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Wendy - 2014-07-08
Hi All, I have had my red devil for about 8yrs, his name is Bully Bob. He has a big aquarium and for the last couple of months has been staying in the corner and not moving much. He still eats and I have checked my water several times (ph balance) and keep it clean, but he now has been lying on his side on the rocks. I thought that perhaps this was his time, but it has been over a week and he is still eating, but has lost a lot of weight. I live in Calgary, so I know the water is hard. Any thoughts on why he is doing this or anything that I could be doing to improve his situation? We love him very much. Wendy

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It does sound like your cichlid is not well. Here's some things you can try right away: do about a 40% water change, lower the pH to 6.7 or less, and reduce feedings. What you describe could possibly indicate it is suffering from an ammonia poisoning. If it is ammonia poisoning, you could try to neutralize any ammonia, even if it is at very low levels. But keep in mind that if you put in a chemical to neutralize the ammonia it will affect your biological filter, rendering it useless, so perhaps a quarantine tank would be better for this.
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estrondo - 2009-06-20
I am looking for somewhere to get a hold of more of these puffer fish. We originally had 3, but lost two. We absolutely love them, but have had no success in being able to replace them. Does anybody know where (in Canada) I can get more of these wonderful fish?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-29
    I've seen them at Big Al's in Edmonton Alberta just the other week.
  • steve m - 2012-08-26
    You can find them at Big Al's fish shop in Hamilton Ontario if this is in your area, maybe they can ship!
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-08
    I got mine at Pisces Pet Emporium in Calgary.
  • Cory - 2012-12-16
    Big Al's Aquarium Services in London Ontario has about 7 of them right now. Ask for 'Tony' the week-day fish guy. He is really great! :) I just got one. Absolutely adorable!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-21
    I need help fast ! My South American puffer is not eating anything he is in a 50 gallon with. Just 10 pea puffers the pea puffers are eating beef hart . But the. Puffer is just not eating anything like beef hart, live worms and gost shrimp.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Hey Max, if your South American puffer is new to the tank, it may just be getting its bearings, so I'd be patient. You could also try offering brine shrimp, as shrimps help mimic their natural diet.  However if you've had it for a long time, check its teeth. Their teeth constantly grow, so puffers need crunchy foods like snails in their diet to wear the them down. If the teeth get too long puffers will refuse to eat, and so the teeth must be trimmed.
  • AmazonFisher - 2014-02-09
    Well I have not had any luck with finding them in the usual stores but if you call the store and request one you can order one. I have also had luck with On-line shopping. I use the website AquariumFish.net But be warned do not get the 80 dollar puffer because you will not be able to care for it if it's your first puffer. I recommend the dwarf puffer for it is truly a Freshwater fish. I Am Looking for the Brazilian Puffer, also known as the Amazon Puffer. If you could help me with how to keep a puffer please help me out (FRESHWATER).
  • Kate - 2014-07-08
    Hey, email me if still looking, I'm in canada and have a box of 40 amazon puffers expected July 15 :) can also help with care if confused by all the various instructions. We also have Peruvian amazon leaf fish coming, the perfect tank mate for puffers! Klexington@llirik.com
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Abhinav - 2014-07-07
I have 5 orandas. One of them often sits at the bottom but eats well. There is no white spots. What is the problem? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These fish should be active and swimming around. Your Oranda could be sick or stressed, possilby due to water conditions... such as an inadequate filter and low water flow, causing low oxygenation. Another possibility is if the fish is a year old or older it could be full of eggs and not able to release them, in which case, hopefully the body will re-absorb the eggs. However, the best first thing to do is an immediate 20% water change and vacumn the gravel. Then follow that up with about a 30% water change everyday for the next three days. Make sure the temperature of new water is the same as the old, and that you add a water conditioner each time. Keeping the lighting turned off during this time can also help.
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Gary marshall - 2014-07-07
I have a new set up and thinking of getting a pair of fire mouths. I would like a community tank but I am unsure what type of fish I could put with these. Could your offer me any suggestions please?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Use the fish finder tool to see what would be compatible and adequate for your tank. Just go to the index at the top of the page (just right of the picture) and click on 'Enter a Freshwater Aquarium'. After you fill in the info, you will be able to select compatible fish.
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michael - 2010-04-14
I just bought two of these fish a couple weeks ago and it turns out I got a breeding pair... there are now over 100 fish in my tank! Really enjoy them but need to find a new home for most of them

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  • Jeannie - 2010-08-24
    Well they eat the young and where do you live you still have your fish?
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    Do you have fry for sale?
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Animal-World info on Giant Red Tail Gourami
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Simon LEE - 2006-07-19
Hi to all giant red tail gourami keepers. i have keep this fish for 4 years. He likes to eat dried shrimp and pellets as well. Easy to keep if compared to an arowana. He can recognized his master after you keep it for some time. He likes to play much.

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  • Ashley Matherne - 2010-02-25
    How large has your red tail gourami grown in 4 years
  • zali - 2010-06-27
    I'd also like to share, we have few fish pools (300ft length on each pool)back at my inlaw's home.We breed Koi, Talapia, Giant gourami etc. We have estimated more than 30 of both black and red Giant Gourami (weighing 2-7kilos).
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    He needs a confident non aggressive tank buddy. My red belly pacu's are gentle and kittens but if a new person enters the room they dash and hide if possible. But lately my feather fin catfish has taken ownership of every spot big enough for them to hide in!
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Windy Page - 2014-07-06
Hiya,



I have had a feather fin squeaker for 6 months in a 40 gallon. He was under 1 inch when I got him and now he is 8 inches!! He's a gorgeous but very, Very Bossy fish with every and all hiding places he can fit into. All of his tank mates have been with him from the start and only my three pacu can match his growth speed if not out do him. I have two massive tanks waiting for the big guys but can't quite afford the stands yet. But get this, the pace range from 3 inches to 9 inches! All started off as see thru teenie tiny babies. My poor serape tetras just don't get why their schooling buddies out grew them! Way, way too many fish in this tank but all started so small and cute. I do a 40 water changes every two days and massive over kill on the filtration. Wish I could start a ' help me afford a stand' donation fund! Lol. Would even try building one but I don't have a saw!

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Keio Bailey - 2014-07-06
My rainbow had 40 eggs its been a week now when will they hatch?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It generally takes 6-8 days for the Madagascar Rainbowfish eggs to hatch, depending on the temperature, so you should be seeing fry anytime now.
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Animal-World info on Spotted Green Puffer
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Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
I have a puffer! His name is Larry and he's a green spot puffer. My mom thought he was a dwarf because we bought him last year and he's barely grown. But I can tell that he's a green spot for he has spots.
Anyways, I am an expert on taking care of green spot puffers, so if you need answered questions, just leave a reply for this and I'll get to you as soon as I can!

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  • Clara - 2010-02-22
    I recently got one for my birthday. My friend had also bought tropical fish food and it didn't seem to eat it. I just bought some live brine fish to feed it. But I don't know how much to feed it and what else specifically I should feed it. If you could help it would be much appreciated!
  • Deanna - 2010-02-27
    Hi! I recently bought an adorable puffer, about 3-4 days ago, and he won't seem to eat. I tried flakes of various sorts and freeze-dried blood worms and such. I bought a few snails today, I'm not sure what kind but they have round shells, and the one that fell right in front of him he ate right away in like one bite. I have a few other snails and a ghost shrimp with him in the tank but he seems to ignore them. Is it healthy for him to only eat one snail? And will he find the other snails because they look like the gravel or ever eat the shrimp? His belly is turning slightly gray too. If you have any ideas, it would be much appreciated as I'm attached to him already and don't want to lose him.
  • Aarin - 2010-03-03
    Just got 3 new puffers. I am totally in love with the little creatures. I have always had fish, and have been known for having a well kept tank. My 5yr old carnival gold fish just died and I decided to finally get those puffers I always wanted. Unfortunatly I didn't read up on them until I bought them..and I have them in a 5gallon tank. They were doing great for the first month, then a week ago I noticed their tail fins were closed all the time except for one of the fish, so I did a 25% water change. They went back to normal. Tonight I came home and turned on the lights and they were sleeping on the bottom of the tank, they seemed to wake up and their tail fins were all closed again. Do you think it is just the water quality? More salt? I just don't know. I plan on getting a larger tank, but it will be 2 months before I can do so...any info?
  • amber - 2010-03-07
    Hey I just bought a green spotted puffer (I think.) I read on here that it is important to know which one you buy but the green spotted/ green/ freshwater all look alike. I do think hes the green spotted though. When I bought him, he was labeled as spotted. When should I acclimate him to salt water? I just bought him today so im not sure how long he should be in fresh. Thanks
  • Stephen - 2010-03-07
    Hi my name is Stephen. Ok you see I have two spotted puffer fish and I was wondering what types of fish that I can mix them with. Oh and I have one more question how do u know if their boy or girl?
  • jackie - 2010-03-08
    I recently bought 2 puffers a month ago and went last week to buy some snails. The workers at Petco had one that they wanted to get rid of because it had a crooked spine, so I took him. Now i have 3. they are doing great and eat from my hand.
  • Josh - 2010-03-13
    what is the best algae eater to put in a 5gallon tank with my green spotted puffer, I had a pleco but zeppelin (my puffer) ate his fins and sadly he passed away. My mother tould me to get another but that is not the wisest thing to do. I would like to know what algae eater I should put in the tank with him.
  • samuel - 2010-03-19
    Hey how's it goen buddy. So what exactly do you feed your puffer and where do you buy its food? thanks for your time
  • April - 2010-03-28
    I am preparing to build a new fish community. Currently, my only experience is w/ cichlids (White & Black Convicts, Jack Dempsey, Blood Red Parrot) so this will be very different. I have a 26 gallon aquarium, which is completely empty right now. I wanted to begin my community with a Spotted Green Puffer. However, a woman @ the pet store told me that they are very aggressive, and it's best not to include the Puffer in a community. Any advice? I really want the Spotted Green Puffer...they're so cute! But I also want a community. I would appreciate any help you can offer.
  • Marc - 2010-04-04
    Question, Can A Geen Spotted Puffer Survive in a freshwater tank without salt? Interested in getting a couple but don't have a brackish tank.
  • sean davis - 2010-04-05
    Hi, my name is sean. I've had my green spotted puffer for about a year now, and haven't seen him inflate once, have you any idea why.
  • John Green - 2010-04-05
    How long is your puffer he might be a pea puffer.
  • Matt - 2010-04-07
    Is it alright for my green spotted puffer to be in freshwater? It is very active and about an inch long. And I was wondering if I should put him in my 55 gallon tank with 4 three inch long cichlids. One of my cichlids ate my smallest cichlid so I am a little worried. Thank You.
    PuffyBuddy
  • Marion - 2014-07-06
    Hi I have 2 baby gsp and I've noticed that they do sleep a lot but if I do come to the tank they will come straight is that normal?
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becky - 2014-07-06
My female blood parrot is hiding under the filter and I'm starting to worry about her, she laid eggs 5 days ago and has been digging holes everywere and going around checking on the holes and then spitting eggs into the holes, only a few eggs turned white, the rest were tanned colour but didn't notice the black dot on them, her and the male ate the bad looking eggs last night and now she won't come out from under the filter, she's not stuck, I'm to scared to go into the tank and chase her out in case she stresses out and I get bitten and fish slapped. Help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Your female sounds fine, but it always amazes me, the interesting behaviors that animals display when they are in breeding mode. I wouldn't worry though, just let nature take its course (the female is doing what she deems necessary). And yeah... maybe keep your hands out of the aquarium unless you need to remove the eggs or do other maintenance. That will help reduce any additional stress on her.
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