So, what should you be offering your goldfish? Here’s a list of nutritious foods to get you started in the right direction!
1. Plenty of green vegetables.
You might not enjoy eating your veggies at dinner, but your goldfish loves them! You can use both fresh and frozen, or even a mixture of both. Try to remember to stick them in a microwavable safe bowl, filled with water, and heat them up for a few seconds — Regardless of the type you decide to go with. Zucchini, squash, green beans, broccoli and peas are all wonderful choices! You can also use just about any kind of leafy green found at the supermarket — you don’t have to toss these in the microwave, but it would be best to use a clip to hold them in place while your goldfish is eating.
2. Frozen food.
Try to stick with vegetable-based varieties, although the occasional brine shrimp or blood worms won’t be harmful. There are quite a few formulations that are spirulina-algae based — you can find these in packages that are formulated for African cichlids, algae eaters, and aquatic turtles. Just remember that if you choose to go with frozen food you should always allow it to thaw out before you offer it to your fish — and your water will stay considerably cleaner if you rinse the juices off before feeding!
3. A vegetable-based flake food.
While most flakes formulated for goldfish aren’t suitable, many of the veggie-based ones are — as long as they are truly vegetable/algae based. Always remember to check the label before you buy the bottle, and look for ingredients like spirulina and kelp in the first few items listed — these should come BEFORE any meat based ingredients! Many suitable veggie flakes can be found in the saltwater section of your local pet store. There are a lot of ‘veggie’ flakes that contain more fish and shrimp ingredients than they do vegetables.
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