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Old 06-26-2010, 11:15 PM   #11
 
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Can somone please advise what specification of aquarium should i order.


72 7/8 inches long, 25 inches wide,by 25 3/4 inches tall.
Two Fluval FX 5 filters or equivalent in gallons per hour capabilities assuming you wish to keep the numbers of goldfish you mention. IMHO.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:19 PM   #12
 
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I've been keeping goldfish for many years, and I agree with the above advice: 180 US gallon tank and two excellent filters. I'd advise cleaning one filter one month, then the other filter the other month.

I'm not usually one to go for (sorry) cheezy accessories, but I'd get a large air pump and a couple bubble wands for aeration, as well. These fish require a lot of oxygen for optimum health, especially in warmer climates. I don't know what brands of air pumps are good these days, so someone else will have to answer that.

Since you said you only have "mechanical" filtration right now, I'll assume you don't know about biological filtration? If not, you can read all over the web on "biological filtration" and how to "cycle" a tank with fish, so follow those directions. You'll need a test kit to follow ammonia, nitrIte, and nitrAte levels. I recommend the Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (APA) Master Freshwater Test Kit.

After the tank is cycled, I recommend to find out how often to change your water to use the nitrAte test kit. You'll want to do enough water changes to keep nitrates below 20ppm maximum. There should be NO ammonia or nitrIte. Change the appropriate amount of water at least once every two weeks.

To change the water, I recommend you buy a Python No-Spill Clean and Fill. It will not only let you change water without buckets, but it will also let you suck the fish poop out of the gravel, which with goldfish is very important to keep wastes down. Just add your water conditioner before re-filling the tank. Make sure the water temperature is the same.

Make sure there are large decorations such as driftwood, rocks, plants, etc, for the fancy goldfish to get out of the current and rest, since they are fairly poor swimmers and will tire easily.

I hope that all helps! :)

BTW, try not to feed high-protein foods like bloodworms, because it can cause constipation and bloat. They should only be fed foods approved for goldfish. Or fed high-protein foods along with high-fiber foods like the centers of cooked peas.

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Old 07-01-2010, 10:10 PM   #13
 
Thanks for the advise. I have decided to go with a building my own aquarium tank using toughend 12mm glass with dimensions of 5ft (L) * 2ft (W) * 20 inch (H).
I did some reading on the web and majority recommended going in for a glass tank vs acrylic tank as the acrylic tank is more prone to get scratches with regular cleaning of glass.
Just wondering what would be better gravel / stones / sand for my tank ? can someone please advise the best to be used.Also, i will do some more reading about the biological filter.
For the above specification how many air pumps are required.Can i go with air stones ? If i have missed out of anything, please advise so that i can take a note of it while preparing my tank
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:41 PM   #14
 
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Recommend you go with gravel for goldfish. Will also help your bacterial growth in the tank.

For that size tank you only need a dual air pump with one long stone or two ball type stones.
If you can get your hands on a airpump that has adjustable settings it would even be better as you can then regulate the airflow as required.
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:14 AM   #15
 
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good luck with the new tank ^.^
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:26 AM   #16
 
Thanks. I will surely shared the pictures of my new tank.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:04 PM   #17
 
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maybe we should swap im setting up a new tank too
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:51 PM   #18
 
:)
what specification are you setting it up
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:57 PM   #19
 
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mines a 120 gallon just found out i got the calculations wrong when i started my 104 gallon post. it's a planted tank (my fisrt time) no filtration as it's also an experimental tank ( i have a uv filter on stand by in case)
stock list includes :-

25 kgs of shiny black gravel and 10 kgs JBL aqua

Bamboo shrimp
corydoras (several types)
albino pleco
fancy guppies
Striped Raphael
Featherfin squeaker
Chinese hillstream loach

and plants mostly cabomba and guppy grass if i can find them.

the tank will mostly be vegetation during the whole cycling as i want the roots to take whole an thrive before i add any fish into it.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:00 AM   #20
 
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after that im upgrading my predator tank .
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