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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-25-2017, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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50 Gallon Goldfish Bowl

I've had this tank set up for 15 months, so it's long overdue for a journal. It changed a bit over time. It took some trial and error to figure out which plants would thrive and how to set it up so the goldfish are happy. I’m planning to add a few more buces.

TANK
Sea Clear acrylic 50 gallon (36x15x20 in)

EQUIPMENT
2 eheim 2217 filters (I started with an Aquaclear 110 in place of one of the eheims)
1 air pump with 4 air stones
1 Current satellite+ (I started with 2 and decided it was too bright) 10 hour light period

CURRENT PLANTS
potted plants are in glass candle holders filled with osmocote plus and eco complete
Amazon sword
Crypts (lutea, balansae, undulata, wendtii)
Anubias glued to suction cups on back glass
Various buces glued/tied to smooth rocks
A lot of banana plants (some are hooked onto my airline tubing, but most are free to roam bc I got tired of putting them back in their places)
3 riparium plants resting on back wall spray bar

REMOVED/FORMER PLANTS
Java and flame moss were too tasty for goldfish.
Riccia floated really nicely on surface for several months before being caught by current and getting lodged in other plants and sucked into filter. There probably is still some in there.
Java fern was taken out because I was bored with it.
A bunch of stem plants also proved too tempting for the goldfish to rip up
Anubias rotted on driftwood and spread rot to a lot of other anubias plants (wiped out all of them).
Marimo balls got filthy and I was not interested in cleaning them each week.

MAINTENANCE
At least weekly water changes of 75%, but usually I change 75% of the water twice a week.
No ferts, no co2, no excel because I'm super lazy.
I recently cut a ton of leaves from the sword bc it was huge and it was a little scraggly. I have a tiny bit of green spot algae on a few of the oldest leaves on one of my crypts, but other than that there are no issues besides the goldfish ripping some leaves occasionally. It's taken a while for it to fill in, but I love that I don't have to do anything other than water changes.

CURRENT INHABITANTS
1 “Purple” butterfly telescope goldfish (Blume)
1 Sakura butterfly telescope goldfish (Bishop)
5 nerites
Unknown number of Amano shrimp, probably 8
At least 200 carbon rili neo shrimp (every time I clean my canisters I find like 80 babies)
A few annoying mini ramshorns
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-25-2017, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't realize the latest picture cuts off a bit of my tank, so here's a full shot of it. It's a pita to take photos of because it's pretty much at the foot of my bed so I can never get the distance or height I want to take pictures. However, it's nice watching the fish before I sleep. I also included a closer shot of two of my favorite buces. They've both quadrupled in size since I got them. I know the one may not seem like much, but it's all from a quarter inch of rhizome. The goldfish are a little hard on the buces. They've detached tied and glued buces. It doesn't help that I try to attach the buces to smooth rocks, but I don't keep any sharp surfaces in the tank for the sake of my less than graceful goldfish.
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Great tank! Then crypts look gorgeous! Is there any particular reason you decided to go with a bare bottom?
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Thanks! This was the first tank I tried crypts in. I was put off by the idea of them melting when I first started to keep planted tanks. After I tried them and realized how easy they are to keep, I added them to all my tanks. I decided to make my goldfish tank bare bottom because I knew I was going to have to do a lot of water changes in the tank. I feed my goldfish a lot of vegetables, spinach in particular, so they poop constantly and there was no way I wanted to gravel vac all the time. My filters pick up their waste quickly without the substrate. I also wanted the flexibility of moving the plants around so that I could find the best way to accommodate the goldfish. They need a lot of room to turn around. My current arrangement works really well for the goldfish so that they have lots of swimming area weaving around the potted plants and there are clear spaces all along the front and back of the tank as well as above the plants.
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That's very interesting. And the pots are a very good idea for a goldfish tank and something I'd love to try myself sometime if I ever decide to keep goldfish! I would personally probably put about a 1 inch thick layer of sand on the bottom because I really like the natural look. I'd have to discover for myself whether the goldfish make a big mess of it!!
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My favorite buce in the goldfish tank flowering (for the second time this year). This buce continues to grow well and the goldfish leave it alone. There are 2-3 new leaves each week. Unfortunately, the goldfish rip out the mini buces. I've been trying to grow them on suction cups on the back wall and they seem to be ignored a bit more by the goldfish than when they're attached to rocks on the bottom of the tank.
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