Animal Stories - People Talking About Aquarium Tropical Fish


Animal-World info on Red-tailed Catfish
Animal Story on Red-tailed Catfish
List Animal Stories on Red-tailed Catfish
More info at Animal-World
alex - 2014-01-09
I have a RTC about 8' long in a 4 foot 22' wide tank and he hasn't been eating. I fed him anchovies and earth worms but he spits it back out what can I do to make him eat?

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    He may just be bored, perhaps you could try varying his diet. For example you could try some frozen bloodworm cubes, shrimps, or silversides to name a few. Maybe look for some pelleted food for carnivores too.
Reply
Animal-World info on African Butterfly Peacock
Animal Story on African Butterfly Peacock
List Animal Stories on African Butterfly Peacock
More info at Animal-World
tammy hyde - 2014-01-07
I only recently discovered the African Fairy Butterfly Peacock, from Otter point in Lake Malawy. What makes it stand out from other reds and blues Peacocks or Haps, is the bright Orange coloring around on all finnage, the blue face, and white icing on the top fin. I have two juveniles in a 'Grow out' tank, as they don't fair well with big cichlids. However, they are quite beautiful, and curious little fellows worth checking out!

Reply
Animal-World info on Colored Skirt Tetra
Animal Story on Colored Skirt Tetra
List Animal Stories on Colored Skirt Tetra
More info at Animal-World
Anonymous - 2014-01-06
Hey I have one of these in a tank with one molly. I did a huge water change about three days ago and yesterday I noticed a white wart like thing on its chin. I thought it might be a parasite but wasn't sure so I waited one day. Today there is a tiny red dot in it, the molly does not have it at all though. It's behaving normally and eating well, so if any of you have a clue what this is please tell me.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-08
    My first thought is it is a mouth fungus, which is actually a bacterial infection. It is often accompanied by a secondary infection of an Aeromonas bacteria. Wounds that are white on the edges and red in the center are most typically Aeromonas. Both Koi and goldfish are the pet fishes most susceptible to Aeromonas. They are usually caused by sharp changes in water temperature, as well as poor water or nutrition. Aeromonas can be treated with any sulfa antibiotic along with trimetheprim. But both these infections can readily be treated at the same time with Aquarium Pharmaceutical's Furan-2 Medications - Api Furan 2.

     
Reply
Animal-World info on African Butterflyfish
Animal Story on African Butterflyfish
List Animal Stories on African Butterflyfish
More info at Animal-World
Poko - 2004-09-13
I just got an Afircan Butterfly fish a week ago. He is so beautiful. I have a tank lid that is suppose to be for a reptile(it is like a screen-like thing that covers the whole top) so there is no way my butterfly can attempt to fly.

Now, about dead fish. If they have not been out of the water too long, but still seem dead, there is a way to try and bring them back. If you can, try and keep the gills open by placing your fingers behind them. Then, with the fishs mouth open, put them under the water and move them forward through the water very fast. Keep trying this, and if lucky, your fish will be fine. This pushes water through the gills again, giving the fish oxygen and possibly regain conciousness.

Click For Replies (1)
  • matt - 2014-01-06
    Or as I like to do, face them under the output flow of the filter.
Reply
Animal-World info on Jaguar Cichlid
Animal Story on Jaguar Cichlid
List Animal Stories on Jaguar Cichlid
More info at Animal-World
Captain Kirk - 2009-03-18
I have a pair of these great fish. They remind me of Croppie, for those of you who fish. They are pretty regular with laying eggs, for a while they were doing it every month. The male is huge and yes I am scared of him sometimes. These are tank commander type fish. I can't even keep catfish or apple snails with them. This means cleaning the tank often. They are very hardy and eat a little bit of everthing.
Once after all the fry from one of their spawnings had died off I took the opportunity to clean the tank. I took everything out, poured boiling water (in a bucket) over the gravel, scrubbed everything. Set up the rocks and poured in new water, a little cold so I waited for the heater to bring up the temperature. Then I noticed a little fry swimming around. The tank was empty! All but dry, I wiped down all the glass with paper towels. I was dumbfounded how this little guy survived.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-05
    That's cool.
Reply
Animal-World info on Heckel Discus
Animal Story on Heckel Discus
List Animal Stories on Heckel Discus
More info at Animal-World
Velva - 2014-01-04
J'aime l'info précieuse que vous fournissez sur animal-world.com. Je vais signet sur votre blog et vérifiez à nouveau ici régulièrement. Je suis assez sûr que je vais apprendre beaucoup de choses nouvelles ici! Bonne chance pour le prochain! wish you luck in New Year!



Translated: I like the valuable info you provide on animal-world.com. I'll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I'm quite sure I'll learn many new things here! Good luck for the next! wish you luck in New Year!

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    Thank you so much for your nice message of appreciation and support! We'll do our best to provide awesome animal and pet info. Sign up for our Animal-World Newsletter if you'd like to get the new info as it comes out. We look forward to seeing more of you.
Reply
Animal-World info on Amazon Puffer
Animal Story on Amazon Puffer
List Animal Stories on Amazon Puffer
More info at Animal-World
Arual kamrock - 2014-01-03
I work for a pet retailer and my primary interest is in aquatics. I've been devouring as much info as possible for two years and put my best foot forward Into my 3 freshwater tanks. About 9 months ago I bought an amazon puffer. The retailer did not know much about this fish, and the poor fellow likely was hungry and uncomfortable for a month of so when he came home with me. I try hard to be diligent and study each fish and its needs. I soon realized the dire importance of snails and other foods that would help keep 'puff daddy's' teeth filed down. He did his share of glass surfing and seemed neurotic for a good while. This fish became my baby; I knew he has special needs and I felt this charming little fellow deserved my utmost attention. I painstakingly stuck pond snails to the sides of my tank, shooing away any competitors so that puffy would have them. His main diet consisted of bloodworms and pond snails. and occasional daphnia. But now, contrary to all I have read, he readily accepts not only sero-nip tablets, but regular flake food! I'm so glad I challenged all the Info that lists puffers as taboo. Certainly one must know what they are getting into, but this little puffer had captured my heart and seems to be thriving better each day in a mere 20 gallon community tank.

Reply
Animal-World info on Midas Cichlid
Animal Story on Midas Cichlid
List Animal Stories on Midas Cichlid
More info at Animal-World
Marysol Tardif-Giroux - 2011-12-15
It's nice to finally see someone else with an older Midas. My male Peaches is currently 17 years old. When I first got him, the only info I found, stated that they only live about 9 years. Peaches can not be kept with other species, when he was 1/2 inch he was killing 5 and 6 inch Oscars. When he killed all the 5 inch Africans my boss tried to feed him too. I was told to flush him down the toilet. I couldn't do it. So I took him home. Peaches could hide behind my thumb when I put it against the glass. He was so small, and he was all black. He is peach coloured now. But he actually got his name from the song 'Peaches' (come from a can, they were put there by a man) Because, he kept poking holes in the fish bag, so I slipped the bag in my rinsed out soup can to bring him home. Now he's about 12 inches. He had a mate, but killed her when she wasn't laying eggs often enough, so is now living with a few babies. He kills one once in a while, so he may go back down to lone fish at some point. I'll never give him away, he is living longer than my cat (12 years RIP).

Click For Replies (2)
  • james allen bentley sr. - 2012-02-16
    I have a 175 gal tank my midas A.K.A mighty is 7 years old. I was told that only the male had a hump on his is this true. He lives with two jack dempseys and is too fat to catch them. I have lots of cover. I can pet him like a puppy but if I'm cleaning he bites me. The grand love him when he bites at their nose. He's a real blast. Any comments welcome!!! :)
  • Star - 2014-01-02
    I have a Midas (could be a red devil tho) male. He has a large Nuchal bump and is lemon and orange colored. I rescued you him from a 38 gallon tank. He had quite a bit of damage (big pock holes in his face and forhead, etc.) Most of those holes are gone now, with only some scaring left from the deepest of his injuries. He was in the tank by himself, and I do not know what his earlier history is. He is now alone in a 75 gallon tank and seems to be quite happy. His name is Zeus because he is magnificent! He is 12-13' long, and very intelligent. I can interact with him and pet him all over his body. He loves earth worms and during the warmer months I bring him one every now and then. He takes them up like spaghetti! Zeus interacts with the dogs and my grandchildren. He is extremely curious. I truly wish I had a larger tank for him. I have two Fluval cannister filters (305 and 306) and they seem to do the trick. I use a siphon to remove water from his tank weekly (about 1/3) which sucks up his gravel to clean it as it removes water. He has a fit over this. He is so territorial about his gravel when he sees it moving up the tube he gets really angry. It's funny but it's not. I don't like him to be upset. Zeus also spends a lot of time beating up his intake tubes and artifical plants. He carries the tall silk plants around and rearranges them. I found him a small ball from a fooseball set and he pushes that around from time to time. Just recently, my neighbor gave me a plastic fish that is meant to feed turtles. It floats around the tank and I'm hoping that Zeus will find some entertainment in bossing the plastic buddy around. So far though he seems entirely disinterested. I don't have a clue how old this fish is, all I know is I have had him for 1 year and the people before him had him for at least 2. Honestly, I feel that pet shops should be better educated about these types of fish. They're great when they're small but they need a ton of space as mature adults. More than the average hobbyist can offer. (just sayin) As far as a pet goes though, he is awesome. I also have 4 orandas in a separate tank in the other room. I almost want to put both tanks in one place so Zeus can watch the Orandas. Which, btw, are super fun fish to have. My largest is about 7' now. I feed them from my hand and they will allow me to touch them. One likes resting in my cupped hand.. so cute. I would like to rehome Zeus now that he is all healed up and healthy. Finding the right home is super difficult though.
Reply
Animal-World info on Red-tailed Catfish
Animal Story on Red-tailed Catfish
List Animal Stories on Red-tailed Catfish
More info at Animal-World
daniel strenke - 2014-01-01
I just bought two red tailed catfish. l put them in my 10 gallon tank for now will they be Ok in it or should I put them in my big tank right away? My big tank is 220 gallons with really big oscars .

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I love these fish, but I see some serious problems ahead. The Red-tailed Catfish might be fine in the 10 gallon for a couple of weeks (I'm assuming they are just 3-4' right now), but they grow very quickly. They can eventually get to be as much as 53' in length, and a 2000 gallon tank is recommended. Most aquarists simply can't accommodate them because of their necessary tank size.  Putting them in the Oscar tank is another problem. Oscars are great fish, very personable and fun to keep, but they simply aren't community oriented. They will kill other tankmates so are best kept singly, or as a pair.
Reply
Animal-World info on Striped Raphael Catfish
Animal Story on Striped Raphael Catfish
List Animal Stories on Striped Raphael Catfish
More info at Animal-World
Lisa - 2013-12-30
i have a Striped Raphael Catfish and just lately its seems to have white stuff coming off him, could this be his protective slime? He still seems active and eating is normal. I've asked a few aquariums and they don't know what it is, has anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It sounds like it could be shedding mucus. This is indicative that something may be wrong with your water. Do a water change, also check that your ph and Hardness levels are within the right ranges for this species (ph Range: 5.8-7.0 and Hardness Range: 4 - 18 dGH).
Reply

About Animal-World

Animal-World offers animal pictures, videos, and animal information on all different types of pets and animals. Included are animals that are commonly kept as pets, exotic pets and wild animals. Check us out for information, education, and fun. We strive to aid in responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the importance of preserving and honoring our world and its inhabitants. Animal-World members and contributors are from all over the world. You too are invited to be an active participant in this community. Post your own personal pet stories, contribute pictures of your pets, and join the forums for pet and animal discussions.

Visit Animal-World