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Goldfish information found on the net is anything but good

Goldfish information we offer here at gfe is based on hands on experience. Most information found on the internet is copied and stolen, but worse, it’s all wrong. The foundation for good health recommended is based on dangerous chemicals sold at the pet shop. Pet shop medications destroy the health of the water and the fish

Generally goldfish websites recommend enclosed aquariums with top loading filtering systems for housing fish. These types of fish houses are designed for tropical fish; not goldfish. Just because you read it online, doesn’t make it so. If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not right

Goldfish in captivity, just like in the wild need cool oxygenated water, rich in mineral value. Learn how to create a natural environment that your fish will thrive in by reading and following the 10 Steps to Goldfish Koi Keeping

 

 

 

 

 

10 Easy Steps Goldfish Keeping

2018-05-28T07:15:28+00:00

 10 Easy STEPS Goldfish Keeping make it simple Buy the Book 10 easy steps goldfish keeping are easy to read and follow The theory is simple, by recreating their ancestor’s natural environment, the cold and fast moving rivers of China, our goldfish will thrive in an aquarium or pond. Learn everything you can about goldfish keeping Centuries ago, and still today, the Chinese displayed their goldfish in glass bowls much to the delight of their guests, but the goldfish were quickly returned to their ponds after the party was over. This could very well have started the ‘goldfish in a bowl’ tradition, and with dire consequences. Follow 10 Easy Steps to create the perfect ecosystem for your goldfish, and they will live up to their full potential in growth and life expectancy Goldfish Care Equipment and Supplies needed; Goldfish container; water pump & sponge; Water treatment; Freshwater tub; Gravel vacuum or python; Natural pea gravel; Goldfish food; Parameters test kit and thermometer Goldfish are delicate creatures. Their environment is a complex ecosystem that must be perfectly balanced. The tiny goldfish you bring home will double in size within a few short weeks, and by the end of the first year could easily measure 2" in length; averaging 1” per year. If their growth is not stunted by close quarters they’ll keep growing for most of their life which averages 16 years, and some live for much longer, growing much larger Goldfish information Goldfish need room to grow. The water they live in should be filtered and oxygenated. Even a large aquarium is not a natural environment for goldfish. They are more at home in shallow water that has plenty of surface area with plenty of surface activity, such as water fountains and falls. Compromises must be made if these creatures are to be housed successfully in our homes 10 easy steps goldfish keeping Goldfish keeping 10 Easy Steps Goldfish Keeping GOLDFISH House Step 1 House your goldfish in a fancy aquarium, a flower pot or even a rubber tub. The most important factors in choosing a container is that it is large enough, strong enough to hold water and free of contaminants, having more surface area and less depth. Some goldfish are sensitive to water pressure  Minimum stocking level 2.5 gallons of water per 1” of body length If you have an indoor goldfish house, locate it a place that doesn’t receive too much sunlight; a room that stays cool year round. The top should be open and exposed to fresh air Use aquarium safe decorations and natural gravel. Make sure plants are nontoxic and free of infection 10 Easy Steps to Goldfish Keeping NITROGEN Cycle Step 2 Goldfish make waste, which plays a big role in helping Mother Nature create a healthy ecosystem for them to live in. Ammonia, a deadly toxin, is created from waste. When ammonia is present, and the environment is right, beneficial bacteria form to feed on the toxin, converting it into nitrite Nitrites attract another [...]

10 Easy Steps Goldfish Keeping 2018-05-28T07:15:28+00:00

Fish proof aquarium pond

2018-06-03T18:10:07+00:00

Fish proof aquarium pond to keep them safe Fish proof aquarium pond to keep goldfish and Koi safe hazardous mechanics, sharp fake plants and decorations. Countless a fish will die after being injured by a filter or pump. Water is pulled into a pond pump and then pushed back out in a powerful jet stream that shoots from the floor to the surface creating a fountain. The same holds true for H.O.B filters, only the water is pulled up through a pipe and falls down to the surface creating a water fall effect Goldfish care Only the smallest fish could be pulled through the intake and injured by the blades that push water, however, even not so small fish are at risk if the intake is exposed Every exposed intake must be covered with a sponge for more than one reason. The sponge acts as a filter keeping the water clear and the pond pump running smoothly, however, sponges also protect fish from getting injured. Even the down spout intakes must have sponges Goldfish information Fish proof aquarium pond Use aquarium safe sponges or natural sea sponges. Make certain the entire intake area is well covered. The slightest exposure of the intake could cause injury Use natural pea gravel as a substrate instead of painted pet shop gravel. Painted gravel begins to peel and chip after a few short years; not good for goldfish. Avoid the use of sand, as it irritates gills and harbors bad bacteria The fish is not fooled by the silk plants in the photo below, but friends will be Fish proof aquarium pond Safe goldfish aquarium Plastic plants are popular, however, pointed leaves may be sharp enough to injure the fish. If you prefer fake plants, try silk. The move more fluidly with the motion of the water, looking very real Goldfish House All rights reserved Author: Brenda Rand

Fish proof aquarium pond 2018-06-03T18:10:07+00:00

Test Water Parameters

2018-05-25T08:09:32+00:00

Test water parameters to make sure your fish are safe STEP 9 Buy the Books Test water parameters if you want to know the real story about your fish water. Tests are difficult to read, requiring a little practice. Test strips are less expensive, however, and found to be accurate with comparable readings to the more preferred method of testing; test tubes. Keep your test kits in a cool dark place to extend the shelf life Most test kits measure readings by ppm (parts per million) however, some kits (most commonly KH and GH) measure by dH (degree of hardness) One dH equals 17.8 ppm (parts per million) or mg (milligrams) Never dip test strips directly into tap or tank water. The regents used in the tester is toxic Goldfish prefer a range of 64 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit Not being able to withstand freezing temperatures, goldfish and Koi are cold blooded, becoming dormant in colder temperatures. As water temperatures drop, these freshwater fish breathe less oxygen, eat less or nothing at all, however, this marvelous attribute gives us a method of keeping them safe from toxins, low oxygen levels, or even parasites and bad bacteria Test water parameters Goldfish care Lowering water temperature is an effective method of protecting your fish during times of stress. Beneficial bacteria thrive in the same conditions as goldfish. Both begin dormancy at 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and should reach a full state of dormancy at 44f Begin to slow feeding at 64f. Stop feeding at 54f Cleaning agents Chlorine is used by our small cities to destroy bad bacteria in tap water, although, chloramines (ammonia combined with chlorine) is used in larger cities to give water staying power. Use water treatment to eliminated before adding to fish house Destroys chlorine (does not destroy chloramines) Oop Boost Testing toxins In a goldfish house that has not completed the nitrogen cycle, test for ammonia and nitrite, however, in a cycled house, test only nitrates are present Symptoms of ammonia poisoning may include; clamped fins; burns which later turn to black marks Symptoms of nitrite poisoning may include; bottom sitting; loss of appetite; red streaks in fins; red blotchy patches on body Symptoms of nitrate poisoning may include; loss of appetite; bottom sitting; curled or bent positioning, somersault swimming Due to the fact that goldfish and Koi use less oxygen in colder water, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are less dangerous in cold water conditions Normal readings for test results Ammonia (NH3) Zero is the goal. This first toxin in the nitrogen cycle to be created from decomposing fish waste. Goldfish have no tolerance for ammonia Nitrite (No2) the 2nd toxin in the nitrogen cycle converted from ammonia. Goldfish have no tolerance for nitrite; Zero is the goal Nitrate (No3) the third and final toxin in the nitrogen cycle converted from nitrites. Goldfish can tolerate in low amounts, preferring consistent levels of 10 to 20 ppm. When nitrate levels are high, reduce gradually to reduce the risk of nitrate shock Nitrate Poisoning When using water treatments, gypsum (calcium), Epsom (magnesium), bicarbonate [...]

Test Water Parameters 2018-05-25T08:09:32+00:00

Oxygenating Water

2018-12-17T14:55:09+00:00

Oxygenating Water takes more than a bubble wand STEP 6 Buy the Book Oxygenating water will take much more than a bubble wand. By method of diffusion, moving water pulls oxygen from the air above its surface, oxygenating it, although, the water must be free. On the list of these items that take up space, keeping oxygen from entering is Co2; first and foremost. Carbon dioxide (along with other types of gases in trace amounts) are created from waste which goldfish produce in large quantities. Waste sits on the bottom, and this is where you'll find Co2 in abundance. This is why we see goldfish in slow moving water, swimming closer to the surface than the bottom. By nature, goldfish are bottom dwellers Goldfish and beneficial bacteria alike thrive in heavily oxygenated water, unlike bad bugs. They can't tolerate oxygen Running a close second are clouds; bad bacteria clouds (bacteria blooms) form when conditions are unhealthy, and then we have super saturated gases; created by the pressure in tap water. Last but not lease we have algae blooms; green water algae. These are the things that push oxygen out of water Goldfish care Green water algae is free floating, taking up valuable space in the water, however, you will not see this type of algae in water that is moving. Water action forces algae on to substrate, clearing the body of water. A bacteria bloom also takes up space in water, although it's most commonly seen in water that has little or no movement How to oxygenate water Aquariums are more at risk for decreased oxygen levels than ponds because the surface is small compared to the body of water, and often covered Oxygenating water is more complicated than adding an air pump, or bubblers as we like to call them. It is a myth that bubblers or bubble wands have the capability to oxygenate water. This piece of equipment releases air bubbles into the water that shoot to the surface and pop, releasing the oxygen back into the air. Imagine the surface of your tank as a wall; a bubble wand or even two is like knocking a small hole in the wall. The entire wall must come down in order for fish to breathe Carbonate mineral, or KH is vital to oxygenating water, as this mineral gives water the ability to support oxygen. Without it, life cannot exist. Every natural body of water that supports life has sufficient levels of carbonate mineral. The comfort zone is 70 to 120 ppm, but the higher side is preferred for goldfish in aquariums Exposing the surface to fresh air, healthy carbonate mineral levels, and moving water. Together, these three things oxygenate water Goldfish information Goldfish absorb oxygen from the water by taking it in through their mouths and pushing it out through their gills. During this process oxygen is absorbed from the water and into the bloodstream as it passes over the rake. This organ does the same job that our lungs do, only in a different [...]

Oxygenating Water 2018-12-17T14:55:09+00:00

Goldfish Keeping

2018-06-03T08:10:09+00:00

Learn all about goldfish keeping and Koi Buy the book Goldfish keeping is a most enjoyable hobby if you learn how to care for them properly. It's a myth that goldfish can be kept successfully in bowls. Goldfish grow rapidly throughout their lives and they require growing room. It's also a myth that goldfish do not need filtered or aerated water. Goldfish are river fish, If we are to keep them healthy we must provide a pond like environment. Learn everything you can about goldfish, so that you can provide proper goldfish Koi care Goldfish information The goldfish information you find on the net may be misleading. All too often it's copied from one site to the next without any research. Don't assume the information you have found is true. Use your common sense when it comes to your goldfish. The information on this site has been researched, not from other goldfish sites, but through hands on experience Koi Keeping Many years ago, when my fish were dying one after another, I followed the instructions I found online, but it didn't help. One day, I had an idea to research the history of the goldfish. I found out they come from the cold and fast moving rivers of China. I worked on recreating the same environment, and my fish began to thrive Keeping goldfish By creating a natural and healthy ecosystem in your goldfish tank or pond, no matter the size, your fish can thrive also. Goldfish need water that is rich in mineral value; water that is heavily oxygenated. If you want your fish to live and grow, read the 10 steps to goldfish and Koi keeping. Follow each and every step, and this will lead you to a healthy environment for your fish Goldfish care Goldfish care is much easier than you think. Most new goldfish keepers exchange all of the tank water at one time, scrubbing everything down. This action destroys the ecosystem. An ecosystem consists of healthy microorganisms that help keep the environment safe. Exchanging all of the water eliminates these friendly bugs. Most new goldfish keepers believe that waste  dirties the water and is unhealthy for the fish, but the opposite is true. From waste, ammonia is created. Waste is food source for friendly bugs goldfish keeping Most new goldfish keepers sprinkle flakes on the surface, once or twice a day, but in the wild, goldfish are known to be bottom feeders. Feeding from the surface causes digestive issues due to the intake of air 10 Steps to Goldfish Koi keeping Use organic tonics and remedies All rights reserved Author: Brenda Rand

Goldfish Keeping 2018-06-03T08:10:09+00:00
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