MATANA 25 Premium White Plastic Bowls with Gold Rim, 360ml - Elegant, Sturdy & Reusable - Weddings, Birthdays, Christening, Christmas, BBQ, Parties

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MATANA 25 Premium White Plastic Bowls with Gold Rim, 360ml - Elegant, Sturdy & Reusable - Weddings, Birthdays, Christening, Christmas, BBQ, Parties

MATANA 25 Premium White Plastic Bowls with Gold Rim, 360ml - Elegant, Sturdy & Reusable - Weddings, Birthdays, Christening, Christmas, BBQ, Parties

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Why? Because the more you feed, the more polluted the water will get. But goldfish cansurvive on very little food for a long time. As your goldfish grows – if it even gets past the first week – the water quality will continue to deteriorate and it will lead to many completely preventable goldfish diseases. Why you should avoid goldfish bowls Generally, it’s much harder to keep the water quality stable in a small tank. Temperature fluctuations are also far more extreme in small water volumes, as there is no buffer to modulate the changes. Add a thin layer of gravel (optional), decorations (optional) and fill the tank with water (definitely not optional!). Then treat the waterwith Seachem Prime. You can accidentally stop the cycling processif you clean your filter incorrectly! Never cleanyour filter in tap water. It will kill the goodbacteria living inside the filter and effectivelyun-cycle your tank.

Ammonia is a very toxic chemical produced by your fish. The chemical will damage yourfish’s gills and fins and eventually ammonia “burn” will cause your goldfish to struggle tobreathe.Goldfish don’t survive long in bowls or tanks that contain high levels of ammonia. Getting rid of ammonia Even if a bowl was a suitable home for any type of fish (which it’s not!), goldfish would be the last on the list.You should plan for fancy goldfish to grow to roughly the size of a softball at maturity, and the single tailed varieties get even larger. Dust, household chemicals, and general debris can fall into a bowl without a lid, potentially poisoning your goldfish. We can’t stress how important it is to clean your filter properly! Don’t be lazy and wash it in tap water. All you’ll do is waste all the good work you did cycling your tank. And that’s it!Your fish escaped the dreaded goldfish bowl But remember that you should never clean your filter in tap water. It will kill the good bacteria living inside the filter and effectively un-cycle your tank!That is, unless ammonia, nitrite or nitrate spike to high levels – as described above – in which case you should change 50% of the tank water immediately. Filter cleaning The difficult bit is keeping your fish alive and healthy during the cycling process! To do this, you need to regularly take water readings using a test kit (we recommend the API Freshwater Master test kit) and change some of your fish’s water whenever ammonia ornitrite levels get too high. Now, as you may have heard, you need to “cycle” your tank! You may be less clear onwhat that actually means! Let’s take a look… So, how do we go about cycling the tank? It’s actually really easy. All you need is ammonia in the water (which your fish will naturally provide in its waste!) and the tank will naturally cycle in time. Scooping the goldfish up in a jug of water(from its own bowl) and then floating that jug in the main tank for twenty minutes or sowill cause the water temperature in the jug to slowly change to that of the main tank. This will allow the goldfish to slowly adapt to thenew tank temperature and minimise stress. What is cycling?

Stop feeding your goldfish more than once every three days. And even then, only feed avery tiny pinch of food and remove any uneaten food after one minute. For a balanced diet, feed your fish a combination of flakes, pellets, bloodworms, brineshrimp and peas with the shells removed. TestingMeasure a sample of tank water for ammonia and nitrite – do this before each water change. At first you will only see ammonia readings and nitrite will be zero. If ammonia or nitrite rise above 0.5ppm or nitrate rises about 40ppm then do a 50%water change. Water changes Congratulations – you’ve successfully saved your fish from a goldfish bowl andstarted a healthy goldfish care routine! If you’re worried about space then try measuring out the size of your tank in a variety of locations around your home. Most homes do have space for a 20 gallon tank some where, even if it involves moving some furniture around a bit.

Frequent partial water changes can help, but the more the fish grows, the more waste it produces, until you find yourself changing the water in the bowl every day! Unfortunately, too many water changes deplete the colonies of denitrifying bacteria that process the fish waste, causing even more problems. Oxygen Depletion Get a bigger tank as soon as possible! Ideally 20 gallons for one goldfish. If you have morethan one goldfish then add 10 gallons for eachadditional fish. ie. 20 gallons for one goldfish, 30gallons for two fish, 40 gallons for three fish, etc. But, as we just said, nitrite is still bad for your fish. So how do we then get rid of thenitrite? We convert it to nitrate. Try to look for a “long” style tank. They’re a bitshallower, but they contain the same amount of water because they are longer than standard tanks. This maximises surface area andswimming space! A filter will help to keep your fish alive for a while,though, unfortunately, probably not for very long. Preparing your new tankMany newbies to fishkeeping assume that a goldfish bowl or small tank is easier to maintain than a large one, but that’s not the case. Did you know that in October 2005, the lawmakers in Rome, Italy, passed a by-law that bans keeping goldfish in goldfish bowls? Other countries, including Switzerland, have since followed suit. You may beable to gently pour the goldfish in, rather than causing unnecessary stress to the fish throughthe use of a net.

Ideally, you would cycle a new tank before adding any fish. However, as we’re assuming that your fish was already in an uncycledbowl or small tank, it made sense to go ahead and add them to the larger tank anddo what’s known as a “fish-in cycle” rather than a“fishless cycle”. Your tank will go through thecycling process with the fish already inside. Cycling your tank The number one mistake made by new goldfish owners is keeping their goldfish in abowl or small tank. There are over 200 species of goldfish, all of which are artificial, captive-bred creations that you won’t find living in the wild. These popular pet fish are directly descended from wild Prussian carp. So, you have a new tank all set up and you’ve moved your goldfish to its new home. You’re doing well! Pet goldfish should always be kept in groups in a garden pond or large tank where the fish can socialise. Open-Top Dangers

Continue to change 20% of the tank water every day. And 50%, or as much as necessary, when ammonia and nitrite spike above 0.5ppm. Contrary to popular belief, goldfish don’t stop growing if kept in a small tank or bowl. The fish’s growth rate simply slows down. In some cases, the fish’s growth is stunted, leading to physical deformities and premature death. After one minute of feeding, remove any excess food from the water. Don’t leave it to rot and pollute your tank! Goldfish bowls cannot easily accommodate a filter system, and without one, the water rapidly becomes polluted. Ammonia burns the fish’s gills, eventually causing suffocation and death.

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