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some fish lover! - 2009-11-28
I have two oscars, two red belly pacus, two jack dempseys, one black banded leporinus, one pufferfish, and one pleco in a ten gallon tank and they are doing fine! The oscars will eat anything that can fit in their mouth. Happy fish keeping!

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  • Dsgsd - 2011-11-11
    I sincerely hope you have something along the lines of a 900 gallon tank for when EVERY SINGLE FISH IN THAT TANK OUTGROWS IT!
  • Trevor - 2014-08-09
    Please tell me that you're joking.
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Andi Harris - 2012-05-01
My rainbows spawned yesterday (30/4/12) and it seems the female is doing all the hard graft whilst tthe male is standing gaurd and casually chasing other fish away from the female and eggs. the female certainly puts the male in his place when his attention drops slightly. I've bred these fish many times over the years and I find them amazing little characters in everey way

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lynett shier - 2014-08-06
i'm so upset my black moore of five years + has disappeared in my tank it wasn't ill and i can't find it dead anywhere the other fish are fine would they have eaten him :-(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    So sorry to hear about your Black Moor. It is possible the other fish could have eaten him, but if it has been a compatible community tank, it most likely only occurred at night, and probably only if the fish had already died.
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Doc Green - 2014-08-05
I own a what I believe to be a male midas cichlid. I'm 95% sure he is a male. The territory displays,the attacking of everything that enters the water. The long trailing dorsal and analysis fins. Anyway mine is in a 90 gallon currently I just moved him from a 55. Now my confusion lies in were is his hump.his head is thick but it's no wider than his body. There's also no real shape from a side profile either. Is this because there's no female or am I doing something wrong? He eats fine very aggressive fairly active. Has a pond snail named turbo for a buddy. But why has this guaranteed hump not forming?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Well, hopefully it is a Midas Cichlid. Both male and female specimens can get a slight hump, but it is usually larger in males. The hump begins to form when they are mature, usually this is at about 6 inches (15 cm). I've alsoheard that the hump develops better and faster if they are very comfortable in their environment.
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Anonymous - 2014-08-04
I have a large yellow loach in my tank, among many other types of fish. However, when i cleaned my tank and but him back in it he seems bloated and floats to the top. I feel as if he is tired/annoyed . Iv heard they "fart" air bubbles to rid this, however i havent noticed. Help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    It sounds like he may be 'gulping' air when he is stressed by the transfer process, which will make them look bloated until the air is dispelled. Perhaps you can leave him in the tank when you are doing maintenance. Do only regular partial a water changes while syphoning the gravel, then you won't have to move him and hopefully you won't have to deal with stress issues.
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Josh Autry - 2014-08-04
Hi, I'm new to being an aquarium hobbyist. I recently bought a 40 gallon aquarium and its running remarkably. I currently have 9 corys (3 different species...julii, emerald, and albino)n 3 red tailed tinfoil barbs and an albino BN pleco. All the fish get along quite well. But anyway, I was at my local fish store, (professional aquarists) and I noticed the african feather fin cat. They really cought my eye and I'd like to have at least 2 of them. My tank has two great homes on opposite sides of the tank and I'd have room for another cave. I know they're territorial but I'd like to see two of them in my tank. With that being said, I know I'd have to move them to a bigger tank. So my question is, how long can I have them in my 40 gal before I move them to a 55 or 75?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Your tank, as you know, is not large enough for a single adult, as one will need about 50 gallons. Moving them will depend on how quickly they attain full size. Though you should have some time, you'll have to keep an eye on them as size depends on a number of factors including age, how comfortable the fish is, and how well it is fed. Another problem you will face though, is trying to mix it with your cory cats. That is not a good mix as it will be aggressive towards them.
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Charmaine - 2014-03-08
Can a black Moore be with a Siamese fighter female?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    They can be fine if the tank is large enough and there are plenty of hiding places. Plants, even artificial help to provide places for retreat.
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Iv - 2003-08-27
Mollys are very cool fish. You can make your own combinations by breeding them. For example get a marbled molly and breed it with a Orange Balloon Molly and the outcome will be cool. Buy a couple and keep the male ratio to one male for two females because the male will chase females and somewhat exuast them.

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  • R.Balaji - 2013-08-25
    It's wrong. I have two males but their behavior is not like that. I am R.balaji. We can be freiends, please reply.
  • Ruben Mendez - 2014-08-04
    They are honestly very cool have a 85 gal with ballon mollys and lyretail and many more mollys and have very exotic colors...
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JRyan - 2014-08-03
So, I just got an eye-biter at a local pet store. interestingly enough the pet store clerk had it in with and labeled as a venustus cichlid. I knew right a way it was something unique. Anyway, now I have it in a tank by itself and am looking to add some fish mates from another tank I have. The fish I want to add are catfish so my question is whether or not the catfish I have, which are of multiple species, will be compatible with my compressiceps. Now the catfish are the same size or bigger so I know that part is alright but if anyone has any useful information for me I would much appreciate it.

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Prasanna - 2009-08-04
Thanks for your information on Tiger Barbs. I have 7 of these (one died recently) and they are doing fine in my 20 g tank with One Giant Danio (Very Aggressive), Red Rainbow, Pearl Gourami and Ram Cichlid. Tiger barbs are fun to watch with their fast movements and other fish have no problems from fin nipping. Perhaps 7-8 in group did the magic.

This site is really good and I would love to have profiles of Red Tail Black Shark and Rainbow Sharks.

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  • Tim - 2013-02-14
    I have 2 red tail sharks with my 5 tiger barbs as well as a pearl gourami 2 silver dollars and an albino barb. The red tails have been getting along fine with everyone. They have claimed their territory and don't put up with any crap from anyone else and they are fun to watch chase around with the tiger barbs. I have heard though that its a risk buying 2 redtails as one may bully the other to death but I haven't had that problem. I run a 20 gallon tank and could go bigger but everyone seems to be doing fine.
  • Harry Carter - 2014-06-08
    Both of you guys tanks Are WAAAAAAAAAY Too Small. Giant Danios are schooling fish as well as Silver Dollars. To the person that replied, You would need about a 110 Gallon Tank for those fish.
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