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    The goldfish that was given to my daughter are presently and temporarily in a 10 gallon tank, I have been feeding them (2) goldfish flakes and freeze dried bloodworms. I didn't know if the bloodworms were O.K. or if I should feed them every 3-4 days like I do my betta. Also are there any other foods like veg's that they'll eat, they are very small and I do realize that they will grow quite big so unfortunately I am in for a rude awakening in a few months, didn't want them but thanks to some friends we inherited them.

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    Goldfish are omnivores. Best to feed 2X daily, esp. while they're babies, but small amounts.

    I feed sinking pellets, brine shrimp, mysis, glassworm and even some larger shrimp (that I feed to my freshwater tank) along with zucchini and orange slices...

    Bloodworms are fine too...1 or 2X a week...
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    New Life Spectrum exclusively is ideal. Pellets are better since they fill them up better without as much mess. If you decide to go with something besides NLS, a staple of a high quality pellet (NLS or Hikari) along with veggies will do well. Many buy live aquarium plants for the goldfish to graze on. Try different things ans see what it likes. I would avoid frozen and freeze-dried foods. There does not seem to be much nutrition in these foods.
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    An important thing to note about GF is that they have extremely simple digestive tracts. Food in, waste out. Make sure the foods they are eating were designed for GF otherwise most of it will end up being undigestable and come right back out as waste. Keep up on your WCs as the waste they produce will cause a lot of ammonia.
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    I am going to apologize in advance for jumping in here and asking a question, but it is relevent.

    Can other fish eat the goldfish foods as well without detriment long term?
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    NLS feeds them all.

    The foods are designed for certain digestive systems. Omnivores are omnivores and a high quality food that meets their needs will do well for them, whether they are goldfish or other types.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm72
    I am going to apologize in advance for jumping in here and asking a question, but it is relevent.

    Can other fish eat the goldfish foods as well without detriment long term?

    That depends on your definition of detriment. If you do not mind having fish that are not as colorful or active, then it should not be a problem. New Life foods are good so are Xtreme Foods... it really kinda depends on tank mates and everything else. Just remeber the fishes #1 Rule: "If it can fit in my mouth, it is food." and the #2 Rule: "If it swims and acts like food, it is food."

    Smaller tank mates with GF are a bad idea....
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    I do mind if they are not as colorful or active as they should be. I don't keep fish for them to just survive, I keep them to allow them to thrive.

    They are all the same size right now and will be separated as needed, but thank you for the reminder at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm72
    I do mind if they are not as colorful or active as they should be. I don't keep fish for them to just survive, I keep them to allow them to thrive.

    They are all the same size right now and will be separated as needed, but thank you for the reminder at the same time.
    I whole heartedly agree. They should thrive not just survive. The 2 manufacturers produce good quality foods for a variety of fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
    New Life Spectrum exclusively is ideal. ... I would avoid frozen and freeze-dried foods. There does not seem to be much nutrition in these foods.
    Unless I see a scientific study that shows an exclusive formulated diet is better than a balanced mixed diet, I'd be leery of generalizing...

    And I don't know about freeze dried foods...but I haven't read anything to suggest that frozen foods are nutritionally poor...
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