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ikuzo 08-05-2007 12:11 PM

My Planted Goldfish Tank
another sunday, another busy setting up a tank :)

can i call this iwagumi?

with goldfish

Sowilu 08-05-2007 02:11 PM

Wow that is pretty. What kind of substrate is that?

mistergreen 08-05-2007 03:01 PM

I think you have too many goldfish for that 20G tank.. You should just have 1 or 2.

fishscale 08-05-2007 03:21 PM

Iwagumi is something specific, and only has 3 stones. But it looks pretty!

vibes_jedi99 08-05-2007 10:44 PM

I hope your gold fish will not up root those plants you have.

runwithit 08-05-2007 11:16 PM

i'm sure your goldfish are happy, but be sure to do frequent water changes. they foul up the water like no other.

Andre Grassi 08-06-2007 12:55 AM

nice tank and nice goldfish's... congratulations!

ikuzo 08-06-2007 01:11 AM

thanks everyone for the comments. that substrate is just an ordinary black sand 1-2 mm. i know i have too many but i have these goldfish for more than one year with fancy pebbles and plastic plants. i changed the water 50% weekly but i'm thinking to do it more frequently.

this morning i wake up and find some hygrophila corimbosa leaves are floating, i guess they nibble it last night. no uprooted plants yet, keep my fingers crossed :)

for the foreground i'm planning to use some cryptocorine parvula or sagitaria subulata, but i'm a little worry because the front tank is their feeding ground for 1 year. it's my habbit to feed them at the front with sinking pellets so i can watch them eat, they tend to screw with the sand searching for food, suck it with their mouth then blow it away.

McgJosh 08-11-2007 02:12 AM

What is your lighting setup?

brnmix 08-11-2007 06:18 AM

question from a newbie in planted tank
is that air bubbles coming down from your ohf? won't it be harmful to you plants? do you have a c02 system running? i don't see it.. can you take pic of your system? im planning to set-up my own 20gal planted soon.thanks! your goldfish looks great! i used to have 8 med size goldies inside my 20, now they're in my 40.:icon_bigg

ikuzo 08-11-2007 01:51 PM

i'm using 2 x 15 watts CF.

yes it is bubbles caused by falling water from my filter. i'm not sure i understand what you mean by harmful? this is a non CO2 tank, but i have air pump with airstone at the other corner of my tank. without CO2 that's why i used easy plants only there. about photos, i'm sorry because the camera isn't available right now but i can tell you my simple system... top hanging filter, 30 watts CF lighting, air pump... that't is... :)

the tank is running for a week right now, slow growth on plants. tried some stem plants (bacopa caroliana, hygrophila polysperma) but the goldfish uproots them immediately or during the night so i gave up :)

tried to put some pellia tied on wood and the goldfish made a mess from it, releasing all the pellia but didn't eat them :) life it's hard....

ikuzo 08-19-2007 01:27 AM

bought a treasure, i really like the colour and shape of this thing. sorry for the crappy pics, cellphone camera :)

here's how it looks inside my goldfish tank.

after rearanging rocks, add some blyxa, and a tiger lotus from a friend.

what do you guys think? I know the rocks and wood colour don't match, but this is the best i can do for now. also i'm currently looking something for the foreground plants, probably some cryptocorine parva. enjoy.

rodney 08-19-2007 01:34 AM

I think it looks way better then many goldfish aquariums I have seen. I also really like all your driftwood pieces. As a word of caution I would keep the plants as far back as possible to give your goldies as much swimming room as you can.

Keep us posted,

ikuzo 08-19-2007 04:57 AM

rodney, thanks. they have about half of the tank width as swimming room. i installed a DIY CO2 and a reactor last night, i hope the plants will be a lot more healthy after this. it's about 15 hours since i planted the blyxa and my goldfish haven't touch them yet. keep my fingers crossed.

George 08-19-2007 05:31 AM


Originally Posted by fishscale (Post 447878)
Iwagumi is something specific, and only has 3 stones. But it looks pretty!

Iwagumi with three stones is Sanzon-Iwagumi.

Iwagumi can, and often does, has more than three rocks.

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