Joined: Dec 12, 2006 Posts: 20 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:00 pm Post subject: Newbi Aquarium
First let me thank you all for the great site
I recently set up my First Aquarium.
24" X 12 " 12 "
Under Gravel Filter
Atman AT-180 Heater
10 Watt Aquarium Tube Light
LionHead Oranda 3" Length 2 pair
RedHead Oranda 2.5 " 1 pair
Sucker Fish(Tank Cleaner) 1 pair
Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 1557 Location: Chennai
Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:23 pm Post subject: Re: Newbi Aquarium
You should have lot more options when you get your 4 footer but, for now i thinbk your tank is over stocked If i were you i would stick to good quality pellet/flake food for Goldfish and i don't think its absolutely necessary to feed your Goldfish live food
Joined: Aug 19, 2005 Posts: 4895 Location: Mathura, UP
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:51 pm Post subject: Re: Newbi Aquarium
Welcome to IAH.
Your tank is about 15 gallons.
You have five goldfish and two plecos(Iassume that is what you mean by suckerfish).
Goldfish need about 10 gallons at full size & about 6-7 gallons at fish your size, so your tank should be 6 X 5= 30gallons and 15 gallons for plecos. At your fish load you would need a 4 X 1.5 X 1.5 ft tank.
You need to
(1) Decrease your fishload. They are too many fish for a new tank.
(2) A new tank needs to be cycled or else ammonia will start building up.
(3) All these fish are very heavy bioload fish, only a U/G will not be enough, go in for a power filter or canister filter. If you go in for power filter, remember to aim the nozzle in such a way that force of water is dispersed.
(4) Keep a eye on plecos, they are heavy eater but feed from bottom only, and in a goldfish tank they hardly get anything to eat. This makes them a very hungry pleco, and they start sucking slime from bodies of goldfish. Feed them some sliced parboiled vegetables like cucumber, grouds etc and sinking foods.
(5) In the mean while increase your water change schedule, as your tank is small and bioload is heavy.
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