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  1. Hey guys, I just got a new 55 gallon tank at Petco during their $1 per gallon sale (holla!), and I have a couple of questions. Currently I have two itty-bitty common (possibly comet) goldfish. Once I get this tank set up it's going to be their forever home. I was wondering, if someday down the line I wanted to get a third goldfish (such as a Sarassa), would this overstock my tank? Also, if I did one of those crazy diy 3D backgrounds, would that completely cut all chances of safely stocking a third fish? I want to do what's best for them! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  2. I was wondering what matters most when stocking, size or number of fish. In general I know the stocking parameters follow 15-20 gallons per fish. I have 4 Goldie's (2 telescopes @ 3 inches each, 1 oranda @ 4 inches and 1 oranda @ 2.5 inches-all measurements are without tail length). The 2 teles & small oranda have been in a 40 breeder since November, no problems. The small oranda is 1 year of age, I've had 1 tele x 1 year and has grown maybe 1/4 inch- same as the other tele but I've had him x 2 years, I've had the other oranda 2 years and I'm pretty sure he was mature when I got him-he hasn't changed much at all. I actually don't know if they are boys or girls. My ideal goal is a 75 gallon, right now I have a spare 55. Any thoughts are appreciated.
  3. Hi guys! Its been a while since I last posted on here. I have tried to do college without keeping goldfish due to their space requirements, but I am having some difficulty keeping them out of my life ...So I bought a 40 gal stock pond/tank online this weekend, and I am planning to set it up as an indoor water garden/goldfish pond in my room. I have never kept long-bodied fish before, as I have always considered them pond fish, and I only kept a 20g one fancy-fish aquarium through high school. So heres my question: Could I keep 1-2 comets in a 40g setup? The filter I have is 400gph, and I plan to do 50% water changes weekly, and 100% monthly. I have read on some websites that 55+ gal is recommended for comets, and on others that 30g is good for one fish, and 40g is good for two. If the general consensus is that this set up would be too small for a comet (or two), I will stick to ryukins, but would love to keep comets if I can. Thanks!
  4. Hello, I know stocking can be a sort of sensitive topic and want to get an opinion: I have one 8-9" tl comet in a 50" long 55 gallon tank by himself. He seems to have plenty of room and enjoy the swimming space, but I often worry (and I'm not sure if it's just me anthropomorphising) that he's bored and would like a companion. Every time I see a community tank with a couple goldfish swimming together, I think "my poor goldfish is all alone--am I being cruel?" So I'm considering getting a second comet (probably a sarasa around the same size as my current comet, Kaji) as his companion. I've read a lot of different threads about tank sizes for comets ranging from "you can keep 6 comets in a 55" to "no single-tailed pond fish should ever go in an aquarium of any size." I know that the official Koko's recommendation is 15-20 gal per fish whether single-tailed or fancy but I'm still a little unsure about what's right for a fish Kaji's size. Of course if I did get another fish, I would quarantine for a month, upgrade filtration (I've been eyeing a 525gph canister to use in addition to the two HOBs I currently have), and of course upgrade the tank if/when the two fish outgrew the tank. I'm actually planning to move in 6 months and was thinking that if the 55 is not enough room, I could set up a new tank in my new place and sell the one I have here. So, my question is, would it be a good idea to get another fish in the 55 or is this a recipe for disaster? Is it better for Kaji to have a friend or does he need the space to himself in order to really thrive? I appreciate any advice you Koko's verterans can give! Thanks! Anne
  5. Hi, I'm getting a bigger tank! YAY Its second hand and is 220L or 58USgal. What is the stocking ratio for fancy goldfish? I would LOVE three, and some snails but am unsure if they would overstock the tank. Im also getting a 2000Lph canister filter for it (don't know if this makes a difference or not). And it has a surface area of around 4697sqcm or 728sqin. Thanks for your advice!
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