Hey guys, I know alot about coldwater fish and tropical fish(sorry nothing about saltwater fish), and was hoping to contribute my knowledge to Filefront. So, I'm gonna create an FAQ about Goldfish, because that is the probaly most common fish I'm aware of, and they seem to be rather abused. Q: Is it appropiate to keep a goldfish in a bowl, and if so how many? A:No, it's not okay. Goldfish contribute greatly to the cycle of water, It is hard to understand this, so I'll keep my description of the cycle short. Fish poop contains ammonia, which is very toxic and lethal to your fish, which is eaten by nitrite(also toxic, but not as much), and then Nitrate(harmless) eats the nitrite. Hard to understand, yet really simple. Well, Goldfish poop alot, thus creating ammonia. This will kill themselves, unless you have a filter, which is impossible to have in a bowl, or you would have to water changes every couple hours or so. ALso, a goldfish grows to be around 10 inches. Now think, you're a larger-sized goldfish, living in about a 2 gallon bowl. If you want your goldfish to thirve, I recomend at least 20 Gallons, and you would probaly be only alloowed to keep 2. Q: What should I feed my goldfish? A: Tetra Goldfish flakes are good, just remember not to feed too much, that is one of the biggest mistakes made by aquarists. They will feed their goldfish some food, and they will think that since the goldfish still looks hungry, they should add some more, and more, and more...until the fish dies. Feed no more then the fish can eat in 2 minutes, then your done. Also try expirimenting with diffrent green vegatables, such as lettuce, peas, etc. Q:What is the Life Expectancy Of My fish? A: If well-fed, and well-taken car of, probaly around 20-25, 15 at the least. Pretty long, eh? if you have any other questions regarding anything having to with keeping freshwater fish(angels, tetras, goldfish), just ask! I might add more questions later.
Can I gut, clean, fry and eat my Goldfish?
Q:How many times a day should i feed my fish? A: 2-3 times, when your goldfish is young, remember to crush up the flakes.
I'm not sure if you know about fish diseases, but I'll ask anyways. I have a goldfish that has some sort of discolored lump (sometimes purple, sometimes white, the size varies.) that occasionally appears on the front of its head. I originally had 2 goldfish, but one of them died within a few days, and I suspect it was from the same thing that the other goldfish has. That was 3 years ago, and the other fish is still alive. Just wondering if you had any idea of what it might be?
do you know what species of goldfish it is? That would help.
If anything, try an anti-biotic, because it might be a cut that has been infected, of course it's been 3 years, so I'm not sure...
I have no clue about the species, sorry. We won it at a movie theatre for a contest for the movie Finding Nemo. We pretty much won half the prizes they were giving out, including 2 of the 3 goldfish they had.
anyway you could get a picture? If your goldfish doesn't seem to have any problems swimming and the like, he should be fine. If you think it detracts from his appearance, then you should definitely try antibiotics, they can be found at most local fish stores. Just ask an employee for which works best.