A duty of care to your Goldfish

  • Prepare for your Goldfish before you buy
  • Goldfish enjoy companionship but they also need sufficient surface area to breathe and space to grow
  • Always quarantine new stock for at least four weeks
  • Allow tap water to stand for 24 hours and agitate the water with an aeration pump or use an additive to remove chlorine
  • Avoid sudden changes in temperature. Goldfish will tolerate a wide range of temperatures but not a sudden change
  • Water condition and feeding are critical to the well being of your Goldfish
  • Overcrowding, over feeding, insufficient oxygen and insufficient water changes will all adversely affect water quality
  • Feed sparingly but regularly. Your Goldfish should always appear to be hungry and food offered should never be ignored
  • Provide a variety of prepared Goldfish foods, ‘live’, frozen or dried foods such as water fleas (daphnia), bloodworm, and vegetation
  • Clean your aquarium regularly and provide at least a 20% water change each week
  • Provide shade from direct sunlight
  • Goldfish are delicate and sensitive to handling. The human hand can ‘burn’ a Goldfish
  • Always use a large smooth net and gently lift one fish at a time out of the water when transferring
  • Arrange appropriate care when you go on holiday – stress the need for water changes and the need to avoid over-feeding
  • Consider the introduction of plant life to your Goldfish’s environment but be very careful if using filtration as clogging is possible
  • Monitor your Goldfish’s behaviour on a regular basis
  • Gulping at the surface of the water may indicate oxygen starvation and high carbon dioxide levels, injury or disease
  • Goldfish in a pond will require less water change and will benefit from plant life, thus providing adequate shading