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For my commet gold fish can I just but it in a fish bowl ?

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Spring-xuan H 
Asked at 2010.01.17 05:14:50
Bowl the size of a halloween pumpkin box candy holder or do I need a bigger bowl
they are 8 and new and small about 1inch
answer bbswampgirl  Answered at 2010.01.17 05:14:50
Goldfish should NEVER be kept in bowls! See my answer to a previous question:

First of all, goldfish are notorious for producing a lot of waste and need at least a 20-gallon tank for a healthy fish over a period of time. Goldfish must have a filter, too, and the tank must be "cycled". An uncycled, unmonitored tank (or a bowl) can lead to poor health and death. Read here my answer to a previous question about cycling:

All tanks need cycling! Like every living thing, waste is produced through breathing and excretion from digestive processes. In layman's terms, fish produce waste products from breathing and pooping. All fish do this. A cycled tank has the right balance of good bacterial colonies present that convert the fish waste product (ammonia, harmful to fish) to nitrite (also harmful), then nitrite to nitrate (safe up to a certain level). Without these good bacteria, waste products build up in the water and cause damage to fish gills and internal organs. Think about a fish swimming around in it's own pee/poop - yuck.

Okay, the process... There are many methods and experts won't agree on which is the best. The best method for YOU is the one you can do in its entirety, from set up to cycled without causing harm (or death) to fish.

You can choose to cycle with fish, but you risk damaging or killing your fish if you don't watch the waste levels closely and take corrective steps. Cycling without fish is a great way to achieve results without endangering fish, but it can be more difficult. Either way, patience is necessary to see the process through. It can take well over a month to properly cycle a tank.

Cycling with fish - get a few small fish and introduce into your tank. Test daily for ammonia and nitrite for the first couple of weeks. You must perform tests with liquid drop kits or test strips, although test strips aren't as accurate. If you are cycling with fish, I recommend the liquid kits. You'll see a gradual increase in ammonia first, then after a time a gradual increase in nitrite. Both of these can be reduced with frequent partial water changes. Make sure you use some sort of water conditioner because chlorine will kill any beneficial bacteria colonizing in your filter media, and your tank will never cycle. Both ammonia and nitrite will reach their maximum and then you'll begin seeing nitrates. Gradually, your ammonia and nitrite levels will reduce to zero. A tank is cycled when ammonia and nitrite levels are zero and you have nitrates (the end product of your bacteria colonization).

Cycling without fish would require you having access to at least a handful of gravel from an already cycled tank or some filter media from an already cycled tank. The cycling process will proceed as above, but you'll need to find some sort of ammonia to "feed" the developing bacterial colonies. Some recommend distilled ammonia being added every other day or so. Some recommend "feeding" your tank with fish food, a little bit a day. The uneaten food will fall and begin to decay, producing ammonia.

If you have your fish in a bowl, the waste produced by your fish will build up and damage his gills and internal organs. Changing the water regularly (in a bowl) is stressful, too. Best thing to do is to get a 20-gallon tank, a proper filter set-up, and make sure your goldfish makes it through the cycling process unharmed. A new tank is an uncycled tank and you'll need to go through the process. It can take a long time, sometimes up to 6 weeks. If your fish begins to sit at the bottom, float at the top, or becomes inactive, it may be suffering from exposure to ammonia or nitrite (and it will most likely die without remedying the situation). This is the kind of info that they don't always tell you about at the pet store... Lots of luck to you and your fish.

EDIT - You have 8 goldfish?! Good luck - you'll need a tank well over 100 gallons to properly keep them.
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