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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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Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-17
I have 2 knife fish (temporarily) in a 35 gallon,heavily planted tank.They will eat Hikari Massinvore Sinking Pellets,and when they are older (possibly) feeder fish.They are very peaceful and enjoy one another's company.They are a scaleless fish and should only have half the normal medication used for other fish.

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Jeff Jackson - 2014-10-17
Hi have a question anyone know depending on the size of your archer how many crickets or other bugs should they eat a day I'm afraid of over feeding 

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Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-15
Can i keep a 3 inch crayfish with:1 featherfin squeaker,2 african brown knife fish,2 spotted raphael catfish,2 farrowella twig catfish,1 baby whale,1 female rainbow shark,1 male betta,1 peppered loach,i kuhli loach,1 yoyo loach,1 peppered corydoras catfish,1 green corydoras,1 BN pleco,and aquatic plants(hornwort,cabomba,duckweed)?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    I would be cautious about adding a crayfish. They have one desire... eating, and you have several bottom dwellers that will be easy snacks. Maybe keep the crayfish in its own tank.
  • Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-17
    Ok,Thanks.
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Kent Robinson - 2014-10-17
I live in Indiana (Indianapolis area). I've got a 125 gal. tank. I have 2 med. sized Oscars. I am interested in the elec. Blue Jack Dempseys. I'd like to buy one or 2 large ones. Does anybody know where I can buy large ones either in a pet store or online? Thanks!

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Connor - 2014-10-16
I have two community tanks and I have 4 kuhli loaches, two in one and two in the other. And in my main tank they come out all of the time but in my littler tank I hardly ever see them. They are gorgeous fish to keep and also they like to come out at night. These are lovely fish to have so I recommend you get these. If you know why my other khuli loaches don't come out please let me know?

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