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Old 06-21-2018, 07:17 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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The feeder fish are simply goldfish that are young (small) and not especially nice in color. They are cheap because they are meant to be eaten by larger fish in an aquarium, and where they are "mass produced" there probably is a lot of inbreeding. Here they are about 22 cents, and I have 8 that we kept to about 2", then put them in our small backyard pond. They are now about 7 years old, and 8". For that little price, I would suggest getting a few more. They are social animals who prefer living in groups. If you have a big enough tank (hopefully so at $200) for some reason fish do better in odd numbers, so 3, 5 or 7.
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:13 PM
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Oh yes it's a 30 gallon I bought him 3 friends I have 2 filters each said for 30 gallon tank so I thought 2 would keep it cleaner hes grown so much and his tiny fine is also growing! Thank you everyone so much for your advice!
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:00 PM
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I've got two stock tanks with goldfish in them. I used to have three, but I wasn't watching the one close enough and it leaked down and they got hot and anyway those all died and some of them were fairly large, maybe 6 inches.

Now, I have a 10 ft tank set up really nice with an automatic filler that fills it if it gets a little low, two different types of grass or water plants, moss aplenty, 7 or 8 nice sized goldfish. Several years ago my grandson caught about a dozen or more little perch or rock bass or something. Anyway he through them in and some lived and they have been reproducing. I don't know if the goldfish have ever hatched eggs, but, I think those perch would eat them if they did.

My second tank is an 8 footer with two big goldfish. I am going to move it up on our patio the first of August and put some greenery in it buy some more goldfish from walmart for 28 cents each and try and decorate it up, put some plants around and make it look like something.
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