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post #1 of 3 Old 03-24-2012, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Talking New 75 gal Setup Advice

i want to include in the new setup a common pleco which i love to raise along with some comet goldfish.

i want to include other fish beside goldfish that i can raise along with the pleco, for a easier maintance i was thinking live plants to help.

fish such as tetras are to small but with schooling mayb interesting to watch, i will like mixture of medium fish

i usually go for the aqua-tech filters sincethey are more on my budget side but am considering to invest in a canister for the long run.

i currently have a 5.5 gal wich includes 1-snail, 1-pleco idk what kind but it onlys get be 1 - 1/12 inches, 3-comet goldfish, 4-live plants with gravel & rocks as decor.some pics of my setup are below.
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post #2 of 3 Old 03-24-2012, 09:02 PM
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Hello! A canister is always best but Aside from that, you have several things to address. Heat source, lighting and nutrients. A heater is mandatory if you want to keep tropical fish.Common plecos, being semi-tropical will survive in colder waters between 65-70 but will not be truly comfortable. Proper lighting, preferably something better than t5, t8 bulbs is also mandatory if you want your plants to flourish. You will also need fertilizer. Just like grass, aquatic plants need to eat too. One last thing to consider is mixing trops and goldfish. Goldfish live in a lower standard than tropical fish as they are less intelligent and cope with poor water conditions more easily. That being said, you should care for them with the same respect as any other fish. They also swim in a spastic manner which is stressful to tropical fish. While it can be done with success, it's best avoided. Do some reading and you can succeed. Hope this helps.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-25-2012, 03:05 PM
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Temperature alone, you should not mix tropicals and goldfish. Majority of tropicals will need 77F and up, while goldfish will be much healthier below this, room temp or even lower but certainly not heated. Plus a 75g is very little space for goldfish.

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