Do Goldfish Sleep?


By Jamie Boyle

Goldfish indeed do sleep and is often a question people always want to know. Sleeping goldfish is not the same as for us cuddling to a pillow under warm blankets. Goldfish sleep basically in one spot. They hover with periodic movements to keep stable and are often seen hiding behind aquarium decorations or close to the bottom of your aquarium. When fish sleep they are very much at alert at all times. Goldfish sleeping is actually a form of resting and are aware what’s going on at all times. You will see golfish suddenly swim erradically when you turn the aquarium light on. They much like us, they were startled and are seeking a place to hide.

Goldfish need sleep just like humans. Without enough sleep we can get sick and same goes for them. People should have a regular schedule for aquarium lighting or better yet have it on a timer so it’s on for a certain amount each day. Your light should be on for about 12 hours a day or less. A good suggestion to do is turn on the light when you get up and when you go to sleep turn it off. When you shut the light off you will notice that the your fish will begin to slow down and relax. If you leave the light on all the time, it’s not good for goldfish health as they will not have much of a resting period. Goldfish have no eye lids so shut off the light so they can get a good night sleep. Goldfish need sleep and it’s much easier to sleep with the lights off. Even if people do accidently leave the lights on, goldfish will sleep but it won’t be the same type of sleep as if they were off. Try and shut the lights off. Think of this would you like the lights on when your going to sleep? Same goes for them.

Also when goldfish sleep their colour also fades. So whenever you go an observe your goldfish and you see them basically still and their colour is partially faded, well its a good chance their sleeping. Leave them alone so they get the well deserved rest they need.

Sincerely,

Jamie Boyle
The Goldfish Guy
“Helping Goldfish Owners With Advice, Fish Care and Fish Medication Treatments for Goldfish Diseases, Illnesses and Parasites”



79 comments on “Do Goldfish Sleep?

  1. Your blog was helpful to me, I was leaving the aquarium light on continuously and didn’t know that it was bad for the fish. Thank you!

  2. PetGoldfishForum on said:

    Tam,Your very welcome. Goldfish need sleep just like us. Leaving the aquarium light on can actually stress your fish. I’m glad my goldfish blog was helpful to you.Just to let you know a lot of people leave their aquarium light on continuously. It not only causes stress for your fish but can create algae problems as well. It will cause you to have to clean your aquarium glass more often.Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you ever have any questions at all please feel free to contact me anytime.Did you ever have a algae problem with your aquarium leaving the light on?Sincerely,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish GuyNeed more help with Goldfish, Koi, or Garden Ponds? Meet People, Share Photos Talk About Your Hobby- www.PetGoldfishForum.com

    • jessica mertz on said:

      Hi i have 2 goldfish one is mine and the other was my moms but she passed away. The one that im asking about is my moms. Ive noticed once in a while he is upside down like he is sleeping ill tap the cage scare him and he will swim right hes done this for about 2 weeks! Im just worried i read about peas but i dont want to hurt him. pleasse help

      • Anthony on said:

        Its most likley swim bladder disese. my fish also does that. sadly it will not survive. You could let him live for a little, or just put the poor little guy in the freezer for 1 minute. i suggest to let him survive. Hope i awnserd your question. :)

    • Kimberly on said:

      Thank you SO much! I thought something was wrong when they would go rest on the bottom like that! I was soooo worried. Thank you!

  3. Anonymous on said:

    OMG!! Thx so much. Me and my bro were freaken out!

  4. Anonymous on said:

    THX dude!!! i was going crazy not noing but how much do they need?!?

  5. Anonymous on said:

    Ok so they sleep …but I had one yesterday who I thought was asleep and then that “sleeping” became slower and less movement and his breathing got slower and then he stopped… and died…he was hiding himself away in the plants and sulking … then today another one started to do this hiding thing and sulking (and when I’d tap on the glass to make sure he was ok jump out of its skin)… any thoughts he’s not going to get sick too is he…PS ive just turned off the light..Thanks

  6. Pet Goldfish Forum on said:

    Okay in this case your goldfish may not be sleeping. Your goldfish may be sick or stressed out. Have you had the aquarium light on for a long time or do you ever shut it off?When you notice a goldfish acting weird and abnormal you should start thinking of possibility of something being wrong. Look for any signs or symptoms of goldfish diseases. If you don’t see anything then you should think water quality. Check your water, test it and see if everything are in the proper ranges. This could be your problem here.How often do you do water changes and test your water?I would start here, as this may be your problem.Sincerely,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish GuyNew Pet Goldfish Forum – Join, Chat and Share Photos With Others

  7. Suneetha on said:

    i’ve got a pair of new goldfish a week ago. the male is now hiding and swimming with effort.though eating is normal.i used to keep the light and motor on full time but now i of them for a few hours.it keeps itself to the bottom and its skin is a little scraped off. what should i do?

  8. PetGoldfishForum on said:

    Hi Suneetha,Your goldfish could be acting weird for several reasons:1. Your goldfish may be sick with disease or paraites2. Swimming with effort – Swim Bladder Disease – Try feeding crushed peas3. Poor water quality4. Stressed out from light being on most of the time.5, Injured, and fungus and parasites setting inYou should check your water quality first but those above mentioned items may help. If your fish has scraped himself you should try using Melafix Fish Medication by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals to heal wounds and regenerate new tissue.What are the symptoms, any scratching or flicking on the bottom of the tank? Also what did you mean by motor running full time, filter??? Your filter should be running 24/7. If you stop the benefcial bacteria in the filter will die as needs oxygen and will cause your nitrogen cycle to be affected and break down causing water quality problems.You should check that first. 9 times of of 10 it is always water quality on why fish are sick or acting weird. It is caused by something and happened for a reason. Other then that those new fish you added to your aquarium could have been sick already.Get back to me and we’ll see what we can do.Sincerely,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish Guywww.PetGoldfishForum.com

  9. Kate on said:

    thank you so much! i received a goldfish tank set for christmas and finally decided to put one in there. as i went to bed, i realized, “does this guy need to sleep?” typed in the question, and found the answer! thank you for the wealth of information :)

  10. Anonymous on said:

    Hi,I have two baby Oranda’s (approx 4 months old) and they both “dive into the hairgrass and then just lay still (gills moving but motionless) they do this through out the day at different times of the day. When I wake in the morning they are floating in the grass like they are dead. When I switch the light on they spring to life and start scavenging for food. They scavenge for food most of the day and eat pretty well when fed. I have checked the PH and Ammonia levels and all seems to be 100%…but this motionless thing freaks me out…Are they sick or do they just need more rest?

  11. samflor on said:

    How do I know if my goldfish is pregnant?

  12. GoldfishCareInformation on said:

    Hi there,To learn more about how you know ” Are My Goldfish Pregnant? ” you can visit that link. It will explain all as goldfish lay eggs and don’t have live young.Talk to you later,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish Guy

  13. Anonymous on said:

    My son has had two goldfish in the past. Two potbelly looking ones. Not long after getting them they died. He was so devasted and cried for days. Time has past and we just went to a b-day party where they had goldfish as center pieces. He eagerly took one home :) after days have passed one has died and the other one looks like he barely has any life in him. What r we doing wrong? What type of fish (fresh water) is good for a 6 yr old boy and that will last a LONG time? Please help!!!

  14. Jamie Boyle on said:

    I’m sorry to about your son’s experience with goldfish. Kids definitely fall in love with their new pet goldfish and they gro on them. The biggest thing about taking care of goldfish is providing proper care. In fact goldfish are a very hardy fish and live for a long time.I’m not quite sure why you were having problems with goldfish. One you may have bought sick goldfish from a pet store. Sometimes just because they are no signs of disease or parasites doesn’t always mean they are healthy.In order to help you more with your goldfish aquarium I need to ask you some questions:1. Do you have a goldfish aquarium or goldfish bowl?2. Do you have enough aeration with air pump and a filter on your fish tank?3. Where you buy goldfish do they have a good reputation for healthy fish and is the pet shop clean and well maintained?4. How often do you feed your goldfish and what type of fish food?5. How often do you do water changes on your fish tank?6. Do you add conditioner each time to remove chlorine and harmful metals?7. Do you add beneficial bacteria such as Cycle each time water changes are done?8. Do you clean the aquarium gravel bud and stir it around when doing water changes?9. Do you clean the filter and do water changes on the same day?10. How often do you test your water quality?The biggest thing about taking care of goldfish is making sure your water quality is perfect. One thing that people do and in fact I just helped a person on my goldfish forum just yesterday was having some CopperSafe on hand. This product works great and treats fish tank for one month. I would suggest you getting some and having it on hand. You can buy CopperSafe online cheaper then you can in pet stores.To learn more about CopperSafe and where to get it please visit this post:CopperSafe From Mardel Labs – Fish Medication For Ich, Velvet and Other External ParasitesGet back to me and I will help you out further so your son won’t have to lose anymore goldfish. Hopefully I can help so that this doesn’t continue. With the use of CopperSafe you should have better luck.Sincerely,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish Guy

  15. Toni on said:

    i have 2 goldfish but no light bc i have a tank but during the day my room is well lighted and at night i keep it very dark (for me) so the light isnt an issue, but when i clean the filter it just seems very powerful and sometimes when i feed my fish it seems like the filter kind of blows them away, should i turn off the filter at night or is it ok to leav it on?

  16. michellebrasket on said:

    Thank you so much!! I thought I was going crazy!! I haven't even had my goldfish for 2 weeks, but so far, I have taken care of the water and set up the aquarium like the pet store said. My fish are greedy little boogers–they just LOVE feeding time. How often should I feed them though? My husband & I have differing opinions about feeding them. I leave the light on at night and turn it off during the day as my house is semidark all the time. It is quiet other than the tv for the kids, and the kids don't tap on the glass or anything. If I buy fish from the store, can they breed? I hope not, cuz I don't want a tank full of fish!! Thanks!!

  17. Anonymous on said:

    That helped soo much! I thought my goldfish was dying. He was exactly as you said it, on the bottom in the corner of the tank and was less orange than normal. Thanks!! : )

  18. goldfishmomma on said:

    From what I was told, goldfish in a tank often times will not breed. The only time they breed is if they are in a big body of water, like in a pond. As for the feeding goes, I only feed mine one time a day, because they tend to overeat and have such tiny tummies and are messy. They can die if you overfeed them by feeding them too many times per day. Or you can do it two times a day, just a little pinch of food each time. I was told at a pet store to give them a pinch of food no bigger than your thumbnail, for the two times a day. I give them a little more than that since I feed them at the sime time in the evening every day only once. They are very healthy, we have two, have had them since right after Christmas last year in a 5 gallon tank. I just found out they don't need any light at night time because they need to sleep and the light will bother them and then they won't get enough rest. I did not get a light, my apartment provides them with enough and at night, I was leaving the blinds open since we have a courtyard apartment and there is a light out there. I would leave the blinds open so that they are not in the complete dark, but after reading up on whether goldfish sleep or not, I think I will start closing them because they don't like any light and can't rest as well. Hope you found this helpful about the feeding tips and about them breeding in a tank.

  19. goldfishmomma on said:

    From what I was told, goldfish in a tank often times will not breed. The only time they breed is if they are in a big body of water, like in a pond. As for the feeding goes, I only feed mine one time a day, because they tend to overeat and have such tiny tummies and are messy. They can die if you overfeed them by feeding them too many times per day. Or you can do it two times a day, just a little pinch of food each time. I was told at a pet store to give them a pinch of food no bigger than your thumbnail, for the two times a day. I give them a little more than that since I feed them at the sime time in the evening every day only once. They are very healthy, we have two, have had them since right after Christmas last year in a 5 gallon tank. I just found out they don't need any light at night time because they need to sleep and the light will bother them and then they won't get enough rest. I did not get a light, my apartment provides them with enough and at night, I was leaving the blinds open since we have a courtyard apartment and there is a light out there. I would leave the blinds open so that they are not in the complete dark, but after reading up on whether goldfish sleep or not, I think I will start closing them because they don't like any light and can't rest as well. Hope you found this helpful about the feeding tips and about them breeding in a tank.

  20. goldfishmomma on said:

    To all goldfish care takers,I just want to let you know, if you don't yet, that you should stay away from putting those green plants you see at the pet store in your fish's aquarium. I found out myself when I had one in my fish's auarium that those things grow parasites on them after a time! And they can cause your fish to get sick and die. I threw the one I had in there out and don't have any more in there. Plus, when I clean their tank every two weeks, leave about 20% of the water in there, since I was told at the pet store that it contains some of the bacteria that they need to survive. And if your water is not good, make your you add about a 1/2 teaspoon of water conditioner every time you are adding fresh clean water during water changes. I use First Step, purchased at the pet store. You can probably find it at Walmart as well. And it helps to wash off all the decorations inside the tank as well, since they get dirty and slimy. I do it every time I clean their tank. Anyway, hope you find this helpful. Stay away from the green plants!!

  21. Hello,my name is Kieran, ive had my goldfish for about 5 months now and I've stuck to my routine water changes and test so I'm pretty sure the water quality is good for my fish but just lately he has been clamping his fins a little bit more than usual, his eating is still normal and otherwise he's a pretty normal goldy, but this is a bit strange? Thanks, you blog is excellent by the way!! Kieran

  22. Jamie Boyle on said:

    Hi Kieran,Regular maintenance and water changes are the key to successfully taking care of goldfish. It sounds like you are doing all the right things.As far as your goldfish having clamped fins it could be a result of stress, for example leaving the aquarium lights on all the time etc..It could also be internal parasites and he could be getting sick. It's hard to say right now but keep an eye on your goldfish and see if he starts clamping his fins even more.A good practice to do every once in a while is feed them medicated food for internal parasites and bacterial infections. Your goldfish may appear healthy from the outside appearance but internally may be a different story.I would keep up your water quality as your doing, clean the filter as that may be the cause or increase aeration. I know fish need plenty of oxygen and they love going through the bubbles and current. Start doings tests and see if your goldfish begins acting normal again by doing a few things.Hope this was some help and if you have anymore questions please feel free to ask.Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you love my goldfish blog.Sincerely,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish GuyFind Even More Goldfish Resources and Info on My Goldfish forum!www.PetGoldfishForum.com

  23. Anonymous on said:

    thank you so much with helping me with my fish you were very helpfull and now my fish will have a good night sleep.

  24. Anonymous on said:

    Hi, i have 3 gold fish, in a tank thats about 40cm long 25cm wide and 30cm high, 2 of my fish are about 6cm and the other is about 4cms. I was wondering wether or not there tank is big enugh for them now? and if i got a new fish would it be too crowded? also i was wondering if they are board, i have a pile of rox in there and a plant, and it seems whenever i go up to the tank they go crazy and swim to the top expecting food, i feed them everyday and they are fat enugh as it is, help!

  25. bearman.matthew on said:

    i got 3 gold fish today and they were all swimming about fine, there at the bottom of the tank but only one is moving its gills and the other 2 simply arent doing anything at all what do i do as this is the first time i have had fish. the pump is switched half on as it not a very big tank.

  26. Anonymous on said:

    I was just reading a book and I looked over at my fisg tank. One of my fish was up side down and I thought he was dead. I tapped the glass and he just about jumped outta his skin from suprise. Can goldfish sleep upside down???

  27. Simptumz on said:

    thanks for the help, I figured he had to sleep but never seen him do it.

  28. Anonymous on said:

    Searched google for "do goldfish sleep", and yours was the first response. Your blog is helpful, especially for a first time goldfish owner like myself. thanks for taking the time to write it.

  29. Anonymous on said:

    Thankyou for your help!! I just came home unusually late and went into my room, where my tank is housed. During the day they obviously get light from the main room lights and a lamp, but because I sleep in the same room, all the lights got turned off at night. I just came in and turned off the lights and noticed that my fish were all at the bootom of the tank and also dull and faded. I now that they were in fact sleeping!! Thanks for saving a lot of panic!

  30. Anonymous on said:

    This blog with very helpful. We got a new goldfish yesterday, and right now I believe it is sleeping. It is in the water and pretty still. I was concerned if it was stressed because of it's new home or sick. This artical was helpful. Thanks!

  31. Anonymous on said:

    my daughter has a wee goldfish and shes had him for about 8 months , lately he doesnt seem as lively and he seems to lie on the bottom of the tank on his side im a bit worried as my daughter will be devasted if anything happens to him , what do you think is wrong , he lie there for ages and sometimes he looks dead and then hell breath and move a little .

  32. diane on said:

    My goldfish have what looks like cotton wool comming out of there mouth what is thisdiane

  33. Anonymous on said:

    Hello, I just bought to goldfish and have them in a bowl, with a small decoration! I had no idea in the world that goldfish sleep.I came home from work one day to find one of the fish motionless at the bottom of the bowl, naturally I thought he's dead! I was distraught and took him out and flushed him away down the toilet! Later that evening some friends came over and I mentioned that one of my goldfish died, and my friend said "Are you sure he's was'nt sleeping?" I thought he was pulling my leg! When they left I looked it up online(that's how I found you)to find that they do indeed sleep! Well I bought another fish and I won't make that mistake again, unless their belly up at the top! I like your website, its very helpful and informative in taking care of my fish! Jim

  34. Anonymous on said:

    I found this really helpful we have just brought our daughter a goldfish thinking it would be fairly straight forward to care for but have been bit concerned about it's behaviour hiding alot other than when food is given (is she sleeping)also water looks misty only had fish 1 week .

  35. Anonymous on said:

    Thank you very much for that post! it was very helpful . i have a question though, my goldfish appears to be losing its scales, could this have to do with the light always being on????

  36. Brian on said:

    you shouldn't let your fish go from pitch black darkness to your bright aquarium light. they have no eyelids. its probably a bit painful.

  37. Diane on said:

    I notice that my fish does hide behind this little shark display I have in his bowl and just kinda hangs there and is very still. I sorta figured he was sleeping.But I didn't know that he is effected by my lights. I sleep with my lights on and he usually goes to bed the same time I do. He sees me lay down and when I don't move, he stops moving too and hides behind the shark. Should I start sleeping with the main light off and just keep my closet light on? It's not as bright. My fish doesn't seem to be effected by the lights. He's been alive and well for 3 and a half months. Should I change my pattern so there is less light or keep it as it is now since he's used to it?

  38. Diane on said:

    I notice that my fish does hide behind this little shark display I have in his bowl and just kinda hangs there and is very still. I sorta figured he was sleeping.But I didn't know that he is effected by my lights. I sleep with my lights on and he usually goes to bed the same time I do. He sees me lay down and when I don't move, he stops moving too and hides behind the shark. Should I start sleeping with the main light off and just keep my closet light on? It's not as bright. My fish doesn't seem to be effected by the lights. He's been alive and well for 3 and a half months. Should I change my pattern so there is less light or keep it as it is now since he's used to it?

  39. Anonymous on said:

    Thanks..very knowledgable

  40. Anonymous on said:

    Hey Diane,maybe a suggestion for your gold fish would be to put a sheet over the tank of an evening as a new indicator for sleep to block out the light, like you'd do with a bird cage???

  41. Anonymous on said:

    I got a gold fish last week from my science teacher and it keeps trying to eat the pebbles in the tank. Is that ok?

  42. Anonymous on said:

    We just moved a goldfish (party favor) from a fishbowl to a 10 gallon fishtank. He has not stopped swimming crazy laps back and forth and banging into the glass for two days. he didn't stop at night either, though the light was off. i was up for two nights with sick children, passed through many times and did not see him resting. should i turn off the light and filter to give him a break? we kept him alive for 2 months before getting a tank and now i'm worried he'll die from fatigue!

  43. Anonymous on said:

    HI, great site – really useful to a newby to goldfish! I just bought two goldfish to put in the aquarium I had running empty for 1 week. The pump seems to be creating a very strong current and they both looked like they were constantly fighting it. One of them died after just three days and I thought it might be from exhaustion so I turned the pump off over night so the other could rest which he did. This was the first time i saw him sleeping. Now I've read here that the pump should never be turned off. Is it ok for there to be a constant current in the tank? Can the goldfish sleep with this current?tks.

  44. Goldfish Care on said:

    You may have lost a goldfish due to the fact that the fish tank is not properly cycled yet. This is a new aquarium and it can take up to a month for it to cycle.You should never really shut off your aquarium filter. This is basically the heart of your aquarium keeping the water quality safe for your fish.What you can do is depending on the filter you have you can lower the current by simply turning it down. I know on the Hagen AquaClear Power Filters you can. This will decrease the current in your tank allowing your goldfish more time to rest or sleep.How big is your aquarium? What size filter do you have on your fish tank?I think you should test your water quality as I believe that you have a spike in ammonia which is common on new aquarium set ups.Talk to you soon,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish Guy

  45. Anonymous on said:

    A week ago i bought two goldfish and have been swimming actively and eating. Today i saw one of them lying at the bottom of the tank (which i never saw the fish do til now). Alot of reasons go thru my mind, maybe their sleeping, maybe because i left the light on for 24hrs and forgot to turn it off, or maybe it's just sick. However, as soon as i tapped on the tank it swam actively again. What do you think it is?

  46. Goldfish Care on said:

    It's hard to say without seeing your goldfish. It could have been very well sleeping or resting on the bottom of your fish tank. Your goldfish could also be sick.When goldfish start becoming sluggish, lying on the bottom of the tank, not eating etc.. these are warning signs that something may be wrong. What I would do fist is test the water quality and make sure everything is okay. Then next thing I would do is just observe your fish over the next few days and see how he does.I know sometimes people can forget to turn the aquarium light off but it should never be left on 24 hours a day. This will create more maintenance for you such as algae on the aquarium glass as well it causes stress on fish. This may be why your goldfish is suddenly not acting normal.Keep an eye on him and hopefully everything is okay!Sincerely,Jamie BoyleThe Goldfish Guy

  47. Jacquie on said:

    My 3 year old son just gave up his soother and to show him how pleased I was with him I bought him a 5 gallon tank with a telescope eye calico fantail and a regular fantail goldfish. He loves them they sooth him off to sleep now but the problem lies with the light and no time for the fish to sleep and rest as the tank acts as a night light, And then his room is light all day. Would it be a good idea to throw a blanket over the tank during the day to let them sleep? Can't let them go without any sleep!

  48. I recently bought myself a couple of goldfish and this blog's helped a lot! I don't like leaving the light on anyway because I'm scared it'll overheat, so I'm pleased to know it's actually best not to.I do have an unrelated question, though. Naturally one of my goldfish is slightly bigger than the other, but only by a little bit. But sometimes he'll act agressively towards the other and sort of push it around. He only does this when they're feeding (I've started placing a divider in the tank when they're fed so they both get enough), but I've seen it happen once when they weren't feeding. Every other hour of the day though, they seem fine. The smaller one will follow the other round the tank and they swim together without any problems.I was wondering if this is normal among fish? I've only had them for about 3 days, could that be related?Many thanks :)

  49. Anonymous on said:

    My Goldfish, upon turning on the light, swim in a huge panic, bouncing of of the walls and rocks violently but immediately stop when the light is turned off. So, the light is rarely on anymore. The fish came from a dorm room but had to be moved here because school is out now and my sister is home. They were in the same tank during winter break when they were here and there wasn't any issue, however the tank is now downstairs… Does it just have to do with the change in room lighting?

  50. Anonymous on said:

    is my goldfish sleeping when he floats in the corner of his tank? he does that a lot and it says fish sleep on the bottom of the tank, is there something wrong cause he is floating?

  51. Anonymous on said:

    Hi, your information helped me out, very much. I just got a fish from walmart, and I pretty much, know nothing about Goldfish. I know some things, but I'm pretty sure I need to know more. How about the water? What kind of water do I need? I have spring water in there, because I know fish and iron water, don't really mix. And I have 3 fish, (names: Zelda, Gilgamesh, and Pebbles) And I don't know how much food to give them. Thank you, And I hope to here back soon.

  52. Stella on said:

    Hi! I just bought 2 new goldfishes and I'm keeping them in a fish bowl large enough for the both of them and de-chlorinated the water like I was told in the pet shop. They didn't say anything about oxygen so long as i keep the bowl clean.Some friends are telling me this is a bad idea. Do i really need to install a filter or an oxygen tank or something? I'm kinda freaking out.PS. Your article helped me a lot too, thanks!

  53. BreeBree~ on said:

    So, I have a Goldfish and everything, But I just changed his tank today and hes been acting all Weird. He sits at the bottom of his tank, and He ate only after I changed his tank water, Now he doesn't move when the tank light is on. Only when its off. Whats up with this guy?

  54. ramila on said:

    hi ..i have got a pair of gold fish two weeks ago…and i am not sure about their feeding time…whenever i go near by the aquarium they get excited and expecting for food and i give them food..but i heard somewhere that its not to feed them more..so how many times should i feed them a day??

  55. Thank you i thought my fish was sick

  56. jennifer jones on said:

    Hi , I was given a 75 gallon tank I have an algea eater and about 15 gold fish all differant sizes .. I have found that your blog is very informational. This is my first fish tank .. I do have several questions ; are them plant that u buy at the pet store good , what is the best kind of fish food to buy , and how often should I feed my fish since I have 15 a few small few medium and two fan tail , well that’s wat I call them .. any info would be great ,,,,,,,, thanks Jennifer

  57. The Goldfish Guy on said:

    Hello Jennifer,

    I’m glad that you find my goldfish blog helpful!

    I will be writing a post on the benefits of having aquarium plants in your fish tank. I think others would like to know as well. Quick answer they are very good to have!

    For more information on feeding goldfish please read the article below:

    What To Feed Your Goldfish

    For more information on how much to feed your goldfish please see the link below:

    How mUch Fish Food Should I Feed My Goldfish

    If you have any questions related to the topic at hand please post a comment on that article. Just trying to keep all comments related to the goldfish topic at hand.

    I hope the information I provided you will answer your questions related to your goldfish. Please comment again to make sure you found your answers you wanted.

    Thanks,

    Jamie Boyle
    The Goldfish Guy

  58. Candace on said:

    My goldfish is in a goldfish bowl so he/she doesn’t have a light but we have light going into the room during the day and at night its all dark except for a lava lamp. Is my lava lamp (that’s beside his bowl) too much light for him to sleep at night?

    • The Goldfish Guy on said:

      I wouldn’t say it’s too much light for your goldfish but if you could shut it off or move it that would be good. Think of it when we are trying to sleep the last thing we want is a light on, right? Let your goldfish get some sleep and help give him the rest he needs.

  59. Know I know why my goldfish are so slow of a morning

    I dont have an aquarium light so they can sleep for ages in the lougeroom

    if the filter is on will that effect their sleep and if so I will turn ot off at 10 o clock

  60. Natascha on said:

    I have a goldfish who I am very attached to :) I was just wondering how often I should change his water and how much of the original water to leave? Also, he has no air filter but he does have a live plant and regular oxygen tablets. Is the plant OK and a good idea? Thank you :)

  61. Brookela on said:

    This blog is fantastic! Now I can start to enjoy having my goldfish rather than stressing out all of the time.

    Just a quick question. I have 2 goldfish. The slightly bigger one seems to ‘bully’ the other smaller one by occasionally swimming into him deliberately. Is this normal fish activity and does it cause stress on the one being pushed into?

  62. hung around top when see me like afraid me that normal beg for he food stay in mine mine room see nobody . why he afraid me.

  63. i have got two gold fish and i want to know if they are a boy or girl i have googled it but they keep saying about “sexing goldfish” HELP!

  64. Brooke on said:

    I have had my 4 goldfish for just over 4 years now and one has recently passed. I never knew much about them except water temp and how much to feed them. I used to have the light on all the time but I didn’t like it so I shut it off at night.

    I notice they stand on there fins and fall back to about a 45 degree angle and a few minutes later they move to another spot. So I googled if they were sleeping and found this blog. Thank you so much for all you helpful tips :)

  65. hi
    just have 4 new goldfishes n i m so much existed 4 all tat stuff
    like their sleeping feeding all..
    n u r article is really helpful
    so many thanks 4 such a wonderful info.

  66. julia on said:

    my two goldfish sleep side by side. it’s the cutest thing; i’ve never seen this before; in a ten gallon tank with all the space in the world, they choose to sleep side by side. is there another reason for this except they really must love each other? :)

  67. perry on said:

    my shark keeps following my goldfish but not attacking him but like they are best friends is this normail

  68. Breanna:) on said:

    Wow that helped so much. I would always think that my goldfish were going to dye or something.

    • The Goldfish Guy on said:

      Hahaha, nope your goldfish was just getting some well deserved sleep. He’s not going to die…

      Thanks for visiting my goldfish blog. If you ever need anymore help, tips and advice stop by anytime.

      Sincerely,

      Jamie Boyle
      The Goldfish Guy

  69. No name on said:

    Ok I got this goldfish right and it eats all the bubbles on the glass and won’t eat what should I do I clicked the link and I checked all that is there something else that makes that happen!?!??!?!??!

    • The Goldfish Guy on said:

      I wouldn’t worry to much at all! Goldfish do poke at the bubbles on the aquarium glass. They do like to pick around at things. If your goldfsih is extremely active and not showing signs of laziness then no worries. When your goldfish is hungry enough he’ll come up to eat. How many times a day do you try and feed your goldfish?

  70. I bought a “goldfish” for 28 cents at walmart. It doesn’t look like a typical orange goldfish though, but guy at walmart said it is. Anyways, I don’t know anything about goldfishes and I’m scared it might die. I just have him in a bowl with no filter and no pump, not even pebbles. I filled a little tank with bottle water and feed him the colorful flakes twice a day. He eats fine and poops a lot. I change his water once every 2 days. I want to know if its fine that he doesn’t have a pump or filter?? He is super active but seems like if he’s gulping for air.

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