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teresa walker - 2013-07-21
I have a blackmoor, shubunkin, and a comet in my tank. They all go through phases of racing about the fish tank then they go docile. They all get on though. Is that normal behavior? I change the water weekly but my blackmoor just seems to prefer to be on his /her own. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Do they seem healthy otherwise? Do they eat and swim normally most of the time? If so, they are probably ok. Watch for signs of lethargy, reduced eating, or other physical signs of illness.
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Mary Lou - 2013-07-06
I have to put my shubunkins out of my pond and into a aquarium. How do I put then safely into my aquarium? I want to make sure they will live I have no choice I am moving so I need to put them in a aquarium but I don't know the best way to adjust them to the different water.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    The main thing you should be concerned about when transferring them is water temperature. Try to make sure the temperature of the aquarium water is very close to the same as the pond water. Do you have other fish in your aquarium? If not, you may want to just put the pond water into the aquarium so that you can be sure your fish won't feel shocked in new water. To transfer them use a large net if you have one.
  • Mary Lou - 2013-07-19
    Thanks my Shubunkins have been in my 120 gallon aquarium for 5 days and they are doing great. One of them is doing really good but has trouble getting to the top for food. She was fine in the pond, could she be pregnant or trying to adapt to the aquarium?
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greg - 2010-09-17
i picked up a texas cichlid from portland or and she ended up mating with my green terror cichlid and now i have about 50 to 100 babies and am anxious to see what they are goin to look like cant wait. also they havent tried to kill any of the other fish, but they are picking on my 13in sucker fish.

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  • kay - 2010-12-27
    Are they fresh water fish and would they live in a 10 gallon tank ok and also are you wanting to get rid of any of them?
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-11-05
    What color does those babies have?
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-05
    Good luck with those fry!
  • phil - 2013-07-18
    I am very interested in purchasing some from you when they come of age....E-mail me back please and we can discuss about how to send them thank you.
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Nashaad - 2013-07-18
Dear users, I have 7 parrots fishes in my aquarium. I have noticed that they all have got a white spot on their whole body. They have as well stopped eating. I have used some solution in the water but the condition of the fishes are deteriorating considerably day by day. Kindly advise me of any remedial action to take. Thanks in advance. Kind Regards Nashaad.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    It sounds like they may have ich. You will want to medicate your tank with hydrochloride or quinine sulphate and raise the temperature to 80 degrees Fahrenheith during treatment. Read more at this ich link.
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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.
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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