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Common Misconceptions About Goldfish

The Goldfish Bowl

When the name “goldfish” is mentioned, often times the image comes to mind of a perky fish swimming around enthusiastically in a glass bowl. This stereotype is tragically inaccurate, as it leads people to bring home a pet that is not provided with proper housing or care. Ill prepared goldfish owners that have not done the research necessary to enable them to provide for their pet find themselves with a fish that demands much more space, time and money than they were initially willing to commit. No serious goldfish owner will condone keeping one in this manner, as goldfish bowls commonly quickly lead to erratic behavior, illness, and ultimately death through stunting, lack of oxygen, parasitic attack or ammonia poisoning.

A goldfish that has been kept in a bowl will often display unusual symptoms of trouble such as gulping air at the surface of the water, sitting on the bottom of the bowl, darting around wildly with compressed fins and sometimes bloody areas on the body and fins. Sometimes goldfish will even leap out of the bowl due to irritations in the water and suffocation. It is usually either oxygen deprivation or poor water quality that causes a goldfish to exhibit these signs. Because even small goldfish excrete massive amounts of ammonia through their gills and waste, it doesn’t take long for toxins to build up in the water and damage the inhabitants. Goldfish are incredibly messy and it takes frequent water changes and a good filtration system to keep the water safe. When the waste is not removed or diluted by filtration, the fish is literally poisoning itself. Once the goldfish has been weakened by these toxins, they are subjected to parasitic infection and potentially death. Even if the fish somehow survives these dangers, death by stunting would be inevitable. Proper filtration, frequent water changes, suitable housing and ample oxygen are essential to keeping a goldfish healthy and happy for any significant length...


Way too much work.

by jessicad

I had 10 cent goldfish last for 5 years, to the point where i had to give them to someone with a pond because i wasnt going to get a tank bigger then a 55, and they are still alive last i heard. way easier to take care of. my tropical fish just always die. I liek goldfish tails and how they swim.

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