Goldfish need vegetables in their diet.
Without the leafy greens they crave, goldfish can develop nutritional deficiencies down the road. If you continued to give your goldfish just protein snacks, they’d become sick and lethargic, even flipping upside down.
Fancy goldfish especially are known for their swimming problems.
These fish have bulky bodies and tightly packed organs. Because of the distorted arrangement of their swim bladder and digestive tract, fancy goldfish aren’t strangers to constipation. If you have a floating-sensitive fish, your goldfish would appreciate more fiber, pre-soaked dry pellets, and a varied diet.
What better way to give your fish the nutrients they need than by feeding goldfish peas?
Halloween is a couple weeks away. On October 31st, millions of people will dress themselves in scary costumes. Children will walk house-to-house brandishing pillow cases and plastic bags, their faces alight with sweet-tooth-filled grins.
If you celebrate Halloween, you’ve likely covered every inch of your house with ghosts, ghouls, and creepy crawlers. I wouldn’t be surprised if you already had jack-o-lanterns gracing your front doorstep.
Why not deck your tank with scary aquarium decorations?
This goldfish is disabled. She tiredly tries to swim, but her swim bladder just won’t keep her upright! Luckily, her fish owner got creative and built her a goldfish harness to help her stay afloat.
A goldfish harness is certainly a neat idea, but only if your goldfish has a swim bladder disorder (and isn’t just constipated).
In the second part of the goldfish disease series, we talked about seven of the most common goldfish ailments that impact freshwater aquariums and ponds. We even looked at 14 goldfish disease symptoms to watch out for.
Now, let’s talk about ways to prevent goldfish ailments by pinpointing exactly what caused your goldfish to get sick.
Yes, I know. You may think you already have it figured out. In the last article, maybe you learned that your goldfish had ich (white spot disease). You probably already killed off the parasites even.
But have you really treated the problem?
Thank you everyone for such amazing responses to my goldfish disease symptoms guide. As you know, it’s very important to catch common goldfish diseases early. The guide received over 100 responses, and I was so happy to help so many goldfish hobbyists create healthier environments for their fish.
I originally wrote a follow-up article about common goldfish diseases and how to prevent them, but the article was nearly 6,000 words of content. So I decided to make this article a three-part series instead.
Decorate your aquarium with 10 of the most beautiful large aquarium decorations favored by dozens of goldfish hobbyists. The gorgeous detail and large size of these tank ornaments make them perfect for a goldfish tank, where big aquariums are the norm.
Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they’re also made from high-quality materials and very safe for your goldfish. These large aquarium decorations will last for years. You’ll never have to deal with chipping paint or cloudy water.
I recommend at least 30 gallons of aquarium water for the ornaments listed, since many of these ornaments are too big for smaller aquariums (and really, your goldfish tank shouldn’t be any smaller than 20 gallons anyway – see my goldfish tank guide). Sizable dimensions mean more hiding spaces for your goldfish. Many large aquarium decorations even include bubbling air stones for increased surface agitation (much needed for healthier aquarium water).
This elegant 5-inch wide and 7-inch high (5-inch diameter) Greek sanctuary ornament is breathtaking! If the incredible detail on the bricks and columns doesn’t make you drool, surely the ample hiding spaces for your goldfish will. Capture the Greek ruins in your aquarium with highly photogenic realism and give your goldfish a very durable piece to explore. This large fish tank ornament is glowing with positive reviews.
I have a 5″ Synodontis and he has claimed this as his home. When I lifted the decoration out of the tank he tried to swim up with it. He didn’t want to give it up. – Gryph70
If you’ve immersed yourself into the delightful fish keeping hobby for any length of time, you’ve likely stumbled across white spot disease. White spot disease is a nasty infection caused by ich (or the longer version: Ichtyopthirius). In fact, most aquarists have had to use ich treatment at some point.
You come home one morning, brand new goldfish wiggling excitedly in their plastic bag. You’ve already set up the perfect aquarium environment for the little ones. A cascading waterfall ornament spits out bubbles as your goldfish weave to and fro through the plants. Dazzling light bounces off green and blue rocks to pool streams of color across the glass. You’ve already cycled the tank. Everything is functioning the way it should.
You’re excited. Your goldfish are thrilled. And they enjoy their new home.
Three days later, you notice something odd. Your goldfish are acting strangely, smashing their bodies against every available surface only to circle back down to the substrate with rapid, straining breaths. What’s more, your goldfish have become salted pretzels!