Monday, November 5, 2007

Caring for the Goldfish Bowl

My blogger buddy Jan over at the Poodle and Dog blog presented an interesting topic – how to care for one fish. Like the one fish you get as a gift, or win at a fair. The one that comes in a little bowl with no instructions.

Let’s take the most common 'one' fish, the goldfish. Many people arrive home with this funny, active creature, excited to have a new pet in the home. But, more often then not, they end up sending him the way of many others before, down the lonely road of a flushed toilet.

Keeping the fish alive, however, is possible. First, you need a couple of things: Food specially formulated for goldfish, and pure, clean water. There are several products that are relatively inexpensive you can buy to create the clean water. Tap water conditioner, or betta bowl conditioner for example, will easily do the trick.

When you first get the fish home, change the water in the bowl. Take the fish, and some of the original water, and put it in a container such as a plastic cup. Discard the rest of the water, rinse out the bowl with some hot water, and refill with new tap water. It is important when refilling with new water to try to match the temperature of the original water. Fish do not do well with sudden temperature changes, and it could cause shock ultimately killing the fish. If want to go the extra mile and use a thermometer, then go for it (just make sure to wash it off well before you were to use it somewhere else).

Once you have clean water that is about the same temperature, add some of tap water conditioner (follow the directions on the bottle). This conditioner removes harmful chlorine and other additives in the water that are harmful to fish.

After a few minutes, you can poor the fish back in the bowl. Pouring back some of the old water isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as some of the good bacteria that are in that water will be with the fish.

Make sure to feed your fish the proper food formulated specifically for goldfish to keep them healthy.

Fish give off a lot of waste, and basically have to live in their own filth. The wastes they secrete produces ammonia, which is toxic to the fish. Therefore, it is important to make the water changes mentioned above as frequently as possible.

Even after doing all of these things, however, you could still end up losing the fish. The reason is that you don’t know how the fish was treated before you received him, and how sick it might be when it arrives in your home.

Happy Fish Keeping!


jan said...

Thanks, Matt, I have printed out this post in case someone else gets "lucky" and wins a fish again.

Anonymous said...

I'll be passing a copy of this along to my son's preschool class. They have some issues with their fish.

TheGoldfishGuy said...

Great article!

The only thing is goldfish are a very dirty fish and they should not really be kept in goldfish bowls. But if you do proper maintenance and care for your goldfish it can be done.

Goldfish bowls are just too small and there is no filter or air. If people are looking at taking care of their goldfish and having your new pet for a long time they should really invest in like a 10-20 gallon aquarium. By having more water your goldfish will be healthier and hopefully live a long healthy life.

There is nothing wrong starting off with the goldfish bowl but usually it's not long before people usually get hooked on the hobby and get a bigger tank.

Wish everyone best of luck for anyone getting into the goldfish hobby.


Jamie Boyle
The Goldfish Guy

tom said...

I started to use Viagra I tried Cialis. I got in to a pharmacy to Buy Viagra and Buy Cialis, I intended to Buy Cialis Online or maybe Cheap Viagra I decided to Buy Levitra at Buy Cheap Levitra site. I got to an online pharmacy to Buy LipitorHydrocodone medications as Cheap Vicodin and its related Cheap Hydrocodone I will continue Buy Hydrocodone I went to the doctor to Buy Oxycodone I in a online pharmacy to Buy Oxycodone Online I'll try to Buy Vicodin Online it cost much less Buy Valium I think it as the same effect as Buy Vicodin it is easy to Buy Hydrocodone Online I can also Buy Hydrocodone No Prescription my doctor advise me Buy Vicodin Online I started a diet, and going to Buy Phentermine and Buy Phentermine Online I also Buy Acomplia and Buy Vicodin No Prescription I went in for a physical the doctor told me I can Buy soma and Buy Ultram pain medication Buy Oxycontin Online is a derivative of opium as Buy Valium Online I also have sleeping problems I tried Xanax It is better to use online pharmacy to Buy Xanax Online and Buy Xanax I'll try to Buy Ambien Online I originally take Ambien, since I used internet to Buy Ambien I recommend some sites Buy Percocet pain reliever as well as Buy Xenical also
Buy Adipex and Buy Zolpidem. also Viagra and Cialis and Levitra and Cialis last Viagra and Buy Viagra and Buy Viagra and Free Viagra good health!

tom said...

Play Roulette and Roulette also Casino finest Casinos games Slots U can play Slot experience Slots play Slot most advanced Slots card games Texas Holdem Poker and Poker Online and Online Poker and Poker and Poker world's leading Blackjack and Blackjack selection of Casinos Online sites Casinos Stop searching Online Casinos go Play Casino Online safe & secure Casino Onlinelive 24/7 Casinos sites Online Casino generous deposit bonus Blackjack join the No Deposit Casino most trusted Play Casino real money Casino Online fantastic atmosphere Online Casino feel the buzz of a live Casino Las Vegas Casino Huge jackpots Casino attractive Casinos most professional Casinos o multiplayer Casino quick cash outs Casino play 21 Blackjack all limits Slots largest tournament Casino Online sit-n-go Online Casino bet Casino Free and Play Poker also Holdem Poker and Poker Games and Casino Poker and Online Roulette and Play Roulette and Slot Machine and Free Slots and Black Jack and Black Jack and Online Blackjack also Free Poker & Play Poker Online and Poker Bonus and Casino Games and more

Anonymous said...

pandora jewelry For the most part, ankle bracelets are cheap pandora beads casual accessories: they are best pandora beads sale worn on an ordinary day out having fun. Multicolored pandora beads sale anklets woven from fibers or threads look pandora glass beads great with casual sandals or flip-flops. However, ankle pandora bracelet bracelets made of fine-spun gold and pandora bangle silver make a beautiful tandem with fashion shoes, and Pandora necklace look great for formal events. There are many different kinds of leather bands available in cheap pandora charms stores now. For women, colored leather or pandora earrings suede bracelets and watch bands are popular.

Anonymous said...

The penis is unable to retain the blood in its chambers and therefore, does not stand straight. Cialis Online However, all the cases cannot be considered as cases of erectile dysfunction but yet, one must consult an erectile dysfunction doctor if you are not feeing confident about your erection. three day delivery cialis buy online cialis

гид в барселоне said...

Goodness, there is a great deal of effective info above!

negocios rentables said...

I want have to know more and more, on your blog just interesting and useful information.

muebles en pozuelo said...

Oh my god, there's so much useful material in this post!

Izzy the Fish Girl said...

Hi Matt. Great post, but you should also mention that fancy goldfish need around 10 gallons per fish plus an extra 10 gallons to be healthy. The common goldfish that you usually get from fairs grow to around a foot long and will need a pond or tank larger than 100 gallons to live a long and healthy life. Always remember to research before you buy!

Anonymous said...

I recently came across your blog and also have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I really don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Pleasant blog. I help keep visiting that blog incredibly often.

Anonymous said...

oZzy moved away some time ago, I miss his cock, and i
am always hungry for sex.

Feel free to visit my homepage ... hcg injections
Also see my web site :: hcg injections