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Old 03-24-2012, 02:56 AM   #1
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Hi, I am fairly new to fish keeping, but managed to keep some goldfish for about a year (they are doing fine still) and decided to get a larger tank. I got a used tank on Craigslist with everything that guy had cheap. The tank turned out to be junk, but the stand and a few of the accessories made it a good deal for me. I ended up getting a new Aqueon 29 gallon tank kit that week from the local pet shop. Currently housing some community fish, along with some bamboo and some type of grass blade greenery, and a moss ball
I have been feeding two to three times a day (small amounts) aqueon tropical flake food, and about once every few days some wardley shrimp pellets. I have noticed the fish become very excited when the shrimp pellets are in the water and tend to chase each other.
I add about 2-3 gallons of water each week due to evap. Would this be acceptable for a water change? I know some folks are doing 50 percent weekly, but my water is uber clear.
Also, I am in need of some advice on water parameters and lighting. But I will find the correct arena for them as I am sure they are hot topics.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:15 AM   #2
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Hi. Welcome. Topping off is not a replacement for water changes. Esp if it is a newer tank (less than 2-3 months) ,weekly PWCs are essential. 50% is a lot.

First, test your water. Clear water can still kill your fish. Ammonia is invisible. I would do an immediate 25% water change on both tanks (assuming you still have goldfish ?).

Test your water. If you still have above zero Ammonia or Nitrite, change more water.

Use a gravel vac. Match temperature of new water to tank water ( doesn't have to be exact ) add Prime to the new water in your bucket, add to tank.

Goldfish especially in small tanks sometimes need 75% water changes weekly or more.

Research Goldfish, they need Large tanks or Ponds with big filters.

If you want to try live plants we have a planted tank section.

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:21 AM   #3
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When you said you got a larger tank at first I thought you were going to say it was for your Goldfish
A 29 can hold 2 Fancy Goldfish but bigger is better.

If you have your Goldfish in a 10g, read up and rehome or give them a bigger tank

Goldfish can live over 20 years with good care.
But there is so much misinformation and disrespect surrounding them that few get the tanks they need.

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:14 AM   #4
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In my 29 gallon tank I am using the AC ammonia remover... In my 1.5 gallon tank I am doing about 50% changes bi-daily. Sometimes I am using water I pull from the larger tank.
The 29G tank has been set up since Feb 1 2012, holding plants and volunteer snails since Feb 7, and holding fish since Feb 14 2012. I was making weekly trips to the local chain for a while.
The One and a half gallon tank is where the goldies are being held. I know they are in need of a larger home! I am looking for a larger home for them currently. I would like to donate them to a relatives pond, however there is other current inhabitants which would enjoy the flashy new guys. I have heard there is a local community pond which houses goldfish, I will look into that this weekend.
Twinkle, Little, and Star (goldies names) are very strong little guys, recently I gave them a bunch of black spots (some sort of chemical burn?) by over cleaning their home and misusing the API Goldfish Protect. I remedied them by daily water changes. These guys started out as trial fish. They are 19 cent goldfish that people commonly use as "feeder". I wanted to try it out, see if I could keep some fish, keep the tank clean, etc. Now they have been around for almost a year and have all doubled in size.
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hey fish friends! so I have upgraded Twinkle, Little and Star's tank. they have gone from the 1.5 gallon tank to a 10 gallon tank, it's the best I can do right now! I added a bamboo and a leafy plant and some of my volunteer snails. Jump started the tank with biomax in the two filters i have going.
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