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FishyFishyFisyFish
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Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« on: October 12, 2010, 12:22:24 PM »

Hi all,

   I am new here and was looking for some opinions. I have 5 goldfish, 2 redcaps, 1 lionhead and 2 ryukins that are currently in a 29gal tank. I am in the process of selecting a new home for them and was wondering if a 65 gal tank would be sufficient. It's the SeaClear 65 tall, 36x18x24. I'd like the 75gal but I just don't know where to put a tank that size. I am running a Penguin 350 and will probably add a second one to the larger tank if there is room in the back for it.

  The amount of growth I've seen just in the past two months is astonishing so I want to be sure they end up with something that will work for them. I will have their new home by Christmas (no, that's not a coincidence  Wink )

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Nossie
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 01:54:13 PM »

That sounds just perfect! Smiley The 65 gallon will easily hold 5 fish! And if you'll feel like it you could even put in one more Wink
I would love to see some photos of your fish, they all sound really beautiful and lovely Smiley
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010, 01:57:56 PM »

Great! That's what I was hoping to hear. My wife does like the calico ryukins. Maybe after I get the new tank set up I'll squeeze one more fish in  Smiley

I'll post a pic or two in the photos section. I have only been able to get a couple nice shots.
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2010, 03:18:23 PM »

I just saw them! They were lovely Smiley
And I would definitely recommend calico fish Wink I've got two fantails myself, and even if they "basically" have the same color, they're both very different! Smiley And I just love the soft tones in the skin!
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2010, 06:49:55 PM »

Yes, 65 gal is perfect, very, very good. I saw your children too, so lovely and cute  Wink
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010, 06:55:26 PM »

Thank you  Grin
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2010, 10:23:26 AM »

Personally I would go for something long over tall...more air to water and better oxygen exchange.
Fish don't need deep water and they need space.  Actually a 55 gallon would be longer and better for the fish's health over all. Smiley
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 04:17:58 PM »

I hear what you are saying about surface area as opposed to water depth but actually, the 65gal at 36in x 18in (648 sq in) has more surface area for gas exchange than the 55gal at 48in x 13in (624 sq in). Ideally, I would have gotten a 75 gal but I just don't have the space for a 4 ft long tank  Angry The only place I could have put a 4ft tank is right in front of the fireplace and would be bad  Smiley

My goldfish also seem to enjoy swimming all over the aquarium at all levels and with the extra height there will be more open water space above the driftwood for them to swim around in which I think will be important as they get bigger.
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2010, 04:35:33 PM »

Well were going to have to disagree about more surface to air space.  The 55 gallon is longer and shallower than the 65 thus more surface to air space.  More surface to air space= more fish you can have per square ft. Smiley
You are right tho, if you don't have room for a 75g then you wouldn't have room for a 55 g either. Sad
Lucky I have a basement or I wouldn't have room for my 75 gallon either!  Wink
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2010, 06:31:08 PM »

Ooh now in the basement I could probably fit that 1300 gal aquarium I was looking at but alas, I spend no time down there unless I am doing a load of laundry(not to mention I don't have an extra $14,000 for the tank lol).

btw, depth of water has no affect on surface area, the keyword there of course is "surface" Wink width also affects surface area available for gas exchange, not just length. But yes, let us disagree and hope that my fish will be happy in the 65gal tank! lol  Grin
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 03:24:25 AM »

I don't think it matters so much between the 55 and 65. Personally, I'd go for the bigger tank! Smiley Even if it's a tad shorter than the 55, it'll always be good with more water. Besides, an air stone will help the oxygen levels as well!

But the 55 gallon would easily be enough for 5 goldfish Smiley I think it's a personal choice here, depending on the space and money available! Cheesy
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2010, 01:50:41 AM »

I like the 75 gallon aquarium better than 55 gallon. The reason is it has more room and surface area for the fish. Smiley
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Re: Tank upgrade for 5 goldfish
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2010, 03:11:19 AM »

More space is always good Smiley As everyone with MTS knows, the more fish/room for fish, the better Cheesy

And I found out that my small pleco-baby is going to grow until he's 50cm long... *heart stops* I NEED A 600L TANK NOW!!! *or later, tee hee* I'm sleepy.
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