‘MAKE YOUR GOLDFISH LIVE FOR 15 YEARS'
Creature Companions|October 2020
THE EXPERT GUIDE
Shahu Sardar

Goldfish! World's first ornamental fish and today one of the most popular aquarium fish all around the world. 1500 years ago the fish keeping hobby was born and with that came the first selectively bred aquarium fish – Goldfish.

It was first bred, in ancient China from existing carps, as a fish to keep in ponds and water gardens at upper class people's homes. Soon it became a status symbol and a very engaging hobby; later spread to rest of Asia and Europe too.

The longest living goldfish till now is Tish, from the UK. And he lived for 43 years! But maybe your goldfish didn't even live for a week. But why is it so? Why do goldfish die so easily? This is what we are going to talk about in this article!

Actually, goldfish are bred in huge numbers throughout the world that makes them super common, cheap, and available at anytime. So no one actually bothers about ‘basic needs of a goldfish’, and what we do is, just put in another fish if one dies. No one would do it with an Arowana, but the commonness of goldfish makes it so.

However, if you research a bit and follow some basic tips for goldfish keeping, surely your fish may live longer.

So here I have listed some tips to increase your fish's life span:

• Get them a better aquarium.

Almost everyone keeps a Goldfish in those little fish bowls. But remember Goldfish really aren’t made for bowls; they are not to be kept alone in fish bowls. They are fish who love to swim around the tank playing with their mates.

So please don't put them in those bowls; it turns out to be really cruel to do so. Also, they prefer having their friends around to play with. Get a decent sized tank that has a lot free space to swim and can accommodate some 3–4 Goldfish without overcrowding. Also, the bigger tank you get, bigger your goldfish gets!

• Right water for the fish.

This is the most neglected aspect in fish keeping. In natural ponds, there are armies of good bacteria those breakdown toxic substances into simpler, less toxic elements. We don’t have them in our tanks, so we need to introduce them. This process is called Cycling of fish tank. Follow these simple steps to cycle your tank.

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