How to keep goldfish successfully How to Keep a Goldfish Happy and Healthy



How to Keep a Goldfish Happy and Healthy

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  1. Get an aquarium large enough.The best aquarium is 20 gallons (75.7 L) or so for a happy and healthy goldfish, do not put it in a goldfish bowl.
  2. Leave lots of open space for swimming.Your goldfish will appreciate it. A good rule is: three fourths open water, one fourth decorated.
  3. Rearrange decorations with your weekly water changes.This is like a whole new playground for your goldfish.
  4. Interact with your goldfish while feeding it.Goldfish can be trained to ring a bell for food. This provides stimulation to the goldfish and a deeper level to heir keeping than observation.

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  • Question
    How big will my comet goldfish grow?
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    Comet goldfish generally grow to be about 10 to 12 inches, or even bigger if given the proper environment. They will not grow if kept in a small tank, their growth will most likely be stunted and they may die early.
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  • Question
    How can I make my goldfish more active and more colorful?
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    By providing proper temperature, light, by feeding them nutritional food, and maintaining good water quality.
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  • Question
    Is there a way to check the water for ammonia? My fish have stopped swimming and just sit still all day and aren't excited about eating.
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    You would need to buy a water testing kit. The API Water testing kit is a popular choice but there are many others; just ask the pet store retailer for advice if you're unsure about which kit to pick.
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  • Question
    Will my goldfish be harmed if the water is changed twice a week?
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    It will only be harmed if the water temperature is drastically changed, going into a different water temperature will shock your goldfish.
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  • Question
    My fantail is constantly swimming through the air stone bubbles. Is this safe for it, or is it symptoms of something else?
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    This is normal and very safe. The goldfish is just exploring an unknown factor in its habitat. It will get over it.
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  • Question
    My goldfish has stopped eating. What should I do?
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    The water may be toxic. Use a test kit if you have one. If you don't, change 30 percent of the water.
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  • Question
    My fish are sitting mildly at the bottom of the tank and don't swim around much. What should I do?
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    First, do an 80% water change immediately. Make sure you don't overfeed your fish. Feed as much as it can consume in 5 minutes, twice a day max. Likewise, to help clean out their intestines, don't feed them for one entire day per week.
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  • Question
    How often do I need to feed my goldfish?
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    Once a day is fine, and only feed as much as they can eat in a few minutes; any excess food creates harmful pollutants in the water.
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  • Question
    Can I put too many plants in my fish bowl?
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    Yes, this is a common problem. If you put too many plants in the tank, the fish won't have enough space to swim. Only put small plants in, to allow the fish plentiful space to swim.
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    How often should I feed my fish?
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    Once per day, or a smaller amount twice per day is sufficient.
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Unanswered Questions
  • What kind of aquatic plant is best to use in a goldfish aquarium?
  • Can I put my mollies in the same tank as my goldfish?
  • How do you train your goldfish to ring a bell?
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  • Don't over feed your goldfish. Once or twice a day, as much as they can suck down in 2-3 minutes. No matter how much they beg, resist the urge. (This is the cause of one of the most inevitable deaths for your fishy friend-overfeeding. If you notice your goldfish has a tendency to float around and open its mouth as if it is gasping for air, it is due to their swim bladder being introduced to an overdose of air. This happens when you use floating food. It especially affects fancy goldfish.)
  • Buy everything you are going to put in the aquarium in the aquarium store. Otherwise it may contain harmful substances and kill your fish.
  • Never tap on your fish tank. This scares your goldfish and it tries to swim away.
  • Don't feed it strictly these "special" foods. A good prepared dry food is needed as a staple.
  • Use only natural plants like Vallisneria, Hydrilla etc., Plant them on the gravel or tie them to a big gravel piece and place them at the centre of your tank. Usually Goldfish likes natural plants than any other artificial objects. some of the aquarium plants even serve as natural hygienic food.
  • Make sure your aquarium is big enough for your goldfish. All goldfish grow to be large, so although they may look cute in the little desktop aquarium now, in a year it will be vastly undersized. Most fancy goldfish can grow up to six inches and comet (feeder), common, shubunkin, and common goldfish can easily grow to be over twelve inches. The generally accepted rule is two gallons of water to every inch of goldfish. Example: A tank with two four inch goldfish and two two inch goldfish would need to b at least twenty gallons. It seems like a lot of room for four fish, but goldfish produce high levels of toxic ammonia and need the extra water to dilute this chemical. It would be suggested to only keep a maximum of two goldfish in a twenty gallon tank, as they can grow much larger if given the right environment. A more accurate rule is twenty gallons per goldfish, and ten more per every other fish. Example: A 40 gallon (151.4 L) fish could home a maximum of three goldfish, and even then they would have to be fancies. A minimum for comet, shubunkin, and common goldfish is about one hundred gallons plus. This is due to them being able to reach lengths of about two feet long! That's almost as long as the average koi you see in a pond! Be sure to use common sense, because would you want to be stuck inside of a closet the rest of your life? I didn't think so.
  • If you have a bowl make sure that you have the right size. Fish can be small when you buy them but grow 3-6 inches in only one year.
  • Try not putting goldfish in bowls. They occupy to much space so their free will of exploration is denied. Also, most filters do not fit in bowls. If your goldfish is small, it is best not to place them in bowls because they grow quickly and they get a big appetite so the bigger and fatter, the less space they have for them to thrive.
  • One of the reasons why people over feed their goldfish is because they often beg for food. They don't know when to stop. My preferred way to prevent them from being overfed is supplying their diet with high fiber veggies. It's just underwater plants for them to eat. It helps them manage hunger between meals. Ask your local pet store about this if you want to know more.

Warnings

  • Remember any fish that can fit into your goldfish's mouth can become a meal.
  • Do not put sharp objects in the tank. This could hurt the goldfish.
  • Do not collect the decorations in the wild, as this too could hurt your goldfish. They could contain diseases and too much salts and other minerals.
  • Never stack rocks in a way they could fall on your goldfish if bumped into.
  • Never wash decorations/equipment with cleaner. Residue WILL remain and instantly kill your fish.





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