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One fish died, shall I get another?

Discussion in 'Fish Keeping Chat' started by LeanneM, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. LeanneM

    LeanneM PetForums Newbie

    Oct 6, 2019
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    I’m new to fish keeping and have 2 goldfish that I got 2 months ago. I spent so much money on them and tried my best to give them the best things- treats, aquarium tools, constant research etc but very sadly one of them died today. I’m so upset but more for the fact that I keep thinking “is the one that’s left lonely?” Is he missing his mate? Or do goldfish not really take note of things like that?? I just want to know if I should/can get another fish. I don’t want him to be lonely but wouldn’t want to stress him out getting another fish and potentially it getting bullied.

    (Side note, I think over feeding killed the other fish, I’m doing everything I can to make sure my other fish and any potential new ones are healthy and safe)
  2. bunnygeek

    bunnygeek PetForums VIP

    Jul 24, 2018
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    Sorry you lost a goldie. What’s the tank size and set up? Goldies can be bullies in smaller set ups.
  3. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

    Sep 22, 2012
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    Sorry about your fish.

    In addition to @bunnygeek 's questions, have you done a water test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? If so, what were the results?

    The most common reasons why fish die in new setups are ammonia and nitrite toxicity. (Over-feeding, as you mentioned, can contribute to this.) You shouldn't think about adding any new fish until you are certain ammonia and nitrite are stable at 0.
    kittih and bunnygeek like this.
  4. kittih

    kittih PetForums VIP

    Jan 19, 2014
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    Also did you do a fishless cycle of the filter before adding fish?
    As Naomi says most deaths are due to
    poor water quality. What were/are your water parameter readings ?
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