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> Tank Size Question, Please don't judge to harshly...
BettaBlue
post Mon, 18 May 2009 8:46 pm
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Hello, I have been reading through this and other sites thoroughly and have found conflicting advice on tank sizes needed to accomodate fancy goldfish. Last August I was the victim of bad LFS advice. Having not kept fish since I was a child and having not done enough research I walked into a shop and was advised to buy a small tank and 4 fancy goldfish (1 Ryukin, 1 Blackmoor, 2 Blue Orandas). Very quickly after getting them home I realised the tank was criminally small and suitable only for 1 Betta if that (who now happily inhabits it smile.gif ) I located a free larger tank ASAP but the largest I could get was 150L which the fish have been living in happily for several months. The tank is heavily over filtered I might add and I do 30% water changes 3 times a week and test the water once a week. All the fish are still young but they are growing fast and I am very aware I need a much larger tank.

I have been saving desperatly for a permanent tank for the poor fish however I am confused about size. Different sites give different Litres/fish. If these four were your fish, how big a tank would you say you needed to keep them happily and healthily? Please bear in mind I am working to a budget here so whilst I would absaloutly love to give them a pond the size of a swimming pool I don't have the cash or indeed a graden to put it in.

Yours, a very embaressed BettaBlue
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post Mon, 18 May 2009 9:58 pm
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Rule of thumbs actually..........also depending on size of fish and frequency of water change.But one things for sure - the more litre per fish the better.

We recommend 80 to 100 litres per fish ( size six inches) ; 50L per fish shall be the minimum.
But then again, 3 fishes in 150L is better than 2 in 100L even though in both cases its the same litre per fish. Why ? Er.......rule of thumb again.

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post Tue, 19 May 2009 6:26 pm
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I have seen a 240L tank which I should be able to afford within the next few months. Would this be ok? Thanks.
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Shd be OK for 4 fishes, six inches in size, 2 to 3 feedings per day with at least 80% weekly water changes.
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