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How To Keep Your Goldfish Alive Happy and Healthy For Long Life
June 12, 2020
So why are goldfish dying so young? The usual culprit behind your goldfish’s untimely demise is, well, poop.
You see, goldfish waste contains toxins like ammonia that can burn gills and even damage the brain. In the wild this isn’t a problem. Freshwater lakes and ponds are home to armies of bacteria that break it down into less harmful chemicals. But in your home tank there’s no bacteria to be found. You have to introduce it and that’s where a lot of goldfish owners slip up because you can’t just buy a fish the same day you get your tank.
The process of growing bacteria takes patience. First, you’ll need to remove chlorine from your tank water using a anti Chlorine. Chlorinated tap water is fine for you to drink since it kills germs but it’s not so great for the bacteria you want to cultivate. Once you’ve created a safe space for the bacteria to grow, they’ll come from all over the air, the outside of the tank, and any rocks or plants you stick in the tank for decoration.
You can also buy commercially sold bacteria cultures grown in labs. After that all they need is food. Fish food will do this. As the food breaks down, it releases ammonia for the bacteria to eat, and finally, you wait for a while. Depending on how much bacteria you start with, the process can take about more than a month. But then there should be enough bacteria. You can double-check with a simple water test kit. But here’s the thing, all the bacteria in the world won’t keep your fish alive if the tank is too small.
You see, as these bacteria gobble up goldfish poop, they produce some waste of their own, and if it’s not sufficiently diluted, it can kill your goldfish. Single-gallon bowl is too much small, and even the 10-gallon tank you see in every pet store won’t cut it. A single adult goldfish needs at least twice that much water to thrive.
That’s almost 40 kilograms of water 2000 times heavier than your goldfish and even with a huge tank, you’ll still need to replace about 30% of the water every two weeks because besides poop goldfish release hormones and pheromones into their environment, if left unchecked can stunt their growth. That might help explain why goldfish in healthy environments can reach the size of an football, while your last goldfish wasn’t much bigger than your index finger.
Trying to maintain temperature around 25 to 28 degree Celsius of your Goldfish aquarium to make your fish happy in tank, remember more fish in the tank increase temperature more easily so keep fish as per your tank size.
Once you have a big detoxified tank, Goldfish just needs one more thing and that is your attention. Because you’re not swimming in the tank with her, it’s hard to notice if something’s wrong with, say, the water quality. So often times new goldfish owners don’t realize anything miss until it’s too late, and common diseases like fin rot, white spot disease and fungal infection shave already taken hold.
So it’s a good idea to pay careful attention to how the water looks and smells, and anyway, spending time with your goldfish will be worth it since you can teach Goldie to swim through hoops and eat from your hand. So follow all these tips and make you Gold fish happy and healthy with you for a long time.