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post #21 of 31 Old 01-29-2014, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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What is the recommended water change weekly with gold fish? I heard they produce more waste than most fish, if this is true.


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post #22 of 31 Old 01-29-2014, 11:01 AM
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depends on how efficiently your biological filter is working, and the size of the colony in comparison to the stocking of the aquarium,along with what type of filter being used.many breeders only use sponge filters or no filters at all and rely on large regular water changes.generally 100% water changes every 4-5 days.if you are using large,efficient filters,you can get by on smaller less frequent water changes.50% once a week will work fine.i have 2 canister filters set up on my goldfish tank.the first one is set up as a biological filter.it has a sponge prefilter to keep out as much detritus as possible,and filled with lots of media to colonize large amounts of beneficial bacteria, i clean this filter about 4-6 times a year,more if i notice the flow rate lowering.i clean the sponge prefilter with every water change. the second is set up as a mechanical filter.no sponge prefilter.this allows it to take up the vast majority of detritus.i position the spray bars to channel the detritus toward this filter.this filter is cleaned regularly,every 2-4 weeks, to get rid of mulm and solid wastes.i rely on water tests to tell me if/when my filter should be maintained. i use sponges of varying pore sizes and a filter floss for polishing the water.neglecting the mechanical filter can hazardous to your stock.ammmonia spikes will be the result of build up,along with compromised flow rates.
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Another question guys...

Is there a certain species of gold fish that is easier to care of than another? What would be recommended for a beginner in gold fish like myself?


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post #24 of 31 Old 01-29-2014, 09:22 PM
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fancy types. single tail get too big for aquariums.fantails and orandas are pretty nice starters.

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I was looking at the fancy types or orandas actually.


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Another question guys...

Is there a certain species of gold fish that is easier to care of than another? What would be recommended for a beginner in gold fish like myself?
With fancies, try to stay away from the ones that are most heavily modified. I'm talking the ones with wens, bulging eyes, and no dorsals. The more "fancy" a goldfish is, the more fragile they tend to be. Orandas are generally very hardy fish. Fantails are also hardy.

As to water changes, I do weekly 50% changes with three goldfish in a 55 gal. But my goldfish aren't monsters like some can get. Everyone seems to have slightly different rituals with this. So don't be afraid to change yours according to your water tests.

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With fancies, try to stay away from the ones that are most heavily modified. I'm talking the ones with wens, bulging eyes, and no dorsals. The more "fancy" a goldfish is, the more fragile they tend to be. Orandas are generally very hardy fish. Fantails are also hardy.

I was going to say exactly that but got distracted by someone.

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You guys are so much help! Thanks!

This weekend is the big set up and cleaning of the old tank. Hopefully in 4 weeks or so I should be ready for fish.
I have never done a fishless cycle, is there anything that can help me jump start the cycle? Also my tank is still running just no fish, but it has been neglected for 6 months with absolutely nothing done, just water added when the level was low. I would like to just restart the cycle and everything but I am assuming some bacteria will be hidden some where which may help me with the cycle.

Things I plan on doing is taking all the water out, clean the whole tank, change substrate to sand, use the same filters but I did buy new media, and I am planning on changing the decor up ( I may use existing decor I have).

Is this really going to set me into a new cycle?


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It sounds like it will certainly give you a cycle bump. If you can help it, don't change the filters just yet. Those bacteria can remain dormant for a while. Your cycle may take less than 4 weeks. Also keep some of the gravel (like a couple of handfuls) and place it in mesh bags in the tank. They won't contain as much bacteria as the filter media, but any little bit will help in this case.

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It sounds like it will certainly give you a cycle bump. If you can help it, don't change the filters just yet. Those bacteria can remain dormant for a while. Your cycle may take less than 4 weeks. Also keep some of the gravel (like a couple of handfuls) and place it in mesh bags in the tank. They won't contain as much bacteria as the filter media, but any little bit will help in this case.
Oh I never thought of that. I did have ick in this tank with my tropical fish, but I read that ick cant live with out a host so my tank should be clean. I may keep the temp high in the beginning before getting any fish just to be safe.


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