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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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Pets of the Week: Max and Ruby - The Mercury News
Pets of the Week: Max and Ruby  The Mercury News

How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners - The Washington Post
How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners  The Washington Post

Critter Corner: Keep your pets safe from your stash - Inside NoVA
Critter Corner: Keep your pets safe from your stash  Inside NoVA

For the love of pets: Finding Dr. Right for your pet - The Mercury News
For the love of pets: Finding Dr. Right for your pet  The Mercury News

‘Melon seedlings make good pets’: how lockdown made us love houseplants - The Guardian
‘Melon seedlings make good pets’: how lockdown made us love houseplants  The Guardian

Here's why you should clean and replace your pet's toys - Quad-Cities Online
Here's why you should clean and replace your pet's toys  Quad-Cities Online

Don’t forget your pets in your family’s emergency preparedness plan - WJXT News4JAX
Don’t forget your pets in your family’s emergency preparedness plan  WJXT News4JAX

Pets of the week: Prissy and Tina - Middletown Press
Pets of the week: Prissy and Tina  Middletown Press

Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street - KELOLAND.com
Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street  KELOLAND.com

‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office - Digiday
‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021 - NBC News
8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021  NBC News

Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hoping to be adopted  Tampa Bay Times

Pets of the Week: May 6, 2021 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: May 6, 2021  WSIL TV

In Seattle, the pandemic separates pets from owners — but there's help - Crosscut
In Seattle, the pandemic separates pets from owners — but there's help  Crosscut

Pandemic Pets: Helping your pet return back to 'normal' - KBTX
Pandemic Pets: Helping your pet return back to 'normal'  KBTX

New program at Norfolk animal shelter helps keep pets and their families together - wtkr.com
New program at Norfolk animal shelter helps keep pets and their families together  wtkr.com

Can pets get Covid-19? What dog and cat owners should know now - Inverse
Can pets get Covid-19? What dog and cat owners should know now  Inverse

Berkeley Pet Survey: Share Your Experience Of Lost Or Found Pets - Patch.com
Berkeley Pet Survey: Share Your Experience Of Lost Or Found Pets  Patch.com

Orange County Animal Services Overwhelmed, Caring for Nearly 300 Pets - Orange County Government, Florida
Orange County Animal Services Overwhelmed, Caring for Nearly 300 Pets  Orange County Government, Florida

Pets of the week: Blue heeler mix puppies - wyomingnewsnow.tv
Pets of the week: Blue heeler mix puppies  wyomingnewsnow.tv

Smart Home Tech: What are the top smart devices for pets? - Inman
Smart Home Tech: What are the top smart devices for pets?  Inman

Pandemic Pets and Pet Companionship: Seven Benefits/Considerations for Care Coordination and Estate Planning - JD Supra
Pandemic Pets and Pet Companionship: Seven Benefits/Considerations for Care Coordination and Estate Planning  JD Supra

Giving: Roanoke Valley SPCA receives grant to help pets and the people who care for them - Roanoke Times
Giving: Roanoke Valley SPCA receives grant to help pets and the people who care for them  Roanoke Times

Denver Animal Protection Grant Helps Keep Pets In Homes - Patch.com
Denver Animal Protection Grant Helps Keep Pets In Homes  Patch.com

Pandemic Pet Boom Boosts Results for Animal Health Companies - Bloomberg
Pandemic Pet Boom Boosts Results for Animal Health Companies  Bloomberg

For The Love Of Roxie; And The Societys Other Adoptable Pets - Patch.com
For The Love Of Roxie; And The Societys Other Adoptable Pets  Patch.com

With more pandemic pets, officials want you to leash up - WCAX
With more pandemic pets, officials want you to leash up  WCAX

Pet of the week: Marmalade - Torrington Register Citizen
Pet of the week: Marmalade  Torrington Register Citizen

The best hip and joint supplement for pets - WWLP.com
The best hip and joint supplement for pets  WWLP.com

Pets of the Week | Lewiston Sun Journal - Lewiston Sun Journal
Pets of the Week | Lewiston Sun Journal  Lewiston Sun Journal

SLT Event focuses on emergency evacuation of pets - KOLO
SLT Event focuses on emergency evacuation of pets  KOLO

The brewery pets of Northern Colorado - The Coloradoan
The brewery pets of Northern Colorado  The Coloradoan

China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue - Reuters
China's netizens call for crackdown after "blind box" pet rescue  Reuters

Fat cats (and dogs): Obesity can shorten your pet’s life - WJXT News4JAX
Fat cats (and dogs): Obesity can shorten your pet’s life  WJXT News4JAX

Charleston Animal Society helping pets in a unique way - Live 5 News WCSC
Charleston Animal Society helping pets in a unique way  Live 5 News WCSC

Marion County Pets: Hammy, Tanner, and Olaf - WCJB
Marion County Pets: Hammy, Tanner, and Olaf  WCJB

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

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

Stolen pet dies shortly after return - WILX-TV
Stolen pet dies shortly after return  WILX-TV

The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms - Vogue
The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms  Vogue

IndyHumane takes part in worldwide push to find pets forever homes - WISHTV.com
IndyHumane takes part in worldwide push to find pets forever homes  WISHTV.com

Central Georgia Pet Talent Show: Your videos - 13WMAZ.com
Central Georgia Pet Talent Show: Your videos  13WMAZ.com

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week - WOODTV.com
Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week  WOODTV.com

Low-cost rabies clinic for pets to take place in Marietta - WTAP-TV
Low-cost rabies clinic for pets to take place in Marietta  WTAP-TV

Couple Who Fed Puppies Only Vegan Food Are Banned From Owning Pets, Fined - Newsweek
Couple Who Fed Puppies Only Vegan Food Are Banned From Owning Pets, Fined  Newsweek

Pets of the week, May 5 | Local News | hickoryrecord.com - Hickory Daily Record
Pets of the week, May 5 | Local News | hickoryrecord.com  Hickory Daily Record

Pet Talk with Dr. Scott Blanton - ConchoValleyHomepage.com
Pet Talk with Dr. Scott Blanton  ConchoValleyHomepage.com

Hilton launches a dog menu for pets who helped their owners through the pandemic - CNN
Hilton launches a dog menu for pets who helped their owners through the pandemic  CNN

Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms - CBS News
Man allegedly killing pets has St. Louis neighborhood up in arms  CBS News

Meet our pets of the week: A bonded pair of dogs, a duck and a bunny - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: A bonded pair of dogs, a duck and a bunny  STLtoday.com

Meet the brewery pets of Northern Colorado - The Coloradoan
Meet the brewery pets of Northern Colorado  The Coloradoan

10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents - PEOPLE
10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents  PEOPLE

Get mom a furry gift this Mother’s Day: Adopt a pet, May 8-9 - SILive.com
Get mom a furry gift this Mother’s Day: Adopt a pet, May 8-9  SILive.com

Global Pet Care E-commerce Market Report 2021: Market is - GlobeNewswire
Global Pet Care E-commerce Market Report 2021: Market is  GlobeNewswire

Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing - WLNS
Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work - CNN
The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

Pet of the week: Ready to live large with Gus? - The Providence Journal
Pet of the week: Ready to live large with Gus?  The Providence Journal

Cheesemaker, pet shelter, COVID medical team among Good News honorees - The Daily Gazette
Cheesemaker, pet shelter, COVID medical team among Good News honorees  The Daily Gazette

Fire breaks out at pet crematorium in Virginia Beach - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Fire breaks out at pet crematorium in Virginia Beach  13newsnow.com WVEC

Pet of the Week: Nacho - WITN
Pet of the Week: Nacho  WITN

Kankakee man saves his family, pets from house fire - Kankakee Daily Journal
Kankakee man saves his family, pets from house fire  Kankakee Daily Journal

‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side - The New York Times
‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

Petco Love launches facial recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with owners - KFOX El Paso
Petco Love launches facial recognition technology to help reunite lost pets with owners  KFOX El Paso

Megan Thee Stallion's Hosting A Show About Celebrity Pet Owners And I Have To See This - BuzzFeed
Megan Thee Stallion's Hosting A Show About Celebrity Pet Owners And I Have To See This  BuzzFeed

Humane society Pet of the Week: Bree - Tahoe Daily Tribune
Humane society Pet of the Week: Bree  Tahoe Daily Tribune

House calls for pet patients return at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital - WPVI-TV
House calls for pet patients return at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital  WPVI-TV

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21)  ABC15 Arizona

Veterinarians, rescuers warning pet owners about new strain of potentially deadly parvovirus - WXIX
Veterinarians, rescuers warning pet owners about new strain of potentially deadly parvovirus  WXIX

The best air purifier for pet dander - WOODTV.com
The best air purifier for pet dander  WOODTV.com

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 2 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 2  Summit Daily News

New program to help locate lost pets | Local News | fhtimes.com - Fountain Hills Times
New program to help locate lost pets | Local News | fhtimes.com  Fountain Hills Times

VIDEO: Blessing of the Pets - Bryan County News
VIDEO: Blessing of the Pets  Bryan County News

Second Chance Pets: Rome - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Rome  KOIN.com

NYS Senate passes bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits - RochesterFirst
NYS Senate passes bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits  RochesterFirst

Remembering Bailey: A first-hand account of the importance of pet insurance - KLAS - 8 News Now
Remembering Bailey: A first-hand account of the importance of pet insurance  KLAS - 8 News Now

Bills You May Have Missed, From Naming A State Pet To Prohibiting Vaccine Passports - Patch.com
Bills You May Have Missed, From Naming A State Pet To Prohibiting Vaccine Passports  Patch.com

Dogs Blamed For Killing Family Pets In Hyrum Neighborhood - ksltv.com
Dogs Blamed For Killing Family Pets In Hyrum Neighborhood  ksltv.com

Cleaning Pet Waste – Smelly Job But Someone Has To Do It - Los Alamos Daily Post
Cleaning Pet Waste – Smelly Job But Someone Has To Do It  Los Alamos Daily Post

Cloquet bans sale of dogs, cats in pet stores in effort to curb puppy mills - Pine Journal
Cloquet bans sale of dogs, cats in pet stores in effort to curb puppy mills  Pine Journal

U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress - Reuters
U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress  Reuters

10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog - PEOPLE
10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog  PEOPLE

Global Pet Care E-commerce Market Report 2021 Featuring Amazon, Chewy, PETstock. BarkBox, PetSmart, Walmart, PetMed Express, Petco Animal Supplies, TABcom, Nestle, & PetFlow - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business Wire
Global Pet Care E-commerce Market Report 2021 Featuring Amazon, Chewy, PETstock. BarkBox, PetSmart, Walmart, PetMed Express, Petco Animal Supplies, TABcom, Nestle, & PetFlow - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police - ABC News
5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes  Tampa Bay Times

Eau Claire Parks & Rec celebrates National Pet Week with “Strut Your Mutt” event - WEAU
Eau Claire Parks & Rec celebrates National Pet Week with “Strut Your Mutt” event  WEAU

How to ease pet anxiety as you return to work - WSBT-TV
How to ease pet anxiety as you return to work  WSBT-TV

Animal Health Diagnostics Market| New Opportunities | Increase in Pet Humanization to Boost Growth in the Health Care Industry | Technavio - PRNewswire
Animal Health Diagnostics Market| New Opportunities | Increase in Pet Humanization to Boost Growth in the Health Care Industry | Technavio  PRNewswire

German 'dead fraudster' exposed by pet poodle in Majorca - BBC News
German 'dead fraudster' exposed by pet poodle in Majorca  BBC News

Purina Presents: Meet Mack Daddy in Pet of the Week - KNWA
Purina Presents: Meet Mack Daddy in Pet of the Week  KNWA

Why are pets so good for mental health? Science explains - Inverse
Why are pets so good for mental health? Science explains  Inverse

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California - PEOPLE
Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California  PEOPLE

'Pets are there for you': Veterinarian Mitsie Vargas talks about the deep bonds with pets - The Ledger
'Pets are there for you': Veterinarian Mitsie Vargas talks about the deep bonds with pets  The Ledger

Jackson Snow Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Jackson Snow Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

Minnesota family hopes to get back pet goose from wildlife officials - FOX 9
Minnesota family hopes to get back pet goose from wildlife officials  FOX 9

Biotech big shots join Bond Pet Foods team - Pet Food Processing
Biotech big shots join Bond Pet Foods team  Pet Food Processing

Sunshine, Fresh Air, Painted Stones & Pet Memories - Greeneville Sun
Sunshine, Fresh Air, Painted Stones & Pet Memories  Greeneville Sun

Missouri Dog Trainer's 3 'Eager' Canines Try to Complete Household Chores for Their Pet Parent - PEOPLE
Missouri Dog Trainer's 3 'Eager' Canines Try to Complete Household Chores for Their Pet Parent  PEOPLE

Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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