How To Take Care Of Goldfish

Goldfish Care, Diseases & Symptoms Information

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The Beautiful Betta

beautiful Betta

Nutrafin Betta Plus Review : The manufacturer says it is an easy to use water conditioner that makes tap water safe for your beautiful Bettas. On top of that it coats their scales and fins to protect against scrapes and cuts.  Lets find out if all of this is necessary.

The Betta (also known as The Siamese Fighting Fish)

Nutrafin Betta Plus water conditioner

Nutrafin Betta Plus

The Betta is a fresh water ray finned fish, which belongs to the Gourami family. In most cases these fish are extremely colorful. Additionally they have the capability to live in water with a low oxygen level.

But if you are planning to keep these beautiful fish in their home for any length of time, then it is very important to take good care of them. This task is not as easy as it sounds.

The general perception people have is that all one needs to do is just buy the fish from the store, fill the aquarium with water and put the fish in it. That’s simply not true. You have to regularly clean the fish tank, maintain the optimum pH levels along with the right salt and mineral content.

The tap water that we use to fill the fish bowls is actually very harmful to some fish. Although it will not harm people after being properly treated, it can prove to be toxic for aquatic life. For the safety of the fish in the aquarium, water conditioners should be added. It is necessary to use water conditioners for both fresh water as well as salt water aquariums.

Nutrafin Betta Plus Water Conditioner

This is a water conditioner that is readily available. Using it makes the water safe for Betta fish. It’s an easy to use product and designed to provide the optimum conditions for the well-being and longevity of Bettas.

Nutrafin Betta Plus helps protect your Betta

In addition, the Nutrafin Betta Plus water conditioner protects different body parts of the Bettas, such as their fins and scales, from cuts and scratches by coating them.

It is very important to provide conditions similar to those occurring in the habitat of Bettas. The tropical almond leaf extract is added to the Nutrafin Betta Plus water conditioner for this very purpose. It is advisable to use the conditioner with every water change.

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Carp Goldfish

Carp Goldfish

A brief history of Goldfish

Goldfish are domesticated members of the carp family. Their scientific name is Carassius auratus. They are native to China and were first domesticated during the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907. Initially, they were raised and maintained for food in freshwater ponds. However, during the Song Dynasty from 960 to 1279, the Chinese also placed them in containers for ornamental display. These may very well have been the first aquaria.

Facts About Goldfish (Carp)

Most carp are dull colors like tan, brown, and grey. This is because they are bottom dwelling fish and these dull colors enable them to blend into the environment to escape predators or to hide from their prey. However, a color mutation ranging from yellow to orange-red occurs naturally in carp populations. The Chinese began to ‘select’ for orange colored carp when rearing these fish and this is how we came to have the domesticated gold carp, now commonly called goldfish.

Apart from color, other traits have been selected over the decades and we now have more than 120 varieties of goldfish. These varieties include the popular Fantail goldfish, Bubble Eye goldfish, and the interesting Celestial Eye goldfish with telescopic bug eyes and a double tail. Other color variations include the Jet Black Moor goldfish with telescopic eyes and Pearlscale goldfish with long lines of beautiful pearl-colored spots. All of these various goldfish varieties are still the same species even though they may look very different.

Facts about Koi Fish

The Japanese often keep larger goldfish called Koi in Koi ponds. These are found in yards and parks. Koi ponds are usually part of a water garden. The word “Koi” is a homophone in the Japanese language that loosely means love, happiness, and affection. This is why Koi goldfish are a symbol of friendship and joy in Japan and why they are often given as gifts. In recent years, Americans and Europeans have become increasingly interested in creating Koi ponds too. In fact, it has become quite a popular hobby, easy to do in most backyards with a few pond supplies.

Koi Fish Pond Design Fundamentals For Your Carp Environment

Facts about Goldfish Care

Goldfish care is relatively easy compared to other domesticated fish. All you really need is a small fish tank and some fish food especially formulated for goldfish. You really don’t even need aquarium filters and pumps if you are careful to change the water frequently. However, if you don’t change the water frequently and you don’t have a good filtration system, the water can become oxygen depleted and your goldfish will suffer or even die. Hence the reason most people invest in a good filtration machine.

Feeding goldfish can be trickier than you think. In nature, all carp are opportunistic omnivores. This means they eat whatever they can and whenever the opportunity arises. They eat both plants and small invertebrate animals. Because they are opportunistic feeders in nature, it is natural for them to keep eating as long as food is available. Domesticated goldfish retain this trait so they have a tendency to continue eating as long as there is food in the tank. This can kill them as their digestive system can become compacted if they eat too much. It is important, therefore, to be careful not to over-feed goldfish.

Goldfish and other carp are gregarious in nature, meaning they travel in schools. If you maintain a large enough aquarium to accommodate several goldfish, you can enjoy watching your goldfish exhibit schooling behavior.

The most aesthetic way to keep goldfish is to use at least a twenty gallon aquarium equipped with aquarium filters and pumps for oxygenating the water and filtering out wastes. In this way, you only rarely have to change the water, and even then, you only need to do partial changes.

Different Aquatic Plants

Different Aquatic Plants

If you include some aquatic plants and an overhead light, you will have a beautiful aquarium that can serve as a mesmerizing centerpiece for any room. Just keep in mind that algae will grow on the sides of the aquarium with the overhead light turned on all the time. As the algae builds up, it can make an otherwise beautiful aquarium unsightly.

To remedy this problem, just stop by the pet store and purchase some snails to go with your goldfish. Snails are quite efficient at keeping the algae under control.

Watching goldfish swim in their aquarium, tank or pond can be a fun way to relax after a hard day. In fact it can become addictive. If cared for properly, goldfish can live twenty years, although the average lifespan of goldfish that survive the first year in captivity is seven to nine years.

Interesting Facts about Goldfish

There was one goldfish that actually lived for forty-nine years in captivity!

While perhaps not as loving as a dog or a cat, the relationship between a human and goldfish can become quite friendly. Goldfish care can be rewarding.  Your fish can be trained to swim right to you and take food directly from your fingers. Some goldfish are so smart that they learn to do tricks!

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Learn How To Take Care Of Your ShubunkinWhen you are considering getting your very first pet goldfish, the Shubunkin is a good choice; especially for kids and newbies. They have a beautiful, unusual coloration that you will definitely love.

The Shubunkin goldfish is one of the most sought-after breed. It was developed in Japan inside the latter part of the 19th century; hence, the Japanese. There are different kinds of this breed, such as:  American, London, and Bristol Shubunkins.

Shubunkins are similar in appearance to the common goldfish when it comes to body shapes; though the Shubunkin carries a more streamlined shape and its tail and fins are slightly longer. What makes the them dissimilar from ordinary goldfish is their coloration.

They are well-known for their unusual color pattern; a mixture of metallic and translucent scales with blotches of black, red, brown, white, and blue.  In addition, they are referred to as the calico goldfish due to their unusual color patterns, which also run within the fins and tail from the fish.

Among the many types of this breed everywhere in the world, the most common is the Bristol variety.  I would strongly recommend this type of goldfish for newbies since they have good resistance to conditions and don’t need a lot maintenance. The Shubunkin can live for over ten years and grow more than a foot in length as long as it is given enough room and is well-fed.

The perfect habitat for growing huge Shubunkin goldfish is usually a tank or pond.  In the video you below, you will a beautiful Shubunkin and Koi living in harmony together.  Notice how clean they keep the tank…very important!

This breed are usually not picky eaters.  They will almost devour whatever you place in front of them, fish flakes or pellets, live worms, as well as cooked vegetables. It is recommended that you offer them many different foods to keep them healthy. Just take care in feeding them live food like worms as they may contain parasites that may cause various illnesses.

And concerning the water conditions, Shubunkin goldfish aren’t that sensitive to it as well. As a matter of fact, they are able to thrive in any type of water provided the temperature is is not too cold or not too hot.  If you want to keep your goldfish healthy and happy, make sure you install an effective filtration and aeration system inside your aquarium. By doing this, you can cut down on the possibility of having to nurse sick goldfish.

Similliar to other kinds of goldfish, the this breed requires a lot of oxygen in their water.  Therefore, it is most advantageous for them to live in a tank with a wide opening.

Even if the Shubunkin goldfish are hardy, it doesn’t mean that they are going to be okay without any care. They require some maintenance so as to remain healthy. As a goldfish parent, you must be sure that they are always well-fed and that their tank is clean.  By doing this, you will ensure that you’re going to enjoy their company for a few years to come.

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Black Moor and Common GoldfishThose who are looking to own a goldfish for a pet would definitely be in for a treat as there are so many varieties of this domesticated fish, all of them with their own unique physical characteristics.

However, before deciding which goldfish to buy, it would be a great idea to know more about the different types of goldfish and what they look like.  While they are living creatures, the aesthetic value of a goldfish is something that you should consider when you decide to take one in as a pet.

Here are the top 5 types of goldfish you should consider getting:

Common Goldfish
This is by far the most popular type of goldfish and there is no mistaking its look.  This one has bright orange scales and a while tail.

Black Moor
This one is is often mistaken for another type of fish because of its jet black scales.  There are sub-varieties of the Black Moor goldfish, which are named according to the accurate description of their eyes.  Among the sub-varieties include Popeye, Telescope, Demekin (Japan) and Dragon Eye (China).

Bubble Eye
As its  name suggests, the eyes of this type of goldfish look like large bubbles and are ostentatiously disproportionate to its body size.  This one does not have a dorsal fin and its body is shaped remarkably like an egg.

Lionchu or Lionranchu
This type of goldfish is the result of cross breeding a Lionhead and a Ranchu.  It is predominantly white and pale orange in color while its head and body are both very round.  If you wish to have this as a pet, you will most likely have to pre-order it as it is quite hard to come by in some places.

This variety looks nothing like the common goldfish, except for its color.  Its body is considerably elongated compared to most other types of goldfish and its fins as well as tail are almost as long as its body.

As you can see from this basic, shortened list, there are many types of goldfish that you might  want to look at, but these 5 are some of the most spectacular.  Should you be interested in other varieties, you can always inquire at local or online pet stores. The primary thing you should consider is your lifestyle and what type of goldfish would work best for you and/or your family.

The good news is that there is a pet goldfish for every personality type and environment!

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How to take care of comet goldfishOne of the most common types of fancy goldfish in the United States is the Comet goldfish. This kind of goldfish can be distinguished from others because its tail is long and deeply forked. The comet goldfish is also slimmer and smaller compared to the ordinary goldfish.

This particular goldfish is one of the most common aquarium fish and they are one of the first sea creatures that were domesticated. The comet goldfish variety actually derived its name from the uniqueness of its tail.

This kind of goldfish was first seen in Washington on the United States Government Fish Commission. It was believed that this breed was developed in the 1980′s by the government worker Hugo Mullertt. This man became a propagator of goldfish and he was also the first to introduce comet goldfish to the market in large volumes.  Thanks Hugo!

In addition, the comet goldfish is a great breed for people who are beginners when it comes to raising fish. This kind of fish is easy to take care of and you can keep your pet in an outdoor pond or inside your house in an aquarium, tank or large bowl.

The main attraction that this fish has to offer is its beautiful tail. As I stated above, the forked tail is very long and it is even expected that the tail is as long as the body. In large comet fish, the body is about 12 inches long and the tail can be of the same length but in some circumstances it can also be greater than the body.

The tips of the caudal fin are clear and this makes an attractive sight especially if it seen in the background of the comets color. Commonly, this kind of goldfish comes in yellow and silver. However, these fish can also come in a combination of other metallic colors. The comet goldfish are much smaller than the common goldfish. Usually, an average comet reaches six to ten inches although there are certain fish specimens that can reach up to twelve inches or so.

Comets also have the usual characteristics that the goldfish variety possesses. Comets are agile swimmers and they are also very fast. Aside from that comets are very fertile and they can multiply and propagate in a short span of time. They are one of the most prolifically bred fish in pet shops and they are common to various shops all over the country.

The Sarasa comet goldfish is one of the most common kinds of comets. The Sarasa breed can be distinguished easily because of the white pattern in its body and the deep red color which is depicted on its body and on its fins. Although comets can be raised in outdoor ponds and they can thrive in that environment, they are prone to fin congestions during winter.

Comets are in demand in various parts of the world since many aquarists are fascinated with this breed. With its inexpensive price, the comet goldfish is the ideal pet not just for veteran fish breeders and raisers but also for beginners who would love to try their hand in raising a goldfish.  So there you have it – some fascinating facts for those of us who adore comet goldfish.

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A variety of goldfish types is available in the pet store, and it can be very overwhelming to choose between them all. Many people who are considering purchasing a goldfish for their child or for the home in general are surprised to realize there are different varieties of goldfish available.

It seems like it would be as easy as walking into the pest store and asking for a couple of goldfish. Unfortunately, it is not that easy at all. It could be that easy, but once all the different colors and body types are seen, it is hard to decide which one is best.

A pet store associate can explain the different goldfish types if necessary. It might be wise to do a little research on each of the different types of goldfish before going into the store to make a purchase. There are differences to each of the types and understanding each variety of goldfish can better help find the perfect match.

The many goldfish types include lionhead, common, bubble eye, black moor, comet, fantail, celestial eye, ranchu, oranda, pearl scale, telescoping eye, shubunkin, veil tail, pom pom, panda moor, ryukin, lionchu and tosakin. The names can give a good indication for some of the good fish as to what they may look like.

Some factors that might affect the decision making process are cost, compatibility, and housing. The different goldfish types will vary in price. The common goldfish is generally inexpensive. It is one of the most popular types of goldfish.

It is also necessary to consider where the fish will be housed. Some fish are suited for a backyard pond, and others will not thrive in the outdoors. If planning to get a mixture of different types, make sure the fish are combatable. Some varieties do best when they are placed on with fish of the same type. These are all important things to consider before just going in and buying some goldfish.

It is also important to note that if any goldfish types will be placed in a fish tank, it is recommended to house only one fish in a 10- 20-gallon tank. If more fish are wanted, it will necessary to invest in a larger tank.

Doing the homework and making decisions before actually stepping into the pet store can save time and challenges that could arise further down the road. Being prepared can ensure the goldfish remains happy and healthy for many years.

If you want to read an inexpensive book on the many varieties of goldfish, I highly recommend you read the following as it cost only $2.99:

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There are many types of goldfish available. It may be hard to choose which goldfish to take home. Picking out the most colorful or prettiest goldfish might help make the decision easier. It might also be helpful to research the different types of goldfish to see if there are any major differences in the goldfish.

The truth is the different varieties of goldfish each come with different characteristics and challenges. Understanding the challenges can make a big difference in the final decision making process. A pet store associate may also be able to help determine which goldfish will be the perfect match.

A fantail is one type of goldfish. It has a short body with a high dorsal fin. The color may vary. The fantail goldfish is perfect for an outdoor pond. It can survive year round as long as the water is deep enough to ensure a warm area is left at the bottom of the pond.

A common goldfish is generally orange and yellow. The common goldfish is easy to take care of and is a very social pet. The common goldfish are one of the most popular types of goldfish.

Black moor goldfish got their name because they were originally always black. Now other colors of the goldfish are available. Some of the black moor goldfish have a telescopic eye that come out of the head. Others have a normal eye.

The black moor goldfish are not well suited for the outdoor pond or any fish tank with many decorations. They tend to have poor vision making it hard for them to see predators outdoors and sharp objects indoors. They also have a hard time finding their food and may not be the best types of goldfish for all aquariums.

Black Moor Goldfish

Comet goldfish are red-orange and yellow. They have a very long body and require plenty of room to swim. Comet goldfish make good pond fish. The lionhead goldfish has a short body with no dorsal fin. It is a very colorful goldfish and is best for an indoor aquarium.

The bubble eye goldfish is a small fancy variety of goldfish. The eyes on the fish are almost entirely surrounded by a fluid-filled sac. The eyes can easily become damaged, so it best to place the bubble eye in tank of their own. Many more types of goldfish are available that may be excellent additions to any home. It really comes down to personal preference.

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