Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Member Introductions
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-08-2013, 03:12 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 2
Hello! I'm new. From Houston.

My name is Rebekah. I followed a link to this site from another posting, and I thought how wonderful it is to have a site like this to discuss keeping an aquarium. I currently have a 29 gallon tank with 4 goldfish, and i'm hoping to upgrade to a 55 gal or better. Thanks to anyone for any advice in this area.
__________________

__________________
bekah_89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 03:28 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Alyxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Slidell, La
Posts: 2,284
Send a message via AIM to Alyxx Send a message via Skype™ to Alyxx
Welcome to the forum! Btw... I hate Houston! Lol, I passed through a few months back and got terribly lost for like 3 hours and someone ran a red and hit me and left the scene. Bent my rear axle, and I still had to make it to Austin and back. I have quite a few friends there, though.

Also, I would upgrade to more than a 55 if I were you. Te general rule for fancy goldfish is 20 gallons for the first fish and 10 more for each after that, but that applies best for young fish. They will eventually outgrow those "requirements" as they can get huge. If you have common or comet goldfish, a very large tank or pond will be required. There is a great sticky on the coldwater section of the forum showing just how big fancy goldfish can get.
__________________

__________________
Alyxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2013, 02:01 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Houston
Posts: 2
Thanks so much for the advice

Sorry to hear about your bad experience here, Its not too bad once you get used to it I was hoping for a 55 gallon, I have one oranda and three fantails, they are fairly small at the moment. Do you have any suggestions as for what type of tank would be best for them, I have done a lot of research on them to figure out how to best take care of them, but this is the first webpage that actually gives practical advice. When I got started keeping the fish the petstore employee told me 5 gallons was good for one fish. So I assumed that 29 was good for four! Also does anyone know what brand and type of filter works well?
__________________
bekah_89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2013, 02:14 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Alyxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Slidell, La
Posts: 2,284
Send a message via AIM to Alyxx Send a message via Skype™ to Alyxx
I'm no goldfish expert, but I can tell you the best plan is to go as big as you can afford/fit in your house. Goldfish are super messy and can get very big. Also, a filter that moves 10x the tank volume per hour is recommended. So for a 55 you would want filtration totaling at least 550 gallons per hour. Canister filters are a good idea for larger tanks, and fluval and eheim are two brands I have heard lots of good things about. I use marineland filters on two of my tanks and I like them a lot. Aquaclear is a good brand too.

A 55 would be fine for a while for 4 fancy goldfish, but a 75 would be even better. They may eventually need more space depending on how big they get.

Also, be sure to feed a good diet including daily vegetables and sinking pellets or gel food to keep your goldfish healthy. And keep up with the water changes despite the overfiltration. As I said, goldfish are messy!
__________________
Alyxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.