Green peas are an exceptionally healthy and beneficial vegetable to feed your goldfish. They can help with digestion, constipation, and sometimes, mild digestive swim bladder related issues. This makes them a very well known and sought out snack for goldfish among goldfish keepers. They offer good nutritional value to your current goldfish’s diet. Although they are such a good source of fiber, and most people will try to feed their goldfish peas as often as possible, its best to not overdo it. They should be treated as a snack and fed occasionally.
Peas can be fed alongside the main diet every now and then for added fiber to the diet. They can also be fed during medical fasting (for example, swim bladder issues brought on from digestion or constipation problems.
Before feeding your goldfish this delightful snack, you want to make sure you follow the correct steps to prepare the green peas appropriately for your goldfish. You want to make sure you buy plain green garden peas without additives except water. You can safely feed the premade tin garden peas or the bagged version of uncooked hard peas, which you will then have to boil.
Peas seem to have a lot of healthy and valuable benefits for goldfish, due to the amount of fibre they contain.
You will find plain green peas in your local supermarket, mainly in the forms of precooked in a tin, uncooked peas, or frozen peas. It is important to make sure it is plain and garden peas. For all the methods below, you will have to deshell the peas (removing the dark green outer part to expose the light green ball inside}.
Methods and steps to prepare uncooked garden peas
Methods and steps to prepare precooked peas
Methods and steps to prepare frozen peas
Always make sure to wash your hands before handling your goldfish’s food, do not feed freezing or hot peas to your goldfish, wait till it is at room temperature and try to avoid over feeding peas to your goldfish. If your goldfish eats messy, you may want to consider only feeding the peas before a water change and substrate cleaning by means of a gravel vacuum (siphon).
Tips for feeding peas to goldfish with swim bladder issues
It is important to ensure the condition you’re treating has to do with digestion or constipation. It is best to fast the fish appropriately and feed a whole deshelled pea to an adult goldfish twice a day, or a goldfish under 2 inches with half or a quarter of the pea twice a day, ideally in the morning and evening.
Do not fast the fish for longer than 3 days, it is best to seek medical help from your trusted aquatic vet or a knowledgeable goldfish keeper when you notice any sign of a swim bladder issue, peas are not a go to cure for swim bladder problems and should not be handed out as such.
Your goldfish will greatly appreciate the healthy snack and benefits peas have to offer, do not forget to feed as a snack only alongside a stable balanced diet or in acute cases of digestive swim bladder issues. Peas are definitely a healthy snack alternative.
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