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post #256 of 452 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 02:52 AM
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The continuing saga of goldfish and plants.

Have you tried solvent green? I give that to my guys and they seem satisified.

Just be careful with pellets that aren't presoaked. It can cause floaty issues. I learned that one the hard way.

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Please gelatinize your food. It is profoundly easy. Go to an asian food store and buy a packet of something called AGAR for $1. Sometimes they call it AGAR AGAR. It is like gelatin but firmer and does not melt at room temperatures. It is made from seaweed or algae and is nutritious. Put your fish food in a little water in a pot on the stove and heat it nearly to a boil then add aspoonful of AGAR and stir it for thirty seconds. Then pour it on a palte and stick it in the fridge. It is firm in five minutes. Slice it up and freeze it. Your fish will never bloat again. Fish eat wet goop not chruncy dry stuff.

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Jaz. I have invented something which should help to stop goldfish from eating aquarium plants but I don't have the patent filed yet so I can't tell you what it is or I'd have to.. um.. swear you to serecy. But if it works like I hope it will I will sent you a prototype to try... when I have an extra one made. Meanwhile, I am sure the feeder will help. It's a matter of hunger. I sear the would eat the silicone holding the tank together if they had to.

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Sounds great! I'm excited to see what it is!
I think most of my crypt munching is that I have been severely under feeding them, I'm a dogsitter on the side other then being an RN, so I find myself away from home for days at a time, hence my amazing idea for the automatic feeder...now the swords are getting eaten because they think they taste good =]
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Hey Jasmine!

The tank is looking really, really good!!! I LOVE the pic showing the bamboo behind it! You have done a AWESOME JOB on the scape and display of the whole area!!!

I am going to wind up doing something like this too!!! I fish A LOT, and we use feeder gold fish (Petsmart's 13 cent ones, small) most of the time while fishing for Crappie and sometimes for White Bass. While most of the time they are just plane gold or white, sometimes I will run across some VERY COLORFUL ONES!!! Orange/Red mixed with White in very cool patterns, and a few of them have had a orange upper lip too!!!!

So one of these days I am going to set up a tank for a few of the REALLY COOL COLORED little guys, and I will for sure look back at this thread for help!!! You have done a GREAT JOB!!!

Thank You!
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Thanks again BoxerBoyDrew!
I do have to admit that the tank doesn't look as great as that last photo because they munched on the swords and the crypt ciliata, they seem to not like anything tall right now...I'll take a full shot of tank and plants today just for you guys! My automatic feeder should be here today too so I get to play around with that!

I'm really excited to check my nitrates too, since I figured out that the fertilizer I was using was helping to raise my nitrate level severely, I have stop using it...and I did a 50% wc on Monday and did not use the fertz...today is kinda the day to see if my plants and bamboo are really making a difference in the nitrates!
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Checked my nitrates, they appear to be 20-40ppms!

Yay!
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Just did a water change!

Before looks to be 40-80ppms....
After looks like 5-10ppms!



I have never seen this!
The last water change was one week ago!

Yay! Happy dance!
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Congrats. You have achieved the ultimate goal of goldfish keeping.....low nitrates! Woo hoo. I'm jealous as I'm doing a WC.
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Lol, lets just hope it can keep it that way!

Oh I gave the turds some romaine...and they like it! I'm hoping I can regrow the hearts so I won't have to keep buying it!
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It's amazing what we will do for our fish. Would you grow lettuce for yourself? Nope. For fish....yes

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Here's another full shot of the tank and plants!



I'm not liking the magnum 250 canister filter...this tank is to dirty for it...

I'm thinking of purchasing another aquatop canister filter, like the 300 or 400 model.
I'm also thinking about adding another breeder box full of plants....

Then my ultimate thought would be to split the outflow of the new canister filter four ways to drain into the breeder boxes, then the breeder boxes would drain into the tank. It would eliminate the unsightly look of the pumps that feed the breeder boxes, since I wouldn't need them....
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Oh and if you didn't notice I have slowly.....been decorating the fake wood trim with pretty glass tiles =]
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Re: Jasmine's low tech planted goldfish tank!

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Oh and if you didn't notice I have slowly.....been decorating the fake wood trim with pretty glass tiles =]
Looks cool. My goldies have just ripped up their new Echinodorus ozelot. I'm far from impressed
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Re: Jasmine's low tech planted goldfish tank!

In fact i considered sending them back to the store yesterday i was so mad! They have wrecked so many plants now i've nearly lost count
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