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What do goldfish eat ????

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My 5 year old son has just returned home from the village fete with a goldfish. Now I know it's unethical and probably not the done thing, but we're stuck with it now, and he seems content in our s… Read More
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
My 5 year old son has just returned home from the village fete with a goldfish.

Now I know it's unethical and probably not the done thing, but we're stuck with it now, and he seems content in our sangria jug - no bowl for him yet !

Now here's the thing, the shiops are shut, it's a Bank Holiday and I wondered what we should feed him.

I've read a couple of sites that mention lettuce and frozen pease anyone any advice?
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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1 Like #1
It'll manage fine for a day or two without anything, they can go for a week or more if need be.

Then just nip to your local pet store and grab some flake.

Might be an idea to buy him a proper tank with a filter though, otherwise he might not last that long. Can normally be had for about £20.
1 Like #2
He'll be ok till tomorrow, go get him some proper flakes tomorrow
banned 1 Like #3
they should last 1 day without food

the go to pet shop and ask for gold fish food
1 Like #4
lol fish food, not helpful. wont a petrol station or 24 hr shop has some.
our coop is open and they sell fish food.

apart from that im sorry i dont know
2 Likes #5
Can feed him peas if you boil then remove the shell :)
banned 1 Like #6
I'd go with peas
#7
our fish eat cucumber lol
#8
leave him til tomorrow-and dont rush to buy a bowl as he will live well in anything for a little while til you see if he is healthy-when they are from fairs they are often knocked about and die-i had two years ago and they died quickly..
#9
Cor blimey, thanks for all the replies, amazing response.

I started to panic as I wasn't sure if they need 3 square meals a day !!!

As for boiliing and shelling the peas, I'll ask the missus if she'll do that for me too.

Thanks all, if he survives the night, we'll buy him a new home and lunch in the morning.
#10
bread crumbs will be ok
#11
Fish fingers?
#12
harlzter;2820572
Fish fingers?


I suggested fish cakes but son wasn't impressed:oops:
#13
Overfeeding is the most common death in goldfish. They only need to be fed once a day every other day. Also if you dont use a filter, change the water every other day but only half of it, and before putting new water in let it rest and warm to room temperature.
Lastly round fish bowls are trendy but not very good for fishes, as they dont provide enough oxygen (read an article sometime ago- good explanation to it but in short that is what it said).
Niece has won a fish at a Festival and followed the above steps, the fish is still alive and well after 8 years!
#14
BROWN BREAD! MY HUBBY IS A KEEN FISHERMAN AND WE HAVE A 18FT POND SO HE SHOULD KNOW, BUT AS SOON AS SHOPS OPEN GET IT PROPER FISH FOOD:thumbsup:
#15
Bikebarbie;2820693
They only need to be fed once a day every other day.


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1 Like #16
Titchimp
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I had to re read it to, but does make sense as it stands, once a day, every other day. So you feed them once, every other day.

I had a goldfish from a fair when i was younger, he lasted a good 7 or 8 years before an infection in the tank killed him off. I didn't think they was still allowed to offer fish as prizes any more though
1 Like #17
I won a pair of goldfish from a fete when I was about 11. Now I am 18 and still have them! They have been through numerous fishtanks and and now reside in a pond that we built for them in our back garden!

A few tips that I can give you:
[LIST]
[*]Use tapsafe of a similar product to make tap water safe for your fish
[*]As already mentioned, do not overfeed the fish. If you find that the water is getting dirty quickly and there is food at the bottom more than a few minutes after feeding, then less food is needed.
[*]The fish will need a supply of oxygen. If you do not want to splash out on an air pump, then just pop in an oxygenating plant (pondweed is a good oxygenator - proving that your fish does not eat it too quickly), just make sure the plant is getting enough light.
[*]If you decide to put the fish into a bigger tank, it will also grow bigger. If you do not want monster fish and have to dig up your lawn for a pond like me, then do not give them too much space. This may sound cruel but the fish will still be perfectly fine and will not eat too much.
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#18
cornflakes
#19
Many thanks for all the great advice peeps.

Absolutely blown away by the response.

The fish, Bob, will be my son's responsibility ( God help it )

His only previous experience of taking care of animals was when he found a deceased mouse in the shed and asked if he could keep it as a dead pet.
1 Like #20
Russ2626;2820933
[LIST]
[*]If you decide to put the fish into a bigger tank, it will also grow bigger.[/LIST]



agreed - won 1 years ago at the fair and it was happy in it's little tank for a good few years, then Dad built a pond and we put him in there. He then grew to twice his size!
#21
Russ2626

If you decide to put the fish into a bigger tank, it will also grow bigger. If you do not want monster fish and have to dig up your lawn for a pond like me, then do not give them too much space.
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It's believed the fish release a chemical that once it reaches a certain level they stop growing. However this causes problems for the fish so it isn't advised to stunt their growth.
banned#22
neilc
Cor blimey, thanks for all the replies, amazing response.

I started to panic as I wasn't sure if they need 3 square meals a day !!!

As for boiliing and shelling the peas, I'll ask the missus if she'll do that for me too.

Thanks all, if he survives the night, we'll buy him a new home and lunch in the morning.


Woohoo!! :w00t:

Our 'fair won' goldfish (or 'deadfish' as we call him) has lasted over 2 years now. In a little plastic bowl (£5 from Tesco I think) and very happy. Only feed him every 2 or 3 days, as once a day is overfeeding and he'll soon die.
1 Like #23
Update : Bob is thriving although slightly lacking in the creativity department.

Overfed him last night on bread, lettuce, peas (unshelled) , breadcrumbs and panicked so took him out of the sangria jar and into a nice vase.

He seems slightly confused at his to-ing and fro-ing but he's a trooper.

Just been offered a tank on freecycle complete with spongebob bubbler so he's moving again tomorrow.
1 Like #24
neilc
Update : Bob is thriving although slightly lacking in the creativity department.

Overfed him last night on bread, lettuce, peas (unshelled) , breadcrumbs and panicked so took him out of the sangria jar and into a nice vase.

He seems slightly confused at his to-ing and fro-ing but he's a trooper.

Just been offered a tank on freecycle complete with spongebob bubbler so he's moving again tomorrow.


Awww. GO BOB!!! WERE ALL WITH U M8!
#25
Just looking for info about how much goldfish should eat and I came across this little gem of a thread!!!
Forwarded it to hubby for his info too and we have both had such a laugh reading it all.

So, an update please - HOW IS BOB?? Is he still alive and well? Please, let us know (and also, how often do you feed him?)
Judging by your last post he should be on a full roast dinner by now!!!! :w00t:
#26
They like Spiders and Flies
#27
Sad, sad news.... please take a seat and bow your heads.

Bob has gone to the great big fishpond in the sky.

He had a good life, albeit short.

He enjoyed playing with the crocodile bubble maker and sunken treasure chest. ( when I say playing, I mean swimming past.)

Unfortunately we bought him a couple of friends to play with from a reputable pet shop and it seems they past on a killer infection and all three perished.

I'd like to say it was painless but he did swim on his side for a couple of days and looked mournful and contemplative, so I can't lie.

We held a minutes silence and a ceremonial flushing.

A sad weekend.
#28
R.I.P Bob...





You gonna get some more?
#29
neilc;3550356
Sad, sad news.... please take a seat and bow your heads.

Bob has gone to the great big fishpond in the sky.

He had a good life, albeit short.

He enjoyed playing with the crocodile bubble maker and sunken treasure chest. ( when I say playing, I mean swimming past.)

Unfortunately we bought him a couple of friends to play with from a reputable pet shop and it seems they past on a killer infection and all three perished.

I'd like to say it was painless but he did swim on his side for a couple of days and looked mournful and contemplative, so I can't lie.

We held a minutes silence and a ceremonial flushing.

A sad weekend.



Did you actually buy a proper tank & cycle the filter ?
#30
Hi Chris the tank was a decent size but I am not sure what cycling the filter means?

As to getting another Bob, the wound is still bleeding ( or whatever the right simily is)
#31
My goldfish is nearly 7 years old
#32
Mine was 11 when he died :(

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