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goldfishbeginner
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golfish beginner new aquarium outside
« on: December 29, 2010, 09:36:50 AM »

hi pls any help???...old years ago i had tropical aquariums and bred many types angeles,guppies, etc...now{aftr marriage} i have space for my old 5 feet aquarium in the yard...can i make it there cause i wish to begin golfish keeping...how much can i keep and any heater needed...Huh...wish i can keep it in the yard...pls help me....Huh?

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Nossie
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Re: golfish beginner new aquarium outside
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010, 01:38:52 PM »

What volume does this tank have?
ONE goldfish needs 10 gallons/40 liters Smiley Real easy to calculate in other words Wink

Secondly, you might want a heater just to make sure that the temperature doesn't drop too low. Goldfish prefer their temp between 70-80 degrees. I keep my tank at precisely 80 degrees, but lower is just perfect too. As long as it doesn't fluctuate. Which is why it might be hard to keep it outside... I'd really like to know more details about your idea Smiley
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Re: golfish beginner new aquarium outside
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2010, 01:58:31 PM »

By 5 feet, do you mean 5 feet wide, 5 feet long.... if you don't know how much it can hold, can you post the exact measurements? Thanks!
Like Nossie said, 10 gallons per goldfish. (my tank is overcrowded, as most of you know, but I do weekly water changes. But it's safest and healthiest for goldfish to have 10 gallons each)

Like Nossie said as well, I would like to know more about your idea - just one more thing. If you plan on keeping it outside, make sure you keep it in a level spot so that none of the sides of the tank is lower than the other!

What kinds of goldfish do you plan on keeping?
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Re: golfish beginner new aquarium outside
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 02:13:12 PM »

Well, I suppose it is a standart 5 ft tank, this means 5 ft long which is about 1,5 m and maybe 2,5 ft deep and 2,5 to 3 ft high... just roughly thinking without a tape measurer... so perhaps roughly 170-180 l ?

I can imagine the tank to be set up more or less like a pond. So the  Pond section should have more info about how to set up a pond, you may like to use it for your outside tank
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Re: golfish beginner new aquarium outside
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010, 03:38:34 PM »

My tank is 140 cm wide (Which is also close to five feet) and that's 300 liters Grin And if a tank is 2.5 feet deep... that's pretty huge actually Wink Close to even 400 liters maybe... but I am really bad at standard measurements for tanks since we follow a completely different system with our domestically made tanks.

I wanted to add that keeping a tank outside is pretty much more challenging than keeping it indoors. For instance, what will you do with it during the winter? Will it keep a constant temperature outdoors? Will you keep it protected from sunlight and wind? What if it will rain on it? What do you exactly mean by keeping it "in the yard"?
The more info we'll get, the easier to help you plan it Smiley
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Re: golfish beginner new aquarium outside
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010, 06:22:01 PM »

You can use this website's calculator to calculator how many liters and gallons your tank holds:
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I kept my old tank outside at one point for a month or so and I personally do not think it is a good idea. It was hard to keep it away from direct sunlight (even though it was on a covered verandah) so the algae grew like crazy! Also their would be more temperature fluctuations outside opposed to inside which goldfish do not like.
You will need to put the tank near a powerpoint for the filter, aerator and possibly a heater.
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Re: golfish beginner new aquarium outside
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2010, 09:30:14 PM »

Having kept an outdoor tank all of last summer I have a few pointers:

1) Keeping your tank partially underground helps maintain smaller temperature fluctuations. The earth surrounding it helps to insulate the water and your fish.
2) Cycling your tank is essential because even if your tank is in the shade your nitrate levels will rocket up without doing so. Airstones are nice but not as nessesary because the wind blows the surface of the water (like in ponds in the wild) and the pump helps oxygenate the water, along with any live plants you may have. Heaters are not manditory unless you live in a very cold climate. Remember that goldies can withstand temperatures almost to freezing. (They are cold water fish, not warm water like tropicals.)
3) You should put a lot of decorations in to protect the fish from predators depending on where you live. Bears, racoons, water snakes, birds, and felines of any kind are always a danger. If you want to be frugal, try using some old flower pots turned on their sides. They make nice hideaway caves and are fish friendly. In general they do not affect the ph. Plants will also provide shade and shelter for your pets, as well as attract insects which your fish love.
4) Flies, gnats, mosquitos and insect larvae will make up most of your fish's diet. However they still need some food supplements such as a flake or pellet food fed once every other day.
5) Every once and a while you should skim the surface of the water to remove dead leaves, algae, twigs, and other crud.
6) When setting up your new tank, use dechlorinated water or any other brand of chemical reducing formula. Measure the parameters once every day while setting it up, then once a month once the tank is established. See Hanna's thread on Tank Requirements.

Hope this helps to some degree!

Goldiegirl
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