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    I have to say, that my goldfish tank is one of the most fun tanks to wach. They are such fun fish to watch when there are a few of them together, and they always appear to be changing (color and size, lol).

    But the point of this thread is to ask what and how much do you feed your goldfish?

    I have:
    one large commet (5 inches)
    one large oranda (5 inches)
    one small pearscale (1.5 inches)
    one small common (1.5 inches)
    one medium fantail (2.5 inches)

    what would you reccomend feeding them?

    And I know that general rule of thumb is to fead them as much as they can eat in a minute, but they can clean up a large pinch of flakes in the much time, and they will keep doing it as long as I keep dropping it in. I just want to make sure tha I am not overfeading.

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    The best diet for goldfish in my experience is New Life Spectrum. It is the only food mine get and they are much better for it. The biggest support for this is the fact that mine don't bother the plants, something almost all goldfish are very happy to do. Their colors are better, growth is very good, and they are VERY healthy. I added a new one yesterday and its orange didn't seem too light in the store. I got it home and next to the ones that have been eating NLS for so many months now it looks light orange compared to their red-orange.

    There is a whole article on them at the top of this section, check it out, it should be a lot of help.

    I have a 150 with currently 8 goldfish and I feed 1.5-2 teaspoons once or twice a day.

    What size tank is it?

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    My tank is a 75 gallon tank with okay filtration for now, I plan on upgrading around christmas to a fx5.

    right now it is just a rena xp3, and a penguin 170 biowheel.


    You are feading them the NLS goldfish food right?

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    The FX5 is a great pick for that tank. The only thing you need to keep an eye on is the flow rate with the round-bodied goldfish. Worst case you will probably only need to put things in front of the outputs to reduce the flow rate a little.

    Another thing is that the long-bodied guys can cause problems with the round-bodied ones. One possibility is eating the food faster and the slower round-bodieds won't get enough. Another is that I have known some long-bodieds to eat the wen (cap) on things like orandas.

    I feed the NLS Large Fish Formula. It is a 3mm sinking pellet. Almost all the NLS foods are effectively the same. So the only thing you need to worry about is the size of the pellets and whether it floats or sinks. I have sand (a great substrate with any fish, but especially with goldfish) so I can feed even very small sinking pellets. There is also an article in my blog about sand. If you have gravel and need a small pellet you may want to consider bowl feeding, again there is an article on it in my blog.
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    Pratical Fishkeeping magazine has several interesting articles on goldfish this month. (July 08)

    IMO, goldfish always appear ravenous. It's hard to tell how much to feed them.

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    Is that the UK magazine?
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    Yup yup! I just bought it yesterday at Barnes & Noble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishguy2727
    The FX5 is a great pick for that tank. The only thing you need to keep an eye on is the flow rate with the round-bodied goldfish. Worst case you will probably only need to put things in front of the outputs to reduce the flow rate a little.

    Another thing is that the long-bodied guys can cause problems with the round-bodied ones. One possibility is eating the food faster and the slower round-bodieds won't get enough. Another is that I have known some long-bodieds to eat the wen (cap) on things like orandas.

    I feed the NLS Large Fish Formula. It is a 3mm sinking pellet. Almost all the NLS foods are effectively the same. So the only thing you need to worry about is the size of the pellets and whether it floats or sinks. I have sand (a great substrate with any fish, but especially with goldfish) so I can feed even very small sinking pellets. There is also an article in my blog about sand. If you have gravel and need a small pellet you may want to consider bowl feeding, again there is an article on it in my blog.

    I will have to look into the NLS for my goldfish.

    I also think a LONG spray bar all the way acrost the back of the tank will take care of the flow, provide good turnover, and keep my fish from getting swept away.

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    I have a 35 long for my 2 goldfish ( i know a little small but they got a pond in the future) and they were used as cycle fish :)

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    I have never seen anyone do a spray bar on an FX5, that sounds good. Have you found a DIY article on it or anything?

    Did you read the article on goldfish I wrote?
    Do you have gravel?
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