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Hanna
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THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« on: April 27, 2010, 04:31:37 PM »

Calling Nossie !

You mentioned in your other post, that the guy in your fish shop told you a lot about plants goldies love.
Can you teach us please? Happy for all info.


Also calling everybody else to share their knowledge about best plants for goldfish

THANKS
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Re: THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 09:59:59 PM »

I'd like to know this too Smiley
I have heard Elodea (?) mentioned alot on these forums.
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Re: THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 11:08:28 PM »

Yes, I had Elodea first:
It is said that it is ideal for goldfish, best plant for beginners, hardy, little demands, grows fast, needs trimming, easy to propagate.

I personally didn't have too much luck with it as it went brown fairly quick.
It looks very pretty though and I liked it. Maybe I'll give it anoyher go later on.
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Re: THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2010, 02:37:02 AM »

So, first time I was there I asked about the Anubias, because it looked so pretty and strong, and he said that it's very suitable for goldfish since it has such thick leaves. And it can grow rather big, and does so fast. Just after a couple of weeks it was twice as big as when I bought it!

The second time I was looking for some smaller plants, and I noticed a pretty row of small leaves in the bottom of the goldfish tank, just for safety I asked what they were, and he told me that these are related to the bigger Anubias but that these little ones, instead of growing up, they grow out towards the sides to make a cute little carpet of it (: They grow about 4 inches high.  The awesome thing is that it looks so small, but these leaves are incredibly strong! While I was cleaning the gravel a few rocks fell onto them and they didn't even bend!And my goldfish enjoy hiding in them and nibbling the algae on the leaves (:

Another really good plant I've had for years now is called Java Fern, which has a rather bitter taste and pretty rough leaves, so the goldfish won't eat them. Although when the plants are small, the fish might dig them out of the substrate before the roots have developed well. This one is also resistant to salt, so if you want to have live plants in a quarantine tank (will be nice for the fish!) this is perfect for the task Wink But it grows quickly!

We also had some elodea at home, but since the goldfish there is so big, he simply ate them to the very base of the plant and then naked sticks were floating around xD So even if quick growing plants sometimes are suggested for goldfish tanks, the fish WILL catch up with the growth rate sometime...

I'll be going back to that shop to get some more plants for the bigger tank soon, so I'll probably have more info by then! Grin
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Re: THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 07:49:19 PM »

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... We also had some elodea at home, but since the goldfish there is so big, he simply ate them to the very base of the plant and then naked sticks were floating around xD So even if quick growing plants sometimes are suggested for goldfish tanks, the fish WILL catch up with the growth rate sometime...

I'll be going back to that shop to get some more plants for the bigger tank soon, so I'll probably have more info by then! Grin

Just came today from the shop with some elodea for my humble fish tank. Let's how the things go on.
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Re: THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2010, 03:04:07 AM »

At most they'll get a nice snack d: But really, it's better for your economy to buy some hardy plants that will last in the company of goldies Smiley Otherwise you have to replace them all the time |: Unless of course, you've got a big jar/bowl to grow some more elodea in!
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2010, 03:37:18 AM »

Easy to grow Elodea and Hornworth, it works, the Elodea I started to grow is now about 70 cm long  Shocked and the Hornworth about 40-50cm. But this one maybe not as dense as when you buy it but dense enough  Roll Eyes
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Re: THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2010, 06:57:47 AM »

Dense enough for the goldies to eat anyway Wink
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2010, 04:02:30 PM »

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Dense enough for the goldies to eat anyway Wink

LOL, yes plenty... Grin
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Re: THE BEST PLANTS FOR GOLDFISH
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2010, 04:13:28 PM »

Tiger likes to eat my plants. it actually makes me sad Sad However, Sonorus, being Sonorus, covers up the roots... I like to call her Tigers nursemaid.. its sooooo cute Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2010, 04:23:56 PM »

HEHE, welcome back, we missed you bad

Yes, they love to nibble, but ours don't wreck the tank anymore since I give them the super veggie pellets, they go mad at them ( we call it Viagra for fish, lol )
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