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Can you list what equipment you have running on the tank? Just curious! LOL

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Thank you so much Boxxerboydrew!
I didn't go home tonight so the pic will be taken and posted tomorrow night.
The crypts are doing good so far except for the algae, I reduced the photoperiod a bit and think I'm going to do it again soon, I have been trying to dose excel everyday to fight it off too. I also bought two more nerites to help as well.
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Right now I have a aquatop cf500 with the uv bulb, but it's not working, there's a inline heater attached to it too and I keep the tank at 73-74 degrees. I just added a magnum hot 250 filter for more flow and I have some bio filtration and purigen in there. I also have two breeder boxes attached with pumps that have lucky bamboo and some other plants in them for nitrate removal since that's my biggest downfall with this tank. I also have a bubble wand that spans the back of the tank with an air pump. Then I have a DB double bulb t5 no fixture that's in for about seven hours right now.

I have more tech running on my tank than i would like but so far this is what is working for me.

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Well the tank is looking good, and with the output you get from big Goldfish I would say you are doing it right!!! So just keep on keepin' on, and let the plants grow cause it is looking GREAT!!!!

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Love the tank! Those crypts look great.

I have a planted goldfish tank too, but my goldie came late to the game. She's been with me for a little over a month now. I think she likes it though:
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Looks good!
Is that a twenty long?
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Thanks, it's a 40 breeder.

It needs some serious aquascaping but I need to supplement the lighting because my LED is leftover from a smaller tank and doesn't have enough spread. I have some LED's coming in from ebay, which will give me some more flexibility on plant placement.
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Ok, that tank is perfect for a goldfish then! I would love if you could keep me dated with its progress, it's always a learning game!
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Totally, I will.
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SOOOO, my mind was just blown....i found out that the nitrate kit that i had been using was inaccurate....even though it wasnt expired, it was old and was almost empty.

So with the new nitrate kit my nitrates read 10-20ppms instead of the 40-80ppms i had originally thought....

WOW. My way of life has been altered.
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I've had the same problem. What I found out was that the second bottle if not shaken well gets "thicker" as you reach the end of the bottle. I now shake it really forceful and throw it out when it gets close to the end of the liquid.

Glad you found your nitrates are lower than you thought. Hurray for less frequent WC
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I know, that's what I figured was that the solution became concentrated...and I have more lucky bamboo, fifty stalks more, on the way to place in a third breeder box...my nitrates should be low all the time after I add those. I'm really excited to monitor my nitrates now =]
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Please update your thread if the bamboo lowers your nitrates. I just got a big bunch of wisteria in hopes to help control nitrates. Goldfish = quick rising nitrates. I've been thinking of doing bamboo. Anything to stretch WC by a day or two.

Tell us how it goes
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This tank makes me so happy! Goldies are still my favorites.

Where have you been getting your crypts? I wanna add some variety and I have no good stores near me...

40B java land; one oldie of a goldie
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I get my crypts from here, i received some from gordonrichards and others from other hobbyists. Some i had from my previous scape, and those one i received from other hobbyists on here!

And i will keep you updated about the bamboo, i have so much of it that im sure what i already have does a decent job but more will only help!
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