| I was excited to have a goldfish until this awful smell filled up the room. I had tried liquids that you put into the tank to help with the smell. The tank did look attractive with the water being a combination of purple and blue but the smell just wouldnít budge. So after many tries, once a week cleaning has worked so far. Hereís what you'll need:|
Letís start with the basics. You have a filter and food. Only feed the amount your fish can eat in 5 minutes. No less and no more. When feeding your goldfish, turn down the water filter so the food wonít be sucked up into it. Letís start with cleaning the water. Once a week remove 50% of the water in your tank by siphoning. Make sure you do this slowly so you don't scare your fish. Replace with fresh water. Take an Algae scrapper and scrap along all sides of the fish tank to remove algae that can make the water dirty and smelly.
After cleaning the water and removing the algae, put back on the bubble curtain. A bubble curtain is good for adding oxygen to the tank and the fish may use the bubbles as a massage. Each month clean the gravel and filter. This could mean buying new gravel or cleaning the existing gravel. It's not a good idea to use household soap to do this as it could harm the fish. If you're on a budget, you could rinse the fish filter but I don't recommend doing so. This is an easy way to clean and maintain your goldfish tank. In the past Iíve tried plants but ended up with no results. Some extra supplies are:
Vacation fish food- In case of an emergency and you wonít be able to feed your fish.
Extra Fish Food- Sometimes the brand you buy will run out. Always changing goldfish food brands can give your fish a change instead of the same thing every time. As far as toys go, they may be cute but they may also attract problems. I once had a treasure chest that would lift up to expose the treasure with a bubble curtain. But my fish kept knocking it over. Depending on you tank size you may have to change the gravel and filters less. Donít forget to put back up the filter after your fish is done eating. This may take you 20 minutes to over an hour.
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