Originally Posted by emeraldsky
I do believe ill be sending you a PM then!
I really want to do this right.
I did read about the pellets and plan on using the sinking ones and maybe some veggies.
I'm sorry. For some odd reason I never saw there was another post to this thread. Derp.
Anyway about goldfish food, if you get anything aside from a common, I wouldn't feed pellets or flakes at all. The commercial foods use wheat as a binder and that often gives goldfish swim bladder problems. The wheat will cause gas to form in the GI tract and gives them "fish farts" (not as cute as it sounds). Gel food is best, but if you do have to go the commercial food route, New Life Spectrum is widely considered the best. I'm not a fan of Hikari as they tend to have wheat as the first ingredient (means that most of their food is wheat).
Fresh veggies are a MUST in goldfish diets. I always make sure my fancies have fresh spinach in their tank. It also helps with their plant nibbling. I make sure to get at least one fresh veggie aside from the spinach each day. Zucchini is a great choice as are shelled green peas.
As far as compatibility: fancies with fancies, commons with commons, sight-impaired with sight-impaired (might be able to get away with a moor and a ryukin but not always), no dorsals with no dorsals. I have a ryukin and a veiltail and plan to get an oranda.