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What Can I Feed My Gold Fish?
This is new guy with a "new" question. What Can I Feed My Gold Fish?
A good staple prepared food like pellets should form the backbone of any fishes diet and that includes goldfish. There are other things you can and should feed them as well.
Goldfish are omnivores and require a fairly well balanced diet. About 40% protein, 25% fat and 35% carbohydrate. These should come from a variety of sources to give a proper balance of vitamins, minerals and micro nutrients.
Most any vegetable is good goldfish food assuming you soften it enough for the fish. Green veggies are particularly good.
Sugars are not really needed in a fishes diet and can basically be ignored. They are biologically cheap energy, but the fish will get all the quick energy it needs from the carbohydrates in the veggies.
As for fats and proteins, the best source is from things that grow in freshwater. Cold blooded animals need and store different amino acids than warm blooded animals and therefore things such as insect larvae, aquatic crustaceans and freshwater fish will offer your goldfish the best balance of fats, proteins and amino acids. Beef, chicken and pork should all be avoided if possible in favor of the more digestible and better balanced sources of proteins. More Goldfish Food: https://www.opentip.com/advanced_search_result.php?cPath=&keywords=Goldfish+Food&x=20&y=12
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check for these foods at your LFS (although we do all our supplies shopping at this website): .. the nutrafin flakes especially we like and 2 or 3 different founds would be nice for variety in their diet.
lol...I think a better question is what can't you feed gold fish. I have gold fish but they are in our horses water thingy. the gold fish eat the algae that grow on the side of the tank and eat the bugs that get trapped at the top. and when the water gets too cold and freezes the gold fish freeze right along with it all winter long and in the spring the water dethaws along with the gold fish and BOOM! there right back to eating. it's really quite remarkable. they'll just eat anything.
Seriously, they'll eat anything. Just mix it up. There is almost no wild animal that eats the same thing, day in and day out.
I feed He Who Eats Snails and Miyamoto (one goldfish, one koi) koi pellets as a base, add bloodworms periodically, greens (not to mention the rapidly growing myrmio that they like to pick at), and my own homemade food.
Once I run out of pellets, I'm likely going to switch to making my own food for them. Currently, my mollies get the majority of their food from homemade frozen food.
Little by little, I'll be switching from store-bought to homemade, since most store-bought food is mostly fish meal (lot of filler, little nutrition)
The thing I've read about goldfish food (you know how goldfish can be quite prone to swimbladder diseases?) is to feed them sinking food, so as to avoid them gulping so much air at meal time. So that's a consideration too. But you can just soak whatever food you have for a little while before feeding it to them and the result's the same.