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Make your Goldfish Live for Decades





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Purchase a largest possible tank for your goldfish. While using a 10 liter (L) tank instead of a small bowl will increase longevity, albeit not by much, 40 liters/fish or more is necessary for quality of life. Choose a tank with large surface area to increase amount of oxygen in contact with the surface of the water (i.e., wider is better than taller), or set up a pond for your goldfish.

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Set up the tank prior to the purchase of fish. Getting it ready may take two or more weeks. It is necessary to build up enough good bacteria to break down the fish' wastes. To do this, do a "Fishless Cycle". Once completed, your goldfish aquarium will have more than enough bacteria to break down fish waste. Failure to cycle a tank will result in ammonia poisoning and death.

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Provide mental and physical stimulation for the fish. Decorate tank with gravel, bridges, plants, etc. Gravel provides a place for good bacteria to grow, and goldfish like to hide and swim through little buildings and bridges. Rearrange the bridges and plants on a monthly basis to offer the goldfish "new" areas to explore. You can also train your fish to stimulate them. If you feed them at the same time every day, they will soon be waiting for you at that time. You can also use a fish net with the netting taken out as a 'hoop' and train your fish to swim through it.

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Add a filter. You can use either a large internal or an external filter. An external is usually the best, as goldfish are very messy creatures. Without a filter, smaller tanks will foul and become deadly in just a day or two. Keep in mind that having a filter doesn't mean you can avoid cleaning the tank. Even with a filter, change 20% to 30% of the water about once every week.

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Add some equipment to increase oxygen diffusion into the water. A small air pump and air stone will be sufficient.

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Clean the tank at least once every two weeks, but more frequently is preferable due to the large amount of waste goldfish produce. This is essential. How often you do this will depend on the size of your tank, the number of fish, and the effectiveness of the filter. Also, if you have real plants they will help absorb some of the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. So if you have real plants, you don't need to clean as often.

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When you add/change water, use a dechlorinator that also removes chloramine and heavy metals as per instructions on the back of the bottle.

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Frequently test for ammonia and nitrite. A pH test is also handy to ensure your goldfish's water is not too alkaline or acidic. This can be purchased at any pet store. Do not modify the fish's water, however, unless it is significantly different from neutral. Goldfish can tolerate a wide pH range, and pH modifying chemicals are not a lasting solution without more consistent monitoring than most people will do. A range of pH 6.5-8.25 is fine. Many municipal water supplies buffer their water up to around 7.5, and goldfish will live very happily in this range.

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Do not remove the goldfish during a water change. Using a gravel vacuum to suck debris out of the gravel can be done with the fish in the tank. Frequent partial water changes are better than full (and stressful) water changes.

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If you do need to catch your fish, consider using a plastic container rather than a net, as the fish can injure its fins and scales while thrashing around. This also increases stress! If a net is the only option, soak it prior to use. Dry nets are much more likely to cause injury than wet ones.

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Allow the water temperature to change as the seasons change. While goldfish don't like temperatures over 75F (24C), they do seem to like seasonal variations where the temperature falls to the high 50s or 60s (15-20c) in the winter. Fancier goldfish are an exception and cannot easily tolerate temperatures below about 60F (16c). Be aware that goldfish will not eat below 50-55F (10-14c).

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Feed the goldfish one to three times daily with food specifically designed for goldfish. If you choose to feed them more often, then reduce the size of the meals so you don't overfeed. Give them only as much as they can eat in a few minutes, and clean any leftovers immediately. If a floating food is used, soak it in water for a few seconds before feeding so that it will sink. This reduces the amount of air the fish swallows while eating, which in turn reduces the risk of buoyancy problems.


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Ankhanu
You might want to put quotes around quoted text, and credit the authors over at wikihow

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Goldfish-Live-for-Decades
dude_xyx
Gold fish can live at least 40 years or even more. Biggest factors are tank size, water condition and quality food. 10 liter tank won't enough to make Gold fish that old. Huge tanks like 150-200 liters would be good and also large ponds. Gold fish prefer cold weather so this matters too.
Ankhanu
Aye, keeping them in normal "tropical" conditions will shorten their lifespans considerably. Keep them in cool water. It's kind of like running a car engine hot; running a fish' body chemistry hot will wear it out faster than normal conditions.
Radar
My limited experience seems to indicate that it's fairly random. The longest living goldfish I've come across have little discernable differences from those that are not.
cybersa
Thanks for your tips.
I'm having Fish Tank.
menino
I had gold fish some time ago - but they lasted only for sometime.
Thanks for the tips.
IceCreamTruck
Wonderful! They live for decades? I bought them for 10 cents a piece!

This makes them just about the best value in pets you can buy for your money. Mine cost me 1 penny for each year... haha! I broke the bank cause I have 13 lol
sketteksalfa
I've never think that gold fish can live in long period of time!!
thanks for the tips!!
Insanity
This would've been handy in the days when I still had a fish. Those things are a dime a dozen though, and often get replaced when they die in my house.
Bluedoll
Always need more information on green - my tanks always raise green - what is in the tank? Not sure! Can not see. It is green.
IceCreamTruck
Bluedoll wrote:
Always need more information on green - my tanks always raise green - what is in the tank? Not sure! Can not see. It is green.


Too much sunlight. If you block the sun from hitting the tanks it won't grow algae so bad.
dude_xyx
Bluedoll wrote:
Always need more information on green - my tanks always raise green - what is in the tank? Not sure! Can not see. It is green.


If you need " more greener " solution then you can buy a Bushy Nose Pleco. These guys are crazy about Algae and eat like there won't be a tomorrow. Usually leaves plants alone too except for several type of pants they find irresistible.

Other solution is using a Algae Killer. This you need to do very carefully. Make sure you do research and also take all advice about it from pet store guys and again do research (Don't believe everything those pet store guys say).
coolclay
Or you could just put them in a big pond. Our neighbors used to have a gold fish that was about 10 inches long. They are nothing more than gold carp, and carp get HUGE!!!
GoldenEagle
dude_xyx wrote:
Bluedoll wrote:
Always need more information on green - my tanks always raise green - what is in the tank? Not sure! Can not see. It is green.


If you need " more greener " solution then you can buy a Bushy Nose Pleco. These guys are crazy about Algae and eat like there won't be a tomorrow. Usually leaves plants alone too except for several type of pants they find irresistible.

Other solution is using a Algae Killer. This you need to do very carefully. Make sure you do research and also take all advice about it from pet store guys and again do research (Don't believe everything those pet store guys say).


You have to be careful as some plecos are notorious for sucking on the sides of Goldfish when they sleep at night. The goldfish sleep on the bottom and the pleco (who's usually up and about at night) will go over and begin to suck on the Goldfish, eating their protective coating. This makes the goldfish more susceptible to health issues. Of course I know this is why Dude suggested a bushynose variety!
Tesa323
My gold fish died like in 3 weeks hopefully this works :/
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