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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2005, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a weird question

How long can the fishies I brought home stay in their travel bag?

I bought two goldfish and the people at petsmart didn't say to purchase the tank BEFORE the fishies. So now I have two fish and a tank that says wait 24-48 hours. I think that maybe a bit long to keep them in the little bag.


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They can stay in the bag until the air runs out but no longer ... this generally isn't a very long time. I suggest you put them in a temporary container until the aquarium is set up.

My guess is that the aquarium says to wait that long to allow the toxins in your water to dissipate. To speed up the process you can ask your aquarium specialist what type of chemicals detox the water quickly and are suitable for your size aquarium ...

Goldfish are generally hardy fish. You should be able to put them in a temporary container w/o any problems. Just make sure that if you need to add water that you allow their bag to float in the new water for about 30 mins. to allow them to adjust to the temp change. If the air is running out then you can open the top up.

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Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I was worried that I just bought new fish for nothing. I really appreciate the help!

When I was younger there was no information for me. I used to just bring home the fish and put them in their new aquarium. ( I always bought the feeder goldfish though) Much cheaper when your a little girl!


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So far so good! They are in their new tank now. They look good though, and they're eating. So I think they'll be ok.


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I'm very glad to hear that.
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Me too, I was worried for awhile!


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I know i'm a little late coming back on this but they can normally stay in the bags a maximum of upto 3 hours but no longer but the sooner you get them in the better

As for the pet store not telling you about needing the tank before the fishies i'm afraid that happens a lot. I often see people buying a tank/bowl and fishies at the same time and it makes me so mad especially when its goldfish and a goldfish bowl that really gets my heckles up as goldfish need as bigger tank as you can afford normally 10 gallon per fish The reason it tells you to set up 24 hours before hand is to make sure as toxins burn of the filter in your tank, i.e so the newness wears off

Glad it all went worked out fine though and they are now happy in their new home

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While I'm not sure how much it applies to anyone here aside from me, saltwater fish shouldn't be kept more than an hour or so in a bag without supplimental oxygen. Especially larger fish like tangs and angels. They will deplete the oxygen very quickly.

As for freshwater stuff, most of them seem a lot more tolerant. I've forgotten bags of feeder minnows floating in the tank overnight and they've all been perfectly fine.

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Me too! thanks, I wouldn't have minded setting up the tank first and then buying the goldfish. I asked them what sort of tank they needed and all those sorts of questions and they said I needed at least a 10g tank for two goldfish. So I got the 10g and then I said these will fit and she said not a problem and got them for me. I wish she had told me that its important to setup first!

Luckily they did ok or I would have been really mad!


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yeah i saw a post somewhere about this girl who thought it was ok to keep two jack dempseys in a five gallon tank....This made me sick.. yea. well next time make sure you let the tank run for a few weeks before you add them, that way the beneficial bacteria can establish a healthy nitrogen cycle. if you dont do this, your fish could die very quickly. What set up do you have going for them ? (just wondering :-p)
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I work in a pet store and when people try to buy fish the same day they're buying a tank, I nix the idea. I always tell them to wait at least 24-48 hours before buying fish. That way they can have the tank set up and even come in to test the water to see if there's any harmful toxins in the water.

Even when they do come in to buy fish, I'd only sell them a couple if I knew it was a new tank. People tend to buy more than their tank can hold, and then wonder why their fish are dying!! I was told the general rule of thumb is an inch of fish per gallon!

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I work in a tropical fresh and saltwater fish store. The other day a lady came in to buy some discus from me, and when i asked her how big her tank was i was shocked to find out that it was 20 gallons and already had eight 4 inch discus in it, she also told me that she had set the tank up the day before. She informed me that the other pet store in town had told her that she had room for 4 more discus in her tank. Needless to say i didnt sell a discus that day, but i did help her find a suitable system for her discus and gave her a payment plan with 20% off. It just goes to show you what lengths some people will go to to make some money. Crazy Chin Lady, i do the same things as you, im glad that there are still some honest people in the pet trade Im sorry if this is a little off topic for this thread, but i feel strongly about it.

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