The goldfish is a member of the carp family and certain mutations caused the breed to produce fish with red, orange or yellow colored scales. Fun fact about this breed was during Ancient China, it was originally kept for its meat. In the modern days, the goldfish became one of the most popular fish breeds. Many people find these cute, brightly colored fishes amusing as they swim in their bowls and nibble on the plants and fish food presented to them.
Tank Size Matters
If you are reaching for that fish bowl, think again. Your goldfish will die quickly in a fish bowl because ammonia quickly builds up in such a small area, polluting the environment and poisoning your fish. The standard tank size for one gold fish is at least 56.7 liters since they can grow to 10 inches or even more. The size of the tank will depend on the type of goldfish you will get. For example, the common goldfish can grow as long as one foot so it needs a huge tank. When you need to clean the tank, make sure to not use soap as this can become poison to the fish.
Add Some Decorations
Even though goldfish are slow, chubby swimmers, they will definitely appreciate it if you will put a few decorations inside their tank. Real plants are good since they can absorb the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates that can form in the water. However, goldfish are voracious eaters and you may need to put another plant inside in case they nibbled the plant’s leaves off. You can opt for a plastic plant but don’t overcrowd the aquarium because your fish can injure themselves and have no more room to swim. Avoid getting decorations that are hollow as these can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria especially when not taken care of. Make sure that the tank is near a good source of light as this keeps the color of the fish’s scales bright. In addition to that, goldfish are diurnal (active during the day) which means they need to maintain a healthy sleep and wake cycle.
Invest in a Water Filter
Goldfish need at least one filter in the tank. The filter should have three stages: Mechanical, for removing large particles like the waste and fish food that weren’t eaten; chemical, for removing the odors and chemicals present in the water; and biological, to break down the fish waste and ammonia using beneficial bacteria. Having clean water and functioning filter will definitely keep your goldfish healthy and happy.
Food, food, and food
Never, ever overfeed your goldfish. As mentioned above, goldfish are voracious and they can die from eating too much. Feed your fish once or twice daily. If you use floating food, let it soak in some water before giving it to your fish so that it will sink. This will reduce the tendency for fish to swallow more air than they need to while eating, which can cause buoyancy problems like them swimming upside down. Keep the diet varied though, as the goldfish will get tired of eating the same food over and over again. Some recommended foods are blood worms, brine shrimp, and vegetables because fish also need their protein and vitamins.
Happy, healthy goldfish are beautiful and mesmerizing to look at. Like any kind of pet, they also need tender loving care to grow and survive. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll find that keeping a goldfish is as great as having a dog or cat in your house.
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