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Julie's Julies 03-21-2011 10:01 PM

Food amounts for Comets
I took a pair of Comets from a friend who was dismantling his tank. It's been a few years since I've had goldfish, so I purchased some Aqueon sinking goldfish granules. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a healthy amount of food for these guys - they're each about 5" from nose to base of tail, about 2" at their deepest point, and maybe .75" thick. I just need a general suggestion. I put in a small pinch this morning and one this evening, and although it took them a while to find all the granules, it appears that they ate them all.

Also, is there anything I can do to improve their color? They're both a really pale gold - almost white. I've had really vibrant goldfish before, but perhaps this is what color these guys are supposed to be.


Lupin 03-22-2011 05:25 AM

Unfortunately, as with all goldfish, the color vibrancy is only enhanced easily by the presence of natural foods such as green floating algae. You will find that in green water setups especially those exposed constantly to sunlight even indirectly, the goldfish there do have more vibrant colors as a result of the abundant food supply. In indoor setups, goldfish almost always have paler colors by comparison.

Do you know the goldfish gel food recipes? They're far more nutritious than commercial foods in general and they can also be used as a staple and are cost-efficient. You'll find plenty of info about them in the following links.

Mazuri gel foods.

Julie's Julies 03-22-2011 11:55 AM

Thanks so much for the tips and links! Never knew about making goldfish food - I gotta try that. Thanks again.

Julie's Julies 03-22-2011 02:14 PM

Also, would it be good to encourage green algae growth, or is it just too hard to manage? I like my tanks to be really clean. If I add some Annubias from another tank, will the goldfish eat it? Is it okay if they do?

Lupin 03-23-2011 08:10 AM

Anubias are fine. Your goldfish will benefit a lot from having green algae around.

Julie's Julies 03-25-2011 01:48 PM

I added the anubias and am hoping for some green algae. Thanks!

marian1949 05-22-2011 02:19 PM

Soak the Granules first before feeding them to the fish. They will expand, and often cause constipation in goldfish. Goldfish flakes are better, but only use a pinch, after soaking them in the water, and feed once a day. For two Comets, you need at least a 20 - 30 gallon tank.

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