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acamp
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How often should you feed goldfish?
« on: February 19, 2012, 04:21:23 PM »

I feed my goldfish once a week. Is it enough?
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 04:22:50 PM »

Um, no way. At least once a day. I do (very) small meals three- four times per day. What are you feeding?
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 05:11:13 PM »

unless they are in a pond, I should say that is not enough.

  How old are they? young goldies need frequent small meals
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 05:52:53 PM »

If you're goldfish are not growing fry, I would recommend feeding a varied diet of fish pellets/flakes, vegetables, live food, and freeze dried or frozen food a 2-4 times a day, and you could skip a day during the week so the goldfish may "scavenge" for whatever leftover food. Only feed the fish what they can digest in a few minutes (but this rule doesn't apply to all foods).

I prefer getting fish food that doesn't have many main ingredients that goldfish would never find in the wild, but that isn't always easy to find. Try to stay away from food with dangerous chemical preservatives, but again, that isn't hard to find either. Hikari is a good brand for all fish food, and I highly recommend them.

Nossie made a post on feeding veggies to goldfish. Check it out. (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.) You could also purposely grow plants that goldfish like to eat so they could eat them for additional veggies. Goldfish seem to like to eat just about all plants except thick plants like the anubias, java fern, java moss, and cryptocoryne.

Live food is expensive but is the most nutritional of foods for any type of fish such as bloodworms. You could attempt to hatch brine shrimp at home for goldfish, even though baby brine shrimp are commonly fed to baby fry or tropical fish.

Freeze dried or frozen foods are highly nutritional also, but they're "alive, but now dead". Freeze-dried or frozen foods are basically just live food with a little less nutritional value so whatever you could buy live for your fish, you could probably buy the same thing but freeze-dried or frozen also.

The more variety your goldfish has to eat, the more happy they are. Some of these foods cost more than pellets, a healthy, happy goldfish will be totally worth it.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 06:27:28 PM »

Sparkly- karma for that. I also recommend Hikari although I do not feed pellets or flakes regularly and offer freeze-dried only as a treat.

 If you do feed multiple times a day keep the meals very VERY small. My fish usually only get a few bites at each meal- maybe two cube gel food each, quarter cube frozen each and two peas each for the day (these are very large fish mind you).

Live foods can be expensive but are very easy to breed yourself. To have a worm colony you only need soil, starter and food that you already have in the house.
I agree with spakly that variety is the key.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 11:38:17 AM »

I feed them Wardley advanced nutrition.they are about the size of my pinkie finger.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 12:09:26 PM »

They need much more nutritious food much more frequently. A young goldfish will need protein everyday at least.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 09:25:20 PM »

We feed gellfood, about the size of the fishes eyeballs. Which is really about a mouthful. Once or twice a day, and occasionally we skip a day. We also will do a day a week where he only gets veggies. Occasionally some pellets, or flakes or algea tabs. (those are really for the snails but he loves them!)
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 04:48:12 AM »

I feed mine 2-3 times a day with vegetables and live foods along with pellets soaked in garlic oil Smiley

As everyone else already mentioned, you have to give them more different food or they'll end up sick and stunted.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2012, 05:21:23 AM »

I feed my goldfish twice a day with either flakes (that I soak before feeding), frozen daphnia, freeze dried tubifex or veg like brocolli/peas/courgette  Smiley
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2012, 05:24:56 AM »

I feed mine twice a day either pellets, flakes, peas, broccoli, cucumber, lettuce, or homemade food.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2012, 01:45:25 PM »

Since the time I have posted this my two fish have passed away Sad
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2012, 04:28:26 AM »

I'm sorry to hear that Sad
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2012, 04:50:17 AM »

Oh no! How did they die?
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2012, 07:29:52 PM »

I am not sure. They were at the surface gasping. I got them at petco so next time when I upgrade to a 55 gallon from a 5 gallon I'll buy them at a better place.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2012, 07:58:46 PM »

They were in 5 gallons?! Well that explains it....gasping at the surface usually means lack of oxygen, probably due to lack of space, weak filter, warm water etc. Please do some serious research before getting any more fish.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2012, 11:19:52 PM »

The water was warm and I didn't have a bubble thing
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2012, 11:14:37 AM »

A "bubble thing" or air stone is obsolete. What matters is that you have a large tank and a huge canister filter for space and to keep the water quality good.
Maybe you should try keeping tropicals or a betta? They don't need nearly as big space or as powerful filtration as goldfish Smiley
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2012, 05:31:54 PM »

Obviously in this case the fish died from small tank/neglect but why Nossie do you say airstones are obsolete? Where did you get that information? Dr. Erik L. Johnson D.V.M. (Fancy Goldfish author and leading fish vet), my own fish vet and most goldfish books all recommend using airstones. I am quoting directly from Fancy Goldfish a Complete Guide to Care and Keeping. "Aeration in an aquarium is one of the most important componets...also the one that is most often neglected. Some Goldfish collectors think that if they have plenty of filtration they do not need extra aeration. That belief may be wrong." He goes on to say: "Air-stones are an excellent means of producing water-air exchange without causing strong currents." He also says the more oxygen the better and "I recommend using several air-stones or diffusers to maximize the amount of oxygen available to your fish."
It makes sense that because goldfish descend from river carp and rivers have tons and tons of oxygen (and even more in spring) that we should have a lot of oxygen in the tank. Obviously goldfish in a correctly sized tank can get by just on the surface agitation from the filter but I am of the opinion that more oxygen creates a more natural enviroment. My fish certainly enjoy them. Thats my opinon anyways, based on my research and (limited) experience.  Smiley
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2012, 06:45:37 PM »

I have three koi in a 160 gallon pond now. I feed them three times a day and they are doing fine.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2012, 11:43:33 AM »

cheri: Because a filter causes several times more surface agitation than an air stone. Basically, if you have a good filter, you won't need an airstone at all. Note that it's the surface agitation that helps the gaseous exchange, the bubbles themselves do not add any oxygen into the water and them just popping on the surface isn't adding much movement. Simply, if your filter doesn't have enough power to make the surface ripple nicely, you should get a new filter, not an air stone Wink

I've read that book so many times... Grin But you need to take some info from somewhere else, a section of this book also advices AGAINST feeding the goldfish live foods, having gravel as substrate or even keeping live plants. There's a page online that advices against air stones as well, with the reason that 1. A filter is more than enough if you place it correctly, 2. The goldfish can become sick if they swallow these bubbles.
My opinion is in-between: All is well if you do it right. I have my air stone dug into the gravel by some plants because I think the bubbles look nice there Grin My goldfish don't have a habit of trying to eat the bubbles or anything either, and I've found myself that when I change water in the tank but keep the external filter running, no one is at the surface. When I need to clean the external filter on the other hand (with the air stone being the only source of "oxygen", my goldfish spend lots of time close to the surface, sometimes even gulping until I get to fill the tank again c:
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2012, 09:55:07 PM »

I generally feed my goldfish two to four meals per day (depending on what's on the menu), with each feeding session usually lasting around a minute long. I really don't recommend feeding once per week, since growing, developing goldfish will need the nutrition.

I actually switch between three different brands for the stable diet (to give my goldfish some variety) and then feed special "treats" once or twice per week. Treats can consist of anything from freeze-dried meals to seaweed to shelled peas. For the stable diet, the brands I feed are Hikari, New Life Spectrum (my goldfish go crazy for this stuff!), and Omega One.

Since goldfish have sensitive digestive systems, I've found that frequent small feedings are often better than one larger feeding per day.
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Re: How often should you feed goldfish?
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2013, 08:00:47 PM »

Once a week is starving the poor fish.  You must remember Goldfish do not have stomachs to store food.  I feed my gold fish I have had 3 years, all very healthy, at least twice within 12 hours. I never have sick goldfish.  I feed them peas once a week. I vac tank every week along with 25% water change once a week. My fish have grown every year and happy fish.  They also require a lot of oxygen.  I not only have two filters in each 45 gallon tank, but I have surround wall bubblers and a sponge filter I buy off ebay.  All which provides a clean tank and plenty of oxygen.  The fish love all the bubbling and swim through the bubbles for oxygen. I only change one filter in power filters at a time, never both at the same time.  This allows to keep the good bacteria flow.  Please do not starve your fish.   
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