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ola - 2014-09-02
when i started with my tank i first got 2-3 mollies,guppies,neon tetras one algie eater and one male dwarf gourami .When i put my fish in the tank i observed my gourami for a cupple of days and it was hiding in the courner all the time so i told my parents about whats hapening with my gourami ,one day i came back from school and i noticed a another gourami in the tank from then on it seemed that everything was fine but later that evning i noticed my guppy missing a chunk of a tail ,the gouramis attacked the weaker fish in the tank ,i realised it was a male pair so i desided to give back the pair to the pet store .more than 2 years later i desided that i want another pair but a male and a female im i going to have the same problem please help !!!!

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shirley - 2014-03-29
My kissing fish keep having babies and then eat them all. I am so distressed with this. Am I doing something wrong? I am about to get rid of my tank.

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  • Dhobbs23 - 2014-08-18
    Yes, if your fish are breeding, you need to sperate the parents from the eggs as soon as they lay them. I don't know of any fish that will not eat their own offspring given the opportunity. If you are actually trying to breed them, then a) you should have dinner more research first, and b) get a separate tank for breeding and move the parents back into your community tank once they have finished. Btw, have you figured out what you're going to do with the 100s-1000s of babies? However, if you didn't intend to breed them then I wouldn't worry about it. There is some nutritional value the parents receive from eating their young. If/when my fish breed on their own,I typically think of it as free food. I also have a few guppies in my tank for that purpose actually.
  • ola - 2014-09-02
    If you are not seperaiting the parents from the young when they are born the parents will eat the fry because of their nutritional values .If you want to keep the fry simply buy a fish hachery which costs about 5 quid or get a different tank for the fry . When the fry are 4 months put them in your main tank that is what i did with my first cupple of fry now they are over 1 year old and they have their own babyies . hope it helps :)
  • ola - 2014-09-02
    If you are not seperaiting the parents from the young when they are born the parents will eat the fry because of their nutritional values .If you want to keep the fry simply buy a fish hachery which costs about 5 quid or get a different tank for the fry . When the fry are 4 months put them in your main tank that is what i did with my first cupple of fry now they are over 1 year old and they have their own babyies . hope it helps :)
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PRADEEP.S.BHADRAN - 2014-08-31
Is there anything wrong if we keep peacock eels of about 3 to 6 inches length with a small Tortoise...???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    Well first off, tortoises don't live in water. Perhaps you are asking about an aquatic or semi-aquatic turtle, like a red-eared slider or something?. You would need to set the aquarium up for the needs of the Peacock Eel, i.e. tropical temperatures, good filtration and water movement, necessary decor, correct diet, and then keeping the water quality up.

    If you then want to include turtles, compatability isn't really the problem. It's the very different types of animals and their needs. Understand that turtles place a very large bio-load on an aquarium, so keeping a quality aquarium for the eels will take a lot more maintenance just to keep the fish healthy.

    You can learn about turtles and their needs on the Selecting and Caring for Turtles and Tortoises page, and then read the care page for the needs of the particular type of turtle you are interested in.
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Animal-World info on Common Goldfish
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Chloe - 2014-08-31
I have two fresh water fish living in a 96 litre tank with a Tetratec IN 800 filtration system, I preform 10-15% water changes every week and have just recently been bought two more fish, will the size of my tank be enough? The breed of fish are; Common goldfish, two Comet goldfish and a Shubunkin, I'll also be buying a gravel cleaner and an algae scraper very soon, the tank has just been set up and the two new fish are in the quarantine tank for a week or two, any help would be greatly appreciated, also, would a couple small snails be okay in the tank? I'm not buying them till I'm sure everything will be okay, thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    No, unfortunately a 96 ltr tank is only 25 gallons, and will not be near enough water as these fish get older. When small it may work for awhile, but you will soon have to upgrade. As you can see in the aquarium setup info above, goldfish require a minimum of 10 gallons per fish. That is 50 gallons (190 ltr) just for the 5 goldfish.
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Karen - 2014-08-28
A black moor should NEVER be kept in a bowl, and should have 10 gallons per fish. Black moors do not grow to the size of their tank; they continue to grow regardless. Also, just because they are a hearty fish does not mean that they should be in dirty water. Goldfish produce a lot of waste so the ammonia level will rise in your tank if you don't do regular water changes. THIS CAN HARM YOUR FISH. Also, just a tip that isn't mentioned. If you have a large black moor and baby snails, the moor might eat your snails.

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rachel - 2014-08-18
hi i am just letting yas know that i had two of them black moor goldfish and one of them killed the other one so just be aware

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  • Karen - 2014-08-28
    That's really unusual. Black moors are typically non-violent, and should live very well with another black moor. Are you sure there wasn't anything else wrong with the other fish?
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Andrea - 2014-08-27
I have one stonefish which I have had for about 6 months. I have kept him in freshwater and have not seen him eat, but he must be eating because he is still alive. I have him with other fish... red tailed catfish, banjo, and spotted raphael. I feed him goldfish

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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
  • Nikki Hobbs - 2014-08-27
    I also have in my tank 2 Long Finned Black Tetras, One Mickey Mouse Platy. However I also have in the same tank a Head and Tail Light Tetra, Ghost Shrimp and a Plecostomus. My tank is only 14 gallons but I'm having absolutely no problems with them I have had them for a few years now. Honestly my tank is flurishing phenomenally. The key is having enough structures and plants for your fish to hide and find territories of their own. Try to rearange the tank when introducing new fish as to allow all the fish to find new territories at once so they don't over take each others and cause chaos. Hope this helps!
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Jo Prukop - 2014-08-26
My Texas cichlids have been such a rewarding pet. They are very social and curious. They get very excited and attentive at feeding times and are a lot of fun. Their physical attributes and color is stunning. I have never seen aggression from mine. They are housed in a 79 gal tank with plecs, 2 little catfish, a warmouth, and 3 orange spotted sunfish.

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Anonymous - 2014-08-12
I got a Beautiful Striped Rapheal Catfish, and 24 hours late one of my Green Tiger Barbs is completely... Did he eat him???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    It could be that the barb was a snack, unusual but it could happen.
  • Toni-Ann Mistretra - 2014-08-26
    Definitely eats other fish. We have had our striped Raphael catfish for around 17 years. He/she has gone through a variety of expensive feeder fish including barbs, neons, cichlids, and a ghost fish! Feeding it shrimp pellets and other high protein foods along with algae pellets or discs will help, but no guarantees. We renamed ours Cano ;)
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