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The Goldfish Gazette, Issue #001 -- Water changes, so important but often forgotten
January 31, 2014
Goldfish Care Tips and Guidelines
A Free Monthly Resource For Goldfish Enthusiasts
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Welcome to the very first issue of The Goldfish Gazette.As this is the first issue, I have chosen a topic that concerns anyone who keeps goldfish, whether they are a professional breeder, or someone just starting out. But as this E-zine is for you, what do you want to read/learn about?
Send me some comments, ideas or any other feedback that will improve the E-zine.
The Importance Of Water ChangesWater changes are the key to goldfish care.
For the seasoned goldfish keeper, regular water changes are just part of the normal routine of goldfish care.
So why do water changes if you have an aquarium filter keeping the water clean?
I fell into this trap many years ago.
I had a pair of Water Bubble Eyes in a four foot aquarium of approximately 30 gallons, far more space than they needed.
I assumed I didn’t need to monitor their water pH.
The only problem was the Bubble Eyes kept getting red patches on their bodies. When I removed them from the aquarium and put them in a mild salt bath, they quickly lost the red.
After the red patches appeared a second time, I checked the pH value of their water. It was extremely low, in other words the water was acidic. I was very lucky I didn’t kill the fish moving them to the sick bay because of the pH differences.
I just didn’t think pH was the problem.
Filters hide pH values because the water looks clean. This is the danger. Nutrients processed by filters build up over time causing the water to slowly become acidic.
The easy solution is to make regular and large enough water changes to keep your water around the 7.00 pH level.
You work out when you need to do water changes by using a pH water test kit.
Start by testing your tap water or water source. This is your starting point. As the water pH starts to drop, do a 50% water change and test the water. It should have increased the pH. If it hasn’t lowered the pH enough, the frequency of partial water changes needs to increase.
As an indication of how often to do partial water changes, I changed half the water in my hired aquariums every two weeks.
Don’t forget that adding or decreasing fish numbers, or even fish getting bigger, will affect how often you need to change the water.
What's New On The Website
Goldfish ponds are very popular, but if some basic design elements are forgotten, the pond can become a high maintenance expensive disaster.
I’ve added goldfish pond pages to the Website that detail what design elements should be included in any new pond.
Shortly I will also be adding pages on filter and UV sterilizer options and some hints on pond maintenance.
Here is the link…Goldfish Ponds
Daphnia are an ideal food for goldfish of any age. The difficulty is having a reliable supply.
The best solution to this is to grow your own culture.
Here is the link…Daphnia Cultures
Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think, or what topics you want covered.
Next Month’s TopicHow to choose goldfish for breeding.
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