11-17-2006, 12:19 AM
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Hi gazza, welcome to the board! Sorry I'm late in getting to your post. For starters, that appears to be an eheim tank, a model which is not easy to come by in the USA anymore. They are quite expensive when you can find them. If I remember correctly, they stopped making them years ago. I am doing some checking into your tank and filter, but haven't received all of my answers yet. I'll post about it as soon as I can.
As for cycling with goldfish... 2 things to keep in mind: Goldfish will not be compatible with tropicals, so unless they are meant as feeder fish, you will need to consider where you will move them to after cycling. Another thing to consider is that goldfish are extremely dirty fish, and not "easy" to keep as is often thought. They are prone to diseases, and grow very large. The standard comet (feeder goldfish) averages 14 inches, and the standard fancy goldfish averages 8 inches (I don't suggest trying to cycle with fancy goldfish, this will likely not end well, they are much more sensitive to water conditions and don't cycle well)
If you are set on goldfish, I wouldn't put more than 1 or 2 into that tank. This might not seem like a lot to you, but they grow very rapidly. Standard growth rate on feeder/comet goldfish... they can go from 1 inche to 6 inches inside of 2 - 3 months... so even with 1 month limited time, they should more than double in size.
There are a lot of better, sturdier fish to cycle with, tropical fish, and fish that will blend with your other tropicals, depending on what they turn out to be. I would focus on cleaning the tank with bleach water (1/2 cup of bleach to a gallon of water), letting it air dry for at least a few days, replace ALL filter media, once we have identified your filter, change the lightbulbs, get your gravel, decorations, even live plants if you're wanting them... fill it up, add water conditioner, and I do suggest Cycle, I have found it to work quite well when used as directed, and to remember that the #1 key to success in fish keeping is patience.
I will post again when I have identified your tank, and done a bit more research on your desired fish that you named.