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  1. #1

    Default OK to Pet my Goldfish???

    0 Not allowed!
    This is Hockey Ref WIFEY here...

    i have a cool goldfish tank.

    i'm very attached to my fishies, especially Cocoa my bubbly brown and orange fish. she has the most amazing personality and wiggles like crazy when ever i put my finger up to the tank glass.

    one day i stuck my finger tip into the water and she swam right up and i touched her. she was soooo soft!! like velvet.

    now every time right before i feed them, i put the tip of my finger in the water and she rushes over and i pet her bit. now some of the other fishes come over to and let me touch them too.

    is it OK to do this? i don't want to hurt them. i try to make sure my hands are clean and just gently touch them on their sides.

    i think cocoa particularly likes me cuz i saved her life. one morning her little fat head was stuck behind the filter. i unsnapped it from the back wall and set her free. she had a pretty bad injury on the side of her head and her flipper was smashed, and her little jaw is still a little purple almost 2 weeks later. but she's doing much better and her flipper is working again and she seems so happy and energetic. i just couldn't resist.
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  2. #2

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    0 Not allowed!
    i dont see any problems, as you said your hands are clean and your very gentle and if they swim over to you what are you going to do???? lol my red and white gold fish has been doing the same thing to my finger for the last month or two. odd things are gold fish and entirely misunderstood.
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    think i have MTS!!!!!

  3. #3


    0 Not allowed!
    Excessively it can damage the slimecoat a little on a fish....I have quite a few handtame fish as well that I stroke ... usually during feeding. As long as you are not doing it more than once a day I cannot see it being a problem
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  4. #4

    Red face

    0 Not allowed!
    I dont think its a good idea you could damage the fishes slime coat and risc infection

  5. #5


    0 Not allowed!
    its fine to put fingers in,but becareful of there body slime,do it as fishalicious suggested and there wont be a problem
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  6. #6


    0 Not allowed!
    As long as you are gentle and your hands are clean and free of chemicals like soap there isn't a problem. I handle my goldfish all the time as they get very big and using your hands at that point is actually more gentle than a net. Be very careful around the eyes and gills and for fancy varieties if they have a wen it is usually very sensitive and you shouldn't touch it. Hope that helps!

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    0 Not allowed!
    Would the human body not be alot warmer than that of a coldwater fish? Could this not hurt the fish a little, & of course, as everyone said above, about not touching frequently.

    Also, although we must look after our fish, we must also look after ourselves. You would have to make sure you did not infect yourself, if you have a a cut of any type, & also about spreading germs from the fish to you, through food, kitchen utensils, etc.

    In saying this, & me being a hypocrite, I often let my goldfish, when I had them, come up and nibble my fingers!

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  8. #8


    0 Not allowed!
    You could always add Slime Coat, or anything that helps build it up, to make you feel better and to make sure your goldfish don't lose any of their slime coat.

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    0 Not allowed!
    as long as its not a hard pet and you add stress coat after its okay

  10. Default

    0 Not allowed!
    i know when handling koi you have to make sure your hands are wet to protect thier slime coating, just a thought
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