Do goldfish breeders have a knack for raising goldfish or are they just lucky? The truth, they have simply learned a few lessons, become very observant, and make breeding goldfish very straightforward. Here are some of their lessons you must learn if you want to hatch your own goldfish.
The first thing goldfish breeders know about their fish which most of us do not notice is their sex. It takes a very observant eye to catch the very small differences between the fish. A female fish will typically have a slightly larger abdomen. The male fish will have tiny bumps on their head. When it is time to spawn the bumps become a little whiter and easier to notice.
Goldfish breeders know this identifying the sex of the fish can be critical. Often goldfish are reluctant breeders, and one of the best ways to spur them to action is to separate them. Place your male fish in one tank, females in another. Often the fish become more excited about each other upon reintroduction after a few days.
Another item breeders are very attuned to is the quality and temperature of the tank water. Fresh clean water spurs greater amount of action in the fish and more likelihood of breeding. Keeping the water temperature around 70 during the day, and letting it cool overnight to as low as 50 can help simulate natures breeding temperatures and cycles.
Goldfish breeders are very aware of how important proper nutrition is for spurring those amorous moments between fish. When they are preparing their fish for breeding they improve the quality of food. Changing from fish food to brine shrimp gets your fish back to nature, and spurs natures greatest response, breeding.
Any good breeder knows it is critical to give the female a safe comfortable place for releasing her eggs. The preferred method is to use a breeding mop. It floats in the tank, allowing the eggs to adhere to it. The male then fertilizes the eggs.
The mop is important for the next step, too. You must remove the eggs from the adult fish, or you risk the adults eating the eggs, and any baby goldfish. Goldfish breeders like to separate the hatching process for a second reason, too. It makes it easier to control proper feeding. Baby goldfish are going to require different food, on a much smaller scale. When they are separated you can make sure they get the right food without competition from the adults.
Your baby goldfish will grow rapidly over the first several weeks, with their needs for food changing rapidly, too. You will be changing them from liquid foods to freshly hatched brine shrimp during these first few weeks. The real key is to make sure you do not over or under feed your new fish. Give them only enough food to be eaten in 15 to 20 minutes. Feed them 3 times each day.
Goldfish breeders have learned these lessons, sometimes making painful mistakes. Take the time to learn from their experience, and you can successfully breed your own goldfish.