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  1. thank you! i'm going to be setting some more up soon and i'll update this post with the rest of them ☺️
  2. so i finally redid this tank the other week while listening to the sunday livestream. i'm going to give it a month or two to let the plants grow in and i'll do a full update on here. in the meantime i wanted to show off this group of red-orange platies i got from a local breeder. the color on these is incredible and i can't wait to breed them. peep the medusa statue super excited for those. i also expanded the rasbora schools, here is one of my established chilis looking gorgeous. these are arguable the best looking nano fish out there. here is a gorgeous red lizard that i got from a local breeder as well. he is very difficult to photograph so this is the only clear one i could get. and lastly, a happy oto is a fat oto
  3. it's been a while but i have had this bowl set up for over 6 months now. everything is grown from those assorted seed packets from ebay. i am using fluval stratum as the soil and keep it covered 24/7 with clingwrap. It was set up in the beginning of december. i didn't think to grab any photos of me first setting it up but just imagine a bowl with stratum in it and that's all there was. it gets direct sunlight from the window and is zero maintenance. this is what it looked like in march about 3.5 months later. and this is what it looks like as of today now that i'm having some more free time im excited to play with more jars and bowls. i have quite a few in storage i can use and i'll try to be more active on this thread. thanks for looking!
  4. i wouldn't consider myself an expert but i can definitely give some tips for creating a planted goldfish tank. you will have much more success with fancy goldfish vs common/comets in my experience, those wreck havoc on all plant life. when you set up your goldfish tank you should take the goldfishes' natural digging behavior into consideration. it is best if you find some way to block off the plants so they goldfish cant dig them up. the coop plant holders are a good option. i used black river stone and driftwood to block off the back 1/2 of the tank so the goldfish can swim through the plants but they cant reach the substrate to dig. i left them the front 1/3-1/2 mostly open (although lots of val and other plants have grown in now) so they can dig to their hearts' content. if possible, set up the tank without any goldfish for at least 2-4 weeks. you can do this while it is cycling but this allows the plants to grow in and develop a good root system so they are much more difficult to pull out. this also gives them the best chance of surviving any nibbling since they will have a healthy root system to bounce back. i didn't do this but i highly recommend it, even though i have swords, crypts, and val in the front open area, the roots are so deep that the goldfish can try to suck them up but they stay put. avoid fine stem plants and mosses. i have had the best luck with: vals (i have giant) swords crypts pogostemon stellatus oct. bolbitis ferns/anubias subwassertang floaters emersed plants are your friend. they look nice and are very effective at removing nitrates from the water. pothos are the most common and easiest but i also have various monstera, peace lilies, and a host of other plants growing as well. i struggle with keeping nitrates in the water so i fertilize heavily and only do water changes every 2-3 weeks (which for the stocking i have in this tank would be impossible to maintain without the plants). i hope this helps, a combo of this should set you up for the best success.
  5. they're definitely going to outgrow this so it will need to be upgraded. for now it is fine, i agree, and they definitely take advantage of the plants.
  6. i am planning to be more active on here, ive just been so busy with life and work that i havent had time but its all slowing down just a bit and i have cool projects up my sleeve! i just redid my medusa tank (after many months of saying i would) and am excited to give updates on that.
  7. thank you! im scared of what it will look like in another year, i might not be able to see any fish. i am planning on moving once the market is somewhat more stable and i will probable have to drain this tank and move it as is lol
  8. photo dump + updates it's been a little bit since my last update and there has been a new addition so thought i would do a photo dump of the current tank. it is pretty overgrown but i dont want to make any changes since it is balanced, i tried to clean up the emersed plants on top but wasn't very successful as you can see 😂 excuse the poor photos, it's hard to get a good photo without reflections and at night. full tank shot. i added a school of blue danios (danio kerri) which i think are a seriously underrated fish. i wanted some fast moving schooling fish to add some activity to the tank and these did the trick. they've been in for about a month and a half and are doing fantastic, very active and they are gorgeous with their blues, purples, and reds. i had a hard time photographing them so i hope the photos do them justice. watching the males dance in the morning is always fun, i have around 20 something of them currently. some photos of the rest of the inhabitants billy the rescue moor this is robert, i was picking up the danios at my local store and he looked so sad. the other goldies were active and swimming and this poor guy was listless in the back giving me the saddest look. so naturally i took him home and now you would never be able to tell! (don't worry he and the danios went through a full round of qt with meds) the knight goby is doing great this is one eyed joe, he came to me this way but his lack of an eye definitely does not affect his behavior and how much he loves to eat. another underrated fish in my opinion. given the right set up these guys are amazing tankmates for goldfish. they need a lot of cover and plants so as long as you can manage those they do well. my pair (sam and susan) are 8" or so and much more bold/comfortable the larger they get. i dont expect them to get much bigger than this though. once i have the space i want to breed this pair. sam loves his krill flakes. here's him lost in the sauce... here are a few photos of the emersed plants up top. i have a rather extensive houseplant collection and i cant stop myself from adding new, random plants into the mix to see if they will work. these are all quick iphone shots i just grabbed (it was too dark last night). the tank is in an upstairs loft and the pothos has started trailing down the wall th these golden leaves are larger than my hand! i hope you all enjoyed this update and the photo dump.
  9. i eyed her too until i realized i unfortunately live across the country 😢 luckily i live near some really good breeders
  10. thank you! the first is a sumo loach and the second is a violet goby: he is nearing 8” now and getting chunky
  11. this needs a trim! i threw in some leftover subwassertang hoping the goldies would eat it and they didnt so now i have it everywhere
  12. my plants came from a goldfish tank where goldfish were actively breeding, i wouldnt expect plants to come with fish as hitchhikers to be a common thing. the only time i do plant dips is when i know the plants are coming from outdoor ponds/groweries and thats only so i dont bring in various larvae that are common in those set ups.
  13. thats gonna be tough to do with any plants that will give you a tree or leaf appearance. mosses can have issues with hair algae and anubias would probably be the same. you can try creating a floating ring and fill it with floaters above the tree to shield it from the light?
  14. hey all! a well(-ish) known online fish seller/supplier recently told me that salt makes erythromycin ineffective and the two should not be used together. it was my first time ever hearing this and i can’t find anything online really discussing this either. is there truth to this or does anyone else have any experience? i have always kept some salt in my qt and hospital tanks while treating with meds.
  15. the goldfish loft is slowly coming together
  16. thank you! it’s such a shame that most don’t color up well in stores cause they are such stunning fish. great shoalers/schoolers as well, these new ones have already joined the others and move as a big group
  17. i thought that we could start a thread sharing our fish glow-ups from the store to established. here are some chili + strawberry that are established (6+ months) next to some new ones i added in today: its hard to believe these are the same fish.
  18. thank you! try the coop planters and see if that stops them from getting dug up
  19. I have always loved planted aquariums and I have also always loved goldfish. whenever I would try to find suggestions for setting up a planted goldfish tank I was always told that it wasn't possible so naturally, I decided to test that. Now maybe I lucked out and got goldfish who don't really want to eat plants but from my experience, goldfish are more prone to digging them up than actually eating them. The only two plants that I've witnessed my goldfish actually eat are mosses and duckweed. I wanted to share my journey in the world of goldfish and plants. My Planted Goldfish Tank Journey Let's start with the tank info first. tank size: 90 gallon filtration: 2x fluval fx6 (they were on sale so I splurged, flow is way too high so I've turned the outflow down by like 50% which I know is not good for the motors long term but that's a future problem), 2x zeiss filters (once again over-kill but I had a couple extra ones with no other tanks to put them in so why not. they double as airstones as well) lighting: 3x fluval 3.0s (2 on the glass and 1 suspended from the ceiling for the emersed plants) substrate: Safe T Sorb - it was the cheapest substrate I could find that had the natural brown gravel look I wanted in the tank. I did no presoaking which I highly recommend and I have found that it absorbs nutrients/ferts very well. co2: none at first but I decided to set it up for faster growth later on. ferts: Flourish comprehensive, it's the lowest nitrate comprehensive fert I've found + root tabs temp: between 74-76F Planning Stage I knew from my experience with goldfish that they would likely dig up all of the plants. There are really only two ways this can be avoided. The first is to let the plants grow in for the first 1-6 months before adding the fish in so they develop strong, large root systems and are more difficult to dig up. The second option is to block the plants somehow with various decor (or Aquarium Co-ops plant holders) so that the goldfish can't reach them to dig. A combination of the two is your best chance at success. I used driftwood and large black river stones to block off the back 1/3 of the tank so the goldies would have a more difficult time digging there and left the front 2/3 open for them to dig to their hearts' content. Ignore the mess but this is the newly set up 90g. I built the stand for it as well out of butcher block. At this point I only had 1 fx6 from their previous tank and I was using a hob with media from a different filter to help quickly cycle the tank. You can see the caves hidden in the substrate for the plecos/catfish. This is from November 2019. I picked up some more driftwood to add and some more plants. This is when I tried to add riccia flutens to the driftwood and it did not last. Photos are between February-March 2020. I tried covering the moss to give it a chance to attach to the wood but they are right through that. goldfish tax. You can see the substrate better here, I am a big fan of it personally. Very good absorption and it has a very natural look. The only negatives are how dusty it can be, it breaks down over time as it compresses, and it's lighter than eco-complete so it is harder to get plants to stay rooted. April 2020 I added some emersed plants using a diy planter. Being furloughed and locked in my house meant I had time to dedicate to this tank. Plants include: 2x peace lilies (one on each side), lots of photos, corkscrew rush (did not do well long term even though it is a pond/marsh plant), and a sweet potato. The diy planters hold a mix of fluval stratum and red eco-complete which was the extra substrate I had laying around. I also added a second Fluval fx6 at this point cause I impulse bought it on sale. Still only running the one Fluval 3.0 at this point. Growth of the tank as of May 2020, the emersed plants really took off. I picked up a second 3.0 to add since the plants were blocking the light for the hanging light. A few days later I decided to get co2 for the tank. You can see the rock retaining wall blocking off the plants well here alongside the driftwood. I have pleco caves hidden underneath the rocks as well dug into the substrate so the plecos and catfish have good hiding spots that are still visible to me. Because they are in the substrate, I can plant plants above them so they aren't taking up valuable space. The cave on the left is a 3" pvc I cut and spray painted brown for a larger hiding spot. There is one on the right corner as well. Ignore the empty snail shells, goldfish love snails as I learned. July 1, the emersed plants are looking amazing and are doing fantastic. I added a few red mangroves I wanted to try out as well. Unfortunately I didn't take photos but I did add some new plants to the tank between June and August. I added some leopard val, giant jungle val, pogo stellatus octopus, and a few others I can't remember. August 2020 and the tank is being filled in well. The barriers for the plants is working and the goldfish don't have access to dig behind the driftwood and rock barrier wall. It also doubles as a great safe space for the plecos, platys, and snakeskin gourami. Taken during a water change so you can see the diy planters I made. They're positioned in front of the fx6 outflows so they get plenty of water flow through the roots. You can see that at this point the corkscrew rush isn't doing well, I think it was not getting enough light since it would turn brown where it extends above the light. Peak summer so I have a fan going to keep the tank from being 80F. The pogo stellatus is a great goldfish plant, they don't touch the stems and it is a fast grower so it is one I recommend trying with goldies. Post water change September 2020, kitten tax with Benji my rescue goldfish up top. You can see that the plants are nearly reaching the surface at this point. I am still only dosing Flourish comp and iron whenever I remember to. I have added a third 3.0 now to add light to the front of the tank as well. Also taken September 2020 during sunset hours. You may have noticed that a few goldies are missing, I fed some newly nought frozen foods from my lfs one night and the next morning half of them were dead. I think the food was thawed and refrozen at some point or I got a bad batch but it killed most of them. It was heartbreaking and I've avoided both that lfs and that food since. October, this guy was a gift from a friend in the beginning of the year. He was about 2-3" when I got him and this is him at around 7". We have very hard and mineral rich water so he is thriving in it. You can see the plant growth behind him as well. This is the tank in November, the giant val and pogo stellatus took off and I added some monstera to the top. catfish eating some rasberries. I have some amazon swords in here that neither the goldfish nor the plecos touch. Maybe I'm just lucky in that aspect. December 2020, the emersed plants are looking amazing and the aquarium plants are also filled in and looking fantastic. No issues with the goldies digging them up and the val that has spread to the front of the tank as no issues either cause of the dense root system. Taken as the lights are dimming so it's a little dark. late night water change. I removed the planter from the left and the roots just hang in the water since they outgrew it. No issues that I can see of the roots being nibbled on And that brings me to 2021. These photos are of my snakeskin gourami pair from January hiding in the val. The platys are constantly breeding as are the plecos, I just allow whatever fry to survive in the plants to survive. I finally had the heart to add some new goldies in January. Goldfish tax. A couple of the new additions: A good shot of the pleco caves. And finally, some glamour shots from last week showing the tank as it is now. I have added some bolbitis earlier this year. I need to trim the emersed plants since they are getting choked out now for light with how dense they are. susan and sam (snakeskin pair) have really grown since I first got them at 3". They're between 7-8" now and I want to breed them this year. The blue gourami is an opaline gourami, she has also been in here since the beginning. I wouldn't recommend this combo to anyone but I've had her for about 5 years now so I'm attached and she's too much of a bully to go into my other tanks. In this tank I think the combo of cooler water and bigger fish keep her calm and I have zero issues with her picking on anyone. She's a big girl at around 5" as well. You can see how big Benji has gotten in the few months I've had him/her as well. new ranchu tax If you scrolled through all of that, thank you! I would love to hear suggestions, thoughts, etc. I can also answer any questions you may have. I plant to keep this journal updated with future growth and progress, I did remove half of the bolbitis to add to a different tank I am redoing. I do also have a tank upgrade in the future for these guys since I know they're gonna outgrow the 90g. The pandemic put a hold on that but I think this home is good for them for this year at least. Thanks for reading!
  20. i used my heart gun to loosen the silicone (you can use a hair dryer) and a new razor blade to cut through it. just take your time and it should be relatively easy
  21. i see what you mean now, i might do that, thanks! it definitely looks neater than wrapped around. im thinking if doing a trimming cause the undergrowth is dying off from being choked out now so i’ll do it then. thanks again.
  22. thank you! i do have the light cord wrapped and taped (electrical tape) to the handle, the cord goes behind the aloe planter so it is hidden the sponge filter and air pump are hidden behind the driftwood on the right side of the tank so neither are visible either. i do need to tuck the airline hose in so it isnt sticking out though so good call. i appreciate the compliment, thank you!
  23. thank you! orange mexican dwarf crayfish, they go by cpo as well.
  24. my fluval edge journal i bought a used fluval edge that had a cracked top, it sat in storage for close to a year before i had a hurst of boredom/inspiration and decided to scape it at 2am one night when i couldn’t sleep. i could only use the hardscape materials and plants i already had on hand. i snapped these photos an hour or so after setting it up: the next morning: i had it sitting on my nightstand for 5ish months before i got bored and decided to redo it. i wanted something super low maintenance and this tank was just more work than i wanted to deal with in terms of keeping it looking pristine. i ordered 3 pieces of malasyian driftwood (at random) online and the 3 pieces that came in fit perfectly in the tank so naturally, i did another late night scape test fitting the wood: scape and first full up: after a few days: i added some emersed plants, i bought it as creeping jenny but it looks more like pennywort now that its grown in. you can see the little amount i started with next to the wood piece on the left: a couple weeks later and the pennywort is starting to flourish: another couple weeks later, the riccia has attached itself to the wood and is growing like a moss now: the fish are growing, i put them in as tiny juvies initially: a month later and the pennywort has taken off. i am doing bare minimum ferts (easy green once every couple weeks): taken a couple days later: the original shrimp from the first scape are still in here: and finally, the current state of the tank: its very overgrown and looks more like a pond but i personally love it. it feels like a little slice of nature right on my nightstand and it is so low maintenance i barely do anything. if you’re interested in the specs it is: •fluval edge 6g without the top •no heater • nano sponge filter for water movement • ferts every few weeks when i remember • water change every 1-2 months and top offs with either distilled or water from my goldfish tank weekly/bi-weekly depending on need • stocking: galaxy ricefish, pumpkin shrimp, cpo, lots of snails •fluval stratum mixed with fluorite as the substrate id love to hear your thoughts and suggestions !
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