What Do Goldfish Eat

Having a goldfish as a pet seems like fun. I mean, you’ve seen it in movies haven’t you? And I am sure you probably thought hey I can do better.

Besides, a fishbowl is the cutest thing you can put on a nightstand.

Of course, that is before you realize that taking care of a goldfish requires a little bit of effort on your part, such as keeping the water parameters in check, providing a good filtration system, housing them in an adequate tank, no not a fishbowl. And feeding them the right type of foods.

Now you must be asking what type of foods can I feed my goldfish?

Welcome to Aquariumfishkeepers.com in today’s post, we will be answering the question What Do Goldfish Eat?

Okay. So

What Can You Feed a Goldfish?

What Do Goldfish Eat

Fun Fact: The more you feed a goldfish, the more it produces waste which can be toxic to its continued existence in the tank or bowl. So, even though you care a lot for your goldfish and want to keep it fed, you should endeavor not to overfeed it.

Fish Food

There are specially formulated food with lower protein content for easy digestion that you can feed your goldfish.

This food can be found in pet stores, and it comes in variations such as flakes and pellets.

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  • Made with optimal protein sources and fiber to help promote healthy digestion
  • Formulated for efficient use of nutrients resulting in less waste and less ammonia production for clean, clear water
  • Yeast, garlic and vitamins C and E help support the immune system
  • Feed up to twice a day the amount of food that your fish will consume within 3 minutes

Flakes are designed to float on water while pellets are designed to sink. This means that your goldfish can eat from different levels of the tank, depending on your choice.

Now I personally prefer pellets because there may be a chance that your goldfish may gulp in air while feeding on flakes at the top of the water.


goldfish eating vegetables

A balanced diet can be achieved for your goldfish with the introduction of vegetables into their meal.

Any type of vegetable will do. It can be leafy like lettuce or in root form like garlic, yes you can feed your goldfish garlic. I actually just recently learned about this one myself.

Just be sure to either boil or microwave them to soften their cell walls for easy digestion.

When feeding boiled or microwaved vegetables to your goldfish, you should ensure that the food has been adequately cooled.

The other types of vegetables you can feed your goldfish are; peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, cucumber slices, sweet potatoes, potatoes, zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage, and lima beans

In addition to vegetables, some people even feed oats to their goldfish with the belief that it is nutritional.


Another source of nutrients for your goldfish is fruits. Like veggies, they should also be boiled or microwaved. You can also cut them into very small pieces so they won’t clog in the gills of your goldfish.

Some of the fruits your goldfish can eat include; bananas, berries, skinned grapes, oranges, pears, and watermelon.

Special Goldfish Treats

Treats are ways to improve your goldfish’s diet with something nutritious.

These treats can include live food such as worms for your goldfish to chase around the tank or dried ones, and they have protein that can help your fish grow bigger.

The good thing is, your goldfish will LOVE them.

However, it would be best if you didn’t give your goldfish too much of these treats as it can make them overweight.

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Other special treats you can give your goldfish are; algae (especially the processed one), black soldier fly larvae, brine shrimp, daphnia, earthworms, freeze-dried bloodworms, frozen bloodworms, houseflies, sun-dried krill, and shrimps.

Lastly, knowing what your goldfish can eat will help you plan a better diet.

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