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25 Sep 2016 17:02 #1 by Paul B
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Hi guys I'm new to the forum.
I'm keeping goldfish and wondering what fish foods to use some are better than others!
Also should I keep medication on hand, if so which one's.

Any advice is welcome
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Paul

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25 Sep 2016 20:33 #2 by robert
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Hi Paul , welcome to the forum , feeding fish is such a massive topic , its really a personnel preference , personnally i feed my tropical community tank new life spectrum ,my big coldwater tank with small koi in i feed Takazumi koi food this is a two mm pellet with a protien content of 63% good for growing on fish , my koi in my pond are fed passion pellets 4mm 40% protein for the summer months . My advice wood be to feed a good quality food with a protein level of at least 30% preferably with a colour enhancer.

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25 Sep 2016 22:52 #3 by igmillichip
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There are lots of options for fish food, and to place one food as being tops is not that simple.

A variety of foods is the best option.

For Goldfish, I favour Tetra Goldfish food over other prepared foods. I would recommend a feeding of vegetable flakes or spirulina flakes as dried supplements.
Live Daphnia are a super treat and have many benefits if you can get them.

Appropriate feeding for fancy goldfish is particularly important.

In your "First Aid" kit, I would recommend you have ammonia removing zeolite or similar agent in case your filter system fails, magnesium sulphate (epsom salts) has many good uses. Methylene blue is a great medication to have around but messy.
As for specific medications for bloat, white spot, worms etc etc, I would recommend buying them as soon as you can after observing any problems as you don't really want too much stuff wasting away its shelf life.

If you want to know a bit more about specific medications for specific problems then I can come back to them.

ian

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26 Sep 2016 00:27 #4 by JohnH
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One thing no fishkeeper (of whichever persuasion) can really afford to do without is a decent water testing kit - should be every newcomer's first purchase (so I'm guessing you already have one, Paul?).

John

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N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


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It's a long way to Tipperary.

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26 Sep 2016 12:21 #5 by Q_Comets
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I would give a +1 to Tetra goldfish foods

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21 Feb 2017 16:05 #6 by Aldrin
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i used to use tetra but have recently changed to hikari both are amazing companys and have given e good results

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21 Feb 2017 17:55 #7 by robert
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I would prefer Tetra to Hikari , i am feeding Hikari catfish wafers to my tropical tanks bottom feeders at night and find they cloud the water

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21 Feb 2017 21:52 #8 by Aldrin
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I didn't know about this problem, I personally prefer Hikari over tetra for fancy goldfish, I believe Hikari specialises in goldfish (not fact I just think that). Tetra is a good company but I don't like the sizes they make their food in, every food is in different size so it's hard for me to decide how much to feed so jbl and Hikari work better for me

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21 Feb 2017 22:17 #9 by robert
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Try giving your fish a variety of different foods which is what i do , wafers ,flake and pellers , after all we would get fed up with steak and chips 365 days a year ,

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