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mathieu - 2013-10-11
Those fish are so cool when they turn arund.

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nick H. - 2012-05-30
I had a iredecent in a 30 gallon grow out he was about 1-2 in long also I kept him here because he was very lethargic. He would swim about a few inches then just sink to the bottom and lay on his side. I saw some ich on him so I raised the temp to 80 degrees f and then treated half strength with ich treatment. but he was still lethargic. I had plenty of live plants around the back and sides of the aquarium and loads of small live plants for him to rest in. I also had about 6 corys because he was a messy eater. lol thnx

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  • G Fox - 2013-09-28
    Be careful what medicine you treat your fish with. Some of these are deadly and will kill the fish. Always read the ingredients on the bottle carefully.
  • Sherry - 2013-10-09
    I have an iridescent shark in a 45 gallon tank. He just lies on the bottom and once in a while he will swim in a circle real fast. Then he will lie on the bottom again, sometimes on his side. This has been going on for a month or more. It looks like he is dying and then he moves. I do not see signs of ich, but the guy at the pet store said fin rot. I have medicine for that. It says to treat 7 days, I have treated 4 days so far and do not see any sign of improvement. The other fish in the tank do not bother him. Any suggestions?
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Fiona - 2013-10-05
Hi, I've had my tank for almost 2 years, I have a comet, shubunkin, a pearlscale, 2 orandas a lionhead and white and red goldfish, they are all healthy, happy, playful, greedy fishes. Over the past couple of days I have noticed a yellow kind of mucus on the shubunkin, it's not on any other fish and doesn't seem to bother him at all, no flicking or rubbing it doesn't appear to fit the symtoms of anything I've re about, any one have any ideas what this could be, appreciate any help?

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kelly - 2012-11-28
i have two black african knifefish and one seems to lay on the gravel alot but is still very active at times does anyone know wat it is doing

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-28
    Knife fish tend to stay on the bottom of the tank.  It is where they frrl most protected and secure.
  • Chaz Norlund - 2013-09-27
    I also have a ghost knife fish and a brown knife fish. I found out that the smaller one the brown knife fish was picking on it. They both give it a slight electrical shock which might bother them. What size is your tank? The more room and hiding places the better.
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Amber - 2013-09-23
I bought one about a year ago and he was the only one in the tank with about 20 danio's and he has grown quite a bit. He's about as big as they can get and he is in a 29 gallon, but I have a 10 gallon with mollies and they actually had fry and so I went to petsmart to buy them a mesh breeder. I looked to see if they got more madagascars in stock and they had about 10 for a limited time and so I got two females. My male didn't seem too happy with them at first but they are about a 1/3 his size are they too small to breed with him? Because I don't want to try it and they get hurt I just wanted him to have some friends and I do want to breed them because I have grown to love my male. I have been searching for more for so long I just don't wanna risk it if the two females will get hurt.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-24
    I can definitely understand your wanting to keep them all safe. It sounds like you may want to keep the femailes separate, in the 10 gallon, to keep them safe until they get big enough to breed. If and when you do try to introduce them with the male, just be ready to separate them if they don't seem to adjust. Also, sometimes you can put a tank divider in to give them a chance to get familiar with, but out of reach of each other. I'm excited about your new fish!
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Flora - 2011-06-28
A couple weeks ago, my family bought some fish. I'm not sure of all the breeds, but their are two gourami fish in there. I have a pearl gourami and there is also a Opaline gourami. I believe the Pearl is a male and I think the Opaline is as well. There is also a guppy in there as well and I'm slightly worried. From what I've read, smaller fish tend not to last with gouramis. Should I be worried for the guppy? Also, the Opaline gourami has some strange behaviour. Whenever we switch the light off in the tank, it goes crazy. It swims to the top incredibly fast and then zooms around for a while. It tends to circle around the thermometer, on the side of the tank, as well. It chases my pearl gourami around constantly. Is there anything wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    Since the Gouramis are omnivores and will grow up to at least 6 inches and will eat all kinds of live fresh food, I'd say it's a good chance the Gouramis will eat the little guys. Guppies are pretty small and I would think the Gourami would think it might make an excellent meal. I have no idea about switching the light off in the tank. It might just be a startled reaction that he needs to get used to. Are you switching the light off when the room is dark? You could try switching the light off when the room light is on and then switch the tank light off. I leave a nightlight on for my birds - I don't know if throwing a fish into darkness fast would startle them.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    If you notice your Guppy with nipped fins, or the Gouramis chasing him, remove the fish and place it into another aquarium. Fish are known to act like that when the lights in the aquarium are turned off. No one is entirely sure why, however it may be due to the fact that unlike the Sun, which doesn't simply turn off like a light switch, the aquarium lights do. In an attempt to solve this issue, I would dim the lights in the room the aquarium is located before bed time. Additionally, I would turn the aquarium lights off at a set time, every light, so that the fish can become biologically predisposed as to when the lights are going off. This, should minimize the behavior in the fish.
  • Daisy - 2013-08-06
    I had over 30 guppies with a gold gourami and an opaline gourami. They were fine and got along great. When they all died I bought more guppies and they were fine too.
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Flora - 2011-06-28
A couple weeks ago, my family bought some fish. I'm not sure of all the breeds, but their are two gourami fish in there. I have a pearl gourami and there is also a Opaline gourami. I believe the Pearl is a male and I think the Opaline is as well. There is also a guppy in there as well and I'm slightly worried. From what I've read, smaller fish tend not to last with gouramis. Should I be worried for the guppy? Also, the Opaline gourami has some strange behaviour. Whenever we switch the light off in the tank, it goes crazy. It swims to the top incredibly fast and then zooms around for a while. It tends to circle around the thermometer, on the side of the tank, as well. It chases my pearl gourami around constantly. Is there anything wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    Since the Gouramis are omnivores and will grow up to at least 6 inches and will eat all kinds of live fresh food, I'd say it's a good chance the Gouramis will eat the little guys. Guppies are pretty small and I would think the Gourami would think it might make an excellent meal. I have no idea about switching the light off in the tank. It might just be a startled reaction that he needs to get used to. Are you switching the light off when the room is dark? You could try switching the light off when the room light is on and then switch the tank light off. I leave a nightlight on for my birds - I don't know if throwing a fish into darkness fast would startle them.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    If you notice your Guppy with nipped fins, or the Gouramis chasing him, remove the fish and place it into another aquarium. Fish are known to act like that when the lights in the aquarium are turned off. No one is entirely sure why, however it may be due to the fact that unlike the Sun, which doesn't simply turn off like a light switch, the aquarium lights do. In an attempt to solve this issue, I would dim the lights in the room the aquarium is located before bed time. Additionally, I would turn the aquarium lights off at a set time, every light, so that the fish can become biologically predisposed as to when the lights are going off. This, should minimize the behavior in the fish.
  • Daisy - 2013-08-06
    I had over 30 guppies with a gold gourami and an opaline gourami. They were fine and got along great. When they all died I bought more guppies and they were fine too.
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Lan Phan - 2005-07-15
I'm an owner of a custom 475 gallon aquarium dimensions are 72x36x43. It is used to house a five inch Malaysian Green Crossback Arowana that was recntly purchased two months ago. This is my second arowana that I currently own my first was a Asian Red Arowana from Thailand. The Asian Red had an array of a color that was extremely attractive to the human eye. I sold him to a man that lived in east Texas for $33,000 and was the most profit that I ever made on a fish that I sold. The paramaters of the water must be Ph 7.0, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, and Nitrate 0. Temp keep at 80 F. The aquarium has an overflow box in the center which is connected to a 150 gallon sump in the bottom that houses several bio media sections which will fliter out all impurities. Diet consist of fresh bay shrimp, pellets, and on occasion pinkies. Water changes are done bi-weekly with an automated R/O system connected in the sump itself.
If you like any Arowana of any species of this kind I would recommend starting out with the silver and working your way up.

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  • Ehren Swedberg - 2010-04-05
    It sounds like you have a bad ass tank. My tank is about 300 gal. in it I have a 36in. Silver Aro, 30in Aiapaima Gigas, and a 30in, Clown Knife. I would like to know how you got your hands on an Asian Red and how you sold it for so much money? I have been looking for some babies for sale for some time now but I am having a hard time finding them. I spoke to one guy a few years back and he told me he could get them for around $2,500.00 each, but I did not have the tank space at the time. Let me know if you have any info that may help out, Thanks. EhrenAR15@Gmail.com
  • Joanna - 2013-09-21
    There is also a pearl, that is actually a Jardini Arowana. These fish are more active and use the entire water column unlike their cousins the Silver Arowanas. Try using sinking pellets or pre soaking your dried shrimp. Once the food sinks a little and the current in your tank starts to move the food throughout the water column they will eat it. I have kept these fish before and they are explosive hunters! They are also notorious jumpers, so make sure your tank is well covered.
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Angela - 2004-09-09
I am the proud mother of two adult Three Spot Gourami and one (recently added) juvenile Gold Gourami. When my Three Spotters were younger, one was always bigger than the other, and they would chase each other, the smaller, paler one often being cowed. Now, however, they have grown to about the same size (4.5 inches) and are great friends. No territorial issues or anything besides hte occasional playful chase, but they never hurt each other anymore. When I added my Gold, I was worried because I have read so much about gourami being violent towards smaller fish, but I have had a no serious problems. I actually saw my gold chasing one of my adults! It was adorable. They all swim whereever they wish in my tank, and get along well. No problems with the homicidal tendancies that so many complain about, either. Wonderful fish! And so hardy, they can handle most temperatures and water conditions, and eat just about anyting they can fit in their mouths.

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  • Amanda - 2013-09-21
    Tiger Barbs are a schooling fish and for their size are trouble fin nippers. I will never own them again. I have five Clown Loaches and they are a hoot, and also are schooling fish, but they will get large. For a 65 gl tanks I would only get  2 or 3. Had sunfish and didn't expect it to be agressive, lol.
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andrew - 2011-06-10
Awesome fish learned it from tophero son of smilodon a good book.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    defintely awesome
  • Robert Barnes Sr. - 2013-09-20
    I had two beautiful urahu. One died I was devastated. I still have one, I raised both of them from frys. I am now in the market for two more small uaru where can I find this awesome fish? I'm located in long beach ca. Can I find any near me? Thanks for any help.
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