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"at first i had 13 comet goldfishes and 2 minnows. all of them stayed in a 1 gallon tank at first, for 2ish days, when i cleaned and assembled all the components of our 50 gallon tank. during the two days, all the fish survived, including the minnows. some seemed extremely lethargic though but I attributed that to the tiny inhumane tank rather than any sicknesses. so, i put the goldfishes in the big tank and kept the minnows in the small tank. one of the minnows died half a year later from getting stuck under bits of gravel and the air pump. how it managed to do that i do not know. the other died after a year from my sister spilling the contents of the tank while we were moving. but enough about the minnows. so, after a month or so, about half of the gold fish had died from disease or from being eaten by other goldfish. YES FISH ARE CANNIBALS! at first i thought the patches on the skin and the missing tails were just further signs of disease but then one day, i witnessed the "Gang of Four" chasing around this other fish and nipping bits off its tail. i was horrified! so i would guess that possibly 6 fish died that kind of horrible death. probably 3 died from disease. one died from getting stuck in between some rocks. so, after a year, i only had 3 fish left. and then, i had just replaced some of the water in the tank and i put some extra inside because it was dry and the water evaporates really fast. I left a ledge of about 4 or 5 inches though so the fish wont jump out. when I got back home, i actually STEPPED on a dead fish. somehow, it managed to jump out of the tank. this teeny 4inch long fish against all odds managed to jump out of the tank. Now, its been 3 years. I still have two fish. they have gotten quite big since they have a 50 gallon tank all to themselves. i used to be very diligent in cleaning the tank and everything but i havent cleaned it in 3 months now. the fish are fine. only they look very lonely. I would get them some friends if i weren't paranoid about getting a sick fish that would kill them. well, I was staring at my fish again. i thought they deserved a biography. and the dead ones deserved this special tribute. GOOD LUCK FISHES!"

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