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Kira - 2013-07-17
I have a 180 gal pond with 2 aerator/filters and live plants. There are 7 2'-3' goldfish in it that I have owned for the past couple of years. I recently bought 4 more goldfish at the store. One ended up having fin rot and is in a hospital bucket receiving medicine. 2 of the new ones are happy and perky. The other new one is extremely lethargic. It swims normally when it decides to swim, but mostly finds the places with the least current and just floats. It does eat. I managed to catch it (which was difficult) and examined its scales and fins for any obvious problems and didn't see any. All the other fish are still happy and frisky, and I haven't seen any of them picking on the lethargic fish. Any ideas about this little guy?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Maybe you should isolate that fish as well. Consider medicating the water and just watch for a couple days to make sure it doesn't develop any signs of a contagious condition? And if he seems to be getting better, then put him back in the pond.
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vicky - 2013-07-17
I have 2 Dojo loaches, I love watching them dart around our tank, but one of my little guys/girls is acting rather weird she is looking rather fat around her belly and is staying at the top. She is also farting out air bubbles, can anyone tell me what could be wrong please as I don't want to lose her. She also has a slight reddish color on her tail please please can someone give some advice? Oh I have a 6ft tank with plenty of oxygen. My tank is also going through a cycle at the moment so nitrate, nitrite and ammonia levels are slightly up.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Red streaks and bloating are signs of a bacterial infection. Treatment with penicillin, amoxicillin or erythromycin should clear it up. Any pet store should carry these treatments. Read more on specific diseases at Fish Disease and Treatment.
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Max miller - 2013-03-23
So i have a cory catfish tank it is a 80 right now and i have cory catfish and just a 3 inch eletric blue jack dempsy and at the pet shop the cichlid that is in the top is just 2 inch big will that be ok? And i have a bunch of hiding spots

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Cory will more then likely end up getting a lot of harrassment.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-24
    So can i keep them with him or her for a with the corys?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Coryadoras are very peaceful catfish, so if mixing them with cichlids... I'd keep a close eye out. Even though they do occupy different areas of the tank, they can still be at risk.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-26
    So can i keep a tank divider in there like 40 gallons for corys and another for the cichlids
  • max miller - 2013-07-16
    Will they be ok with angelfish in a 50 galllon?
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Jennifer Hurta - 2012-12-29
We have 2 parrot fish, both orange. The smaller one is about 4' and the larger one is about 8'. The bigger one not only picks on the smaller one, but also likes to steal the algae chip away from our 12' plecostomus. It likes to dig holes by moving the gravel with his mouth and if you put your arm in there to fill in the holes, it will ram into your arm. Should I put this fish in a tank of its own?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-30
    How big is the tank?  Is their decor to give them their own space?
  • liz - 2013-07-16
    My blood parrot has become a menace. For 18 months he has lived peacefully with my gouramis, angels and various sharks, loaches, and catfish. About a fortnight ago my gouramis began to die one by one for no apparent reason. When I was down to one gourami, I caught the parrot 'beating' one of the angels. The angel appeared uninjured so I left it, I have always been told that these parrots are defenceless. But the very next day I noticed the parrot nosediving rapidly and repeatedly down behind a peice of bogwood in the tank. Thinking he was trying to get to food stuck down there I went over to investigate. He had the last remaining gourami trapped in there and was beating him to death! The gourami was not yet dead I removed him to an isolation tank but he died soon after. What can I do about the parrot? Having got rid of the gouramis he is now going after the only large fish left, the angels. He has already got one. He headbutted it between the eyes then while it was still stunned it went around and began ramming it in the sides hard enough to shoot it a few inches across the tank. By the time I got there the angel was dead. What is wrong with my parrot? There is plenty of room for everyone and the tank is well planted. He has never shown aggression before.
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HP - 2006-05-08
This fish is definitely making a comeback in the Malaysia. This fish will develop its coloration based on the background color. If the aquarium background is dark, the red coloration at the edge of the fin looks brilliant but the fish overall coloration is dark and looks purplish black. On the other hand if the background is white, the fish will look brownish and the red marking is not so prominant as a dark background.
This fish is bred in captivity and coloration depends very much on the feed, to see the coloration in full, ideally the aquarium should have a very dark background and color enhancing light will help show off the colouration of the male fish.
This fish are also very agressive and when challenged will normally confront the intruder. Get them used to your glass taping and they will normally follow your finger as you move along the aquarium.
A well, a trained fish is not only adorable but a prize possesion

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  • Izwan sawall - 2013-07-16
    Both direct sunlight and food plays an important part in producing intense red colour on fins and tail. Colour enhancing aquarium bulbs will increase the colour but is only for a short period. Keeping the fish under direct sunlight (of course with some shade) will help retain the red colour without fading.
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Kushan - 2010-05-18
How to identify the Red fin giants from the other types of giant gouramis, when they are young? They do not show the red colour when they are young!
And how could we identify the sex of the Giant gourami's.? Is the method of colour intensity work always?

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  • izwan sawall - 2013-07-16
    Compared to common gouramy (O.Gouramy) the body color of young red fin giant gouramis are much darker. They do not have vertical lines that you see on the normal gouramy. Yes they do not get their red until reach to a size of about 6-7 inches. It's very difficult to identify the males and females when they are small. A mature male has intense red on its tail & fins whereas the female does not have intense red colour and the dorsal fin is blunt.
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Mary - 2013-07-15
Hey I have a question about this type of fish... we normally have regular goldfish so it's still new. We just bought it but it seems to sit at the bottom of the tank. Just seems weird. We will feed the fish and it swims to the top to get food and sinks back to the bottom. Is this normal for this kind of fish?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Hmmm, well it if it eating and swimming normally then I wouldn't worry too much. Just watch and make sure no new disturbing signs arise.
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Jason D - 2013-07-14
Hi I have a female jag and lately she has been acting strange, she's biting the tank, is this normal? Also she has been swimming around the tank like crazy. She is the only fish in the tank should I get her a tank mate like a boyfriend? lol...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Is she eating normally? Does she ever slow down while swimming? If she is eating normally I wouldn't worry too much about it. Also, unless you plan to breed, I wouldn't add any other fish. They are aggressive and territorial and are a good fish to keep by themselves. If you do want to breed I would add a male who is slightly smaller than your female so she doesn't get beaten up.
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Lori - 2011-08-29
I have had 5 Powder Blue Gouramis and they looked good, but they start to get thin and then die. They are eating, don't show signs of disease, then they get listless and die with in days. I have a healthy 55 gallon tank, lots of plants and hiding places. I have Angels, Parrots, Kissing Gouramis, Tetras and Barbs. They all seem to get along, with some spats, but nothing constant. Any suggestions?

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  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    How big is your angel? I have gourami and angel mixed tank and to begin with it was a struggle angels at time can be very aggressive
    Especially when fully grown!!
  • daryl - 2012-02-16
    I have the same problem and the same size tank. My other dwarf Gouramis do great just the powder blues are having a problem.. Wonder what is going on no signs of disease.
  • ben - 2013-07-14
    Hello we got a powder blue dwarf gourami a week ago and everything was fine until earlier today it seems to be having problems staying a float... side fins and tail fin was going like 90 miles an hour and it was barely moving and looked like it was breathing hard or having trouble breathing. And it looks like its tail fin is deformed or something like its tail fin and under belly fin are all in one... we have a red dwarf gourami for a month or more now and it's just fine and looks normal.
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Wutt Yee Phyoe.333@gmail.com Phyoe - 2013-07-14
My fish has a white water (maybe) in her bubble, she can't swim. What will happen to her bubble?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    How is your fish now? It's possible her bubble will heal itself, but if it's too badly damaged she may not recover. If she can't swim then she won't be able to get food very well or get enough oxygen.
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