Why Does Water Matter to a Fish?
Come on, water is water, right? Goldfish live in mucky, scummy ponds and don’t seem to have a problem all of their lives. You should be able to just use a dechlorinator and things will be fine, won’t they? Well, not really. The quality of water is as important to goldfish as the air we breathe is to us as people. After all, if the water is poisonous, the health of the fish will suffer as a consequence. You probably know what it feels like to breathe car exhaust or other noxious fumes and can relate to how the longer you spend in-taking them the worse you feel. There are also long-term health problems that can be incurred. But the captive goldfish has no escape from a toxic tank – they must endure it day after day as their health spirals downward or take a flying final leap to their death on the floor in desperation (which some do). [Read more…] about Water Quality (Part 1): What’s the Big Deal?