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james7139 08-25-2010 03:36 PM

gold fish tank mates
i might begetting a 55 gallon tank to house my goldfish from my pond in the winter and was wondering what tankmates would be good.i would not put them into the pond,just the goldfish.

redchigh 08-25-2010 04:44 PM

I dont think there's anything...

Goldfish are messy, and that on top of cold water...

White clouds come to mind if you had good enough filtration, but they're small enough that the goldfish would eat them.

I think the only good tankmate for a goldfish is... a goldfish.

kitten_penang 08-25-2010 04:46 PM

pleco would be a good thing to have.GF have lots of waste and it will cause algae if the filter isn't enough to clean the waste.the pleco will eat certain algae but not all.

redchigh 08-25-2010 04:49 PM

Pleco are tropical. They won't do well in the cooler water that goldies require.

kitten_penang 08-25-2010 05:08 PM

well they are hardy we even keep them in ponds here but i'm not sure how they are there.

redchigh 08-25-2010 05:13 PM

Looking at a map, penang is pretty close to the equator... So it would make sense they would work well in a pond in the tropics.

That's not really cold-water, even if it is a pond.

kitten_penang 08-25-2010 05:19 PM

wont he have a heater or something for the goldies?

james7139 08-25-2010 10:24 PM

i was hoping that goldfish wasnt the answer :(. goldfish are cold water fish.hence why they need no heater

Zeetrain 08-26-2010 05:55 PM

Bristlenose Pleco can live in water as low as the 60s. In the profile from this site it says 62. Im guessing your house wont drop much lower than that if it does at all and since youre not putting a heater in it then itll be room temp. the only thing is that Goldfish are already a messy fish and a pleco is also on the messy side. You will need to do a lot of water changes and have a strong filter in there. I personally would just do the Goldfish.

Lupin 08-26-2010 06:51 PM

Bristlenose plecos and dojo loaches are appropriate choices however, please consider having a filter with 10x turnover rate as you'll be dealing with additional bioload. In general, goldfish kept in tanks are fine with 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit range. That's within tolerance limits for several species of plecos (although not all species are advisable with goldfish) and dojo loaches.

What strain are these goldfish anyway, James? How big are they?

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