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stuart - 2013-09-20
I have a Red Empress that is about 4' long. I have been hoping that it is a male for obvious reasons and until about one month ago I thought it was. It is predominantly silver but has the blue sheen over the whole body which I think is getting darker (maybe wishful thinking) and slightly pointed dorsal and anal fins. However about one month ago I found that it had a mouthful of eggs. Now I really don't know....

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Animal-World info on Platies - Moonfish
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Maeve - 2012-05-17
I only have one platy but I think it is pregnant. Maybe it mated in the pet shop??? It definitly has got fatter! But not much,only a bit. Is it pregnant at all?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-09-18
    Yes.
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grace - 2013-09-16
I just got my goldfish and I don't know much about them! But I am wondering why they always are at the top of the water? They will swim to the top and sorta stick their mouths out and go 'pip pip' it almost looks like they are trying to get more oxygen but I dont know! I'm sure some of that is normal, but what about all the time?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-19
    Goldfish will often get oxygen by gulping air at the surface of the water. It sounds normal to me! Putting a bubbler in the water may help to create more oxygen and your goldfish may feel less like he needs to get it at the surface, so if you are worried he is doing it a bit excessively you could try a bubbler.
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Amanda - 2003-12-28
I have one male platy. He lives with 3 mollies and many tetras in a 55 gallon fish tank. I love his bright orange colors. He is very active. He is one of the first fish that I ever had. I am going to get him a couple of females soon. They are a very hardy fishy and can live through just about anything. They really are a great beginner fish.

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  • joel w caretr - 2013-09-15
    I have a 60 gallon tank with platies in it. Also I have a couple of mollies in with them. I am thinking of putting some sword tails in with them.
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colin - 2012-09-08
Hey guys, I just got a 120 gallon aquarium im planning on starting a small arownana. My question is how much can these fish grow in their first year and also can they be kept with aquatic plants such as anubuias, java fern and cryptocoryne??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    There is no set scale on growth for these monsters. Depends on feeding amounts!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    they can be kept with plants.
  • marc420 - 2013-09-15
    I have a silver arowana just over a year old and is already too big for my 125.
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joe - 2011-01-22
I need help my raphael catfish is sick! He has been in the same tank for months, and has been doing just fine. One day I came home and his white stripes have turned a redish pink color and he has stopped floating. I don't know what to do, any advice to provide me would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    Red streaks could indicate fin rot or red pest diseases. See here and here for those.

    Swimming problems could be due to swim bladder problems, which usually indicates other problems. See here for swim bladder disease.
  • Daniel Holloway - 2013-09-10
    Try a dose of kanaplex should clear it up
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GazzLeoanrd - 2012-10-12
A very rare find here in Australia, I just picked up 2 of these awesome little guys with another 2 on the way, I got the first 2 at around 6 to 8cm in size and with good food and on schedule water changes and good filtration these 2 have put on 2 to 4cm each within 3 weeks, They are an amazing fish which not many people in OZ can get so i consider myself very lucky to have them. AWESOME UARU!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    They really are nice looking fish, I'm so happy for you! (and maybe just a little envious...lol)
  • Jack - 2013-09-09
    Hey there, as you said they are difficult to get in Australia. I've heard there are only 4 registered breeders in Oz haha I have 2 17cm uarus, fantastic fish.
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Linda W. - 2005-05-23
I just bought 2 Ryukin Goldfish--calicos. They are so pretty!! I have them in a 2.5g tank along with a yellow mystery snail and a "sucker" fish. They all seem very happy! I hope I have better luck with these than I did with my others. These are very colorful and very fat! I didn't know what they were until I saw this page. The fish in the picture looks just like my fish!! Wish me luck!


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  • Steve - 2013-09-09
    If you don't have better luck with your fish, it is because one calico ryukin goldfish needs 20 gallons to prosper and can live up to ten years.. and then add 10 gallons for each one after that... two would need a minum of a 30 gallon tank.
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Gina - 2013-09-09
Hi. I have two bubble eye gold fish in a tank and I've noticed the past two days that one fish, who has uneven sized bubbles, has been acting a little strange. He has been floating at the top of the tank which initially made me further investigate. It appears as though the larger bubble is bothering him? It seems as though the bubble is getting in his mouth... I'm concerned that this could affect his eating. It hasn't yet.. But if anyone has some insight it would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    These fish can have challenges swimming, due to the bubbles and also due to swim bladder disorders. Keep an eye on him, and if he continues to have problems floating to the surface, try adding some frozen peas (skins removed) to his diet.

     
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bambeckham - 2013-09-04
Hi guys, I have 1 Payara Armatus about 5 inches & it looks fine in my tank. But I am just worried about his fangs, there is only one left. I do not know how that happened. My question is, will his fangs will grow back or what?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    They will drop their teeth as they grow, but it will grow back quickly so no worries.
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