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RE: Planted Goldfish Tank?

Actually, from what I've seen with my own goldfish, their reputation as
is a tad blown out of proportion...

I have several plants in with my goldfish and they leave them alone for the
most part,
only ones that they really took a like'ng to was they duckweed. The other
plants in
there are doing great, I don't know what they are... not too good with
names, only ones I do remember
are the dwarf-lily bulbs and they're doing great, the others are Mexican Oak
(is that the name?) and a couple of amazon swords, all of which are doing
great... So
I'd say go for it, as long as the plant'd tank isn't going to be all
duckweed or plants like
that (anything near the surface of the water that they can fit into their
mouths becomes
"food") then if should work out fine.

> Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 10:05:47 -0500
> From: "Tom Wood" <tomwood2 at flash_net>
> Subject: Planted Goldfish Tank?
> I realize this sounds like a contradiction, but I'd like to make it work.
> I'm setting up a 90 gallon and would like to keep two large (5-6") fancy
> goldfish in it. Goldfish are messy (like Discus) but don't require the
> temperatures the Discus need. From the plant side, it will be a high-input
> tank with PC lights, CO2, PMDD. The idea being that the plants will be the
> filter for nitrates and phosphates. I'm installing an in-tank sump that is
> in effect a large pad (mechanical) filter. I know goldfish eat plants, but
> know I can keep the plants going well enough to stay ahead of the damage.
> am considering a large herd of ghost shrimp as a janitorial crew. Does
> anyone have any experience with goldfish in planted tanks?
> Tom
> Austin, Texas