Remember when you were a kid and you brought home a goldfish that you won in the county fair, but like all the other goldfish that you previously had that last one died after only a few days and got flushed down.

Why your other fishes died is due to improper handling; if only you knew about proper goldfish care your prized fish could have lived with you for many years.

Here are goldfish care tips for caring for goldfish so that you won’t have to endure the hardship of losing a pet over and over again.

The first thing you need to remember about proper goldfish care is to not keep them in a small fishbowl. In order for goldfish to grow and be healthy, they need to be kept in a tank that gives them plenty of room to swim around in.

If you are planning on keeping only a couple of fishes, like maybe 2 or 3, a 20-gallon fish tank will do.

The next goldfish care tip is to keep a close eye on the quality of your goldfish’s water. You need to keep the water in the tank clean, you must replace at least 25 percent of the tanks water every month so that it doesn’t get murky.

Placing a filter in your tank is also a good idea because they not only help keep the water clean, filters also help circulate the water, keeping it well-oxygenated. Goldfish are really hardy, so they are not as sensitive as other fishes when it comes to the ph levels of the water they live in, but if you want them to be in top shape you should monitor and correct the ph levels and the temperature of the tank water once in a while.

You might think that there is nothing wrong with feeding your fishes a lot of food, but you could
actually make your fish sick. Overfeeding your goldfish not only makes your fish sick, it also causes them to defecate a lot, making the water dirty faster. You should only feed your fish several times a day, maybe 3 or 4 times.

Make sure that you only feed your fish with an amount of fish food that they can consume within 3 to 5 minutes, any more than that and it would only make the water dirty.

Even though goldfish are a hardy bunch of fish, they are still not immune to diseases. If you find any mysterious spots develop on any of your fishes it could be the result of ichtyopthirius you should isolate the infected fish immediately so that the other fish in the tank gets sick as well.

Then proceed to take your ailing fish to a veterinarian for proper goldfish care.

Goldfish generally have a long lifespan as compared with other fish, to make sure that they live to their full potential proper goldfish care is needed. Article contributed by Tim at best automatic fish feeders.