I keep an old turkey baster next to my little fish bowl. Every few days I will use it to suck out some water and the dirts accumulated on the bottom of the tank and feed my plants. Then I can replace a cup or two of clean, aerated water into the bowl, reducing my need to change the whole fishbowl and feeding my houseplants at the same time!
Great for kids with a 'first time pet fish' too!
That is a nice idea, but there are a few problems with your idea. Your fish needs a much bigger tank, especially a goldfish. They are an extremely dirty fish. Put him in a 10 gallon tank, complete with light and filter, and you'll have a much happier fish. You could still siphon out a bit of water for your plant.
Recently a friend gave me two large gold fish they didn't want anymore. The one kept swimming belly-up (upside down). I was told it was a sign she was going to die soon. I couldn't take it watching her struggle! What it is, is a sign of infection and it affects their balance and buoyancy. It can't be cured.
What does this do? I am a bit confused as to what this does and why it works?
Thanks for posting this remedy. My ryukin started swimming belly up today and I just gave him some peas. He's already swimming better. Thanks again!
My mom tried this and it WORKED!!! Well at least it seems to be working, the fish no longer floats at the top with its belly up. The water is a little muggy but she just keeps cleaning it, she even used frozen peas, with out the skin and the fish loves them, and she feeds it its normal food just not too much. Thank God for the internet, well, we could have just bought a nother fish. Which, it's not a goldfish by the way, it's some sort of other color fish.
My little pearl scale goldfish started to swim belly up and I was told to flush it. I've already given it two treatments of antibiotics and it seemed to get a bit better but it's not swiming around just kinda floats there like it can't unstick it's self from the top...I hope the peas work! ;o)
My 2 year old loves fish so we set up a 10 gallon tank that we had found on the street and went to the pet store.
Well, if they keep having babies, and you decide you don't want them all you should donate them to an animal fundraiser for prizes or even a locally owned pet store.
This looks like a Sunset Platy to me. Both Platies and Mollie are live bearers and are often pregnant when you get them from the pet store. Females can hold sperm for 6-8 months before giving birth. They tend to have them in several small litters to increase the chances of the babies surviving.
Mollies and paties are both great fish, but they will eat their own young. If you want any of the babies to survive (and keep your grandson happy), you'll need to move the mother to a different home or provide a lot of plants and such for the babies to hide in. Mollies should also really be in a larger tank (1 gallon per inch of fish) and have a filter and have heat and air sources. You can usually buy a basic 10 gallon setup fairly cheap, or even better, ask around. A lot of people have the basics sitting around in their garage or attic.
Here's a good link with more information: http://www.tetra-fish.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1696
The photograph you posted is of a swordtail or molly, and not a goldfish. Both of these give birth to young ones directly. Goldfish lay eggs which may or may not mature into young ones in an aquarium. But this only if the fish is already pregnant.
It's hard to tell in the photo because you can't see the details of the tail fin but if that is a goldfish it's a Comet Goldfish. If the tail fin is shaped more like a fan (slightly round out) it's probably a platy but if the tail fin looks like an indented V it's a comet. In any event, if it keeps having babies you can also talk to the pet store to see if they will take them and possibly for a little cash or in exchange for some fish food. ;-)
Tips for caring for goldfish. Post your tips.
Caring for Goldfish
We found an old plastic organizer drawer that we keep a 24 cent goldfish in. We vacuum out the tank with an old pancake syrup bottle by squeezing it while it is empty and making it vacuum up all the debris and waste that accumulates in the tank.
We change the water about 40 percent each day and vaccuum all the time with the syrup bottle.
We feed the little fish squash, the bugs that fall in the "pond" at night, and vegetables we have cooked that evening.
They dont need to be overfed. Ours eats a lot of bugs judging by the waste it creates in the water.
The fish recognizes me when I come to vacuum out the little pond he lives in, he darts back and forth with glee. It is so cute.
I won't feed the fish commercial flakes because it seems to constipate the fish and make them ill.
you don't need to clean every day. do it once a week or less. You must be over feeding to need to clean that much. just a pinch once a day. goldfish are piggie little fish and will eat whenever you offer food. they do not need to eat so much and most goes to the bottom. I have never heard of feeding like you do, but "if it ain't broke don't fix it" as they say. I like the idea you use for a tank vacuum. I never have a problem with my bigger tank but the bowl I keep my betta in is a pain to clean, even with a filter. I will try your idea with the small syrup bottle or something like it to vacuum.
Hey i have a goldfish and his tail is stuck together causing his balance to be off. both partsof his tail are there they are just next to each other instead of one on top and onw on bottom. i have never seen this happen before. Does anyone know what i should do?
Do goldfish eat their young? How long do they stay pregnant?