Umbra FishHotel Aquarium

Just been checking stats in the shop and I found this is my best selling Item.

Smelly goldfish tank water and black spots on goldfish

Kelly asks:

My son just won 2 goldfish at our local fair.  I bought a fishbowl, bowl buddies water conditioner, gravel.  I got up this morning to 1 dead fish, and cloudy, foul smelling water.  

The water actually smells like eggs or sulfur.  I took the one remaining fish out of the bowl and put him in a mason jar with some of his original bowl water, but now am unsure about how to procede.  

I also see that the 1 remaining fish has a few little dark spots on him. I don't honestly know if they were there before or not.
My 7 yr. old is frantic about trying to save his fish.  Can you please help us out?  I've never owned fish before.  Thanks.

Kelly it sounds like you may have simply added too much conditioner, this is a common mistake as to the black spots they could be related also. We would suggest simply setting up the tank again "paying special attention to the amount of conditioner you add"  Less is better 

Good Luck

Best Goldfish for Children

Rachel has been busy and has a lot of questions:

1: Where do I buy my goldfish?

Your Local pet shop is probably best or if your lucky to have a shop that specializes in fish were you live.

2: Is a black Moor or a Fantail goldfish better for children? 

Both Black Moor Goldfish and Fantail Goldfish are a little more difficult to look after than the more popular single tailed goldfish.

3: Can a grown fantail goldfish live in a 10-gallon tank and be happy? 

Goldfish Tanks come in many sizes a 10-gallon tank would be more than large enough for a single fantail goldfish fully grown.

4: What type of goldfish is the best for children? 
Goldfish that are of the single tailed type are best as starter goldfish.

Do I get a goldfish or betta fish?
What is cheaper?
Which one is easier to take care of?

A simple goldfish would be best to start with and is also cheaper than a betta fish and much easier to take care of.