February 2006


For info and updates on the Goldfish Report, take a look here for info from the editor on upcoming issues of the Goldfish Report and the publication schedule.

If you have let your membership lapse or have been thinking about joining the GFSA, now is a great time - here is a form you can print. To submit material for the Goldfish Report to our editor, please see the updated society contact info. Articles and photos in electronic form are particularly appreciated.

The current line-up of people filling the GFSA offices is on the society officers page. The GFSA Board of Directors is kicking off 2006 with a renewed effort to ensure that the society is undertaking activities and providing services that our members want. Tell us if there is something you really want (even better, volunteer to help us do it).

Interested in joining the GFSA but still not sure? We have two sample Goldfish Reports available to download, to demonstrate that every issue is packed with thought provoking information and pictures available nowhere else. We are also promoting an electronic membership option that significantly lowers the cost of membership.

Lessons Learned "Quick Hits"

We are soliciting short lessons-learned from hobbyists: events that possibly left you sadder, but measurably wiser. Have a good one? Please send it to the  . Here is a brief diatribe from the Webmaster:

Goldfish will fall into behavioral ruts, just like people. One key one is feeding behavior; if you only feed a sinking food, the fish may only ever look on the bottom for things to eat. Conversely, if you always feed floating foods, they may never look on the bottom. This is not really a problem, until you need to do something different than normal, like feed a medicated food that does not do what they are used to.

In general to keep the fish active and flexible, it is good to cycle through an assortment of sinking, floating, frozen and live foods. You may feed a sinking pellet, for example, as the staple. But giving frozen bloodworm, some flake food, green peas or other supplements a couple of times per week will keep your fish on their toes. It may also add to the interest of the fish keeping experience, as both you and your fish break out of your routine a bit.