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37 gal tank, can I put goldfish in it?
Old 12-30-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
 
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37 gal tank, can I put goldfish in it?

This has been something I've debated on in the past.. And I've been keeping fish for a couple years but I have never properly cared for a goldfish before. I'll admit I'm almost a noob at goldfish keeping, so please hold my hand a bit and walk me through this lol.

I'm asking for more help here cause I know there is a LOT of incorrect information about goldfish care out there.

I'm thinking of moving my current inhabitants out of my 37 gal tank in my living room, and I'm looking to keep a larger fish in the tank. There aren't really many options, but I am hoping I can keep at least a pair of fancy goldfish. Is this enough room for them? The tank is 30" wide, 12" deep and 22" tall. I currently have a canister filter (rated for a 40gal tank) with a back up sponge.. I can add more filtration if necessary.

I know not to really bother with live plants.
I know the tank shouldn't be kept warm, but should I keep a heater in there for when the ac is on, or cold winter nights? Or just in case of ick? My current heater can be set down to like 64F I think..
Can I keep a single bristle nosed pleco in there too? Or no.. Or should I get more than two fancy goldfish?

And any suggestions on what kind to get? I don't really want to spend more than maybe $10 on each fish, though less is always fine. My LFS does have a small variety of goldfish.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
 
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This has been something I've debated on in the past.. And I've been keeping fish for a couple years but I have never properly cared for a goldfish before. I'll admit I'm almost a noob at goldfish keeping, so please hold my hand a bit and walk me through this lol.

I'm asking for more help here cause I know there is a LOT of incorrect information about goldfish care out there.

I'm thinking of moving my current inhabitants out of my 37 gal tank in my living room, and I'm looking to keep a larger fish in the tank. There aren't really many options, but I am hoping I can keep at least a pair of fancy goldfish. Is this enough room for them? The tank is 30" wide, 12" deep and 22" tall. I currently have a canister filter (rated for a 40gal tank) with a back up sponge.. I can add more filtration if necessary.

I know not to really bother with live plants.
I know the tank shouldn't be kept warm, but should I keep a heater in there for when the ac is on, or cold winter nights? Or just in case of ick? My current heater can be set down to like 64F I think..
Can I keep a single bristle nosed pleco in there too? Or no.. Or should I get more than two fancy goldfish?

And any suggestions on what kind to get? I don't really want to spend more than maybe $10 on each fish, though less is always fine. My LFS does have a small variety of goldfish.
There has always been a big debate in the goldfish community regarding the proper sized tank. Some argue a 29 tall is perfectly fine (I've seen it done, personally) and others say the tank needs to be at least 4ft long. It is really a judgement call on your part.

Personally, I would add more filtration if you decide that goldies are the route you want to take. 10x turnover an hour is reccomended for goldies. 72F is a good temp for them, I would suggest the use of a heater to keep the temperature stable. You will also want to invest in a quality sinking pellet (I use Omega One) and/or gel food (repashy solient green) to feed them. Always avoid floating foods. They also like to be supplimented with fresh greens to munch on and be careful if you use gravel, they are known to ingest it and either have it caught in their throat or become impacted.

The kind of goldfish you want is a matter of choice, but stick to two of the fancy variety. Single-tailed goldfish get much too large for your tank and are better suited for ponds. Bristlenose plecos and almost all other fish need higher temps than the goldfish, so stick to a single pair of goldies. I wouldn't put more than two in this tank. Orandas are a personal favorite of mine. Try to keep the same kind, though.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
 
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Yeah. It seems to be conflicting info on tank size. Some say nothing less than a 55gal.. Some say 20gal... Which I wouldn't do. I've mostly seen a 29gal as minimum and I know my tank has the same footprint, just more height so more water volume.

I think if I do get goldfish, I'll start out with the canister and a larger sponge filter and I can always switch to something more powerful if needed. Sponge filters do provide excellent biological filtration so I think that should help with ammonia.. I just have to keep an eye out for waste. I'll probably try to keep duckweed on the top too.

I already feed omega one so I'll keep sticking with that (but for goldfish of course) and I will look in to other foods as well. I have sand in the tank already and will keep that.
And yes! I do know to only get fancies, not torpedo shaped! I *know* my tank is not big enough for those! :)

So would two be ok? (I wasn't thinking about the bristles temp requirements, he will be moved as well.. I just always see plecos as golfish together, but I didn't think).

Do most of the commonly found fancies get about the same size? As in, if I decide to keep two in my tank, it won't matter which kind of fancies cause they're all going to be about the same?

And I will be sure to get two of the same!

This is exciting... I'm glad to move things around a bit. I wanted to put goldfish in my 28gal Bowfront for a while but knew that would be pushing it..
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
 
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Yeah. It seems to be conflicting info on tank size. Some say nothing less than a 55gal.. Some say 20gal... Which I wouldn't do. I've mostly seen a 29gal as minimum and I know my tank has the same footprint, just more height so more water volume.

I think if I do get goldfish, I'll start out with the canister and a larger sponge filter and I can always switch to something more powerful if needed. Sponge filters do provide excellent biological filtration so I think that should help with ammonia.. I just have to keep an eye out for waste. I'll probably try to keep duckweed on the top too.

I already feed omega one so I'll keep sticking with that (but for goldfish of course) and I will look in to other foods as well. I have sand in the tank already and will keep that.
And yes! I do know to only get fancies, not torpedo shaped! I *know* my tank is not big enough for those! :)

So would two be ok? (I wasn't thinking about the bristles temp requirements, he will be moved as well.. I just always see plecos as golfish together, but I didn't think).

Do most of the commonly found fancies get about the same size? As in, if I decide to keep two in my tank, it won't matter which kind of fancies cause they're all going to be about the same?

And I will be sure to get two of the same!

This is exciting... I'm glad to move things around a bit. I wanted to put goldfish in my 28gal Bowfront for a while but knew that would be pushing it..
I would just get two and the orandas tend to get a bit larger but 10-12" is a pretty good general expectancy for any fancy.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
 
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you should be fine with the filtration that you have as long as you do large water changes at least once a week.80%-100%. many keepers and breeders use only a sponge filter and air stones.with this kind of set up it would be easier to keep either bare bottom or 1" of sand. the duckweed is a good idea. i have to grow it in my shrimp and betta tanks and transfer it for feedings.they just eat it too quickly. a lot of the asian breeders use blood worms and duckweed.some also add hikari to the mix.anubias tied to some wood or rocks will do great in a goldfish tank.swords do well also.you may have to put rocks around the bottom so they do not get uprooted until they are well grown in.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:43 AM   #6
 
Good advice from everyone. I then to be a conservative goldies keeper so I am in the bigger is better camp

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Old 01-01-2014, 08:54 PM   #7
 
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Yeah, I wish I could have a bigger tank... Although I honestly probably wouldn't keep goldfish if I did have a 55 gal, probably angels or something. :P

But yeah.. I've been looking at the fish available at the local big box stores and I do think they're gorgeous. Probably going to look at my LFS tomorrow, which will have better stock.

I started moving everyone currently in my 37 gal to my 20 long.. So I should probably be ready for some goldfish in like a week!

I'm excited to be able to give some goldfish a better home than the typical 'goldfish bowl' or 10gal. :) even if it's not a 55 gal.. They'll still be well loved and I will keep it at only the two!
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This has been something I've debated on in the past.. And I've been keeping fish for a couple years but I have never properly cared for a goldfish before. I'll admit I'm almost a noob at goldfish keeping, so please hold my hand a bit and walk me through this lol.

I'm asking for more help here cause I know there is a LOT of incorrect information about goldfish care out there.

I'm thinking of moving my current inhabitants out of my 37 gal tank in my living room, and I'm looking to keep a larger fish in the tank. There aren't really many options, but I am hoping I can keep at least a pair of fancy goldfish. Is this enough room for them? The tank is 30" wide, 12" deep and 22" tall. I currently have a canister filter (rated for a 40gal tank) with a back up sponge.. I can add more filtration if necessary.

I know not to really bother with live plants.
I know the tank shouldn't be kept warm, but should I keep a heater in there for when the ac is on, or cold winter nights? Or just in case of ick? My current heater can be set down to like 64F I think..
Can I keep a single bristle nosed pleco in there too? Or no.. Or should I get more than two fancy goldfish?

And any suggestions on what kind to get? I don't really want to spend more than maybe $10 on each fish, though less is always fine. My LFS does have a small variety of goldfish.
You can only fit 1 fancy goldfish in there, maybe 2 if they're small.
Comets and commons are a BIG NO, they need at least 75 gallons.
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