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hush
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Tank size
« on: June 10, 2009, 07:51:35 PM »

What tank should I get to keep a few butterfly tails in it? also, is it ok to keep them together with a black moor & ryukin?
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Piper
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009, 08:04:39 PM »

Ideally, you should start out with a 20 gallon for 1 goldfish.  Add 10  gallons for each additional fish, so a total of 40 gallons or bigger for the three goldfish. This will allow room for them to grow since each of them will reach a length of over 6 inches.

They are compatible with each other so you can place them in the same tank.
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2009, 08:10:16 PM »

Thank you very much fot your answer.
I was thinking to get Biorb 60, but was told that butterfly tails grow very big and probably would be able to live in my tank.
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2009, 08:19:14 PM »

sorry, another q. Would biorb tank be fine for my fish or shall i stick to rectangle shape for the fish sake??
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Piper
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2009, 08:20:11 PM »

Think Biorb 60 is only around 8 gallons or 30 liters, which is too small even for 1 goldfish.  Goldfish are very large fish compared to many other tropical fish.

Biorb 60 is probably good for bettas or guppies. They are very pretty also and don't grow nearly as large as goldfish.

Hope this helps.
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Piper
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2009, 08:23:38 PM »

Personally i would go with a rectangular shaped tank rather than a globe type or biorb. A rectangular tank generally will provide more surface area for oxygen exchange also. 
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2009, 08:27:03 PM »

oh, thank you. i really thought they are 60 gallons, not ltr:(
so if i got a normal tank 50 gallons for example, is it fine to keep a pair of butterflies + black moor with ryukin? or shall i take a few butterfly instead. I was reading  butterflies love a big company.
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Piper
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2009, 08:32:11 PM »

I just looked again. Some websites list Biorb 60 as 60 liters while some list it as 30 liters. I think the 60 liters is correct.. so that works out to about 16 gallons, which is probably ok for 1 goldfish.
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2009, 08:34:55 PM »

hmmm. thank you very much for your help. much appreciated.
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Piper
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2009, 08:36:02 PM »

Yea, 50 gallons should be great. You can pick any of those goldfish you listed, they are all great pets.  Remember to get a good filter also. Goldfish are very dirty and require a ton of filtering to keep them healthy.
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Elwing
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2010, 10:43:38 PM »

Between apartment living with moves every year or two and being on a tiny fixed income, I can't have large tanks. I have a 10 gal and a 3 gal with tropicals. I would like a few goldfish but the tank size you recomend is huge. I always heard that the fish would stay smaller if their enviroment was not suficent to grow full size. Is there any truth to this? One lonely fish in a tank is sad to me. That is why I don't get bettas. Any suggestions for a broke moving old lady.

Wierd note. I used to have a black goldfish that liked to be petted. If I came near the tank he would come to the surface and stay there as long as I petted his head. Even if I just put in food he would ignore it till I left the tank.
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2010, 03:10:24 AM »

The size of the tank won't make the fish grow any smaller. It was proven in an experiment with a catfish that grew big enough to have to be rolled up on the bottom o_O
Still, it might stunt the growth on younger fish and make them look... less pretty :C
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Elwing
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Re: Tank size
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2010, 02:48:36 PM »

Thank you. I am finding a lot of helpful stuff here. Good site.
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