You’re a winner! Congratulations you have just won another goldfish at the local carnival. How long will this one last, two maybe three days? Keeping goldfish alive seems like an impossible task. Here are a few quick tips for keeping Mr. Fishy alive and healthy.
A Tank. Keeping a goldfish in a “bowl” is simply not a good idea. Most fish living in a bowl of water generally do not live past week one. At least a gallon of water is needed for a fish to live a happy life.
Oxygen. Unlike a beta fish, goldfish need lots of oxygen in their environment in order to breath. Fish breathe when water flows across their gills. Therefore, if the fish is being kept in a bowl with no water flow or fresh water every other day then he is not getting enough oxygen and probably will not live very long. A solution: cool the water temp. Colder water holds more oxygen. Be sure not to shock your fish though. Cool the water over several days allowing your fish to get used to the change in temperature. Another solution: a water filter. Stores like Walmart sell these filters for around ten dollars. They come with a motor that pumps air through a filter which then creates water flow throughout the tank. This little step will not only keep your goldfish alive, it will keep the water cleaner for longer. Look for: Tetra or Whisper water filters $9.99 and up.
Clean Water. If you do not have a water filter it is necessary to change the water about once a week. Oxygen does not last long in unagitated water. However if you do use a filter weekly water changes are not needed. Yet, there are other steps that need to be taken in order to assure safe clean water for your goldfish. Products like Tetra Watersafe water treatment drops are required to turn tap or hose water into safe living water for your fish. These are liquid drops that are used every time a fresh batch of water is added to the tank. These drops kill any bacteria and level out the pH of the water your fish is swimming in. Unchanged water in the fish bowl can contain ammonia which causes ammonia burns on your fish and will eventually kill him. Fresh clean water is very important to the health of your fish. Look for: Tetra Aquasafe $2.99.
A net. It is never safe to handle your goldfish. Bacteria of any kind is easily transferred to goldfish and can kill them in a matter of days. It is important to use a net whenever transferring your goldfish from one tank to another. A variety of sizes and shapes are available in order to suite yours and your fish’s needs. Be sure the net is large enough for your fish to swim in and out with ease.
Food. Goldfish flakes are the best food available. They specially made for goldfish and contain all the vitamins and nutrients needed for a happy healthy fish. Home remedy fish food is frowned upon because it is very hard to anticipate the nutritional needs of your fish at all times. A can of goldfish flakes costs about five dollars and is truly the best investment for your fish. It is important not to over feed your fish. One pinch of flakes a day is plenty for your little fishy. Goldfish do not have stomachs and if they are overfed you put their digestive track at risk. An easy way to tell if you are over feeding your fish is if they have a long strand of “poop” coming out of them at any time. This means they had too much food to process. Simply cut back a little bit on the food and your fish will be fine.
Goldfish have been known to live for years. Most can grow up to six inches long! It has been proven that fish have personalities and are able to recognize caregivers. With the correct knowledge and equipment owning fish can be a wonderful pet experience.