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02-04-2016 08:44 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew Jasmine,

Sorry to hear about your female!!! She was a big, Beautiful Goldie, and I am sure you as well as your big male will miss her!!! On a happier note, your 40b looks AMAZING!!!! I will be looking forward to seeing it growout with "Big Boy" in it!!!!

Keep up updated on how it is going!
Take Care!!!
Drew

P.S. Your Tats are FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! The lines are so clean and the coloring is so detailed!!!They almost look like decals they look sooooo good!!!Thanks for showing us, and I would love to see the next one when it is done!!!
02-04-2016 06:09 AM
xjasminex
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The tank looks amazing!
Thanks!
Funny you should comment on it now...I just cleaned it up and put my goldfishy in it today!
02-04-2016 01:00 AM
Coldwater King The tank looks amazing!
12-30-2015 02:30 PM
xjasminex Thanks Overgrown!
All the plants that I use are rooted plants. Anything that can't root itself is a no go. Rooted plants tend to be more hardy and thick leaved. Although I have seen a beautiful planted tank with stems but they had co2 going.

I buy bigger plants rather than smaller ones, for instance a mature Amazon sword rather than a small plantlet. It gives the plants a better chance. And can take getting picked on where the young plant gets sad and stops growing.
I'm a big believer that diet has a huge effect of whether or not they eat my plants. A well fed goldfish on a balanced diet tends not to eat plants as much. Keeping kale in the tank often has always helped me. They would rather eat the yummy kale than the tough bitter plants. I'm sure there are certain plants that they eat regardless because they taste so good. Duckweed is one that I found to disappear no matter what. I also feed a mix of different pellets from an automatic feeder about twice per day and then repashy about once to twice per day too. If I slack I notice an increase in damage to my plants. Usually starting with my Amazon sword. They always liked that one.

The bad side to that is increased waste, so I was still battling higher nitrates. I'm hoping one fish with all that plant mass plus the rip plants I have will yield better results. I also wonder how much of a battle goes on between my plants and bio cycle for ammonia. I have always had a large biological cycle I'm very curious if taking my canister out of the equation would give me better readings or worse....

I'm not looking to add to my fish right now, sorry. I just moved into a really small poorly built house. We are looking to build new and tear this down. The less tanks the better!

I really like the finnex. So far it doesn't seem too powerful and I was certain that I would have to dampen it with window screen. I haven't tried it on a timer yet. I thinking about adding a siesta to mid day so we will see how it works with that. But I love how it does its own thing. The less I have to mess with my tanks the more I enjoy them.
12-30-2015 10:57 AM
overgrown
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Nice, i havent potted anything yet....but hopefully i will soon!

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Goldfinger...what tank is that?
Hi Jasmine. I wanted to post in your thread so as not to hijack the other thread we spoke in.

I recommended against a planted goldfish tank in that thread, but after looking through yours I am quite amazed. It looks like such a great home for the fish. Do you have to weight or tie down the plants, and do they outgrow what the goldfish can nibble?

I always thought that a heavily planted tank would be a great way to help keep down on the massive waste that they produce.

Sorry to hear about your goldfish dying. It's always tough when a fish dies. I've actually got a colorful Butterfly Goldfish and a bright orange Oranda that are looking for a new home. Both are young and very healthy. For no cost of course, I am just looking to get them into a safe place where they will be happy. If interested contact me.


On another note, how's that Finnex 24/7? I was thinking of ordering one for my 50 gallon and 30 gallon long. My 50 gallon is still running an ancient T10 bulb.
12-30-2015 08:13 AM
xjasminex Per request im updating!

I moved...and downsized.

My female goldfish, the smaller white and orange one died before i could move her. Im not sure if it was old age or an ailment. She was always the sicklier of the two and her health seemed to be declining in general with no cause as to why.

Since i only have one fish now i decided to down size to a 40 breeder, since my male will be a forever widower and he isnt a growing young lad i feel that this is appropriate.

Tank has been planted for a few weeks. I ordered a brand new finnex planted plus 24/7 and have been running it on the 24/7 mode with out dampening the light. I started dosing excel with a simple automatic doser to help plant growth and algae. Snails, aquatic worms and limpets are the only inhabitants right now.

Plants in this tank include all from before and a few new...
Amazon sword
Crypts
Red Tiger Lotus
Giant Jungle Val
Aponogentons
Crinum Calamistranum
Water Sprite
Micro sword

I have seen new growth on almost everything.



03-13-2015 10:38 PM
xjasminex Nice, i havent potted anything yet....but hopefully i will soon!

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Goldfinger...what tank is that?
03-13-2015 09:07 PM
ValMM I have irises that I have been keeping in my 9 gallon pond and they are simply planted in a plastic pot with stones lining the bottom to keep dirt from falling out the holes.
02-14-2015 02:56 PM
Gold Finger . Hi Jaz


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02-06-2015 07:57 PM
xjasminex Yes! I'm excited to see them in the spring and see how big they have grown!

Unfortunately I'm not going to put anything else with these monsters.

I'm thinking of planting the plants in terra cotta pots until I move the tank to my boyfriends house to lessen the burden of replanting the whole tank. I just have to find the right pots!
02-06-2015 04:30 PM
ValMM Ooh, a pond sounds like a nice place for the little fishies!

Sounds like you need to borrow a worm eating critter for a little while like a turtle or tadpoles.
01-25-2015 08:24 PM
xjasminex Thanks! I put the babies in my neighbors pond. I'm looking forward to going to see them when it warms up! Two of the babies that I kept died. My filter wasnt working right and I think that's what did them in! I still have one, my friend at work is going to take it. The one with no tail was one of the ones that died. But he/she was getting along great before hand.

Currently I'm struggling with silt in the tank. I have aquatic earthworms in my soil and they cause the soil to bubble up above the sand layer. I'd really like to redirt and kill them all off with bleach. I thought they were cool in the beginning but soon realized how bothersome they are. They had to have come in with plants that I bought. I usually use PP to disinfect my plants. I guess it didn't work on theses buggers.
01-25-2015 04:33 PM
ValMM Your tank still looks great! Have you sold a lot of babies to lighten your load? How does the baby with no tail fin swim?
01-03-2015 09:45 PM
xjasminex
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I'm looking forward to putting my first big tank together! Buying a 40gal this week and a friend's mom is rehoming her pleco and red tail shark in thier 55 gal!

I ended up doing two ten gal tanks as testers / growers for the big tank

My understanding is that plecos are terrible on plants so I probably will keep just maybe floating plants with him. It's funny but I've known this fish for six years... he kinda does feel like a real aquaintence!

My biggest question I guess will be what the best kind of lighting to use... I'd like to do a diy shop light build cause that way if I upgrade tanks or add more, I can build a lid instead of being really financially put back with a single purchase. But theres a million bulbs, balasts, and designs so just unsure

Sadly the actual goldfish are still probably a few months away lol

I personally have never had a pleco in a planted tank. However I do know they need lots of hiding spots. Driftwood is a great thing for them to rasp on/ hide under. Plecos need veggies added to their diet though, so they might munch on your plants if they don't get veggies but I have no clue. Also plecos and goldfish have a not so awesome history. Plecos have been known to munch on sleeping goldfish and inflict some nasty wounds. So if your planning on keeping them together it might not be a great idea.

I use a t5 fixture and it has served me well for years now. But I can't wait to upgrade to a finnex fugeray. I have been coveting them for a few years now. CFls work great, I used one on an awesome little ten gallon with great success. I personally am not inclined at all when it comes to building things, but some people have built awesome cfl fixtures for larger tanks. You should look it up on here.

Waiting for goldfish is a good thing. Planning is key to a planted tanks success. If your able to plant first and let the plants grow in before adding the monsters you can over whelm them so they don't destroy all of your plants.
12-29-2014 08:44 AM
elfwise I'm looking forward to putting my first big tank together! Buying a 40gal this week and a friend's mom is rehoming her pleco and red tail shark in thier 55 gal!

I ended up doing two ten gal tanks as testers / growers for the big tank

My understanding is that plecos are terrible on plants so I probably will keep just maybe floating plants with him. It's funny but I've known this fish for six years... he kinda does feel like a real aquaintence!

My biggest question I guess will be what the best kind of lighting to use... I'd like to do a diy shop light build cause that way if I upgrade tanks or add more, I can build a lid instead of being really financially put back with a single purchase. But theres a million bulbs, balasts, and designs so just unsure

Sadly the actual goldfish are still probably a few months away lol
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