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Heidi - 2014-03-16
Hi! My husband and I have been the proud owners of a green spotted puffer (Penelope) for the last two years...we raised her in a 6 gallon fluval edge...which I know is way too small for her, but she's always been a very happy fish with a very white belly. We've also always just put aquarium salt in her tank...never marine salt. We've recently moved her to a much bigger 25 gallon tank. And she seems unhappy. Any suggestions? Also, do you think we should transition her to marine salt? We want her to have the longest and best life that she can't have...we are VERY fond of her! Thanks so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Sometimes a new enviroment can cause some stress, and that may be why its acting unhappy. But if its eating, that's a good sign. These fish do need a much more brackish water as they get older, with a salinity of 1.018-1.022 for an adult, this is almost a full saltwater environment. You can get a marine salt at a pet store, which may be helpful as they include trace elements that are essential for saltwater fish.
  • keyonne - 2014-03-26
    How tall is it?
  • Cindy Smith - 2014-05-18
    My green spotted puffer recently refused to eat for almost a week because I took out an aquarium decoration. I thought it would like more room to swim. Did you take out anything that was in the old tank? I put the decoration back and it started eating the next morning. Crazy fish. Its name is jaws because it ate the other fish.
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beverly - 2012-05-01
i bought a fancy fin goldfish at the local pet store, bout 2 days ago. this morn when i went to feed her i noticed that there are long hair like stringey stuff hanging off her.under her body and from her fins, i have read alot bout fungs, but have not seen anything that looks like it ,, what do you think? thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    A dip or bath in Mebromin. There are other dips out there depending on fungus.
  • beverly - 2012-05-01
    i put a littl drop of primafix in her tank,, i hope thats ok, its what the pet store recomended, i will get what you suggested,, thanks for you quick responce
  • G.B - 2012-05-20
    i think you'll find thts probly their own 'fish-mess' , also i was going to quickly ask seeing as you seem confident about ur messages, can fantail goldfish and Ryukin breed/mate together? because i was thinking about getting one of each of those for my goldfish bowl, as im a beginner on them. and they seem pretty easy to look after and i just love fish and animals! Please reply, thanks! G.B
  • Matt Anderson - 2014-05-17
    Hi G.B. Although there has been an unfortunate tradition of keeping goldfish in bowls, I highly suggest you don't keep the fish in a bowl. Not only are the fish very messy and need heavy filtration, but goldfish grow to a foot long when kept in proper conditions. Unless you can get a 30 gallon tank I suggest you don't get goldfish. No fish can be kept in a bowl.
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Meghan Dietz - 2014-05-17
I have some swordtails that aren't growing! I've had them for a long time, and you'd think they were grown-ups by now! Please help, I want to breed them! ~Meghan, 12 years old

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Sam - 2014-05-16
I got one in my 12 gal about half a year ago and I know it sounds crazy, but I was a beginner and I didn't know. Died in 4 days :(. Scared to get one ever since.

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Cindy - 2010-05-04
I just got a killi and it eats like a pig! When it gets bigger, will it eat my zebra danios? They are only and inch to inches long full grown.

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  • cindy - 2010-08-10
    Well, it's 3 mos later now and my Killi is basically full-size. He has NOT eaten the Zebra Danios. I feed him well, though, and the Zebras were pretty much full-size when I got the Killi. They are about 1 1/2 inches and the Killi now 3 1/2.
  • cushtyken - 2010-08-14
    I have 3, all about 3 inches in length, I have been trying to keep neons in my 80 gallon tank for almost 8 months without success, they just disappear? Today I watched one eating a whole neon, tonight they are flushed down the toilet! How can they be classed as a "peaceful fish" when they kill everything else ?
  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-15
    They will usually leave other species alone unless they are small enough to be considered food.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    yes you were keeping them with the fish neons. but you cindy, are also doing that but there's less of a chance.
  • batch - 2012-01-30
    Cindy, if you keep the Killis fed, they won't eat your Danios. When I've experimented with not feeding my Killis daily, they responded by eating Danios and Neon Tetras.

    Cushtyken- You are irresponsible to your fish and the humans whose water supply you are potentially contaminating by flushing fish down the toilet. Flushing your fish for being a fish? Feed you killis, LEARN about your Killis, don't flush living fish.
  • jmt - 2012-02-21
    Actually, I have a killi that killed a bushynose little cory that I had (it was about half the size of the killi). The little cory swam way too far up the tank near the killi and I don't know if the killi thought it was food or what but it attacked with lighting speed. It caught the cory by the tail since it was too large to fit in its mouth, shook it back and forth almost doglike and then released it. The little cory didn't make it. Species specific is best.
  • steban flores - 2012-11-30
    Dear Cindy small fish are food for the killifish. Put 3 blue eyed gretudes very small fish.
  • Aaron - 2014-05-14
    To the person that 'experimented with not feeding them daily' you should probably just get rid of your tank if your not going properly take care of the animals that reside in it. I have two of the common gold killies in a community tank with lots of other species. They are completely fine. I have a Cory that swims all over the place and he's never been attacked nor have any of the other smaller fish. Guess I must've gotten lucky and got two good ones 😃
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David - 2013-11-09
My experience with Firemouths has been great, although I will admit that they can be anything but peaceful. They tend to intimidate and harass timid cichlids, and get themselves into trouble when trying to do the same to larger, nastier cichlids. Aside from keeping them in a species tank, the best companions are similarly-sized cichlids that will retaliate with minimal force. Honduran Red Points, Sajica, and Blue Acara have all worked really well for me. Another option is keeping them with schooling fish - larger tetras, robust barbs, rainbowfish, and swordtails are all great options.

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  • daniel - 2014-05-14
    i was thinking of keeping a couple dwarf fire mouth cichlid in a 54 liter tank with guppies and fry and glowlight,neon tetra and a chinese algae eater what do you think
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Lokesh - 2014-05-13
Hi I have 3 Iridescent shark with 2 Gold fish in 55 gallon tank but recently one them is not at all eating. They are having a whitish spot on there head. Can anyone suggest what might be the possible cure for this habit of not eating.

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Animal-World info on Amazon Puffer
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Seyla - 2014-05-12
Does anyone think these Amazon Puffers will live peacefully with Rabbit Snails? I'm thinking of using rabbit snails like earthworms in a Discus tank. Rabbit Snails do have really hard shells and they retract into their shells when they sense a shadow cast on them. I'm hoping that the Rabbit Snail can survive with these puffers. I'll probably culture some regular pond snails and MTS in another tank for a ready supply.

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mitch - 2012-12-06
Can they be added to salt water tanks? I was told to get one to eat the aiptasia so if yes do you just dump them intop the salt water from fresh water?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-07
    They can slowly be brought into to salt water as they mature.  Start by addind a little at a time.  Make sure to test the salinity, keeping levels from moving too fast or getting too high ang shocking the fish.  I wouldn't just dump it it.  Mixing it in the water during water changes.
  • Donny Tantono - 2014-05-10
    I sell spotted scat fish from indonesia. You can send me an email.
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natalie g - 2014-05-08
I purchased two striped raphael catfish around 8 months ago, they were both doing fine and still seem to be fine but as I was cleaning my tank... I noticed that my two fish are turning a rusty orange color where the white normally is, can you please help me figure out what I could do for them? If it's normal I've looked up pictures on the internet and they all seem black and white.

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