Goldfish Aquarium

Volume 75 Gallons
Dimensions 18'' x 48'' x 21''
Make Marineland
Model 75G
Timeline

Introduction

Imagine my surprise when my daughter came home from Family Night at school with a carnie goldfish and $80 worth of aquarium supplies my wife picked up on the way home. Then still more surprise as I did the research and found the 1 gallon aquarium was woefully undersized for a goldfish, and she wanted to buy another!

A few days later we went out and got a 10 gallon starter aquarium kit (which is by all accounts still undersized for two goldfish), a stand, a few more odds and ends, and a second fish.

Then, once the tank cycled, we somehow got wheedled into buying two more fish, for a total of four. Reading up, I found that wasn't good, so we bought a new 75G home so the goldfish can grow properly, then waited eight months to set the thing up!

Photos

Filtration

Since this tank has goldfish, I used an oversized filter, meant for a 110 gallon tank. Hopefully this will offset the grubbiness of four goldfish without having to use a supplemental filter.
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Lighting

The tank came with an LED lighting strip with blue and white LEDs. Right now we're running the default program: blue light starting a 7AM, blue and white from 9AM-8PM, blue only from 8PM-10PM, then all lights off from 10PM-7AM. I think that's the program. I'll fix this if it's not.
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Measurements

70
Temperature
80
Nitrate
Nitrite
6.5
pH
Alkalinity
180
GH
Ammonia

Inhabitants

6 Fish

Goldfish Carassius Auratus Auratus
Goldfish Carassius Auratus Auratus
Goldfish Carassius Auratus Auratus

4 Invertebrate

4 Mystery Snail Bellamya chinensis

Equipment

Feeding See more

Broccoli
One pinch of TetraFin Goldfish flakes twice a day, morning and evening.
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On average you perform a 25.7% water change every 57 days.

0% total water change in August.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

We moved Halloween over to this tank. He's quite a bit larger than Mustache was when we added Mustache, so I wasn't as worried about the other fish picking on him or beating him to food. He seems to b
I really need to update the photos for this tank. The goldfish are growing rapidly. The largest (Bubbles) is around 5" long now!
Excitement tonight!

Yesterday we gave the goldfish some broccoli for the first time in ages. In the past, I've just thrown a stalk of cooked broccoli in there, and they ate the leaves, le
We welcome a new goldfish, Victini, won by youngest daughter at a same carnival where we won bubbles.
I tried them on finely chopped carrot today. Holy crap, they love it! They were on that like gerbils on a cardboard tube.
(Saturday 8/6)

Today I boiled up some broccoli and gave it to the goldfish. It took them a little while to warm up to it, but ultimately they all tried some, and most came back for more.

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Inspiration & Goals

Inspiration: ask my daughter.

Goals:
- get the damn tank to cycle before it kills off the fish! DONE!
- keep four goldfish thriving in a crowded aquarium for a year until I can get them new digs DONE
- watch these four fish grow in their new, happy home
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Disasters & Regrets

From the old tank:

So many...

* Getting saddled with goldfish in the first place, when we probably would have preferred tropicals. We just thought fish were fish. We didn't realize it's not a good idea to mix them, and that goldfish can actually be harder than beginner tropicals.

* Not doing a good job of rinsing the aquarium gravel before I put it in. Cloudy water for a while.

* Not having the time to properly cycle the tank. Our poor comet goldfish lost its tail to fin rot and suffered ammonia burns, and I feel terrible about that. Still, the little sucker is hanging in there and is now very active and enjoying life, so we'll not get rid of it just because it's maimed. (It's learned to use its body to take the role of the missing tail.)

Since moving to the new tank:

* So far we've had no disasters or regrets. Fingers crossed for this to continue.
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