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Q: are goldfish bowls bad for your fish?

March 20, 2010 | By Hannah H. | 5 answers | Expired: 1578 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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Bentchbites
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Mar 22, 2010

oh yeah, there's a wikihow article about keeping your goldfish happy and healthy, too..

try to find it at
www.wikihow.com

i hope your goldfish lives long and happy..:)

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Bentchbites
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Mar 22, 2010

its true...for one thing, fish need oxygenated water to thrive. this can be done with air pumps, and since most bowls are small, they do not provide space for equipment. only labyrinth fishes(like bettas and gouramis) can thrive in unoxygenated water because they have the special labyrinth organ which helps them breathe atmospheric air from the water's surface.

another equipment needed is the filtration unit which the fishbowl may not be able to provide space for, too. this unit helps keep poisonous wastes away from the water, keeping the fish's water fresh...these poisonous wastes come from the goldfish itself and uneaten food. *one trick in keeping the water fresh for longer periods of time is adding more water.

and then there's the water temperature. goldfishes need a somewhat low temperature than most fish. (i forgot the exact numbers..sorry) of course, if you keep the bowl in room temperature always, this unit can be skipped.

lastly, fish need ample space to swim around and enjoy it's habitat. even the betta, which is mostly kept in 1.5 gal jars, needs at least 3 gallons of water.goldfishes need more. you also need to minimize plants and furniture inside the bowl if it is small, because an over decorated bowl may become obstructions in the fish's swimming space. imagine yourself living inside a closet, not a good idea right?

goldfishes are hardy pets so they may live for a month or a few weeks in an unoxygenated, unfiltered and unmonitored bowl but this is not only wrong, it's cruel. fishes (or any other pet, for that matter) deserves to live in a happy, healthy environment. think of it as payment for the happiness they give us when we see them swimming beautifully in their tanks.

see this site..it may help
www.happygoldfish.com

:)

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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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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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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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