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Old 02-16-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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20 High goldfish grow out


Let me preface this by saying I'm a sucker for all animals.

I've got four large aquatic frogs and they eat probably 100 feeders a week. A week ago I decided to give them a treat and bought some goldfish feeders, they're a little faster and meatier than minnows and although not healthy for the frogs, they're OK once in awhile. I like to make them hunt for their food.

Well, it just so happens my wife takes a liking to two particularly cute goldfish. She begs me to save them.. I can't resist. The fact that this allows me to set up another tank (which was previously forbidden) had NOTHING to do with it either

So, I set up my old 20 High, found some cheap filtration and lights for it and tossed them in. I know it's not cycled so I used Stability to hopefully aid that process (I just didn't have the time, another hour in the frog tank and they'd be gone).

Just yesterday, I had the chance to plant the tank. I decided to go with pots to try something different.

This is what I came up with:

Equipment

Filter:Ovation 1000 filter, 125 gal Hydro sponge w/diy lift tube
Lights: Fluker's 10" Sun Dome, 40W CFL (6" from the surface)

Flora: Crypt Wendtii, Crypt Parva, Ludwigia (forgot sp.), lace java fern, Hygrophilia (forgot sp.), Micro Sword, Dwarf baby tears, Anubius Barteri

Fauna: 2 small comet goldfish, MTS

Some pots need to be re-positioned, just noticed it after I took these photos.







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Old 02-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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Those crypts on either end look like the tight clumps that they sell them as. You can divide each of those into several individual plants and you will end up with more.
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Thanks, I just might do that.
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Yeah they will grow and multiply faster if you divide them. It also helps to cut the roots back to about 1 1/2" long before you replant because this will encourage the development of new roots.
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Very cool, thanks for the info. I just started keeping crypts so that's great to know.
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I like it!
When they get big, the fish I mean, maybe you could convince your wife that a pond would be the best place for them =] Since she is sooo taken with them...
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Oh, I've already instilled that idea. We're moving to a temporary home to save money and then in about a year, we're getting our own place. When that happens a pond is going in for sure. She's already agreed!
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Yay!
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