Goldfish is a domestic fish of the carp family. It is among the aquarium fish loved by many households. Just like any pet in the house, goldfish needs a good care for it to look good. There are various ways of taking care of your goldfish from the way you feed it to the way you maintain the aquarium. Your goldfish needs a conducive environment for it to survive well. Taking good care of your goldfish is no easy task and it requires great commitment. The following ideas and tips will help you in caring for goldfish:
1. Always keep the right oxygen levels inside the aquarium
Caring for goldfish starts with the good care of its environment which is the tank or the aquarium. Remember for your goldfish to survive it is important to maintain the right oxygen levels in the aquarium tank. If there is a low oxygen concentration in the tank, your goldfish will hang on top of the water. The oxygen levels in the tank can be controlled by keeping the tank in a cool place to lower the temperatures, when the temperatures are lowered the oxygen levels inside the tank will raise. Remember your goldfish can die to low oxygen supply inside the tank. Do not keep your tank in areas with extreme temperatures, since high temperature will lead to low oxygen concentration inside the tank. The temperatures should not be kept so high or so low, maintain the right minimum temperatures.
2. Always keep the aquarium water clean
The water needs to be kept clear all the time. Anytime you notice a color change in the water it is important to clean the tank, by changing the water, this will get rid of all the bacteria and other decaying material in the water. Clean water makes the oxygen circulation in the tank more efficient. Clean the tank more often to get rid of waste excreted by the goldfish. Do not clean your tank using soap water, since soap water is poisonous to your goldfish and can lead to death. Remember to replace the water more often. You can clean your tank and replace the water once in every two weeks.
3. Give your goldfish time to rest and sleep
Goldfish just like any other pet needs time to relax and sleep. At night it is important to switch off the aquarium light and let the goldfish sleep. Ensure that the aquarium lighting is appropriate, because proper lighting helps in fish breeding. To keep the original color of your goldfish expose it to natural light. However, it is important to note that you should note over light the tank or under light the tank, it is good to keep the optimum light inside the tank.
4. Feed the goldfish three times a day
Feed your goldfish in the morning, during the day and in the evening. Feed them with the special gold fish foods. Do not over-feed the goldfish because this poses a risk of death. Always feed your goldfish with all the necessary nutrients.
5. Observe your goldfish for diseases and parasites
Just like other pets, goldfish are also at a risk of being attacked by diseases and parasites. It is important to be observant and in case you notice any of the parasites and disease symptoms you need to take the necessary steps.
Some of the common diseases that attack goldfish are:
- Goldfish ich
This happens when the goldfish develops white spots on the body and fins and also gets difficulties in breathing. This is caused by a parasite, but don’t worry the disease is curable.
- Swim bladder disease
Another common disease is the swim bladder disease, which is identified when you see your goldfish swimming sideways or upside down, the disease is curable and it is important to separate your goldfish from others if you notice these symptoms because the disease is contagious and can affect the other goldfish.