Two weeks ago, we lost our beloved comet goldfish who was a carnival prize a couple of years ago. I was heart broken, she was a huge presence...the happiest little thing.
I literally cried every day for a week after she passed and even though I had developed quite a beautiful setup in her tank, I kept telling myself I'm not getting more fish...losing this one made a mess of me.
But I had many live plants in there, including one baby plant I got around the time I got her, which is now huge and has reproduced many times over. So I still kept the tank running.
Then I had to get food for the other animals and wandered into the fish dept and looked at the feeder fish. I thought maybe I could get a couple of them, not get attached, let them enjoy a good life for a little while.
Well, I brought home 5 of tiniest comets ever. I specifically asked for no typical gold ones that would remind me of my old baby...can you believe I was fighting back tears right there at the pet store?
But so much for not getting attached! Good God these little babies are tiny, bold, beautiful and precious!
It's nice to see life and happiness back in the tank again although I can't lie...I wish it was my little angel face still there. I'm crying now just thinking about her
Anyway, 2 of the babies are just about an inch in length.
My son and I both think this one is the prettiest, orange and white with black on her fins and tail.
The other real tiny one is really beautiful, cutest little face always looking at you, and swims a little differently because it has 2 tails and is orange and white. But she holds her own and seems fine. They all seem like a relatively healthy bunch!
The rest are about an inch and a half.
One is black gold but looks grey, he always slants up looking at the top for food and reminds me of a dolphin.
A white one, a big solid bruiser type.
And another orange and white. Has the look that reminds me of my old girl, with the long flowing tail.
Finally to my questions
I am fully aware of the goldfish's insatiable appetite but these little babies seem to burn off their food fast. Do babies get fed more often? How often? I hadn't even had them quite 24 hours. But yesterday, I fed them a little after they seemed settled in the tank, then 3 hours later, their bellies weren't even rounded anymore and as soon as they saw my hand at the top they were right there wanting food again so I fed them again.
The other question, 2 parts...I'm kind of under the assumption that I won't be as lucky this time around with the same kind of longevity that I got with my old girl. These babies are in her 30 gallon tank with a 50 gal filter. I am fully aware that if by some miracle they all survived, this tank can only properly hold 1, possibly 2 if I partial often.
But for right now...the filter is very strong for them. At first, they would swim by and get suspended in motion...and give me a good chuckle! By the end of the day, they already seemed to master it and strangely enough...now I catch them swimming up into the waterfall part deliberately, as if they like it? Is the filter bad or is it ok?
If all 5 survived...when will I know the time has come to get them out of this tank or start splitting them up? About what size would they be?
I have a fear of a huge tank exploding in my house so I'm not going to get any big huge tank. In the future, I might get a 40 gal or 2 but that's it.
Another question, I would always treat my old girl to live brine shrimp and bloodworms twice a month. I don't think I'd try the bloodworms yet but could these tiny babies do brine shrimp now?