Because goldfish are a cold-water species, they don't need a heated tank. If you're one of those people who love the classic look of a fishbowl, read on.
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Things you need
- Paper Towels
- Paper towels
Plan on cleaning out your fishbowl every two weeks, if not weekly.
Catch your fish with a small net and place it in a smaller secondary bowl full of room-temperature water from the original bowl.
Empty the primary fishbowl into the sink. Catch any rocks or other objects in a strainer as you pour the water out.
Rinse the bowl thoroughly with hot water, scrubbing the sides with a paper towel, if needed.
Pour out the dirty water, and repeat with more hot water. This will help kill germs and bacteria.
Clean your bowl using a chemical cleaner designed specifically for gold-fish bowls. Never use soap or detergent when washing a fishbowl.
Rinse the bowl out thoroughly with cold water.
Run cold water over the objects in the strainer (gravel, plastic plants) until they are clean. Return them to the bowl.
Refill the bowl and let the new water sit for 24 hours to allow the chlorine in the tap water to evaporate and to bring the water to room temperature.
Return your fish to the primary bowl.
Tips and warnings
- Transfer the fish quickly from one bowl to another. A fish out of water can suffocate and die with-in minutes.
- Ask at the fish store about special chemical cleaners designed to safely clean your bowl in the event that your fish has died and bowl sterilization is necessary.