Aquapure for Goldfish Tanks
I want to get a 75 Gallon Tank and have the following:
6 Fancy Goldfish
3 Bristlenose Plecos
3 Weather Dojos
maybe another fish: may be overstocking even further (i said MAYBE)
Malysian Trumpet Snails
Heavilly Planted low light compatible plants: Hornwort, Vals, Javas, etc..
Eheim Cannister Filter 2217, and "maybe" Aquaclear 110 (no chemical filters, only mech and biological, but if purchasing, remove the biological later on)
Here are my questions
1) That said, how will the Aquapure help me, specially in terms of water changes? For such a tank, i was recommended to do weekly 50% water changes (considering the fish, but not the effect of the plants on cleaning).
2) Wont i still have to siphon the fish "wastes" from the bottom, pls note the dirtyness of goldfish?
3) How will these bacteria affect the plants. Plants need amonia. Will there be food left for the Plants that do part of the job of cleaning fish waste?
4) Will this help an overstocked tank
I would not buy the Aquapure right away after setting up my tank, however, i want to consider this depending on actual benefits for very dirty fish such as Goldfish.
Thanks in advance
1) The Medium Aquaripure will be about the equivalent of a 50g weekly water change. At your current stocking levels I would expect it to get you to zero nitrates and keep them there. If you add too many more fish then that might be stretching it. What can happen in an extremely heavily stocked tank is the Aquaripure will keep nitrates at a certain level where they will hover - i.e. not go up or down further but stay at maybe 25 ppm as an example. In those cases reducing the fish level or tweaking the flow rate of the Aquaripure might help a bit. Also, I can sell an additional canister to increase the capacity of the existing Aquaripure filter.
When nitrates are zero or at an acceptable level for you then there really isn't a reason to do frequent water changes but I recommend maybe a 35% water change every 2-3 months. This keeps trace elements in balance and prevents keeps water quality extremely high. If you don't then in a year or two water quality can eventually deteriorate a little even though nitrates are zero.
2) The Aquaripure will keep the organics in the water column under control and so it will be able to absorb much more of that fish waste on the bottom of the tank in the gravel. You will notice that the bottom of the tank will be much cleaner and need to be siphoned a lot less. You can still do it occasionally but it will not be nearly as bad.
3) I have a FW planted tank and the plants grow very quickly even when nitrates are zero. This is beacuse the Aquaripure is a slow flow comprehensive filter and the plants can absorb all the nutrients from the water column that they need. The Aquaripure maintains a low but healthy and natural level of microorganisms and nutrients in the tank, just like in nature.
4) Yes, see #1
The Aquaripure works very well on goldfish tanks based on feedback I have received from customers using it for that purpose. One user posted a video on you tube.
YouTube - Goldfish Overload! (1yr Olds) in 250 Gallon Tank
Thanks for the detailed response. I am quiete amazed with the answers, but here are some more:
1) Can you pls pm me the customer's contact info that have goldfish (specially if planted), with their permission of course, so i can contact them by email or phone.
2) I would have sand substrate, not gravel. In your opinion, would i really not have to siphon it for 2-3 months if I keep only the amount of fish mentioned?
3) Will i really need an extra cannister at the curent stocking level, and if so, how much extra is that? (you can pm me the answer). Also, say i were to add 8 guppies in the early stages, before goldfish get too big, would i need a bigger aquapure or the cannister? I may drop the dojo loaches in the begining for the guppies, and then later on transfer the guppies to my 10G tank.
4) Do you think I am overstocked already as is?
5) Do bristlenose plecos have a chance in a tank where the algues wont form because of the Aquaclear. (i wanted some bottom feeders in my tank that would not be dangerous to my goldfish)
6) Where are you located? Can this be picked up, or do i have to order from the webpage/states ?
If really i would have to do only a 35% change every two month, for my current predicted load (not initial), then that is pretty amazing, and time saving.
Which bring me to the next question.
7) I saw we had to feed the bacterias vodca every week. What do we do if going on vacation for 2-3 weeks per year? For the fish, there would be an automatic feeder or if someone was available, i can maybe ask them to come bye and help once a week, but otherwise, any recommendations?
Thanks in advance
1) You can contact that person via You Tube, that’s all I did. I really do not even know the name of the customer who shot that video.
2) I do not have a lot of experience with gravel bottoms or goldfish tanks. I based my expectations that you will have to clean it a lot less based upon my indirect observations and also upon feedback from other users who do have goldfish tanks.
3) I would expect the Medium Aquaripure to be more than sufficient for the stocking levels you state. An extra 8 guppies would not add that much more bioload and I would expect the Medium to still be sufficient, especially if you move them later as the goldfish get bigger.
4) No, I would consider your tank well stocked but not overly so. I would still expect the Medium to handle it completely. Of course, it is difficult to predict exactly how the tank will mature. Every situation and system is a little different.
5) Plecos eat anything and so they will survive on fish waste and uneaten food just fine. I throw in an algae wafer a few times a week for my mini pleco.
6) I am in Florida, near Daytona Beach. I sell almost all of my product directly through consumers through my website, ebay, and Amazon. Every now and then someone will come pick one up.
7) You can go 2-3 weeks without doing anything to it. It might become uncycled just a bit but once you get back into the regular maintenance routine it will quickly get right back to where it was. I even shot a video demonstrating this. If you can get someone to handle it once a week then that’s even better. In the video I went about 5 weeks without doing anything to it before getting it back on track.
YouTube - Nitrate Tests on an Aquarium using an Aquaripure Filter - this is the video
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