An important part of maintaining goldfish is choosing an aquarium which provides the space needed to keep your goldfish healthy. After all, it’s their environment or home. As the proud owner, make it as enjoyable as you can for your fish. It will be gratifying for your fish if a little extra time is taken to choose the best possible place for them to live.
Choosing the goldfish aquarium size
Following is a guide for making your choice.
- It’s important to understand that small containers are suitable for a brief time only. Give your pet plenty of space to swim around.
- The smaller the quantity of water used in the aquarium, the quicker it will evaporate. Therefore, always use bigger receptacles to house healthy goldfish. Buy the biggest aquarium that you can afford.
Selecting the Best Aquarium Shape
There are also differences in the patterns and forms available when choosing your aquarium. For example tall, hexagonal, round, square…you get the picture. These varied forms may be interesting, but by far the rectangular aquarium is the most popular aquarium in use today. The rectangular shape is very practical.
I tend to like this shape because it gives a great frontal view.
Aquariums that are round can provide an irregular view of your goldfish and those tanks that are tall also have an unsatisfactory surface exterior. Because of its capacity and proportions, the rectangular shape works well with the additional equipment, filters, pumps, decorations,etc. Good ventilation is provided with auxiliary or additional equipment and this makes the goldfish environment much more pleasant.
- Caution: If you decide to purchase a cheap aquarium, keep in mind they are likely to be defaced when they are cleaned and will turn yellow with time and use. In addition, they will curve or arch more easily – even the bigger ones if the materials used to make the aquarium are cheap.
Finally, and most importantly, when buying an aquarium don’t forget to take into account the number of fish that you want to keep as this directly affects the size necessary.
In order to keep a goldfish healthy and happy, they need a clean environment with plenty of room to grow. To the surprise of many people, a 10 to 20 gallon goldfish tank is really only sufficient for one goldfish. Rule of thumb: adding another 10 gallons per fish is ideal.
Goldfish can live for many years and reach their full potential if properly housed in a big enough tank.