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Fancy GoldFish Tank Ornaments and Accessories for your Aquarium Fancy GoldFish Tank Ornaments and Accessories for your Aquarium

A tight-fitting hood is also a great addition in setting up a goldfish aquarium. There is a convenient “all-in-one” hood that’s available in the market which holds both your lighting and filtration system needs.  This will also prevent your goldfish from jumping out as well as prevent dust and dirt from falling into the tank.

Backgrounds are pretty additions to the tank. These are either made of plastic or paper material with attractive and colorful images that are placed at the back portion of the aquarium.

Other ornaments such as castles, ships, caves or even volcanoes can make even the simplest aquarium into a striking display tank. These ornaments are available in various materials such as resin, ceramic, plastic, rock or wood. They provide security for smaller fishes from the bigger ones. They also offer a place to stay and play.

The decorations and accessories you placed in your fish tanks are not only there for aesthetic purpose. They have also some functional benefits to your goldfish.  Try to keep the aquarium as your goldfish’s natural habitat as possible.

What you put to enhance the look of your aquarium is your own preference. Use caution when choosing and purchasing aquarium accessories…

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Tank Accessories and Ornaments for Goldfish Aquarium Tank Accessories and Ornaments for Goldfish Aquarium

Adding some accessories and ornaments will add zest to your aquarium. There are several varieties of ornaments to adorn your aquarium. It solely depends on the owner’s style and personality. These are added to enhance the overall appearance of your goldfish tank. Also, make sure that the decorations or accessories you put in your aquarium are nontoxic. If in doubt of the safety of any decorations you put in your fish tank, buy them in reputable aquarium or fish shops.

Use medium-sized gravel as your tank flooring. Be sure to clean the gravel before use with hot water. Be sure that the gravel is not too sharp or pointed. Keep the gravel in the aquariums at most one-fourth inch thick.

Use artificial plants instead of live ones. Plastic plants work better in aquariums, as they tend to be scavengers and dig up plants. If you are planning to place live plants, you can use low growing plants and tough, hardy plant species like Java moss and fern. Plastic plants for aquariums are available in different sizes, colors and shapes.

Fishes like places to hide like rocks. Add rocks of different sizes, shapes and colors. Do not put those with sharp or pointed edges. Avoid…

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Setting up Aquarium Equipment for Goldfish Aquarium Setting up Aquarium Equipment for Goldfish Aquarium

Setting up an aquarium is not that hard as long as you have the right tank and certain basic equipment to go with it. If you want your goldfish to survive in their new habitat, you must provide your fish with some essential aquarium equipment, too.

Keeping the water temperature steady all year round is very important for your goldfish. Goldfish are more active when the temperature remains near 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything cooler than 68 degrees Fahrenheit for a period of time will eventually kill them. Be sure that you choose an aquarium heater that matched your goldfish tank. If you get a heater with too low voltage, it will not substantiate your large tank. An aquarium heater with very high voltage will only take the life of your goldfish. Do not hesitate to visit and ask your local fish store regarding the right heater for your aquarium.

Goldfish require a daily dose of 4-10 hours of lighting. A well-illuminated aquarium allows better viewing and highlights the color of your fishes. Turn off the lights during night time as goldfish rest and sleep too. There are several types of aquarium light fixtures available such as striplights, full hood and canopy lights.
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Factors to consider before purchasing Goldfish tank Factors to consider before purchasing Goldfish tank

Factors to consider before purchasing a goldfish tank is the number of fish you want to own. Remember that to maintain a healthy school of goldfish, you will need a large tank. A large tank means more water, and more water will help dilute and lower the concentration of wastes that can harm the fishes. For starters, it is generally recommended to invest in a 10-gallon rectangular tank if you have some money to spare because it is best suited for goldfish. As you go on, getting a 20-gallon rectangular tank is a good investment. It is more expensive, but you’ll really make the goldfish happy and comfortable. Keep in mind that in goldfish care, a fish tank can hold one-inch of goldfish per gallon of water.

It is also very important to locate the desired and available spot for your goldfish aquarium. Choose a location that is not near the door or window and not exposed to heat, direct sunlight or cold drafts. This can make or break the fish tank you’ve chosen or purchased. It is all right if the tank you’ve purchased fits perfectly to your chosen spot. What if it’s too large or too small? Or even exposed to…

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What should be the Tank Size for Goldfish Aquarium What should be the Tank Size for Goldfish Aquarium

Before buying an aquarium for your goldfish, careful considerations must be observed. The goldfish is one of the very attractive and most commonly kept fishes in aquariums. They are easy to care for and deserve a safe, healthy and comfortable habitat. There are various fish tank sizes available in the market these days. It is very essential to choose the right tank for your goldfish for them to grow well and live longer. Before buying a fish tank, it is very important to research some basic information on setting up a goldfish aquarium.

Goldfish requires a fish tank that can provide the largest possible surface area and less depth for oxygen exchange, so they should never be kept in a goldfish bowl or smaller containers. Actually, for every inch of fish length, you will need 30 square inches for the surface area. But, remember that these fishes also grow, and they have the potential to grow quickly, so this should be taken into account in selecting the right size for their home. If you are only a beginner or a fishbowl is your only option, make sure that it is only filled halfway. You may have less water, but the surface area is…

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List of items for cleaning your Goldfish Aquarium List of items for cleaning your Goldfish Aquarium

Here’s what you will need for cleaning your aquarium:

There are several kinds of aquarium algae scrapers available in aquarium supplies or fish shops. There are long-handled scrapers and even magnetic scrapers to clean unwanted algae inside of the fish tanks. Others preferred to use a flannel or soft cotton cloth for it will not scratched the aquarium glass. A magnetic aquarium scrubber is also one of the favorites to use because it scrubs the entire inside surface of your aquarium without getting your arms wet.  It also makes cleaning quick and easy, keeping your aquarium spotless. For stubborn dirt and residue on the glass, use a razor blade to scrape it off. If you have an acrylic fish tank, utilize a plastic razor blade to avoid scratches.

A big no-no in aquarium maintenance is the use of soaps or detergents in cleaning the fish tank as well as its equipment, ornaments and accessories. Prepare a 10% bleach solution to soak your aquarium paraphernalia and leave them there for 15 minutes. Scrub the remaining residue off, rinse with running water and let it dry to eliminate residual bleach.

If you use live plants in your aquarium, soak the plants in a 5%…

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How to Clean Your Aquarium How to Clean Your Aquarium

Proper and regular cleaning of your aquarium is very essential to make sure that your fish will live long and healthy. There are fish keepers who are very meticulous and want to make their fish tank as clean and clear as possible. But, did you know that frequent and too much cleaning can also endanger the lives of your goldfish.

The most important thing to remember in cleaning your aquarium is to not overdo it. Of course, regular water changes are essential as too much ammonia due to accumulated uneaten food and fish wastes will rapidly reach a dangerous level for your fish.

When cleaning your aquarium, remove only about one-third of the water and replace it with fresh, dechlorinated tap water. Smaller containers or fish bowls require larger water changes more often. It is not recommended to empty your fish tank as your goldfish will lose all the beneficial bacteria produced in the aquarium. Use a water siphon to suck debris

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Automatic Goldfish Feeders – What to select Outdoor or Indoor Automatic Fish Feeder Automatic Goldfish Feeders – What to select Outdoor or Indoor Automatic Fish Feeder

Having an automatic fish feeder is an investment and can definitely help the goldfish owner during feeding time whether he is at home or on vacation. The use of an indoor/outdoor automatic fish feeder is suggested to distribute fish feeds evenly into the pond or aquarium at predetermined time intervals. Auto fish feeders are usually powered either with battery or run on electricity through a power cord and have little compartments to hold the fish food. The device also includes a timer which can be set to feed the fish at different intervals. There are different kinds and styles of automatic aquarium feeders for your goldfish. There are simple battery operated fish feeders and also state-of-the-art and large capacity electronic feeders.

One main concern for this device is that sometimes the food stored in the compartment become wet. If this happens, the fish food pellets or flakes could become stuck and not fall as intended.

For starters, you can buy the small and simple-type capacity feeder to see how it works and observe how it can assist you. If you’re budget is a little bit tight, you may want to try something like an automatic pond fish feeder. You can use it not…

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Goldfish Feeding – What Live Food to Feed your Godfish Goldfish Feeding – What Live Food to Feed your Godfish

Goldfish are omnivores, meaning they can eat both plant and animal food particles. In order for the goldfish to grow healthy, it is best to feed them both with processed and live foods.

What are live foods? Live foods contain nutritional elements and also have the natural laxatives which are essential to the goldfish. Some fish owners prefer feeding their fish with manufactured or processed foods because live foods may carry harmful organisms that can be harmful to the goldfish. Many of these live foods are available as frozen or dried items in pet or fish stores. They are excellent dietary supplement for conditioning the goldfish. Since, live foods may be harmful to your goldfish, it is recommended to just buy those which are frozen or dried rather than raising or catching them to feed your fish. The cultivation of live food should be left to the expert, as it can carry diseases which can harm your goldfish.

Brine shrimp is good for goldfish because when it hatches, it is not dangerous because even though it carries a disease, it can not survive in fresh water. Brine shrimps should be eaten fast or they will die and contaminate rapidly the water.

Daphnia are one…

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Goldfish Feeding – Avoid overfeeding of your Goldfish Goldfish Feeding – Avoid overfeeding of your Goldfish

Many fish owners want their goldfish to grow faster. They have this habit of feeding the fish more than their pet really needs. They have this notion that the more food the fish takes, the healthier it will get. Usually, goldfish is recommended to be fed two mouthfuls twice a day.

Overfeeding will just create a polluted environment to the goldfish. Leftover food decomposes rapidly, and this will ultimately release plenty of organic and inorganic compounds that will adversely affect the living condition of the goldfish.

Your aquarium will quickly develop cloudy water, sooner algae growth, occasional growth of little patches of fungus or mold, sudden appearance of tiny worms, and low dissolved oxygen, high nitrates, declining pH and other chemical problems.

Below are some feeding habits to remember to avoid overfeeding of your goldfish:

1.     Time your feedings. Carefully observe your fish when you feed them. Watch how long and how much will they be able to eat the food you give them. This way, you can adjust the amount of food the next time you feed them.

2.     Feed often but in moderation. Keep the feedings under control. You can feed your goldfish often but sparingly. But, fish experts typically recommend that you feed…

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