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Ingrid - 2014-10-21
I have a red zebra, super aggresive, killed 3 of my larger cichlids already, tore the skin of another mature convict, I put the zebra in its own tank , now what do I do? Add other zebra cichlids or leave it by itself?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-21
    They are a Mbuna, and these types of African Cichlids can be aggressive. Check your aquarium size and setup, a larger tanks with lots of rockwork for territories can help. An alternative is to overstock so there is constant confusion claiming territories and nobody gets the upper hand, but that can be stressful for the fish and it requires serious maintenance due to the load. I don't recommend it for long term maintenance. I prefer to set up a tank where everybody has plenty of room and tons of places to hide. Keep in mind that once cichlids 'own' their tank, they will be hard on newcomers.
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neil - 2011-03-19
Hello there I am trying to breed the dojo weather loach for the past 2 years, I study fish husbandry and fish biology and am a lover for fish through and through! I have six loaches in a 4ft tank with a ehiem external filter the tank consists of a large mix of fish naming a few, carp, tench, red tailed shark, one large coldwater plec, one medium tropical orange spotted plec, large fresh water mussels,
one of the loaches is now around 7 inches and has a large belly (egg sack looking). I have the temp quite high and have been increasing it over the last 2 years now it looks as she might lay eggs. My question is what do I do leave her and reduce the other fish stock or try and catch the loaches and move them into a smaller hatchery tank? Please get back many thanks neil xx

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  • chris - 2011-04-04
    Do you have warm enough water?
  • chris - 2011-04-05
    All of your fish may be bothering the loaches, so it will be harder for them to breed, and you may have to have warmer water.
  • chris - 2011-04-11
    It might be a disease called ick.
  • Jori - 2011-06-24
    Uum even if you do get breeding fish with other fish like that in the tank they will eat the eggs, plecos and carp and the sharks will make quick work of any fry too. Highly recommend moving them to their own, shallow ish but big tank (much like a ray or skate tank) with a area of lots of water movement (as dojo loaches will often lay eggs in direct current to keep them oxygenated) and an area with a lot of live plant and little current for hiding as a breeding pair may be shy and these are smart fish and will see you around if you come into the room.
  • Tashy G - 2011-10-16
    They need cooler temperature to breed... Like 20 or lower... And apparently they don't breed in captivity :/
  • Michael - 2012-02-21
    I have 2 loaches 1 of them is a weather loach. One of them jumped out of the tank and stayed on the floor all night. Next morning I found him on the floor. He always dug in the gravel. I think loaches are the best pet ever!
  • anna phillips - 2012-02-27
    Weather loaches are a cold water fish, breeding is triggered in coldwater tempetures ,around 64 farineheight. I would do breeding in long tank. They like to chase.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-14
    I would move the fry so you don't end up stressing your community out too much. If a small community tank and you have another established tank you can move them.
  • Renz - 2012-04-26
    Separate carefully the other fish from loach, for them to breed and to release eggs. Put also any aquatic plants inside the tank for the eggs to attached and hatch. Supply them with continues water flow inside the tank.
  • christine baxter - 2014-10-20
    Simple the intended breeding pair should be in a tank of their own without fish or other loach. Plenty of plants, hiding area's for adults water temp 21c chunky substrate for eggs rest in until they hatch and to ford protection for fry. Also algea growing on the substrate as this is food for the fry!
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blake - 2014-10-20
My pleco, despite being in a tank, has been recently burrowing around in the sand.(wriggling side to side) sooo is he/she showing breeding behavior or what is this? lol its making my tank a mess lol

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-20
    Well, it is normal for most plecos to dig in sand and under objects. Because yours has never done it before, it could be related to breeding behavior, as these fish excavated deep burrows in riverbanks for their nest. But it's nothing to worry about, except the mess:)
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arhelh2051@sbcglobal.net - 2014-10-19
i want to purchase a gold tux swordtail please advise where i can order thank you....emma lee

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Connor - 2014-10-15
I have one male red swordtail and he is a gorgeous fish and gets on with my red finned platies, mollies, clown loaches, penguin tetras and my neon tetras. But does anyone know when my female red tail platy will give birth because she has been pregnant for ages and has had no babies?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
     The average gestation period of a live bearer is about 28 days, so if its been longer than that she may not be pregnant.
  • Connor - 2014-10-19
    Thank you very much for your help and during the time we have had we have had 5 babies and we think it is her because she has got a lot thinner.
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Wilson - 2014-03-12
Okay well I have a 100 gal fish tank with a 7-8 in tiger Oscar and a breeding pair of jaguar cichlids, a gar and a convict and a red tail catfish. The Oscar ran the tank until about a few days ago I started to see that the Oscar was acting different. He didn't swim much anymore which he was very active before. The male jaguar and he will flare out at each other, never fight but now the Oscar is just acting terrified. Should I get rid of the female jaguar to calm Jim down? Or what should I do? Also my baby Jack Dempsey which was active at all times stop being active? What's going on? :/

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm, maybe your tankmates are just starting to become more aggressive and territorial. As they get older and/or ready to mate they sometimes will become more aggressive. It might be a good idea to remove the one jaguar cichlid and see how the other fish react. Maybe that will change the dynamics of the tank in a positive way. Are there plenty of hiding places as well? I would make sure there are lots of plants and other distractions where the fish can go.
  • Bryan - 2014-04-11
    Your tank is WAY overstocked. An Oscar, gar, and red tail catfish are going to get HUGE.
  • Rick McCloy - 2014-10-19
    I suspect that your problem comes down to your mannies now breeding, which greatly increases both their territoriality, and level of aggression. This will happen later with your J.D.s as well, if they form a pair. You will have to address it by keeping any breeding pairs in separate tanks of adequate size; your jaguars will need alot more space than will a pair of JDs. Although much smaller than I would like, I suggest that you keep the mannie pair in their current tank, and keep the oscar, and only one JD in a tank of about 135g. You can add one of the smaller plecs to this, or 2-3 striped raphael cats, which are basically indestructible, and remain at a manageable size.----rick
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Kent Robinson - 2014-10-17
If, the elec.Blue Jack Dempseys are too delecate to live w/my Oscars--I'd like to know where to buy regular JD?

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  • David Brough - 2014-10-19
    Jacl Dempseys are very commonly found at pet stores.
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Leon - 2014-10-16
I got my new red tail about 4 days before. it doesn't eat any food.very sluggish. is this normal behavior or not...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    It sounds like he's not too comfortable with the environment, and it may be that he is just acclimating as you've only had him for 4 days. But if his behavior doesn't change in time, you will want to look at his home. For example, is it big enough for him, and does it have enough places for him to hide, and make sure the water parameters are good and you are offering foods he will accept.
  • Leon - 2014-10-17
    May be he is acclimating slowly.. and this fish has only 1 eye.I didn't notice it wen I'm buy the fish..anyway I can't change the fish again.that fish seller wudnt accept it.. I think my tank size and, temprature is ok to it.. its 4 inch of size.. 1 day I seen its belly is flat next itz bit full that previous day..but I dnt know what was it ate..
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-17
    My tank is a small one. He is 5 inch of size.. I think its size ok for it... 2nd day I saw its belly was flat.then next day I saw its belly bit full.. but it hasn't ate any fish I offered t it .. n I hv kept tha tank in a place where it could get tha direct sunlight in the morning time for 2.or 3 hours.. I don't think my tank is too cold cz of that..
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    These fish are good eaters and feeding them is usually not a problem. They will usually start eating within a short period of time, and with a swollen belly  it does sound like he's found some type of food.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-18
    Thank u for the replies...today I got another RTc as a tank mate to my old one.I'm really love this catfish variety.. now my old one getting his food slowly.so I brought a new one.unfortunatly my old one started to bite the new one.what is the reason for this.this both not much difference of their size.old one is 5inch n new one is 4inch..
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Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-17
Can i keep four of these in a 55-75 gallon with 2 African Brown Knife Fish and 1 featherfin squueaker?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    For the most part I think they would be fine, but because they are all bottom of the tank dwellers, it'll get a little crowded down there.  I would suggest the 75 gallon being better.  These are all basically peaceful fish but the two Brown Knifefish may get aggressive with each other as they age, so you may just want one one of those. The Glass Knifefih actually do well in a group, and five is the suggested number.
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Anonymous - 2011-12-27
I finally found a place that is not sold out of archer fish and I am thinking of getting some. I would like to breed them but I hear it has never been done before. Some people think it is because they go to saltwater to spawn, I think they would go to freshwater, so maybe I could get a brackish tank with a few of these and slowly change the water to slat and let it stay for a while then slowly change it back to brackish wait awhile, then slowly change it to fresh then slowly change it back to brackish then repeat every 2 months until it works. Will this work?

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  • Mike - 2014-02-08
    It might work.
  • Mike - 2014-02-08
    Don't do that it will make the fish get diseases very easily. You can try but I can't make sure it works.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-17
    Now in Thailand can breed Toxotes chatareus
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    They are  also bred in Australia by a commercial fish farm, Ausyfish Pty Ltd.
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