It’s such bliss to watch your little pet swim round and round in its bowl, right? The symbolic globe-shaped goldfish bowl has always been a basic home for a new pet goldfish. Almost every fish owner assumes this to be an ideal fish tank. Reasons why pet owners associate with this notion is:
i) Easy maintenance due to the bowl’s physical size (a misconception)
ii) Goldfish bowls are priced low compared to other fish tanks
This sadly makes it a common thing for owners to undervalue a goldfish’s life. Eventually, the fish dies by carelessness of its owners. Nonetheless, they simply buy another one for lower costs.
Did you have a goldfish that only survived few weeks? Do you know what could have caused its early death? Many goldfish do not survive until their actual lifespan (from 1-10 years or few months). If your goldfish died much earlier, the reason could be due to its improper care. Overfeeding your pet and changing water in the bowl too often leads to your pet’s death.
Size Of The Bowl
An adult goldfish lives healthily in a bowl with 20 gallons of water. However, you are not going to fill the bowl with one goldfish. They are capable of surviving in a small bowl, though this will affect their development and eventually reduce their lifespan. If you never upgrade the bowl’s size, you could be asking for your pet’s death. Furthermore, a small bowl needs a lot more cleaning to keep the goldfish in good health. If you cannot afford a 20-gallon aquarium, go for the largest bowl or aquarium you can afford.
Sea creatures also require oxygen to survive and stay healthy in water. As the number of goldfish add up in your tank, more oxygen will be needed. Install an air pump to disturb the surface of the water. Another way you can increase oxygen would be by choosing a broader goldfish bowl over a bigger and slimmer bowl.
Most fish owners wrongly assume that filling water till the brim of the bowl yields a bigger surface area. However, this is far from true. If you provide a bigger surface area for your goldfish, they survive in good health; otherwise, they choke and die.
Cleaning The Bowl
If your goldfish are in a small bowl, rather than a bigger aquarium, you need to clean the bowl almost every day. Here’s how you can clean the bowl:
- Take out 1/2 to 3/4th of water in the bowl and restore it with water that does not contain chlorine.
- Add dechlorinator to discard chlorine from water, if needed.
- Use an algae pad to wipe off any algae in the bowl. Do this carefully if your goldfish is in the bowl while you’re cleaning.
- Alternately, scoop out some water from the bowl and pour it into a temporary container. Use a fish net to take out the fish from the bowl and put them into the container. Wash the bowl thoroughly in tap water. Restore the bowl with the contents in the container along with non-chlorinated water.
You can purchase goldfish meal from a pet store. You can stick to a brand of goldfish food, however, mixing different meals ensure your goldfish gets a balanced diet.
Goldfish food come in different types such as pellets, flakes, sticks, and animals or plants. You can also choose to feed your goldfish with processed food. Constituents found in these food are blood worms, krill, algae and plants, shrimps, etc.
Since fish are cold-blooded creatures, they need not be fed often. A typical fish can survive up to a week without food. This will only affect their growth but they won’t die. Check how much your goldfish can eat in 2-3 minutes and feed them only that amount of food. Remember not to feed them too often. Since goldfish are opportunistic hunters, they tend to eat every time you feed. Overfeeding your pet will rupture its intestine and eventually leads to its death. Best way to learn how much to feed your fish is by observing how much it can consume.
Taking Care Of An Unhealthy Goldfish
Constipation: If your goldfish is afloat on top of the water, or has an inflated stomach, then it is suffering from constipation. You can treat this disorder by feeding your fish greens.
Fish Maw: Inability to stay upright is one of the signs that your fish is suffering from fish maw, or air bladder. You can heal this sickness by feeding your fish greens. However, you may not be able to heal air bladder since it’s genetic in nature.
Ich: Ichthyophthirius signs include unpigmented patches on a fish, and hurried motion of gills. Heal it by rinsing the fish tank completely and approach a pet store for Ich medication. However, it can be coarse on your goldfish so consider using salt instead.
Ammonia: Signs of ammonia poisoning comprise dark and burnt resemblance of skin. You’ll have to immediately change the water in the bowl if you observe this. Purchase an ammonia test kit to assist you on when you should replace the water.