Welcome to our letters page, where the club will attempt to answer questions about all things Fancy Goldfish.

  • Letter from Owner of 25 year old Goldfish
    Dear Sir/Madam/Chairperson of the Midlands Goldfish Keepers Association,
    I appreciate that you will be a very busy person, but I am writing t you as a very keen fish keeper and admirer. I have many fish, some big, some small and some I think are truly enormous and
    maybe need to go on a strict diet! I wonder if you could help and advise me on the following matters. My Goldfish 'George' came to us from my late Uncle, who won him at a funfair many years ago. He could be at least 25 years old. Is this a record? I am also very interested in joining your society; I can come along with George to meet other Goldfish owners and their lovely fish. I have a suitable tank to bring him in but concerned that I am living in Norfolk and not the Midlands. Does this mean I cannot join?
    I am also confused to your 'Adult Fish Show', 15 May 2022, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Bartholomew's Church Hall, Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2DT advertisement on your website...does this mean the show is for adults only and not young persons. If it's for 'adult fish', then I could bring George, as he is most definitely an older fish. In the meantime, I wonder if you have an old association newsletter you could send me to read while I sit and look at George. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I look forward to hearing from you
    Yours faithfully,
    Miss T Rocket.
    Dear T Rocket,
    Thank you very much for your lovely letter and telling us about your goldfish dear old George.
    In my role as club secretary and the Show Manager for the table show were are holding in May I can advise you the following: 
    To be able to enter the show, you must be a member, but you can join the club on the day and you are more than welcome to bring George. The show is free to enter once you have joined.
    Even if you do not want to join the club you will be made welcome on the day if you would like to just come and chat to us and see what we do.  
    Please just give us a call or email if you need help or have any questions. 
    The best way of transporting fish is in a bucket with a lid and a small hole in the top. You can also use any fairly large container as long as it has a secure lid for transit.  It is a good idea not to feed your fish the day before a show as the water they travel in can get dirty and pollute the water.
    We would love to have you as a member of our club, and if you want to join you can send us photos of George and your other fish as we would love to do an article on the website in the members section  about how you got interested in goldfish. 
    Look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, please find enclosed a copy of a sample newsletter as requested. 
    Miss Jackie Pedley,
    Hon. AMGK Secretary.
  • Large Common Goldfish to rehome
    I'm working on a large construction project, due to start in August 2022, near Tewkesbury. We have a number of rather large common goldfish to rehome early in the programme - a survey counted 200, there maybe more.
    Do you have any advice on relocation / recommendations on ways to engage the local community to rehome these safely and happily (not a la the old fairground methods!).
    Thank you in advance,
    Hi there AB, 
    I am sorry to hear about these poor fish.  There is a rehoming group fish rescue on Facebook, I am not sure if you have seen it. Also, I know the RSPCA do deal with fish as well. 
    Here is the link to the Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/fish.rescueandwelfare  also there is the fish rehoming page   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1783068191929440   
    I can also put the feelers out to our members, but I doubt anyone would have room for them at this time of year.   
    If you don't mind me posting your situation on Facebook or too our members, people can easily pm me for your email.  Would that help?
    Best Regards

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