Deciding to have a pet is effectively signing on to a commitment which involves caring for the animal. Goldfish care, while much less demanding than caring for dogs or cats, there are still a number of things that you should know as a pet owner in order to ensure the health and well being of your fish.
Here are some of the things you should know when you have goldfish for a pet:
Changing the Water Regularly
As with most freshwater pet fishes, the quality and cleanliness of the water they swim in is of utmost importance. If you are using a fishbowl to house your pet, it is necessary to change the water at least once a day so as to prevent the fish from getting sick. Dirty water can cause any number of illnesses, not to mention it depletes their oxygen supply which makes them quite uncomfortable.
On the other hand, if you are using an aquarium, changing the water every 5-7 days would be ideal depending on the number of fishes.
Feed Your Goldfish Only Once Everyday
Most first time pet owners make the mistake of feeding their goldfish too much. Feeding them once a day (a pinch or two of pellets at a time) is sufficient as they do not require too much food. In addition, you might also want to consider feeding the fish with fresh fruits and vegetables (cut into very small pieces) for better nutrition.
Never Overcrowd a Fish Tank or Bowl
While a goldfish is quite small, it does require a lot of space to swim around. It is best not to place more than 2-3 fishes in an aquarium so as to prevent them from getting stressed and/or agitated. It would also be beneficial to separate the fishes so as to avoid the spread of disease if in case one of them gets sick.
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 pet supplies would allow you to be a great pet owner.