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Beginner Guide

Discussion in 'All Questions from Newbies' started by small_ranchu, Feb 17, 2012.

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    small_ranchu Admin Staff Member

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    Intro
    This document is for those of us who are new to goldfish keeping and want to keep goldfish in a proven method by experienced breeders. It might be different from the advice from your local fish store or another internet site. Our intention is not to keep fish merely a live in the tank but to make our beloved fish strong and healthy. Let's try our best for our babies.

    What is required
    • Tank(required) - 40 G breeder tank for 3 fish maximum. Goldfish prefer a large surface area and a 40 g breeder tank has a good surface area compared to other aquariums at the same size. It is recommended to have 15 - 20 gallon per fish. Or Laguna Tubs Link to the product
    • Air Pump(required)- A good air pump is required to give surface agitation which helps for gas exchange. We recommend Tetra Whisper (space ship shape) air pump. It is quiet and gives a lot of air for the tank. Link to the product
    • Air Stone(required) - We prefer ceramic ball air stone which gives a lot of air and less maintenance. Link to the product
    • Digital Thermometer(required) - It is necessary to know the temperature of your tank especially while doing water changes. link to the product
    • Sponge Filter(required) - For our beloved goldfish, a simple sponge filter is the best choice of filter type. It is easy to maintain and efficient to run. Link to the product
    • Water Conditioner(required) - Most of us live in the area where the municipal water is treated with a lot of chemicals such as Chlorine and Chloramines. Water conditioners will remove all of those chemicals for our beloved goldfish. We recommend Seachem Prime. Link to the Product

    • Water Changer(required) - Water changer is another good investment for us. It makes our life so easy as a result we can do a lot of water changing and it is beneficial for our little fish friends. Link to the product

    • Small Plastic Bowl (required) - It is recommended to have a plastic bowl about 24†in diameter to hold fish temporarily while doing water changes.

    • Mechanical Filter (optional) - Mechanical filter will make the water super clean and also will need the Nitrogen cycle. Our approach will not depend on a mechanical filter. If you really want to use a mechanical filter, we recommend AquaClear power filter. The flow rate should be 5 to 7 times the size of the tank. For example, if you have 40 g tank, the filter should have 200 to 280 gallons per hours. Link to the product

    • Heater (Optional) - If you put your fish indoors where the temperature range is from (60F - 85F), it is not necessary to have a heater. But you might keep one for medication purposes. The recommendation for a heater is controversial and it is recommended to buy a submersible one.

    • Lighting (Optional) - Lighting is optional for goldfish keepers unless the fish room is completely dark 24/7. LED light is a good option for the long run although the start up cost is a bit higher at the moment. Link to the Product

    coming soon
    Setup
    Introducing New fish
    Feeding
    Maintenance

    ** will open for discussion once all the section are done.

    *** Special Thanks to our breeders who help me to produce this information. :coffee: :worship:
     
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    small_ranchu Admin Staff Member

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    Water Change

    Today I make a video of how to do the water change as a beginner guide. Instead of telling what to do, showing how to do will be make more sense. Enjoy!!!



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h7q7fIOByI
     
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    small_ranchu Admin Staff Member

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