Posted on March 8, 2015, 6:26 am
How many times should I feed my goldfish each day? How to take care of goldfish? Feeding goldfish is no easy task for a beginner. If you can grasp an understanding of the following principles that will go a long way towards helping you feed your goldfish.What is the best goldfish food?
Goldfish will eat almost anything such as cooked peas, insect larvae, fish flakes, flakes and even larvae.
Flake food often is preferred over pellet food or other types of sinking food, due to the fact that they are easier for the goldfish to see and to clean after. Food that floats on the top of the water is easier for the goldfish to find and easier to clean up. But just flake foods are not a good choice at all because they are not nutritionally balanced enough for your goldfish, and they are messy.
It is better to offer several small feedings rather than a single large feeding. The processed food available at pet stores include: Pellet food, Frozen food, Flake food, Homemade food, etc. You should buy specific goldfish food from your pet store, don't buy generic fish food.
Once a day, just 1 or 2 times is enough. Just how much they will eat in a few minutes without a lot accumulating on the bottom of the aquarium. Feeding your fish slowly in small amounts will give you a chance to watch them and make sure they are all eating. Carefully watch them eat. If they eat it all quickly, then give them another small feeding. If there is unconsumed food floating on the surface after a few minutes and the goldfish have had their fill, then consider skimming off to stop it decaying into the water.
A good rule of thumb is to only feed as much as the size of the goldfish’s eye. If you overfeed them, they will eat it all and get poorly. Too much food will get the water all dirty. A good idea is the floating feed ring, which will keep all the food in one place so the goldfish know exactly where to find the food.
You can also put some plants in there, it will oxygenate the water and goldfish can nibble the leaves if they're a bit hungry after the feed without eating too much. Almost all healthy fish can go a week without food.Can I feed vegetables to my goldfish?
Yes of course you can feed vegetables to your fish, because the vegetables contain protein that is less digestible and the gelatine doesn't contain all the essential amino acids. But it's not necessary to feed fresh vegetables every day. All foods should be washed well before serving, leafy foods should be secured to the side of the tank. Goldfish often enjoy fresh fruits. Pieces of banana, oranges, lettuces, melon chunks, and peeled grapes can also be periodically offered.
A large tank is vital in your efforts to provide a high quality of life, even if you keep just one goldfish.The minimal tank size for one goldfish is 20 US gallons and you will need to add 10 US gallons onto that 20 gallons for every next goldfish. A general rule is to provide a 20- to 30-gallon tank for your pet fish, and add at least 10 gallons to that volume for each additional goldfish you might add. Small gravel is better for goldfish because it is too small to get caught in the throat and because goldfish like to be able to dig. If you do not have a filter in your tank, do a 15-25% change every 3-5 days and a 100% change weekly.