If you’re after a first pet or even just a pet that is low in maintenance but fun to keep, you can’t go past the not so humble goldfish. Goldfish are famed for being easy to care for and after you read this article, you’ll agree!
Housing Your Goldfish
The first thing that you’ll need for your goldfish is somewhere to keep it. You have a few options for this – a goldfish bowl, an aquarium or even an outdoor pond. Bowls are traditionally popular but you are actually better off buying an aquarium to keep your goldfish in so that they have more room to move, and so that you don’t have to clean the aquarium as much! Add a filter and/or an air pump to clean the water and increase the amount of available oxygen.
Unless you like the stark look, you’ll need to decorate your aquarium. Not only will it look nicer, it’ll make your goldfish happier. Use decorations such as gravel, rocks, ornaments (such as the traditional castle) and plants inside your aquarium.
Feeding Your Goldfish
To keep your goldfish vibrantly coloured and healthy, you’ll need to give your goldfish a balanced diet. Use a fish food that is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Flake food is ideal. Frozen food is also a good idea but be careful that you do not provide your goldfish with too much meaty food.
Remember to only feed as much food as your goldfish will eat within five minutes. Anymore and the fish can overeat and the water will become dirty quicker. If you see fish food at the bottom of the aquarium, you know you’ll have fed too much. Feed your goldfish twice a day.
Keeping the Aquarium Clean
Goldfish are known for being “messy fish” but it is actually quite easy to keep their aquarium clean. You should do a partial change of the water every week or so. Do it earlier if you notice that the water has become cloudy. A partial water change is done by removing half of the old water. The new water is placed in a bucket and treated with water conditioner to remove any chemicals or contaminants that can harm your fish. Once the new water is treated, simply add it to the tank.
Purchasing Your Goldfish
When you are buying your goldfish, it is essential that you buy healthy specimens. Always have a look at them before you buy them. Look for fish that have erect dorsal fins that swim freely about the tank and that are a good size for their age. Look for fish that are alert and responsive and that feed well. Never buy your goldfish from a tank that looks like it has a sick fish in it.
Topic: Owning a Pet