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How long can goldfish go without food

Its proven that Gold Fish can go for more than 2 weeks without food. However it will be inhumane for you to use that ability to your advantage by allowing your adorable Gold Fish to go for days without food.

It should be noted that just like humans, Gold fishes don,t only eat because they are hungry. They also eat for pleasure. Food is good to the mouth and to the stomach. You can,t afford to deprive your adorable Gold fish of this pleasure (their only source of joy and happiness).In other words, food is the only thing that makes life worth living to them (they live to eat). The excitement that gold fish display when consuming their meal clearly tells you what food means to them.

I don,t feel you get it, umm let me put it in a way that can easily be understood by you.

Its also proven that a healthy human can go for more than 2 weeks without food. How will you feel if your mum goes on vacation for a week without leaving you any food or enough food in the freezer, because she knows you can survive without food? you will feel bad right?. Thats exactly how those little creatures also feel. So you have to be empathetic. Just like i usually tell my fellow gold fish owners, if a gold fish feels better in the wild than in your fish tank,then you need to return it back to the wild.

If you wish to go on a vacation (whether short or long), this is what i suggest you should do to make sure that your little marine friend doesn,t miss you too much and to make sure that she stays very healthy and happy while you are away.

Option 1

If you’re going on a short vacation for a week, you probably won’t need to worry about how your goldfish will cope without food for the duration of your trip thanks to the availability of efficient and effective Fish feeders.

There are lots of automatic fish feeders (fish food dispensers) available at Amazon that will evenly dish out (dispense) a certain quantity of gold fish food to your gold fish at a particular time interval over the course of your vacation.

For example you can set (program) your Automatic fish feeder to serve gold fish food to your gold fish 3 times a day. You can set the specific time and quantity of food to be served. This way your gold wish won,t even notice your absense. You will be enjoying your vacation while your Gold fish is also very happy at home.

If you are willing to go with option 1 then i will advise you to buy the Eheim Battery Operated Auto Fish Feeder. Its currently the best selling automatic fish feeder on Amazon.It will dispense food to your gold fish 4 times maximum per day for up to 6 weeks. Please go to Amazon to get more info about this wonderful product.

EHEIM Everyday Fish Feeder Programmable Automatic Food Dispenser
The EHEIM Everyday Fish Feeder is great for anyone who leads a busy lifestyle and sometimes forgets to feed their fish. With the Everyday Fish Feeder just set the desired amount to feed and the feeder will reliably dispense the accurate portions. This will also prevent over-feeding.

The EHEIM Everyday Feeder drum volume is 100ml or 3.3 fl. ounces and can last for up to 6 weeks of feeding depending on the food type and the amount dispensed. The amount of food remaining can easily be seen through the transparent drum. The Everyday Feeder fits on most aquariums and includes a universal installation clamp to make set-up easier for you.

Because the Everyday Fish Feeder automatically feeds your fish worry free you are now free to go on vacation without worrying who will feed your fish!

The Everyday Fish Feeder comes with a 3-year guarantee from EHEIM.


Watch this video to see the  EHEIM Every day Fish Feeder at work.

Due to my busy life style, i also use it to feed my gold fish everyday. All i do is to change the water in my Gold fish tank and fill the feeder with food while my Automatic gold fish feeder does the feeding work. Together we raise the fish (i being the dad and my fish feeder the mum).


Option 2

However if you will be going on vacation for more than a week, then you will need help from somebody… maybe a brother, sister, friend or a neighbor. Somebody needs to change the water in your gold fish tank or bowl. The water in your fish tank or bowl needs to be fresh (like that in the wild) in order for your gold fish to stay healthy.

Many gold fish owners don,t know this.They just fill their fish feeder with enough food, pack their bags and they are heading on a vacation. Only to come home to find a dead goldfish floating around in the tank and they are surprised.

The hygienic condition of the water in your gold fish tank or bowl determines how healthy your gold fish will be through out its life spand. Gold fish can go for weeks without food but i doubt whether they can survive for more than a week in a poluted water.

It should be noted that gold fishes also release waste matter that contains a toxic substance called Amonia which is dangerous to their health. An accumulation of Amonia in the water can cause serious health problems to your gold fish and eventually death.

Can you survive for 2 days in a room poluted by your own faeces and urine? hell no!. You will obviously fall sick and die in the room as more faeces and Urine accumulates in the Room. Thats exactly what happens with a Gold fish.

If there,s one thing that somebody should come around to do for your Gold fish while you are away, it should be replacement of the water in your Gold fish tank or bowl. As long as the water quality is maintained a Goldfish can go a long time without goldfish food. So proper sanitation is more essential than food.

More than a week is enough for the level of Amonia or decayed food in your gold fish bowl or tank to start affecting your Gold fish and so somebody needs to change the water in the tank or bowl before it becomes ill.

The number of times that the water in your Gold fish tank or Bowl needs to be replaced depends on the following factors

The size of your Gold fish bowl or tank.
A small gold fish tank or bowl containing a little volume of water easily becomes concentrated with Waste (Amonia) than a bigger size tank or bowl. So if you don,t have any reliable person that can come around to replace the water in your Gold fish tank or bowl, a bigger tank will buy you some extra time. It may take more than a week for big size tank to becomes poluted while in the case of a small tank or bowl, it may take 2 days for the water to be poluted. Since in this busy world it maybe very hard to find a person who will be willing to do this work ( especially) for free, i will recommend a bigger fish tank or bowl for you.

– The number of gold fish you have in your Gold fish bowl or tank.
The greater the number of gold fish in your tank or bowl, the greater the number of waste that will be produced and the faster the water in your gold fish tank or bowl becomes poluted. If you have 2 fishes, i will recommend you buy a tank big enough to accomodate 4 gold fish or ask a friend or your neighbour to change the water after every 2 days.

. The age of your Gold fish.
A small or young gold fish produces a smaller waste and so take a long time to fully polute the water in a bowl or tank than a big or mature Gold fish.

Summarily, a bigger size Gold fish tank, an Automatic fish feeder and a reliable person is what you need, if you wish to go on vacation for more than a week. So if you have a good relationship with your neighbours and have a few cash to spend on an Automatic fish feeder and big fish tank, you can go on vacation today.

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