Firstly, well done for taking the time to research proper goldfish care!
Unfortunately, many people don’t bother to find out about proper goldfish care, and think that goldfish can simply be kept in small, unfiltered bowls. Often, this isn’t the fault of the person caring for the goldfish, but the fault of pet shop staff.
The sad fact is that there are far too many pet shops still selling small bowls (some places have banned this, but unfortunately it’s still legal in many countries) and far too many ill-informed people working in pet shops (particularly large chain stores) that give very bad advice to inexperienced goldfish keepers. This inevitably leads to poor goldfish care, goldfish living very short lives and some very unhappy fishkeepers.
So, whether this is your first experience of keeping goldfish, or whether you’ve made some of these common mistakes in the past: well done for putting the effort in to get it right this time!
What not to do: 12 mistakes new goldfish keepers make
Learn from other people’s goldfish care mistakes and avoid making them yourself, with this list of 12 mistakes new goldfish keepers make. Read more…
Tank Size: Do goldfish need a big tank?
In order to take care of goldfish properly, you need to ensure that they have a suitable place to live. That means buying an appropriate tank. Goldfish need a lot of room so you should buy a big tank, not a small bowl. Read more…
Tank Setup: Cycling a goldfish tank
Tank Mates: Keeping other fish with goldfish
Filtration: Do goldfish need a filter?
As well as buying a big enough tank, you also need to ensure that your goldfish’s water is properly filtered. A wide range of internal and external filters are available and you need to pick the right filter in order to properly care for your goldfish. Read more…
Air pump: Do goldfish need an air pump?
We’ve already found out that you should definitely add a filter to your goldfish tank. But what about an air pump? What is the difference between a filter and an air pump? And is an air pump necessary for goldfish? Read more…
Water Changes: How to change your goldfish’s tank water
Water changes are an essential aspect of proper goldfish care. In this post, we explain how often you should do a water change, how much water to change each time, and tell you some of the most common water change mistakes to avoid! Read more…
Lighting: Do goldfish need an aquarium light?
Temperature: What is a suitable goldfish tank temperature?
Goldfish Food: What do goldfish eat?
Understanding what goldfish eat and what you should and shouldn’t feed your fish is an absolutely essential part of proper goldfish care. Feeding the wrong type – or the wrong amount – of goldfish food can be very bad for your fish! Read more…