[3/15/20]tearing this tank down, plants for sale here:
last photo of tank
[older still working photos start here (click)]
Ehiem Jagar 150 watt
Aquatop submersible pump(315 gph) on large sponge filters (x2)-
Finnex 36" led (can't recall which planted plus maybe?)
hand made by hubby
3 amano (2f, 1m) and 1(f) nerite
Aponogeton crispus (lot of this), Jungle val, Amazon sword, Crypt wendtii brown/green
back to aquarium and just 2 goldies. For a while I had 4 or 5. go to page 5 for more recent updates. sorry for pages of broken images. Thank photobuckets big old [censor] over of users with their $399 a year fee.
If anyone wants to see some old tan photos let me know I'll dig them up.
 more details on tank:
1 fantail goldfish (Tarragon), 1 oranda goldfish (Pepper)
Aponogeton crispus jungle val, amazon sword, crypt wendtii brown/green
black diamond blasting 'sand'
75g aqueon tank+ black paint, lexan lids, 2 giant spong filters, largest whisper air pump I could find, eheim jagar heater
Sooo on Sunday this happened...(ignore the container on top)
Yup, goldfish..specifically a tricolor oranda (I think is the color term? s/he's a silver with bronze and black) and a calico fantail.
40 gallon breeder
Ehiem Jagar 150 watt
Aquatop submersible pump- 315 gph
will be Finnex Ray 2 LED 30", currently 1x 14 wtt 6500k cfl in reflector lamp
re-claimed 40" table
1 Oranda and 1 Fantail goldfish
Anubias barteri 'broad leaf'
Anubias barteri 'wrinkle leave'
soon to come
After speaking with xjasminex, Moonshayde, snakeybird as well as a member of another forum I'd seriously considered getting some fancy goldfish. Did a lot of research but didn't buy for several months as the original plan changes a bit... I was going to condense my 55g and 20g long into 1 tank then re-purpose the 55g for goldfish (at my husband's suggestion), but I ended up keeping the two existing tanks as is. For my birthday I splurged on about $100 of anubias from an e-bay seller that would refund for rhizome rot ridden plants for the first 14 days after delivery Tank has a side and back section (essentially an in tank sump) with pop-display black Lexan (great prices), got a pump, heater, heater controller (as I read to many reviews of cooked fish these days). Husband drilled holes in the Lexan faux walls that I stuffed black foam in, and on the left side I packed in foam and ceramic media around the pump.
Anubias is still going through the quarantine time but when we went to a non chain pet store on Sunday to buy some black worms.. we got drawn in at the goldfish display. WE left but ended up turning around after 2 minutes and going back to grab 2 we really liked, then made a quick top at Home depot for Lexan to make a lid.
After a massive water change on the 40g breeder (which swim room dimensions are just a bit larger than a 20g long with the black lexan walls in) to removed ammonia I dosed to start a cycle + feed anubias I acclimated the goldies and got them in... If they do well and grow (aka I don't [censor] things up) I'll plan to get a 75.. maybe 125g (or a custom 6' long) for them down the road.
They're doing well so far, doing 15 gallon or more water changes a day as the tank gets cycled, knowing goldies are big poop machines. I bought another finnex ray 2 from amazon, waiting for it tom come in then going to go raid the local garden centers for riparium plant possibilities! Once I get the goldfish eating veggies and their various other foods and am sure they're done nibbling plants (so far I've busted the oranda 'testing' the anubias several times) I'll add some more large aquatic plants, possibly an amazon sword or slightly smaller sword, maybe a Aponogeton... I really wish the store I got the goldies from did a better job with their live plants.. all the tanks have hair algae+ green spot algae >.> do.not.want! May also buy some more anubias. I have several small anubias I moved out of the tank before the goldfish were added, may put them back in once the goldies know anubias doesn't mean salad bar(leaves) or spaghetti(roots).
Officially the goldfish are not named yet (I wait at least 1-4 weeks before naming new fish in case of death), but my husband has already unofficially named the oranda Vasco da Gama.. I got 'Calyspo' by John Denver stuck in my head after buying the fish (specifically "Aayyee Calipso") and have been thinking of calling the calico fantail that but would rather look into a more meaningful name.. waiting to see personalities once they're settled in before they have official names.
Anyways they're getting use to different feeding-store did floating I use sinking (soaked) pellets, they LOVED repashy soilent green for lunch today, and thawed blood worms yesterday.. all get soaked in my DIY garlic extract for 2-6+ minutes before feeding. The oranda is a bit more shy and tends to go int the anubias when I take the lid off, calico is fearless except not use to my hand getting really close yet. No problem having me hold a pipet with food by 'em though. I've been feeding the soaked pellets via pipet to make sure the oranda is getting some and trying tog et them use to me, once they stay in the open area for feeding time I can just sink pellets.