Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Tanks: 14 June Update

So today I went to the pet store to get some plants for my goldfish tank and made the mistake of looking at the goldfish. I found an adorable little orange ryukin. He looked in great health, so I took him home. Right now he is in a 20 gal quarantine tub that is running a home-made sponge filter with media from the main tank; using this filter I don't have to worry about mini-cycles in the quarantine tank. While my new goldfish is in quarantine, he will be undergoing a prazi treatment for external parasites which most goldfish from pet stores carry. I will also be watching for signs of other illnesses such as ich and fungal infections. Now for the pictures!

He's sooo tiny!

This log is his favorite hiding spot. I only coaxed him out with food.

This is just too cute, and even tho he's hidden, I had to add it.

For plants, I bought an amazon sword (Echinodorus amazonicus). Because my substrate is so loose, I rooted the plants in terracotta pots with smaller-sized gravel that way the roots can take root. It will also make them easier to move if I decide to reposition them. I also added hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) rooted in a smaller pot. Hornwort is great for goldfish tanks because it is a fast-grower that sucks up ammonia very fast and it likes the hard water in which goldfish thrive. To boost the growth of these plants I've added Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive liquid fertilizer. The plants don't look like much now, but I'm hoping they will take off in a few weeks. Hopefully I'll have more and better pictures then.

Amazon sword on left; hornwort on right

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