Old is gold! Best gift for kids
Goldfish are actually some of the longest-lived fishes you can purchase. They are capable for living several decades under the right conditions, and the supposed record is 49 years of age. This means if you give a goldfish as a gift to a child, if well kept, they could own it for a huge chunk of their lifespan.
It pays to care well for your goldfish
The reason why so many die at a young age is due more to the conditions in which they are kept than the actual longevity of the fish. If goldfish are a fish you wish to keep, prepare yourself for a long-term commitment.
All you need to know about goldfish
- Goldfish do tend to live together fairly well.
- They’re not known for being aggressive,
- They are hardy, adaptable, long-lived, and have an extensive and interesting history.
It is important to learn as much as you can about any species you intend to keep. When properly cared for, goldies are a great choice for any fish keeper regardless of their level of experience. The above myths should not be promulgated in the fish keeping hobby, as they work against the well-being of these beautiful and interesting fish.
Proper water filtration is vital for ensuring your fish’s long-term health. Install a water filter and change the cartridge at least once per month. An aquarium siphon and gravel vacuum will help you quickly drain tank water for regular cleanings, and a bucket will give you both a place to drain the water into and a location where you can place your goldfish during cleanings. Purchase a fish net that is at least double the width and length of your largest goldfish so that you can easily catch fish.
These fish can survive on flake food, but are healthiest when they eat a varied diet. Bloodworms, mosquito larvae and brine shrimp are excellent sources of protein. Goldies thrive when given lots of vegetables such as mustard greens, collards and other dark, leafy greens. Fruit is healthy in small quantities, but too much fruit can cause digestive problems, so give small pieces of chopped blueberries, grapes and other fruit two to three times per week.