Goldfish are one of the most popular pets to keep around. These gentle little creatures are easy to take care of. It is also proven that watching goldfish (or fish in general) swim is therapeutic and reduces stress.
If you are planning to get yourself a goldfish, here are 4 things you need to know ahead about goldfish care.
You need to choose a healthy goldfish.
You would not want to buy one that dies after a day or two. The first step in becoming a goldfish owner begins with choosing a healthy fish from the pet shop. When choosing one, you have to check the fish’s surroundings. Is the tank full of sick or dead fish? If so, you might want to get a goldfish from another place, since a goldfish surrounded by sick or dead fish can mean that it is sick as well, no matter how healthy it may look like. It can also carry whichever illness its tank mates have.
You would want to get a goldfish from a clean tank with active goldfish and not too many in one tank. Healthy goldfish have clear eyes and their fins do not appear clamped.
Goldfish are quite sociable, so they are not stressed by having tank mates. Just make sure you don’t buy more than your tank can handle.
Get a tank, not a bowl.
If you want to be a good owner, do not get a bowl for your goldfish. A bowl typically does not provide enough room for one goldfish, all the more if you add a filter and aeration system to keep the water clean. Goldfish produce a lot of waste, so it’s better to buy a tank as large as you can manage. The general rule of thumb is one goldfish for ever six gallons of water.
Add pebbles and gravel in the tank.
Adding pebbles or aquarium gravel is one way to make your goldfish’s home pretty. But more than just aesthetic value, gravel and pebbles can also serve as a home for beneficial bacteria that can help break down waste material.
Feed your goldfish.
Goldfish food is usually high-quality flakes or pellets formulated specifically for them. Goldfish love to eat and can die due to overeating, so make sure you don’t overfeed them. A good rule of thumb to follow is to only put in enough food for the fish to consume in five minutes. If there is any leftover goldfish food after that, remove it from the tank. You can feed your goldfish twice a day, or once more for goldfish snack.
If taken good care of, the goldfish lifespan can go up to five to ten years. Goldfish care is something that is learned through the years so don’t get frustrated with yourself if you fail the first time.