Goldfish Planted Tank Ideas

JLAquatics

Greetings, everyone. I am considering revamping my parent's 75 gallon aquarium. It does not contain any stock (just a bunch of fake plants) at this point, but we are considering doing a few fantails (3-4). I would like to do some plants in the aquarium as they have done wonders for my own 29 gallon tank. It would be low tech but I would be willing to dose root tabs, liquid ferts and provide a good LED lighting system for the plants in question. I am also aware goldfish tend to make a salad bar out of most plants, so I am looking for durable fast growing plants. I have considered making a mini "pond" aquarium with plants such as hornwort, duckweed, hardy pond lilies, with some large rocks and a sandy bottom. What do you all think about this idea?
Also, what type of rocks do you recommend for a setup such as this that will not alter water parameters? I really like Seiryu Stone but I already have water with high KH and PH.
 

StarGirl

I think the goldies will eat floating plants too. I believe Dragon stone is quite a bit like Seiryu but inert. I really like Pagoda stone too.
 
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BevM

My daughter has goldfish and they eat everything except annubias. Even Java fern. So possibly the thicker leaf deters them. They tore up the moss ball I gave her! Good luck with your plants.
 
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Christen26

How nice of you!

I can't wait to see it. I have a small gold fish pond, but no plants at the moment. It's outdoors but I did have floating pond plants last spring. They grew so much i had to pull them out. It was a jungle.

I also throw hibiscus blooms on my pond for the visual effect. I know this doesn't answer your question, sorry.

Please post the finished tank when you're done!
 
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YellowGuppy

I maintain a goldfish tank at work, and have had lots of success with hornwort and java ferns! Duckweed is salad, so feel free to add some on occasion, but don't expect it to last. Ramshorn snails might also make a good addition but only if they're large enough to not become lunch - this is evidently an excellent way to ensure your snail population stays in check!
 
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Evergreen2

It's really a trial honestly to see what your fish will and won't eat. I've had luck with Amazon Sword, Micro Swords, Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus, and Cabomba.

But I do realize my two little ones aren't much for plants. They love their algae and their pellets. So I guess I'm lucky in that regard.
 
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