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Goldfish owner

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:D Im a :newfish new Goldfish owner as of last night, well actually my 2 year old son is but we all know who will be taking care of it. Just wanted to know of any pointers, Ive always been so scared that they would die, thats why I never owned a fish EVER. Any pointers and tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Chrystal Evans :hoho

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hi Chrystal and welcome to Kokos.

First off, goldfish need more room than a lot of petshops tell you. 10 gallons for fancies and 20 gallons for commons and comets. Don't panic if your tank is smaller, but bear in mind you will have to upgrade as your fish grows, and you'll have to test and change your water more often.

Water quality is the most important part of fish keeping. At the moment your tank will be 'cycling', there is loads of info about that on this site. Basically, because fish are pooing and weeing into their environment, amonnia builds up. Part of this is removed through weekly 30% water changes. Good bacteria will, over time, grow in your tank, in the gravel, filter etc, and will help to break down the ammonia. While your tank is going through this process you should test for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates, changing water when the ammonia increases.

Don't do 100% water changes, or clean all of your filter media out in one go, as this will shock your fish and potentially crash your cycle. Feeding your fish sparingly will help until the bio bugs have had a chance to get established (less poo, less ammonia) . You can also buy preparations that have the good bugs in them to give you a kick start.

When doing a weekly water change, get a gravel siphon and suck up all the crud that gets trapped in the gravel. The clean water you put back in should be treated with a water conditioner (to get rid of heavy metals etc) and be temperature matched.

Goldfish are omnivores and enjoy a mixed diet of veggies (brocolli, spinach, courgettes, lettuce etc) and peas are recommended to be fed once a week. Defrost the pea, pop it out of it's skin and chop up into little bits. It will clean out the fish's digestive tract and helps to prevent swim bladder disorders, or floaty fish. Soaking flakes or pellets (in a bit of tank water) will also help stop the fish from getting too much air into its system. My fish also love oranges.

I hope this has helped a bit. Reading through the site will make you an expert in no time!

Enjoy your new fish

bw

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Congratulations on your new fish. :newfish Cupoftea has pretty much covered most of goldfish care. Good luck with your new fish. Are you going to post some pics?? :D

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Good luck with your new fish! :)

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