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Switchkick
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Background for goldfish.
« on: December 25, 2011, 02:26:03 PM »

Hello!

First post here!

I am planning to get 6 goldfish for my tank, 2 white/red, 2 yellow and 2 red. Before I get the fish I need to prepare the tank and at this stage I am thinking about the background. I would really like the colors of the fish to really shine so I am wondering what color the background should have to enhance the red and yellow?

Thanks in advance and I apologise for my english, not my native language Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011, 05:39:14 AM »

First of all, for 6 goldfish, you'll need a minimum of 60 gallons, preferably larger, especially if you're talking about single-tailed goldfish. Just making sure you are aware of this Smiley

I have a plain colored blue background in my tank, it really bring out their colors, even the white ones glow Wink BUT, the light is as important as the background. I have a bulb that enhances reds, blues and whites, so try looking for something like that.

Yellow goldfish are also very rare, and can usually only be bought from breeders, but there's nothing wrong with planning, of course Smiley
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2011, 06:37:26 PM »

I think for yellow goldfish it can depend on the area.
I've seen yellow goldfish frequently around here in Wales in certain shops!
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2011, 07:51:01 PM »

Switchkick- welcome! I made a very simple background today in about 10 minutes by glueing slightly crumpled tissue paper in shades of blue to two large posterboards then lightly dusted it with silver glitter. It only cost $4.00 to make 5' X 2' and the effect is quite pleasing. In my opinion the photo-backgrounds look tacky. Blue and black are nice but can be a bit pricey (especially if you have a large tank for those six goldies)
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011, 02:20:39 AM »

Skwishee: They're usually temporarily yellow, to get one with constant coloration, a breeder is the best bet Smiley
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011, 03:50:14 AM »

Thank you for your answers!

Will probably go with a black background and dont worry, the aquarium is big enough. Its a 260 liter tank to keep them in while they are young and I have plans to upgrade to a larger tank aswell in the future.

Had no idea about the yellow ones, seen them just about everywhere around here! A shame if they dont stay yellow.
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011, 05:25:37 AM »

Nice! Smiley If you intend to keep fancies, the six of them would do fine for the rest of their lives in that sized tank, provided that you have enough filtration of course Smiley

So where do you live? I've seen a few yellow baby ryukins here, but they've still had a hint of red in them, assuming that they wouldn't stay yellow. Not to mention that babies are a bit lighter color always Smiley
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2011, 10:15:35 AM »

Been thinking about getting a fluval 405 or maybe even a fx5. Not sure yet, dont want a tornado in the tank either Smiley

I live in Sweden.
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2011, 06:31:07 AM »

Cool, I'm like right next you! Cheesy (Finland) Not many people from up here are on this forum... Smiley

I'm using an Eheim filter, but I'm seriously considering getting an aquatop instead, they're sold on Amazon.uk (I think?) and they're twice as powerful and half the price of an Eheim.. Smiley

You'll want a filter that pumps at least 2000-2600 liters per hour in your tank, and such large filters might be pretty pricey..
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2011, 08:46:48 AM »

Ei saa peittää! only finnish I know Tongue

Might get to pricey it seems. The Fx5 from fluval is for aquariums up to 1500 liters so I´m pretty sure that would work but its expensive and people say its noisy. Tank is in living room Wink

Anyhow the background will be black, going to buy some slimline or something and do something nice with it.
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2011, 11:10:19 AM »

Nossie: I did not know that about yellow goldfish!

Is this the filters you meant Nossie? (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)
Thought I'd link it  Smiley There is a version without UV for a slightly cheaper price as well.

I've been considering getting one for a while now!

Also Welcome Switchkick.
Jag heter Skwishee  Wink (The only swedish I really know XD Apart from Spindel!).
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2011, 12:04:25 PM »

Switchkick: Ha! Wink I speak fluent Swedish, and prefer using that before Finnish anyway Wink
Have a look at the link Skwishee added, that's just the filter I mentioned, and it would be great for your tank! Smiley

Skwishee: Pretty many goldfish change color, especially the two-colored ones (red-black for instance). It's a bit of a shame though Sad
And that's JUST the filter I was talking about! Cheesy I'm so getting one asap D':
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2011, 04:49:27 AM »

Thank you for the link! That should be a good option! Smiley

The planning will continue next year Tongue Happy new year ya´ll!
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2011, 05:54:22 AM »

Happy new year! Cheesy
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2011, 12:04:41 PM »

Happy new year everyone  Grin May your year be full of fish!
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2012, 06:20:29 AM »

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2012, 05:06:30 AM »

Yay 2012
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2012, 11:06:58 AM »

Switchkick, I was wondering what you finally decided on what to use for the background. I see that you said it would be black, good choice. Black works well for several reasons.

I have a recommendation if you haven't done it yet.
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Sprays on like spray paint, dries like rubber coating. This stuff is awesome. Tape up the tank, spray a few coats on the outside of the back glass and peel the masking tape off. Let it dry and set up your tank.

It dries like a rubber coating and can be easily peeled off if you decide to remove it.
You can see this guy peeling it off of a car emblem.
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It can also be used to make wood grain rims black. Smiley

The stuff has a lot of uses. We also use it in the R/C hobby to waterproof stuff.


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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2012, 04:35:33 AM »

That could be something for me... @_@
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Re: Background for goldfish.
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2012, 10:57:19 AM »

I painted tbe back of my big tank with black latex. I didn'tknow about this stuff back then.
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