Frozen and live foods for goldfish

A goldfish eating food from a frozen block of ice

Goldfish keepers who take their fish keeping very seriously rarely feed foods like pellets and flakes to their fish.

Instead, they prepare diets that include fresh vegetables, as well as live and frozen foods.

Most larger pet stores and aquatic retailers will stock a range of frozen foods for fish, and some will even sell live food that is good for goldfish too.

If you’re looking for some alternatives to pellets and flakes then check out some of the suggestions below.

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Seasonal feeding of goldfish

Cartoon of a goldfish looking at four bags of food, one for each season of the year

Most goldfish owners drop their goldfish’s food into the tank each day without giving it a great deal of thought. However, in the wild, the food that goldfish eat varies throughout the year, as the seasons change and the temperature rises and falls.

Even when you keep your goldfish in the stable environment of a tank, your fish will go through distinct cycles throughout the year, with changes in their activity and feeding behaviors.

Read on to learn more about how to feed your goldfish for every season.

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Flake foods versus pellets

Cartoon of a goldfish choosing between bags of flake food or pellets

There are lots of different types of goldfish food. Including flake food, pellets, bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Some goldfish keepers don’t give much thought to fish food and simply pick up whatever is convenient when shopping. However, it is worth thinking about the pros and cons of pellet food versus flaked food.

So, are sinking pellets or floating flakes better? Read on to find out more about them.

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Treats to feed your goldfish

Cartoon of a goldfish eating bloodworms from a packet

As well as feeding your goldfish a balanced diet of good quality complete food, there are lots of different treats to offer as well!

Feeding treats now and then helps to keep your goldfish’s diet varied, and also keeps them interested in what is going on at feeding time.

It is important that you pick treats for your goldfish carefully, and only give them things that are safe and good for them. It is also vital to ensure that you don’t overfeed your fish.

Here are some suggestions of good, healthy treats that your goldfish will love.

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