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Chris Baker - 2009-07-21
Im one of these people that have let tropical fish take over my life, I live for my fish. I take a particular interest in catfish. I've been reading the comments on Pangasius, this fish should not be sold in pet shops to people who do not realise their full potential. I have a tank measuring 9x3x3.5 and a 20,000 litre heated pond in the conservatory. My largest pangasius in nearly 3 feet long and weighs approx 26lbs. I have 6 in total, they were all cast offs from people who could no longer keep them due to size. In my opinion any animal,(whatever it is) that you buy, you should be able to look after it for the whole of its life. A lot of catfish like Pangasius, Shovel nose, Red tails, Giraffe cats, there's too many to list, but these are frequently available at fish stores from 2" to 6" and look lovely. But they won't tell you, you have a monster on your hands, some like Red Tails will eat most your tank when you get it home. I decided I wanted to KEEP these beautiful fish, so I bought and Built some huge tanks to be able to enjoy them for all their lives. (Recommend building as it's cheaper). If your not prepared to do this then just steer clear, don't waste yor time or money. Above all always research any fish your not sure about before you purchase it. Any fish I see or am offered for whatever reason, if I don't know details about it, I will always go and find out for myself and not take other peoples word for it. I suggest everyone does this. Also, people will tell you their max size in the wild. They seldom reach wild sizes in captivity, that doesn't mean a 6 foot Catfish will only grow 6 inches, it'll probably get to around 3.5 feet, so a little common sense is needed. Happy Fish Keeping.

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  • Paul Bishop - 2014-04-07
    Hi, I have got a Pangasius Catfish. I was told it would grow to within the size of my tank which is 80 Ltrs. But it is now too big and must be re-homed. I agree pet shops should be better informed and not sell these fish unless people are aware of the size tank they require. I am currently looking to find a suitable home for it...
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Brittany - 2014-03-29
I got a Comet Goldfish 3 days ago. I know it is a male. I named him Gil. He is is the only fish I have at the moment. I have a question. I have had been told that your fish can like being a pet like a cat or dog. Is that good for a fish? If yes could I try with him. He is the only fish I have at the moment. I also want to get a place for him to hide, I have silk plants, but I would like something he can go in to hide from my cat. My cat and him are cool but my cat is a bit of a hunter. So I think he likes more hiding spots. What kind of things are good for him?

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  • ILA McDougal - 2014-04-06
    If you go to pet smart look for the SpongeBob decorations and you'll see the pineapple and tiki house those might help.
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barb tuck - 2014-04-05
Is it normal for a pleco to stay on its back for 5 - 6 hrs? I thought it was dying, then all of a sudden it went nuts (swimming, jumping, diving).. now it follows me when I pass the tank..

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    That doesn't sound exactly typical, but it sounds like he is doing fine now. Just keep an eye on him to make sure you don't see any other signs of illness. Also do the recommended water changes (about a fifth of the tank once a month) and check the water quality and temperature.
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munusamy.s - 2014-04-05
My fish are very hungry.

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nereida deitmenn - 2012-09-13
would like to know where i can get the barred knife fish. the zebra knife fish. and the centipede knife fish looking to buy these three different types. i have a black ghost he is doing well in a community 55 gal. tank. thank you.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-13
    What area?
  • Matt - 2014-04-05
    I was also wondering where I could buy a zebra knifefish or a tiger knifefish? I live in Illinois, buy place doesn't matter as long as store ships.
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Marianne - 2013-04-16
I have a huge problem... here is some background: I have been breeding Kribensis for a long time but today I have noticed that one of my batches male that is 8 months has a black and red face on 1-side! does anyone no what it is or should I get rid of it before it infects the other fish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Off the top of my head I don't know what the heck it is. But... I would isolate the fish (quarantine/hospital tank) until I resolve what is going on with this fish. That way you will be avoiding a condition that could affect other tank inhabitants. Better to be safe than sorry:)
  • Axl D - 2014-04-04
    That happened to my oto. Died after 5 months.
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scott - 2012-04-21
My male yellow lab has been chasing the female lab and has stressed her. I've learned now I need more females to share the stress. I have her in a hospital net. What else can I do to stop her from dying...thanks ..scott

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  • slau - 2012-11-06
    How big is your fish tank? Best to have 3 or more females to 1 male yellow lab.
  • Wendy Dawn - 2014-03-30
    I recently had my 4 lb oscar die in my tank. I had 2 electric yellow females and one male, as well as a Jack Dempsey cichlid and a pleco. The one female is blind as a bat and now my male is also chasing the other female to her death. She's looking like she has fin rot but I assume it's the male ripping her to shreds. These fish are at their full grown size and if I introduce more females to the mix they will be too small to withstand the rest of the fish! Have you found any other solution Scott?
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Anonymous - 2014-02-28
I have three lionheads, one black, one orange, one gold and black. Also a black moor and a calico. They are all adorable. I am concerned for my big orange, as her head scales are growing down over the top of her eyes and she will soon be almost blind. Can the scales be cut back without hurting her? Does anyone know if there is anything I can do for her? She's my favorite!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    I don't know if they can be 'cut back', that sounds a little intrusive to me. It may just be her genetic makeup. These fish are breed for a number of things, with a large cap being one of them. I hope she will be alright, but I don't know that you can physically alter this. Perhaps another reader can give you a better idea.
  • DeeDee - 2014-03-27
    I currently have two lionheads in a 28 gallon tank. They are both about 2 inches. I'd like to add one more but I am concerned about stunting them. They are so adorable, just like all the others say.
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Jen - 2014-03-05
I have an Osphronemus Gourami which is now 37 years old. Has anyone got one older? He lives on his own as he has tended to eat other fish in the past that have been put in his tank. He is playful, recognizes different people, eats vegetables, fruit, worms etc. but loves chocolate cereals, walnuts and cooked egg yolks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    That's a really old gourami! I like the variety of food you give him :)
  • sheila - 2014-03-27
    Hi Jen I have an albino giant gourami. I got it like 5 years ago and it has gotten so big, it is now 19 inches OMG. It is very playful but aggressive at times. I give it pellets and sometimes a snack like jam and veggies. I have it in a 55 gallon tank, will it survive or can I buy a pond because another fish tank I can't afford, but I want to keep my pet.
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John Tang - 2014-03-26
I like that fish so much. But I wonder where can I find that Siamese tiger fish.

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