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Daniela
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Tank questions
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:24:33 AM »

I have recently bought a black moor and fantail goldfish. If it wasn't for coming on here i wouldn't have known our tank is too small for them. My question is would a 90 litre tank be big enough for my 2 fish and would i have to empty it every week/month to clean it properly .

Im a beginner so im just finding my fins with goldfish keeping

Many thanks
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 11:51:13 AM »

90 liter would technically work but if you're buying a new one I'd get a bit bigger. You will have to change out 50-70% of the water weekly and vacuum the gravel. Please read up on cycling your tank and there is also a great thread on maitanence.
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Nossie
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 12:20:16 PM »

Earlier I kept two fantails in a 100 liter tank, that would be ideal for them since there would technically be 20 liters of extra space for them, and a 100 liter tank is pretty small still and easy to maintain Smiley It's also one of the more standard sizes so it would be easier to find. How big is the current tank by the way?

Here are the two threads that cheri mentioned:
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Have fun reading Wink And don't be shy to ask more questions whenever Smiley
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 01:05:12 PM »

they should do fine in 90 L for a couple of years...unless one thinks it's a leviathan ( one of mine does!) Grin
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Daniela
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 01:08:43 PM »

Im not sure how big my current one is but its small. Im looking for a new one at the moment so it will only be a temporary tank. Thanks for the links i had a look at them earlier but i was a bit confused. Ive just had a look again and they make better sense on a second read.
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Daniela
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 01:39:25 PM »

Just found a tank online. Its 110 litres and its a Juwel Rekord 800
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 02:23:00 PM »

That would be a great size for just these two fish, they will be very happy in there. Resist the urge to get more fish though! Lol.
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Daniela
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 02:28:17 PM »

We got it at a good price. Can't wait to get it, ill have to resist the urge to put the fish in straight away. Me and my partner think that just the 2 fish will be fine for us. I love watching them swim around. Also which live plants would be good for the health of the tank and the fish?
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012, 02:40:50 PM »

Java ferns and Anubis are easy and the fish won't eat them, they do well in low light. I also have large bunches of elodea but the fish eat it and it kind of makes a mess and takes a long time to root.
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Daniela
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2012, 02:51:32 PM »

Thank you ill have a look into those plants Smiley
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2012, 03:01:18 PM »

I'm so glad you were so quick to get a new tank! Most people spend awhile in denial before listening to forum members. Good luck with your babies. Check out the feeding tips too, a lot of newbies make the mistake of feeding just pellets or flakes with no variety.
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2012, 03:05:03 PM »

We give them flakes but i read that they can eat fruit and veg so we let them try a grape earlier
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2012, 03:12:36 PM »

Mostly veg but I do give fruit as a very rare treat. The more variety in their diet the healthier they will be. I really get into mine's diets, it's really fun (in my opinion).
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2012, 03:20:59 PM »

It was nice watching them eat the grape and good knowing they're getting something different
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2012, 04:19:34 PM »

You could also try adding some cryptocorynes to your tank, they grow really tall so they'd make good background plants Smiley Anubias come in different sizes by the way, and Anubias Nana (dwarf anubias) or Anubias Barterii (Barter's anubias) are both pretty suitable for those smaller tanks Smiley

I also have a tall something in my tank that I can't identify, but looks really pretty xD

Aside from the veggies you could try getting some blood worms or shrimp for the goldfish Smiley Protein is especially important for small goldfish Smiley And just in case, while you feed them with flakes, you shouldn't drop them onto the surface but rather take a grip around a pinch and lower it below the water line, that way they won't swallow so much air and the flakes will be easier for them eat. Not to mention that they'll have a lot of fun chasing the drifting flakes around the tank Wink
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2012, 04:38:17 AM »

Welcome to the forums and congrats on the bigger tank Smiley

With plants, I've tried Cabomba and it got eaten!
I have a nice bunch of Elodea Densa, that I just love, it has grown roots all over the place and the plant itself has grown quite nicely in places, although it does get nibbled, I'm hoping it'll grow fast enough to keep up with my goldfish  Wink
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2012, 04:08:07 PM »

We're just about to give them some cooked (but cooled) Broccoli. Im hoping to get some plants when our tank comes and im holping to pick up some bloodworms tomorrow.

Edit - They didn't seem to like the broccoli. Im going to get some frozen carrots and peas for them. I was wondering how everyone makes orange pulp. Is it just mashed orange?
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2012, 10:50:03 AM »

I peel a bit of orange and give it to Sebastian. He tears the little pieces up and makes a mess. He sometimes eats a nibble of bandanna, and sometimes a bit of raspberry. Other than that he doesn't care for fruit much.

Other things we have tried is cucumber, spinach, broccolli, brussel sprouts, corn without the skin and peas without the skin. And sweet potato. Small pieces only. His regular food is the color enhancing gelfood, and veggies. He loves it and looks great.
He also goes wild for algea tabs.
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Re: Tank questions
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2012, 04:40:46 AM »

Fruit can mess with the water quality (and goldfish aren't really meant to eat fruit in the first place), so feed them that only on the day you'll change the water Smiley
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