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A Lot More Work Than You'd Expect!
Member Name: Mask_and_Mirror
Advantages: Pretty, calming
Disadvantages: Horrible to clean out, expensive to keep considering, need a lot of space
The only real reason I have goldfish is that they belonged to someone else I knew and I offered to take them when they could no longer be looked after. I had always wanted pet fish, as I think they are very cute and pretty, as well as being relaxing to look at.
These things may be so, but looking after goldfish is disproportionately demanding. Cleaning a goldfish tank is a pretty horrible job (they are far dirtier animals than most tropical fish)
A decent tank can be quite expensive (please buy a big one - goldfish also need more space per fish than tropical)! But fish themselves are cheap, to coin a phrase, as chips. On the other hand, their lifespan is pretty random and they are more prone to disease than other pet fish. Usually if one lasts the first month it'll last a few years, and some can live an incredibly long time.
They are lovely to have here and because I have grown attached to them I would not get rid of them ever, but I don't think I will be buying fish again, despite my boyhood dream of owning a huge reef tank!
Summary: I would not have goldfish again. But I still love the ones I've got!
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