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Old 12-01-2011, 08:30 AM   #11
 
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Yes I know this I just forgot you have plants. Sometimes its hard to keep up with who has plants and who doesn't. LOL
Sorry, it was more of a question, since i don't have a planted tank i wasn't quite sure if that's how it worked:

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I still think you should vaccume the substrate because I do not think the snails will eat the poo that the goldies make.
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When you have a planted tank, the roots and plant material *sorta* eat the poop?
I'm considering planting my goldfish tank but i've heard alot of horror stories about goldfish and plants and am not to sure about lighting,substrate, fertilizers, co2...all those things make me a bit nervous

But those specifics are more for a different thread
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:37 AM   #12
 
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I have plants in my goldies tank so if you like let me know and I will be happy to help you out. Plants are actually very easy and really are helpful to the fish. ; )
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #13
 
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I actually recommend plants in a goldie tank. It helps with the nitrates and gives them something to munch on. I keep anacharis, hornwort, and water sprite with mine. I love the hornwort because it is fast growing and is a great nitrate sink. I think it has been growing at a rate of around 1/2 inch a day! The water sprite also does a good number on the nitrate, but need a little more light than hornwort. I think my anacharis isn't doing so hot because my lighting is fairly low (just the basic bulbs that come with the hood). I'm holding off on getting new bulbs until I can kinda get my algae under control.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:45 PM   #14
 
because of my lack of knowledge about planted tanks, i was just going to buy a cup of duckweed and throw it at the top of my tank and call it a day...hoping my goldfish don't eat it all up in 24hrs

I'll look into hornwort, i also just have stock lights
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:15 PM   #15
 
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I agree with koimaiden the plants are great I don't have special lights and my plants grow well they are just the 6500 daylight bulbs you can get at Lowes for about $8.00. ; )
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:03 PM   #16
 
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Duckweed is another GREAT plant! That thing sucks nitrate out of the water like nothing I have ever seen. If you can get your goldies to leave it alone for about a week it will carpet the top. If they don't leave it alone, put your duckweed in a long container with some water and place it where it will get a lot of light. Every day take a little bit of goldfish water and put it in the duckweed "tank." You will see growth in a week or less. You can use that growth to replace what the goldfish nibble on.

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I agree with koimaiden the plants are great I don't have special lights and my plants grow well they are just the 6500 daylight bulbs you can get at Lowes for about $8.00. ; )
Awesome to know! I can't seem to find the right bulbs at the pet stores around here. Also they charge an arm and leg for bulbs.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:09 PM   #17
 
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Glad I could help. I love finding cheap ways to do things that work. ; )
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:09 PM   #19
 
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Aww they're so tiny!! I tend to forget that goldies can be that small. Mine are 6in and 4 in without fins. Kinda like when you see a kitten after having cats for 10 years. ^-^
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:17 AM   #20
 
The pond snails didn't even get a chance to hit the bottom. I tried MTS because they mostly stay in the substrate and only venture to the walls at night; I might have one or two left in the tank.

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