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From 20 to 55 gal(current project for my Gray Bichirs)
Old 11-30-2011, 04:25 PM   #11
 
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I do not have a problem with food getting caught in it, the fish pick at them and eat what ever food they find, plus I always have a small section that is not covered with the plants to put the food into the tank. With comets you will want something tough or extreamly fast growing like duckweed because they will probably eat it on occasion as goldies of all kinds love veggies. If you do get plants go with Java Fern, Anacharis, and tough sword plants like the amazon swords. You should also be putting in some fresh veggies for them on occasion like spinage, and squash and stuff. Just nuke it in the microwave a few seconds to make it soft before you give it to them.
I'll look into the local stores to see if I can find the duckweed, as looking into it I find it an attractive choice for my tank. I"d rather not yet do live plants on the bottom as the Comets are terrible about uprooting things.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:54 PM   #12
 
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Alot of goldfish like comets will do that. If you decide to try the live plants some people that have goldfish plant the plants in clay flower pots that way the fish don't uproot them. ; )
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:32 AM   #13
 
I've finally got good pictures of my fish.

Well, of one of my Bichirs and the comets.

Here are the comets first:









Here is the Bichir:

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Old 12-05-2011, 01:31 PM   #14
 
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Great shots!! The first two look like they are singing opera! They do look like they've slimmed down some. The reason one is chubby might be because that fish is a female. I know with koi the females are rounder than the males, but I'm not sure if that is the same with comet goldfish. Also, awesome bichir!

I've heard a solution to the uprooting problem with goldfish is to plant the plants in small terracotta pots. Anchor the plants in there with large stones. I've never had to do it, but it might be worth a shot.

Edit: You should submit some of those "singing fish" photos to the Photo of the Month contest!
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:41 PM   #15
 
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[quote=thekoimaiden;912930]Great shots!! The first two look like they are singing opera! quote]

LOL When I saw the first two shots I thought they were saying,"La, La, La, La," LOL, then I thought Open Up and say Ahhh.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:36 PM   #16
 
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Great shots!! The first two look like they are singing opera! They do look like they've slimmed down some. The reason one is chubby might be because that fish is a female. I know with koi the females are rounder than the males, but I'm not sure if that is the same with comet goldfish. Also, awesome bichir!

I've heard a solution to the uprooting problem with goldfish is to plant the plants in small terracotta pots. Anchor the plants in there with large stones. I've never had to do it, but it might be worth a shot.

Edit: You should submit some of those "singing fish" photos to the Photo of the Month contest!

Haha, that's what I thought when I saw it. Though the second one struck me initially as an "OMG" face.

Yeah two defiantly slimmed a bit. It's really noticeable compared to the bloated things they looked like when I got back from my trip. That makes sense that one of them might be a different gender (and the one that is bigger). They have to be bigger (females usually) for egg bearing. Er...I imagine they are egg bearing? As opposed to live?

Several people have suggested that. So far every once in a while they sort of get one up. But I've rearranged the tank recently and so far they seem to finally have gained some understanding that those are not real plants and leave the bottoms alone. I took the air-wall and had the suctions go on the base wall instead of the floor since I don't have the LED's going (None of my fish like the LEDS at all!). I also took the log and moved it over to the left hemisphere of the tank and placed some plants there, and did some middle planting with the rest.

What's nice is with three of the plastic ones they base is a bunch of pebbles sort of cemented together with a clear resin? So they can't really uproot it. When ever I go for a 100 gallon in the future those will definitely be my plastics of choice.

I'd submit the pictures but uh, I have to have 25 posts before I can. If the time limit is not gone by the time I get that many posts I'll definitely submit them.

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LOL When I saw the first two shots I thought they were saying,"La, La, La, La," LOL, then I thought Open Up and say Ahhh.
Hehe, some of these make me wish people would have some fun trying to add captions to them. It would be interesting to see what different things people's minds come up with interpreting the expressions.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:32 AM   #17
 
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Hehe. I have a good caption. I'll try to upload it tomorrow. For some odd reason I'm on the forums the most in the late evening when I'm almost too tired to think straight.

Yes, cyprinids are egg-layers. That's why the females are rounder. But don't worry. Most goldfish don't spawn in the aquariums. But they will spawn in backyard ponds. Some even survive if the pond is large enough.

That is another technique I have heard to stop goldfish from nibbling/uprooting plants. Confuse them by rearranging their tank. Half of keeping some fish is just tricking them. I have a tail-biting betta that I have to stay one step ahead of to stop his nervous habit. I usually spend a few minutes a day thinking: "Now how can I distract him long enough to not rip his beautiful tail completely off?"
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