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Hey guys,

I'm a newbie to goldfish keeping. I recently acquired or shall I say rescued two common goldfish from my niece and nephew. I've grown pretty attached to these guys and I'm looking to upgrade to a Fluval Profile 1000. Here is the link for the tank specs: http://www.wayfair.com/Hagen-Fluval-Profile-Complete-72-Gallon-Aquarium-Set-with-Silver-Trim-15840-3-6-HGE1679.html?piid%5B%5D=6325329

It is sold as an aquarium kit. Any thoughts? More importantly, will this be large enough to house my two goldfish? They are currently 2" each.

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Thanks Au-fish! I've been searching online and it's hard to find a concrete number as far as how many gallons I need to keep a single-tailed goldfish. I was possibly thinking of adding a third common once I upgrade to that tank but that would be my max.

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Please adopt me, and then buy me one of these tanks too, please! :rofl

hahaha sure!

What he didn't tell you is that he comes with a demanding chihuahua. :rofl2

Shhhhhhhhhh! :rofl

Anyway, to answer your question, the tank is surely big enough for 2 planned goldfish. However, I don't think filtration is enough for the 2 of them, and you can definitely get a better set up put together, if you do it on your own.

If it's help you need for all of that, people here will be all too happy to help. :)

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Please adopt me, and then buy me one of these tanks too, please! :rofl

hahaha sure!

What he didn't tell you is that he comes with a demanding chihuahua. :rofl2

Shhhhhhhhhh! :rofl

Anyway, to answer your question, the tank is surely big enough for 2 planned goldfish. However, I don't think filtration is enough for the 2 of them, and you can definitely get a better set up put together, if you do it on your own.

If it's help you need for all of that, people here will be all too happy to help. :)

Phew, thanks for the heads up fantail! :) I think it's "the coolness factor" that's been attracting me to this tank versus its actual performance. Anyhow, some suggestions for a complete setup would definitely be appreciated, thanks!

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The general rule of thumb is 10Xs filtration. If you have a 72 gallon tank you'll want to have at least 720 gallons per hour filtration. Many of us prefer to run 2 filters so that if one breaks down and/or when cleaning the filter, you have a back up.

Many people here love the AquaClear filters. They are relatively inexpensive and quite powerful. Here is a link:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3610

And I see someone just add a reply. Probably dnalex sniping me . . . again. :rofl

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The set up is fine. The only thing I would change is instead of the 305 canister, you should go with the FX5.

But will it fit inside that stand?. The FX5 is a big canister filter.

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The set up is fine. The only thing I would change is instead of the 305 canister, you should go with the FX5.

But will it fit inside that stand?. The FX5 is a big canister filter.

Of course it is, and this is a great question for the salesrep. :)

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Thanks for the help guys! Since the kit already comes with a Fluval 305 Canister Filter, I would kind of be stuck with it. :-l Would pairing it with one of the aquaclear filters that fantailfan suggested work? If so, which one would you recommend?

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Hi and Welcome to the Forum, That tank is beautiful. If you purchase it I sure will be looking forward to seeing photo's/video's of it all set up and with your fish in it. How exciting. :)

You had asked if this tank would be big enough for your commons and maybe adding another one.

I don't own any commons but I think they require 30 gallons per fish. I could be wrong. I think they need more space then your fancy goldfish. And if I am wrong Please correct me someone. :)

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I'm going to be the lone dissenter. It's plenty of room for 2-3 GF but:

(1) It's a taller tank, which means that not only will it be hard to reach all the way to the bottom, but it is also far less surface area than a longer, less tall tank. My 90 gal, for instance, is 5 feet long and 19" tall--far more surface area than a 90 that is 25" tall and shorter. And surface area is VERY important to fish b/c that's how they get their oxygen.

(2) It's very expensive. You can find large tanks w/ all the stuff included on Craig's list very inexpensively. My 90 came w/ stand, lights, heater, a bunch of other stuff AND an Eheim 2217 canister filter--all for $400.

If I were you, I would look for a longer, less tall tank with some extras. :)

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Hey guys,

I'm a newbie to goldfish keeping. I recently acquired or shall I say rescued two common goldfish from my niece and nephew. I've grown pretty attached to these guys and I'm looking to upgrade to a Fluval Profile 1000. Here is the link for the tank specs: http://www.wayfair.com/Hagen-Fluval-Profile-Complete-72-Gallon-Aquarium-Set-with-Silver-Trim-15840-3-6-HGE1679.html?piid%5B%5D=6325329

It is sold as an aquarium kit. Any thoughts? More importantly, will this be large enough to house my two goldfish? They are currently 2" each.

That's a really nice kit...but expensive! Whew...

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I'm going to be the lone dissenter. It's plenty of room for 2-3 GF but:

(1) It's a taller tank, which means that not only will it be hard to reach all the way to the bottom, but it is also far less surface area than a longer, less tall tank. My 90 gal, for instance, is 5 feet long and 19" tall--far more surface area than a 90 that is 25" tall and shorter. And surface area is VERY important to fish b/c that's how they get their oxygen.

(2) It's very expensive. You can find large tanks w/ all the stuff included on Craig's list very inexpensively. My 90 came w/ stand, lights, heater, a bunch of other stuff AND an Eheim 2217 canister filter--all for $400.

If I were you, I would look for a longer, less tall tank with some extras. :)

But it looks cool!!! hahaha I do see what you're saying...which is starting to give me some doubts. It is pricey but it looks well made, I think? Do you think it seems like a ripoff? Anyhow, thanks for all of the input guys. I'll have to scope out craigslist before I make my purchase. I'll be sure to post pics of the final product 4prettyfish. :)

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I would pay that price if that is the tank I really wanted. :) It is expensive but from what I've heard, Fluval makes great tanks. You could check out some used ones but I doubt you will find anything that nice used. Another option would be checking out rimless glass tanks or acrylic tanks that have a similar modern/sleek look. I bet you could find one for half that price, but you would have to buy filtration, a stand, a light, etc. So you'll end up spending a similar amount in the end or a few hundred less, but you would also have a more customized setup. ;)

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Ms. Jenny, it definitely is the tank I want! :fishtank I've been eyeing it for quite some time now. You just made me feel a little less guilty about buying it. 'sides, I've got a coupon for 10% off haha. :I-Thank-You:

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