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Lisa - 2013-12-30
i have a Striped Raphael Catfish and just lately its seems to have white stuff coming off him, could this be his protective slime? He still seems active and eating is normal. I've asked a few aquariums and they don't know what it is, has anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It sounds like it could be shedding mucus. This is indicative that something may be wrong with your water. Do a water change, also check that your ph and Hardness levels are within the right ranges for this species (ph Range: 5.8-7.0 and Hardness Range: 4 - 18 dGH).
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greg - 2013-12-27
Hi I have a mystic shark and I just found a lump in the lower part of the stomach, can anybody tell me what it could be please?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It's hard to say what this is on your Iridescent shark (a.k.a. Mystic shark). It could be some kind of parasite, a tumour, or it could have injured itself. These sharks are very skittish and will often swim into things, hurting themselves.
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Aimee - 2013-12-24
I have a redtail catfish. He was in 1 of my outside ponds, i live in New Orleans, this past week the weather got pretty cold, i just noticed the heaters broke, he was barely breathing but still alive i brought him to 1 of my inside tanks with my south american fish, can he be saved? or is it too late?? please help!!! he is too big and beautiful for me to give up on!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    The Redtailed catfish is a really beauty and it sounds like you've rescued him just in time. Still only time will tell if he will be fine, but you did the right thing. Let us know how it goies!
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sam - 2009-10-27
Hiya, I have a 40 gallon fluval vicenza aquarium with a fluval external canister filter. I do a 25% percent water change every Friday and the fish are feed flake, cichlid pellets, tetra prima, catfish pellets, and blood worm treats. My current fish are one 3inch male festivum, one 3 inch male opaline gourami, one 3inch female pearl gourami. 3 days ago I added 4 little baby angelfish about the size of a 50p, 2 smaller marble ones and 2 silver striped angelfish. At first they got chased and nipped but now they are ignored.They lighten up my dull tank. They look so awesome just playing tag in and out of the big amazon sword plants. Feeding time is, well fun, they are wee psychos, lol. Soon I'm going to add some new fishes to the festivum, gourami's and angel's tank. I'm thinking about adding somthing like 2 golden gouramis, 1 snakeskin gourami, 1 baby pleco, 1 red tailed shark, 4 baby keyhole cichlids, 6 cherry barbs, 8 serpae tetras, and I would like to add a baby severum too, but we'll see. Thanks Animal-World, you've helped me out sooooo many times with your fish info, and today you helped me again with my new angels. So thank you very much :), your brilliant! Cheers Animal-World. I mean it, without your site I'd be a crap fish keeper, thanks!!

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  • Wes - 2013-12-23
    That is way too many fish. If you are going to add all the fish you say your going to need a 125 gallon.
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samiran roy,india - 2011-11-04
How much do these guys cost in India? I badly want one. Please respond.

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  • charan kumar - 2013-12-19
    If you are in bangalore, then you are lucky and i can provide you orange lelupii both adults and small. Let me know if you want.
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justin - 2011-01-15
I have a 60-gallon tank, and at Petsmart the people say these things get 14 inches! Is this true? Will I need to get more than one?

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-06
    No they aren't schooling fish they get about that size maybe smaller in aquarium though.
  • Justin - 2013-08-06
    Okay, what you really need is a large tank setup. They can't live well on their own.They need to be in schools of three to five for maximum mental health.
  • Zack Bradford - 2013-12-16
    Yea, they definitely need to be in odd groups. They won't make it to 14 in your tank, I had a 55 and there just wasn't enough space for them, sorry to say but you'll be lucky if they make it to about 8 inches. I only say that because your tank mates will have a big play on them, say you have a fish like barbs for example. The bala will get skittish and will jolt into the glass and continue to knock itself out. But cool fish give the tank character and you'll definitely need a bigger tank if you want them to thrive not just survive. Feel free to ask about other fish as well if idk I wont bs ya.

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Jim - 2013-12-16
Hi there, I have had a pleccy for about 5 years and he is in a 4 foot tank with a couple of eupterus (1 I have had for about 11 years and the other 7, I think). Unfortunately the cichlid colony have slowly thinned over the last couple of years to have 2 remaining (not adding more until we do work to the house and after tank is moved). The pleccy, over the last week has developed pink cheeks and nostrils (as if they are bruised or filled with blood) and is hardly moving or feeding. I have done a 50% water change and gravel vacuum, but not sure of my next step. Suggestions as to what it might be and how to treat?

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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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