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Tithra's 40 breeder - Planted Goldfish Tank

Figured I'd start a journal on my new tank endeavor here.

I have a 40 gallon breeder with two pretty large goldies (I am looking to upgrade to a 75-100 gallon for them as soon as I move out of my apartment... they have outgrown the 40 gallon at this point!).

I have always kept live plants with these fish, and have kept a wide variety of different plants despite the old adage that goldfish eat anything other than anubias and java fern haha, so I decided to try something slightly experimental and give some carpeting plants a go.

I also keep a heavily planted 6 gallon betta tank as well and have enjoyed trying my hand at several different carpeting plants in there before settling on DHG. I would like to prove that it is possible to keep a carpet with goldfish I think that given the right fish and the right plants it can be done, but we'll see...

I have decided on a layer of eco complete with root tabs and a cap of tahitian moon sand. This is the same substrate setup I keep in my betta tank and it has worked out really well for me.

So far there has been no damage to the DHG. The gloss has gotten pulled up a little here and there because they have barely any root system at this point, but nothing major. I had to re-plant about 5 pieces of it this morning.

Plants include:
corkscrew val - these had to be cut down to the roots because they melted, they are just starting to grow back in
Rotala Indica
star grass
dwarf hairgrass
glosso
anubias nana petite
some type of golden anubias
floating wisteria

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126 watts T5HO

Co2:
Fluval 88 g co2 kit - I will be looking into getting a better co2 setup eventually, I stole this one off my betta tank for the time being

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Beautiful goldies and some great shots. I really love the last pic. Mine would tear up the substrate pretty viciously. They also completely destroyed all of my water hyacinth. They loved it. Maybe throwing that or some water lettuce in will keep them from tearing up the bottom.
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Beautiful goldies and some great shots. I really love the last pic. Mine would tear up the substrate pretty viciously. They also completely destroyed all of my water hyacinth. They loved it. Maybe throwing that or some water lettuce in will keep them from tearing up the bottom.

Thank you!

My fish have actually never demonstrated any interest in eating the plants in my tank, even ones that are typically goldfish favorites like anacharis. They love veggies, but have always been very kind to the plants. So, unless they one day realize there is a salad bar right under them, I think I will be okay haha
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Wow! Beautiful tank and the Goldfish looks Superb.

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Wow! Beautiful tank and the Goldfish looks Superb.

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Those are beautiful fish.
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Beautiful goldfish!
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Nice goldfish. Also your plants are looking good.

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How are the plants doing? I'm new to this, but want to do a planted goldfish tank. Need to learn what works and what doesn't. So far my goldies are just in a tank with gravels and anubias.
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Those goldfish are gorgeous! Tank looks great too! I have an oranda in my 40 breeder as well, though mine seems to be thinning out the plants a little, nothing crazy but I see her thoroughly investigated the roots of my stems quite a bit.
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Any updates?

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Just wanted to stop in and do an update. I have changed things around quite a bit in this tank. I decided to take the hairgrass out and just go with glosso as a carpeting plant. The glosso has been doing well, I had a bunch of runners, but dug it all up a couple days ago, cut the runners into single nodes and replanted so that I could spread it out a bit more and encourage more growth.

I want to go for a sort of kind of dutch aquascape (please note that I am by no means following the strict guidelines in order to be able to call this 'dutch' just taking inspiration from that style). All the plants are relatively new, so i am letting them grow out right now before doing any shaping/pruning.

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Are those Orandas? They are very nice looking fish. The tank looks great.
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