Category: Gold Fish
Facts about Fancy Goldfish. No fish can thrive in a bowl. here are some of the items you will need, a water filter to match the size of the tank, you have to get a Fish net, thermometer, gravel for the bottom of the tank, goldfish has just as many needs as any tropical fish. Good water quality is a must, you need to provided the proper filtering. Fancy Goldfish create a lot of waste and are known for being messy. Your filter should completely clean the water at least ten times an hour. If there is a twenty gallon tank, you will need a filter that can handle the waste of at least 200 gallons per hour. A filter that can clean more than ten times the amount of water in your fish tank is more than needed.
Water: The pH for your goldfish should be Range between ph: 6.0-8.0. Hardness Range: 5 - 19 DGH. Test the water, preparing your tank, Read up on the nitrogen cycle in aquariums for goldfish. You will need to purchase a liquid test so that you can test for Nitrates and Ammonia. The strip-style test kits are unreliable do not work well and are waste of money. You should use a dechlorinating product to remove the harmful chlorine from tap water. Test for nitrite, ammonia, and proper PH. The ammonia should always be 0, the nitrite should be 0, and the nitrate should be below 20. If it's at or above 40, you have too many fish or are not changing the water often enough.
Goldfish are not tropical fish, and so they should not be given the same water temperatures as tropical fish. They are a colder water species, and do best in temperatures around 65.0 to 72.0° F (18.3 to 22.2° C) but can live in cool temperatures.
When feeding your goldfish, flakes for Fancy goldfish are good, it is very important that you use food specifically made for your Fancy goldfish and be careful not to over feed. Another method is to feed them pellet foods, these float or sink to the bottom allowing your goldfish to eat them as they sink and search for them later in the day. Fancy Goldfish are by nature bottom feeders and will spend most of the day searching for any uneaten food. The Fancy goldfish do not have stomachs so it is important to feed them small doses more times a day. The digestive tract of a fancy goldfish has been a little compromised by the unusual shapes of their body and so they need simpler foods, they also have different needs than other fish.
Some healthy food for your Fancy goldfish to eat are frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and krill and pellets, and de-shelled peas. The bloodworms supply some of the insect foods they would receive in nature.
Fancy goldfish when they breed, Keep them well feed and lower the temperature of the water for a period of no less then a month and then slowly raising the temperature again to stimulate spawning for your comet goldfish, like it would be in the wild. They will spread their eggs freely in the water. The egg and fry will be eaten by the parents unless protective measures are taken. The best method is usually to remove the parents from the breeding aquarium once the spawning is completed. There is a small possibility that a few fry might survive to adult in a well planted aquarium or pond. The odds for this is however are very low. Male Fancy goldfish when they are ready to spawn, a rash will appear that look like sugar grains and cover most of the front fins and gill cover, sometimes extending to cover part of the face and even the ventral fin rays.
Fry (baby fish) will hatch in 5-6 days. The fry should be fed small pieces of live or prepared foods designed for egg-laying fish or ask what other kinds of food for fry you, ask your pet store what food they recommend. Make sure that there is constant water circulation. Sponge filter are better when you have fry as a power filter may suck them up. An easy way is to place the eggs in a separate tank to protect them from being eaten.