It's been a little over six months since my little girl, Fiona, won a goldfish at her pre-school fundraiser. I knew nothing about goldfish or cold water aquariums before this. We've now finaly achived our goal of a fully planted cold water community aquarium. a Our cast of characters includes: Four Goldfish: a common comet ("Polka Dots") who started this all!, a fantail ("Fancy Pants") who we bought the day after to keep Polka Dots company, a shubunkin ("Prada") and a sarasa comet ("Rena") whom we got a couple of months into it all after establishing our nitrogen cycle. Four otocinclus: These guys are workers in the tank; their job is to suck brown algea off of plants and tank walls. I chose them over other algae eaters as they will stay smal and never take to sucking on the slime coat of other fish like plecos and Chinese algae eaters are prone to do. Seven White Cload Mountain minnows: These are usually sold as feeder fish; and when I first tried to introduce them, Polka Dots and Fancy Pants ate them up over night. So, I had to grow the next batch of them in the quarantine tank for a couple of months until they reached full size. They add an interesting layer to the community tank. Two Gold Dojo Loaches: Dojo Dee and Dojo Dumb (not that he's dumb, but just to pun off of "Through the Looking Glass). The dojos were that final addition as they I had a hard time getting them, and my first two died mysteriously in the quarantine tank. They are really neat creatures, and add ...

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