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Maybe I will try Anubias! Wish me luck!
Good luck =) Aim for the bigger leaved varieties to start with.

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I don't know how you do it. My goldfishes would just pull all of the plants out of the substrate. Wonderful looking tank!
My fish would yank them all out if they could or, in the case of the Ludwigia, liked the taste of them to be sure. It works because the tank was built specifically for them with plants they can't destroy or don't like the taste of. When they ran across plants they wanted to rip up, the plant was removed before they got into a pattern with that behavior. It's to all the inhabitants' benefits to have a happy, healthy plant family so they're given the same amt. of attention as the Goldfish =)

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Holy cow!! Nice tank!! Amazing that you have such a massive system; when I first saw it, I thought that you had red velvet platys!! Wonderful job!
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Holy cow!! Nice tank!! Amazing that you have such a massive system; when I first saw it, I thought that you had red velvet platys!! Wonderful job!
Yeah, it's pretty big. Hershey is the size of a softball and he looks like a small fish in there. Thank you for your interest!
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High five to the planted tank goldfish keepers!
I have 6 goldfish (3 in each tank), all planted. I need to take some pictures and share.
How long have you been keeping goldfish Fizgig777? How old are the fish?
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Nice! Lately there's been a lot of folks talking planted goldfish tanks! You've done so in a beautiful way

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High five to the planted tank goldfish keepers!
.... How long have you been keeping goldfish Fizgig777? How old are the fish?

I've been keeping Goldies for over 20 yrs. Hershey is 5 or so, Pepper 3 or so (hard to say exactly since I didn't get them as fry).

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That's 'cause Goldies look amazing in planted tanks IF one gets the plant part right =) Thank you for the compliment on my Goldie Haven =)
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Dec. 2012 Update

Dec. 2012 Update. Wanted to get some shots in before major trimming and/or removal of some plants & re-'scaping.
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Looking Up


Right & Left Sides


Broad Leaf Ludwigia (6+ feet long)


Hershey


Changes Made:
Added new school of White Cloud Mountain Minnows so there are now 6 of them.


Thanks for looking! Comments welcomed =)
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Hello fiz
I'm going to be planting a goldfish tank for the spring. Originally I thought sand would good substrate, but with some experimenting my goldfish dig the plants out. I'm wondering if you have any wisdom to share on substrate and the possible destruction goldfish can do? I see you have gravel...is that a cap?

Beautiful plants and Goldie's. it's been great to see your thread as there's not many on planted Goldie's tanks.
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Hello fiz
I'm going to be planting a goldfish tank for the spring. Originally I thought sand would good substrate, but with some experimenting my goldfish dig the plants out. I'm wondering if you have any wisdom to share on substrate and the possible destruction goldfish can do? I see you have gravel...is that a cap?

Beautiful plants and Goldie's. It's been great to see your thread as there's not many on planted Goldie's tanks.
The substrate in Goldie Haven currently is a 2-3 inch layer Flourite topped with a 3-3.5 inch layer of river gravel. From experience, I found this combination to work best with Goldies & live plants.

Also, your issue may be the plants you're choosing and/or not having deep enough substrate. Stay away from plants that don't have massive root systems. Aim for large Echinodorus & Anubias species as foundation plants. It's a good idea to initially top the substrate around the base of the plant with good sized rocks that fish cannot move to give the plants a few weeks to establish their root systems (rocks can then be removed if you wish). Plants that do best attached to objects (Anubias, for example) should not be used as a substrate bound plant -- simply doesn't work with Goldies.

Make sure you feed the Goldies lots of veggie matter, too, so they won't feel the need to destroy plants (if given a choice between veggies & plants, they will always choose veggies). The younger you get the fish into a planted tank, the less likely they will be to destroy plants -- of course, if you already have fish big enough to dig up plants, their behaviors are set so a plant muncher will remain a plant muncher

Hope that helps. And thank you on the feedback about this tank =)
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Wow this tank is amazing. Do you have nay video of it? That chocolate Ryukin is awesome.
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Thanks! I haven't taken any videos of it in a long time -- will add that to the next update. The Chocolate Ryukin is awesome alright ---> he's all orange now. LOL! He's still a beauty, though. So it goes with rescue Goldies, though -- you just never know what you're gonna get
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So beautiful! A video would be wonderful to see - the richness and color in the tank is amazing! Now I look back at your pics & wonder which plants are now in my tank - lol You have me totally hooked on A. Caladiifolia, but no one (and I mean NO one) sells it! I can't find them anywhere!

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I just wanted to say that this is a really beautiful tank!
I love my goldfish, but they eat everything in their pond. All I have left is some bamboo, since the leave are out of the water away from their little mouths. I'll try some of the plants you have here with them, I'd love to plant it again as it's so bare right now. =)
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Thanks for the words of wisdom

I'm pretty lucky. My Goldie's don't destroy plants but love up rooting them. So the big root suggestion is great.

Isn't 6 inches of substrate too much? Or your plants require that depth?

As I mentioned, beautiful tank. Thanks for the insight.
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Amazing tank with such lush and healthy plants! Love goldfish!

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