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Old 03-26-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
 
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I have been keeping saltwater fish most of my life and finally sold everything due to age, travel and cost. I do however have a 75 gallon tank yet I would like to make into a nice freshwater tank.

I like colorful fish and would like some thoughts / recommendations on what you think should go in this.

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Old 03-26-2014, 02:15 PM   #2
 
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if you want color,you should check out cichlids. if you want something smaller, there are tons of small shoaling fish. you could get alot of tetras or rasboras in a 75. it is also a good size for fancy goldfish. they are full of personality.
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if you want color,you should check out cichlids. if you want something smaller, there are tons of small shoaling fish. you could get alot of tetras or rasboras in a 75. it is also a good size for fancy goldfish. they are full of personality.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:18 PM   #4
 
I never heard of fancy goldfish but the look like something I would be interested in. Do you or anyone have any info keeping them and would 2 be to many. Not into over crowding
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:50 PM   #5
 
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i have all sorts of info on them. i keep orandas now. in the past i have kept fantails,moors and telescopes. there are also ryukins,ranchu,bubble eyes,celestials,blue egg phoenix (rare),shukin,veiltails,pearlscales,tosakin and a few others. some of them are delicate and do well with other delicates.

they do best with a ph around 7.5 and they do not need heaters in their tanks. as far as tank size requirements,it is 20 gallons for the first fish and 10-15 gallons for each additional fish.i would not go above 5 for your tank. they can get quite large.

you will want a decent filter with 10 x turn over rate for them. i use two canisters on my goldie tank.

a decent sinking pellet for a feeding staple is needed. i use new life spectrum. others have had good results with the omega brand and saki hikari.

if you want to include some easy and goldfish proof plants, i can point you in the right direction there also.

there are a few people on the forum that keep goldies. we will be happy to help. i have been keeping goldies for over 20 years.they are my absolute favorite fish. i also know quite a few breeders across the country,if that can be of help. they are more expensive,but you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:24 PM   #6
 
I would definitely be interested in breeders I live in pa also what if any substrate to use what plants can go in and a good filter
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:28 PM   #7
 
And I'm looking at the orandas myself
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:48 PM   #8
 
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substrate for goldies. most use fine sand or go bare bottom. the reason for this is because goldies are messy. gravel has too many places for their detritus and uneaten food to build up.there is also a small chance that they can choke on any gravel that can fit into their mouths.

plants will grow fine in sand.if they are heavy root feeders,they will need root tabs. you can either buy these at the store or save money in the long run by making your own. it is very easy.

bare bottom is used by many people to keep the tank maintenance down. the detritus is picked up by the filter easier. you can still have live plants in a bare bottom tank. terra cotta or glass pots with a little substrate work great.

goldfish resistant plants include....amazon swords,vals,anubias,some cryptocorynes and java ferns. these are all easy low to medium light plants. if you decide if you want to go live plants,we can figure out your lighting.

there are many different types and brands of canisters.some of the favorites for goldfish enthusiasts are the canister filters. some also use hobs (hang on back filters) also called power filters. i suggest either using two canister filters or a mix of one canister filter and one hob.

the forum favorite for hobs is the aquaclear series by fluval. the penguin or emperor biowheel filters by marineland are also popular.

as far as canister filters,there are many good reliable filters out there.eheim,fluval,rena and sunsun to name a few. i have personally used the fluval and the sunsun. i gotta say that i really like my sunsuns.they are hard workers,silent and will not break the bank.they cost half of what most other filters cost and hold alot of media.

any other questions,feel free to ask.we are here to help.

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Old 03-27-2014, 11:14 AM   #9
 
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i'm just popping in to say hello and warm welcome.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:48 PM   #10
 
Where would you recommend I purchase these when the time comes, I think
I'll keep 2, don't want to over do it. and do you have any idea if there are tank specific pictures on these somewhere? would love to get ideas.
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