Not unless the bowl is a good deal bigger than those you can purchase in the stall if you’win’ a goldfish in a funfair.
Children often wind up getting a goldfish as a pet – they’re cheap to purchase and feed, you do not need to take out expensive insurance, and they do not have to be taken for walks. However, the fate of many is to find yourself is a completely unsuitable bowl where they spend a miserable and short lived life.
They are extremely popular as pets because they can live in cold water, and do not require water to be heated, even in winter. If you go away on vacation you do not need to be concerned about someone looking after them, since it is possible to use food cubes that last for around a few weeks.
Consider this for a minute.
But, you say, those I see are much much smaller than that – surely these must be another breed? No, I am afraid not, goldfish have their growth inhibited by the amount of the water where they live. If they live in a large outside pond they’ll grow to full size, or even, their growth is stunted.
In some countries the easy bowl is banned as it’s considered too cruel.
What exactly does my goldfish need?
In a plain bowl with no decorations or plants he will have a very boring life.
Your pet wants good quality oxygenated water so he can breathe. 1 thing you won’t think of using a plain noodle bowl is a filter and pump that will help clean and oxygenate the water. The tank has to be cleaned out – the fish must swim around in precisely the exact same water he’s defecated in, so this needs to be changed regularly particularly as they’re quite messy fish. Changing the water doesn’t only mean tipping half of the water out and filling up the bowl again from the tap – it means placing clean water into a bucket and placing water conditioner in it. Tap water is filled with chlorine and fluoride and other additives that are great for us, however, act as a slow acting poison for a goldfish if conditioner is not employed. You can find the exact same effect as using a conditioner if you leave water standing in a bucket for a couple hours, but the conditioner is more suitable, and isn’t expensive as you use very little whenever you change the water. A little of the water ought to be changed weekly if possible. Don’t wait until the water is dirty and muddy and then change the entire lot at once! This may cause too great a shock to the goldfish who might become ill because of this.
Goldfish food is fairly cheap and can be purchased in any pet store or supermarket. If your fish is a bit hungry after food time he’ll peck at the food that has dropped down on the plants and décor – an activity which prevents him getting bored, and retains the tank cleaner as well.
Average size aquariums aren’t too costly, and he will be a lot happier than swimming around in circles in a small bowl. Particularly when you have room for him a companion to swim around with. You may place some attractive gravel in the base of the tank. They are more suited residing in ponds than indoors in tanks.
Swimming through the plants will probably be more interesting for him than a tank only with free swimming area. Plastic plants can also entice algae, are a fantastic alternative.
Filters and tanks aren’t expensive, so in case you’ve come back from the fair carrying your prize fish in a plastic bag, invest in some good gear to provide him a happy and healthy life. You will get more pleasure also than watching him just float around and round in a glass bowl. If you place him in a bowl he’ll survive, but he will not be happy, and won’t live to his whole lifespan.