Goldfish Bowls Should Be Banned…..
Sounds drastic….But hear me out.
As I mentioned above goldfish can grow up to 1 foot in length and can live for as long as 20 years. Needless to say, they need A LOT of space.
They are also very social fish and love to have a companion to interact with, so if you’re going to get one, plan for two…Kind of like kids…get the big house with at least three bedrooms and a big yard, trust me they will grow into it.
Here Are A Few Guidelines for Keeping Goldfish:
Get A Bigger Tank
Goldfish are best kept in a tank that is at least 20 gallons, with 10 gallons for each additional goldfish. However, you could even say 20 gallons for each goldfish would be best.
Goldfish produce A LOT of Waste
As you might guess by now, goldfish produce A LOT of WASTE. The smaller the tank the faster the harmful toxins like ammonia and nitrate will build up.
A small tank kept unchecked could slowly kill the goldfish by slowly burning their gills, fins, and scales. Your set up should provide sufficient filtration, meaning at least “double” the gallons in your tank or as we recommended earlier 10x to keep it really
Goldfish A LOT of Oxygen!
To give your goldfish enough oxygen you want a tank that has a lot of surface area. So a rectangle would be better than an octagon and better than a bowl.
Odd shaped tanks don’t have the surface area needed and can easily become de-oxygenated. Ideally, get a pump that creates a lot of bubbles and surface movement.
Can Goldfish Live In A Bowl?
Here’s My Recommendation
Don’t keep goldfish in bowls or other small odd-shaped items, not created to keep fish. It will ultimately kill your goldfish slowly through deformities, stress, burns, choking.
Just because a goldfish can’t be squeezed and hugged like a new cuddly puppy doesn’t mean it should be treated less. Just like all pets, take care of them, love them and keep them healthy.
To Recap Here Are 5 Reasons You Should Not Use A Bowl
- Bowls Are Too Small
- Bowls Don’t Have Enough Oxygen
- Bowls Get Too Dirty Too
- Bowls Can Only House One Goldfish
- Bowls Should Be Banned
Can goldfish live in a bowl without a filter?
No, Goldfish are very dirty fish and in my opinion, goldfish shouldn’t be kept in a bowl, let alone a bowl without a filter. My recommendation would be to keep your goldfish in at least 30gallons and have a filter rated for at least 400GPH.
Can a goldfish live in tap water?
No, chlorinated tap water is harmful to all fish as well as the beneficial bacteria that you have growing in your tank. Also, untreated tap water can contain contaminants, might be too acidic or alkaline so it’s best to use something like Seachme prime to ensure the water is safe for your Goldfish.
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