Species group: Goldfish
Other common names: Hibuna
Scientific name: Carassius auratus auratus
The Common Goldfish is very popular at fairs and often chosen as a beginner fish because of their ease of care ability to survive a wide variety of water conditions. The Common Goldfish is descended from the Prussian Carp (Carassius auratus gibelio), which was originally native to Siberia, and has now been introduced to lakes and slow-moving rivers throughout Asia and Europe.
One of the challenges to keeping goldfish is making sure they have a large enough tank as they grow. It is a myth that fish will only grow to the size of their environment. Goldfish live an average of 20 years but will die after 3 to 5 years if kept in too small of a tank.
Being such voracious eaters makes feeding goldfish easy. They will eat flakes, pellets, fresh fruits and veggies, and even graze on algae in the tank. When kept outside they will eat bug and mosquito larva too making them great for mosquito control.
The Common Goldfish has a smooth body and a forked tail (caudal fin). It is available in many colors, including red, black, orange, white, bronze and yellow. They can also change colors as they grow. Most Goldfish hatch bronze and become gold or white.
Common goldfish are peaceful and can be kept with koi and other cold water fish like comets, shubunkins, and snails. Because they are long bodied and can swim faster it's best not to keep them with round bodied goldfish like Ryunkins, and Orandas or they might steal all the food before the round bodied goldfish get any.
Common Goldfish, like most goldfish, are best kept in cold water aquariums.They need at least 100 gallons per fish once full grown. They do best in outdoor ponds. Good filtration is necessary because they produce a lot of waste and stir up the aquarium constantly.
6.8 - 8.0
garden pond, ideal outdoor pond, Nice pet, interactive, exciting petowning experience
tiny tank, massive waste producers, bowls, hungry
carnivals, ripe old age, voracious mosquito predators
Goldfish: A Great Fish for Ponds
We originally got our 25 cent goldfish only to clean the horses' water trough. But, when then 11-year-old me convinced my parents to bring them inside, I ended up in a crash course in fishkeeping. I originally thought that bringing the fish inside from their 100-gallon stock tank would make them happier. This resulted in investing in a variety of larger and larger tanks as they grew, and grew, and grew. They ended up where they started in yet another stock tank. So, I would strongly recommend keeping them outdoors in a pond of ideally 80 gallons or more. It was nice having them inside-- they're athletic, active fish that are fun to watch. But, they are SO dirty and so difficult to keep in small tanks, and a horrible choice for bowls. So, even though they're a difficult aquarium fish, they're incredibly hardy, entertaining, and worth far more than their 25 cent price. .
From abirose Dec 24 2018 11:31PM
Copper works when dosed correctly
Copper sulfate is a heavy metal that when dosed correctly, kills Chilodonella. The idea is to kill the parasite and not harm the fish. Dosing is based on the alkalinity (carbonate hardness) of the water. Copper toxicity increases as carbonates decrease, so a lower dose is required in low-alkalinity water. Charts can be found online. You'll need a copper test kit and alkalinity test kit to dose in the best manner. Otherwise, follow the directions on the treatment label.Avoid chelated or complexed copper medications. They are not effective..
From James 394 days ago