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lindsey brown - 2008-06-18
I have 3 plecoosomus and I have recently seen 7 babies, they are so cute. Didn't even know I had them til I saw a little line. I thought "what's that" but when I got close it was a baby pleco. So people they do breed in a house tank. I'm so pleased the fish feel comfortable in their tank to breed. I think I have done a good job, and my tank is only 18" so it's a small one, but they still had young. I have to upgrade now to a larger tank when they get a bit bigger. I never saw any eggs just babbies. I won't sell them, they are my grandkids. If you like, I made it possible, so give it a go.

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  • Meob57 - 2012-11-28
    Hi, I'm new to this site.Your message was from 2008, can you let me know how your pleco's are all doing?
  • john - 2013-12-14
    Hi you say your pleco had babies. I just wondered how do you know which is male/female? I've got one myself, would like to put another in the tank of the opposite sex, how can I know..?
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dotty - 2012-06-20
My livingstonii is a very dark blue all over he still has the dark patches but they are hard to see.

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  • Michael Clarke - 2013-12-13
    Maybe it's a venistus  cichlid instead?
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Callum - 2008-11-12
I've had an oscar for a few years now. They are a great fish with great personalities. I have a few tanks and my Oscar is my favourite. I find they aren't as hardy as other cichlids but with regular maitenance and a varied diet they are relatively easy to keep. Good tank mates are plecos, Silver Dollars and some cichlids. I recommend an oscar to anyone. They have a great personality.

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  • damien - 2013-02-20
    what kind of large cichlids are a good mix with a oscar
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-20
    Really depends on your oscars personality.  They really vary more then most fish.  I have housed them with dempseys, firemouths, arowanas, and gars.  Tons of other options depending on fish.  Remember a huge tank is needed with a great deal of filtration.
  • Jordan - 2013-12-11
    I've got (1)12inch Male tiger Oscar, (1)11inch female albino tiger Oscar(both these oscars are a breeding pair), (1)5inch Male Tiger Oscar, (2)3inch male/female Frontosa's, (1)6inch Male jack dempsey, (1)5inch Male Electric Blue Jack Dempsey, (1)4inch Male Venustus, (1)4inch Male Red Zebra, (1)6inch Male Green Terror, and last but not least 3 plecos roughly 10inches a piece, and after all these fish they all get along very well only time any of them get aggressive is when the two mating oscars lay eggs at which point they are constantly chasing both jack dempsey's away they are all in a 500gal custom built octagon tank in my man cave/party room and have 2 fluval G6 external filters on opposite sides of the tank.
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Kaytelyn - 2013-11-11
I just added a peacock eel into my 50 gal yesterday and was of course expecting her to hide but she hasn't. Our rocks are a little bit big so she couldn't dig at first but we got finer rocks for her. She's not even interested in the floor of the tank, she just swims up and down in the corners all day and night. I'm worried she's too stressed. I have caves in there and lots and lots of plants and floating plants but I'm so worried I'm over-stressing her. Help :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I didn't see your question earlier, I sure hope your eel is good now. It did sound like it was stressed so hopefully is comfortable in its home now.
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Ashley Stewart - 2013-12-04
I have a 36 gallon tank that we are starting to set up, and I am interested in getting some of many do you suggest? And what kind of tank mates can I put in with it?  Do they get along w/cories?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    As you can see above, the minimum recommended tank size is 10 gallons for one fish, so with a 36 gallon tank you can have 3, maybe 4, and possibly a couple more once the tank is mature(about 6 months to a year). Also see the Social Behaviors section above for compatibility, due to their described nature, I think cories would be fine.
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Marybeth Little - 2013-12-07
We've had our orange and white Orandas (x3) for a good few months, our first one has been with us around 9months, the smallest two for about 2monthe. Our eldest daughter loves fish so much when we asked her what she'd like for a birthday present her reply was, 'more fish peeese' :) so we took her to pets at home ( where we got the Orandas from) and asked what would be suitable to mix with our fish. Our tank is around 200L and we were told danios (the white variety) wouldn't take up much room, we're very comparable with other varieties of fish and that we could take up to 5 home. So our daughter picked the 3 she wanted and we took them home. That was a week ago, now fatty (named due to his size) has had his fins ripped to shreds! I'm mortified :( we've moved him out of the large tank into a smaller tank, but will his fins grow back? Will it be the danios doing this and will they move onto our other remaining Orandas? Please any advice would be greatly received. Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm not sure why your oranda got its fins shredded, but definitely sounds like some aggression going on. Watch the tank closely and see who's chasing who. It could also be one of the other goldfish. And the good news, yes, the fins will grow back!

    Danios are generally not aggressive, but they should be kept in a bigger school than 3, 7+ is much better. If they are the aggressors, having a larger school should remove that threat as they will spend the majority of their time paying attention to their own kind.

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Tiffany - 2013-10-18
I have a 55 gal with 3 diamond tetras, 4 red tetras, 2 catfish and a silver shark. When I was feeding the fish this morning I noticed one of my diamond tetras was spinning around in the tank. The fish ate when fed, but continue to spin. It looks cool to watch, but has me worried. Is it suppose to act like that or is something wrong?

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  • Sophia - 2013-12-04
    It may be a kidney issue. The kidney balloons up making it unable for the fish to fully control it's movements. Some fish do recover, but most don't. It is probably going to die though if you have a silver shark, they will nip at them when floating around until dead. Put that fish in a quarantine tank, that may help...
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jemma - 2010-02-09
I have had my weather loach for nearly a year. It keeps going upside down and floating to the top of tank, but still alive. I can't figure out what's wrong, can anyone help?

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  • shurik1990 - 2013-12-03
    What he is doing is releasing excess air from his anus. This is normal, as in their normal habitat, they have to survive out of water with their digestive system that extracts oxogyn from the air.
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Roberto - 2013-12-03
I have a problem with my giant gouramis. Please help me! I live in Mexico and there is very little info about these fish. They've stopped eating and after a while they started to swim at the top of the water and catching air very constantly. They seem to know to catch the air well since the bubbles escape from their gills. I bought 3 giant gouramis before this happened and the same thing happened back again. I don't know what to do, the rest of the tankmates are fine! My knifefish and piranhas are happy and eating but my gouramis they keep on acting the same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Gulping air at the surface indicates that they don't have enough oxygen in the water, but that doesn't account for their not eating and also your other fish seem fine. I would look at aggression being the problem. Try to see who's picking on who (my guess is your piranhas are the culprits). As a help, I would also look the decor and make sure there are plenty of plants and rocks for hiding places.
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Jason - 2013-12-02
I have 20 serpraes in a 50 gallon planted with 4 discus. The serpraes are a nice fish, the more you get the less fin nipping you get on other fish generally so my serpraes don't bother my discus at all as they are busy nipping each other, but they don't get hurt that much though but I put fin rot medicine every 2 weeks to be safe.


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