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Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-16
I have 4 Snake skins 2 have rounded and 2 have pointed dorsel fins. other then that they are almost identical but they are all lip locking with each other. they are in a 30gal tank the pet store said they would npt gro bihgeer the 2 to 3 inches they are almost past that now. any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Well, these fish will generally reach between 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) in the aquarium. It sounds like you may have some fish interested in breeding, which can account for the lip-locking behavior.
  • Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-19
    so you saying the lip lock is male vs female or male vs male
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-21
    It's generally males that fight to establish territory, but I have seen female gouramis get aggressive at times too. Don't know who's tusselling in your tank.
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Glenn - 2014-09-19
Hi iv just set up a 140l tank for rams I have 3 German blues 2 electric blues and 2 golden does anyone no if they will inter breed ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    I'm not sure if they will breed, but my guess is yes they can, because same species can breed.
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Brittney - 2014-09-19
I put a bubbler in my tank. My eel goes & kinda plays In it but it shoots hi up. He keeps doing it tho. I don't want him to get hurt. Should I turn the bubbler off! He's just a baby

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Sounds like he's enjoying the bubbles, but I wouldn't want him to get hurt either. Maybe you can turn it down a notch or divert some of the water to reduce the intensity of the flow.
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Tan Hui Chun - 2010-10-21
Hi. I will buy arapaima fish. What is the water volume that I need (in liters)? The size of the arapaima is 15 cm. Do arapaima can survive in low oxygen condition? Do I need to buy a filter? Do arapaima need very clean water? Will arapaima have diseases face on? What should I feed to this size of arapaima? How big can arapaima grow? Thanks.

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  • yo man - 2011-01-29
    Hey man. Arapaima can get to be 15 feet long. You will definitely need filtration. The tank should be at least 25 feet long. 15 feet wide and 6 feet deep. Enjoy your monster fish man!
  • david vinson - 2012-05-31
    You will need a really big fish tank these fish are monsters
  • MagixPress.Com - 2014-09-17
    hi there, i have a couple of these fishes. sad to say, they are not suited really for aquariums unless you have the Public Aquarium type which cost a fortune. anything smaller is a recipe for disaster, they will out grown them in months, no filter setup can handle the load as well. i keep mine on ponds which are concrete about two metres deep and ten metres wide.its not even enough, next project is a mud pond which will be about 1,000 square mtres. believe it or not its the cheapest option. i used water hyacinths to keep the water cooler and clean the water of disolved materials. i feedthem live tilapia that is 6 to more inches long and i simple release them alive. its not animal cruelty.its just how they need to feed. these are very beautiful fish. my main aim is to have 25 fishes to breed them. beside the space concerns they are not expensive fish to keep. they are very beautiful once fully mature. they arent nice to look st why they are young as well. the biggest ive seen is around 11 feet long.
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ola - 2014-09-02
When i started with my tank i first got 2-3 mollies, guppies, neon tetras, one algie eater and one male dwarf gourami. When i put my fish in the tank i observed my gourami for a couple of days and it was hiding in the corner all the time, so i told my parents about whats hapening with my gourami. One day i came back from school and i noticed a another gourami in the tank, from then on it seemed that everything was fine. But later that evening i noticed my guppy missing a chunk of a tail ,the gouramis attacked the weaker fish in the tank. I realised it was a male pair so i desided to give back the pair to the pet store. More than 2 years later i decided that i want another pair but a male and a female. Am i going to have the same problem please help !!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    It's hard to say what will happen. Check out the Social Behaviors section on this page, it has some ideas about tankmates and aggression.
  • ola - 2014-09-17
    Thank you very much for your help ola
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Animal-World info on Black Moor Goldfish
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Liz Schultz - 2014-09-15
I have had a Black Moor Goldfish for over a year now, and ever since I got it one of its eyes has been growing EXTREMELY larger than the other. It always freaked my out, but the fish swims normally and is healthy otherwise, so I let it go. I believe that the fish is blind in the smaller eye now - it is clouded over and shrunken.

Over the past couple of weeks, a growth has formed at the back of my fish's one giant eye. The growth grew to the same size as the overly large eye, so now it is as if there are two giant eyes on one side of its head, one behind the other - it's that big!

If you can believe it, the fish is still swimming normally and seems to have no balance or floating issues. I cannot find reference to a similar occurence with a goldfish ANYWHERE online!!! What is happening to my fish and how do I help it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    It's hard to say what it is, but there's a couple of possiblilities.

    It could be a tumor, which goldfish do sometimes get. Tumors can be internal or external, but the external ones are identified as lumps that are actually attached by a smaller thread, or sometimes multiple threads. They are sometimes have a bumpy cauliflower-like appearance or can simply be smooth but still protruding.  Unfortunately there's no effective medial cure for tumors and it's usually recommended to either remove the mass or euthanize the fish to avoid a slow death.

    Another possiblility is an ulcer, which start as a slightly raised scale that's usually yellowish looking, but can look clear or white. The area aroudn it becomes bloody and inflamed and the bump protrudes. Ulcers can be treated and must be treated right away. Maracyn 2 is one medication to look into as possible treatment.

    A third possiblility is Lymphocystis, which is the most common viral disease found in freshwater fish, it does effect goldfish, and is typically chronic. Also known as Cauliflower Disease, it is transmitted by viral particals in the water, usually introduced by another infected fish. Once infected a lump will form and enlarge until after about 4 weeks, when it will slough off and release viral particles into the water. The fish should be quarantined for at least a month. There's not really a specific treatment for Lymphocystis, but the fish should be treated for secondary bacterial infections and the lesions will eventually revert and the skin will be pretty much normal.
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Trevor - 2014-09-15
Swordtails do not change sex, the situation you are referencing is a late developing male which occurs when there is already large male in the tank. Other males will develop slower until they reach a size that can compete with the tanks dominant male and will then develop their male characteristics. I have researched it and seen t twice in my own tanks, after which the late developing male would go on to father many fry of his own. This I am sure of from pairing the new males with young virgin females to be sure the changing of sex did not occur.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    You're absolutely correct Trevor. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, we will adjust the information right away.
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Em.18 - 2014-09-15
Hey guys! I don't know if you can help me. I have three 4 inched Veil-Tailed black moors that I've had for about 3-4 years now. In this last month two of the three developed one white eye? And now one of those with the white eyes has suddenly got dropsy ans doesn't look like he is gonna make it... My 65 liter tank (about 14 gallons) has a 25% water change every week and a crispa plant is also added every week or so... They love eating it. They're fed every day on either frozen bloodworm, daphnia, or brine shrimp... I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong? Tank is 22C. For now the one that looks like his gonna die (his name is dark knight) is in a slightly smaller tank with an air stone etc so I can dose him easier on his dropsy treatment. Any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    Cloudy eyes are most often the result of a bacterial infection, though sometimes it can be parasitic. These diseases are usually related to water quality and poor diet. It sounds like you are diligent with maintenance, so try changing the diet to include variety and include foods with added vitamins. Perhaps start an antibiotic treatment on the main tank, a complete treatment usually includes administering the medication several times over a period of time, follow the manufacturer's instructions on the medicine. Continue with regular water changes weekly. Cloudy eye can lead to blindness, especially if the water quality and diet are not kept up with. Good luck to you and your fish!
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Fiona - 2014-09-15
It was Christmas time and i had changed the tank water almost to the brim.i was in another room vaccuuming and when i returned to the loungeroom i saw a small orange bauble on the carpet.my first thought was it was an ornament that had fallen off the Christmas tree.when i bent down to pick it up i realized it was my spritely little shubunkin that had jumped out of the tank.i brushed him off and quickly returned him to the water.He spent the next few hours at the bottom corner of the tank. I think he had totally freaked himself out.after a while he recovered and was no worse for his little adventure...

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Chris noonan - 2014-09-15
I have two silver arowanas together in a 184 gallon tank at the moment and it's Now to small so I have now ordered a 400 gallon tank. They seem to be happy together but I have alot of other big fish with them to like jaguar cichlid and a massive flowerhorn fire eels and some others it's quite heavily planted and they seem to love it they are always rubbing there bodies on the plants.

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