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Keio Bailey - 2014-07-06
My rainbow had 40 eggs its been a week now when will they hatch?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It generally takes 6-8 days for the Madagascar Rainbowfish eggs to hatch, depending on the temperature, so you should be seeing fry anytime now.
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Puffer lover - 2010-02-22
I have a puffer! His name is Larry and he's a green spot puffer. My mom thought he was a dwarf because we bought him last year and he's barely grown. But I can tell that he's a green spot for he has spots.
Anyways, I am an expert on taking care of green spot puffers, so if you need answered questions, just leave a reply for this and I'll get to you as soon as I can!

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  • Clara - 2010-02-22
    I recently got one for my birthday. My friend had also bought tropical fish food and it didn't seem to eat it. I just bought some live brine fish to feed it. But I don't know how much to feed it and what else specifically I should feed it. If you could help it would be much appreciated!
  • Deanna - 2010-02-27
    Hi! I recently bought an adorable puffer, about 3-4 days ago, and he won't seem to eat. I tried flakes of various sorts and freeze-dried blood worms and such. I bought a few snails today, I'm not sure what kind but they have round shells, and the one that fell right in front of him he ate right away in like one bite. I have a few other snails and a ghost shrimp with him in the tank but he seems to ignore them. Is it healthy for him to only eat one snail? And will he find the other snails because they look like the gravel or ever eat the shrimp? His belly is turning slightly gray too. If you have any ideas, it would be much appreciated as I'm attached to him already and don't want to lose him.
  • Aarin - 2010-03-03
    Just got 3 new puffers. I am totally in love with the little creatures. I have always had fish, and have been known for having a well kept tank. My 5yr old carnival gold fish just died and I decided to finally get those puffers I always wanted. Unfortunatly I didn't read up on them until I bought them..and I have them in a 5gallon tank. They were doing great for the first month, then a week ago I noticed their tail fins were closed all the time except for one of the fish, so I did a 25% water change. They went back to normal. Tonight I came home and turned on the lights and they were sleeping on the bottom of the tank, they seemed to wake up and their tail fins were all closed again. Do you think it is just the water quality? More salt? I just don't know. I plan on getting a larger tank, but it will be 2 months before I can do so...any info?
  • amber - 2010-03-07
    Hey I just bought a green spotted puffer (I think.) I read on here that it is important to know which one you buy but the green spotted/ green/ freshwater all look alike. I do think hes the green spotted though. When I bought him, he was labeled as spotted. When should I acclimate him to salt water? I just bought him today so im not sure how long he should be in fresh. Thanks
  • Stephen - 2010-03-07
    Hi my name is Stephen. Ok you see I have two spotted puffer fish and I was wondering what types of fish that I can mix them with. Oh and I have one more question how do u know if their boy or girl?
  • jackie - 2010-03-08
    I recently bought 2 puffers a month ago and went last week to buy some snails. The workers at Petco had one that they wanted to get rid of because it had a crooked spine, so I took him. Now i have 3. they are doing great and eat from my hand.
  • Josh - 2010-03-13
    what is the best algae eater to put in a 5gallon tank with my green spotted puffer, I had a pleco but zeppelin (my puffer) ate his fins and sadly he passed away. My mother tould me to get another but that is not the wisest thing to do. I would like to know what algae eater I should put in the tank with him.
  • samuel - 2010-03-19
    Hey how's it goen buddy. So what exactly do you feed your puffer and where do you buy its food? thanks for your time
  • April - 2010-03-28
    I am preparing to build a new fish community. Currently, my only experience is w/ cichlids (White & Black Convicts, Jack Dempsey, Blood Red Parrot) so this will be very different. I have a 26 gallon aquarium, which is completely empty right now. I wanted to begin my community with a Spotted Green Puffer. However, a woman @ the pet store told me that they are very aggressive, and it's best not to include the Puffer in a community. Any advice? I really want the Spotted Green Puffer...they're so cute! But I also want a community. I would appreciate any help you can offer.
  • Marc - 2010-04-04
    Question, Can A Geen Spotted Puffer Survive in a freshwater tank without salt? Interested in getting a couple but don't have a brackish tank.
  • sean davis - 2010-04-05
    Hi, my name is sean. I've had my green spotted puffer for about a year now, and haven't seen him inflate once, have you any idea why.
  • John Green - 2010-04-05
    How long is your puffer he might be a pea puffer.
  • Matt - 2010-04-07
    Is it alright for my green spotted puffer to be in freshwater? It is very active and about an inch long. And I was wondering if I should put him in my 55 gallon tank with 4 three inch long cichlids. One of my cichlids ate my smallest cichlid so I am a little worried. Thank You.
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  • Marion - 2014-07-06
    Hi I have 2 baby gsp and I've noticed that they do sleep a lot but if I do come to the tank they will come straight is that normal?
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becky - 2014-07-06
My female blood parrot is hiding under the filter and I'm starting to worry about her, she laid eggs 5 days ago and has been digging holes everywere and going around checking on the holes and then spitting eggs into the holes, only a few eggs turned white, the rest were tanned colour but didn't notice the black dot on them, her and the male ate the bad looking eggs last night and now she won't come out from under the filter, she's not stuck, I'm to scared to go into the tank and chase her out in case she stresses out and I get bitten and fish slapped. Help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Your female sounds fine, but it always amazes me, the interesting behaviors that animals display when they are in breeding mode. I wouldn't worry though, just let nature take its course (the female is doing what she deems necessary). And yeah... maybe keep your hands out of the aquarium unless you need to remove the eggs or do other maintenance. That will help reduce any additional stress on her.
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Animal-World info on Comet Goldfish
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Katie - 2010-03-04
Just as this website explains above, comet goldfish require filtration and aeration just like other aquarium fish. They shouldn't be kept in bowls. A full grown comet will require a minimum of a 30 gallon tank. Even a small 1 inch goldfish shouldn't be kept in anything smaller than 2 gallons, and that's for only one comet TEMPORARILY! If you're really wanting to keep a fish in a bowl, I would recommend a betta. Although they actually prefer a warmer temperature (78-82 degrees F), they usually live at room temperature with no problem. They will not require filtration as long as you change out the water once weekly (make sure you are using "conditioned" tap or well water or spring water, and make sure it is at about room temperature so as too not shock the fish). Bettas are also different from most fish in that they do not require aeration. Bettas actually breathe from the air/water surface. Keep in mind, however, that you can only have one betta per bowl/tank. *If you get a female betta (shorter fins), you can sometimes keep more than one per bowl/tank, but keep in mind that should the fish begin to fight, you will have to have a second container to separate them.

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  • Gia - 2014-07-05
    Actually bettas are quite a bit more demanding than gold fish, they DO NOT do well in bowls they need at minimum a 1.5 gallon tank and 2+ Gallons is better. They need filtration and some time of temp regulator (heater). To put any fish in a bowl with out a heater and filtration is cruel and shouldn't be done. Source: betta breeder for 15 years.
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twYANGzii - 2009-02-13
Ranchus are one of the most popular Goldfishes in Asia!
I am from SG, and I keep 3 of them in with a Lionhead and a Lionchu, they're all gorgeous and sweet!
Most Ranchus that've too short a tail and will do a headstand, but it's normal.
Love these Ranchus!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-07-05
    Glad to read that lionhead headstands and it is not bladder disease because mine can swim normally but they will headstand most of the times while she is resting.
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Megan - 2014-07-04
I have 2 green spotted puffer fish. One has always been smaller/ skinnier than the other. I fed them last night and the big one bit the little one. I didn't even see it happen because I was still dumping some blood worms in the tank and then looked down and saw a chunk of skin hanging off of his belly. Now that he has been grazing on the bottom of the tank - belly is gray in color of course - some blood worms are stuck in the wound! I don't know what to do! Do I catch him in a net and try to wipe the blood worms out of the wound with a q-tip or something?? Or will they fall out eventually? I feel so bad for him! I know these puffers should not even be sharing a tank but I rescued them from a friend and they have been fine for the 3 years I've had them. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Keep the tank water clean with regular water changes, and as an added measure put in some Melafix (a tea oil treatment that will aid healing and in preventing infection).

    You can treat the wound, not only to clean it but also to avoid bacterial or fungal infection from taking hold. Do this by netting the puffer and placing it on a towel or some paper towels. Take a cotton swab and wipe off the worms and debris. Then take another clean cotton swab, dip it in iodine, and dab the entire wound. Lastly put neosporin on the wound and then gently reintroduce the fish back into his tank.
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Huy - 2014-04-13
My Red Devil is about 5 to 6 months old and is about 6 inches. Ever since I moved him into a 10 gallon tank by himself he's been very inactive. The reason why I moved him is because when he was kept with my other fish (Albino Tiger Oscar) he was constantly picking on the Oscar even though they are about the same size. He was very active back then. Now, sometimes he eats and sometimes he doesn't. He usually just hides under the filter. What can I do to help him be active again?

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  • John - 2014-04-24
    He needs to be in a bigger tank, but the first thing I would make sure that the water is ok. Ammonia, nitrates, make sure these are in balance but he really needs to be in a 55 gallon aquarium.
  • Derrick Wozniak - 2014-07-01
    I agree with the previous post about a bigger tank and checking the water. Have you tried cat fish in the tank with him as a companion? Or feeder fish? They will like to hunt. He may have lost his will like a caged lion.
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Jamie - 2014-07-01
MY female platinum Gourami keeps picking on my male golden Gourami. I don't know what to do to stop this, help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Gouramis are very territorial, and will often fight with each other. This is especially true when you have only two. Three work much better, so try adding a third. Also provide many hiding places with plants that reach up to the surface, so they aren't always in each others faces. Some folks even suggest water changes and mixing up the food you offer, but I'm not familiar with whether these will work or not.
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Cheyenne - 2011-11-26
I have a 55 gallon hexagonal tank with a medium sized redcap oranda goldfish her name is Puff. And I believe she has a fungal infection, but I'm not sure. I also have a Rexa XP4 Filstar filter. Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Try Animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms Symptoms and look at symptoms. Also look at Fungal diseases. Identify which one (if any) your little guy has and the corresponding treatment is listed.
  • abhinav bhattarai - 2014-06-30
    Cheyenne, your red caps are suffering from a disease called white fungus. You should buy a medicine from the fish store and put a single drop in the water. If it does not work then you should keep your fish isolated.
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Laurene Normandie - 2014-06-30
Good Evening Everyone...I just 'rescued' 2 synodontis catfish,  from my son who could not longer keep his tank. 

My question is...Both of them appear to have 'sores' or what  looks like inverted barnacles.  Not sure what to do. They are about 3 years old and both have cataracts. 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It sounds like they have cloudy eyes, along with the sores, which are most likely the result of poor husbandry.  Try treating them with an antibiotic. You can also add some Melafix to the water (tea oil remedy for fish that helps with wounds and helps reduce infection). Also be sure you have a large enough tank for them with some rocks or wood to create hiding places and keep the tank clean with regular water changes. 
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