Is A Sponge Filter Enough? Question 

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Hi everyone

I recently got a 60 gallon aquarium and would like to put an oranda goldfish in it.

I use live plants and sponge filters for my other tanks (20 gallons) and was wondering if sponge filters are still okay for fancy goldfish?

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Sponge filters are fine for just about all fishkeeping combinations. You still need to keep up on the weekly WC.
 

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So long as it's a fairly big sponge filter with a powerful air pump, sure!

You would be surprised how much beneficial bacteria and unwanted debris a sponge filter can hold! Back when I was new and clueless to the hobby, my weak sponge filter kept 3 adult and 5 adolescent guppies in a 2.5 gallon alive and healthy I'm sure it can handle a goldfish in a large tank!
 
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Oh great! Good to hear.
I'll make sure I get a good one.
 

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pomfish said:
Oh great! Good to hear.
I'll make sure I get a good one.

It won't hurt to get bioballs for such a large tank!
 
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Oh thanks for bringing that up! I hadn't seen too much on them. I really just want 1 oranda and maybe after awhile another fancy type so, how many bio balls would be good?
 

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They would keep essential bacteria on your tank to ensure a heathly tank, so when you change the filter you just have to gently wash the bioballs and put them back in, so you don't have to restart the good bacteria needed for you tank.
 

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if bio-balls are too expensive, you can also use Lava Rocks. Very cheap and does the same thing!
 

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Get a big air pump and use two of the large sponge kits. This way you can alternate cleaning them. Remember to pretreat your water with API stress coat before you add it to the tank when changing water. Filling the tank and then dosing exposes your sponges to chlorine. ......and yes I said API stress coat and not Prime. API puts aloe in the ingredients which is one of the secrets for keeping gold fish healthy.
 
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