Into the tank you go little fishyWhen you first put your new goldfish in their new tank, do not just pour them in. Instead place the bag inside the tank and let the water temperature equal out. Gently and gradually mix in the water and release the fish carefully. It is a good idea to buy a couple of fish (even if you plan to get much more) and test them out in the water, before you buy more, you won't know the reaction until you try it.
If you ever need to catch your fish once they have been living in their tank, limit the use of your hands. A fish's scales can be damaged very easily and disease can be brought upon quickly. Use a jar or get a fish net that will fit in your aquarium from the pet shop. Fish should be out of the water for the shortest time possible, they cannot breathe air and will die very quickly if left out of water.
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Changing the WaterGoldfish are natural born pigs. They are messy. And they eat a lot. Thus creating the biggest obstacle for many goldfish keepers-the water quality. Like most fish, goldfish prefer to live in clean water. They can tolerate a wide range of pH, but prefer neutral to slightly basic water.
You should change the water in the fish tank as regular as you can. It is better to change 15-25% water every couple of weeks rather than wait for the tank to get really dirty and chang e it on ly then. The easiest way is to siphon the water out using a tube, when doing this, aim the tube at the bottom of the tank to clean up the waste that accumulates in the bottom of the tank.
All you need to do this is some plastic tubing and a bucket that you place below the water level in the tank. Place one end of the tube in the tank and suck the water, stop before it hits you mouth and aim the tube into the bucket that is below the fish tank, the water will continually pump into the bucket. (http://www.goldfishcare.org/)
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Goldfish - But what kind?
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Goldfish are members of the fish family Cyprindae. They share this distinction with many thousands of other fish, like the Barbs, Red Tail Shark, Rasboras, and more. The scientific name of the goldfish is Carassius auratus. The name Carassius refers to many of the Carp family, and the auratus literally means 'overlaid with gold.' Along with Koi and pond carp, goldfish make up a large portion of this group of fish.
Goldfish come in many shapes and sizes. The 'common' goldfish more closely resembles the many species of carp found in ponds and lakes all over the world. Goldfish originally derived from temperate Asia, but have been introduced to all parts of the world. Many cultures began to 'domesticate' the goldfish, as long as 1300 years ago. They selected for a variety of genetic traits, like color, fin shape, and body shape. The result of this selective breeding allows the myriad of goldfish types available to us as hobbyists today. The typical common goldfish, also sold as feeder fish a many pet stores, appears much as its wild natural great grandfather would have appeared in Asia. However, all the fancy variations, veil-tails, bubble-eyes, orandas, etc., are all strains developed through selective breeding, and do not occur in nature in that form naturally.
( http://www.aquariumhobbyist.com/articles/Goldfish.html )
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