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Are Kuhli Loaches okay with my Goldfish in a 20 GAL tank??

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by cherylmason323, Dec 14, 2006.

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Kuhli Loaches and goldfish co-existing peacefully?

Poll closed Jan 13, 2007.
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  1. cherylmason323

    cherylmason323 New Member

    I have five common goldfish, one black moor, and four Kuhli loaches! They all seem pretty happy! I realize I am overstocking my tank, but my mom wouldn't let me get a bigger tank! I'm a newbie with tanks, especially with filter. I talked with a pet store helper and he told me the only other thing besides snails to put with goldfish were Kuhli loaches! So, I have four of them and they are hidden underneath a patch of fake grass I planted for them to hide, bc I noticed that they didn't like the brighhtness of the overhead light! Do you think they'll be alright? My fish all seem very happy with one another and get along great! Before I bought the 20 GAL I had the five common goldfish in a fishbowl that was about 3 GAL!!!! Amazing they survived for four months huh? Lolz. I didn't realize that goldfish needed a ton more room then just little guppies or neons! I felt so stupid! So, if anyone knows, do you think my fish will all be alright together as long as I clean it properly and make sure the Kuhli Loaches get some fish flakes too? I love them, they're really adorabl!
     
  2. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Your tank isn't big enough for even one of your goldfish and if you keep them in there, you're just going to cause them to die a slow, horrible death (fish do NOT grow to the size of their tank, they get stunted which causes all kinds of internal problems and eventually leads to organ failure and death).

    If you can't get a bigger tank (or actually a pond because common goldfish get over a foot long and are very fast swimmers so tanks really aren't suitable) you need to get rid of the goldfish. It is very selfish to keep them when you aren't properly taking care of them.

    You actually can keep the black moore in the 20 gallon (they don't get nearly as large as common goldfish), but if you're a good person who actually cares about the well being of living creatures in your care, you'll find new homes for the commons. Otherwise, you're going to be responsible for their deaths.

    -Chelle
     
  3. cherylmason323

    cherylmason323 New Member

    Re: O____O OOoops, I had no idea!

    I do care about my fish and I had no idea the room that goldfish needed bc the only goldfish I've ever kept were in a little bowl and I only had one! What other fish can I put with my black moore if I get rid of the others? They're comets btw, not that that matters. I didn't realize when I bought them that goldfish needed so much room! Thank you for helping me! I definetly do not want to cause harm to my fishies!!! ^____^ I do ruv them afterall!
     
  4. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Re: O____O OOoops, I had no idea!

    It's good that you're going to do the right thing and find the comets (which are basically the same as commons, but with longer tails) new homes. And for future reference, goldfish should never be kept in bowls.

    With the black moore (which will get around 5" not including the tail - about the size of a grapefruit, but not quite as round), the 20 gallon will pretty much full w/o any other fish. Some people will say the fancy/round bodied goldfish only need 10 gallons each, but I have seen full grown fancy goldfish in 10 and 20 gallon tanks and they looked very cramped and miserable.

    -Chelle
     
  5. cherylmason323

    cherylmason323 New Member

    Re: Thanks for the help

    I'm going to give them to a man who sells fish and I know won't use them as feeder fish. I'm probably going to give him the black moore also, because I want more fish in my 20 Gal, without overcrowding it. I guess people often get a misconception about goldfish and their care, huh? Anyways, What fish would be good to put in with my kuhli loaches, if I find my black moore a home too?
     
  6. Fish Addict

    Fish Addict New Member

    i would not put them together
     
  7. cherylmason323

    cherylmason323 New Member

    Re: problem definetly solved

    Well, I will never make the same mistake again! Now, my kuhli loaches are happy in a tank of compatible small fish that will be great for them!
     

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