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Robert Shortridge - 2014-03-21
I have two daffodil brichardi cichlids in a 37 gal tank sold to me as a breeding pair, male about 3' female about 2'. They were very skittish for the first week and the male has started to venture and open up but the female is acting quite strange, starting yesterday staying behind the filter housing rather than in the cave she has been in. The tank is in a high traffic hallway in the house, will this cause them excessive stress? Looking for some enlightenment with these fish. Thank you.

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John Barthel - 2014-03-21
Think my cichlid is a flowerhorn. Aggressive towards anything and everything, but she's a basebreeder, lays clear eggs on rocks, back of the tank. Fish is bigger, 12' softball top to bottom, looking at her from the side about 10' long. I inherited fish from my sister but can't get any info from her, how can I be sure what kind of fish she is?

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Tony Holmes - 2014-03-21
I have 2 red tail botias in with my African Chiclids. They hold their own so they don't get messed with too much. But I noticed them shimmy and shaking today and one keeps rolling over on its side when it's next to the other one. I read they haven't bred in captivity yet so I'm not sure what all that's about.

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chani - 2012-07-07
I have one male & 4 females, started with 5 one died. The male keeps attacking the other females. One has almost no fins, no other fish in the tank & it's a big tank. Can anyone suggest what I can do for he just attacks them all the time!!!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-08
    Maybe remove the male.  Sometimes you can get one that is just very aggressive.  I actually have one in a 55 gallon tank and has been the only one for 2 years as he kill anything that goes into the tank.
  • Jreg - 2013-02-28
    you need a lot more hiding places. example cichlid stones are really good. You can also use texas holy rock. stock the tank very thick with these things and overstock your tank with fish. the more fish the better because the aggressive fish never gets a chance to pick on the same fish resulting in less aggression. these 2 thing will help significantly.
  • HONEY - 2014-03-20
    I have 1 female and 1 male. I have seen that the male is removing rocks and their poops from his cave? Why?
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adam - 2013-10-14
I have had my scomb and my armatus for over 3 years. These fish are very easily trained to take silversides, dangle the silverside in the water near the top until your payara sees it, then let it loose, if he grabs it, good. But if it hits the bottom, they won't touch it, they only like moving prey, so try again. Also another thing they hate, is lights. my lights are off 100% of the time, with the occasional moon led light. as far as a powerhead, I turn on for a little bit every other day. After a little while they don't like it at all, oh yea, they are 12 inches.

 

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  • Jason hawkins - 2014-03-18
    Everybody here is giving people false infromation, I study fish like these on a daily basis, and the Payara - 'Sabe tooth', if taken good care of, they live anywhere between 5-12 years, mine is 6 years old now, so that 6 months - 2 years is silly talk.
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Sarah - 2006-03-26
I just got my fantail goldfish. I wanted a calico one but my mom said get the smallest one. The smallest one was tiny compared to the other fish. I picked him out to the lady and she squished him against the aquarium wall when she was try to get him! I felt sorry for the little guy. I brought him home and put him in a 10 gallon. He looked like he was having a party! He was kinda slow and I saw that his scales were ripped off =( atleast i saved him =) He is living well right now, he has the whole tank to himself! He looks like a pebble hes so small! Hes all orange exept for the tip of his fins are white. I named him butterscotch yesterday and today....i dont know why in the heck i picked that name...im going to change it today when i find a good one. Most of the people on here said the names of their fish and so i might copy them...i like the name bubbles, my neon tetras name is that, but im going to keep looking =)

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  • catz - 2010-08-20
    What about Cookie? That's the name of one of my fantail fish!
  • barry - 2011-03-29
    What about mr. wiggles?
  • Whoohoo - 2011-07-03
    Snowdrop
    Gobi
    Sunlight
    Moonshine
    Li'l Baby
    Sweetie Pie
    Desert
    Heatwave
  • April - 2011-07-08
    I had a cat named Butterscotch. I like it!! I called her Bud for short.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    Our once small fantail is named Princess. My 5 year old named her. Princess has doubled in size in the 2 months that we have had her.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    More suggestions:
    Flash
    Jumpy
    Zippity
    DooDa
    Robin
  • Linda - 2014-03-17
    I think Butterscotch is a good name! But here are some of the names I have given my goldfish over the years.. at least the ones I kept a long time: Queenie (lived 8 years), Grumpy (lived 4.5 years), Freckle-Fish (is 2 yrs old), Klaus and Captain Kirk (both are 2), Duckie (is 2), Admimral Ackbar (my son's fish, is 2), my new babies are Shubunkin comets Necco and Smartie. I let my husband name one once and he called it Kurt Russell, lol... Enjoy your goldie... They are the only kind of fish I keep. :)
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Animal-World info on Blunthead Cichlid
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terry pergram - 2009-01-02
I have been looking for baby ilangi for months! I need them! I want a group of 6. Do you know where i can get some? do you have any? I have kept and bred several different variations of moorii, including chipimbi, polli, yellow kiesers, double cherry spots, and kachese. I will take very good care of them. I know what I'm doing.

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  • samiran roy,india - 2011-09-02
    You can find them at big aquarium stores at relatively low prices.
  • Dr. Papet - 2012-01-03
    I have many of this babys. They are 4 - 7. I'm living in old Germany, but that isn't a problem. I can sent it with DHL24 in narcotic water. If you want it, please send a Mail. Geetings Heinz Papet
  • suresh - 2014-03-17
    I need the blunthead cichlids.
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John - 2011-04-11
I have two Silver arowanas . One is kept in 55 gal tank and is about 4 inches long. The other is kept in a 900 gal indoor pond/aquarium (it's built in) , and is about 13 inches long. Amazing and easy to keep fish although would not reccomend for a novice . The smaller one is kept with a small alligator gar and a small spotted gar along with a raphael catfish and a stinging catfish. The larger one is kept with 16 blood parrot
fish a small shovel nose and two 6 inche red tailed catfish as well as four walking catfish (all of which are legal to keep in my country) . One question - can two different types of arowanas be
kept together? I'm planning on getting a 5 inch pearl arowana which will be kept with the small silver.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    The Animal World article says that 1 Arowana would require a minimum of a 100 gallon tank and you have 2 although the larger is in the 900 gallon tank. Is that where you would put the 4 - when they are approximately a similar size? They are carnivores and I am sure you know what you're doing but these guys get big - almost 50 inches.
  • rajesh dodda - 2014-03-16
    I will explain your question in brief by explaining the fish nature. The most aggressive pet fishes are arowana and flowerhorn. Never try to put a small or big arowana in a fish tank as arowana nature is food only so it swallows into its mouth and eats, whereas flowerhorn interests are to live alone only and in a rare case it may be comfortable with its female flowerhorn of the same size. If flowerhorns and arowanas were put together then the arowanas will be killed by the flowerhorns as flowerhorns eat flesh and don't allow any one of their tank mates whereas arowanas eat flesh but they don't fight with other fishes.
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Powerpa - 2014-03-15
I have a blood parrot. I have had him for over 6 years... He is Very Big and I love him Dearly. His appetite started lessoning for a couple weeks and I kept trying anything new like dry baby shrimp and Krill. Seemed to help. First feed of krill then no more, just sat uneaten. Baby shrimp he liked better. Last weekend I noticed his gill on one side looked like a tear or fungus or something? I used a teaspoon of copper safe and it seemed to look better over night. By the time I came home from work though this redness and tear looking frayed spot looked bad again. So I did a partial water change and the spot fades from bright bloody red to his normal color. I reduced the temp to 70 because I read warm water breeds bacteria and I thought would help... He started jumping and banging his head on the lid... So I put temp up to 74 and still he was banging his head! This jumping up to the roof of his tank he does off and on regularly... Usually at feeding. I know my tank is too small but he lives alone as he is aggressive. Today I noticed his nose has gone yellowy and I am very worried to say the least :( Is his bruising from bumping his head on tank lid or a sign of underlying illness or water quality? Please help :( I do not want to lose my beloved boy. My mother calls him Mick Jagger beccause of his big lips lol I have always called him pinky. His color often goes from bright red to faded pink when persons other than me come in while I am away. But with me he's always a happy loving fish.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like he is unhappy in his environment, and banging around will cause injuries. I suggest getting him a bigger tank, a 55 gallon would be the absolute minimum.
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Alexander - 2004-02-23
Featherfin Synodontis (eupterus) is a relatively peaceful community fish, that cohabitates in my 90G tank with 5 bumblebee Gobies, one Gold Nugget Pleco, one Zebra Pleco and one Gold Line Pleco.
Recently, I added one Synodontis Angelicus after changes in the tank, that made it more structurally complex (meaning adding more hiding spaces in the form of rocks and caves, but also Mopani wood-specially treated, so it doesnt give the water a tea colour, but it maintains its nutritional characteristics.-)
The behaviour of the Featherfin is peaceful, even with the other Synodontis, and he is a marvel to watch.
Care should be taken to provide him with ample food (not only pellets, but also zuccini and cucumber will be appreciated and blood worms)and it will not fail you to show its magnificent dorsal and anal fins.
Nevertheless, if not placed in ample space - at least a 35 G is recommended- and not properly and adequately fed it might eat smaller fish and become aggresive.
Anyway, do you blame him if he does?

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  • rocky - 2014-03-14
    My featherfin is older than me and I'm 29. It is as lively today as it was 10 years ago.
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