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Old 12-07-2014, 08:39 AM   #421
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Awesome goldfish tank pics updates! Can't wait until the plants behind begin to fill in and send runners within a couple years. Only a matter of time.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:49 PM   #422
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Just wanted you to know that the photo of your planted goldie tank is the reason I joined this forum. And a HUGE inspiration for what I'm looking to do sometime in the future.

In the process of building a 10 gallon tester tank ... to experiment with planting and see how much I can do before investing in the bigger one. Maybe 40 or 55 gallon. But OMG, this thread right here is my dream! I think I'd be happy if I had half the success you do with your gorgeous setup!

Do you still have the same organic soil/pool filter setup? I was looking into black fluorite or eco-complete but I've seen mixed reports on if it needs a cap or if you just plant into it. But does having goldfish root around in it make it a problem since it gets cloudy when disturbed? That and I'm almost afraid to use larger gravel as I've seen posts saying they like to mouth things and could choke on it. :S This feels like I'm preparing to have children! Ah!

Thanks Elfwise!!!

I would def stick with sand when it comes to goldfish. I did try eco complete but was not a big fan of it. I didnt plant into it, i was having a try at some tank planters but i just dont like it for rmy fish. But you dont need to cap those, they ar meant to be used as i.

I have redirted my tank a few times and i much prefer the dirt with pool filter sand cap. I have never had my goldfish get anything stuck in their mouth that i know of but lots of other goldfish keepers have. I use river rocks to add detail to just the plain sand, im a fan of a little contrast.

As for the goldfish rooting thing....you just need to make your sand cap thick enough that they fish dont get down to the dirt, I do a generous cap of about 2-3 inches. The good thing about the pool filter sand as opposed to play sand is that pool filter sand is heavier and sinks almost immediatly when the fish spit it out. Play sand floats around and gets sucked up into the filter more.

Goldfish are a big commitment, they are not beginner fish like people say they are. They require lots of space 10-15 gallons per ONE fish. And they require frequent large water changes, i do about 80% of the water 1-2 times per week. They get big and live a looonnggg time if well cared for. Mine are getting up there, they have to be close to sevenish years. So its almost like having kids!!

If you have any other question just ask!!

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Awesome goldfish tank pics updates! Can't wait until the plants behind begin to fill in and send runners within a couple years. Only a matter of time.

Thanks NeonFlux!
Ill have to post an updated pic for you guys!!!
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:44 AM   #423
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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
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:45 PM   #424
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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.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:33 PM   #425
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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?
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Old 01-25-2015, 07:24 PM   #426
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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.
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Old 02-06-2015, 03:30 PM   #427
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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.
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Old 02-06-2015, 06:57 PM   #428
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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!
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Old 02-14-2015, 01:56 PM   #429
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:07 PM   #430
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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.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:38 PM   #431
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Nice, i havent potted anything yet....but hopefully i will soon!

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