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PaperclipGirl
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55gallon tank - going barebottom - need suggestions
« on: March 13, 2010, 02:55:11 AM »

Thanks everyone for being so helpful here! Now on to the fun part - setting up the tank.

First of all -

I want to go barebottom. I moved my commons and commet into a temporary 20 gallon tank that is barebottom and I LOVE it!!  These guys will be going into a pond when the weather is nice. I have it ready to set up and everything!

So for my 55 I want to do the same thing - go bare bottom. I know this will kick another cycle and so I'm expecting a little bit of a wait before I can add my goldies (planning on 2 fan tails) - current filter is an Eheim Ecco 2236.

So now I have a couple of questions?

1 - should I stick to rocks or driftwood and air stones?

2 - should I try potted plants and no air stones?

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Hanna
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Re: 55gallon tank - going barebottom - need suggestions
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2010, 04:23:34 AM »

I would go for pottet plants and camouflage the pots with some nice decorative rocks. I also would keep using the airstone, plants produce oxygen and the fish can nibble on them too, the airstone adds oxygen to the water so both keep a healthy environment.

Our fish just love the airbubbles, they really dive into them... must be like a spa bath Wink, lol

Have fun setting the new tank up
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Nossie
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Re: 55gallon tank - going barebottom - need suggestions
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2010, 05:11:10 AM »

Personal opinion: I really like the natural looks of bottom substrate, and goldfish love digging around in it for food, so I just feel like it would create a nicer and less sterile environment for your fish to have some. But of course, if you want to have your tank without any grovel, feel free to Wink

But I think you could combine these things! Add some stones and some plants : D Besides, driftwood looks nice. And plants give some cover for your fish in case they get nervous! Airstones are quite important too since goldfish need a lot of oxygen for everything. So don't hesitate to get one! (:
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Re: 55gallon tank - going barebottom - need suggestions
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010, 08:54:29 AM »

I have seen some beautiful tanks set up with glass/bare bottom and plants planted in glass containers and set around the aquarium.  The containers were filled with glass jewels and or marbles giving the tank kinda an ice fantasy type of look.  I liked it and may be temped to do that with my 20 gallon as well. Grin
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Re: 55gallon tank - going barebottom - need suggestions
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010, 06:30:56 PM »

I agree with Nossie; get a little bit of both. Though plants help with the oxygenation process, it's not sufficient for an entire tank. And airstones make bubbles... i like bubbles... Tongue buuuubbbllleeesssss....
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Nicole
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Re: 55gallon tank - going barebottom - need suggestions
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2010, 05:28:07 PM »

Another thing to consider is the bacteria in the filter.  Bacteria like to live in gravel, and if you go barebottom, they'll mostly be setting up shop in the filter.  I wouldn't go barebottom myself for the reason that if my fishies couldn't dig through the gravel, they'd be miserable. Smiley
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