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Old 06-01-2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Hi there, new to this so maybe there have been posts about this before but I need to know what is the best filter for goldfish tank. Fish are my daughter's but she's left home and says she has no room for them so I'm stuck with them. This is the second filter for the tank (marina i-25, I think) but it's constantly needing cleaned. I changed the water on Monday and had to change it again today. Water was cloudy and very foamy. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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What size is the tank. And like many others on this site I love aqua clear filters. They are quite easy to keep clean. And do a exceptional job at keeping the tank clean.
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Not sure about the size of the tank...I think it's maybe 20 litres....but thanks for the reply, I will check out the filter you recommended....thanks again
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Not sure about the size of the tank...I think it's maybe 20 litres....but thanks for the reply, I will check out the filter you recommended....thanks again
That's an Awfully small tank for a goldfish

Gold fish are some of the messiest freshwater fish and keeping it in a something that small isn't fair for the poor thing. Gold fish can live 20-30 years
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Not sure about the size of the tank...I think it's maybe 20 litres....but thanks for the reply, I will check out the filter you recommended....thanks again
Hello! I guess it could have been worse: she could have left you caring for a big dog or something! Lol

So how many goldfish are there and are they the fancy type or the single tail type?

Being very 'dirty' fish, goldfish need a lot of water, and a lot of water changes. And a big filter.
Pet shops sell goldfish as beginner fish, usually in small 'beginner' tanks, but I've found they are actually quite labour intensive to keep.
Admittedly I have a comet in only about a 280 litre tank with a similar sized gibbiceps, but even with over filtration (1000 l/hr external canister, 2 internal canisters and 2 powered sponge filters) I still have to do large water changes every couple of days to keep the water clear. I also have a bare bottom tank for them so Ivan keep it very clean. When I had them with gravel it was gross!
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Hello! I guess it could have been worse: she could have left you caring for a big dog or something! Lol

So how many goldfish are there and are they the fancy type or the single tail type?

Being very 'dirty' fish, goldfish need a lot of water, and a lot of water changes. And a big filter.
Pet shops sell goldfish as beginner fish, usually in small 'beginner' tanks, but I've found they are actually quite labour intensive to keep.
Admittedly I have a comet in only about a 280 litre tank with a similar sized gibbiceps, but even with over filtration (1000 l/hr external canister, 2 internal canisters and 2 powered sponge filters) I still have to do large water changes every couple of days to keep the water clear. I also have a bare bottom tank for them so Ivan keep it very clean. When I had them with gravel it was gross!
I don't think the poster understands that filters don't do everything.

You still have to use a gravel cleaner and do water changes. You need to use a dechlorinator when you do water changes.
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Well, we've had the fish for about 9 years now and never had any problems until now so it's not like we are novices. I was just wondering if anyone had a recommendation as to what was a good filter, that's all. I would have preferred if she'd left a dog
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Well, we've had the fish for about 9 years now and never had any problems until now so it's not like we are novices. I was just wondering if anyone had a recommendation as to what was a good filter, that's all. I would have preferred if she'd left a dog
Hehe. I prefer cleaning fish poop, to clearing the land mines in my back yard

So what sort of filter are you thinking of? Internal, HOB, external? What size is the tank, is it planted, how many fish etc etc. all these things need to be considered when choosing a filter. Without that info, all we could do is share with you what our personal preferences are, not what would best suit your setup. Are you wanting it as a backup or replacement for he filter you're running now?
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What size is the tank. And like many others on this site I love aqua clear filters. They are quite easy to keep clean. And do a exceptional job at keeping the tank clean.
Unfortunately, Aquaclears aren't available in Europe
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Unfortunately, Aquaclears aren't available in Europe
They must sell them under another name?
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