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Old 01-24-2008, 12:05 PM   #1
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How much duckweed do you feed 1 goldfish?


How much duckweed do you feed one goldfish?


I've always read that goldfish eat duckweed so I'm going to buy a black moor into a bare-bottom 10g for the purpose of eating duckweed.

Do I just leave a surface full of duckweed in an aquarium, then put the goldfish in?

Or do I put in a bit at a time like fish food?


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Put in as much as you like. It won't spoil. The goldie will munch at his or her leisure until it is gone.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:58 PM   #3
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Ok thanks,

I was worried of overfeeding.
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Be careful though, it can give them constapation. It is not a very good food to be feeding them, a mixture of special goldfish foods, like Hikari goldfish pellets, and flake foods for goldfish, with the occasional duckweed for a treat.
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Greens, veggies and plant matter are good for Goldfish.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:21 AM   #6
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Hi Dexter,

PLEASE please don't get a Goldfish to put in a 10 gallon tank. I suggest BEFORE getting a Goldfish you go and visit the following 2 web-sights.

http://www.goldfishparadise.com/

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/

A Goldfish's minimum amount of livable space is 10 gallons for a moor. 20 gallons is much much easier and 30 gallons is just right for a moor. It may sound crazy and nuts but you really shouldn't place a Goldfish in anything less than a 20 gallon tank.

The following link has the best medicated and every-day food for your Goldie. Lots and lots of vegies including de-shelled peas to prevent constipation is a must as the previous person said. Frozen peas need nuked for a minute to soften them up and the shell normally comes right off. 2 peas per fish is all you need.

http://www.goldfishconnection.com/

Goldfish can live to be 45 years old or possibly older so make sure you think carefully about getting one and way the pros and cons.

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Old 01-25-2008, 02:47 AM   #7
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the reason that 10g is best fit for goldfish is because they produce so much ammonia in their urine, which could rapidly lead to ammonia toxic in a very small tank or small biological filtration. However, in a planted tank, plant will happily uptake the waste as nutrient, so there is no need to worry when keeping 1 goldfish in 10g with plant.

The only thing you might concern is to make sure you have enough swimming room for goldfish to swim since they are very an active swimmer.
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i myself keep 1 goldfish in 29 gallons tank less than heavily planted.
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goldfish get big. Dont put one in a 10!!
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Stagius, he said its going to be a bare bottom tank. That means it could not have many plants in it.

I agree with the other posters. Keeping a goldfish in a 10gal is just wrong. Its like keeping a betta in a cup.
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Old 01-26-2008, 12:41 AM   #11
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It's not just the waste...it's also that even a properly half-grown goldfish will have to make a 3 point turn to change directions.

In the meantime, keeping as much duckweed in there as possible will keep him more comfortable. Goldfish will not overeat. In my experience, duckweed moves right through a goldfish just like it ought--some people use it to combat constipation in goldfish with balance issues.
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Hi Dexter,

PLEASE please don't get a Goldfish to put in a 10 gallon tank. I suggest BEFORE getting a Goldfish you go and visit the following 2 web-sights.

http://www.goldfishparadise.com/

http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/

A Goldfish's minimum amount of livable space is 10 gallons for a moor. 20 gallons is much much easier and 30 gallons is just right for a moor. It may sound crazy and nuts but you really shouldn't place a Goldfish in anything less than a 20 gallon tank.

The following link has the best medicated and every-day food for your Goldie. Lots and lots of vegies including de-shelled peas to prevent constipation is a must as the previous person said. Frozen peas need nuked for a minute to soften them up and the shell normally comes right off. 2 peas per fish is all you need.

http://www.goldfishconnection.com/

Goldfish can live to be 45 years old or possibly older so make sure you think carefully about getting one and way the pros and cons.

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the reason that 10g is best fit for goldfish is because they produce so much ammonia in their urine, which could rapidly lead to ammonia toxic in a very small tank or small biological filtration. However, in a planted tank, plant will happily uptake the waste as nutrient, so there is no need to worry when keeping 1 goldfish in 10g with plant.

The only thing you might concern is to make sure you have enough swimming room for goldfish to swim since they are very an active swimmer.
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Stagius, he said its going to be a bare bottom tank. That means it could not have many plants in it.

I agree with the other posters. Keeping a goldfish in a 10gal is just wrong. Its like keeping a betta in a cup.
Thanks for your concerns for the goldfish!

I didn't buy the black moor because it was more expensive than I thought ($10 retail). I ended up with a standard "goldfish", I don't know what variety it is. It's double tailed, has orange body and white fins.

As for the 10g dilemna, I don't think it's a major concern right now because the goldfish is still quite small (1.5"). As it gets bigger I'll move him to bigger tanks. I know goldfish need more water volume, but 10g for 1 small goldfish at the moment is not too bad. Like all stocking levels, it depends on the # of water changes you do and plant density. 10g / goldfish is more for non-planted tanks. The more important issue is swimming space. It's completely bare right now other than floating plants, so it has a lot of room to swim.

The goldfish is very active, yes, but at the same time swims quite slowly (compared to most fish) and it has all the space to move around without decor.

The tank is bare bottom, so no rooted tanks. However, there is a lot of duckweed and cardamine covering the top, does this make up for the lack of "plants"?

Thanks,
Dexter

Edit: I am not sure about this "constipation", is it true or not?

Also, I will take a picture to show just how much duckweed there is lol.
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i myself keep 1 goldfish in 29 gallons tank less than heavily planted.
What temp is the tank at? I find in my 29 gallon planted the temp is aroud 80 all the time because of the lighting and such.
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Edit: I am not sure about this "constipation", is it true or not?
As far as I know, veggies and plant matter work exactly the opposite. Peas are recommended to relieve it, so I am not getting how plants could cause it. I keep my golds with a ton of anacharis, which is a free salad bar to them. Never have had an issue with constipation.
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:11 PM   #15
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Duckweed is a great sponge for nutrients--it'll help with water quality a bunch. It'll also help grow a nice healthy fish. Definitely counts as a plant!

Your lil oranda isn't going to ever be a crazy lightning swimmer. They're a little wimpy in that department. So he'll do much better in a 10 gallon than a common or comet type. But if you get him in a larger tank sooner rather than later, you'll have a softball-sized duckweed eater.

The websites listed above are pretty good for GF care.
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