This blog is written based on my personal experiences and should not be taken for fact, every fish is different. Research is very important when deciding what to feed your fish, so read up on the benefits and preparation of any foods you decide to feed your goldfish.
Most keepers of healthy goldfish know that along with pellets and other commercial foods, its a good idea to have something for your goldfish to browse on.
The benefits of peas are widely known to fish keepers as a laxative and are commonly used to help fish prone to constipation and swim bladder problems. In my personal opinion its a great idea to feed defrosted shelled pea’s weekly or every few days as part of a varied diet and to help aid digestion.
Broccoli is loved by most goldfish, it is however very messy and tends to foul the water quite quickly. broccoli should be cooked until soft enough for the goldfish to pick at, but not so soft it falls apart immediatly.
Courgettes (zucchini) are another popular choice, I have found mine won’t touch it unless its very well cooked, and then it makes a huge mess in the tank! Alot of goldfish absolutly love courgettes so its a good one to try.
asparagus tips are also another favourite-lightly cooked
spinach, kale, and cucumber are also great for your fishy friends.
Goldfish Are also great lovers of algae, and will spend time picking it off aquarium plants and decor. They really appreciate an algea wafer as a treat once in a while.
My personal favourite to use are sprouts, the goldfish love them, and they create little to no mess and are very easy for the goldfish to rip layers off one at a time. I cook the sprouts until soft and then weight them down. It will sink, and its quite amusing to watch the goldies pushing it around like a football trying to eat it, but its much easier for them if its weighted down to keep it still.
There are several fruits your goldfish will enjoy, (although in moderation and none that have been tinned in sugar or syrup) oranges, bananas and grapes are a few you can try.
Remember goldfish are omnivores and also enjoy a variety of frozen and meaty foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp, and bloodworms and many more. They will also accept and enjoy live food. I wouldn’t suggest feeding frozen foods like bloodworms daily, but in conjunction with a varied diet. My goldfish love prawns and get them once a week. I treat them the same as peas, lightly cooked and squashed into little prices and fed one at a time to prevent the greedy things trying to swallow a whole prawn-which they will gladly do!
These are a few vegetables and fruits you can feed your goldfish, along with a good quality sinking pellet as the vegetables are not to be used instead of Their regular pellet or flake meals.
Its important to remove uneaten food before it starts to rot, its often recommended to remove food after 24 hours, but after 12 hours I normally replace uneaten food with a fresh piece
Remember, goldfish don’t have true stomachs so are always hungry and are very easy to over feed with all their begging! A few small meals spread out throughout the day to prevent bloat and over feeding will be beneficial to your goldfish.
*my words are not to be taken as fact these are my personal findings that I thought would be useful for people to start off their own research and ideas for a feeding routine.