Did you know that in the wild a goldfish can live up to 25 years? As a pet their expiry date is on average five to ten years, so this is something to be mindful of when purchasing your fishy friend. The Guinness Book of Records states the oldest fish currently stands at 43 years old! There are many ways that you can prolong the life of your fish by giving them a bit of TLC:
Proper goldfish care
Firstly, goldfish care is the most important aspect to remember, we are their sole carers and without us they wouldn’t survive. Position them well, not in full sunlight and choose their home carefully. Goldfish bowls are now deemed as too small for fish to live happily in, so choose a goldfish aquarium or tank that’s big enough. Maintaining their home is extremely important as the waste products that fish produce, as well as their uneaten food, causes ammonia in the water. Frequent water changes are vital for extending the life of your fish.
Feed them correctly
Feeding your friend is a great bonding moment for the fish and owner, so after choosing what you will feed them (there are numerous options), choose two times during the day that feeding should occur. Forgetting to feed your friend is one of the biggest factors in their early demise.
Consider other factors too
Goldfish are comparatively easy to look after, but bare in mind the top reasons that goldfish die so that you can avoid your pet suffering a premature death:
• Excessive food intake
• Polluted water
• Too small a tank
• Stress (introduce your fish slowly to their new environment)
• Gravel (it could get stuck in their throat, or collect bacteria in the water)
Don’t ignore any warning signs that your fish is in distress, these could include if your fish keeps coming to the surface, or the bottom of the water, lack of appetite, lumps on their body, bacterial infections and others. Diagnose the problem and get your fish back to full health to ensure they enjoy a long life.