Big Fish Small Space – Introduction

By: Josh McWilliams / Water Pigs By Joshua

Pt 1: Introduction

Breeding and keeping fancy goldfish takes a lot of water and space. Space is something I lacked when getting into the goldfish hobby. With the popularity of smaller living and the prices of real-estate per square foot in urban areas increasing, it often puts a challenge in front of goldfish hobbyists. Through some careful planning I have managed to overcome these challenges.  In this blog series I plan on sharing with you some of the ideas I came up with to save space and still get to enjoy these marvelous creatures we know as Goldfish.

As a single male in my 30’s, 5 years ago I decided to leave spacious living behind and move into a studio apartment in a downtown high rise. The studio offered an amazing view from the 12th story of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. It was a total of 450 sq. ft., with a very urban/industrial look.  Every piece of furniture had to go into consideration on; what I would take with me, what would fit, how would I store all of my things.  Once I got in my place with all my stuff, I thought to myself, what have I done?  Soon enough however I found ways to make this space livable and pleasant.

Enjoying keeping goldfish most of my life, I decided to get a 29g tall aquarium and soon acquired some pet quality orandas for my studio apartment. The calming effect that came with goldfish keeping was delightful. Their charming personalities and beauty really sparked my interest. My orandas were great fish but I had started searching goldfish on numerous social media outlets and found out there were far more options of really interesting high quality goldfish out there. I also found myself submerged into videos on care, space requirements, feeding, etc. After that I knew I had been bit by the delightful goldfish bug!