Seeing how fast my Shubunkin can move (I think it's around 6 inches long) when startled, I would ideally prefer a bigger tank. He usually smashes into the walls and decor at a pretty fast clap if I accidentally surprise him.
I think for comets, commons and shubunkins, they really do best in long tanks of at least 100 gallons or a pond. They are just so big and fast-moving, anything else seems rather cramped.
I know my tank now is too small for goldfish (think it's 45-50 gallons), but unfortunately without reinforcement our floor can't hold the weight of my 110 gallon tank, which weighs 100 kilograms when empty.
Fortunately, my mum has agreed to installing a 1000 litre pond this year so the three of them will be moving out into that and enjoying life as 'wild' goldfish haha.
I will never get why people try and cram as many fish into a tank as they can. Not only is it cruel, but it looks bloody ugly as well. It's like there's this disconnect between the small goldfish sold in pet stores and the full-grown goldfish you see in ponds and large aquariums. So many people do not realise IT IS THE SAME FISH! It drives me insane.
Oh you are going to be in for a treat with your pond. Your fish will get huge! I've got a koi pond, and it one of my favorite things in the world! (I say as I hide my screen from my bettas, lol, not like they could read). Aquaria are beautiful but ponds are something else. I love sitting out there and watching the sun slip between the trees casting an orange glow as it falls. Getting up at sunrise (for some ungodly reason) and finding a circular spider web over the waterfall, and its bathed in dew. Ponds are so much fun!
I'm just worried about filters and cycling and all that fun stuff. Plus stopping three German Shepherds from deciding to take a dip on a hot day.
But my older brother is an electrician so I suppose he can wire something up for me.
I am starting a planted 220 litre tub pond in my yard over the summer for a pair of Betta splendens (thought I may as well experiment). That is on top of the smaller tub I am putting out to grow up some of my wild betta fry.
I got all excited after I found a website that sells all types of water plants. Already made a list of what I'm going to get even though my 'pond' is currently empty.
I live in a 4plex :/ but hey, since my roomie has never built his Ikea table and chairs, I DIBS DINING ROOM!!! >.> If he has the living room, plus the big room with a massive closet... Then I want my room and the dining room
-scared- there is someone selling a tank, on kijiji... for 300..... and it includes "8ish goldfish" 8-ish. he doesn't know?? (also the picture shows a dirty tank)
Last edited by Sena Hansler; 01-04-2012 at 10:27 PM.
That's why I have no fish right now (except my daughter's betta.) We are waiting 'til the baby is old enough that a water feature's not a deathtrap.
I love wakins, but don't think anything smaller than a pond is appropriate for them.
After years of day dreaming, that pond is gonna be EPIC.
(I must admit, I had to look up wakins to remember what they look like. It's not a common breed of goldfish, and I forgot how adorable they are.)
I love that short double-tail look, but I also find the chubby body sooo adorable. Ryukins are my favorite goldfish breed as it combines both! I love looking down on Goldeen (my red ryukin) when I clean the tank. I find her shape to very attractive.
How many gallons do you plan to make it? I've only had experience with koi ponds, and the sizing is a little different.