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 Killer Goldfish, topic says it all
Jennifer
  Posted: Dec 17 2005, 01:53 AM


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I have an irregularly sized 28 cent walmart goldfish I had bought 2 years ago. He is huge for a normal gold fish. I seen a koi at walmart for 15 bucks same size as my goldfish now. Its all gold too. Well the first fish we put in there was a beta of course their suppose to be fighting figh well the next day I guess his fight wasnt strong enough and dissapeared from the tank. About a month later we put 2 frogs in the tank also once again the next morning they dissapeared. So, about 2 weeks later we figured we put some big boys in there and put a 7 inch algae eater in the tank and you guessed it the next day it was gone. What Kind of goldfish is this Im raising???????? A common goldfish from walmart eating other fish just uncommon.
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Tim
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 02:03 AM


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im not sure about the fish eating other fish things but the only reason i can think of it being so big is it might have accdentally been sold to you as a goldfish but it was actually a KOI!!! Does it have whiskas?


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  Posted: Dec 17 2005, 02:10 AM


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No it looks like a plain old goldfish the heart shaped tail and all
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reptileguy2727
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 06:56 AM


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how big is it? they can be a lot bigger than people think.
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Tommy
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 03:38 PM


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yah have you ever seen an adult before? they are huge, but dont even compare to adult carp and koi.
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jennifer
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 04:04 PM


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Id say just guessing no about 8 inches long and about 3 1/2 inches wide but Im just wondering why in the world would he eat other fish I feed him 3 times a day
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Tommy
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 05:39 PM


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how big is the tank? i douby he ate the algae eater. the algae eater probably jumped out of the tank or something.
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Guest
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 06:37 PM


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not POSITIVE how big the tank is but it takes almost 2 hours to clean it I know that for a fact. No the algea eater was not on the floor or anything or in the filters or hiding in either of the huge $150 rocks in the tank. But still I have not recieved an answer on why he would still have ate the frogs or beta or other little goldfish....ect
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Tim
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 06:42 PM


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i am really not sure sorry jenniffer


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Tommy
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 07:12 PM


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i wouldnt know why a goldfish would kill like that. it probably harrased the betta though.
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Robyn
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 08:34 PM


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Goldfish will eat small animals but are not huge fish-eaters. An 8" goldfish is big but not huge. I have had 14" goldfish in my pond and still have some over a foot long. An 8" goldfish could easily eat any animals that died in the tank. Any of the fish and frogs you had may have died for reasons other than the goldfish itself, and then the goldfish could have eaten them. A small betta and small African dwarf frogs could be bullied to death by a large goldfish who could then consume them. I'm not convinced the fish or frogs didn't simply get stuck somewhere or jump out and then degraded before they could be found. A 7" pleco would not be killed by a goldfish, and he'd have trouble eating one as they have spines. Plecos are adept at jumping out any holes in the lid. If he did that, he would then bounce all over and perhaps end up lodged under something, never to be found (or degraded by that time). If found a paradise fish under our washer half a year after it "vanished."

Anyway, you've found one reason that it's best to keep goldfish with their own species and not mix in other species. Plecos may suck on goldfish; perhaps your guy knew that and beat him to the punch (but I doubt it).

I clean 4 aquariums in 2 hours every week so either your tank is over 100 gallons, or you're not cleaning it very efficiently. My largest aquarium (with fish; I have a 120 gallon with my lizard) is 50 gallons and takes 30-45 minutes at most to clean.

What kind of rocks did you have that were $150? That's a lot for rocks!

As for why a big fish might eat a little fish? Because he can!


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Guest
Posted: Dec 17 2005, 11:54 PM


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Their huge rocks like in tropical tanks I guess they were made to make fish think their coral cause thats what they look like to me and oh are them things heavy their about 2 feet tall id have to say on each side of the tank. My ex step fathers friend gave us the rocks. So they were actually free for us but cost him big money smile.gif
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Tommy
Posted: Dec 18 2005, 01:06 PM


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i think the person who bought the rocks got ripped off.
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reptileguy2727
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they sound huge and may have been made for a saltwater tank and may be about right for huge pieces of coral skelaton.
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Tommy
Posted: Dec 18 2005, 07:40 PM


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was the algae eater the pleco you just got? was the betta the same betta you just got?
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