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Shawn Walsh Arey - 2014-07-26
I have two large tanks and over the years I have bought nine botias that were sold as Botia Kubotai (polka dot botias). It turns out five are polka dots, three are histrionicas, and one is a botia I have never seen before. It is in-between the size of an polka dot and a yo-yo. Approximately, 4 ½ inches. It’s coloring is almost black with a pattern in a dark grey with one small yellow area. It snout is shorter like the polka dot, not as long as the yo-yos. Anybody have any ideas? I’ve searched everywhere and I can’t find one that looks like it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Can you upload some pictures of it?
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shimmy - 2014-07-26
Hello,

I know it's been a while since you posted this, but your fish probably has an ailment known as Swim Bladder Disease, a disorder that tends to affect Fancy Goldfish in particular. If your other Red Cap is exhibiting normal behavior and feeding activities, this is most likely the case. I highly recommend, should you intend on continuing to keep goldfish, to research the disease when you have time, as the following advice might make more sense.

For now, temporarily stop feeding and prepare a small amount of peas (yes, the same stuff we eat) by using plain frozen or fresh peas, rinsed and with outer skin removed. Softening might help with their intake, so soaking them to allow thawing or even boiling them slightly is okay. Goldfish should be fed 2-3 times a day - replace one of those feedings with a pea daily for the sunken one, or one each if you haven't quarantined (always a good idea) it already. Also, if you're using flake or freeze-dried feed it is generally recommended that you soak the food for several minutes with water prior to offering (freeze-dried should always be soaked prior to consumption), or consider switching to or alternating with a goldfish feed of the sinking variety.

As an added precaution, check the tank parameters to ensure they are within the ranges or levels that Red Caps prefer. If you have a tester or kit (a wise investment), double-check the numbers for all the usual things but pay especially close attention to Nitrate, high levels contributing to the cause of the disorder. If higher than normal, do a larger than usual water change and feed less.

A less likely cause of the disorder are intestinal parasites, which is hard to diagnose and probably not applicable to this situation. I'd still look up symptoms of intestinal parasites and see if the fish is exhibiting any telling signs of them in addition to sitting at the bottom of the tank.

Finally, I'd do a review of the tank to make sure that your fish are in the conditions that they thrive in, which can easily be forgotten or overlooked in the midst of other events and emergencies - especially over the long life of these fish. This would include keeping in mind that Orandas in general do not do as well as their slender-bodied cousins, such as the Common goldfish/koi, in colder or faster moving water, but still require a fair amount of surface movement at the water surface to provide that high oxygen level they require. Staying on top of tank maintenance and filter cleanings are always helpful, particularly in this case where such a sensitive body part is vulnerably exposed, and upgrading or expanding the various equipment as they grow/needs change.

Other General Tips: If you have high maintenance due to algae or other plant growth, consider moving the tank further from natural sunlight (basically, any windows) or electronics (TVs, computers), even reducing the amount of time the aquarium lights are on if you have any (timer recommended, 5-6 hours is plenty). Last but not least, make sure none of the decorations or even foreign objects are in the tank, have sharp or hard pointy parts (even those smooth ornamental displays can break to form dangerous areas), for the obvious reason! =P

Hope this helps! Email me if you need more help - fish illnesses is a tough topic, of which I am not an expert of nor am remotely qualified to discuss - but I'll do my best!

Just keep swimming,

shimmy

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ben - 2009-12-29
I bought my featherfin around 3cm and now its at full grown 15cm.
It tends to hide but will come out when feeding and I have found it swimming upside down near the surface of the water many times (thinking it has died!). Very hardy fish and cleans the bottom of the tank very well, but is territorial and doesn't like people looking at it (mine flinches and will try to hide even more when people look at it).

Word of advice, DO NOT keep with Neons, Cardinals or Rummynoses in the tank, it waits till they are asleep at night and gobbles them down. I have lost 15 cardinals over a few weeks and 7 rummynoses in one night to this eating machine. Unfortunately I had to separate my featherfin from my main tank due to these incidents...

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  • denise - 2011-04-06
    "Ben," I praise you for you comment. I have a large tank with a male betta, 15 neons a pleco,a few mollies and platys, 3 danios, 10 corys,1 frog. I recently added a featherfin. I started noticing my platys starting to act strangely, one looked real stressed and later died, another 2 are now poorly and I seperated them from the other fish. Then I noticed one of the teras was missing an eye, by that evening it was dead. Then another tetra was missing an eye. I couldnt understand what was going on, the tetras have been in the tank over 2 years now with no problems, the platys have been there about 18 months, again with no problems. I have spent hours looking for info on featherfins and tetras but to no avail, till I found your comment.... so thank you very much. i suppose I have no choice but to take the problem fish back. thanks again
  • Maddie - 2011-07-06
    I brought a featherfin over a year ago (originally sold to me as an upside-down catfish). He/she has grown to about 13cm. It's kept in a 200L tank with 2 silver sharks, 3 angelfish, 3 kuhli loaches, 2 paki loaches, about 10 neon tetras, and several mollies, platies, guppies and swordtails. My featherfin has gotten along fine with ALL of my fish, even though he/she is the biggest in the tank. It always seems scared at any slight movement.
    Only yesterday I brought another featherfin, this one however is about 18cm, and a lot fatter. Today I've noticed my smaller featherfin following the other. Once the new one notices its being followed, it chases my smaller one in circles. Can anyone tell me whether they're playing? Courting? Or bullying each other?
  • Jacki Wooge - 2012-11-12
    I've been going crazy with trying to figure out why my fish keep dying one by one. I have neons they've all survived as of yet but I've had mollies and guppies just start acting weird and then die. Sometimes I see a red spot on them. Ive been wondering if it was the lace catfish.
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Steve Bussard - 2007-02-14
Temperments very greatly with these guys! Most are very subdued and just plain happy go lucky. I have 2 of these guys in my 90 gallon with several other fish, all MILDLY agressive. When first introduced to the tank they nipped at the fins of my angel, but after approximately a week, they left her alone. Some don't stop and do need to be placed in their own tank, but most will do very well in a comunity tank as long as the tank has fish agressive enough to set these little guys straight. Other than that, they are a very cute, fun, friendly, smart, and entertaining fish to care for. I personally would put their temperment in a class similar to an oscar, but of course on a much smaller size scale. I suggest anyone that wants an easy to care for, fun to watch fish, get at least one of these cuties.

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
    Aw that is so cute haha, before when we got a betta, we put him with some goldfish and of course he attacked. We caught him with a nat and held him in the net against the tank wall(no harm done just trappin him for 1 minuete).  everytime he flared we did this and t would spook him a bit. eventully this betta lived with several goldish and other types of fish and didnt bite anymore! We put this to the test with my green spotted puffers witch i was new at. when a puffer bit another puufer or fish we net him for a min. after that the puffers live with minnows (yes still brackish waters) and other fish and dont bite them! the good thing is they still eat live worms and snails but dont hurt any other fish.
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Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
I also want to know a very good list of medicines to have for future refrences that are PUFFER SAFE! ive bought alot of medecines and in teeny tiny letters it will say "do not use on scaleless fish) or that sort. Please tell me your favorites whats worked for you and why you reccomend it and what it does thanks! ^___^

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Floveme - 2013-10-12
Help! My green spotted puffers eyes are yellow! I can't find anything about the coloration and wanted to know if it's normal?

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  • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
    They should be yellow but the really weird thing is I had a green spotted puffer(my favorite ive ever had) he died recently ;"( his name was smoochy and his eyes were blue,not cloudy eye but just, blue. I thought it was the weirdest thing ever and can find nothing at all on th internet about this.
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RonRon - 2011-01-20
Need some info...how many shubunkin/comet can I put in my 3ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft tank..? Thanks...

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  • Anthony - 2014-07-18
    In your 50 US Gallons you could hold 25.... try 10 and let them breed!
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-07-23
    I think 25 is far too much for that size tank they grow very big I have one in my 90 litre tank and a phelc my shubunkin is about 7" now ...two in there would be too many ...they produce a lot of waste ...there big fish ...Sharon...

     
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Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-22
My giant gourami is sick please help me. Hi friends I am Shafeeq, I am having a pair of giant gourami which are 1 & half feet long and almost 2yrs old. My giant gourami is sick please help me the male gourami has suddenly started to lie down on the bottom but when I make some knocking sound near him it swims. I am so worried about him. He has got a red mark on his body like some one has punched him, I dont know how it happened. After every hour it gets up and swim for few seconds and the again lies at the bottom. and while he swims up he just falls down just like he has more weight.. please give me some advice and guide me to make it healthy. My giant gourami is sick please help me.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-23
    Test your water.  If levels are fine, try feeding some frozen peas.  May be constipated.
  • Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-24
    i will try. but it has never happened like this before. as keep changing water every monthly. thanks for your reply
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It happens to my fish too. . Check your ph. . . About 7 ph then white spot. It's because your fish is in stress the water is in super green water colour. . .
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It won't eat for  a week the scale will look better everyday.
  • Manikandan - 2014-07-21
    Don't worry man... Treat it with Seachem Paragaurd ... it works nicely for this disease ..
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Nicole Reilly - 2012-09-01
Giant Gourami in need of better parasite treatment..... HELP.... Any Suggestions

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    What kind of parasite? The most common parasite  is Ich (looks like salt sprinkled on the fish). My personal favorite Ich treatment is Aquarisol (a copper medicine).  It's great against a variety of parasites too, but is deadly to snails and scaleless fish. There are other Ich medications available as well, that will also have something to treat secondary bacterial/fungal infections that the parasite can cause. Another method is to slowly increase the tank temperature to about 83 - 84 degrees. Ich can't live at those temperatures. You do have to keep it high for at least 7 - 14 days, because you first kill the Ich you can see, but they are busy laying eggs. The eggs take 7 days to hatch and you'll want to eliminate the babies as well.  If using a medication, you also need to treat the tank for 7 - 14 days for the same reason.
  • Manikandan - 2014-07-21
    Most common disease is a red patch all over its body ,which will soon turn into hair like strings... i treated by gourami with Seachem Paragaurd , it works fantastic
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curtis - 2014-07-21
Hello, I purchased a red tail catfish that is very small at the moment (1 inch). When I put him inside my 120 gallon tank he immediately swam to a corner and tried to bury himself in the gravel. Is this normal? I also have 5 bala sharks, 3 clown loaches and a african catfish. I put him in a breeding container for now so he can actually get food. He doesn't move to much but occasionally swims frantically like he's trying to escape. The water quality is good and there is plenty decorations and hiding places but he kept trying to bury himself forcing me to place him in the breeding container within the tank. I do plan on upgrading tanks as he gets bigger and willing to build a pond.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I'm guessing he's getting acclimated. Your pond idea sounds great. I've used indoor ponds for large freshwater fish (as well as large marine fish) with great success. I currently only have an outdoor pond (1300 gallons) for my koi and Red-eared Sliders however, but it is working great too. So good luck to you and keep us posted!
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