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Goldfish tank decor ideas
Old 12-05-2009, 03:26 AM   #1
 
Goldfish tank decor ideas

So it's been a good few months now and all my goldfish are doing fine, but my plants unfortunately are not. The fish haven't bothered them too much as far as uprooting or eating goes, but they're yellowing/browning, not growing and mostly just growing algae. It's sad and ugly. I think I might give up on a planted goldfish tank for the most part. I'm assuming my biggest problem is temperature since the plants were all doing pretty well until winter hit. We keep the house pretty cold (and for a while the tank was in a basement) and I don't want to mess with a heater so I think the water temp is just not enough for the plants (I mostly have some kind of swords. Amazing swords?)

Anyway, as I think I mentioned, the tank is hideous. I hate it. Does anybody have any ideas for a beautiful goldfish tank with no plants? I really do NOT have enough money to get more equiptment to try to get some plants to actually thrive (let along money enough for the actual plants) and I'm pretty sure there is nothing that would both survive the goldfish and the low temps, anyway.

I have sand substrate (btw, i just read this can hurt their gills over time. Can anybody verify this?) and I've just started letting the algae grow on the back wall... which is not nearly as nice looking as I imagined it might be. :(
It's a 55 gallon tank.
Oh. And I think fake plants are kind of tacky. :s

Anybody have any suggestions or inspiration? I'm thinking some kind of rockcaping (partially because that is all I can afford.) It does sound kind of boring, but I suppose I could pull off the 'zen' look if I do it right.

Also, anybody else let algae grow on the back wall? I figured it could contribute to tank health and it has definitely made my little MTS super happy (they leave cute little trails through the algae for me to see in the morning. :) ) however, so far it's not super awesome looking. It's kind of brownish and patchy and somewhat thin. Think it will layer up and look a little better? *shrug*

Also, I don't suppose there is some magical ultra-low maintenance plant that surives the cold, huh? If I ever get a ton of money, I might give a planted tank another shot. So beautiful.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:07 PM   #2
 
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I agree that plastic plants are ugy but what about silk plants? I've seen some that look like real plants. Not sure what they cost but most of them look pretty darn realistic!
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #3
 
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I have Anubias attached to driftwood, in my goldfish tank. This is a plant that can do well in low and medium lighting. The goldfish have tried to take bites out of it, but the leaves are nice and thick, so able to take a little goldfish abuse.
You can buy it several places. Mine came from Ebay seller Mikeswetpets. eBay Store - Mikeswetpets Aquarium Plants: Moderate Light Live Plants, Low Light Live Plants, Fish Food Brine Shrimp Krill I have bought plants of off him a couple times, and have always been pleased with my orders.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:43 PM   #4
 
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you could do a slate wall with some crevaces for caves and some nice slanted pieces. i have that in my tank and i ablosutly love it.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
 
Regarding silk plants: I might just have to go that route. I agree that they can look fantastic if well-done and I could probably find enough money in my budget to pick up enough to make the tank look nice. I guess it's not really the look that I'm concerned about with fake plants though. There's just something about the idea of FAKE plants that rubs me the wrong way. Maybe if I just consider them as fabric decorative elements that happen to look somewhat like plants. :p

Regarding the slate wall idea: Thanks for the suggestion! I have been looking into ideas like this. Do you have any photos of your tank? I'd love to see them. I kind of saw a bit on your youtube links, but I don't think it was finished in those vids? Also, how did you do your slate wall exactly? I'm interested.

I have Anubias attached to driftwood, in my goldfish tank. This is a plant that can do well in low and medium lighting. The goldfish have tried to take bites out of it, but the leaves are nice and thick, so able to take a little goldfish abuse.
You can buy it several places. Mine came from Ebay seller Mikeswetpets. eBay Store - Mikeswetpets Aquarium Plants: Moderate Light Live Plants, Low Light Live Plants, Fish Food Brine Shrimp Krill I have bought plants of off him a couple times, and have always been pleased with my orders.

And regarding Anubias: First of all, thanks a bunch for the link and ebay suggestion! I've had issues buying fish things on ebay before and it's good to get a first hand suggestion. Also, I love the look of Anubias and would like to try it out, but how cold does your tank get? I'm worried the temperatures would kill it in mine. I could just get a little heater and keep it right around 68 or so, but, I don't know. It's just more electricity to use, and another piece of equipment to worry about. Plus, I'm super worried about the tank accidentally getting to hot and killing all my fish. :(

Anyway, thanks for all the suggestions, everybody! Maybe I'll browse through some tank photos for more ideas and eventually I might try getting some better lights and maybe a more versitle substrate with some fertilizer and give some plants another go.

There has to be SOME cold water plants for aquariums...
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:32 PM   #6
 
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I read 73-83 deg, is the ideal temperature for Anubias. So, it might not do well in your tank without a heater.
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