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This is something that a lot of people tend to ask about, so here's my take on it. First, clean your hands thoroughly. I typically use Dr. Bronners unscented castile soap or Seventh Generation unscented dish soap. Step 1: Spend time near the tank to get your fish used to your presence. Step 2: Get your goldfish used to your hands being in the tank. Step 3: Feed them by putting your food-filled hand in the water and making sure they see you drop the food. Let them eat it away from your hand. Step 4: Start holding the food in your hand while staying motionless. Let them come to you and investigate without moving your hand. Your goldfish will begin to eat from your hand! I've had some fish who have eaten from my hand since day one (mostly telescopes) and others who took months to eat from my hand (mostly ryukins). This method has worked for even the most skittish fish. The red fish in this video was so incredibly skittish when I first got her about 1 year ago, and now she will not stop nibbling my hands!