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Old 02-09-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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I have a thread in the Journal section but it's quite old and I don't update it that regularly. I'm hoping to better document my progress here so I can keep track of what works for me...







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Tank: Standard 20H - 10 years old
Light: Hagen-GLO 2x24 watt T5HO fixture running 2-6700K Fluval LIFEGLO bulbs
Filter: Eheim 2213
Heater: Currently none- water temperature varies from 66-68 in winter months to 76-78 in the summer
Fish:
2 Fancy Goldfish
4 Platies
1 Peppered Corydoras
11 Harlequin Rasboras
5 Black Neon Tetras
6 Neon Tetras
4 Cherry Barbs
2 Female Combtail Bettas
2 Bristlenose catfish (pair)

Plants:
Anubias nana
Microsorum pteropus
Vallisneria
Fontinalis antipyretica (Willow Moss)
Rotala indica
Nymphaea zenkeri (Red Tiger Lotus)
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis (Microsword)

Maintenance:

I change about 15 gallons of water once every two-three months (staggered from filter cleaning), top-off evaporation weekly, trim plants (stems) monthly, and clean the Eheim out every 3-4 months. I also use a magnetic scraper to clean the glass once a month.

Feeding:
I feed my fish 3-5 times a day in the summer months, usually a good goldfish flake. Occasionally they get some frozen brine shrimp, or salmon (whatever's left over from feeding my saltwater tank.) Since my tank is unheated, and since the house temperature is kept at about 68 during the winter, the tank water temperature drops. As a result, the fish don't eat as much as their metabolism slows down. All my fish are accustomed to this change as it happens gradually. I typically feed 1-2 times a day but only 5 days out of the week during these months.

Ferts:
I'm not a big fan of dosing liquid or dry ferts because it's a hassle, and I like to keep my freshwater tanks as low maintenance as possible since I do have a reef aquarium. I have also experimented with DIY CO2, but ultimately came to the conclusion that since I build my tanks around my fish and not my plants, I could do without. Also, CO2 accelerated growth to the point where trimming became a weekly chore which doesn't fit the low maintenance tag. I think that my high levels of stocking, large feedings, combined with the time in between water changes gives the plants a fair amount of food. I also put root tabs (the ones meant for use with pond lillys), in the substrate next to heavy root feeders once a year. I also have some Seachem Chelated Iron and other ferts that I dose if I see nutrient deficiencies (usually shows up in my stems).

I am primarily a fish guy, who likes the look of fish in planted tanks. This is why I got into the planted tank thing, and I think that my current tank reflects that. There are plenty of people on this forum who have better "planted" tanks than me, but I enjoy the activity and energy that fish exhibit especially if given a more natural (driftwood, plants) environment.

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:39 PM   #3
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Just read through the tank journal. Your goldy's are showing oversized heads and extra long fins. Both are classic signs of stunting. Given their age they should be twice that size.

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Just read through the tank journal. Your goldy's are showing oversized heads and extra long fins. Both are classic signs of stunting. Given their age they should be twice that size.

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I was not aware of this. I've had the fish for 2 years and bought them quite small at about 1/2 inch body size. They are now about 2.5 inches each. How do you tell if they are stunted? Looking this up right now
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Interesting read here:
http://forum.practicalfishkeeping.co...ad.php?t=18433

Water temp & water change schedule are probably the biggest factors. In any case we will have to wait and see, as I usually have my goldfish last a minimum of 5-6 years with the oldest one I've kept reaching just under 10 years old.
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:17 PM   #6
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Just read through the tank journal. Your goldy's are showing oversized heads and extra long fins. Both are classic signs of stunting. Given their age they should be twice that size.

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They are definitley stunted. They should be in at least a 50gallon tank.
On another note, the tank looks awesome.
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They are definitley stunted. They should be in at least a 50gallon tank.
On another note, the tank looks awesome.
Thanks... they will be going in my pond come April.
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