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Caring For Goldfish

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Goldfish make great pets, they are beautiful and fun to watch. Whether you're planning on getting a goldfish or you already have one, it is important to understand the proper way to care for them. This is a guide about caring for goldfish.


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January 6, 20052 found this helpful

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.

But, I remembered an old, old remedy! I did it and it worked! I gave her early sweet peas. I smushed them between my fingers and put them in the tank. She ate them and after 1 hour she was swimming right side up like nothing. So, each day I feed her the smushed peas towards evening. In the morning she gets her regular fish food. Now, she swims with grace and beauty!

Remember it is not a cure, because there is no known cure for this.

By LilHoneyBrat

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I used sweet peas from a can. You have to mush them up. But, you can't use a lot maybe 7-8 peas only. But, I did forget to mention this also means you have to clean your tank more often. JJ

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November 19, 2013

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!

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December 5, 20041 found this helpful

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. We only buy the goldfish that are on sale (3 for $3), because then if they die, I can replace one no problem, and my son has no idea that one has died. They all look the same and do the same job as fish that cost so much more! He loves them, that is all that matters.


By Carol

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July 9, 20110 found this helpful

I bought my grandson "a" as in one, goldfish from Walmart the day before Easter (as in end of April). Now it has had its 2nd load of babies. 4wks ago it had 10 and now on July 4th we found 16 new ones. My grandson is now in love with his 26 babies. How is she doing this on her own? Will she keep doing it? The fish's name is Easter Fish. Thanks.


By Barb


July 9, 20110 found this helpful

She apparently came pregnant; and has since enjoyed some "hanky panky" with one of her offspring. She looks more like some sort of guppy to me, and they're prolific breeders. She will continue to produce babies as long as she potentially has contact with male fish.

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July 9, 20110 found this helpful

By the way, she looks more like a molly than a goldfish; she is pretty! Their life span is about 2 years.

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July 10, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 10, 20110 found this helpful

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.tetr  hread.php?t=1696

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

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. ;-)

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September 8, 20110 found this helpful

Just make sure this is a goldfish because this picture does not look like a goldfish it looks like a molly check it out! Then look for a new aquarium for the big family.....

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January 1, 20180 found this helpful

How did u know the fish was Pregnant ?

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August 27, 2017

I just won five fish at a carnival yesterday. They are all kinds of different sizes and colours of gold fish. I don't know what to feed them because I don't have the time or the money to go out and get fish food. I also don't know what I'm going to do because I'm worried that some of the bigger fish will get aggressive and take the smaller fishes' food and then the smaller fish won't get any food. What should I do?


August 27, 20170 found this helpful

Goldfish take a lot of care if you do this one right. I had them for years here. Some of them get sick from time to time and they need drops put in the water.

I had to get a bowl where I could put in a filter and air for them. Some people keep them in bowls and just change the water daily. Goldfish are dirty and they water gets dirty fast.

You will need to buy some goldfish food from the market for them to eat. You add just a bit to the bowl once a day. You can keep them in separate bowls if you want or leave them all together. They will all do fine and find enough to eat. Don't overfeed them otherwise your water will be dirty quicker.

You need to get a product for your water that needs to be added each time you change the water in the bowl. When I had my goldfish I spent a lot of money on the aquarium, filters, pumps, and cleaners. You can do it cheaper than I did. I just didn't want to change the water in the bowl all the time.

If this is a problem I would suggest that you find a good home for them. Many people love having goldfish in their homes. Ask around and see if one of your friends would like a few of them. You can keep one for yourself and put it in a medium size bowl. Goldfish do grow fast and they can get rather large.

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August 27, 20170 found this helpful

Goldfish need food formulated for them. They need clean water at a certain temperature and ph. You need to introduce just a few goldfish into the tank at once. Here is an excellent article on the subject:https://hubpage  ing-for-Goldfish

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

Honestly, if I didn't have the time or money to care for a goldfish. I would have not accepted the prize and ask if there was a different prize available, or give the goldfishes a home where they can grow and be well taken care of.

Here's a great tutorial:  Care-of-Goldfish

For a low maintenance fish, I would recommend a beta fish!

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August 30, 20170 found this helpful

I'm happy you asked because I've not done well with many a goldfish in my past. Here is a fantastic guide of how to take care of goldfish including how to feed, cycle their water, and quarantining them:

http://thegoldf  sh-keepers-make/

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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

Vegetables are great for goldfish. Goldfish owners can boil or microwave leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, and even peas and garlic for a few seconds, softening the cellulose in the cell walls of the plants. After the veggies cool, they can be fed to the goldfish.

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August 17, 20050 found this helpful

Tips for caring for goldfish. Post your tips.


August 17, 20050 found this helpful

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.

By Racer

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August 30, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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By Savannah (Guest Post)
September 5, 20050 found this helpful

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?

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August 31, 20080 found this helpful

Do goldfish eat their young? How long do they stay pregnant?

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about what can I feed a goldfish other than fish food? Regular goldfish food is best for a fish in a bowl or tank.

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about keeping track of fish feeding. Fish will often eat as much as you feed them so it is important for the fish, and the health of your tank, to not overfeed them.

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