Goldfish are known as an easy fish to keep. This is somewhat misleading. There’s much more to keeping a goldfish than putting it into a bowl.
When most people think of goldfish, they do think of the popular image of a goldfish swimming in a fishbowl. In reality, though, a fishbowl is not the best place to keep a goldfish. It is too small for the fish to have enough room for comfort, and it doesn’t provide an easy way to use a filtration system.
Goldfish are not as easy to care for as you might imagine. Other tropical fish can require less care.
When choosing a goldfish, go for a smaller and cheaper variety if you are a beginner. There are some large, very expensive goldfish available. Don’t purchase those until you give a regular goldfish a try.
Here are some goldfish keeping tips.
Give your goldfish a place to live where it will have room to move. A ten-gallon tank is nice for one or two fish. Invest in a filter system. Goldfish eat a lot and make a lot of waste. You will want a filter helping you keep the water clean. A bubble bar is also a nice addition to a goldfish tank.
Feed your goldfish regular goldfish food you buy at the pet store. Give your fish only what it can eat in a few minutes. Do not overfeed your goldfish. Yes, they look like they are hungry all the time. Overfeeding leads to a cloudy tank and a dead fish.
Goldfish like to be cold. They are not tropical fish, and they don’t need a heater in the tank. Put your goldfish in an area of the house that stays cool. Do not overheat your goldfish.
Clean your fish’s tank as often as possible. Try for at least once a week. There are a few ways you can accomplish this. One way is to place your fish in another source of water (be sure the water is adequately treated for fish) and then clean the aquarium completely. Another way is to use a hose to clean out the rocks and to take about 2/3 of the water out of the tank, leaving 1/3 of the water in the tank with the goldfish. Then replace the rest of the water, making sure that it is conditioned for fish.
Goldfish can live happily with other kinds of fish, but keep in mind the needs of the different varieties. Some fish will not like the same environment as a goldfish does.
With the right preparation you and your goldfish can have a happy life together.