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Can you keep Goldfish in a bowl

So this is technically not a tropical fish but a cold water fish although people often associate fancy goldfish with tropical fish. So this begs the age old question of whether you can and should keep a goldfish in a bowl. The short answer is no! The long answer is that it is possible however highly un-recommended and I’ll give you a little insight as to why.

Gold Fish in a bowl - not recommended!
Gold Fish in a bowl – not recommended!

The standard “bowl” will simply not be big enough to house a goldfish if you want the fish to grow to a healthy adult.

Goldfish, like all fish require good quality water in order to survive as the water is effectively the air they breathe! If the water is unfiltered it will very quickly have nitrate, nitrite and ammonia build up in it which will lead to fatal consequences.

The temperature of the goldfish’s home is also important and although they are quite hardy fish, it’s recommended to have some sort of heater in case the ambient temperature drops drastically.

If you simply like the look and design of having a goldfish in a bowl then there’s a few manufacturers which offer such a system which is healthy and good for the fish such as the Biorb 30 litre aquarium, this is the route we at The Tropical Fish Site would recommend you go down.

Biorb 30 litre tank - recommended for Goldfish
Biorb 30 litre tank – recommended for Goldfish
biOrb Classic 30L Aquarium, Silver with LED lighting

biOrb Classic 30L Aquarium, Silver with LED lighting

Features:
  • Easy to install: The aquarium is completely set up in just a few steps
  • Complete set, consisting of acrylic aquarium, light unit, pump, transformer, air stone, filter cartridge, ceramic media
  • biOrb CLASSIC LED aquariums in the classic spherical design with standard LED lighting and a patented filter system
  • Easy cleaning and care and thanks to a patented filter system the ecosystem is kept in balance
  • Safe 12 volt technology and durable and energy-efficient LED standard light unit

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biOrb Flow 30L Aquarium, Black with LED lighting

biOrb Flow 30L Aquarium, Black with LED lighting

Features:
  • Easy to install: The aquarium is completely set up in just a few steps
  • Easy cleaning and care and thanks to a patented filter system the ecosystem is kept in balance
  • biOrb FLOW LED aquariums with standard LED lighting, a patented filter system and safe 12 volt technology
  • Made of highly-resistant, clear and light acrylic with durable and energy-efficient LED standard light unit
  • Complete set, consisting of acrylic aquarium, light unit, pump, transformer, air stone, filter cartridge, ceramic media

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biOrb Tube White MCR LED-lit Aquarium - 30L

biOrb Tube White MCR LED-lit Aquarium – 30L

Features:
  • Includes Biological System, and an Air Pump with Air Stone + Optional Stand and 50W Heater Pack
  • 30L (8 Gal) White Fish Tank
  • biOrb Tube. MCR LED Lighting
  • 360 Degree All Round View. Ideal for Beginner Fish Keepers
  • Low Voltage LED Lighting. Made from Acrylic (10x Stronger than Glass)

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biOrb Life Portrait 60 Cold Water, Black, Intelligent 24hr LED Light

biOrb Life Portrait 60 Cold Water, Black, Intelligent 24hr LED Light

Features:
  • Stylish ‘all in one’ aquarium kit
  • Includes 24hr intelligent led light as standard
  • Easy to set up & maintain
  • Low voltage 12v intelligent led lighting
  • 12 month manufacturer warranty

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biOrb Life Portrait 60 Cold Water, White, Intelligent 24hr LED Light

biOrb Life Portrait 60 Cold Water, White, Intelligent 24hr LED Light

Features:
  • Delivery available to UK and International addresses.
  • This Reef One product is dispatched from the UK.
  • Sold by Get Pet Supplies, only the best for your pet.

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