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Nan - 2008-10-02
We have had a silver tip shark for 9 months now. It's between 4-5 inches and it is always swimming at the top back corner of the tank with its mouth out of the water and seems to try to stretch itself out of the tank, it's extremely hyper. It NEVER leaves the top of the corner, even if you look in the middle of the night. Does anyone have one with the same type of behavior - it seems quite strange since they are supposed to be middle to bottom dwellers.

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  • Kelly - 2013-11-05
    Mine is doing the same thing. But recently noticed a red mark on him, like he scrapped along something. I don't know what to do about it???
  • Terta - 2013-11-08
    I have seen the behaviour before and it was stress. They live best with minimum of 3 tank mates and when young I gave mine lots of plants and hiding spots, they calmed down and are growing faster.
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Yvonne - 2013-11-08
My baby goldfish swims with its head up and goes round and round then drifts to the bottom of the tank.

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marissa - 2013-10-19
I have one golden sevrum, I've noticed what looks like air bubbles under his mouth that seem to flake off when he's swimming, he's on his own and  was attacking other fish in his previous home, pets at home advised anti fungus and finrot. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I'm guessing what you have is a mouth fungus (columnaris) and I believe 'pets at home' gave you sound advise. The problem is mostly likely due to water quality so a water change would be the first order of business. Fungus itself can never be eliminated from the tank (the same is true of Finrot), and it is opportunistic. You can alleviate the current infection, see Mouth Fungus above for symptoms and treatment, and then fix the water quality so the fish's immune system will prevent any reoccurrence.

    The Severum Cichlid is from South America and so it needs soft, slightly acidic to neutral water. Be sure you have adequate filtration, sufficient oxygen, and make sure the tank is not overstocked. To keep the quality up, don't overfeed and perform regular water changes.
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fish bandit - 2013-11-03
Why isn't there much about endlers on this site? They are colorful live bearers like guppies and mollies... anyway does anyone raise/breed freshwater shrimp? They are great in a tank with some otos, endlers, and some guppies.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    Glad you asked as we have the Endler Guppie in the que for adding. Hopefully we'll get it live soon, so keep an eye out:) I also would like to know of anyone who raises freshwater shrimp, so look forward to some info on that.
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Dave reeve - 2013-11-03
I have two breeding pairs of swordtails but one of the males seems to like laying vertical in the weeds and even swimming vertical most of the time, is there a problem? Come feeding time there is no problem ......

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    There are many things that can cause a fish to show abnormal swimming movements. I would suggest the fish is stressed due to environment, but take a good look at the fish to see if you can identify anything unusual in its appearance. Abnormal swimming is often caused by Swim bladder disease (bacterial infection). More extreme problems could be parasites in the blood capillaries of the brain (Myxosoma) or nodules in the brain and spinal cord causing an abnormal position of the body and zigzag movements in swimming (Ichthyosporidium). As you can see, its hard to pin down, but swim bladder disorders are one of the more common illnesses.
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katie middleton - 2013-11-03
Hi there, wondering if someone could help me. I woke up this morning and one of my bubble eyed gold fish has popped both of her eyes and one of which was stuck in the filter. I don't know what to do to prevent this from happening again. I've also seen on the internet that you shouldn't put stones in the same tank as some may be sharp and pop the eyes, but on this website in some pictures there are stones...can I put stones in with my bubble eyed gold fish or will that make theire eyes pop? My bubble eyed gold fish looks like it is in pain with her popped eye...I feel like I need to do something to help, I am just not sure what.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I'm so sorry to hear about your goldfish and it's popped bubble eye. This does happen, usually from a sharp object in the tank or from the fish getting sucked up into the filter. You can treat with Melafix, it will help soothe the wound.and is a good deterrent for any type of infection (especially bacterial) that may try to take hold. The bubble will heal, but will never look quite the same. Rocks are fine in the aquarium as long as they are smooth, same with any ornaments. Putting a piece of nylon netting or sponge over the filter intake can also help. All the best to your fish!
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Karleigh Friesen - 2012-12-23
HI! I just purchased three kubutu rainbows and three boesmani rainbows, as well as several other types of tetras. The rainbows and tetras get along great, but I have noticed that one of the kubutu rainbows has become a bully and is VERY territorial. I think they are too young to sex, so any ideas? Would it be better to have several of one type? Or keep the three of both kinds?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-23
    I would add some more kubutu.  They prefer larger groups.
  • Ludwig Orapawa - 2013-11-02
    Currently working hard to restore lake kutubu.
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Ankit - 2012-03-11
I have an experience of keeping various freshwater fishes, for 13+yrs.. But never had the luck of keeping a pair of spotted scat alive for more than a week.. Presently I have 3 tanks. I bought a pair of scats today. But am scared and sad as I don't want to kill or hurt the fishes.. The local LFS suggested that I should try separating the scats in a salty water and then later introduce them in the main tank. Somebody kindly help me out..

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-11
    One issue with Spotted Scats is you really need to know the environment that they were raised in. It is not always the same as what the pet store has them housed in. If you can get them straight from the source you will have much better guy.
  • Katy Singleton - 2012-03-24
    I got one without knowing what it was.. initially it was fine, then it started languishing. I noticed it was crazy about freeze dried worms, so I tried live blood worms and we have not looked back. Two years and counting, and my red scat is 4 inches. Now I am worried that soon I'll have to get rid of it, because I only have a 10 gallon tank. It i;s a friendly little thing, acts likea dog at feeding time, nose pressed against the glass, wagging it's tail (I'm not kidding). So that's my advice, some live worms every day. Expensive !
  • ben - 2013-10-30
    I bought 1 a long time ago he got pretty big and I just set up a tank an no pet shop near me can get them but turns out I can catch them in the river its brackish I caught 1 red scat and at the beach I caught a silver 1 an converted it back to fresh
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Tiffany - 2012-09-04
I just recently took my sisters 10gal tank for my betta fish but it came with 3 blue or 3 spot gourami. So I set up my 50gal tank for them. They are large and I can not tell if they are male or female. I am very new to the fish world and I want to add some more fish to the mix but am worried about what will coexist with these semi aggressive fish. Feel free to ask questions about my tank. Any and all opinions welcome, thanks!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Gouramis are actually great community fish, it's just other gouramis that they get testy with as they mature. You have a nice sized tank and so should be able to easily introduce other community species. Good luck!
  • Melissa - 2013-10-29
    i keep reading they are great community fish. petsmart and petco keep having us try different fish but the gouramis keep killing every fish they recommend. it is crazy b/c i watch it happen. not sure what else to pair with them but be careful b/c it's becoming a huge waste of money.
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Larry Villajuan - 2013-04-24
how do i know the male and female blue moorii hamp head. its a deferent color and shape 


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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-24
    The 'Sex: Sexual differences' section above gives you a good idea of how to tell the difference between the male and female. As it points out, it is difficult, only once they are mature are your chances are a bit better.
  • Bec - 2013-10-26
    When they are mature the males will get silver spots on their fin (close to the bum) that is how you tell with any cichlid :)

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