Lionhead Goldfish Raising and Care
Category: Gold Fish
When you get your Lionhead goldfish home from the pet store, you should put the bag with your fish on the top of the tanks water to float. The tank that you set up after reading this article. After an hour the temperature of the water in the bag with the Lionhead goldfish balances out with the water in the tank. Than you want to take some of the water out of the bag and make the bag half full with the tank water to introduce your gold fish with the new tank water. wait a half hour, than empty all the water out of the bag into the sink drain and fill it with tank water, wait another half hour and put your fish in the tank. the objective is to not get any of the pet store water in your tank to ensure no disease will be in the water from the pet store. To get started when you go to buy your Lionhead goldfish, here are some of the items you will need, a water filter to match the size of the tank you have picked out, a Fish net, thermometer, gravel for the bottom of the tank, Be sure that any decorations you choose aren't hollow (harmful bacteria can grow inside) and that there are no sharp edges (your fish might tear its fins). Provide your Lionhead goldfish with different areas in the tank, such as an open area, good swimming and hiding area. Get fake plants, freshwater PH level regulator, fish food, filter replacements. It is a misconception that a gold fish can live in a little bowl for a long period of time. A good gauge to calculate how many Lionhead goldfish you want is about 7 gallons of water per gold fish. so if you want 4 gold fish you need at least a 25 gallon fish tank. Many cities put chloramine in water rather than chlorine. Chloramine does not evaporate and must be removed by adding an additional chemical. Check the label of your dechlorinator to ensure that it also removes chloramine. Fill up your fish tank with tap water and leave it there for two days (unless you have a water ager and metal netruelizer).
Did you know that your Lionhead goldfish can live for over 10 years, with the proper conditions, most never make it past the first year. The average is about 5 years for a Lionhead. If you want your Lionhead goldfish to live a long and healthy life, you've got to provide the proper environment.
It's better to keep Lionhead goldfish in a long tank that has plenty of surface to air space as goldfish like to have a lot of oxygen in their water. A taller shaped tank will not be the best kind of tank for your lionhead goldfish.
Lionhead like their water to be a little on the cooler side, (between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit) so you shouldn't need a heater. You should, however have a thermometer in the tank so the water temperature always stays between 65 and 72.
Most tropical fish like the water above 72 degrees, you need to ask your pet store what fish can live with your Lionhead goldfish or do your research to find out if you want to add other fish.
Lionhead goldfish tanks with filtration system that is properly sized for the tank. You'll also need to do periodic water changes as you should with any tank, once every two weeks is recommended. Algae and slime grows in the tank and if not cleaned periodically, the whole tank will be covered in it. Cleaning your tank, first remove the goldfish in another small tank with some of the water from the tank, so you are only putting the goldfish into new water once, there are also small vacuums you can buy and you don't have to change the water for a longer period of time. Clean it with a sponge or a scrub, or anything which has bristles,(no chemicals) be sure that its cleaned. Doing bi-weekly water changes, remove and replace 30%-50% of the water in lionhead goldfish tank. Removing all the water from the tank will damage the bacteria that has grown that helps decompose the fish waste.
Lionhead goldfish do not have stomachs, so you need to feed them 4 times a day, but small portions. Sometimes even treating them to Tetra Color Flake food, Tubifex Freeze Dried Worms and any thing else that the pet store tells you is alright to eat.