Goldfish behavior and breeding

Goldfish Behavior

It is presumed that that goldfish behavior consists mostly of swimming. That is quite true. However, if you are the observant pet owner, you will notice that although your goldfish may appear to be doing the same thing all day long, there are certain behavior patterns.

For example, try observing the behavior of your goldfish as soon as you introduce them to a new tank. The change in the environment and temperature excites them. They are likely to get stresses during this time. This is not the usual relaxed behavior of the goldfish. As soon as the goldfish had fully adjusted, they excited and alert behavior will eventually decrease.

Goldfish behavior is also fun to watch during feeding time when they can get quite excited. The food placed inside the tank will alert their senses and they will automatically go crazy in finding the food. After feeding time, they will go back on their usual behavior. You will notice them floating peacefully and swimming around the tank.

Goldfishes are the type that enjoys staying in a group. Keeping them with a few goldfishes will also give them other playmates.

It helps to be observant when it comes to goldfish behavior. Any change in their habits must be noted. If your goldfish seems to be passive especially during feeding time, something may be wrong. Check the tank and the environment immediately. There may be changes that could be fatal for your goldfish. Also check if your goldfish has symptoms of any infection from bacteria or parasite.

Breeding Goldfish

Viewing your goldfish swimming in the aquarium is definitely delightful. Observing the majestic appearance of the goldfish in its shimmering glory is a relaxing experience. Breeding goldfish makes it a lot more interesting.

As you breed a goldfish, you start imagining all those little babies that will swim around the tank. The question arises when you ask how to breed a goldfish and where to begin.

There are several basic rules to keep in mind while breeding goldfish.

Determine first if your goldfish is ready to mate. A goldfish is capable of reproduction at the age of three (3). Mating is also optimal with the right temperature. Keeping the water temperature at about 700F at daytime and 500F at nighttime will induce mating behavior such as the male bumping into the female’s abdomen.

After mating, you will notice that something will come out of your female goldfish. Gather them immediately and transfer them to another tank with water approximately not more than six (6) inches in height. This is so the babies will not have a hard time reaching for the surface and increase its chances of survival. Watch out for eggs that have fungus as it may infect other healthy eggs.

As soon as the eggs have hatched, always make sure that the environment is kept clean and maintained and with sufficient food supply at all times. Just like humans, these babies need nourishment to develop. Also remember to take away uneaten food from the aquarium to prevent pollution.

Breeding goldfish does take some extra work, but it can be a really fun way to add to your enjoyment of these wonderful pets.