Setting up an appropriate home for your goldfish involves a lot more than simply buying a tank and filling it with tap water. In order to give your fish a long and happy life, you will need a tank that is big enough and that has all the necessary equipment in terms of filtration, lighting and easy access for feeding.
There are plenty of tanks to choose from. Some are made from glass and some are made from acrylic. They also come in many shapes, sizes and designs and make an attractive feature in your living room or office. However, the most important thing is to make sure that it meets your goldfish’s welfare requirements. To get you started, here is our guide to getting the best goldfish tank.
This is a five-gallon aquarium that has a curved glass front with rounded corners to give a fantastic view of the fish from all parts of the lounge. The kit is easy to assemble and maintain and includes a three-stage filtration unit that is cleverly hidden in the back wall of the tank. Within the filter unit, there is a pump that has an adjustable flow, a Rite-Size Z Cartridge and bio-foam.
Within the aquarium, there are two types of LED lights. The bright white light creates an underwater shimmering effect that is very like sunlight streaming down from the surface on a bright day. The blue light is energy-efficient and looks like the relaxing glow of moonlight. The three-way switch allows you to turn the lights off or select a lighting mode. The kit comes complete with a base and a canopy that slides to the back of the aquarium so that you can feed the fish easily.
Complete kit which is easy to assemble
Easy-to-open canopy for feeding
A compact three-gallon cube tank made from clear plastic that will fit into a limited space in a kitchen or an office. It is sleek and seamless and gives an uninterrupted view of the fish and their environment. It comes complete with a Tetra 3i filter with an air pump and LED light. The aquarium is suitable for small tropical fish and goldfish.
The clear top canopy has a feeding hole and the aquarium comes with a comprehensive set-up guide. There is a black pedestal base.
Tetra 3i filter with an air pump
Seamless clear plastic
This goldfish tank with filter has a curved distinctive look to provide a stylish home for your fish. It has a powerful three-stage filtration unit that has an oversized mechanical, chemical and biological filtration system to give the aquarium the most clear water possible.
It comes with a brilliant LED light which can be customized using a remote control to incorporate red, blue, green and white light to show off your fish perfectly. There are also fun special effects such as faded cloud cover and lightning bolts.
15-gallon nano glass aquarium
Three-stage filtration unit
LED lights in multiple colors with special effects
A 15-gallon, rectangular fish tank kit that includes the aquarium itself, the reflector and a 15-inch electrical light fixture. It is made out of acrylic so it is lightweight and very clear as well as being safe and resistant to chipping.
Included in the kit are the aquarium itself, the reflector and the light fixture. It is suitable for salt or freshwater fish and comes in three possible colors.
15-gallon aquarium kit
Made from lightweight acrylic
Suitable for fresh and saltwater
Available in three colors
This circular two-gallon aquarium is made out of one piece of molded plastic so you can stop worrying about its durability and leaks. With the kit is included a power filter which purifies the water. The filter cartridge is capable of removing colors, heavy metals, odors and toxins.
The fish tank is also supplied with LED lights that displays seven colors to brightly light up your fish in many colors. There is a timer that you can preset so the lights come on at a particular time of day.
Made from one piece of molded plastic
Internal power filter
A sleek modern aquarium with a black base and cover. It is suitable for fresh and saltwater environments. It comes with vibrant LED lights that can be operated via the integrated 24-hour timer that can be set to a bright white light, a sparkling blue light and a color enhancing LED light.
There is also an automatic cycle that replicates the natural day and night lighting that your fish would experience in the wild. It is a compact design with curved and molded walls. The filtration system is easy to set up and customizable. It has a submersible pump that has a quiet operation and dual intakes. The return nozzle is adjustable.
Sleek modern aquarium
Adjustable return nozzle
The MarineLand aquarium kit contains everything you need to get started with your fish. The aquarium itself has a capacity of three gallons and is made from curved glass. It also includes an advanced filtration system which has a pump with an adjustable flow and mechanical filtration with a floss screen that will remove dirt. There is also a carbon filter to remove odors and impurities and a biological filter to remove bacteria, ammonia and nitrate.
There is an LED lighting system that has both bright white and blue settings. The glass canopy at the top provides easy access because it slides back over the filter. It also helps to maintain the temperature and stops the fish from leaping out.
Three-gallon aquarium kit
Three stage filtration
Twin color LED light
Easy-access glass top canopy
Here’s what to look out for when buying goldfish aquarium:
Many decades ago, goldfish bowls were the traditional containers for keeping a pet goldfish in your home. These days they are far less popular. There are convincing arguments for why you should keep a goldfish in a tank in preference to a bowl.
Other experts claim that some types of fish can do well in bowls but only in those that have a capacity of at least five gallons. Some examples that you could investigate are Betta fish, Small Goldfish, Wild-type Guppies. If the bowl has a capacity of over 10 gallons, you may also want to look at Regal White Cloud Minnows, Blind Cave Tetras, Salt and Pepper Corydoras and Zebra Danios.
On the face of it, these two materials are similar in that they are both clear and they are both strong enough to hold fairly large volumes of water. However, when you find out more about them there are some major differences when they are used in a fish tank for goldfish.
Once you have cleaned and positioned your new goldfish tank, here are the steps you need to take for a goldfish tank setup.
As well as your aquarium kit, you will need to buy substrate for the bottom of the tank, water treatment, plants and the correct cleaning materials. You also need sufficient cartridges for your filters and a fish net. Don’t forget the fish food!
A: This very much depends on how big your goldfish aquarium is! If you are going to keep Fancy Goldfish, you need a tank that has a volume of at least 20 gallons for one goldfish. Then you need to add another 10 gallons on to the volume for each extra fish that you want to keep. If you want to keep a Common Goldfish, you need a tank of at least 30 gallons and add an extra 12 gallons for each fish.
If you intend keeping small community fish like tetras or rainbowfish, a useful rule is that you need a gallon of water for every inch of fish that you are keeping. So, if you are keeping three fish that are each an inch long, you will need three gallons of water and a small fish tank may be sufficient.
A: Most goldfish live for five to 10 years in a home aquarium which is a lot less than the 25 years that they can live in the wild. However, you can prolong the life of a goldfish by looking after them properly. They need to be fed every few days, their water should be changed two to three times a month and they like plenty of room and cooler temperatures.
A: No, they can’t. It is never safe to place your goldfish in untreated tap water. The water that comes out of your tap contains chlorine or chloramine which is invisible to the naked eye but which can kill a goldfish overnight. It can also contain heavy metals such as zinc, lead or copper which can damage the gills and other sensitive fish organs. You can buy water treatments which will make tap water safe.
A: Fish that like the same water temperature as goldfish can share a tank with them but they need to be of a particular species. Some fish that can successfully share a tank with goldfish are: other goldfish (although big goldfish will eat small ones); White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Rosy Barbs, Rubbernose and Bristlenose Plecos and Zebra Danios.
A five-gallon home aquarium with rounded that is easy to assemble and maintain. It has a three-stage filtration unit in the back wall with an adjustable flow pump and filters.
There are two types of LED lights which create a shimmering or a moonlight effect. The three-way allows you to select the lighting mode. Within the kit is a base and canopy that slides back for easy access.