View Full Version : Hello New to Forum and Fish keeping

12-13-2019, 05:48 AM
Hello everyone.
So I had fish as a kid and enjoyed the time I had with my parents with them. Forward 30 years and now with kids of my own well starting out again.
My kids were at the local fair and you know the story they both won a goldfish. well I had to get something and we got what in hindsight was way too small 3.5 gallon tank.
I'm sorry guys I wanted something else but wife was not having it. Well one of the fishes died after a year and then the fair came into town... Well one of my sons won another fish. By this time the original gold fish got huge. To be honest im not sure what kind of goldfish this is and he started out gold and now he is white and almost translucent. This fish is large and maybe he is a koi or something. Anyway we put the new fish in the tank and well I could not deal with that. The fish were so crowded that I had to do something and told my wife we need to get something better for these fish.

We set off to Petsmart and I got a 36gallon bow front. I have dived full head into this and having a lot of fun. I will show you what pics of the fish before and after to this. Anyway so I have this 36 gallon bow front tank along with a Eheim 350 canister filter that after watching pondguru changed around a bit. I put in tray one my mechanical pads course medium fine and then a polishing pad, in try 2 i have 2 diffrent types of biological media about 2.5lbs, and try three i have a carbon pad nitrate pad and ammonia pad with another fine foam pad on top of that. I also have a Korallin sulphur biodenitrator s1502 nitrate reactor which is not cycled yet. Now I had a bubbler in this but with the flow of the canister filter I was getting alot of micro bubbles being thrown around in the tank. This was not coming thru the filter at all but pushed around by the water. So I want to run something by you guys if I can ask if you think the surface agitation looks good to you guys/gals to suffice for oxygen exchange.

I own a water quality testing company so I have professional access to testing equipment and know exactly whats in the water except for dissolved oxygen sensor which I will be ordering in for my Hach SL1000 parallel analyzer. Right now my PH is 7.5 free ammonia is .30 nitrate is 0 nitrite is .012 ppm. The tank is only 2.5 weeks old and I am not running a fishless cycle. I can take care of water and will make sure the fish are good with water changes using stability and the sort. I have a RODI system for my home and use that for water changes and then add a water conditioner as well.

So anyway thats my story my kids are having fun with everything setting all this up and learning to care for some animals. We have in this tank the 2 goldfish, a orange tail shark, a rubber nose pleco, and a snail ( not sure exactly what type it is).

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LtAlsWKyjAAakVAxLBRs8j1XeVBkAitg This is a video of the surface agitation and want to know your thoughts.

Here is the old tank I know its pretty bad for the 2 fish. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Mf8OCOrnv7jLgIM64iJlFHAQN6X3txpL

12-13-2019, 05:56 AM
Allways nice to see a new face. Dont hesitate to contact me or a mod if experince any problems.

12-13-2019, 06:05 AM
Thank you. Only thing I have a question on right now is if my surface agitation seems sufficient. I will have tons more questions tho.

12-13-2019, 10:42 AM
Welcome to the AC... :22:

12-13-2019, 02:15 PM
Welcome to the forum, Matt

You may not get many answers to your questions in the Intro section, I can move this thread to the Journals section if you wish, for more/better responses

12-14-2019, 09:47 AM

The Cichlid Keeper
12-21-2019, 03:06 AM
Well, it depends on how big that Goldfish is right now. From what people are saying, Koi grow 4-6 inches in the first years. I think you might have a Common White Goldfish. That might be the same kind you find at Petsmart for Dirt Cheap prices. I've had pond goldfish I got from both fairs and Petsmart/co, and they both grew about the same rate (also shape). I'm suggesting that you have common Gold fish, as Koi can be more expensive than the Common Goldfish.