What Should You Feed Goldfish?


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Goldfish are omnivores and should be fed a variety of food types. Their diet can include high carbohydrate goldfish flakes, shelled peas, blanched vegetables, daphnia, bloodworms and brine shrimp.

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Goldfish should not be overfed, as they are prone to bloat. While goldfish can be fed 2 to 3 times daily, they should only be fed the amount that they will consume completely within a couple of minutes. Leftover food contributes to poor water quality, which causes stress-related illness in goldfish. Any uneaten food should be removed from the tank immediately to prevent it from rotting and causing spikes in ammonia or nitrite.

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