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small fry 01-18-2011 07:51 PM

55g tank w/ common goldfish?
 
I heard from an unreliable (but sometimes correct) sorce that the maximum amount of common goldfish for a 55g tank is 2. Believeable, but I wanted to make sure. My brother got stuck with some commons, and he wants to care for them alot better. He has one that is 5 1/2" in a 5g (i know, it is terrible), and a 1 1/2 - 2" goldfish in an unfiltered bowl.

Just another question, can white cloud minnows live with goldfish, or would they be feeders? Thanks!

kelly528 01-21-2011 12:06 AM

A 55g might do for a while, but the rule of thumb for adult commons is more like 80g per fish, unfortunately. I have 2 half-size fancies in a 50g right now and they do a pretty good job of mucking it up by water change day.

small fry 01-21-2011 04:49 AM

Man, that would cost a fortune new. Would an 80g work for 2 commons, or is that just for 1?

Anyway, I'll keep mt eye on Craigslist and see what I can find. Thanks!

kelly528 01-21-2011 09:03 AM

Just 1. What a lot of people do is purchase a Rubbermaid feeding trough for about $100 and make a pond out of it. Likewise, making a pond out of pretty much anything doesn't have to be an expensive ordeal if you stick to pond liner, allan blocks and aquatic soil.

This guy is planning a tub pond for is comet, it might do you good to talk to him.

small fry 01-21-2011 09:31 AM

So how big are the feeder troughs? Do you know where I could find them?

Lupin 01-21-2011 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by small fry (Post 563528)
Just another question, can white cloud minnows live with goldfish, or would they be feeders? Thanks!

With slow fancies, maybe. Anything else, no.

To add Kelly's info, fiberglass tubs may be considered for singletails.

kelly528 01-22-2011 06:13 PM

You'll want to look at farm equipment shops, maybe Home Depot, or check Craigslist. I'm not sure how many gallons they are, easily over 100. It might say if you look the product up on an online store.

small fry 01-22-2011 06:20 PM

Do you think the feeder would work for 2 common goldfish? Has anyone ever priced a pond filter (I haven't)? Just trying to get a general idea of the cost. My brother doesn't really have a whole lot of spending money right now.


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