Back in June, I wrote in Lionhead Goldfish. More Than Just Cute about how therapeutic an aquarium of Goldfish can be. For the most part, watching them swim playfully in the water cutting through the abundance of air bubbles. The best part of it is that they are eternally hungry and are always delighted to see you standing over the tank, mouths wide open!
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This is all fine until you are the one looking after them and ensuring their survival so others in the family can enjoy their therapeutic benefits! Since then some have died mysteriously. The water’s pH is stable, ammonia and nitrate levels are within tolerance … this particular Lionhead as unique as its red lip has remained resilient having recovered from two episodes of red veins syndrome (possibly from stress/shock).
Quite the survivor and the efforts in looking after them are no small feat. The amount of chemical test kits for pH, Ammonia, Nitrate and Chlorine look like a mini lab and equally abundant are the medicines to eliminate diseases, neutralise fluctuating pH levels, fresh water stabilisation, Ammonia and Nitrate eliminating additives. When you’re looking after them, it’s rewarding and in a tiny sort of way, therapeutic but also stressful and costly maintenance.