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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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Kirsten - 2013-12-02
I just purchased a pair of Boesemanis (1.5-2') in size. I know it is harder to sex them at a younger age, but I am rather confused whether I have one or both males. One typically stays pretty brilliantly colored, head darkens considerably and stripes along his side are frequently dark. However the smaller one, who initially looked pretty pale like a female in the sale tank, occasionally darkens and looks just as brilliantly colored as the larger one. Is it likely that I have both males? They both exhibit the orange rear half of the body. The slightly larger one has only a minutely deeper look to his chest and no arched back yet. Any help? I can't find good pics of female bosemani's to compare.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    They are still much too young to sex with any accuracy. Along with color, tan arch developing may be your best determinator as they age.
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ann - 2013-12-02
Can these gouramis be kept with goldfish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Goldfish are a coldwater fish and they also put a very heavy load on the aquarium. However goldfish can adapt to a tropical tank, which is what the gouramis need, and if the water quality is kept up with more frequent water changes, these types of fish can be kept together. There may be an issue with aggression you'll have to watch out for. Gouramis pick out a target fish, and although it is usually another gourami, it could become a goldfish.
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benruth - 2004-06-28
I keep a pair of blood parrots. Just the other day, one of them got a piece of gravel stuck inside its mouth! It was hiding away inside the caves for a couple of days, basically not its normal active playful self. Then one day, it got hungry enough to appear to dive for the floating pellets during mealtimes, and appears to spit it out when it reaches it. That is when i had the opportunity to see a piece of stone in its mouth!

i caught it with my net, and used a pair of tweezers to gently extract out the stone. It took a couple of attempts, as it seems lodged firmly inside. Thank God, it was finally pulled out, and i released the blood parrot back into the tank.

Within a couple of hours, it got back its normal appetite and level of energy! These fishes are indeed the center of (dis)traction for me! I highly recommend this fish.

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  • Angie - 2013-11-30
    Your post may be too dated for this response, but just in case, I have a question. Did someone help you remove the piece of gravel? Exactly how did you accomplish such a procedure on a little fish especially if he was trying to get away? I ask because I need to get some debris off my little maroon clown fish who is only about 2 inches long, if that! Hoping for a reply, Angie
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Skip Boatman - 2013-04-12
We have one Albino Cory in our tank with about 40 or so guppies. Tonight she laid eggs on the side of the tank. Is it possible for her to cross breed with the guppies, or was it just time for her to lay the eggs?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-13
    I am really not sure, but I don't believe that corys and guppies can breed together. I am thinking she just laid unfertilized eggs. Keep an eye on them and see if they hatch!
  • Marinci - 2013-04-15
    She just laid her eggs, but guppies wont fertilize the eggs because thy dont breed like that. If you want little fry Corydoras you have to have a male of its kind.
  • haren - 2013-11-29
    Your cory was probably already pregnant. Guppies are live bearers and noooooo way can that happen. Plus your cory would benefit from being in a group of 4 or more so they can play. Having one must be awful for her.
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Richard - 2013-11-27
I have 1 blue oranda named Belle, 1 orange fantail named Girl, and 1 chocolate fantail named Chocolaté. Every time I go by their tank they rush to the corner waiting for me to feed them. Anyone else can come to the tank and they don't move from where they are at. As soon as I go by boom there they go to the top of the tank. Crazy little guys!

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Sheila - 2013-02-24
My red devil is about 8 years old & has begun to just lay on the bottom of the tank on his side. My husband thinks it's time to remove him but I just can't. He's been such a great pet & after having to put my lab down a few months ago, I just hate to lose him too. He's breathing, he looks around & when pushed will swim away. But mostly he's just laying on his side. He's been doing this for a few weeks now. I hate to think he's in pain. . .do you think he is dying & I should take steps to go ahead & send him on?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-24
    Check water levels.  Try adding some air stones.  Is he eating?
  • MAMAS5 - 2013-03-14
    Sheila my comment above is actually for you I meant to hit Reply on your post and hit add a comment instead! How is your red devil doing now? I do hope u figured out what his issue was!
  • hayley - 2013-03-15
    HI there my red devil was doing the same.. I had him in with my plec and a zebra loach and another loach. they were fine though.. I have since put him in a bigger tank.. Added some other faster moving fish..with plenty of hiding places.. I was very on edge at first But it seems to have brought him round.. He rests in his castle but is more active.. Its mad really I've had him 3/4 years dont know how old he was when I got him.. But know when this fish arrived he wouldn't accept other fish apart from the loaches.. And was advised to leave him alone.. He now has his space and they all seem quite happy using the full tank.. He isn't sleeping on his side... the tank does seem well balanced.. occasionally he gives a chase.. But thats it.. x I feed him tropical frozen food blood worms etc cucumber, peas, pellets and flake..
  • April - 2013-03-12
    I just had the same thing happen to my red devil. He was acting like this for a couple months though. First I thought he was just old, but then I read they can live up to 15 years. Then I treated him for some disease with Maracyn 2 but he didn't get better. Then I had someone come and look at him and they said that he injested too many rocks and sand (he liked to move them) and couldn't pass them. So he was bloated, backed up and just the toxins were building up inside. She gave him some tablet, it was a 50/50 chance. I've read you can put epsom salt in your tank too, to help constipation. Unfortunately it was too late for my fish we buried him last week. But I hope you can save yours, they are beautiful fish!
  • melanie - 2013-09-06
    April, what kind of tablet was it? Our fish is doing the exact same thing and he likes to move pebbles and is not laying on the ground and doesn't want to move.
  • nigel - 2013-11-27
    Sounds like what they call sleeping disease even though awake they just sit there doing nothing and get listless. I lost a large oscar to this a month ago and it was horrible.
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kim - 2013-11-26
Hi there, last year I bought two small black moors to add to my large tank, I am not an experienced goldfish keeper by any standard, but five weeks ago my black moor laid a bunch of eggs. I was very surprised as I didn't know that they were a male and female, anyway, I was advised to remove the parent fish as they were eating the eggs and I have them in a smaller tank, many of the fry have died and the stronger ones are thriving. I just wanted to know when it would be a good time if any to put the parent fish back into the big tank?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Baby goldfish grow quickly. Possibly by the third week the parents could be re-introduced, though there may still be some risk, 4-5 weeks is probably better.
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