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chance - 2014-05-24
My lionheadfish is quite the grabber Ya ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha he

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Diane Lapson - 2014-05-24
We have a Jack Dempsey Electric Blue fish who is about 5 years old. He stopped eating over a month ago! And no matter what we do, he won't eat. He must be surviving on algae or some type of protozoa alone. We treated him for Ich and he appears to have 'hole in the head' but he is holding on and we really want to save his life. He has been 'ill' for a long time. We can't get any of our local petshops to take him and heal him. Apparently we don't know how to handle this one.



Does anyone in the New York City area want to take him and see what you can do? You can keep him. We want to make him well and save his life. He obviously has a strong life force because he is still alive after much stress from no eating, medication, etc.



Please respond if you can help. Thanks so much.

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Mrs Biggar - 2014-05-23
Hi I bought a Shubunkin & a Comet goldfish last week for my daughter, they both have settled in well but in the last few days the Shubunkin keeps hiding behind the bush we bought along with the tank & it will only come out when I move the bush away. The Commet goldfish is so active it never stops swimming. I'm getting a little concerned for the Shubunkin please can some one help? Don't know if anything is wrong with it or should I just remove the bush? Regards Mrs Biggar from Wigan

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Tristan - 2012-05-20
I am having problems moving my livingstoni to a 5ft tank contaning mbunas and haps ,but every time i put him back into the tank he gets bullied by the red zebra and the next morning he is sick what should i do.

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  • simzdrac - 2014-05-22
    Place it in the other tank...don't let it be scared and bullied by others...do it soon...put in aquarium salt depending on the size of the tank...if it is continuously bullied, not a good idea...
  • simz - 2014-05-22
    Place it into other tank...let it be alone...put some aquarium salt depending on the size of an aquarium...example 1 spoon to 28litres of water...add in vitamin complex...do it soon as possible...
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hashvin - 2014-05-01
Hi guys I bought 2 black giant gouramis today. They are small but one is bigger than the other. The big guy is starting to attack the other guy and he is wounded. Then I separated the bigger guy then the wounded one is starting to shiver and it ate in the morning but is not eating now. And I need to know the gender of giant gouramis. Please any solutions? (Thank you very much)

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  • Novita Ulina - 2014-05-20
    Hi it's very common for gurame (indonesian name for giant gourami) to attack each other. To recognize their gender is the female have big thick lips ;) while the male is smaller.
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Animal-World info on Spotted Green Puffer
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TT - 2008-11-28
I wish people would quit about brackish requirements for keeping Spotted Green Puffers. It has no factual bases. The Spotted Green Puffer is an amazing fish. In their natural habitat they breed and spawn in Brackish water. However, adults typically migrate to freshwater. Adult Spotted Green Puffers have been found in Marine, Brackish and Freshwater habitats. They will do just fine in a freshwater tank. However, you can't just take one which has been living in brackish or marine environment and drop them into a freshwater environment. The reverse is also true. As long as you provide a clean freshwater environment with hardwater and a slightly higher ph, this great fish will do just fine. Don't spit out information you read on the internet from people whom have no idea what they're talking about.

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  • Blake D - 2010-04-25
    So can I expect any of the thirteen SGP’s in my small pond outside to breed? I gave them plenty of plants and a few small lilies for shade from the harsh southern Louisiana sun. Coolers and heaters keep the water temp between 75 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit year round. They never really show any aggressiveness towards there pond mates of neon tetras, mollies, platys, guppies, and the one loan beta. All other live bearers bread wildly with a high rate of fry survival. I even throw extra salt water from my reef tank into the pond and keep it at brackish levels. Should I be focused on planting swords? Or should I focus on giving them a more rocky type playground with slate standing straight up like discus use for there eggs? Or both?
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-19
    No, no, no, no, no, no.

    They are born in FRESHWATER, and migrate to higher salinities as they mature.

    You are right in mentioning that they require a higher pH... but don't dismiss the comments about the varying salinity these little guys require! Having your salinity bounce between 1.008-1.020 over the course a 2 months is ideal.
  • Christy - 2010-09-17
    That information does not come from information people read on the internet. It comes from actual experiences with green puffers doing extremely poor in freshwater conditions. I dont know if you have ever seen a green puffer in marine conditions, but i can guarantee it looks much better than yours.
  • des - 2011-02-22
    You are right.
  • coenobitaexpert - 2011-04-06
    I think we should just be kind to one another. No ones puffer fish looks any better than the rest. This comes from a marine biologist, specializing in Coenobitas. Just cool your puffers.
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-06
    My puffer got sucked into my filter and when i tried to see what was clogging my filter it poked me does anybody know if they are poisonous and can they harm humans
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    The Green Spotted Puffers, such as Tetraodon nigroviridis and Tetraodon fluviatilis, absorb poisons from their food, specifically algae inside the guts of clams and other shellfish. When they stop feeding in the wild, the amount of poison slowly declines. Consequently most pufferfish found in captivity will be without poison.
  • Jo - 2013-11-20
    Hi. I am new to GSP fish. Got as a gift with all equipment that's should have. Problem is as was reading it needs brackish water. Went to the store which it was bought at and they said they are in freshwater in their store, looking healthy. Now mine is small so how do I adjust his water to brackish ? It's the only fish I got in this 100l tank and she is around 2 inches no more. Please help.
  • Shannon Ellen - 2014-05-20
    Hey fellow fish friends,

    I've had my 2 GSPs for 2 years.  I bought them as juveniles living in brackish water, with the salinity at about 1.014.  They have been living in a 20 gallon long tank with crushed coral and sand, and over the past 2 years, I have been raising the salinity of their water to match my saltwater tank.  2 weeks ago, I finally achieved my plan - the puffer tank water matched my saltwater tank with a salinity of 1.024.  Then I transferred my puffers into my saltwater tank.  Are they aggressive?  Not at all!  My saltwater tank has gobies, a blenny and a file fish.  Everyone is super happy together, and my puffers actually seem happier to have tank mates.  They have been nibbling on the live rock (helps keep their teeth filed down) and they are even eating flake and brine shrimp and mysis and still nibbling on the trumpet snails I drop in once a week.  My belief, from my experience, is that they do much better in a saltwater tank - maybe it's because the water is naturally harder and the pH is higher, but I find that they have been healthier and healthier as the salinity has been rising.  Just my experience.  Great discussion!
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Anonymous - 2012-06-12
Our pangasius catfish has a big red sore on his nose. We have tried treating for common diseases with no luck. Does anyone know what this could be? His other nostril is fine and the other pangasius catfish is not showing any signs either. I'm not sure where to turn.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-08-01
    My irrodescent gets spooked really easily and bangs his face off the glass constantly. Maybe that could be it ?
  • Lisa - 2014-05-20
    It has maybe banged itself off the glass at night. They easily get spooked. Should heal itself but try adding a tablespoon of table salt. This will act as an antibacterial agent and clean out the sore.
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James - 2010-02-26
Hey. These catsharks are really cool fish. I never knew they were brackish! My dad had some of these a while back. Oh yea, they do not get up to 24 inches, they only get up to 12, usually 6-8.

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  • CichlaDude - 2010-05-18
    I don't want to sound rude but you're wrong...I have 2 that are over 12 inches. Go check out monster fish keepers and you will see.
  • marko - 2011-08-05
    Hey thanks for the info
  • lvmblfkdmb - 2011-08-28
    Mine are 13 in.
  • Minisip - 2011-10-27
    While this fish *can* get up to 24 inches in size, it is actually quite rare. I have kept several of these over the years in various tanks and setups and the largest I have had was 15 inches long. Most of them actually topped out at approx. 10 inches. I've kept them in larger and smaller setups, and even with lots of room to grow and feeding regimens geared towards growth, I've only had the one that hit 15 inches; (150 Gallon setup). Normally I'll get them as babies, move them from fresh to brackish, eventually ending with them fully converted to a marine setup as in the wild, they are born in freshwater, as they move to the coast, salt gets in the water putting them into brackish, then they find their way to sea, spending periods at sea, eventually returning to spawn.
  • Carrie - 2011-12-30
    James, I agree with you. They are cool, and I own four that are three years old, and they're only one foot long
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-18
    I have four that are more than 18 inches in length in full marine saltwater.
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Heidi - 2014-03-16
Hi! My husband and I have been the proud owners of a green spotted puffer (Penelope) for the last two years...we raised her in a 6 gallon fluval edge...which I know is way too small for her, but she's always been a very happy fish with a very white belly. We've also always just put aquarium salt in her tank...never marine salt. We've recently moved her to a much bigger 25 gallon tank. And she seems unhappy. Any suggestions? Also, do you think we should transition her to marine salt? We want her to have the longest and best life that she can't have...we are VERY fond of her! Thanks so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Sometimes a new enviroment can cause some stress, and that may be why its acting unhappy. But if its eating, that's a good sign. These fish do need a much more brackish water as they get older, with a salinity of 1.018-1.022 for an adult, this is almost a full saltwater environment. You can get a marine salt at a pet store, which may be helpful as they include trace elements that are essential for saltwater fish.
  • keyonne - 2014-03-26
    How tall is it?
  • Cindy Smith - 2014-05-18
    My green spotted puffer recently refused to eat for almost a week because I took out an aquarium decoration. I thought it would like more room to swim. Did you take out anything that was in the old tank? I put the decoration back and it started eating the next morning. Crazy fish. Its name is jaws because it ate the other fish.
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beverly - 2012-05-01
i bought a fancy fin goldfish at the local pet store, bout 2 days ago. this morn when i went to feed her i noticed that there are long hair like stringey stuff hanging off her.under her body and from her fins, i have read alot bout fungs, but have not seen anything that looks like it ,, what do you think? thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    A dip or bath in Mebromin. There are other dips out there depending on fungus.
  • beverly - 2012-05-01
    i put a littl drop of primafix in her tank,, i hope thats ok, its what the pet store recomended, i will get what you suggested,, thanks for you quick responce
  • G.B - 2012-05-20
    i think you'll find thts probly their own 'fish-mess' , also i was going to quickly ask seeing as you seem confident about ur messages, can fantail goldfish and Ryukin breed/mate together? because i was thinking about getting one of each of those for my goldfish bowl, as im a beginner on them. and they seem pretty easy to look after and i just love fish and animals! Please reply, thanks! G.B
  • Matt Anderson - 2014-05-17
    Hi G.B. Although there has been an unfortunate tradition of keeping goldfish in bowls, I highly suggest you don't keep the fish in a bowl. Not only are the fish very messy and need heavy filtration, but goldfish grow to a foot long when kept in proper conditions. Unless you can get a 30 gallon tank I suggest you don't get goldfish. No fish can be kept in a bowl.
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