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02-10-2013 08:20 AM
Grizzarian
New 40g lightly planted Goldfish tank

Day 17 after planting current tank shot
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First things first Ty all so much for the kind words and advice I'm learning south by lurking around here haha

Ok so one thing I want to get out of the way is if there is anyway this could get moved to the Tank Journals section it's kind of is one and I feel like I started it in the wrong place

Ok so the update, since last time I have upgraded my lighting to 3 cfl's all running 24w cool white globes, I have two on the back and one on a front corner.
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Now I have a question, with the lights like that I seem to have high/low to low/medium par, should I be thinking about DIY Co2 or will daily excel be enough? I can't help bit feel the excel isn't doing anything.
I have also done away with the plane(for now) and added a couple bunches of what was labeled foxtail but I'm 99% sure it's Cabomba and the Goldie's love it lmao good thing it's cheap at only $6 a bunch hahaha

I have also added a school of 6 peppered Cory cats and glad I did these guys are amazing to watch scooting around the rocks and trying to school with the Goldie's haha and put a few more handfuls of sand in to fill out the front more

The swords are doing good all of them have 3-4 new leaves it seems and one of the j.fern has a new leaf coming up

So that's it for now, I'm going to be working on a new scape outside of the tank with wood and stone as the Goldie's will be going to a new home on the 21st and I'm going to be getting 6 congo tetra so I have some time to get it just how I want it
And now some misc pics
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And a bonus project I'm tinkering with
7.5" cube that holds roughly 1 gallon
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And that's it lol thanks for stopping by guys and gals
02-04-2013 06:03 AM
Grizzarian
New 40g lightly planted Goldfish tank

Yeah the castles, personally they wouldn't be in there but they were apart of the Chrissy gift like the plane so they have to stay, although I am very tempted to cover them in moss and turn them into little hobbit homes to cover them up hahaha

I also poked around the rocks and they seem stable enough, next water change ill get in there and do a proper earthquake test thanks for the tips
02-03-2013 09:42 PM
Saxtonhill I like the plane better than the castles. And those rocks are great with the plants!
02-03-2013 09:02 PM
finsNfur I think that looks good! Although I had to smile when I noticed the plane compared to the size of the castles. Just be sure the rocks are really stable, because goldfish like to nose around and can get quite pushy about it.

Btw, you found the mother lode of driftwood. You need another tank to make use of it.
02-03-2013 06:14 AM
Grizzarian
New 40g lightly planted Goldfish tank

Hay everyone just a small up date
I done a rescape today I took out all of the wood and have replaced it with smooth river rocks in the mid stacked up(think cichlids) and have planted the 3 swords and Val's in the back and put the J.fern at the front, Iv started dosing with excel at half the recommended amount and made a spray bar for the filter outlet so there is current all around the tank now not just one direction

All plants had really nice growth in the roots and and I could see new leaves coming in, there been in there since the 24/01 so slow and steady I suppose haha
Sorry about the wires and equipment I'm going to save and get a nice canister with inline heater and have to figure out a way to get to the back at get all the cords running down the back seam to hide them but anyways a couple pics
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Crappy murky pic of the "garden" haha
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Still not overly happy but it's getting there, the placment of the rocks is bugging me alittle so that will be changing a lot haha I just wanted to make it abit safer for the Goldie's while some more products are acquired and the plants grow up some more

Thanks for looking in and criticisms, good and bad are welcome
01-31-2013 10:28 AM
Saxtonhill I don't mind the airplane at all
01-30-2013 08:25 PM
the.koi.maiden When they grow up you'll have to worry about them getting stuck in some of the smaller places that they could once go. They aren't as self-aware as some creatures and just don't know how big they get. Goldfish are really fun to keep, but they aren't for every setup. But hey... that's just another excuse to get a different tank!!
01-29-2013 04:36 PM
drewsuf82
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Uh oh, prepare for the aquatic upper class raging about that down town decoration :0 Some people cant handle this stuff
Lol best post all day....

This looks pretty sweet I like it and think its really creative!
01-29-2013 07:24 AM
Grizzarian
New 40g lightly planted Goldfish tank

Hmm I have been paying some closer attention to the Goldie's and they are kinda clumsy lmao, so is it just the pointy bits that are the problem? Or when they grow up most things will need to come out just incase it can cause injury?

I really don't want the little guys to get hurt and would prefer to take em back to the store and have the tank I want with fish that suit it, the few that have seen it in person have been awed buy it and having a nice sized school of some kind of tetra instead my be the way to go, Congo tetras or Buenos Aries tetras look pretty and seem to be pretty forgiving

I went to hunt for some driftwood today, we had a river flood winter 2011 and a lot of driftwood ended up high on the bank were regular tides don't reach


As long as its hardwood, scrubbed and soaked this wood is good to use right?

So many things running around I'm my head lmao if only I had another tank hahaha

I took the background off too just to see if I like it, which I do I just have to hide all the cords


As for the hollow ornament everytime I do a water change, about every 5 days I make sure to suck out of there while vacuuming and when filling back up the hose sits in the cockpit area to give it a good wash out

Thanks for the comments guys and gals and don't feel like your harshing on my good times, I think I jumped the gun abit with the Goldie's they were just so cute haha but what I want for a scape and what I want in livestock are not matching up at the moment so I need to rectify that asap
01-28-2013 07:00 PM
finsNfur Nice! I have to admit I was worrying about the wood injuring the goldfish, too. Sorry to be such a downer. Also, you won't need to worry about this right now, but when your goldies get bigger they might try to snack on the white clouds. Oh, I just remembered that some people are really adamant about not putting decorations that are hollow in with goldfish. They can really accumulate waste etc., you'd want to regular clean the plane out.
01-27-2013 06:54 AM
the.koi.maiden Glad to see other people are attempting planted tanks and goldfish. I've had success when I introduced them to plants early. They don't seem to see the as food but just parts of the tank.

I do agree with Jasmine about the wood. It looks great. I would love it in a tropical setup (love the root look), but I can see problems down the road. Goldfish are clumsy. After watching them for years I am very careful with what I put in the tank. The pointy bits on your wood look like they could do serious damage if a goldfish ran into them. I'm not knocking you wood (lol pun intended), I'm just trying to point out that it might be a problem on down the road and help you avoid any losses.
01-27-2013 12:05 AM
xjasminex Just FYI, as a owner of two fantail goldfish too. Your wood looks dangerous, lol. Fantails are clumsy and they maybe small now and able to navigate their bodies around the wood now but soon they will get bigger and they may hurt themselves running into it, including torn fins, missing scales or lose their eyeballs! =o Also if you by chance have a male and a female when they become of spawning age the male will get pushy and push the female into the wood and or anything else and if its sharp it can hurt her.

I'm not dissing your wood, I think it's pretty rad actually but I just wanted to let you know that it may be so good with your goldies!
01-26-2013 11:49 PM
Grizzarian
New 40g lightly planted Goldfish tank

Hello, thanks everyone for the comments and concerns it's much appreciated

Ok so the wood, it's plum tree wood that's been off the tree for about 16 months now, I gave it a good soak in boiling water and gave it a scrub once the water cooled and chucked it in, I read plum tree wood is aquarium safe and now that it's really water logged it hasn't softened up any but of course I could be way wrong haha but that's why we're here to learn

Now this is probably going to make me sounds like a crack pot but has anyone noticed any negative effect on there fish from using led lights? The only reason I ask is my golden sucker had been freaking out for a couple days now but my water was coming back fine, now my wife said in jest that the shimmer could be giving him war flashbacks, well I thought what the hell and turned em off and didn't use them at all yesterday and now he is just calmly grazing again it's really odd

Not much going with the plants but it has only been 2 days haha I don't know if it's just excitement but I swear the Val is longer and the swords seem to be reaching for the light and have new root growth

The plane has really grown on me and the Goldie's have started to use it to swim through an I hope when I get my white clouds in a couple weeks they will use it to to zoom around and play

The castles Iv been thinking of just moving them out and putting them in 1g nano I'm going to start soonish for a betta and turning them into little hobbit homes or something

Once again thanks for the comments, cheers
01-26-2013 12:31 AM
amajoh ooh, the plane is interesting. Definitely looks like a crash on an island beach.
01-26-2013 12:16 AM
chibikaie Hope your goldfish are kinder to your plants than mine is! Good luck
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