Why Is My Goldfish Dying?

Many people have experienced the death of a goldfish at some point in their lives.


The idea of bringing a goldfish home from the fair in a goldfish bowl, feeding it, and expecting it to live only a short period before having to flush the poor goldfish down the toilet is outdated.


Most people now know, or should know, goldfish that are properly cared for can live for many years. A child may not ever have to experience the heartbreak of a dying goldfish.

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An efficient filter system is essential to avoid killing your fish


Basic care for your goldfish

Size and maintenance of the aquarium are important factors when taking care of your goldfish.

#1 Consider the size of the tank

A goldfish bowl is not a proper home for a goldfish. It’s recommended that 1 goldfish be housed in a 10-gallon fish tank. A small goldfish bowl is not even close to this size. The fish simply don’t have enough room to swim and grow and can’t thrive in such a small environment.


Goldfish bowls are inexpensive and some people do still purchase them for their goldfish. If a bowl must be used, it should only be used for a short period. It shouldn’t be the long-term home for the goldfish. If the goldfish is not moved to a larger tank, you’ll will more than likely see signs of a dying goldfish in less than a year.

#2 Aquarium Maintenance