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How to put size on your goldfish!
What are the three factors that will determine the size of your goldfish?

# 1- Heredity:
Without the proper genes your goldfish will never be large no matter how much good goldfish care you give them. Genes play a very important part in the size of your goldfish. If your goldfish are from an average size family that's what your goldfish will be. You do not have any control over this factor except to buy from a reputable source. All the good goldfish care in the world will not help if your goldfish does not have the proper genes.

# 2 - The first 120 days as fry:
How much good goldfish care your goldfish receive in the first 120 days of life is a very important factor that will determine their growth rate and size. All the best genes that determine size will mean nothing if your goldfish do not receive good goldfish care in the first 120 days of their lives. If the "Goldfish Breeder" does not feed the proper goldfish foods in the right amount and keep the water quality perfect, the size of the the goldfish fry will suffer. The goldfish will become stunted. I've received 2.5 inch goldfish that never grew any bigger because of the poor goldfish care they received as fry.

# 3 - Proper Goldfish Care from you:
Proper nutrition
is a must!! The goldfish food and goldfish care you give your goldfish is vital to their growth rate.  Not all Goldfish foods are created equal. Many claims are made by goldfish food manufacturers, however, that's just what they are, claims, with no real results. You should look for goldfish foods that have been used by Goldfish Collectors and have been proven to add size and color to your goldfish, like our Pro-Gold .  Proper nutrition will reduce goldfish disease.

There's more!
Water Quality
Excellent water quality which is a part of good goldfish care is a must for raising nice big goldfish. That means 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, a good solid pH and very low nitrates. Goldfish are heavy eaters and produce large amounts of waste. Weekly water changes and proper filtration are very important.  Open filters that can be easily cleaned and incorporate both mechanical and biological filtration are the best. Filters with a bio-wheel are the best as long as they have high flow rate of 200 gallons per hour or more depending on the size of your goldfish aquarium. A good filter will cut down on goldfish disease.

Over crowding:
Ten gallons of aquarium water per goldfish regardless of size is a good rule of thumb. More goldfish per gallon will inhibit their growth rate. Goldfish disease can be caused by overcrowding.

Conclusion: The purchasing of your Goldfish from a reputable source, that buys their Goldfish from " goldfish breeders" who have the good goldfish genes for quality and size is very important. The good goldfish care you give your goldfish is very important, excellent water quality in your goldfish pond or goldfish aquarium and a very good diet of high quality goldfish food will greatly improve their growth rate and reduce goldfish disease.

Thank you for your time,
Rick - 11/04/07 - Viewed 51450 times.

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