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What do goldfish need?

What does a goldfish tank need?

Goldfish prefer their water between 62 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, goldfish do well in soft water, meaning its alkalinity is higher than its acidity. A goldfish thrives when their water’s pH is between 7.0 and 7.4. Goldfish do well in planted tanks.

What do goldfish need to be happy?

Goldfish spend lots of time exploring their tanks to entertain themselves, so set up your tank in such a way as to provide lots of stimulus for your fish. Gravel, plants, ornaments and airflows can all make life interesting for your fish.

How do you take care of gold fish?

How long can goldfish live in tap water?

Goldfish cannot survive longer than a few minutes in untreated tap water. It will kill them almost instantly as it burns their lungs. If the pH level of your tap water is fine for a goldfish to survive (7.2-7.6), then it is safe.

How often should you change goldfish water?

every 3 days

To keep your fish healthy, you should change at least half of the water in the bowl or aquarium every 3 days.

How often should goldfish be fed?

2-3 times daily

Feed 2-3 times daily. It is important to avoid overfeeding goldfish as this can cause indigestion and/or contaminate the tank. In terms of the amount to feed, a good rule of thumb is to only feed an amount that the goldfish can consume in under two minutes or only feed as much as the size of the goldfish’s eye.

How can you tell if your goldfish is unhappy?

Strange Swimming: When fish are stressed, they often develop odd swimming patterns. If your fish is swimming frantically without going anywhere, crashing at the bottom of his tank, rubbing himself on gravel or rocks, or locking his fins at his side, he may be experiencing significant stress.

How long should water sit before adding goldfish?

Water needs to sit for a minimum of 24 hours to dechlorinate. It can actually take almost 5 days for chlorine to evaporate completely from the water, depending on the initial concentration of the chlorine, and the total volume of water.

Will my goldfish be OK without a filter?

Yes. Goldfish, as well as most fish, need a filter. It helps pump oxygen into the water and keeps the tank cleaner for longer. All fish need filters.

How long can goldfish live without changing water?

around 8 to 12 hours

A goldfish may survive around 8 to 12 hours in a normal bag.

How can you tell a goldfish is male or female?

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