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Old 10-10-2005, 06:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I already had to get a bigger tank to give her the ten gallon, she was starting with a 2gallon(im guessing). Now just have to figure out how to do water changes for a low tech goldfish tank.
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Assuming she has a decent plant load you shouldn't need to do any waterchanges! I'll see if I can dig up some info over the next few days about waterchanges and low tech tanks. I think I may have forwarded a couple of links to Dineen in the past, maybe she will chime in...
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I know in my low techs i never change the water, but i hear goldfish poison there own water. I do not want to kill the goldfish!
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Poison is such a strong word. Lets just say they create a lot of ammonia.
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So as long as there is enought plants everythings ok?
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Your goldfish may make snacks out of your plants. You will still have to monitor NH3 levels.
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Your goldfish may make snacks out of your plants.
I've figured as much. I tired to help pick put plants that the goldfish would not munch or of that would grow fast enough to hopefully keep growing without becoming snacks. I also heard feeding them veggies helped the plants survive.
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With my low tech tank, I only just stopped doing water changes with the last one on Saturday. I was reading a book and on a site that was a big proponent of regular and routine water changes. The low tech site also doesn't use filtration though, so water change is the only filtration besides plants. Though reading another site that one of the members posts on, he doesn't do water changes OR filter (but he has a rich organic matter --rabbit pellets-- under his substrate).

My guess for a heavily planted, well-growing low tech goldfish tank that you aren't dosing with EI would be every couple of months do a water change. If you are dosing then you would want to do water changes like Tom recommends to remove excess ferts.
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Its not possible to have goldfish and do no waterchanges unless you have few goldies and a HUGE tank (over 100 gallons). They just create too much waste.
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Its not possible to have goldfish and do no waterchanges unless you have few goldies and a HUGE tank (over 100 gallons). They just create too much waste.
Are you sure of that? Have you ever kept a goldfish in a 10g planted tank before? People say you can't keep Rift Lake cichlids in planted tanks either but folks do it. Folks used to say PO4 causes algae...

I have not done either but it would definately be something I would try if I was into keeping goldfish or rift lake cichlids...

However, I also believe that little goldfish is going to outgrow that 10g tank very quickly.
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