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Hi guys, Wow it's been awhile . I tend to lurk on here lot, but it's been forever since I actually posted. Basically I'd like some advice about grooming goldfish. A few weeks ago I got two very small goldies from my local PetSmart, a little blue oranda & a black moor. When I small, I mean so small I was kind of surprised they were selling them. When I first brought them home they were probably only an inch from head to tail. I really want them to grow to their fullest potential so I'm trying really hard to give them the most ideal conditions. If it's okay, I'd like to tell you guys what I'm doing to help their growth and get some feedback on if I'm doing everything right. So far this is what I'm doing: -Feeding them 3-4 meals a day. Alternating between Hikari Green Bag Pellets, NLS Goldfish Pellets, giving either bloodworms or brine shrimp once a day. -80-90% water changes daily or sometimes every other day -Keeping the temp raised in my tank to 76F, I have read when you're trying to grow out goldfish 78-80F is ideal, but my heater struggles to keep it that warm so I've settled on 76F My main concern is that I'm overfeeding the fish or stressing them, but so far they seem to be doing pretty well. Also just generally concerned about trying to make them grow too fast/overdoing it. They're probably closer to an inch an half now, both of them have also visibly gained weight, especially the tele. The oranda didn't have a wen at all when I first got them, but now they've got a little one coming in. I'd love some input or advice, I'd also love to hear what you guys do to make your fish grow well. Edit: I forgot mention, my tank is a 40 gallon breeder & fully cycled. It's filtered with an AquaClear 70 & a large sponge filter.
I have 2 month old butterfly telescope fry. Some are developing well, others I just had to see what they will be. Anyway, I'm struggling at what depth their water should be kept. Sometimes I read 12-18" but that had to be for much bigger fish. Something I read said 1" water for every centimeter of fish. That's just too little, even if I include the tail length. I'm just lost. I moved the bigger ones into a 20L and filled it up a touch higher than what they had (about five inches), and it seems like soooo much for the smaller ones in there. Like I said, I'm kind of lost here. I want them to have as much water as they can, but I would also like to give them the best chance to grow those tails out nicely..... and I will admit, changing anything is hard for me with these little things.. i do recall waiting months to fill up the tank that my first two grew in. This is my biggest one - two are just a touch smaller (sorry these pictures are so huge) and this about is the size of the other three If you have any advice for me, with the water depth or otherwise, I would really appreciate it!