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Alysia yvonne polk - 2012-11-04
I have 3 short skirts and 1 long skirt and they are wonderful to watch and they do great with my 3 big silverdollars, but they did eat a baby mollie i had, im only 14 and i love fish and i say everyone should have some of these fish:)

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FishNewbie - 2009-03-08
I just bought 2 of these guys. For some reason, they have been harrassing my Mickey Mouse Platy even though they are the same size. My poor platy has been chased all day by both of the fish :( I hope they calm down

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  • jackie b - 2014-02-20
    Get rid of one of your fish the platy will die soon. Cant believe some aquarists don't do research of platies. These are HIGHLY Aggressive so keep them with Discus and oscars
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Jerr - 2009-03-07
I have a 6 year old black moor goldfish who is the LAZIEST fish I've ever owned. He was originally in a little 5gal, and as he has grown so have his tanks. He ALWAYS has prefered sitting on the bottom of the tank. Probably because he manages to hurt himself when he swims. Over the years I have rescued him from the filter system (making one eye larger than the other), later from an ornamental log he was stuck in for a couple of days (making the other eye blind and blood shot). He is currently the size of my fist and is a brilliant gold/orange color with black tipped fins. He lives in a 105gal tank happily laying on his side on the bottom. He has 4 healthy fat tank mates who all swim normally, although my fantail will sit with him to keep him company, and from time to time you will see him haphazardly swim around for excercise. So I have chalked all this up to pure laziness, and PERHAPS a damaged swim bladder due to his near death experiences through the years.
I anticipate him being around for years to come. If anything, he makes for interesting conversation with guests.

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  • raye - 2014-01-21
    I have a black moor too that got herself in all kinds of trouble. Got stuck in her light house and damged her gills... she too was a bit lazy but I found if I give her 1 or 2 thawed frozen peas deshelled every day it gets her moving....good luck.
  • Mark - 2014-02-19
    I have a Black moor and when I woke up he was at the bottom of the tank so I came to the tank and he was still alive. So I gave him some food and then I relized that he is struggling to chew his food. I got a good look at his mouth and it's kind of stuck together. I will check him up and see if he is poorly or not also I will give a water check. Please have a solution for this problem and help my poor black moor.
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Matt - 2013-11-11
I bought my tire track eel a couple days ago and I'm not to sure on how often to feed him. The guy at the shop said he feeds them everyday to double check I looked online and it says only 2-3 times a week. I feed him bloodworms. I also bought an African knife fish and the eel never gives him a chance to even see the food let alone eat it so I'm worried of accidentally over feeding in time or if he/she (noodle) is just naturally greedy and it's ok to eat a lot.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Eels really only need to be fed a couple of times a week, and sometimes they will go for longer without accepting food. I doubt you will overfeed, and it may be necessary to feed him down in a corner to keep him occupied, and then offer food directly to your knifefish so that fellow doesn't starve.
  • puneet - 2014-02-20
    I have two tire track eels... but how do I know who is male and who is female...
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jai - 2014-02-20
I have 2 female alex 2 years old and recently I got a male 18 months old. Can I put them together?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Parrots see their cage as a 'safe place' so when you bring in a newcomer, it's best to put them in their own cage until everybody gets along. Then if you have a large enough cage and they all like each other, they could be fine.
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Khai - 2014-02-20
Hey I have 2 red tail catfish. One of them is doing great but another one didn't even move and eat. I just wanted to get any advice and what to do to make it active? Please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Sounds stressed, like its sick or its unhappy. Things that come to my mind... is the tank big enough for these two huge fish to be comfortable? it could be a housing issue, And how long have you had it, if its new, has it been this way since you got it? if so, it may have had problems, and you should talk to your fish store right away
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Emily - 2013-08-16
We have a 29 gallon tank with 1 lionhead of Osaka and 1 Koi. This evening we noticed that the lionhead had no eyes! Did the Koi do this? Or is there some other process going on here?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It's quite possible the koi did this. Did it happen quickly, like over night? If so, I would almost guarantee the koi was attacking the lionhead. If it happened over time, there could possibly be something in the water irritating his eyes, too.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    Most Koi aren't super aggressive to do this. We had a case like this in our tank, what happened was our fish was sick and the other fish could tell he was weak so they ate his eyes, knowing he couldn't defend himself.
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Rachel - 2012-10-16
I just bought an oranda a few days ago at a local Petsmart. It looks just like the picture at the top of the page (orange with black edges on his fins). I am really worried about him because the black on the edges of his dorsal and tail fins is now falling off. He also is not eating the pellets that we bought for him. I'm worried that he's on his way out. Is there anything I can do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-16
    Check your water levels. Amonia spikes can cause this.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    This happened to our fish at a point too. Your fish may have fin rot, it's a disease that slowly eats the fins and turns them a reddish color. If it gets too close to the body (the disease), it may cause internal bleeding and kill the fish painfully, the fish dying due to pain probably. How old is your fish? Do you know an estimation?
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mark bawden - 2014-01-03
hi i have a 10 month old chilean rose before she molted i could pick her up every day she would just stay there for hours but now she wont even put a leg on me she has never been aggressive to me never shown her fangs flick hairs some times what could this be can you help thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I can't tell you why your tarantula tolerated handling more easily before the molt. However, tarantulas are a visual pet and don't like to be handled. They should be enjoyed by observation and handled rarely, only when necessary. The Chilean rose tarantulas are less aggressive than other species, but the flicking of hairs is an aggressive action and her way of indicating that she does not want to be handled.
  • Clark - 2014-02-17
    Females often become less tolerant after their maturing molt. They are also known to eat less. I've had females become down right aggressive after molting and some refuse food until after mating. Then they try to fatten up for reproduction. Remember, no tarantula NEEDS holding; it is we who want to hold them.
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Harrycall - 2013-10-08
S.O.S. Monodactylus. Hi guys. 2 months ago I bought 6 small monos in my discus tank. Yes I know. Discus are a pacific guy and mono are speedy guys. Respect between them, normally... But I tried ... They eat good but somedays one of them runs erratic movements like drunk and in 24 hours died. 3 weeks after another one of them too. And another... What is the problem? Ph 6,7 and temp 28C. The aspect of 3 others is very good and eating very fine, like discus. Please, some ideas?... Thanks! Ciclopexx@hotmail.com

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  • Michael - 2014-02-18
    That's a bad mix. Discus need a PH of 6.4-6.8 and soft water. I use 1 tablespoon of salt per 5 gals of water. The Mono fish need a PH of 7.8-8.2 and hard water. 1 tablespoon of salt per 5 gals of water is a good start for Mono fish but it will need to be much higher as they grow.
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