May 24

Sarah Robertson

Wakin Goldfish – What You Need to Know About Feeding Them

Adding goldfish to any outdoor ponds or tanks can be a great way to liven up the area and add some color. Goldfish come in a variety of colors and shapes. The Wakin being is one among them.

Waking Goldfish is a Japanese intermediate twin-tailed goldfish variety that has been developed over the years. This fish is thought to have given rise to fancy goldfish breeds like the Ryukin, Ranchu, Oranda, fantail Pearl scale, and many more twin-tailed goldfish. It's also the second most popular variety, created from the basic goldfish.

Keeping Wakin Goldfish can be a fun and rewarding experience. They are active fish with bright colors. Wakin Goldfish are believed to be very hardy, however, it's important to remember that goldfish are living creatures that need proper care in order to stay healthy and thrive.

One of the most important aspects of goldfish care is providing them with a nutritious diet. While goldfish are not particularly picky eaters, they do have specific dietary needs that must be met in order to keep them healthy.

In this article, we'll discuss everything you need to know about feeding Wakin goldfish, including what they eat, how often to feed them, and what to avoid.

Description of Wakin Goldfish, in a Nutshell 

Wakin goldfish are identical to common goldfish in terms of their bodily structure: they have a thin and long body form with no compressing. These types of goldfish are more athletic and make for a more robust goldfish than other varieties.

Unlike fancy double-tailed goldfish, these fish species have a long and flowing double tail. The short caudal fin resembles more of a fantail form. Each Wakin goldfish has a distinctive pattern on its body.

They come in a wide range of hues, although they are most sought after as white or red. Additionally, unusual hues such as calico, yellow, orange, and brown may be found; however, the more uncommon the hue, the greater expensive it is likely to be.


The Wakin goldfish is an ancient prototype of many other exquisite goldfish strains, all of which trace their origins to Japan and are descended from wild carps such as Prussian carps. The Wakin goldfish is becoming more popular as a result of its brilliant color, lovely twin tails, and amiable disposition.


Wakin goldfish can grow to be about 10-12 inches long. However, the average size is usually between 6 and 10 inches.


Wakin goldfish have a lifespan of 10-15 years, but they can live up to 20 years with proper care.

Behavior and Temperament

Just like common goldfish, these are lively fish that enjoy exploring their surroundings. They are mostly peaceful freshwater fish that may live in harmony with most other community fish.

That being said, you should avoid putting them together with aggressive species because the latter are slow swimmers and may have trouble competing for food. This may lead to malnutrition or unhealthy growth in your Wakin goldfish.

Goldfish are also adored for their kind and inquisitive disposition. In fact, when you begin feeding them on a regular basis, you'll notice how eager they are to race up to the surface of the pond or aquarium to greet you when feeding time is approaching.

Goldfish Tank Requirements

These amazing goldfish, like any goldfish, have certain environmental requirements that should be met in order for them to stay healthy and thrive.

Because Wakin fish may grow to be quite big, they require a lot of areas to live freely. A bigger body results in more waste being released into the aquarium. Given this information, at least a tank size of 30-gallon is required for one of these individuals, as well as an additional 10 gallons of water for each new fish introduced. Outdoor ponds are the finest location for a Wakin since they can flourish and live longer in this manner.

Wakin goldfish are hardy fish that can live in a wide range of water conditions. However, they prefer cooler water, between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They also prefer water with a neutral pH level, between 6.5 and 8.0.

These fish species require clean water to survive. A filter, aeration system, water conditioner, and regular water changes are necessary to maintain proper water quality for your Wakin goldfish. A general rule of thumb is to change out about 20-25% of the pond's water every week. This will help to keep the fish healthy.

Wakin goldfish prefer large, smooth gravel as a substrate or a fine sandy environment. This is because goldfish enjoy digging around and may mistake gravel for food. Your goldfish may inadvertently swallow the wrong gravel size. Caribsea sand is ideal for Wakin goldfish.

To decorate your indoor aquarium, you can add a wide variety of aquatic plants, driftwood, rocks, and other decorations. Be sure to use aquarium-safe materials that won't leach toxins into the water. Make sure that the decorations you are using do not have any sharp edges. Some common aquarium plants such as Anacharis, Cabomba, Hornwort, Java Fern, Java Moss, and Water Sprite are all great options. They provide cover and hiding places for your fish, as well as oxygenate the water. If you are planning to keep this breed of goldfish in a pond, then adding water lilies is recommended.


Wakin goldfish are social creatures that do best when kept in groups. However, make sure to provide them with plenty of space for them to freely swim around.  A good rule of thumb is to have one fish per 10 gallons of water. When choosing tank mates, it's important to select peaceful species that won't harass or outcompete your Wakin goldfish for food.

Some compatible tank mates include cold-water fish such as Koi Fish, Shubunkin Goldfish, and Comet Goldfish. These fish get along well with Wakin goldfish and won't harass them. Avoid adding aggressive tank mates to your goldfish tank as this can cause various problems in the future. 


Breeding Wakin goldfish is not difficult, but it does require some planning and preparation.

Selecting a breeding group is the first step. You'll need one male and two or three females. The male can be distinguished from the female by looking at the anal fin, also known as the vent. The male's anal fin is pointed, while the females are round. You'll also want to choose fish that are between two and three years old and in good health.

It's now time to condition your fish for breeding. This involves gradually increasing the amount of food you give them while also making sure they have plenty of places to hide. Feeding live foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms will help to bring the female fish into breeding conditions. Increasing the water temperature to between 72 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended as warmer temperatures stimulate

The next step is setting up the breeding tank. The tank should be at least 20 gallons and filled with cool water, between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The breeding tank should also have a layer of fine gravel or sand as a substrate.

Adding plants to the breeding tank is optional, but they can provide shelter and hiding places for the fry (baby fish). Some good plant options include Anacharis, Cabomba, Hornwort, Java Fern, and Water Sprite.

Now it's time to add your fish to the breeding tank. Make sure to acclimate them slowly by adding a little bit of water from the breeding tank to their container every few minutes.

Once they're acclimated, you can release them into the breeding tank. The female Wakin goldfish will lay her eggs in plants or on the ground. The male will then fertilize the eggs. It's important to remove the parents after spawning has occurred to prevent them from eating the eggs.

You can incubate the eggs in a separate tank or in the breeding tank. If you choose to incubate in the breeding tank, make sure there is plenty of vegetation present.

The eggs will hatch in five to seven days. The fry is very small and needs very fine foods such as baby brine shrimp, micro worms, and commercial fry foods. They should also be given frequent water changes to keep the water clean.

So, What Do You Feed Wakin Goldfish

So, What Do You Feed Wakin Goldfish?

Feeding your Wakin goldfish is not difficult, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, goldfish are omnivores, which means they need both plant and animal material in their diet. A good quality goldfish food will provide the necessary nutrients and vitamins your fish need. There are many benefits in providing your Waking with a high-quality varied diet such as:

Improved growth

Increased immunity to disease

More vibrant colors

Better overall health

Nutrients Required for Faster Growth

Providing your fish with a proper diet is important, but there are some specific nutrients that are required for faster growth. These include:

  • Protein: Protein is essential for muscle and tissue growth. It should cover at least 40% of your fish's diet. It can be found in foods such as live foods, pellets, and flakes. Plant protein is best since it is simple to digest for the Goldfish.
  • Fat: Fat is a source of energy and helps to keep your fish's body warm. It should make up about 5-10% of your fish's diet. However, avoid the mammalian fats as they can be fatal to your fish.
  • Amino acids: Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are essential for growth and can be found in live foods, pellets, and flakes.
  • Vitamins: Vitamins are important for many functions in the body including metabolism, growth, and immunity. Vitamin A, D, K, and Folic acid are particularly important for goldfish. They can be found in almost all foods, but are especially important in live foods.
  • Minerals: Minerals are important for many functions in the body including metabolism, growth, and immunity. Goldfish get their minerals from the water. So, it is important to maintain high water quality.
  • Fiber: Fiber is important for digestion and can be found in foods fruits and vegetables such as peas, zucchini, and cucumbers. They will help to keep your fish's digestive system healthy.

Best Foods for Wakin Goldfish

Feeding your Wakin goldfish a variety of foods is the best way to ensure they're getting all the nutrients they need. Some good food options include:

  • Pellets: Pellets are a good option for goldfish because they sink to the bottom, where most goldfish spend the majority of their time. Look for a pellet that is specifically made for goldfish and floating pellets are a good option as they're easier for your fish to eat.
  • Flakes: Flakes are another good option for goldfish. They will float on the surface, which is where goldfish spend some of their time. Look for flake food that is specifically made for goldfish.
  • Vegetables: You can also feed your Wakin goldfish vegetables such as zucchini, cucumber, and peas. Blanching the vegetables (boiling them briefly) before feeding will make them easier for your fish to digest.
  • Fruits: You can also feed your Wakin goldfish fruits such as melon, grapes, and berries. Again, blanching the fruit before feeding will make it easier for your fish to digest.
  • Live/Frozen Foods: Live and frozen foods are a good option for goldfish, but should only be fed occasionally as a treat. Some good live/frozen food options include brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms. These are rich in nutrients and vitamins and help to add variety to your fish's diet.
What Not to Feed Wakin Goldfish

What Not to Feed Wakin Goldfish

Along with knowing what to feed and when to feed your Wakin Goldfish, it is very important to know what not to feed your fish as well. Some foods can be harmful or even deadly to goldfish. Avoid feeding your fish the following:

  • Avocados: The skin, seeds, and flesh of avocados are all poisonous to goldfish. Even though there is no set lethal dose, it is best to avoid feeding avocados to your fish altogether.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate contains a lot of sugar and caffeine, which can be harmful to goldfish. Chocolate can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, and even death in goldfish.

  • Nuts: Nuts are very high in fat and can cause problems such as swim bladder disease in goldfish. Even though it is okay to feed them food that contains a little bit of nut oil, it is best to avoid feeding them nuts altogether.

  • Bread: Bread is something that has to be completely avoided when feeding goldfish. Bread is very high in carbohydrates, which can cause problems such as swim bladder disease. Also, it will make them very bloated, which can be fatal.

  • Crackers: You should also avoid feeding your goldfish crackers because they are high in carbohydrates. If you feed your goldfish one or two crackers, they will not die, but the crackers may expand in the stomach of your fish, causing constipation and other types of obstructions.

  • Mammalian fats: In many instances, this term is used to describe meat. Even if the meat has been chopped up and fully cooked, you should avoid giving your goldfish chicken, beef, pork, or any other sort of meat. Fat is a hazardous component for fish. Fat accumulates around your fish's heart, liver, and reproductive organs after eating any sort of meat. As a result, fatty meals should be avoided at all costs.

How Much to Feed 

The frequency with which you feed goldfish is crucial. But, perhaps not for the reasons, you believe. The reason it's important to know how often to feed goldfish is that you might unintentionally overfeed them.

Overfeeding your goldfish can result in health problems such as swim bladder disease, obesity, and digestive issues. It can also lead to increased ammonia levels in the tank, which can be deadly. Therefore providing the fish with a balanced diet is crucial. 

Most people are concerned that they will not provide their goldfish with enough food. In fact, this is extremely uncommon. Goldfish can survive for up to 14 days without eating and potentially much longer if there are food sources such as algae to munch on.

  • You should feed goldfish two-three times a day until they are one year old.
  • After they reach one year of age, you can cut back to feeding them 1 or 2 times per day. As goldfish age, their metabolism slows down and they don't need to eat as often.
  • Give them as much food as they can eat in two minutes. If there is still food remaining after two minutes, remove it from the tank so it doesn't begin to decompose and pollute the water.

Factors Influencing Feeding: What to Consider

Many fish keepers make the mistake of overfeeding their fish because they don't realize how much food their fish actually need. There are many factors that can influence how much food your Wakin goldfish needs, including:

  • Size- The size of your fish will impact how much food they need. A larger goldfish will obviously need more food than a smaller one.
  • Age- Age is also a factor in how much food your fish needs. Younger fish need more food than older fish because they're growing and their metabolism is faster.
  • Activity Level- The activity level of your fish will also impact how much they need to eat. If your fish are constantly swimming around and being active, they'll need more food to fuel their activity.
  • Water Temperature- The water temperature can also impact how much food your fish need. Colder water slows down the metabolism of goldfish, so they don't need to eat as often. Warmer water speeds up the metabolism, so goldfish will need to eat more frequently.
  • Conditioning for breeding- For a fish that is about to enter the spawning season, more food is required as the fish's body is preparing for reproduction.
  • The number of fish in the tank or pond- The more fish you have, the more food they'll need. If you have a lot of fish in your tank or pond, you may need to increase how often you feed them.
Signs of Overfeeding the Fish

Signs of Overfeeding the Fish 

As mentioned earlier, overfeeding your goldfish can lead to a number of health problems. But, how can you tell if you're overfeeding your fish? Here are some signs to look for:

  • Cloudy water: One of the most common signs of overfeeding is cloudy water. When fish eat, they excrete waste into the water. This waste can cause the water to become murky and cloudy.

  • Fungus and mold: Overfeeding can also lead to the growth of mold and fungus in the tank. This is because the extra food that your fish don't eat will decompose and release nutrients into the water that can encourage the growth of mold and fungus.

  • Algae growth: Algae thrives on nutrients in the water, so if you're overfeeding your fish, you may see an increase in algae growth.

  • Increased ammonia and nitrate level: Ammonia and nitrate is a byproducts of fish waste and decomposing food. If you're overfeeding your fish, the ammonia levels in the tank will increase, which can be toxic to your fish.

  • Obese fish: If your fish are becoming obese, it's a sign that you're overfeeding them. Goldfish should have a slim body with a visible tummy line. If they're starting to look like balls with fins, they're probably getting too much food.

  • Swim bladder disease: Swim bladder disease is a condition that can be caused by overfeeding. This condition makes it difficult for fish to swim and can be fatal if not treated.

  • Reduced oxygen level in water: When there are a lot of organic impurities due to uneaten food, you will also notice low oxygen levels in your aquarium. This is extremely harmful to your fish and can even lead to death.

Signs of Underfed Fish 

Sometimes, people make the mistake of not feeding their fish enough. If you're not sure if you're feeding your fish enough, here are some signs to look for:

  • Loss of color: One of the first signs that your fish are underfed is a loss of color. When fish don't get enough food, their bodies start to break down their own tissue for food, which can cause them to lose their color.
  • Loss of weight: Underfed fish will also start to lose weight because they're not getting enough food to sustain their growth.
  • Slow growth: If your fish are not growing at the same rate as they should be, it's a sign that they're not getting enough food.
  • Listlessness: If your fish are just sitting at the bottom of the tank and not swimming around, it's a sign that they're not getting enough food.
  • Weakness: If your fish seem weak and lethargic, it's a sign that they need more food. Also, if they're having difficulty swimming, it's a sign that they need more food.
  • Aggressive Behavior: If your fish are starting to become aggressive and attack other fish, it's a sign that they're not getting enough food. When fish are starving, they become more aggressive in an attempt to get food.

5 Home Made Wakin Goldfish Food Recipes 

You can make your own Wakin goldfish food at home using a variety of recipes. Below are some of the most popular recipes:

1. Wakin Pellets 


  • 1/4 cup goldfish pellets
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried bloodworms
  • 1/4 cup raw oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup cooked peas
  • 1 tsp. spirulina powder


Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until it forms a thick paste. You may need to add a little water to get the desired consistency. Place the pellets in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

2. 2 Minutes Treat 


  • 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried bloodworms


Soak the oatmeal in water for two minutes. Drain the water and add the bloodworms. Pulse in a food processor or blender until it forms a thick paste. Place the pellets in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to one week.

3. Veggie Snack 


  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Frozen peas
  • Unflavoured gelatine
  • Oats


Blanch the spinach and chop it into small pieces. Peel and dice the cucumber. Cook the frozen peas according to package instructions. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until it forms a thick paste. Place the pellets in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to one week.

4. Standard Fish Food 


  • Garlic
  • Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower
  • Water
  • Seafood
  • Fish vitamins


Mince the garlic and add it to a pot of boiling water. Add the vegetables and cook until tender. Remove from heat and add the seafood. Puree the mixture in a food processor or blender. Add the fish vitamins and pulse until well combined. Place the pellets in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator

5. Protein Fish Food 


  • Salmon
  • Raw shrimp
  • Frozen peas
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Garlic


To create a smooth paste, cut the veggies and seafood and mix them together. In a pan, bring two liters of water to a boil with the gelatine. Stir until everything is combined. The pureed mixture is added to it. On a low heat, simmer for about 45 minutes or until cooked, turning off the heat as soon as it thickens. Let it cool before serving your fish. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.


What Human Food Can You Feed a Goldfish

What Human Food Can You Feed a Goldfish? 

You may offer your Goldfish a variety of veggies, including peas, spinach, kale, and other similar foods. Fruits like grapes, orange, watermelon, apple, and banana are all acceptable options. Some individuals also feed their Goldfish cooked rice and oats.

Are Wakin Goldfish Aggressive? 

These are considered to be beginner fish as they are very easy-going and peaceful in nature. That being said, different individual fish has different Behavior.  

What Do Wakin Goldfish Eat?

Wakin goldfish are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods, including pellets, flakes, vegetables, live food, and frozen food. It is very important to provide them with high-quality fish food.

Are Wakin Goldfish Rare?

This variety of quality goldfish isn't especially difficult to come by, but they are not that easy to come by either. Even if you have a tiny budget, or want unusual colors like calico and brown, finding them for sale may be more difficult. The most beautiful types will almost certainly be imported from other countries.

Is It Better to Maintain a Waking in a Goldfish Pond or an Aquarium? 

These breeds of goldfish varieties do best in ponds with a lot of natural food sources and, of course, room to swim about. They are also more likely to reach their full length of 18 inches if maintained in a pond, and they breed more readily. However, as long as you follow the recommendations outlined above, you may keep them in an aquarium for as long as you like.

Do Wakin Goldfish Need a Filter? 

Yes, all goldfish need a filter as they are very messy eaters and produce a lot of waste. A good rule of thumb is to use a filter that is designed for an aquarium that is twice the size of your own.

How Often Do You Need to Feed Wakin Goldfish? 

You should feed them as often as they can eat in two minutes. If there is still food remaining after two minutes, remove it from the tank so it doesn't begin to decompose and pollute the water.

Can Goldfish Eat Raw Oatmeal?

Yes, goldfish can eat raw oatmeal. You can either soak the oatmeal in water for a few minutes before feeding it to them, or you can add it directly to their tank. However, it is best given as a treat and not as a regular part of their diet.

How Do You Know When Goldfish Are Hungry?

There are many ways to tell when your goldfish are hungry.

  • Your fish is searching for food in the substrate.

  • Waiting at the top of the aquarium for feeding time

  • Showing aggression.
  • Sluggish Behavior.


Wakin Goldfish are beautiful twin-tailed goldfish that are well known for their Elongated Body and active personality. They are one of the most popular goldfish in the world and are kept by many aquarists.

They are a hardy breed that does not require any special care if you provide them with the right environment and diet. If you're thinking of adding a goldfish to your aquarium, a Wakin Goldfish is a great option.

Feeding your Wakin Goldfish the right diet is important for their health and vitality. They are omnivores that will eat a variety of foods, but it's important to avoid overfeeding them.

Be sure to offer them a variety of foods, including pellets, flakes, vegetables, live food, and frozen food. Feeding them 1 or 2 times per day is enough to ensure that they are well fed. Be sure to remove any uneaten food so it doesn't pollute the water.

In this article, we've discussed everything related to feeding Wakin Goldfish. We've covered what they eat, how often to feed them, and what to avoid. By following the advice in this article, you'll be sure to give this tropical fish the best possible diet.

Sarah Robertson

I am a passionate blogger who also happens to be a fish keeping enthusiast. Writing about my hobby is something that I absolutely love to do, and it's no secret that my chosen topic is always centered around fish keeping.

Sarah Robertson

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