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Goldfish: Your Happy Healthy PetTM, 2nd Edition

Goldfish: Your Happy Healthy PetTM, 2nd Edition

Gregory Skomal

ISBN: 978-0-470-16512-6

Oct 2007

128 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs--now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!

Goldfish are the most widely kept fish in the world. They are the quintessential first pet since goldfish are relatively inexpensive, easy to care for, fairly hardy, and very adaptable. With colorful photos, charts, and tables, this guide gives you information on:

Choosing your goldfish

Setting up and maintaining your aquarium

The outdoor goldfish pond

Feeding your goldfish

Keeping your goldfish healthy
Part I: All About Goldfish.

Chapter 1: What Is a Goldfish?

The History of Goldfish.

Classifying Goldfish.

The Basic Goldfish Body.

How Do Goldfish Swim?

How Do Goldfish Breathe?

A Goldfish’s Senses.

Chapter 2: (Almost) Endless Variety.

Flat Body Type.

Round or Egg-Shaped Body Type.

Chapter 3: Choosing Your Goldfish.

Goldfish and Other Tropical Fish.

Signs of a Healthy Goldfish.

Avoid Overcrowding.

How to Avoid Overcrowding.

Part II: Goldfish Habitats.

Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Aquarium.

Aquarium Tanks.



Water Filters.


Other Accessories.

Setting Up Your Aquarium.


The Water.

The Nitrogen Cycle.

Bringing Your Goldfish Home.

Chapter 5: Aquarium Plants.

Why Live Plants?

Rooted Plants.

Bunched Plants.

Floating Plants.

Chapter 6: The Outdoor Goldfish Pond.

Where to Place the Pond.

Pond Size.

Types of Ponds.


The Fish.

Pond Plants.


Spawning and Breeding.

Cleaning the Pond.

Part III: Taking Care of Your Goldfish.

Chapter 7: Feeding Your Goldfish.

What Should I Feed My Goldfish?

How to Feed Your Fish.

A Sample Diet.

Chapter 8: Maintaining Your Aquarium.

General Maintenance.

Partial Water Changes.

Maintenance Checklist.

Chapter 9: Goldfish Diseases.

Signs of Illness.

Commercial Remedies.

The Hospital Tank.

Common Diseases.

Bacterial, Viral, and Fungal Infections.

Parasite Infestations.

Appendix: Learning More About Your Goldfish.





Bonus Content