April 2007


The January/February Goldfish Report is out, with an a wonderful retrospective of the interesting articles and artwork produced by Merlin Cunliffe in Australia; if you are not a member, you have really missed an exceptional issue of the Report. For info and general 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 continues 2007 with a focus on ensuring 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! Only $10US gets you a year of informative, timely color issues of the GFSA's Goldfish Report, sent directly to your inbox.

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:

"Restarting" your goldfish in the spring, as they come out of dormancy and begin to eat again, is an important time. Particularly for fancier varieties, a little care as their digestive tracks start back up can help avoid floatation issues and other complications. General rules are that they should be fed sparingly at first, with easily digestible foods, and only when the water is warm enough. If you have started feeding, the fish will likely still actively solicit feeding during cold snaps, when they see you, even if the water temperature has cooled back down. What to feed is a good question: generally a prepared pellet or flake food as the staple is good, as long as you are familiar with it and know that it is well digested by the fish. A smaller, sinking pellet is preferable to a large floating one. An excellent strategy is to supplement prepared food feeding with a simple gel food or omelet recipe. As an example, two parts cooked spinach and one part egg, blended together to a fine puree and then microwaved until the egg cooks, can be chopped up a bit and fed to pond fish as a nutritive and easily digested bulk food, to ensure that the prepared food you are feeding is moved through the digestive track.