New Video Tutorial: How to start a goldfish aquarium. I show you all the basics and take you through all the steps including setting up the tank, adding the water and chemicals and adding youir goldfish.
Goldfish Tank Setup: Cycling your goldfish tank - The Goldfish Tank
Cycling a goldfish tank is really easy. All you need to do is set up your tank as if the fish were already in it – including adding gravel (if you want gravel!), installing a and switching your filter on – then regularly add ammonia until your water tests show zero ammonia, zero nitrite and some nitrate.
Getting Your Tank Ready for a Goldfish
I’ve had my red fan tail for 3 years in a big florist vase with about 2 gal of water with pea gravel and a little palm tree ornament. I bought it for my then 3 year old granddaughter and never expected it to live long. The two of us changed the water once a week and put 12 drops of Tetra decloriniator in the room temp water before changing. His color was fading and turning white over time and we thought nothing of it. Surprise! Surprise! This little red fan tail was a hearty fish to live 3 years like that. At Christmas we decided that our little “Spot” goldfish deserved to live in a proper 10 gal. tank so I began researching gold fish care in a big tank but had to keep the budget at $70.00. I bought a 10 gal kid and we set it up for cycling using only the declorniator and a bacteria solution. We waited 48 hour before putting him in using the recommended procedure for acclimation. Gee Wiz! If my little guy lived this long we figured we might kill him with the change or he would survive. Well, Spot has been in the tank 2 weeks. He’s a bright color and swimming around like crazy. He loves to bubble surf in the air bubbles from the wand. My budget this month will allow me to get a test kit and syphon and a few more supplies as we embark on learning how to properly care for Spot. I really like this website and will consult it often. Thanks for being here.
How to Set up a Healthy Goldfish Aquarium: 13 Steps