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Anonymous - 2014-07-19
I have five rosy barbs and I'm not sure wat sex they are. 2 are big and fat the other 2 are smaller and well fed and then there is the last one which is very colourful but a bit smaller then the first 2 (they are all he same age). If you can help that would great thnx XD

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    As they mature the males get more colorful and slimmer. It could be that your smaller two are male, but watch their color to see if they become real red as they age. See the 'sexing' section above.
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jason - 2010-10-28
hey it me again i have and just got 3 weeks ago he is 7 inches they can 19 inches if put in big tank. i have 2 names jason and jason 5

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  • Courtney - 2014-07-19
    Do you have a bigger tank for sale , my catfish is getting to big for my 75gal
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Linda - 2013-07-12
I have a tank that is 25 gallons, I have 4 BGK in this tank, I love this type of fish and decided to have only this fish. First of all I introduced them to the tank all at once! (all 4) the only other thing in this tank is gravel and 2 ghost houses, (no plants at all) I do have a dual light on this tank however I have disconnected the bright light and only use the black light. I only explain this because everyone has told me that my tank was too small, and that I could only have a small BGK in this tank. I simply love this fish and find them quite hardy in raising so I decided to try and have only this type of fish. During purchasing I made absolute certain to get them all the same size. (rather large) happy to say that all is well! A little chasing, which is fun to watch, but no fighting what so ever. I only feed them frozen blood worms, at first twice a day, but now I feed them only once a day. Is this a miracle or what?! This is contrary to everything that I have been told and read about them

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  • Linda - 2014-07-19
    Hey Linda, this is my very same story. I have always had 3 in my tank, which is 25 gallons. which everyone says is small.They are now 2 yrs old and I have had no problems with them being aggressive, except for a bit of chasing. I feed them only bloodworms, and have also disconnected the brighter light, and have 2 clear tubes in the tank with white gravel nothing else is in the tank.I feed them a cube of bloodworns every other day.I think that they too have their own personalities, but I would never incorporate smaller fish, that said any larger fish will bully a smaller one.
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Shirley Webler - 2014-07-18
I have a Chinese Algae Eater, got him/her 7 years ago, it was about 1 inch long and 1/2 the size of my pinkie finger and now its the same length of the heater in my 10 gl tank and almost as wide, its very active, spashes the water, pushes the rocks around the tank, and lives with a an Albino Chiclid. 

I also have a 55 gl tank which has 4 Chiclids, 2 Parrot fish, 2 Tinfoil Barbs, & 2 Tire Track Eels.

The Albino Chiclid can not live with the other Chiclids because they kept biting his tail off and he almost died twice from it.

The picture is of my Chinese Algae Eater that I took yesterday.

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will - 2014-07-16
I just bought mine for 15.99 😀 and i witnessed it eat its first deeder fish, i also have 2 oscars a little bit greater in size and they are some bullies but i will let the armatus get a bit bigger and see whos the bully at the end lol

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brady - 2014-07-13
Fun, active, clean, hearty, colorful cheap fish.

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Brenda - 2014-07-13
I have two telescope Goldfish & was wondering if I can use well water & what solutions are best??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    The advantage of using your own well water is there won't be any chlorine or chloramine, so it can work well without adding the typical water conditioners. However I would check the hardness range and make sure it's between 5 - 19 dGH. If higher or lower, you may need to adjust it.
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Roxy - 2014-06-17
I have two red caps, one does not eat any food that she likes, laying at the bottom all time. I don't know what's going wrong with her. I didn't see any white or spots on her body. Please advise me what should I do?

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  • Michelle Tellez - 2014-07-12
    We got a little red cap one week ago and for 2 days now she has done the same thing. Should we be worried?
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melissa - 2014-07-09
I have seen diamond tetras in my local aquarium and think they are mesmerising. I have a 90L tank with six corydora leopards, four otocinclus and two rams. Would five or six diamond tetras be okay with my other fish and would they be okay with my two rams?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I have kept diamond tetras, and they truly are mesmorizing! I don't see any problem with your fish mix, and your tank is definitely large enough to house them. You didn't mention if you have any decor, but plants will also help with the mix, providing places for retreat as well as psychological comfort.
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danielle - 2014-07-08
Just got 2 australian rainbows today and put them in my 35 gal with 2 dwarf gourami, 3 neon tetra, 3 tiger barbs, and a scissortail rasbora. They are very aggressive towards each other and are biting at the tetras. The one rainbow is obviously a male and I believe the other is a female, I want to keep them but I do not want them to eat my other fish! HELP!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These are a great show fish, but they do have special requirements when kept in a community tank. See the 'Social Behaviors' section above and you'll quickly understand why your mix doesn't seem to be working.
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