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Dora The Explorer Pirate Adventure Fish Tank
Dora The Explorer Pirate Adventure Fish Tank

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for goldfish, 12 Feb. 2010
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This tank is not suitable for goldfish; 15 litres is far too small for even one goldfish as bought from the store, and the statement above that a couple of goldfish could live in here is not only inaccurate, but unethical.

One goldfish as a juvenile (when you buy them from the store at around 6 months to a year old) needs 10 gallons - i.e. 45 litres, 3x the size of this tank - and that won't even do for long. Later, your goldfish will come to need at least 30 gallons to survive. A small tank like this will allow toxins to build up and too little oxygen will be present in the water - eventually, your fish will die from stunting when pressure on the internal organs becomes too high (assuming it doesn't suffocate or become poisoned first). You will have an inactive, ill pet for a few months. Your goldfish should rightfully live for over a decade; depending on the type, maybe even two. Tanks like this contribute to the myth that it's an achievement to get a goldfish to live five years - that's the equivalent of a human dying in his/her thirties.

One day (hopefully) the manufacturers will just stop making these deathtraps, but until then we need to vote with our wallets and buy healthy, safe tanks for our pets. Thank you for reading, and please don't buy this tank.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will kill your child's goldfish, 25 May 2009
This is far, far too small to house even one goldfish - a goldfish as bought from a store as a juvenile (an inch or two long) needs 10 gallons minimum to survive, and will rapidly need double and triple that. I'd be amazed if this tank contains more than a gallon of water. There is no goldfish that can survive in a tank this size; even a Betta, which typically requires half the space of a goldfish and will be perfectly happy in a five gallon tank, could not survive in this. I will be blunt; this tank will kill your goldfish. The water will rapidly turn toxic with waste and the fish will experience burning of the membranes of the gills. They will also suffocate as there is nowhere near enough oxygen in a tank this small, leading to gasping for oxygen at the surface of the tank (you can even see the fish doing this in the product photo!). If the toxic water and the lack of oxygen doesn't kill your fish first, they will eventually die of stunting. Goldfish stop growing externally when they are kept in a too-small tank, but their internal organs continue to grow. Eventually their organs become compressed and rupture, and your fish will die.

Frankly, I'm disgusted that Amazon even sell apparatus like this. There is not a professional (or informed amateur) aquarist who would touch this tank with a ten-foot bargepole. I'm not even going to start on the rest of the problems with this bowl as I don't believe anyone with a scrap of humanity would buy the thing after reading this, so please, just don't buy this. Give your fish the decades of healthy life they deserve and buy them a decent tank.


(Gussie) Goldfish Home Pink Sparkle [33690]
(Gussie) Goldfish Home Pink Sparkle [33690]
Offered by Bargain Warehouse
Price: £9.90

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will kill your child's goldfish, 25 May 2009
This is far, far too small to house even one goldfish - a goldfish as bought from a store as a juvenile (an inch or two long) needs 10 gallons minimum to survive, and will rapidly need double and triple that. I'd be amazed if this tank contains more than a gallon of water. There is no goldfish that can survive in a tank this size; even a Betta, which typically requires half the space of a goldfish and will be perfectly happy in a five gallon tank, could not survive in this. I will be blunt; this tank will kill your goldfish. The water will rapidly turn toxic with waste and the fish will experience burning of the membranes of the gills. They will also suffocate as there is nowhere near enough oxygen in a tank this small, leading to gasping for oxygen at the surface of the tank (you can even see the fish doing this in the product photo!). If the toxic water and the lack of oxygen doesn't kill your fish first, they will eventually die of stunting. Goldfish stop growing externally when they are kept in a too-small tank, but their internal organs continue to grow. Eventually their organs become compressed and rupture, and your fish will die.

Frankly, I'm disgusted that Amazon even sell apparatus like this. There is not a professional (or informed amateur) aquarist who would touch this bowl with a ten-foot bargepole. I'm not even going to start on the rest of the problems with this bowl as I don't believe anyone with a scrap of humanity would buy the thing after reading this, so please, just don't buy this. Give your fish the decades of healthy life they deserve and buy them a decent tank.
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Biorb 30 Tropical Aquarium with Halogen Light Silver
Biorb 30 Tropical Aquarium with Halogen Light Silver
Offered by Fish-4-u
Price: £119.44

30 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Far, far too small for goldfish., 19 Mar. 2009
Please don't be misled by the product photo; 30 litres is not sufficient for even one goldfish. A single goldfish needs 30 gallons within months of you buying it from the store as a juvenile, and will quickly die if kept in something this small. The implication that you could keep several goldfish in this thing is extremely unethical; they wouldn't last a week. Please buy your fish a tank that is big enough for them, and give them the long healthy life they deserve.
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Aquarium - Childrens Educational Learning Toy
Aquarium - Childrens Educational Learning Toy

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!, 19 Feb. 2009
Contrary to the claims of this advert, this will NOT keep your goldfish in a healthy environment. It will kill your fish slowly, painfully and horribly by suffocation, toxic water and "stunting" (or rupture of the interal organs caused by the goldfish growing internally but not externally in a too-small tank). I have kept goldfish for decades and any informed aquarist would be horrified at the idea of keeping a goldfish - or any fish - in a tank this size; manufacturers rely on ill-informed customers who think these tanks are cute/convenient/good for children. If you want your children to wake up to a dead goldfish every couple of weeks, go on and buy this tank - but goldfish can and will live 15/20 years with a big enough tank and fairly minimal care. Getting the tank right - and this means 10 gallons per goldfish minimum - gets you half-way to a happy, healthy goldfish right away. Please don't buy this unethical junk.


Oxygenating water pond plant Elodea Crispa 10 pieces
Oxygenating water pond plant Elodea Crispa 10 pieces

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great goldfish food but won't oxygenate the water, 19 Feb. 2009
While being great food for goldfish and often used in aquariums, it should be noted that this is not "oxygenating weed". During daylight the weed produces oxygen, but in the dark it removes oxygen from the water, so it won't actually increase the overall oxygen content of the water. If you want to increase the oxygen content of the water, get an airstone to ruffle the surface. This will reliably increase the oxygen content in a very short space of time. I'd still recommend buying this weed, however, as the extra greens are great for goldfish digestion!
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Gussie Goldfish Bowl Green Lid Single
Gussie Goldfish Bowl Green Lid Single

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!, 19 Feb. 2009
Bowls are considered by all professional fishkeepers to be obsolete. They are almost always too small (goldfish require at least 10 gallons to survive), the curved surface produces unusual reflections that cause the fish stress and make it more susceptible to disease and death, and the small surface area of the water means there is insufficient gas exchange - not enough oxygen gets in, not enough waste gets out.

Any bowl, including this one, will kill your fish. Goldfish can easily live 15 years and often more. They will be lucky to live 15 days in this tank. Please, please buy your fish a proper tank and give it the long and healthy life it deserves.


Gussie Goldfish Starter Kit Single
Gussie Goldfish Starter Kit Single

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!, 19 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Gussie Goldfish Starter Kit Single
No experienced aquarist would put a goldfish in a bowl. Bowls cause stress and diseases in the fish and will almost certainly kill it rapidly; if by some miracle your fish survives these horrors, it will be killed by rupture of the internal organs because this tank is about nine gallons too small for even one fish. These incredibly small tanks are specifically recommended against by anyone with knowledge of goldfish (or any fish at all) and the manufacturers depend on poorly informed customers to sell them. Frankly, I'm disgusted that Amazon sell this junk. Your fish deserve better - a proper tank (not a bowl) and at least 10 gallons per goldfish from day one.


ECO-AQUARIUM ( fish aquarium ) eco friendly
ECO-AQUARIUM ( fish aquarium ) eco friendly

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!, 19 Feb. 2009
This is far, far too small to house even one goldfish - a goldfish as bought from a store as a juvenile (an inch or two long) needs 10 gallons minimum to survive, and will rapidly need double and triple that. I'd be amazed if this tank contains more than a gallon of water. There is no goldfish that can survive in a tank this size; even a Betta, which typically requires half the space of a goldfish and will be perfectly happy in a five gallon tank, could not survive in this. I will be blunt; this tank will kill your goldfish. The water will rapidly turn toxic with waste and the fish will experience burning of the membranes of the gills. They will also suffocate as there is nowhere near enough oxygen in a tank this small, leading to gasping for oxygen at the surface of the tank (you can even see the fish doing this in the product photo!). If the toxic water and the lack of oxygen doesn't kill your fish first, they will eventually die of stunting. Goldfish stop growing externally when they are kept in a too-small tank, but their internal organs continue to grow. Eventually their organs become compressed and rupture, and your fish will die.

Frankly, I'm disgusted that Amazon even sell apparatus like this. There is not a professional (or informed amateur) aquarist who would touch this tank with a ten-foot bargepole. I'm not even going to start on the rest of the problems with this tank as I don't believe anyone with a scrap of humanity would buy the thing after reading this, so please, just don't buy this. Give your fish the decades of healthy life they deserve and buy them a decent tank.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Feb 24, 2010 4:56 PM GMT


Gussie Goldfish Bowl Blue Lid Single
Gussie Goldfish Bowl Blue Lid Single
Offered by Equestrian Performance
Price: £12.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please do not buy this bowl, 11 Feb. 2009
Bowls are considered by all professional fishkeepers to be obsolete. They are almost always too small (goldfish require at least 10 gallons to survive), the curved surface produces unusual reflections that cause the fish stress and make it more susceptible to disease and death, and the small surface area of the water means there is insufficient gas exchange - not enough oxygen gets in, not enough waste gets out.

Any bowl, including this one, will kill your fish. Goldfish can easily live 15 years and often more. They will be lucky to live 15 days in this tank. Please, please buy your fish a proper tank and give it the long and healthy life it deserves.


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