Along with the decision to have a pet comes the commitment of caring for the animal. Taking care of goldfish is much less demanding than caring for dogs or cats, however there are still a number of things you need to know to ensure the health and wellbeing of your fish.
The 3 basics you need to know when you have goldfish for pets.
1. Change the water regularly
As with most freshwater pet fish, the quality and cleanliness of the water they swim in is of utmost importance.
- If you are using a goldfish bowl to house your pet, it is necessary to change the water at least once a day to prevent the fish from getting sick.
- Dirty water can cause any number of illnesses, as well as depleting their oxygen supply making your fish uncomfortable.
- If you are using an aquarium, changing the water every 5-7 days is ideal, depending on the number of fish.
2. Feed your goldfish only once each day
- Most first time pet owners make the mistake of feeding their goldfish too often. Feeding them once a day (a pinch or two of pellets at a time) is sufficient as they do not require too much food.
- You might also consider feeding the fish with fresh fruits and vegetables (cut into very small pieces) for additional nutrition.
Check out the adorable video below to watch these goldfish enjoying spinach and peas!
3. Never overcrowd a fish tank or bowl
- Although a goldfish is quite small, your fish does require a lot of space to swim around. It is best not to place more than 2 to 3 fish in an aquarium to prevent them from getting stressed and/or agitated.
- If one of the fish becomes sick it is also recommended to separate the fish to avoid the spread of disease. The sick fish should be isolated in a separate tank and treated.
Goldfish care is not too complicated so anyone can get the hang of it in no time. Making sure that you have all the necessary aquarium accessories, (filters, gravel, plants etc.) for your tank enables you to be a great pet owner and enjoy the pleasure of watching your fish.