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Old 08-16-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Goldfish vs Plants


Hello, My goldfish tank ready and I am trying to think of more plants that will not be eaten by goldfish. Right now i have some Anubis and java fern.

Will white ribbon plant get eaten?
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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I find through experimentation is the best way to find. My goldfish don't eat any plants but other goldfish owners report their goldfish eat everything. I would give the plant a try and see what happens.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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White ribbon plant is not true aquatic, so it's not going to be very long lived in your tank regardless. I haven't had goldfish in a while, but I have friends that have had good luck with anubias, large swords, java fern, jungle val, and even some larger crypts. The little experience I had with goldies vs. plants was that they were more likely to pull plants up than they were to actually eat most of them. So basically, stick to well rooted plants (or stuff you can glue like java vern and anubias) and if you can, give them a little time to adjust and get rooted before the fish go in. But like the other poster said, it can largely depend on the specific fish - some are going to totally ignore plants, some are going to eat everything, and some of everything in between.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:38 PM   #4
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try crypts and amazon swords.

'white ribbon' plant is not aquatic even though it is sold as such.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:20 PM   #5
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I agree with everything that has already been said. With goldfish, plants are experimentation. You may find your fish totally ignore them and you can keep anything you want, they may have a taste for very particular plants, or they may attempt to eat everything, it all depends on the personality of the fish. But I think most goldfish fall into the 'ignore the plants' or 'enjoy tasting very specific plants' category. There are very few goldfish keepers that I know who have had fish that attempt to eat every plant.

You really can't go wrong with anubias and java fern. Swords and crypts are also great choices, along with valisneria, water sprite, water wisteria, hygrophila corymbosa, even ludwigia. I would just get the plants you like and try them out My fish have never attempted to eat plants. My current plant list includes blyxa japonica, rotala wallichi, rotala nanjenshan, rotala indica, ludwigia repens, ludwigia atlantis, erios parkeri, staurogyne repens, star grass, water sprite, a couple small swords, and limnophila aquatica. They do uproot them sometimes, so stem plants can be a little tricky until their root system gets established but it is possible to keep a variety of plants with goldfish.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:03 PM   #6
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Ill try some swords next, Ill still be watching this thread
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:05 PM   #7
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Swords wouldn't do well in cold water.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:23 PM   #8
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Swords wouldn't do well in cold water.
"cold" in this context is in the house around 70-75F. It should be fine with those temps.
I agree, anything lower would be a problem like in the low 60's.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:32 PM   #9
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My water will be around 67 to 70 degerees
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Hey, Coldwater!

With my goldfish, I've been keeping swords, crypts, banana plants and several of the bulb-things that they sell in the blister packs at the big-box stores. (Apogenotons and a dwarf lily.) For the most part, the goldies leave them alone, and they've been doing it for a year. (However, these are younger, smaller fish - X-ray, the biggest of the bunch, is just now approaching handball size.)

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If you like floating plants in your other tanks, goldfish will gladly eat them and hopefully deter them from eating your other plants
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:45 AM   #12
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i have heard jungle vals are good because most fish wont eat them and they grow quickly
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Ludwigias, Valls, Bacopas, Java fern, Anubias, Crypts, Amazon swords and dwarf sag. All of those are plants in my outdoor goldfish tank. They usually leave them alone.
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I have swords and java in my tank with my gold fish. They don't really bother the plants. There tank is a bar bottom that I put/pot the swords on with dirt and gravel as a topper. They move the gavel around but thats about it. I had hornwort they did like that ate it up pretty fast.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:55 AM   #15
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OK
Java fern, anubias, swords and some crypts.

what type banana plants?
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