Friday, March 30, 2012

Goldfish Need Proper Care

For some reason people seem to think that because goldfish are cheap they do not require proper care.  Often put into a bowl with nothing more than a plastic plant, we assume they are happy because we were once told they have a 20 second memory or something of the sort.

Goldfish have actually been shown to have a 3 month memory, they are so smart they can be trained to swim through mazes or push a ball through a hoop. 

When kept in bowls they suffer from stunted size, mostly due to the fact that goldfish pee a lot, without a filter their tank gets dirty quick, basically they do not grow because they are swimming in toxic water.

©B Nelson

For some stupid reason people seem to think that goldfish, which can grow up to 12 inches or more, are okay in a tiny bowl, for their tiny life.  Speaking of tiny life, goldfish can actually live for 20 years, so they really are more of a long term commitment than people think. 

This has become such an issue that Rome has banned people from keeping goldfish in bowls, and many areas where they use to be considered carnival prizes have banned that idea too - yeah.

Gold fish are real living things, they are animals, they deserve better treatment than to be kept in a filthy, tiny bowl devoid of anything even remotely considered interesting.

If you want a pet that requires no care, and no space, get a pet rock.  If you want a goldfish you need to provide it with the right size tank, this can even mean a 30 gallon tank for just two fish.  Goldfish were not meant to be stunted, they were meant to grow and live full lives, deal with it.

Other Reading

How Much Space do Goldfish Need?

Why is my Goldfish not Eating?

Types of Goldfish


  1. I hear ya. Just a simple operation can end up costing you a bit more than you ever expected. When Bugg went to get neutered we found out one of his testicles did not drop, so they had to go in deeper, locate it and remove it. Nice read. Love the blog. Thanks, Denise

  2. I have three goldfish and one Oranda in one tank. At the start, they were tiny compared to the Oranda, now they're all the same size. And this whole memory malarky? My fish go crazy when I go near the glass, I like to think they know who I am. I have three tanks and maintain them all. Not sure what it is, but I enjoy landscaping their tanks, and they don't seem to flinch when I'm cleaning their water.