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Hannah - 2014-01-23
Hi me and my dad own a tank and my dad in particular is very fond of catfish and has owned many types over the years. After our chocolate talking cat fish died we bought another baby and after some time in the tank he got his fin caught in the wood. His left fin was ripped off completely including bone. After a little while he managed to rip his stump that was left off as all you could see was clearly bone and over 3 or 4 months he grew it back. He now has two complete working fins. Has anyone heard of this before as i cant find any thing on them growing back their fins and iv asked many people. It was amazing i must say as we watched week by week the fin growing back

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    That is a really cool story. I know fins can grow back, but usually they will only do so if the soft tissues are affected, this is the first time I ever heard of regrowing after the bone is damaged too/ Very cool and I wish you guys and your tank all the best!
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lily - 2014-01-22
hi i have one black moor and i bought him yesterday he is around 5 cm and he is in 17 l tank. so my question is, is he ok for now in that tank or i should buy much bigger. grettings from Maedonia, i love this site.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    Sounds like he's good to go to me:)
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Cassandra May - 2012-03-07
My yellow gourami ate two of my tetras and ate two of my other fishs tails. Any ideas what to do with Sly? (thats the fishs name)? I chased him with the net for a bit when he would bite the others but that only worked for a day. Should i just find a new tank for Sly? any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-07
    I think it best to move him. Seems to have an appetite for live foods, which is not unusual for a gourami. I'd say he has quite the appetite.
  • Sherry - 2014-01-21
    Is your gourami the regular or dwarf?
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gary clark - 2010-03-20
I brought 12 of these a few months ago, 6 flame red and 6 honey, the 6 flame red started to deteriorate after about a month, loosing most of their colour to a faint pink, i have since lost all of these apart from 2 (those 2 still very dull and weak) but the 6 yellow honeys couldnt be doing better. 3 are showing vibrant breeding colours and look perfectly healthy. so im not sure if the flame strain is a bit weaker or didnt like my water conditions, but i would deffo recomend the yellow honeys variety, lovley fish though very active and peaceful.

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  • Sherry - 2014-01-21
    I have one adult flame dwarf gourami which is a little territorial. My 2 dwarf honey gouramis hang together and seemed to have paled in their color. I have one royal neon blue dwarf gourami which always comes to glass on tank when I walk up, even when he has already eaten.. He seems to like me. lol. I have 2 young powder blue dwarf gouramis which hang together.All of them are males since the fish store did not keep females. So far no fighting. All eat well and were shy when first added to the tank.
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RB - 2014-01-20
My Featherfin Synodontis is happily housed in my 55-gal with striped leporinus, clown loach, bala shark, golden algae eater, pack of turquoise rainbowfish and my little snowball pleco, which thankfully is not threatened by my featherfin. It's very territorial as expected but through all the years (2014 marks 15 years for 'Felix the cat'!) I've never had an issue of missing fish or aggressive behavior, so a great addition to any large community tank.

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Laura - 2014-01-20
I have a Giant Gourami that we think is 20 years old. She has become a stronger shade of pink lately and seems to not want lettuce, spinach, greens as much as she used to. Loves grapes, bananas, peas and worms. I have heard she should not have too much protein? I have not found much information on gourami's aging. Not sure if I am doing something wrong. I have had her for over 2 years and everything else seems good. Thanks for any help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-20
    It doesn't sound like you're having any problems with her. See the feeding and diet section above. These fish are omnivores and so proteins as well as veggies are appropriate, a balanced diet. They are known to live up to 25 years in captivity with good care, so your's is doing great:)
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Mike Thornton - 2014-01-20
I just got 2 puffer fish. Put them in my 40 gallon tank with a cichlid. 5 hours later, the cichlid died. Is this due to the puffers poison?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-01-20
    The puffers do not excrete poison into the water, there is only poison present in their bodies which can kill other fish if they try to eat them. How long have you had your cichlid and was he much larger than your new puffers? Puffers are known to be somewhat aggressive and will go after fish who are smaller than themselves, so it is possible he was attacked and killed.
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Anonymous - 2014-01-20
Hi after some advice please - we have a 75 litre tank with three goldfish. We keep the water clean by replacing 30 percent a week or two weeks max. We have fresh plants and planted wood which we replace when needed. We have a powerful filter and bought three of these Chinese hill stream fish on advice from an aquarium shop but a few weeks later we could only find one - the biggest one left. We thought maybe they were just hiding but a month or so later still no sign, so on Saturday we got two more and now I'm pretty certain they've gone too! We bought them the same size this time in case the original one was a bully but can't find them at all only one left 2 days later! Could he be eating them? There's no evidence of dead fish and the other fish are all lovely and seem happy?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-01-20
    That is very strange that they just disappear with no trace! These loaches are in general very peaceful fish and so it does not make sense that one would be eating all the rest of them. Is it possible they have gotten stuck in any filters or have gotten caught in the plants and you just haven't found them?
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FendiSunny - 2014-01-18
I currently have 2 Green and 1 Red Scat in my 5 feet tank. They're in freshwater tank with aquarium salt not sea salt. Been keeping them with parrot fish whom the salt is intended for. The Scats are around 3-4 years old. Size is about 4-5 inches. The Green ones seems to grow nicer as adults then the red ones. I also realise the red ones grow way faster than the green ones. They are easy to feed and these 3 are always schooling together. So far I'm not sure when to start moving them to brackish cause they're still fine and growing in the tank. So far so good.

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trevor - 2010-04-21
Believe it or not I have a 55 gallon, currently most of my cichlids are pretty much still in juvenile, but I have 2 red zebras, 2 bumblebees, 2 aurautus, 3 electric blues. Currently the two biggest are one of the zebras and a bumblebee. And the zebra is the more aggressive he dominates the whole tank and thinks every cave is his. I hope he doesn't become a problem, he just chases the other fish, hasn't killed any but thought that would be interesting to mention. Oh and the bumblebee is bigger. Maybe he's a chicken.

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  • KLIDE - 2011-03-24
    I would hope there would be no chickens in the aquarium.
  • Austin Jouppe - 2014-01-18
    Ya definitely not enough room for anything else in there
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