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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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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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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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Animal-World info on Silver Arowana
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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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