With so many options of goldfish food, what's the best food for your goldfish?
Goldfish need food that will help them grow and fight disease. To keep there colors looking bright Vitamin A is important. While their natural diet includes a lot of fiber, (Algae, Grasses, and Aquatic Plants) a goldfish diet in captivity should include a portion of protein as well to help them build muscle. Luckily, any Local Fish Store should carry many different types of processed foods. These types include:
Easily the most common of the food types, goldfish flake food normally consists of an optimal blend of ingredients that deliver superior nutrition. This nutrition helps enhance the coloration, and the growth and vitality of all varieties of goldfish. Most flask food is fortified with natural attractants, color enhancers, and highly digestible protein sources necessary for goldfish to thrive.
With frozen food there are a lot of options. Most frozen goldfish food comes in slabs that need to broken, a piece at a time. Other frozen types of food can come in pre-package service sizes that are easily dropped into the goldifsh aquarium. Frozen goldfish food options include;
- brine shrimp
- tubifex worms
- mosquito larvae
Take a flake, and shape it like a pellet. As far as nutrients are concerned Pellet food and Flake food are very similar. One of the drawbacks of pellets is that they can swell inside the stomach of the goldfish, causing Swim Bladder Disease.
Some Alternative Food Types
Homemade food for Goldfish
All it takes is the desire to make homemade goldfish food and the time it requires to do so. Goldfish especially like the greener vegetables, including lettuce and peas. With the lettuce, simply wash and rinse the leafs in warm water, and clip inside the tank. There is no need to cook the lettuce. Peas on the other hand should be cooked until soft, any unused portion can be refrigerated. When it's time for a feeding, simply peel off the skin and mash the pea just before you drop it into the tank. If the peas are not soft they can cause the goldfish to bloat. Also, feel free to clip some cucumber, or zucchini onto the tank with a suction cup feeding clip.
Goldfish food recipe
There is a special treat that you can make for your goldfish, that is simple to do.
You will need
- 1 Packet unflavored gelatin
- Ice cube tray (empty)
- 2.5 oz jar of baby food in a vegetable flavor such as carrots, peas or green beans.
- 1 cup of water (seperated)
- Small Saucepan
Combine 1/4 cup of water in a small sausepan with the packet of unflavored geletin. Stir over low heat until gelatin in completely dissolved.
Add 3/4 cups of cold water in the sausepan. Stir until well blended.
Add the baby food and stir thoroughly
Pour the geletin - baby food mixture into the ice cube tray and allow it to cool for about 30 minutes.
Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours, until it solidifies.
When it's time for a special treat, just pop out a cube and slice into small strips. Once tray should be enough for a few goldfish over a week. It's better to give the goldfish fresh food, so don't keep the treats for more than a week.
Goldifsh are not picky eaters, so it is up to you what, and how much they eat. Coldwater fish, including gold fish, typically need a diet that is rich in carbohydrates and necessary vitamins. The food that is formulated for them is probably the best in this case, specifically the flakes or the pellets. However, the addiitional piece of a vegatable doesn't hurt.
Only you decide what's goods enough for your goldifsh. Get the facts, ask for some expert opnions, and figure out what's right for your choice of goldfish food.