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How To Keep Your Goldfish Alive For 15 Years

How To Keep Your Goldfish Alive For 15 Years


The longest-living goldfish on record was 43 years old. But chances are your goldfish didn’t even live a quarter that long. In fact, most goldfish don’t survive past their fifth birthday,
and that’s a major problem since they’re supposed to live for about as long as your cat. So why are goldfish dying so young? The usual culprit behind your
goldfish’s untimely demise is, well, poop. You see, goldfish waste
contains toxins like ammonia that can burn gills and
even damage the brain. In the wild, this isn’t a problem. Freshwater lakes and
ponds are home to armies of bacteria that break it down into less harmful chemicals.
But in your home tank, there’s no bacteria to be found. You have to introduce it,
and that’s where a lot of goldfish owners slip
up because you can’t just buy a fish the same
day you get your tank. The process of growing
bacteria takes patience. First, you’ll need to remove chlorine from your tank water using a conditioner. Chlorinated tap water
is fine for you to drink since it kills off germs,
but it’s not so great for the bacteria you want to cultivate. Once you’ve created a safe
space for the bacteria to grow, they’ll come from all over: the air, the outside of the tank, and any rocks or plants you stick in
the tank for decoration. You can also buy commercially
sold bacteria cultures grown in labs. After that,
all they need is dinner. Fish food will do. As the food breaks down,
it releases ammonia for the bacteria to eat, and
finally, you wait for a while. Depending on how much
bacteria you start with, the process can take about two months. That’s right, two months. But then there should be enough bacteria. You can double-check with
a simple water test kit. But here’s the thing, all
the bacteria in the world won’t keep your fish alive
if the tank is too small. You see, as these bacteria
gobble up goldfish poop, they produce some waste of their own, and if it’s not sufficiently diluted, it can kill your goldfish. A dinky, single-gallon
bowl is much too small, and even the 10-gallon tank you see in every pet store won’t cut it. A single adult goldfish
needs at least twice that much water to thrive. That’s almost 40 kilograms of water, 2000 times heavier than your goldfish, and even with a huge
tank, you’ll still need to replace about 30% of
the water every two weeks because besides poop,
goldfish release hormones and pheromones into their environment, which, if left unchecked,
can stunt their growth. That might help explain why goldfish in healthy environments can reach the size of an American football,
while your last goldfish wasn’t much bigger than your index finger. Once you have a big, detoxified tank, Goldie just needs one more
thing: your attention. Because you’re not swimming
in the tank with her, it’s hard to notice if
something’s wrong with, say, the water quality. So
oftentimes new goldfish owners don’t realize anything’s
amiss until it’s too late, and common diseases like
fin rot, white spot disease, and fungal infections
have already taken hold. So it’s a good idea to
pay careful attention to how the water looks and smells, and anyway, spending time
with your goldfish will be worth it since you can teach Goldie to swim through hoops
and eat from your hand.

100 thoughts on “How To Keep Your Goldfish Alive For 15 Years

  1. I've been keeping my Betta in a 20 gallon by himself for 2 years lol. He's got live plants and introduced bacteria though. Outside I have a large pond with a filter system that gets NO water changes from the time snow melts to winter again. I bought 15 cent feeder fish for the pond and now they are big as heck. Going to have to take them inside for winter though

  2. Im ok the fish was only 47 cents I ain't buying a chemical laboratory for it too just so it can see the same rock for another 35 years

  3. Also a great way to deal with fishy poo poo is to get plants. Plants absorb the waste and provide oxygen and other nutrients to the fish.(My fish is surviving for some years with this

  4. Man my grandma turtle is 18 year old
    And I'm 18 year old
    That mean we born together XD
    But he died

    And now I get a little turtle
    Now we wait 200 year

  5. I had a goldfish last about 15 years. He was a fat boi. Big as a small dinner plate at his largest. He was also surprisingly cuddly.

    We couldn't give him a giant tank but we took excellent care of the one we had.

  6. In total,I had about 10 goldfishes,then my moms co-worker purposely killed them because she was paying attention,but she was listening to Indian rock music,then I had 2 left,of course I’d make her life a living hell..then my fishy’s had an infection then they all died.until now,their water and their poop 💩 is still in my tank.🤠🤠🤠

  7. Wow this vid really helped me. Also I didn't know that the longest living goldfish was 43 YEARS!! That is just amazing!

  8. -waited 2 days for tank to get good bacteria

    -have a 40 gallon tank (or 30? Idk my tank is big)

    -will soon have real plants
    -wont overfeed

    I think my fish are p happy

    Two of them where rescued from a bucket acually (there where three but one of them died due to a bent back)

  9. I had a "Wimpelfisch" (Google Translate it) and it lived for 7 whole years. I thought that he lived pretty long until I saw this video. He was my only friend 🙁

  10. I got a goldfish from a family friend when I was ~7. They had got it for their eldest daughter when she was 10, and when they gave it to me their youngest kid was going to college and she couldn't bring it. The goldfish was, our best guess, ~16. It lived 4 more years.

  11. I love this video. I have 9 tanks and the first one was nighttime because I didn’t understand what I know now, two moths is about right for cycling. It depends on your water and many factors. Talk to your local fish store. Yes even Petco and pet smart are good places to go. Hang out and ask questions. If they seem annoyed then find a different place. You may even find someone like me that hangs out there daily and knows a lot about plants, fish, and your local water. Yes your local water matters. I can’t grow shrimp with just the water I have, but keeping Beta and tetras all day long nothing else needed I can do. Research your fish and get to know what kinds play well together. Once you’re there then get to know what fish won’t play nice but can when given the right environment. You would be surprised what a convict Cichlid wants and how it won’t care about other fish if it has its own space. Also PLEASE don’t buy a puffer, Arowana, or Betas without doing research. You should always research, but those fish are so badly misunderstood. Your puffer NEEDS salt, shelled foods, and a changing environment. Your Arowana WILL get massive and needs a good kid with no gaps that it won’t break its head open on (I recommend making a net). Your Betta NEEDS five gallons, frozen food, and can live with other fish but only some types.

  12. This same process applies for all fish btw. I would never recommend anyone keeping a goldfish in an aquarium. Fancy goldfish only need about 40 liters (as said in the video), but regular goldfish need at least 100 liters each. They are also a type of carp, which means they live in small schools, so if you want a small school of 5 regular goldfish, you'd need at least 500 liters water. Tropical fish are soooo much easier than goldfish: The require less room, they don't get as big, they don't produce as much waste, they won't ruin your decorations (gold fish love to dig around), etc. Just add a small heater and you can keep like 20 tropical fish in the same tank you could otherwise only keep 1 goldfish in.

  13. The fact that most people that own goldfish dont know the nitrogen cycle is sad. Pet stores should deny selling fish to someone if they dont even know what the nitrogen cycle is.

  14. Small bits of fish food is not enough to create enough bacteria for an entire population of bacteria to grow substantial enough to support a goldfish. So no matter how long you wait to add a goldfish, adding the fish will always create an ammonia/ nitrite spike which the bacteria population will multiply to match the supply of their food. Once there’s bacteria in tank it is safe to add a single small goldfish just feed him lightly to start off (every other day at most) so ammonia doesn’t spike too much

  15. Me:had in total 6 Fish(4 dead in 10days)
    All in the comments:my fish is 12y old
    Me: How they live that long these 2 fishy(2-3months)
    Also me after seeing the comments:TF?!?!?
    P.S: it's my friend history

  16. https://buddy.animaljam.com/86WPQ33G this is pretty irrelevant but i'm getting kind of desperate here. aj gives prizes for referring friends.

  17. Sad life my fish of 2 years is so fat and keeps bullying my smaller, younger, and opposite sex goldfish. Also he is just to big for us so we are gonna take him to this coy pond down the street. I know it’s only been 2 years but he was our fist fish and my only pet. I’m gonna miss him so much although based on this I think he’s to big for any tank we can provide anyway

  18. My goldfish was like, a week old before my dad dumped a bunch of river fish into the tank, that kept flopping out of the tank and dying, then one day, one ate my fish and then committed suicide.

    It was like a suicide attack.

  19. If you're going to do all this you might aswell get a full freshwater tank with whatever fish and plants you want, it's apparently the same level of prep and maintenance as a goldfish….

  20. People who put fish in bowls should be thrown in jail. If you don’t have the money for a proper setup then don’t buy a fish. It’s that easy

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