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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!
How long did it take you to hand tame your goldfish? I have been trying very slowly to hand tame my Chu and Oranda. I don't think Tui and La really want anything to do with my hands :x This is just a general question (: I wanna hear about your hand feeding, hand taming stories! How long did it take? Which methods worked best for you? Do you feel like you have a special connection with the goldfish you hand feed? I am trying to work on my fear of fish nibbling on me. It holds me back from enjoying swimming in lakes and rivers \: I am terrified to be touched by them, but I want to work on it (: I am trying with Fio and Caligo, but it's been slow, and it's hard to get myself to put my hand in there to just touch them, or try to feed them, or just let them get used to the presence. Caligo has gotten to the point where she doesn't mind my hand being in there with her but she will be scared if I move or touch her tail. I want them to like me ): (: