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Monique - 2014-02-07
I got a Pleco for our established aquarium with plenty of algae, it lived for one week. Mt temps are correct and my other fish are fine...was wondering what we did wrong before i get another one...any info would help. Thank You

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Pleco's are generally very hardy, a week suggests it may have had issues when you bought it. Talk to your supplier, they may replace it for you.
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Steven Cole - 2014-02-05
we bought a silver tipped shark. he is small, only a few inches. currently in a 10 gal fresh water tank. we have had him for a month now with 2 small koi, a rainbow shark, a bala shark and pleco. lately he has taking to swimming circuits around the tank. depth varies during these circuits but it's mostly closer to the top.what's wrong with him? we replace about 2/3 of the tank water every week. and filter operates perfect. plenty of oxygenation happening. is he just entertaining himself?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    It doesn't sound like he's sick, however these are very active fish. They get very big, at least 14' in length, and they grow large quickly. See the 'Aquarium Setup' section above, your tank is way to small for this fish, as well as most of your other fish. The tank is overcrowded and the problem will only get worse as the fish grow. A very general rule is 1'of fish per gallon or water, but the Silver-tipped Shark will need at least a 75 gallon tank.
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Anonymous - 2012-01-25
Hi, my science teacher is giving me her red bellie pacu and I plan on keeping it in a 150 gallon tank with 3 senegal bichirs, 4 fire mouth cichlids, some kind of darter, some mosquito fish, and 4 feeder fish. I will introduce the fish thruogh out the period of 1-3 months. the pacu is presently 8-10 inches and blind in it's left eye. My teacher feeds it flakes and live fish from time to time. Are there any fish I could also put in the tank to keep the pacu away from the other fish and can I change its diet to mostly veggies and some meat, no live fish included. P.S., can you keep a pacu with piranhas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-25
    It's great your science teacher is giving you a Pacu but is he giving you a tank to go with him?> A Pacu when an adult is going to go about 3/12 feet and weigh about 60 pounds. You need a thousand gallon tank. If it will fit in his mouth, he will eat it. Pacu with Piranhas - I guess it is whoever gets bigger first. Piranhas will eat anything. Did your science teacher ever read up on what he was doing?
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-26
    The store person said it wouldn't get bigger than its tank, the store person lied.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    I don't know whether he store person 'lied' or just mis informed. Fish not out growing their tank is a myth - an old wives tale used to sell more fish. In any case he is not a good or reliable informtion source.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    a fish will grow slower in a small tank but will still get big
  • Lola - 2014-01-11
    Hello...I have a black pacu and a red bellied pacu in a 150 gal. tank and they have busted the top canopy! You MUST have a very large tank for these fish. I am currently trying to relocate mine....really put thought into this before getting them. However they are wonderful pets...I hand feed and pet mine everyday, but I just can't house them anymore. I have had them 2 years and have went from about 3 inches and a few oz. up to 20 inches from nose to fin tip and 11 inches from belly to back and around 10 or 12 pounds.
  • Jim Sadler - 2014-02-05
    The Pacu can no longer be considered a safe fish. In New Guinea they have killed native people as well as threatening to exterminate the crocodile population. The black Pacu is doing well in South Florida fresh water canals and can be quite a shock when they strike a bait as they are strong. A 53 lb. black Pacu died when a cold spell hit and it got into the salt water rivers here. They are good news for fishermen and apparently reproducing well.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    Fortunately, Pacu's kept in a very large aquarium are probably not going to be attacking anyone.
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Candy - 2009-06-05
I had a similar experience as Freddie - My husband and I were moving and I cleaned out the fish tank and put all of my fish into a huge tote to transport them to our new house. I had a pyramid in my tank at the time and I forgot about my spotted (I never saw him eat EVER and I would only see him if i had the tank light off - he would come out of hiding.) I put all of my decorations into a garbage bag and my grandparents drve everything to my new house in their van. I started setting up the tank and had it filled aobut half way and I was cleaning off the plants a bit. I moved my plants and in the bottom of the bag was my spotted! I panicked a little bit but he had enough water in the bottom of the bag he survived and is at his 3rd home now! (I moved across the country and had to leave my fish with my parents) LOL! It was a crazy story I had to share!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-02-05
    That's awesome
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Zoey - 2014-02-05
Please can some one help me my cousin got a angel fish 2day and her black knife keeps attacking it is this normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    A Black Ghost Knife can get aggressive with its own or similar species, possibly like those nice flowing fins of the angel! Making sure the tank isn't too small, these guys reach 20' in length, and that there are plenty of hiding placed all around the tank can help.
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bb - 2014-02-03
What can I do? My kissing gourami didn't eat and move for a week now. He just moved from the corner to another corner, but didn't eat.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    It sounds like your fish is stressed. Gourami's don't always eat right away when you first get them due to stress, but other factors could be bullying, or your water parameters. If you determin he's not being bullied or intimidated by any other tank mates, try doing a partial water change and see if it helps.
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Sharon Jones - 2014-01-31
Hi I have a shubunkin colored blue background with different colour marks on it. It's about 6/7 inches...I would like to know what other fish can I put with it? It's in an about 90 litre tank with a phelc... I've tried another fish like a fantail, had to take it back to the shop because mine kept chasing it all the time...also had another white one nearly as big, the girl said it was the same as mine but again mine was chaseing it all the time...I would love another one or 2 but don't know what to do...please can you help me out...thank you so much...sharon...united kingdom...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-31
    A couple of ideas... add 3 or more to cause distraction. Also, you can rearrange the tank when you add new fish, so that your Shubunkin has to get use to a 'new' home and so is not so bent on chasing new arrivals.
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-01
    HI clarice thankyou for your reply you mean for me to put another shubunkin with mine or a different fish ?...they sell shubunkins in my pet shop but they are much smaller than mine...there is no where i no that has bigger ones,,,i see some ppl on here have certain fish with theres so i dont no what to do shall i try different fish which i have but i dont think it was happy with them lol xxx He/she eats well and seems happy its just me thinking another one would be nice
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    These are very social fish, and do like company. But your Shubunkin is going to be around 4' when it grows up, and with your tank size that's really all the goldfish types it will be able to handle. (Goldfish put a heavy bioload on the tank.) Still its quite small right now, so perhaps you could try a few other relatively peaceful fish like mollies or guppies. (I say 'relatively peaceful' because you never know when you're going to get a jerk that doesn't follow the general behaviors for their species!)
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-02
    hi clarice thankyou for your reply shubunkin is already about 7/8 inches could i still put the fish you said in with him/her and theyl be fine ...regards sharon
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Diana - 2014-02-02
I have a thirty gallon tank in front of a kitchen window. I have seven comets ranging from an inch and a half to three inches. The last two that I bought were very small in hopes that they would grow up into bigger fish as the older ones pass. My question: Why would these two latest purchases be loosing their coloring? One was white with orange dots and the other was orange with black markings. Now the first is solid white and the black on the other is barely noticeable. I bought these fish for their markings and now the markings are gone.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-02
    Goldfish color changes are usually due to genetics, and they will often change colors within six months, or even years. But it can also be a sign of illness, so watch them closely. Parasites can be a cause of color change.
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Jamie - 2014-02-01
I bought 2 German blue rams and was told they were a male and female. Turns out they are both female. Can I introduce a male?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    See the 'Social Behaviors' section above, as it gives a pretty overview of this question, partially it's dependent on your tank size.
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Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-01-28
I have 4full grown tin foil barbs in a 120 gal tank with 1rope fish, 1eel,1cory cat and a archer. The barbs keep rubbing on the gravel and rock to the point of damaging their selves. They look like they have been descaled. I do a 50% tank change every two weeks . There is no ick and all the other fish are fine, oh and the tank is brackish . Anyone have any idea why they are doing this.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-28
    Sounds like a nice tank with some great fish. If your sure your Tin Foil Barbs don't have Ich, it could be another parasite or some other malady. 'Flashing' (scratching on rocks or gravel) is  usually caused by an irritation of the body, most often the result of  than optimal water quality. It's good that you are doing water changes. After doing 2 or 3 partial water changes over a week, see if they are still rubbing.  Interestingly, I've also read that rubbing on rocks may be an indication of indigestion. Some say it happens with the introduction of frozen fish foods.
  • Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-02-01
    Funny you should say that about frozen foods, I feed frozen krill every 2 days to the eel and rope fish, and the barbs eat the left overs. Wonder if that could be the problem. I'll only put in enough just for the eel and rope fish and remove what they haven't eaten and see if that helps. Thanks for the reply.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    I hope that helps! good luck.

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