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How to Set up a Goldfish Tank - Part 3: Adding your Gold fish.

In this part of the tutorial comes the joy! Adding the goldfish. And I also give you some tips on feeding, cleaning and more.

Part 1 of this tutorial is here



Let's add the goldfish!

The best way to add your goldfish is of course a bit slow. But what you should do is put the bag with the goldfish in the tank first. I have it here taped to the top of the tank. The goldfish are really anxiouis to get swimming around! But let them stay in the bag like this for about ten minutes. This equalizes the temperature difference between the bag and the tank. It will be less of a shock to them.


Add goldfish


Then use a net or your hand to remove each goldfish from the bag and place it into the tank. Best not to just pour the bag into the tank. This is because a lot of ammonia may have built up in that water. And you never know if unhealthy bacteria is in the water.

The goldfish are acclimated


Feeding and Care of your goldfish -

Feeding the goldfishWhen it comes to feeding goldfish there are a lot of options and some people even make their own goldfish food which is terrific.

My big recommendation when it comes to food is to buy specifically goldfish food by a well-known company. Their nutrition is important for their health and well-being. Really! Even though they are little they need to eat a well-balanced diet. Probably even more so than bigger creatures.

For beginners you have two major choices either flakes or pellets. And it doesn't really matter much which you choose. The theory about the difference between them is that flakes will tend to cloud the water quicker while pellets will sink and dirty up the bottom quicker. I don't think either is much of a concern unless you are over feeding your goldfish.

How often to feed - Twice a day is quite sufficient for indoor aquarium like I have. And a pinch of food is enough for 1 - 2 fish. And up that amount according to how many goldfish you have. Technically they should get around 1 percent of their body weight in food each day. But you can observe your fish and watch them as they eat. If they are losing interest in the food with there still being food in the tank then you are over feeding.

A guideline is to feed them with each feeding as much as they will eat in about two minutes. If after two minutes there is still food then you can reduce the amount you give in feedings.

Read the instructions that come with the food you purchase. That is your best guideline and it is tailored for the exact food.


Continue and let's learn about maintaining the water in the tank


Tetra Fin Goldfish Flakes -

  • This Special Procure Formula Meets All Nutritional Requirements Of Cold-Water Fish And Will Stay Firm When Fish Strike.
  • Procure Is A Health-Enhancing Blend Containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Does not cloud the water
  • A Scientifically-Developed Blend That's Easily Digested
  • This special ProCare formula meets all nutritional requirements of cold-water fish and will stay firm when fish strike.
  • ProCare is a health-enhancing blend containing Omega-3 fatty acids


Aqueon Goldfish Granules -

  • Provides balanced nutrition for daily feeding of goldfish and other ornamental pond fish
  • Formulated with natural ingredients and colors with added vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients for a healthy diet
  • Helps support a healthy immune system and bring out the true colors of your fish
  • Specially formulated so that fish utilize more of what they eat, creating less waste
  • Will not cloud water




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