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Feeding question for new goldfish
« on: April 15, 2009, 07:11:40 AM »

Hey guys.

I have recently set up a coldwater tank and added my first goldfish yesterday (an oranda). I just have a question about feeding. I didn't feed him yesterday as it was the first day I had him. When I bought him I bought the Tetra sinking pellets so he wouldn't be gulping air when he ate floating food. I put a pinch in this morning and they sank immediately, and he hasn't eaten any of them. I know you are meant to remove the food remaining after a couple of mins but he hasn't even eaten any (I am wondering if he can't see it against the colour of the gravel because I struggle to see it too).

He seems fine and healthy - in fact I'm wondering if he just isn't hungry because he is spending all his time trying to eat one of the live plants I put in there (there wasn't any in the tank at the shop so I guess he's just discovering pants!).

Anyway, should I just remove the food and try later and then just keep doing that til he eventually eats something or should I float a few flakes on the surface?

Also I have heard you can feed goldfish small amounts of fruit and veg e.g. oranges and lettuce. Is there anything that is a definite no-no so far as food?

Thanks guys

P.S I've attached a couple of pics-trying to pick a name and am torn between Rusty and Archie.


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Re: Feeding question for new goldfish
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009, 07:49:23 PM »

Nice looking tank Pingu.

Sometimes it will take a new purchased goldfish a day or two to get used to their new surroudings and start eating. Just make sure to keep an eye on it for any sign of illness, which can cause it to lose its appetite and not eat. Orandas are considered fancy goldfish so , ideally, they should be kept at at a temperature range between 70 - 75 F. Water temperatures below 60 F will slow down their metabolism and their appetite will decrease as a result.

You can net out any remaining food that is uneaten by the fish within 5-10 minutes. This will help to keep the water clean longer and reduce the frequency of the water changes you need to make.

You can feed the goldfish vegetables and fruits, but remember not to over do it. A balanced diet is the key to keeping your goldfish healthy. One thing you should be careful of is feeding goldfish live prey, which can carry bacteria and other diseases that can make your goldfish ill.
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