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  1. Hello! I am happy to be here and I hope to learn how to care for fish properly. I will need LOTS of advice! I work in a nursing home and last week we had a party (Fall Festival) for the residents. Unbeknownst to me, one of the managers thought it would be cute to buy 20 baby goldfish, put them in tiny jelly jars and hand them out as prizes! They literally handed these little jars of fish to elderly dementia patients and said, "enjoy your new pet!" No plan for where to house them past the jelly jars. So, on Thursday (10/22) I was working with a resident in his room and noticed a tiny jar full of filthy water with a LIVE GOLDFISH wiggling around in it. That's when the resident told me he had been given the fish as a prize 1 WEEK prior, at the party! This poor little guy had been living in that tiny, filthy jar for A WEEK! I found out that the activity director had been feeding it a few flakes of fish food every day and that all the other fish died, of course. Well, I felt so bad for the little fish that I took the jar to a big box pet store after work and said, "HELP!" So they set me up with a small 3.5 gallon tank and some supplies and put my lone survivor, whom we named The Lone Ranger, into some clean tank water. Then I made the stupid mistake of buying a friend for The Lone Ranger, who I name Tonto. I know realize that a 3.5 gallon tank is insufficient for even 1 goldfish. I learned that little tidbit by watching You Tube videos which is how I found Aquarium Co-Op! I only hope my little guys survive the transfer to the new tank which I only prepared by putting some "instant" prep liquid in the water for a couple of hours prior to the transfer. So, if my little finned friends are still alive on Monday, I will let you know. I ordered some Fritz Complete and Fritz Clarifier and a gravel vacuum kit. I also ordered some test strips from you guys. Sorry my picture isn't great but if you can see the pale fish in the upper left, that's The Lone Ranger and the black and orange spotted one is Tonto. I look forward to MUCH support from all of you on the forum. I have never had an aquarium before and I literally have no idea what I'm doing! Be nice! Thanks! CLSig
  2. I have 4 goldfish in a 65g tank. Just recently my oranda showed these spots. It's been about 3 weeks as I thought it was just wen growth. But now some of the white spots are dark. I just did a 40% water change (usually do 30% weekly) and changed the media in my filter (fluval 407). I am testing the water in the am. I do struggle with ammonia. I only have 4 fish, so I know that it's not a crowded tank. I will update tomorrow with the nitrate and ammonia levels. Just feeling super frustrated. I lost my pearl scale last month. 😢
  3. my 75 is the only tank I currently have running. Just recently changed jobs, and will have a lot more time and energy for the hobby.
  4. Hello all, My goldfishes (2) are currently suffering stage 2 of fin rot. I have read the article regarding how to treat it but my parents won't let me buy the medications for them, so I have turned to with aquarium salt. I don't have that either so I searched up substitutes for it and decided to use Kosher salt. I just want to ask if anyone has experiences with using Kosher salt with their fishes before? Also, should I take out the carbon packet from my filter during the treatment? thanks for your time. -Ceci
  5. Hello everyone! Looking for advice on what to do with pond goldfish over the winter. Some backstory: My roommate has a little red-eared slider turtle. We dug a little pond in the yard so he could live outside during the warmer months. I don't know the exact size, but I am guessing around 150 gallons. We obtained some plants for the pond and surprise! They came with baby goldfish. They were so tiny we didn't even notice them right away, but they have been growing steadily over the past 3-4 months. I can't count them individually due to all the plants and such, but I think there are about 10. Now that its October, here in Pennsylvania the weather will be getting colder soon. We are trying to figure out the best way to keep the turtle AND the goldfish over winter. The turtle definitely needs to come inside, and I think the goldfish will need to come indoors, too. I know goldfish are cold water fish, but our pond is not big/deep enough for them to survive temps below freezing. I have 4 tanks set up now, but all are for tropical fish, so the outdoor critters can't live there over the winter either. We are also on somewhat of a budget. My idea now is to get a 300 gallon stock tank for them. The turtle and goldfish have been living together so far, so I would assume they are fine to live together indoors as well? There would definitely need to be a basking area and other turtle-necessities. Do you think this would work? Or should I look into getting something separate for the goldfish? I also need advice on filtration. A pond filter? Cannister filter? How to hook it up? I would prefer not to rehome the goldfish at this point, as I know they would likely end up as feeders for someone. I am willing to dig a bigger pond (luckily I own the house/property), but I know we won't be able to get it done until spring. Thanks for reading my long post and I appreciate any advice!
  6. Sunday Fun Day😄 10g hospital/quarantine tank: Current home to 10-ish? ghost shrimp (the shrimp shenanigan's as they're starting to be known) that were gifted to me Friday as well as a mass of java moss. Oh! and a newly found bladder snail. 20% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Filter is hob that came with the larger tank (marked whisper 20-40 on spill edge) that I fitted with a nylon to help keep out the java moss. Pruned back some of the devil's ivy (pothos) in the filter hopper and rinsed filter 'bag' in dirty tank water. Replaced the charcoal in filter bag as I kept the bag since the ivy has started root in it. [Note: will cut apart the bag material before replacing to keep some in tank and reposition to keep roots in place.] Brushed off java moss from nylon and moved some into 3d printed floating pot. Lastly, rock with moss on it to the spill edge to slow down flow. Added pvc tubes to add hide spots/exploration places for the shrimps. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. Nylon is holding up better than anticipated. -Research ghost shrimp care and breeding. Pretty sure there are a couple females with eggs. -Research calcium supplements. We have r/o well water here so any such minerals will need to be added. -Put in fancy substrate? Did pick up Fluval Stratum but realize after some more videos that it might be more muss than its worth for the shrimps? -Add more plants. Will clip some water sprite and pennywort from large tank to move into this one. 39g Goldfish Community tank: Current home to one shubunkin (Shu), two fancy fantails (Pooh & Tail), red cap oranda (Baby) and one surprise koi (yet unnamed) gifted to me on Friday. (the koi was supposed to be another shubunkin - was a surprise when I saw the little whiskers😄) 10% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Slight gravel vac done to get up excess food and poop. Reburied plants that had been disrupted during the week. Brushed moss off from filter intake and added to a floating pot. Starting to see some aggression from Shu (shubunkin) towards Baby (oranda). No tail or fin nipping as I was kind of expecting, instead Shu is nipping at Baby's face. I don't see any marks or wounds but am starting to see a bit of a red streak starting in Baby's tail. Seems to do it mostly around feeding time. All fish except koi are handfed pieces of Repashy super gold in addition to a larger chunk being dropped in the tank (all together it equals out to about .25tsp). May try moving to 3 feedings per day from current 2. Shu's color seems to have stabilized again though I'm still keeping tabs of spots that I think may be or have been ammonia burn. Baby's tail is still a bit bent from where it has started growing back in. Concerned about possible stress from Shu causing the red streak in tail Koi seems to be settling in fine. Kept overnight in 10g and then given a paraguard bath before moving to tank. Having koi and Shu has moved up pond plans for this year. Thankfully craigslist to the rescue and I have a couple messages out for larger tank and stock tank/pond. Originally I was hoping to set up the pond in a greenhouse to run it year 'round but that may have to wait. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. -Keep monitoring Shu and Baby -Start work with koi in a couple weeks to get him comfortable with hands; point work -Track down larger tank/pond for Shu & koi -Research greenhouses; heating in particular
  7. Hello all, I have a 14 year old goldfish that I had kept in an 960 Gallon outdoor pond all of his life until the end of this July. At that time, it probably was 90 degrees most days outside but the pond temperatures did NOT rise into high 70s. I had noticed he stopped hanging around with the pack (3 10-16 inch koi, and 9 other goldfish ranging in various sizes). Then I observed he wasn’t coming up for daily feeding and still sitting at the bottom of the pond. Also I noticed him twirling a little bit too before we scooped him out of the pond. He wasn’t as easy to catch as I had thought either- as he knew enough to escape from one side of the pond to the other. From what I can tell the rest of the fish in the pond seem to be doing fine, in case you were wondering. I test the water periodically and ph is roughly 7.5, ammo close to 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 40-80ppm at times. My memory is a little fuzzy- but I recall in past recent years seeing little white bubbles on his tail now and again at the beginning of spring, not thinking much of that at the time. Now I am wondering if it was ick or something??? So I put him in a 10G hospital tank with filter, no heater in the house. Temperature is a steady 74 degrees Fahrenheit. The first few days in the new tank, he seemed sad, dorsal fin clamped and the red streaks or veins were showing in some white areas in his tail and fins. All along his appetite was very good- no twirling. After a while he became very friendly and perky! I was thinking I was starting to cure him at the time. He eats 2 times per day once at 10am and the 9:30pm. I feed him typically 6 omega goldfish pellets and 2 pond sticks each feeding- which I soak in water for 5 minutes prior to feeding him. He would eat more I am sure- but I am afraid to over feed with my biofilter not totally working. I treated him for 1-2 weeks with daily dose 1 cap Seachem Stressgard and 5 teaspoons of salt. After that I stopped the stressgard and put him on Seachem paraguard for another 3-4 weeks. He seemed to improve and not sure if it was my imagination, but some of the red streaks seemed to dissipate, but not all. When I stopped the paraguard the redness seemed to return. I noticed the nitrites in the tank rose to 1 ppm. All the while I was doing 15% water changes daily while trying to get to bio filter working. As of today ammo is 0 nitrite was .5, ph 7.2, and nitrate 10-20ppm. Anyway, I cannot figure out what the red streaks are. I posted pictures- now he does have his red goldfish color on his fins - that is not what I am talking about. See the red streaks in the white areas of his tail and bottom fins. His top fin and body do NOT have blemishes and look good. Is this finrot or - I am dreading hemorrhagic septicemia. Please send me your thoughts. Do you think I could treat him with even more salt, melafix? Or do you think I am wasting time and need to think about antibiotics- which I only want to use as last resort. I read somewhere that treating older fish with harsh meds may mess up there kidneys. He is 14 or 15. Again as of today he is super happy, hungry and perky. I bought him a 40G aquarium, as I Plan to keep him inside from now on. I am waiting to move him until I am sure he is cured. Please send me your thoughts- any advice would be appreciated.
  8. I have some serious concerns about some “advice” some people are giving in a very large fb group called Fish Tank Talk. there are individuals that are advocating for use of heaters for goldfish based on some research that some guy found over the years. After skimming over it, most research was done on common goldfish and to see if they would prefer to be in warmer over colder water. I am personally not a seasoned keeper of goldfish, particularly fancy goldfish but I know that there are negative long term effects for goldfish if kept at higher temperatures. does anyone have any studies or research references to back this one up? thank you.
  9. I really don't know what to do. My black Moor is really sick and I have tried everything. That I know of... She has to have swim bladder. I feel so bad. I don't know what to do. Everyone says "it's just a fish" I don't want her to go but I just don't know if she would be better off?? Does anyone have some advice or something. I don't even know what to do.
  10. I’m starting on a 125 gallon goldfish tank this weekend. Planning on using lots of epiphyte plants and a few others in easy planters. I’m planning to stock 1 black moor, 1 fantail, 1 ranchu and 1 oranda. 3 Dojo Loaches should be fine with them, right?
  11. Hi everyone- This is my new goldfish named Boba. He came with a white spot on his Wen and just one small one on his body. From what I read online last week, the white spot on his Wen was a indication that his Wen was growing. He always had the one white spot on his body as well, but now I am starting to notice a couple more white spots around his face and one on his tail. Would this be Ick by any chance? Any advice would be great! Thank you!
  12. Orandas about 2 months old flashing to top but I haven’t seen rub anything. So not Gil flukes I guess idk it’s white but I’ve never had Gill flukes on fish. But googled lots pictures and see none. So I treated maracyn because rapid breathing and swimming and maybe some blood spots on tail not sure so tiny so not 100%. Nothing looks wrong with it on outside. My waters perfect 125gallon 8 tiny orandas and 4 tiny bristlenose. And it’s planted so 0 0 0 and I still do large water changes every week when I’m bored. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/jIfV5GIwThyW5hIlVHBYvA.1fZ-ae4-ukkPsrLjRlCq5b https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/268NhHfdRiCVAr9WGvOhaA.AvEsO-8mDsm5OsXkMhA6PT
  13. My oranda is one year old and she’s starting to get these white spots on her head. Any ideas what it can be? Water parameters are all okay. Thank you!
  14. I’m worried I have 10 goldfish coming in mail tomorrow and I see this stuff in my tank…. The bugs on top I read harmless goldfish will eat them idk. I would love any help I don’t want get any my 10 orandas 3 months old sick but I think if it’s frog or somthing they will just eat them. I’m stomped I have nothing in tank can drop fry. I have this little 10ish things swimming in 125g tank nothing old enough in tank. I have 5 month old bristlenose 4 of them and had 4, 7 month old ranchus goldfish. I moved them few days ago get ready for new fish. I also have little bugs jumping on top of water I’ve read nothing worrie about. So is this like frog or somthing? I don’t think it’s a parasite or is it!!!?! Doing water change it’s a mess but watch last 10 secs video best few pls https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/KP0T1i-sSwuNTJQMWzCwrw.-5Q-PDOjRtBwY873M6_x8k And here’s what’s on top of my water https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/aHEVYZ1rTMOmVt79yPIEUA.TTXKQMfdYvENe0pftd4S4q
  15. Hi all, I am currently dealing with the worst bacterial infection I’ve ever had to deal with on my goldfish of 7 years. Vet is finally stumped so I bring you guys the case. My goldfish, named Booyah, is 7 years old. He’s lived in a 55g by himself for most of his life. For years, Booyah has had a couple red lines on his fins. Because he’s had it for so long, I didn’t think much of it. Three months ago, I bought a heater and raised the temperature in Booyah’s tank slowly over the course of two weeks. It was about 76F when I woke up one morning and realized Booyah was swimming in all manner of different ways. Assuming he was constipated, due to his fancy body shape, I fed him peas over the next week. With no change, and his eyes seemingly bulging, I moved to step two. I started looking for cures to what I believed was a bacterial infection, possibly Septicemia at the time. Being in Canada, it’s very difficult for me to obtain medications without a vet, and so I contacted the nearest one to me (2hrs), raced there and back with the vet’s prescription of Erythromycin, and began treatment. No change. Next attempt the vet prescribes Amoxicillin and Green Malachite, and there’s no improvement again—though I will say his popeye was noticeably better around this point. No change, once again. The red lines were getting worse, and my poor boy was losing color due to stress among many other things, and so the vet prescribed me a second round(??) of Erythromycin, which again did not work. It’s at this point where the vet said he was stumped and I had already exhausted hundreds of dollars in examination fees. The treatment has been ongoing for at least 2 months now, and I—as I’m sure many others are surprised that Booyah is even alive still. He has been fighting very hard. I treated Booyah with Kanaplex in his food, and again there has been no change. In the last two weeks, he’s grown what the vet believes to be lymphocytes on his tailfin, as well as showing virtually no improvement in his ability to swim or with the red lines. I have also been giving him Epsom baths every other day. I am unsure of what to take for the next step, so I’m kindly asking if you guys have any recommendations to please let me know. I should add that Booyah has recently been moved to a 20G hospital tank to administer treatment, but my vet prescribed all his previous treatments in his 55g tank, so I will provide the readings of the 55g as that’s been his home for the last ~6 years. Ammonia — 0PPM Nitrite — 0PPM Nitrates — 20PPM PH — 8.2 Temp — Avg.72, was turned up to 76-78, but has since been put back at 72. (About a month ago). I do weekly water changes of about 30%. Tank is 55g and has been set up for over 5 years. Booyah is the only fish in this tank, nothing new was added at the time of his illness. I feed Booyah omega goldfish pellets and have been for years. I also fed him frozen & thawed bloodworms at the time (have since stopped due to his inability to get them) and tried to feed him vegetables but he hates them for some reason. (Getting him to eat the peas was no easy feat). I have attached images of Booyah's current health condition. Any additional information or pictures can be supplied as needed.
  16. Hi, first time poster here. Up until now I have just been doing relentless research and watching the YouTube channel but now I don’t know what to do. I have a new tank. 75 gallon tank with 3 small goldfish and 1 plecto that was set up on Saturday and fish added on Sunday. I checked my tank Thursday and had an ammonia reading of 3.0 ppm, oh was 7.8-8.0, and nitrite and nitrates were both at a 0. Due to the high ammonia we did a 50% water change Thursday. Friday we checked levels again, everything was the same but ammonia was still just below 3.0 ppm. Did another 50-75% water change. I noticed that night my smallest goldfish was sitting at the bottom and was until Saturday morning. He is back to normal self. Friday we dosed prime and stability by seachem and have been light feeding once a day to try and keep ammonia levels down. Left tank alone all day Saturday to not stress fish. Today it’s Sunday and I just checked levels which I will upload now. PH is highest it’s ever been and ammonia is not zero but lower. What should I do now is my question. I don’t want to stress my fish but I don’t want to hurt them further. Fish show no signs of distress or burnings, spots, marks ect. Aside from the one sitting at bottom for the night they have not showed any changes aside from hunger due to limited feeding now. I have prime, I have stability, I have another tetra water conditioner. I don’t have anything else and couldn’t get anything else until Tuesday, payday. Please help me I appreciate any advice. I understand now my tank is not cycled and I’m dealing with new tank syndrome. I just need some help to get me through it. I don’t want my fish harmed. Thank you for your time. ♥️
  17. We moved into a rental house that has an established pond with goldfish. Maybe 8-10 but I’m not sure bc there is so much algae in the water I can’t really see. I think there’s a filter but I need to get it up and running. I prefer not to dump a bunch of chemicals in the pond to fix it. I know it’s not extra food bc the house sat vacant for a month and the previous tenants said the fish lived off the bugs and such with no feeding. I do know our water is REALLY hard. (We live in Belgium so I don’t have the same options as if we were in the states.) I want to start by getting the filter running and adding more plants to help with water quality. Don’t have a test kit yet to give any water parameters. The pond is an odd oblong shape. Half of it is waist deep and the other half is knee deep. It’s probably 10 feet long and 5 feet wide…ish. (Picture with reference to my kiddos) My only fish experience is with a 15 gal tank my daughter had! Any helpful suggestions are welcome! (What type of plants, what else I can do to clear up the water, etc)
  18. I have spent time on several other forums and YouTube in search of the answer to this question and the web is split. Are the white spots in my goldfish’s wen fungus or a natural part of growth? I just received this small oranda from an online seller so he is in qt. I have added my water parameters however the fish came in with the white spots so I am not sure how helpful they will be. Finally the aquarium has 1 tbsp of salt per 2 gallons (aquarium coop lvl 2 salt treatment). Ammonia 0 nitrate 0 nitrite 0 hardness 300 buffer 40-80 ph 6.8-7.2 chlorine 0 temp 72
  19. I found these in Sacramento California today. They say these are black thai doll fancy goldfish. I believe Cory has been looking for these. I spoke to the guy at the fish store and he says they stay smaller- but could not tell me how small. The store is called Exotic Aquarium. I picked up a calico ranchu and a tricolor oranda today.
  20. Hi all, I'm having more challenges with my ranchu goldfish, Tater. *Background: Tater is actually the second ranchu I brought home. The first one seemed to be sick because it was floating weird (it was actually just being a ranchu and floating vertically) so I began treatment with a little bit of salt and erythromycin, not even a full dose. The poor thing died overnight, less than 12hrs home from the store. All the store fish were fine, so I suspect it was my treatment that stressed the fish to death. So with that experience, I am very hesitant to treat with salt or meds until I know that it will help. Ranchus are new to me and boy, does the goldfish world have us regular aquarists fooled! These are by no means easy fish! I am still getting used to this fish's normal behavior- it is so different from an average fish. *Current issue: I left on vacation for about 5 days, using an autofeeder to feed Saki Hikari fancy goldfish sinking pellets 3x daily, small amounts each time. (I have been struggling with finding consistent feeding info online as far as quantity and frequency.) Since I got home, Tater just seems kind of "blah." Less active but I wouldn't necessarily describe her as lethargic. Just lacking her usual perkiness. She'll stay floating vertically, head down, quite a bit. This is normal for her to some extent but not for this amount of time. More concerning is that she does not seem to be eating. She had some really weird looking poo yesterday, almost as if her body was still trying to produce poo but kind of ran out of stuff. I suppose you could describe it as stringy, which I know is a red flag for parasites, but all other poo has been standard. There's just much less of it. *Parameters: 73*F, TDS 553 ppm, pH 8.0, 0ppm nitrite, 0ppm ammonia, 300+ hardness, All of this is normal for my water. However, nitrates were at 40-50ppm. I checked nitrates with 3 different tests to confirm this (Co-op strips, Tetra strips, Master test kit,) and all of them were in agreement. I did a water change about 4 hours ago and dosed Prime, so I am not sure if this is a falsely high reading. *Tank details: Have had the fish for a little over one month. 20gal long, Aquaclear 70 HOB filter, airstone, rock decor and plants (hornwort, duckweed, java fern, anubias, crinum calimastratum.) She used to gobble up the duckweed (it made me laugh because her poo would then be basically just duckweed. Haha.) But now she isn't touching it. I do not fertilize this tank. There is a bold, rugged little platy that has been surviving in there too, along with a couple of rogue cherry shrimp (Mad respect for them; they must be hiding in the rocks to escape the goldie.) Weekly 50%-ish water changes. (No ammonia or nitrite so I would guess the cycle is not being hurt.) Feeding Saki Hikari fancy goldfish sinking pellets, duckweed, and Repashy Gold. Bare bottom tank, no new additions (neither fish nor plants.) My suspicion: I have two theories, and would love to hear from someone with ranchu experience because these little buggers make me confused. Are you sick, or just a weird fish? I suspect 1) Constipation and/or 2) temp too high while I was away. Maybe I was feeding too much with the autofeeder and she's constipated. I have been trying to fix this by feeding only Repashy (seems to have a high plant content) and I have blanched spinach in there for her as well, taking care to rotate it out before it starts to decay. I don't think she realizes it's food yet. And there's always duckweed. She nibbled on the Repashy a tiny bit but not like she usually does. As for temp, its ok now, but I realized the thermostat was on Eco Mode. I just checked those settings and I was letting my apartment get up to 82*F!!! 🔥😵🔥 I hadn't realized that the Nest thermostat would automatically detect when you are gone and switch to Eco. (Usually my husband is also home so it never turns on Eco mode, but he was also out of town with me.) It's hot here in Northern California and I suspect it did indeed get that hot in the apartment, but I don't know what the water temperature got up to. So... not sure if anyone thinks something else might be going on. And before anyone says "feed them peas" I'd like to know if anyone has actually done that and seen results. 🤔 It seems like one of those things we all tell each other but no one has necessarily tried. But anyway, I suspect spinach would be just as good. Hoping that a little time will help, although I know that can be risky. Standard floating position. Kind of worrying. Has no balance problem and can easily swim down. Not tilting left or right, therefore I do not suspect a swim bladder issue, but not 100% ruled out. Bare bottom tank setup. Airstone is hiding behind the rocks. Video shows her just looking kind of slow, sad, and "blah." I'd love to pretend that she just missed me but I know that's not it.
  21. Do goldfish eat snails? Particularly rams horns? I’m trying to breed them in all my tanks for my pea puffers and wasn’t sure if my goldfish will eat them.
  22. Hi, I've wanted to join the forum for a while and my sick goldfish prompted me to finally join. I have 3 comet goldfish that are about 2.5 inches in body length. They are in a 55 gallon (with intent of upgrading when they get bigger) and it has 2 filters and a few plants. Just a few hours ago I noticed that 1 of the 3 fish had a curved spine and was laying on its side on the bottom of the tank. It is still breathing and looking around and occasionally swimming around while its spine is still curved. The ammonia is between 0.25 ppm and the Nitrate is 20ppm. I was away from home for a while so they haven't had food in a 2 weeks and have been in the dark during that time. I moved the fish into a 10g hospital tank with 5 gallons of new water and 1 gallon of old tank water. He has been swimming around a little more since going in there in the past 30 minutes. I am going to petsmart to buy meds tomorrow morning so I want to figure out what is wrong tonight hopefully. I have read people talking about ammonia or nitrate poisoning or bacterial infection. The other 2 fish are fine which makes me think it isn't the parameters. Thank you for any help or suggestions! These fish mean a lot to me so I am trying to do as much as possible to help him. Note: the image is him in a quickly put together hospital tank.
  23. Hi, My goldfish's anus has some thing sticking out of it and it seems to have problems going to the bathroom. Ive done the medicine trio and added aquarium salt but it's still the same. Picture attached. Ph 7.8, nitrates 20ppm, nitrites 0ppm, ammonia 0.30 ppm (changed my ammonia filter, did 30% water change, and stopped feeding for a few days), Gh 143.2 ppm, Kh 53.7ppm, temp. 74 degrees F
  24. 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!
  25. Hey Guys! I have an issue with my water here in Phoenix Arizona. After my first water change since the big temperature increase about three weeks ago my fancy goldfish have been very lethargic and sometimes bottom setting. They’ve developed some pimples and I think it’s clear there’s something wrong with the tap water. The usual parameters are OK with pH around 7.8 to 8 but the tap water shows 1% salinity with my salinity meter and I believe the water hardness has drastically increased. I’m in the process of setting up an RO drip system with the hopes of delivering clean inconsistent water all the time forever. My concern now is that the soft water may not be suitable for the goldfish. When I started the process some Google searching resulted in a clear yes the soft water would be fine, I then called two goldfish dealers and they also said it would be fine but I just want to make sure. Have any of you kept fancy goldfish and soft or RO water? Help 🙂 * Please excuse the water quality and the algae. I’m working on green algae carpet
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