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Blonde - 2014-06-17
My boyfriend's nephew told him about an aquarium abandoned in the garage of a vacant house and living w/o electricity for an unknown period of time. In it were the Clown Knife, 2 clear Indian glass fish, a tropical black catfish, a Gobie(sp?) and some nearly see-through rod-like flat nose one that had a strange, flat head. The last 2 died w/in a week or two, but the rest are fine, despite our learning as we went. We had to separate the Clown Knife since the catfish became aggressive toward her and she towards the glass fish. Now she lives alone in a 55 gal. having gone from 4' to approx. 9-10' already. We still don't really know how much to feed her and worry when she scoops up a big mouthful of jagged rocks and spits them out when foraging, so we began giving feeder fish every other day or so along with about 1/2 a thimble of slow-sinking food daily supplemented by my daily dig for yard worms to satisfy her huge appetite. Percocet says not to feed her more than her eye size but that seems unfair due to her size. Any advice? I'm proud that she's so happy and relaxed now (and demanding)! She has personality, too rubbing her nose up and down on the glass like a dolphin frantically when we approach as if anticipating another fish to munch. We've got an underwater fan to keep food from settling into the rock substrate and 2 filters including a UV. She loves her rock 'castle' and will chase/nip any tool used to stir up the rocks inside. Very territorial, indeed! She likes me to get close to the glass to study my eyes and mouth when I talk. If I move away, she follows me. She swims around fast, making fast turns to get our attention and relaxes once she has it. If she fails, she goes into hiding. Is there anything else we can feed to ensure a good diet? I don't feel right giving her live fish, although her activity-level has risen exponentially as a result. My backyard has even become a daily dig site for worms - of which she has about 2-3/day.

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Laura - 2014-06-15
Hi,I have a 3 year old shubunkin who until recently has never been ill. She currently has ich, which I am treating with aquarium salt and treatment - that seems to be improving. Now she seems to have a curved tail and a swollen underneath. Can anyone please advise?

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floridafishkeeper - 2014-06-15
I have three of these fish in my 29 gallon amazon blackwater aquarium, along with one panda corydoras. To bring more activity to the tank, I bought a shoal of nine neon tetras. Within an hour of bringing them home, the trio had eaten seven out of nine of the neon tetras. Is this normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    Hey Jake, I answered this below... but here's a re-cap: 'It sounds like, from their point of view, that 'neons are on the menu!' I don't think you will be able to keep these fish together in your current tank, perhaps if you get a bigger tank with lots of plants and hiding places, you may keep them together successfully, but these guys they now see them as lunch.'
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Jgw - 2014-06-15
I have a chinese algae eater for so many years I can't remember exactly how long. 6years ago he was five inches long and I got him when he was tiny. He could be about 15. He lives in a 40 gallon tank with neon tetras, apistogrammas and a clown loach. He and the clown loach cuddle up in the same cave and he gets grumpy and thrashes his tail to make more space but always they go round as a pair. I got in another clown loach to be mates with the other but the original loach only wanted the chinese algae eater. I have had no trouble with the chinese algae eater attacking other fish and he spends his time dashing around with the clown loach, sucking up any algae he finds on leaves or the glass, then hanging on the side watching me. I give them bottom feed tablets and they hoover up any food fallen from the others. Maybe I have been lucky, but he has been a delight and never aggressive, just a bit of a grumpy old man!

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Animal-World info on Altum Angelfish
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Clarice Brough - 2011-06-03
This pretty fish has grown immensely since we first got it, about 8 years ago, and it has developed much more red, especially on its head!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    He is beautiful. Enjoy him.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    Wow, very cool! Ours is about 10 years old now, and has also gotten more red, especially on the head too.
  • Varma - 2014-06-12
    I am getting some wild altums next months. This is the first time I am raising wild altums. I would like to hear suggestions and do and donts first hand from you. I would love to see your 10 year old altum picture too. Please send it to varma4fun@gmail.com
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stan - 2011-11-27
I am looking for altum angels?

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  • mak - 2012-02-18
    Where are you from? I've got some.
  • Varma - 2014-06-12
    I am interested if you have wilds. Where r u from and howmuch
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Animal-World info on Black Moor Goldfish
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Hector - 2011-01-31
Hello! I have 2 black moors in a 17 litre tank. One of my black moors is staying under the log or in the bottom, Why won't he/she swim around?

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  • Jacqui - 2014-06-11
    Correct me if I'm wrong on this conversion, but I'm pretty sure 17 liters = about 4-5 gallons which is way too small for two black moors. I was always told to go by 10 gal per fish, so you would want to get at least a 20 gallon tank. The inactivity may be due to the stress of being in such a small space with another fish. Hope this helps!
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Animal-World info on Fahaka Puffer
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katty - 2009-04-27
I have to say that I disagree with the "coolest comments." A Fahaka needs much more space than a 10 gallon tank can provide. Essentially, a minimum tank size of 125 gallons is required. At 9 months, a healthy Fahaka should be around 7 to 10 inches, depending on the size it was when you first purchased it. They should grow approximately 1 inch per month. At this point, it is likely that the fish is stunted which will later on lead to health problems and a shortened life. Do your fish a favor and get it a bigger tank. Keeping it in a 10 gallon tank is just cruel.

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  • Chelsea Dawn Woltring - 2011-04-10
    For a fahaka. that is way cruel. 10 gallons ! omg. I put my spotted puffer in a ten gallon tank when I first got him but that only lasted a week. I went and bought ANOTHER tank for him. I could tell he was not happy at all. I have a Fahaka now I just got him yesterday and so far he is awesome. No tank mates though, he is pretty aggresive and stalks his prey. I will wait till I can see he has calmed down some. But ten gal. is WAY WAY WAY too small, even for a spotted puffer, and those dont get very big at all puffers get huge. Ten gal. is animal cruelty dude..
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-06
    He said 55 gal 
  • David Owen - 2014-06-08
    My Fahaka Puffer fish is about 11 inchs in length, I've had him about an year, he was about 5 inchs when I got it, he is doing well the fish shop I got it says he won't ever get to 18 inchs in captivity but more to the size off 12-16 inchs and they recommended me getting an 48x18x26 tank whick is about 370 litres UK size, I got an feeling it stll won't be big enough, but can't tell the wife.lol. The fish shop also said I won't be able to keep any tank mates in with him but I've had an Ruby Shark with the puffer for the last 6 months, but what might off helped is that I always had other fish in with him

     
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Enrique - 2014-06-07
My Texas cichilds had babyies, now about one month old and have about 100 babies still. But now the male started to beat on the female. Does anyone have an idea why? I have them in a 120 gal. with one pleco.

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Doe - 2014-06-07
I have been fish crazy for forty plus years. Today I bought my first Shubukins/goldfish to add to a 75g previously fresh planted tank. Haven't had a goldfish in many years. I have 2 marine tanks and a Betta tank going as I type. I LOVE fish, plain and simple. Hopefully my goldfish tank will do as well as the others. Here's swimming at ya.

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