Your Beginner Guide To How To Take Care Of Goldfish
Goldfish are easy to keep, but they still have some requirements and need special goldfish care to be healthy and happy.
They are tiny fishes, with great colors that are a pleasure to watch wondering around their tank. But that is not the only reason why they are so popular.
People keep goldfish as pets because they are not high maintenance, are inexpensive, and live a long time. You don’t have to worry about walking them, or that will destroy your home. Besides, having an aquarium with fish can reduce your anxiety. It’s relaxing to watch them gliding throw the water. They are great companions. Having a tank with goldfishes will help you feel less alone, and they will entertain you. Now that we have seen why they are so popular among pets range, let’s find out more about their maintenance.
How big should a goldfish tank be?
You may be tempted to believe that a bowl will be sufficient for your goldfish, but this it’s not true. They need enough room to grow and swim. Common goldfish can grow up to 8-10 inches, so their tank must be adequate for their final size.
The tank should be at least 4 feet long and with a volume of 25 gallons for the common goldfish. If you have more than one goldfish, you should add to this volume an extra 10 gallons for each additional fish. A bigger tank will also help you keep the water clean for a longer period of time.
What you should keep in mind it’s that it didn’t exist a tank too big for your goldfish. We presented you with the right minimum size, but depending on your room and budget, you can go bigger. The bigger it’s the tank, the better it will be for your goldfish.
Do goldfish require special tank conditions?
The best goldfish tank requires some special conditions, depending on their characteristics.
They are cold-water fish, so they do not require a heater. Their water temperature should be between 62 and 72 Fahrenheit degrees. You can see the water’s temperature using a special thermometer.
Goldfishes love soft water and this means that the alkalinity should be higher than the acidity. The water PH should measure between 7.0 and 7.4.
They love plants, and you can choose fake ones or real ones. If you choose real, you must make sure that they are adequate for them and take into consideration the water temperature and PH to make sure that the plants will survive in the tank.
The water should have an optimal oxygen level, and for that, you can use an air stone. This will keep your goldfish healthy.
To keep the tank clean, you can use a biological filter that will help you keep the water free of debris. You can also add a special fish that are bottom feeders and keep the tank clean. An example of this type of fish it’s plecos or cory cats, that survive in cold water and can be added to your goldfish tank.
What do you feed a goldfish?
Goldfish can be fed two times per day with presoaked food. You can get a plastic cup with aquarium water, and swirl the food in it before you give it to your goldfish. But let’s see what you can feed your goldfish. Exists on the market special formulated food for goldfish that has a lower concentration of protein and more carbohydrates than normal fish food. They need less protein because they have trouble digesting a higher amount of protein. You can choose pellets or flake forms or both if you want to give your goldfish variety.
How long goldfishes live?
The average life span is between 5-10 years. You can prolong the life of your goldfish by taking the right care for it and the tank environment.
Can goldfish live with other fishes?
Goldfish are social, and they love the presence of other fish in their tank. However, not all fish can live with goldfish because every type of fish has different needs. As I mentioned earlier, bottom-feeder fish such as plecos or cory cats can live with goldfish, and as a bonus, it will take care of the cleaning department of the tank.
But they are also other types of fishes that can live with the goldfish: white cloud mountains minnows, danios or gold medaka.
Goldfishes make extraordinary pets if you pay attention to their low-maintenance needs. It’s a pleasure to have a tank in your house and relax, watching the colorful goldfishes activity in the tank.
Since he was ten years, Tim, writer at SMK Blog (sellingmykidney.com), enjoy fishkeeping. He starts with a 10-gallon tank with betta fish before he moves to a 100-gallon tank where he keeps his betta with turtle, goldfish and some guppies.