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155L Goldfish Cube

goldscapes

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Nothing special, the maintenance post (second post) is up to date.
What worked so well for you?
 

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Nothing special, the maintenance post (second post) is up to date.
What worked so well for you?

It grew like a weed in mine, I was using ADA Amazonia soil and dosing EI (on the light side looking back). Started off as a CO2 tank @2bps but the pic below was after 3 months with no co2 which I was surprised about

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So, it’s been a while since my last post but thought I would resurface and update this journal with the latest info.

The tank, filter and diatoms remain the same but just about everything else has changed.

I think the smallest of the three fantails from the last photo has survived but the others sadly did not. It’s now accompanied by a telescope eye and seems pretty happy.

Lights have been replaced with a Fluval Aquasky. Using a custom low light setting for 12hrs a day.

No CO2 for now.

Think I need some fast growing plants.

Here’s a pic, would be great to see if anyone out there remembers this tank or if anyone fancies commenting on the setup. All comments are well received.

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mort

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Are the plants still potted to stop the goldfish digging them up? If they are then they will do much better planted with some root tabs under them. It can be hard for them to spread out of the rock wool.

It's a bit of a cliché but hornwort is a great plant for coldwater aquariums as it happily floats making it impossible for the goldfish to dig up. Elodea is another one that does the same as is water sprite. I like paraguay's hygrophila suggestion as well.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions @PARAGUAY and @mort

I’ve added a few floating bunches of Elodea and Hornwort for now and will try planting the potted plants with root tabs at the next water change. I originally kept them potted so I could remove them and clean around them more easily. Happy to give anything a try :)

I might add some Hygrophila at the back if the fish leave the other plants alone - so far so good!
 

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Already some signs of diatoms on the leaves so I reduced the photo period to 7am-3pm with a one hour ramp up and down.
 
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