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Q: are goldfish bowls bad for your fish?

March 20, 2010 | By Hannah H. | 5 answers | Expired: 1608 days ago

Hannah H.

Ive been reading about goldfish,and it says your not supposed to keep them it bowls.Is this true?

Update:My fish are living happily in a 10 gallon tank.Nobody has eaten anybody(I just got 2 really small ones)With plenty of rocks,and a plant.

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Michele Z.
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Mar 20, 2010

I think that most people who use the bowls do not use air pumps, filters, heaters and other aquarium supplies, so the bowls will not stay as clean. "Dirty" water could/would be harmful to your goldfish, so you would have to more closely monitor the conditions in the bowl.

Goldfish CAN be kept in bowls, but that doesn't give them much space or very desirable conditions. Therefore, their life expectancy MIGHT be decreased. BUT a clean bowl is better than a dirty aquarium!

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Nancy C.
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Mar 20, 2010

If you keep a goldfish you can use a bowl. The trick is keeping the water clean and healthy. Goldfish produce a lot of ammonia and other wastes in the water so you need to use a filter. A bowl is fine but it doesn't give a lot of space to your goldfish. Goldfish can grow and get pretty big if you give them space and they will live longer in better conditions.

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Stream
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Mar 21, 2010

They can be if you dont clean them often

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