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Thread: Plant question

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    Hi Guys,

    I would like to plant some live plants in my 45 gallon goldfish tank but don't know what ones would be the best to get. I wanted to ask you guys before heading to the store to ask more for them (maybe get some ideas from you guys first so I armed with a little knowdlege.
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    Also would a algae eater like a pleco be good for my tank to keep the algae under control.

    And finally,lol I have alot of questions. I have at the moment a hanging filter which does oka but wanted more filtration so I added a second one. I now have the two ( old one and new one ) going together. I cant have too much filtration can I?

    Also how often should I replace the filter that contains the charcoal and filter? I never replace the bio filter, I just rinse that in old tank water when doing a water change. I like how the charcoal makes the water crystal after adding it.

    Thanks

    Jeremy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I would like to plant some live plants in my 45 gallon goldfish tank but don't know what ones would be the best to get. I wanted to ask you guys before heading to the store to ask more for them (maybe get some ideas from you guys first so I armed with a little knowdlege.
    Goldfish like to eat plants. So either you want something that grows really fast or is inedible. Anubias tends to be inedible. A large echinodorus is also worth a try.

    Also would a algae eater like a pleco be good for my tank to keep the algae under control.
    No.

    1. The " common pleco" grows to 12 inches at least and doesn't eat much algae when it grows bigger.
    2. Any kind of algae eater poops a lot
    3. Algae is a symptom of excess nutrients, deal with those instead of adding fish.
    And finally,lol I have alot of questions. I have at the moment a hanging filter which does oka but wanted more filtration so I added a second one. I now have the two ( old one and new one ) going together. I cant have too much filtration can I?
    Not really as long as the current isn't too much.
    Also how often should I replace the filter that contains the charcoal and filter? I never replace the bio filter, I just rinse that in old tank water when doing a water change. I like how the charcoal makes the water crystal after adding it.

    Thanks

    Jeremy

    Charcoal tends to lose it's absorbant qualities after about 6 weeks.

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    I agree with Talldutchie. You'll want to try anubias plants and maybe java fern. I wouldn't get a pleco either. They are poop machines and your goldfish are also poop machines. You'll really have to over filter that sucker just to keep it healthy. Reduce the amount of time the lights are on to 6 to 8 hours only and keep the fish poop cleaned up as it is going to over saturate the tank with nutrients. Adding plants will help keep the nutrient levels down a bit. Provided the goldfish don't eat them first. lol
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    Thanks guys,

    When you say algae is from excess nutrients what does that mean? I do about 50% water change a week so dot get alot of algae, usually just a film on tank decorations.

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    Also is it possible to change too much water? with goldfish. There are three in the 45 gallon

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    50% is good. But it won't be a problem if you change more than that if you like. You just have to keep a closer eye on temperature fluctuations. The way I'd do it is change a bunch and then fill it back up, make sure my temps are good and then do another water change. Instead of doing it all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Thanks guys,

    When you say algae is from excess nutrients what does that mean? I do about 50% water change a week so dot get alot of algae, usually just a film on tank decorations.
    Film algae is usually a sign of too much nitrates lying around. That tells me that either your tap water already contains nitrates or that your water changes are insufficient.

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    The best way to tell if you are doing enough in the water change(WC) department of maintenance is to test your water.

    Test before you do your next WC so you know what your Nitrates Concentration is and then do enough of a water change to dilute them below safe levels.

    Test for a couple weeks in a row, adjusting your WC amount as necessary and then you will know how large or small is the amount your tank with your stock needs.

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