sadly my poor little Oranda passed away yesterday before I had a chance to move her to her new home in my new 153 Liter Tank.
I had a small 34 Liter tank that she lived happily in for 4 months but sadly she died of something internal which presented as dropsy. she was loved and will be missed!
So, in her honor I'm going to set up a new tank and I'm seeking advice to do a better job.
This is what i'm planning on doing.
I've got a 153 Liter tank that will use a 3 stage bio-filter (1000 liters per hour) and combine with a hang-on filter (350 liters per hour)
I will position the tank completely out of any sunlight and I plan to have a fluorescent light [key first bit of advice needed - what bulb should i use]
between the hours of 9am and 8pm
I will use small 1-3mm rounded pebbles as substrate and I plan to put some plants into the water as well as some ornaments [key second piece of advice - what plants make good company for fancy goldies]
I will ensure that the water fully cycles before I add any fish and I'm only planning on buying two goldies however I may change and install the heater and go for tropical fish [key third piece of advice - how many tropical fish could live in a 153 liter tank?]
Should I stay with Goldies - i used to add a small amount of aquarium salt per water change however i suspected that this was killing of my plants... is that true? Is the theory that i shouldn't need to add any salt if the water is excellent quality?
I will take extra care not to overfeed - only feeding as much as the size of one of their eyes and i will be feeding New Life Spectrum small fish formula (assuming I stay with fancy goldies) and TetraColour and every 2/3 days i will feed some veggies like spinach (blanched) or cucumber or pea. [key fourth piece of advice - neither of the foods sink.. should i be soaking them beforehand?]
I ended up needing to use some phospad prior to my Oranda dying as i frequently had algae build up on my ornamental head and on the inside of the tank. I attributed this to dead matter in the tank from any excess food and the my previous plants which all but died. [key fifth piece of advice - is it a good idea to routinely check for phosphate and use phospad?]
lastly, i will be aiming to perform a two weekly 1/3rd water change [key sixth piece of advice - will a two weekly water change be adequate?]
So that's about what i'm going to do - I think i've about covered most things but please interject if there should be somthing else I should be doing.
All i want to do is give some fish a great home for a good number of years and see them grow up to be happy!