Right. So, Introductions are in order:
Two (un)Common Goldfish – Carassius auratus
a.k.a Flash and George (looking back on it I wish we’d named him Gordon!)
Three Black Phantom Tetras – Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Collectively known as the Oscar Peterson Trio
Four Corycats – Corydoras
a.k.a. Cory, Dora, Ess and Pippin. Yes Pippin.
Pippin is the veteran of this little fish community… missing both his eyes but thriving at ten. Flash and George are six years old, each having been rescued from the feeder tank of a large national box store. The ethics of feeder tanks and feeding live little fish to big fish will form the basis of an upcoming post and hopefully stir some thoughtful debate.
Setting that topic aside for now… As you can see this is a relatively small community for what is, after-all, a 46 gallon bow-front fish tank. A spanking brand new 46 gallon bow-front fish tank, very recently established as an upgrade to my former basic rectangular 20 gallon tank.
Why the upgrade? Because as you will hopefully note in soon to be posted photos … Flash and George are each approaching three inches long (not including George’s gorgeous tail). Not much wiggle or swimming room in a 20 gallon tank. Especially with the added bio-load produced by their companion fish.
So, after careful research regarding the best tank parameters for still growing goldfish (reckoned to be that which provides more latitude than longitude) … but also factoring in practical and financial realities: i.e, available floorspace and cost of necessary hardware (filters and replacement media, heater, food, plants, etc.) a 46 gallon tank proved both a compromise and solution.
Ah, but how to safely relocate the little fellows from their established albeit cramped and algae flecked quarters? In other words, how to actuate an aquatic “a posse ad esse” – from the “possible to the actual?”