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  1. Seaking is so pretty ! (and so is Goldeen :wub:). He's still a fantail, he just doesn't have a split tail, that's all :)


    Thank you. I thought he was, but I thought I'd ask as I haven't see a fantail with a tail like that before. :)

  2. I recently got a new goldfish so I thought I'd share some pictures.


    Meet Seaking!






    And here he is with Goldeen. I hadn't realized how fat she'd gotten until I got Seaking.  :teehee








    Also, I wanted some advice on his tail? I bought him as a fantail, but, unlike my Goldeen, his tail isn't split? I tried to get some pictures, but he'd rather mooch around for food than pose for me so these were the best I got.  :idont








  3. 9/9/14

    Today I'll hopefully get my soil! Woo! This is the most exciting thing happening this week. I also need some stress coat and I want to get a variety of frozen veggies and bloodworms. Nom nom.

    My other worry is where to house Goldeen when I do her tank. I've been thinking of getting a large storage container. They're super cheap at the minute because of the new school term. I was thinking of putting water in it and letting it sit for a few weeks before testing it to make sure it's completely safe for my fish. I just need to figure out exactly how I test it?

    I've been thinking about a few things and decided to share here.

    My plan, when buying my new tank, had always been to have two fish. So when I discovered I'd miscalculated how big my tank was I was pretty heartbroken. (I bought it used.)

    It's 25 US gallons and I read somewhere that you need 20 gallons for the first fish and 10 for every other fish. That makes me 5 gallons out. 5 gallons! Buying a bigger tank is, unfortunately, not in the foreseeable future.

    Now, I'm religious with cleaning my tank. I do a 50 % WC change twice a week despite only needing to do it once a week. I figured I just needed to ask the question here and put it to bed once and for all.

    Is a second fish an impossible dream?

  4. :) I have a soft spot for black fish too. My tank is 144 litres and there have been times I've wanted to bring a moor home. At this point, I feel it wouldn't be fair to my fish, Newton, who has been alone for years. I still check out used tanks nearly every day, thinking about setting up a big tank (I actual have a 250 litre, but my son has taken it over).

    You should post a photo of your sons tank, I mean yours Susanne on a new thread. hehe I'd love to see it.

    You're welcome to post it here too. I don't mind. ;)


    Today was supposed to be fast day. I'd rolled out of bed, trudged down the stairs with my eyes closed to catch a few extra Z's and had fed Goldeen before I realized. So tomorrow shall be fast day!

    I'm going to have to start sticking a post-it or something to remind me on fast day NOT to feed my fishy!

  5. Count me in line for the pictures. I too have a lone goldfish for the same reasons. We have the tank near the dinner table and he is very much a member of the family.

    Hello and Welcome. :) Sounds like your going to have fun with your tank. Looking forward to seeing photo's.

    Susanne, Mine is near dinning table also. (just feet away:) I have to look in that direction lots of times while eating. :)

    My fish tank is strategically placed in the living room beside the settee so I can sit with her. :)

    Well, Goldeen's had a 50% WC today. I get an immensely satisfied feeling from cleaning the tank. I really enjoy it; even in the past when I had to use a small bowl to bale out the water which took me ages!

    Tomorrow's fast day. I fast Goldeen every Monday. ( Although, I'm sure my lil pig fish will cheat by nibbling her plants. On Tuesday, I'm going to town and hope to come back with the organic soil. I also need some stress coat and want to buy some bloodworm's too. (Don't worry; not freeze dried. :P )

    I'd love to get some plants, but they're cheaper online and hopefully better quality. A lot of them are dying in the pet shop and there isn't much variety anyway. (I'm going to have a gander anyway.)

    I really want a bigger tank because I want a black moor or another fantail (whom I would call Ponyo!!)

  6. Substrate is really up to you. If you use soil you will need to cap it, another option is to use an inert planted substrate like eco-complete. Before addressing plants, what lights do you have?

    This sounds like it will be a fun project! :)

    I have a light on the hood. Another small UV strip light and indirect sun light. Yes, it's definitely going to be an expensive fun project! The plants I already have in there are growing well even without soil at the minute.

  7. I'm definitely not nervous making a blog for all you knowledgeable people to read!

    I've had Goldeen my fantail goldfish three months now. She's my first fish and I've learn a lot about goldfish and fish in general already. The biggest lesson would be how big a tank they need!

    Goldeen has a 21 gallon tank all to herself. I would've loved to have had another fish, but I'm unable to upgrade and unwilling to overstock my tank. Maybe one day in the future...

    Just recently I've decided I'd like to have a planted tank so with exciting things on the horizon I thought this was the best time to make my blog. I have a few Elodea Densa in Goldeen's and a marimo moss ball. She loves nibbling on everything. So along with that and seeing everyone else's amazing planted tanks I'm really excited to do this.

    Now considering I've had Goldeen and therefore any knowledge for about three months I don't know much so the planted project is going to take a little time.

    To buy:

    - Organic potting soil

    - Plants. (Which ones though?)

    - Sand (Or can I just use the gravel/sand mix I already have?)

    Some things I need to figure out are; If I have everything I need, can I have it all set up within the day as I haven't got anywhere big enough to house Goldeen for a long duration of time?

    Is there anything else I need?

    I was going to post pictures, but photobucket hates me right now.

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    This is the variegated PFS that I use. As an ex-graveler I find it a good substrate for me. It's large enough that my gravel vacuum and filter intakes require no extra precautions, heavier than gravel so great for planting in (as I can finally vacuum around my plants without fear of the roots becoming dislodged, all the junk sits on top!), and looks similar to my gravel did.

    If you decide to go to a different substrate than gravel this would be my personal suggestion, especially if you find the silt like sands a lot to deal with, or too starkly coloured.

    Mine looks a lot like that. [emoji4] I really like the color.

    This is what I have except in a lighter colour. I almost chose that colour, kind of wishing I had now!

  9. The carpet's just been put down so I can finally set up my new tank. YAY!

    I bought a fine sand/gravel mix to put in the bottom, but now I'm having doubts. I'm worried that my goldfish is derpy enough to eat and choke on it. :feedme

    So my question is...am I worrying about nothing? Has anyone else used this? I'll either use that or leave my tank bare bottomed.

    Thanks for putting up with my newbie questions! :P

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