What Should I Feed My Goldfish?

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Hello! I currently have a small common goldfish and I’m in desperate need to change his diet. The first step will be getting him sinking pellets. I know that goldfish shouldn’t eat very much but they also need more than just one stable food in their diet. He’s very small so I don’t want to overfeed him but I also don’t want to run the risk of him getting fat and unhealthy. Any advice?
 

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The first step in keeping a healthy goldfish is correct tank size and great water parameters, which for a common goldfish are 100 gallons.

That being said, Omega One Pallets are a great staple if you don't want to stray too far from PetSmart.
Bug bites and frozen foods are good treats.

North Fin are great for a staple if you want to buy something online.
NLS is great but expensive.

Gel food, I hear, is the best. Looking to get my hands on some repashy gold myself.
 
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tunafax said:
The first step in keeping a healthy goldfish is correct tank size and great water parameters, which for a common goldfish are 100 gallons.

That being said, Omega One Pallets are a great staple if you don't want to stray too far from PetSmart.
Bug bites and frozen foods are good treats.

North Fin are great for a staple if you want to buy something online.
NLS is great but expensive.

Gel food, I hear, is the best. Looking to get my hands on some repashy gold myself.

Thank you so much for this! I will definitely look into that. Also with the tank he is very small so far and I am going to upgrade his tank as he grows larger. Would that be alright?
 

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It will be alright. If this is the fish that's currently in the 30, and he spent 1 year in 2.5 gallon, he will likely never grow to full size. He should be ok in there for at least another 6 months.
 

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Don't forget to offer fresh veggies to your fish. Sometimes, after eating yummy pellets, they don't want green food. When mine leave their spinach, they don't get supper that night. Then they learn that it IS food and will suddenly decide it's not so bad after all.

I feed New Life Spectrum small goldfish pellets, frozen bloodworms, and have gotten Repashy Super Gold that I"m going to try next.
 

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I think this one will be fine in a 75g, it already looks stunted based on the size of its eyes to body ratio.

I reccomend New Life spectrum as well as feeding frozen foods - and fresh veggies.
 

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Much Soilent Green, They love it. For smaller sized goldfish then Super Gold when they get a lot bigger
 

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Actually, I would feed the opposite-Soilent Green for mature goldfish, and Super Gold for younger, based on the ingredients. Once goldfish mature, their need for meat based protein diminishes. I plan to actually mix Soilent and Super Gold when my goldfish mature (they are less than a year old at the moment).
 

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Normally smaller goldfish need the extra protein in soilent green and the adults tend to not need the proteins anymore.
Yes and mixing the two is a great idea and is what I personally like to do too.
 

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I guess what I was getting at is that soilent green is primarily plant based proteins, and super gold is geared toward younger fish because of its fish/invert/insect forwad protein.
 
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tunafax said:
It will be alright. If this is the fish that's currently in the 30, and he spent 1 year in 2.5 gallon, he will likely never grow to full size. He should be ok in there for at least another 6 months.
He didn’t live in the 2.5 gallon (luckily) for that long. It was maybe a month before my family saw how crazy I was getting about finding something bigger when they got me my 30 gallon. I just hope that his growth isn’t stunted too much. I want him to have a good life.
 
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