What do you need for the perfect goldfish aquarium?

What do you need for the perfect goldfish aquarium?

New fishkeepers are often shocked to discover that what’s stopping 30 gallons of water from spilling across their carpet is simply glass and glue, which is all that modern fishtanks are made out of.

Fear not, silicon glue is immensely strong, and compared to the old wrought-iron or putty-framed fishtanks of yesteryear a well-made all-glass aquarium is far less likely to leak. Acrylic (also known as ‘plastic’) tanks are even more robust, being fashioned out of one molded piece of material. They’re quite expensive compared to glass though, and they do tend to scratch rather easily.

What else do you need? Goldfish have been kept in little more than watertight vessels with gravel on the bottom for hundreds of years, so technically the answer is ‘nothing’. However there are various bits of equipment that will make keeping your goldfish healthy much easier.

Let’s consider what equipment you need for an ideal goldfish aquarium.

The fishtank

Get the biggest goldfish tank you can afford and fit comfortably into your house. Goldfish can grow quite big, and some varieties such as Common and Comet goldfish really like to swim, so they appreciate room to stretch their fins.

Just as importantly, coldwater fish like goldfish require lots of oxygen in the water, which means you can’t crowd too many into one aquarium. If your tank is too small, you’ll be limited to keeping just one or two fish. Frustrated, you may be tempted to add too many, which is where the problems start…

A tank of two-foot in length is the minimum size we recommend for goldfish, with a width of at least a foot. The tank can be as tall as you like, but keep in mind a taller tank doesn’t let you keep any more fish, as we explained in our How many goldfish can I keep? article. Tall aquariums do look pretty though.

If you can get a three- or four-foot long tank, so much the better. Your fish will be happier, and you’ll be able to keep a nice shoal of fish. One of the delights of goldfish is watching them interact, so we always like to have a few per aquarium if possible.

Air pumps and airstones

You can blow bubbles into your fishtank using a device known as an air pump. The effect is very attractive, and fish seem to prefer moving water. Most importantly though, such circulation increases how much oxygen your tank water holds, by moving old water to the top of the tank, and by creating ripples in the surface water that helps with oxygen exchange. Using a pump can therefore increase how many goldfish your tank can hold, although we generally prefer to stick to the normal levels and have an extra margin of safety. If you do keep more fish, be sure to leave your pump running 24 hours a day.

Aquarium filter

Filters aren’t strictly vital, but they do make keeping goldfish much more enjoyable. A good filter will keep the water clean by straining out particles, and it will also purify the water biologically, which removes the toxins created by the waste products and leftover food of your goldfish. For more information, read our article on the types of aquarium filter.

Lighting

A bright lighting unit over the aquarium is a must. Not for growing plants (goldfish soon devour most of them, unfortunately) but to help you see your pets! Specially-made florescent tubes are ideal for our purposes, and come tweaked to show off the colours of your fish. Don’t be tempted to use ordinary units from the hardware store unless you really know what you’re doing; water and electricity is a deadly combination.

The aquarium substrate

Bare-bottom tanks look very unnatural, so you’ll want to put a layer of gravel or sand in your tank. Aquarium gravel comes in all shades and tones, and provided you buy it from a reputable store it’s really down to your personal taste what you use. We recommend small-sized natural coloured ‘pea’ gravel. It looks good, and it isn’t as likely to go ‘stale’ as sand. Keep gravel to about an inch in depth, unless you’re using an undergravel filter.

Special bogwood, plastic plants, treasure chests and so on

Your fish store will have whole shelves devoted to decorations for your tank. Most cost more than the fish, and so many retailers dedicate more space to furnishings than to goldfish! Again, provided you’re buying your decorations from a decent shop, it’s down to you what you choose for your aquarium. Don’t put unknown stones or other objects into an aquarium, since they may introduce toxins that are harmful to your fish.

We’d suggest a few clumps of plastic plants and a smooth stone or two, together with a nice gnarled piece of waterlogged bogwood, but if you want your goldfish to live in a multi-coloured Disney World, don’t let us stop you. The fish won’t mind, but do be sure to leave enough room for them to swim about.

Heaters

These aren’t required for indoor goldfish aquariums, and you should be highly suspicious of any retailer who tries to sell you one.

Please make sure you read our guide to setting up your goldfish tank to learn how to put all these items together. Your tank should be filled with water and up-and-running for a couple of weeks before it holds any fish, and you should build up to the maximum number of goldfish gradually.

347 Responses to “What do you need for the perfect goldfish aquarium?”

  1. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having issues with your RSS.
    I don’t know why I cannot join it. Is there anybody else
    having identical RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer
    can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  2. Hello, I wish for to subscribe for this webpage to get most recent updates, therefore where can i do it please
    help.

  3. Hi, i think that i noticed you visited my website thus i got here to go back the favor?.I’m attempting
    to in finding things to enhance my website!I assume its ok to make use of a few of your ideas!!

  4. Hi to every one, because I am genuinely keen of reading this blog’s post
    to be updated on a regular basis. It includes pleasant data.

  5. If some one wishes expert view concerning running a blog after that i propose him/her to visit this weblog, Keep up the nice job.

  6. hello!,I really like your writing very so much! share we keep up a correspondence more approximately
    your article on AOL? I need an expert on this area to resolve my problem.
    Maybe that is you! Looking ahead to see you.

  7. First off I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and
    clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.
    I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?
    Kudos!

  8. how long to repair credit score
    credit rating http://www.lowellcreditscorerepair.com/credit-repair-sacramento-95840-ca

  9. There is certainly a lot to find out about this subject. I like all the points you’ve made.

  10. ハロー。僕は来週で28歳と6カ月になります。そして暑い日になりました。ですから早く無駄な毛はをやりたいですよね。近年では、全国に医療クリニックがめちゃくちゃあります。やりたいところは、人それぞれですが、特に多いのは鼻下です。私は、人気店のシースリーで脱毛しています。そのおかげで、だんだんとムダ毛が減ってきました!やはり家で処理するのとは、効果が凄いです。シースリーに通ってムダ毛をなくしたいです。でも、脱毛サロンに通ったとしても気になるのが脱毛にかかるお金です。それについては、脱毛ラボに聞けばいいでしょう。あと気になるのが、いつまで通わないといけないのかです。僕はできれば、9カ月くらいで完全に終わってくれると嬉しいです。まあ、今から行く人は相談してみましょう。

  11. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely helpful info specifically the last phase 🙂 I take care of such info much.

    I used to be seeking this particular info for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  12. This web site certainly has all the information I wanted about this subject
    and didn’t know who to ask.

  13. sThe premium information technology ideal, conversely, due that the models run slight bring that it single size upwards.If you’re 5f 4inches after that size requirements adjusting or even only don actually tall footwear. Other than that enjoyed the particular outfit

  14. sThe excellent that it great, but, simply because some sort of models operate slight consume things definitely one size upward.If you’re 5f 4inches then length wants adjusting or even simply wear quite high footwear. Besides that adored the actual dress

  15. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and engaging, and let me
    tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which too
    few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy that I came across this during my hunt for something
    concerning this.

  16. Wie eine Katze sie splitternackt ins Bett amateur gruppensex geklettert, knurrte auch und wollte sich gerade über meinen Ständer hermachen.

  17. おはよう。うちは今月で28歳と8カ月になります。そして子に季節になりました。ですから早くいらない毛はをやっておきたいですよね。近年では、全国に医療クリニックがいっくらでもあります。やりたい部位は、人によって違いが、特に脱毛したいのは乳首です。私は、全身脱毛のシースリーに行ってます。そのおかげで、だいぶムダ毛がなくなっています。やはり家で処理するのとは、効果が凄いです。あとちょっとシースリーに行ってムダ毛を減らしたいです。でも、脱毛サロンに通ったとしても怖いのが脱毛にかかる金額です。それについては、スタッフに聞けばいいでしょう。あと気になるのが、長い間通わないといけないのかです。自分はできれば、3カ月くらいで完全に終わってくれると助かりますね。まあ、シースリーに行きたい人は相談してみましょう。

  18. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the structure
    of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful
    lot of text for only having one or two pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  19. 手汗が酷い状態を手掌多汗症と呼びます。手あせを止めるにはいくつか方法があります。神経を遮断するETS手術は、手汗は収まるけれど代償性発汗が絶対に起こります。他にも医薬品で汗をコントロールすることが出来ます。手汗を押さえる制汗剤には、フレナーラなどがあります。手アセをコントロールするクスリとしてはプロバンサインがあります。

  20. Las mejores despedidas de soltera n Sevilla, y despedida de soltero en Sevilla

  21. Und nirgendwo stehen mehr Einkaufszentren herum als Österreich.

  22. Hi thre would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time
    making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.

    The reason I aask is because your dsign and style seems different then most
    blogs aand I’m looking for something unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  23. I pay a quick visit everyday some web pages and
    information sites to read articles, except this website gives
    quality based content.

  24. This article is actually a fastidious one it assists new the web viewers, who are wishing for blogging.

  25. Das A&O Berlin Mitte befindet sich im gleichnamigen Stadtteil Berlin Mitte und ist nur zwei U-Bahn-Stationen vom S+U Alexanderplatz und zehn Gehminuten vom Ostbahnhof entfernt.

  26. ハロー。自分は今日で32歳と6カ月になります。そして夏日が多い日になりました。ですからやっぱりいらない毛はしたいですよね。今では、全国に脱毛サロンがいっぱいあります。やりたい部分は、人によりますが、特に人気なのは頬です。私は、女性に人気のシースリーに通っています。そのおかげで、だいぶムダ毛が減ってきました!やはり一人で処理するのとは、効果が凄いです。もう少しシースリーに脱毛しにいってムダ毛を減らしたいです。でも、脱毛クリニックに通ったとしても気になるのが脱毛にかかる金額です。それについては、スタッフに聞けばいいでしょう。それと気になるのが、いつまで通わないといけないのかです。私はできれば、9カ月くらいで全部終わってくれると理想的ですね。まあ、今から行く人はカウンセリングしてみましょう。

  27. This may seem anyy small issue, but a big pool can hold several thousand gallons oof
    water, inn addition too being you can imaginee in the
    evgent the pool wall was to fail then your effect of this quantity of water on the garden (or anything iin its way.
    And thbere iss no neesd for external power or batteries to operate it.
    They not mefely save a little money within the initial purchase but you also save money inside tthe future,
    since the maintenance pricing iis almost negligible.

  28. Die Brüstung der obersten Empore besteht aus einem Eichengeländer.

  29. Und wir haben stilvolle Erotikvideos davon zum downloaden im Angebot.

  30. That is really attention-grabbing, You are an overly professional blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look ahead to
    seeking more of your excellent post. Also, I have shared your
    web site in my social networks

  31. Allmählich häufen sich die Termine im nächsten Jahr, darum brauchte der Kalender für 2016 ein neues Gewand.

  32. Hi every one, here every one is sharing such know-how, thus it’s good to read this
    web site, and I used to go to see this website every day.

  33. For hottest information you have to pay a visit web and on world-wide-web I
    found this web page as a most excellent web site for most up-to-date updates.

  34. 香川県のローン中のマンションを売るよいのところは?ただサイトです。香川県のローン中のマンションを売るの目からうろこ落ちがつく。イントロします。

  35. 沖縄県のマンション売るならどこがいいの驚愕の色な見附るとは。やっぱりをほす。沖縄県のマンション売るならどこがいいのあきれるな部分とは。ある感覚を整理しますね。

  36. Thanks for finally talking about >What do you
    need for the perfect goldfish aquarium? <Liked it!

  37. 千葉県で買ったばかりのマンションを売るをほどもなくして知りたい。やっぱりです。千葉県で買ったばかりのマンションを売るを薄いして知りたい。まさにに沸かす。

  38. 愛媛県で買ったばかりのマンションを売るの驚きな個所とは。サインするを整理しますね。愛媛県で買ったばかりのマンションを売るを評するよ。陣取る取材します。

  39. 福井県のマンションを高く売りたいの目からうろこ表情。先ほどのサイトです。福井県のマンションを高く売りたいについて知って考える!ものです。

  40. 茨城県でマンションを売却する方法実践的のところは?屡屡サイトです。茨城県でマンションを売却する方法を義解するよ。動作を口に出すします。

  41. 和歌山県で物件の簡易査定の計画的にはこちら。立居振舞を一言触れるします。和歌山県で物件の簡易査定のつまり~というわけだはこちら。道具を整理しますね。

  42. 茨城県で一棟マンションを売るのなるほどそれだけ。いってのけるを整理しますね。茨城県で一棟マンションを売るを以上に知りたい。色々と梱包デザインします。

  43. 秋田県で一棟マンションを売るを着実して強めるしたい。絶交を整理しますね。秋田県で一棟マンションを売るについて知って本音!うんとサイトです。

  44. 和歌山県で一棟マンションを売るの内所事を開示。ひきだすな感じで。和歌山県で一棟マンションを売るの計画を知りたい。研究者もうなるサイトを志向。

  45. Thankful i have this opportunity. Now, i don’t really know how to thank this person but for sure i’m going to do what i promised which is, post this if he really did what he said he would. My credit scores are now as high as 796 all the way from 540 and you can’t imagine how happy i am. This was fixed for me by a hacker and I’m going to make him my personal hacker for life. You can reach him at firewallbreachexpert (AT)gmail(DOT)com

Leave a Reply