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Megan - 2014-07-04
I have 2 green spotted puffer fish. One has always been smaller/ skinnier than the other. I fed them last night and the big one bit the little one. I didn't even see it happen because I was still dumping some blood worms in the tank and then looked down and saw a chunk of skin hanging off of his belly. Now that he has been grazing on the bottom of the tank - belly is gray in color of course - some blood worms are stuck in the wound! I don't know what to do! Do I catch him in a net and try to wipe the blood worms out of the wound with a q-tip or something?? Or will they fall out eventually? I feel so bad for him! I know these puffers should not even be sharing a tank but I rescued them from a friend and they have been fine for the 3 years I've had them. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Keep the tank water clean with regular water changes, and as an added measure put in some Melafix (a tea oil treatment that will aid healing and in preventing infection).

    You can treat the wound, not only to clean it but also to avoid bacterial or fungal infection from taking hold. Do this by netting the puffer and placing it on a towel or some paper towels. Take a cotton swab and wipe off the worms and debris. Then take another clean cotton swab, dip it in iodine, and dab the entire wound. Lastly put neosporin on the wound and then gently reintroduce the fish back into his tank.
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Huy - 2014-04-13
My Red Devil is about 5 to 6 months old and is about 6 inches. Ever since I moved him into a 10 gallon tank by himself he's been very inactive. The reason why I moved him is because when he was kept with my other fish (Albino Tiger Oscar) he was constantly picking on the Oscar even though they are about the same size. He was very active back then. Now, sometimes he eats and sometimes he doesn't. He usually just hides under the filter. What can I do to help him be active again?

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  • John - 2014-04-24
    He needs to be in a bigger tank, but the first thing I would make sure that the water is ok. Ammonia, nitrates, make sure these are in balance but he really needs to be in a 55 gallon aquarium.
  • Derrick Wozniak - 2014-07-01
    I agree with the previous post about a bigger tank and checking the water. Have you tried cat fish in the tank with him as a companion? Or feeder fish? They will like to hunt. He may have lost his will like a caged lion.
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sabina - 2014-07-01
I bought one yesterday but it doesn't want to eat....what to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    He will only eat live foods, perhaps try mixing up the offerings... feeder fish one day, worms another.
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Jamie - 2014-07-01
MY female platinum Gourami keeps picking on my male golden Gourami. I don't know what to do to stop this, help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Gouramis are very territorial, and will often fight with each other. This is especially true when you have only two. Three work much better, so try adding a third. Also provide many hiding places with plants that reach up to the surface, so they aren't always in each others faces. Some folks even suggest water changes and mixing up the food you offer, but I'm not familiar with whether these will work or not.
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Cheyenne - 2011-11-26
I have a 55 gallon hexagonal tank with a medium sized redcap oranda goldfish her name is Puff. And I believe she has a fungal infection, but I'm not sure. I also have a Rexa XP4 Filstar filter. Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Try Animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms Symptoms and look at symptoms. Also look at Fungal diseases. Identify which one (if any) your little guy has and the corresponding treatment is listed.
  • abhinav bhattarai - 2014-06-30
    Cheyenne, your red caps are suffering from a disease called white fungus. You should buy a medicine from the fish store and put a single drop in the water. If it does not work then you should keep your fish isolated.
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Laurene Normandie - 2014-06-30
Good Evening Everyone...I just 'rescued' 2 synodontis catfish,  from my son who could not longer keep his tank. 

My question is...Both of them appear to have 'sores' or what  looks like inverted barnacles.  Not sure what to do. They are about 3 years old and both have cataracts. 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It sounds like they have cloudy eyes, along with the sores, which are most likely the result of poor husbandry.  Try treating them with an antibiotic. You can also add some Melafix to the water (tea oil remedy for fish that helps with wounds and helps reduce infection). Also be sure you have a large enough tank for them with some rocks or wood to create hiding places and keep the tank clean with regular water changes. 
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Ginni - 2014-06-30
I had a horseface loach for about 15 years - he (or she) grew to around 6' and was my favourite fish in the tank, for all the reasons other people have described... such a character! Sadly, I found him dead on the glass cover over my tank a couple of months ago - I was gutted and I wasn't sure if he'd escaped, jumped out of the water when I was feeding my fish, or had died of old age and just climbed out of the water to die. I was so sorry to lose him that I bought 2 more horse face loaches and this evening I found one of these out on the glass cover above the tank. The only way it could have got there is through a small hole at the back which is for filter wires etc, which means the loach actually climbed (or jumped) out of the water. Luckily I found it before it died, and it seems to be making a good recovery back in the tank. But its got me to thinking about why they seem to have the urge to climb out of the tank... I've now covered the escape hole with some netting but does anyone know why horse face loaches would have the urge to leave the water?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These fish do have a tendency to jump, especially if they are frightened. It helps if they have places to hide in the tank, like lots of caves and crevices in the rock. Plastic tubes on the bottom of the tank provide refuge too, and can also help.
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Simone Konieczny - 2013-02-16
My Spotted Raphael Catfish are, as of October 2012, 27 years old. The next one is 24 and the youngest one is now 19 years old. I find most web sites say 'your lucky if they live past 7 years'. Apparently that cannot be normal except if the fish aren't well looked after. I got all 3 fish from different sources at less than one inch in size so it cannot just be a fluke that mine are the ages they are. If anyone else has the same breed and older than 20 years (the fish), I'd love to hear about them. Thanks. Simone­čÉč

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-16
    Wow, those are really long-lived fish! I don't have any personal experience keeping them, but I would like to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.
  • Riley Krout - 2013-09-02
    I have one in my 5 Gallon Grow out tank, it`s like 1.9-2 inchs. He wont leave the rocks... I`ve only seen him out once one night. I have a question though, can someone tell me how to get it active?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-02
    Those are some long lived catfish Simone. We have an upside down cat that has been living with a peacock eel for about 17 years, so it must be if they're well kept, they live long. And Riley, these guys are nocturnal, so nighttime activity is what they mostly do. Maybe get a red bulb (from the reptile section of a pet store) to watch your tank at night.
  • Geoff - 2013-09-12
    I purschased my spotted catfish in 1994 - and he is still going strong!
  • Gary Wolz - 2013-12-15
    My husband has a spotted cat that is 23 years old. He moved across town with us in the aquarium in about an inch of water 22 years ago. Cloaking the whole time. He is now as round as he is long. He has outgrown his hiding place several times over the years and my husband has to rearrange the rocks to fit him. People don't believe us when we tell them he is older than our daughter.
  • Jade Rose - 2013-12-23
    Hello, we have a catfish, spotted Raphael, she's around 34 years old, my dad has had her since he was a young teen, she hardly comes out of her log, unless its for food,  she's around 5-6 inches long and around 2inches or so wide
  • Tony - 2014-06-29
    My Spotted Raphael Catfish is almost 19 years old now. His name is Clod because of the way he bubbles around. Just like everyone else has said, he really comes out of his cave. That is till today. I bought a few new fish to replace one's that live past their normal expectancy. One of those fish is a small pleco. Clod didn't seem happy when his cave was invaded and swam out to settle on top. To my amazement the pleco started cleaning Clod. When he was done and swam away Clod scurried right back into his cave.
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bill - 2006-10-07
I have 4 yo yo loaches in a gallon container they were in my big 55 gallon tank, but they were eating the fry. Love these guys, but tend to be a little more aggressive than people say. At my store we put them under semi-aggressive fish. They are definitely good scavengers and will clean your tank. The only thing that gets me is that when they sleep they look like they're dead. When you go to get them they take off.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-06-29
    I'm looking at getting a yoyo fish to kill my snails I'm quite nervous for my guppies, cause some websites say they eat them.
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Beth - 2014-06-28
Hi, my husband and I have a kissing fish, and we have had this fish for 11 years! The fish has had no other tank mates, due to the other times we have tried to put other fish with it, it has become aggresive and they ended up hiding from the kissing fish and have died. I am just now reading up on this fish and didn't realize it needed such a large tank. We have a 10 gallon tank and the fish is rather large. Very mellow fish for the most part except when we tried to put other fish with it.

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