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"Goldfish must be the most neglected pet ever. I work in a petshop and am constantly bombarded...! One woman came in asking for a goldfish bowl, I told her why we don't stock them and how bad they are for fish. She paused for a minute then said, the garden centre sells them and would she need a small one cos she only wanted 2 small goldfish! I had to bite my tongue, then tryed explaining that goldfish can reach up to 14" and live to around 20 years with the proper care and attention! None of which sunk in, and I know that she probably went to the garden centre where they'll sell anything to make money. I admit I've had my share of beginners mistakes, but my goldfish I've had since I was 5, only passed away 2 weeks ago at a grand age of 15! Also my 1st shubunkin was 10 when he sadly passed on! and I feel they could have been kept better. They were in a 3ft jewel aquarium with only live plants and 1 feed a day, but they could have done with a 4 or 5 foot tank. I took on a new comet goldfish from a man who was moving home and couldn't take poor "sharky" with him. He is almost 1ft in length and is 14 years old, he has a deformed spine and his pectorial fins are tiny, curved up and quite useless! This may have been from a bacterial infection or possibly because his tank was ridiculously undersized! Anyway thats quite enough ranting for one day, the bottom line is don't buy bowls or tiny plastic boxes for goldfish. They need a really good filtered tank, 2ft to start with as long as you're prepared to save up for a larger tank for when your fish grows. Provide live plants for decor an food (they also improve water quality) and always use tapsafe as water companies sometimes add new chemicals to the water. Hope this rant is listened too and acted upon! (big fish need a big tank)"

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