I need help. We can't seem to keep our goldfish alive around here. We feed them (just the right amount). We clean their bowl. We take good care of them. Caroline even sings to and checks on them frequently during the day. But they don't last more than a week before they go belly up. When I was in high school, I had guppies. They never died. When I was in college, I had goldfish and they lasted forever. I can't figure out what we're doing wrong.
When Caroline was about 20 months old, we got our first goldfish. I figured it would be a nice "pet" that she could help me feed and that she could watch swimming around it's bowl. It lasted for a month or two before it kicked the bucket. It looked almost like it was bleeding internally - we could see dark red staining under its scales. So of course, we replaced it. The next one lasted a week before the same thing happened. And then the 3rd only lasted 2 days. So we took a break until just recently. 2 weeks ago, we brought home "Fishy". A week later, we fed him and left for town. When we returned several hours later, he was floating at the top of the bowl. Caroline sobbed. We bought two more fish. Here we are exactly a week later. Fishy #1 was belly up this morning. Fishy #2 was just discovered about 10 minutes ago taking his last gillsful of air. He's now in fishy heaven too. Any suggestions? What are we doing wrong??? 28 cents is definitely affordable to replace them, but I'd like to actually keep them alive! Help!