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I put some duckweed into my 29 gallon tank. It covered the surface completely. That was pretty good because I have white gravel and it was very very bright before. Anyways, my goldfish ate around a quarter of the duckweed and it's all they are eating. I clear out a spot and put flakes in but they aren't really tempted to eat them, they just nibble on the duckweed periodically. I also tried an algae wafer but they really don't care.

Also, the duckweed is getting sucked into the filter intake tube and the filter tube is covered in it. And the filter water flow keeps throwing the duckweed all over my tank and it's floating everywhere and it's a huge mess. How can I make it so that the duckweed actually floats on the waters surface and isn't everywhere?

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Here's an article by Mr.B that explains how to make a guard for your filters. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/page/index.html/_/aquatic-plants/duckweed-guard-for-hob-filters-r266

I'd encourage you to try some quality sinking pellets or gel food for your goldfish. Flake food is not very nutritious for them and eating only duckweed is not a good balanced diet for them either. Some good pellet foods are ProGold (goldfishconnection.com) Saki-Hikari sinking goldfish pellets, or Omega-One. An excellent gel food is Repashy Soilent Green, and you can get it from our forum sponsor here http://tastyworms.com/repashy-soilent-green-aufwuchs-gel-fish-food.html . Tasty Worms also sells the Saki-Hikari food.

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Here's an article by Mr.B that explains how to make a guard for your filters. http://www.kokosgold...ob-filters-r266

I'd encourage you to try some quality sinking pellets or gel food for your goldfish. Flake food is not very nutritious for them and eating only duckweed is not a good balanced diet for them either. Some good pellet foods are ProGold (goldfishconnection.com) Saki-Hikari sinking goldfish pellets, or Omega-One. An excellent gel food is Repashy Soilent Green, and you can get it from our forum sponsor here http://tastyworms.co...-fish-food.html . Tasty Worms also sells the Saki-Hikari food.

I'm buying them Pro-Gold when they finish their current flakes, should take less than a month.

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Here's an article by Mr.B that explains how to make a guard for your filters. http://www.kokosgold...ob-filters-r266

I'd encourage you to try some quality sinking pellets or gel food for your goldfish. Flake food is not very nutritious for them and eating only duckweed is not a good balanced diet for them either. Some good pellet foods are ProGold (goldfishconnection.com) Saki-Hikari sinking goldfish pellets, or Omega-One. An excellent gel food is Repashy Soilent Green, and you can get it from our forum sponsor here http://tastyworms.co...-fish-food.html . Tasty Worms also sells the Saki-Hikari food.

I'm buying them Pro-Gold when they finish their current flakes, should take less than a month.

You won't regret the repashy! I was hesitant to buy it because it's a little pricey, but my fish go CRAZY over it! :D

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Duckweed has been explored as the sole food source for raising fish, and according to this

http://www.mobot.org/jwcross/duckweed/fish.htm

it's entirely doable, although a diet of pellets, or pellets + duckweed, was deemed to be better.

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