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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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Linda - 2013-11-23
I have 2 Red Severums that are about 4 yrs old. Having a difficult time figuring out if they are male and female. The smaller more vibrant one is always digging up gravel and spitting it out to make a large hole. Lately the larger less colorful one has been staying at the bottom of the tank and does not appear to be eating. It loves earthworms- but that's all it would eat- and I was worried that it was not getting proper nutrition so I stopped buying them and got some Cichlid pellets. Also, when the larger, less colorful one swims around- the smaller one swims right over, appearing to dominate it. The smaller more colorful one rules the tank- I know we have too many fish in our 55 gal tank but can't do anything about it until we move in a few months- we keep up on water changes and try to keep the ammonia/nitrate/nitrite lowered with a chemical additive- it's the best I can do right now. I'm not sure if the larger Red Severum with pale color is sick or maybe just being dominated by the smaller one. I could swear that one time we saw eggs on the bottom of a flat surface decoration in the tank, but they disappeared the next day and we have never seen them again. When we move I plan to only have the 2 Severums in the 55 gal tank and move the others to another tank. Neither one of them is an enthusiastic eater and we've tried many varieties of food- but they are still alive so they must be eating something!

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carl rumsey - 2013-11-22
i have overfed my jaguar chicken slices, she hasnt eaten or had a bowel movement in 6 days. she has swelled up on both sides of her belly. Golf ball size stomach. I believe she is about to explode. Please help. What should I do to save her? ty carl

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Sounds like he's constipated. Try giving him a few shelled peas, it's like a fishy ex-lax. Use frozen peas thawed a bit in the microwave, remove the outer skin and feed the rest.
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Lisa - 2013-11-22
We got a tank bout 2 weeks ago and went to the local fish supplier and brought 1 striped rapheal catfish, 1 silver tipped shark, 1 silver catfish, 3 tinfoil barbs and a elephant-nose fish, they all seem to get on well but the problem is with both the catfish, the silver catfish keeps swimming at the top of the tank and today I noticed one of the tentacles at the front is now shorter then the other one, will this harm the fish? The other is the rapheal fish keepes moving stuff around the tank if it doesnt seem to like where it is and can seem to get really moody. Does anyone know why this is?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm thinking the size of your tank may be too small for the number of catfish you have, which is causing the Raphael Catfish to try and 'fix' things. The shorter tentacle could very likely be the result of a quarrel, another sign that there may be too many fish in the tank.
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Mayank Dusane - 2013-11-17
What kind of meaty food can I feed my flowerhorn as you have strictly said not to feed them beef heart of any other meat?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Beef heart was fed to large cichlids for many years, but it is now known that it can cause digestive problems. It can still be fed, but should be done more sparingly. The foods and feeding section above suggests.. 'a good mixture of high quality cichlid pellets, krill, frozen bloodworms, earthworms, night crawlers, crickets, and carotene enhanced supplements.  Feeder fish can be used, but because they can carry parasites it's best to keep them in a quarantine tank and make sure they are disease free before feeding them.
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Richard White - 2013-11-17
Hello I have 4 Madagascar Rainbow fish and I know I have 2 males but I cant tell if my other 2 are females. How do I know if the other two are female?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    The standard answer is 'Males are far more colourful than females and have a pointed dorsal fin as opposed to the more rounded dorsal of the female.' Usually colors become more obvious as cichlids mature, and because you know you have two males, you should be able to visually compare them to the two unkowns and make a fairly good judgement. Of course, if they pair up and produce eggs, then you have a definite answer:) Good luck.
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Geraldine Bradley - 2013-10-10
Please help 6 weeks ago I bought a bigger tank. My black moor fish is now just lying at the bottom of the tank upside down and barely feeding I know changing tanks can cause stress but it's like he has lost the will to swim, I desperately want to help him but don't know how to......

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  • CHRIS GROBLER - 2013-11-14
    Hi there geraldine..ive got exactly the same problem..mine occured 3 weeks ago..I move the fish intoa breeding compartment for I did not know whether it was sick or pregnant...but its nit dying either..it swims when it wants and fast..but then its like its lazy and just lies there...if you get an answer please let me know
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Don - 2003-11-09
The Spotted Raphael is one of the heartiest fish I have ever owned next to my cichlids ( jack dempseys).. in the sense of survival.. other than that very friendly... gets along fine with two fiddler crabs they mind one anothers business... and not picky when it comes to finding food... good strong fish for a community... ( bit of a cave dweller )

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  • Kathy Keegan - 2013-11-13
    I had raphaels for years. I can remember having a real monster tank, 5 oscars, an armatus spiny eel, at least 2 feet long, a clown knife, about 14 inches, an 18 inch black ghost, 2 6 inch striped raphaels, 2 5 inch spotted raphaels, a 12 inch tiger shovelnose catfish, a couple of 10 inch plecos, 5 spotted silver dollars, and, for some reason, 1 5 inch swordtail female that managed to survive by being so mean nothing went near her. She was supposed to be a feeder, but even the shovelnose was scared of her, and that is saying something. Everything in a 110 gallon with rockwork for everything to dodge around when the occasional argument broke out. The raphaels came out at night and at feeding time. I fed feeders, algae tablets, meat tablets and scalded spinach. I grew the oscars from 1 inch size to 2 breeder 10 inch pairs and a 12 inch single. I actually found that armatus eel at a Woolworth store. He was about 5 inches at the time, really just a baby. He would come up and rub against a finger by the time he got big.
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Tina - 2013-11-12
I recently found out the name of this fish. LOL I have had this Yo-yo guy since 2000. It was by accident when I purchased a water plant for my aquarium. He made himself at home by eating all the snails including the big apple snails, he out lived my betas and other small fish. He even outlived a big pink aggressive cichlid that I thought would make a great tank mate for him. He even managed to survive many times of me finding him outside the tank after he jumped out while I was sleeping. Oh yeah, he really seems to enjoy my cat more than he does me since he only seems to come out of his hiding place whenever my kitty comes around. To this day he is still currently enjoying his food, I think his home and the odd snail he finds. I gave up on getting him a new tank mate. :s

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Taylor - 2013-02-27
i have had a EBJD for around 5 months now and it is no more then 1 and a half inches in length, do that sound right to you or is it growing slow?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-27
      Not a bad thing.  There are a lot of things that control growth.  Tank size, temps, feeding, but you are in no way doing anything wrong based on growth.
  • Taylor - 2013-02-28
    ok thank you for the info, at the moment i have it in a 125L tank with about 12 small community but will be moving it 2 my 240L tank with my 2 oscars when it is big enough. the temp is 25/26
  • David Brough - 2013-02-28
    It sounds about right to me.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-09
    I have 20 3 inch cory catfish with 1 electric blue jack deamsy she is 2 inches big they are In a 45 then I will move them all to a new them into a 80 will they all be ok in that tank
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-10
    Should be fine.  They will enjoy the increased room!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-10
    So the eletric blue jack demsy will not eat the cory catfish and can  add 1 ram if so what kind? Finally this is the last question can I add my convicts with them they are the same size but the male? Thanks a lot :D :P
  • Max miller - 2013-03-10
    So the eletric blue jack demsy will not eat the cory catfish and can i add 1 ram if so what kind? Finaly this is the last qestion can i add my convicts with them they are the same size but the male? Thanks a lot :D :P
  • riz - 2013-06-05
    As a rule of thumb, fishes tend to increase in length 1 inch/month, depending upon how big aquarium is.
  • Jeff - 2013-11-12
    Although this fish is hardy they are also a very very slow grower and if they get into a bad spot when young and experience a lot of stress that slows them down 10 fold. I have 2 elec blues that were the same size as a red texas cichlid and an oscar and 2 africans about 1'. Within 3 months everything was twice as big as the blue dempsies. I am going on 7 months now and the red texas is near 6' and one blue is nearing 3' the other got bullied bad by the texas and is still under 2'. I now have a plexi sheet dividing my 2 blues from everything else.
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