after pets  Villages-News

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