Your Beginner Guide on How to Take Care of a Goldfish

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Why do people keep goldfish?

As a parent, we often remember back to our childhood and our first real pet. It was more than likely a goldfish since they're so simple to keep. Especially if you have kids of your own, young ones under 4-year-old, are starting to like animals too. They’re great for kids because they teach them responsibility at an early age. And young kids get to learn about the life cycle of a goldfish, which is fun for kids. That usually prompts a return trip to the pet store for a new one if your goldfish happens to expire.

It doesn't apply to just kids either; you'll find teens and adults keeping goldfish because of their beauty and variety. Some varieties are so elegant to watch and promote relaxation for those who are stressed.

Even those of us who are older and retired will love the company of goldfish and a cat or two. Is it hard to think that your reason to keep a goldfish needs to be questioned? Goldfish are cool pets with loads of appeal for everyone.

How big should a goldfish tank be?

Do you remember that old question that your older brother or buddy asked you- if you asked a silly question? “How long is a piece of string?” You bet that sounds familiar- so alright then. We often think that there are set rules about how big a goldfish tank should be, based on the experts. Which experts, those social media attack dogs that railroad you on how to properly care for a goldfish? Seriously we’re not going to judge your own opinion on what is an appropriate size.

As a rule of thumb, we all know that goldfish will grow to fit their territorial boundaries. A small teaspoon-sized goldfish can be very happy in a tank no bigger than a small microwave. That's a simple 10-gallon tank with plenty of room to spare. You could choose a 5-gallon aquarium, however, over time you might want to add more goldfish to the mix.

Do goldfish require special tank conditions?

The golden rule with any kind of goldfish is always clean water, with no exceptions. Yes, the water is better if you have a filter. Chose one that best fits the size of the tank. If you keep more fish (up to 2 goldfish per 20-gallon tank) can still handle well with a bubbling filter. Depending on whether you choose a wet or dry filter you want to be sure that the returning water is rich in oxygen. A plus for anyone who adds a nitrate reducer to limit the times you need to change the water.

Lighting is pretty specific because the goldfish species need light to produce Vitamin D for their skin. Choose a full-spectrum light to keep them healthy and their colors vibrant. But when it comes to temperature, it's a no brainer. The temperature should be room temp. 72-76F or whatever the temperature happens to be that day. As for the pH of your tank, learn how to adjust the pH level in your tank with a pH kit. Test the water and adjust to the results. It’s a very simple kit you buy at the pet store.

What do you feed a goldfish?

Three items that should always be on your list to feed a goldfish are super simple to remember. The first is what you buy at the pet store. A quality goldfish food that can be either gel food or pellets. These can be given once a day but not more than that. The second one- you should find out is surprising enough? It's fresh fiber veggie snacks! Goldfish like spinach, and kale, lettuce, and cilantro. Yes- it seems your salad contents are also on the menu. Chop up some small pieces and drop them in and watch the feeding frenzy begin!

How long does a goldfish live?

This question is often asked and does need to be answered carefully. You need to take care of your goldfish and keep it healthy and happy. After all, it is a living animal and deserves a healthy life. Amazingly if you take care of your goldfish, it can live up to 40 years! Unlike most house pets, this is one animal that can outlast a dog or cat.

Can goldfish live with other goldfish?

Depending on the breed of goldfish you decide to mix, you'll need to know how pairing works — adding another goldfish to the tank if they are the same kind. For example, a comet with another comet will be fine. Comets are friends with Commons and Shubunkins because they all share similar eating habits and swimming habits. A bad combo would be a Comet and a telescope eye, which are very different from each other.