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Arnold Pinto - 2014-08-12
I'm presently having 2 redtailed tinfoil barbs in a 22gallon tank.They are about 3''.Since the time I've got them,I have been noticing them to always be in the lower regions or rarely in the mid regions of the tank.They never come on top of the tank even when there's food put in.I'm a lil worried about the fish not eating and the water getting polluted.Any suggestions ?Thanks.

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david - 2008-11-29
I just bought a silver tipped shark at petco yesterday and now im really worried because I was told that they get about twenty four inches and that they will eat any fish thats smaller then him. I really love this shark but I dont want him to eat all my fish in the tank. He;s only about an inch or two now but should I return him??? I have swordtails, platties, mollies, yo-yo loach, rainbow shark, and tetras. I am doomed right? This fish will eat all my fish when it gets bigger right??? Please help me before it's too late for me to return the shark. Thanks Dave

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  • *Brianna* - 2010-04-02
    My Silver Tip Does Fine With The Other Tank Mates In My 29 Gal. They Include Swordtails, Platties (3 Really Small Ones), Indian Ghost Fish (With Are Like Tetras) Danios, And Also Ive Had A Few Little Guppies In There. They Did Fine. And My Silver Tip Is About 5 Inches. =) For Everyone Els eI Havent Had Any Killings Yet So I Think They Would Do Fine With Smaller Fish. He Also Has A Few Other Same Size Fish He Swims With.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-25
    The biggest issue you may have is tank sive.  They can out grow the tank depending on size.  They are not very aggressive fish and do well most of the time with smaller fish.
  • Jay - 2013-05-21
    I have 2silver tip and 4 tiger barb went missing my sharks r only 3 inches
  • Toni - 2013-08-20
    Do you know what might cause my silver tipped shark to swim using only his tail fin? He won't use any of his other fins. I'm afraid he might eventually die. :-(
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-11
    Silver tipped sharks are calm and non agrresive creatures your fish are fine
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randall - 2014-08-11
I have a 5-6 inch parrot ciclid and convert to a deep orange to a mild yellow once I turn lights on. What's up? There is another parrot ciclid that 4-5 inches that the same color all day. Could they be 'mating'? Of course they pick the gravel all day and disbrute it around the tank. Thanks Randall

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    They could be mating, all that rock cleaning is an indication of that. But many Blood Parrot Cichlids will change color with age as well, this is presumably because of  the Midas or Red Devil Cichlid parentage. Both of these cichlid species are known to change coloration as they mature.
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andy harvey - 2014-06-12
I recently bought a butterfly fish for my tank but when i go near the tank to feed him he goes to the bottom and hides which makes it hard to feed him anyone got any soloutions to this

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    They can be shy, but it can help if you have some more adventurous fish like clownfish or damsels. The butterflyfish will see them going to the top of the tank at feeding time, and learn to come out with them to eat. Overtime, as it becomes comfortable with its home, it should come out more readily.
  • Arf - 2014-08-09
    Butterfly Fish are freshwater... So clowns and damsels are obviously out of the question.
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some fish lover! - 2009-11-28
I have two oscars, two red belly pacus, two jack dempseys, one black banded leporinus, one pufferfish, and one pleco in a ten gallon tank and they are doing fine! The oscars will eat anything that can fit in their mouth. Happy fish keeping!

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  • Dsgsd - 2011-11-11
    I sincerely hope you have something along the lines of a 900 gallon tank for when EVERY SINGLE FISH IN THAT TANK OUTGROWS IT!
  • Trevor - 2014-08-09
    Please tell me that you're joking.
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Larry - 2009-11-23
I have 2 featherfins in a 55 gallon tank with a few zebra danios, glow-fin tetras, black tetras, and 2 golden algae eaters. They all get along just fine. I did have the same problems others mentioned with neon tetras disappearing, but only with neons. Featherfins just like the taste of neons apparently. The best way to introduce new fish to your tank with the territorial featherfins is to rearrange the tank. Move the plants and rocks around at the same time that you add the new fish. The confusion makes them think they are in a new area (which has the new fish), and the territory is no longer theirs. It has worked great for me for all fish except the neons. Just don't add neons to a tank with featherfins and you should be okay.

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  • Ryan - 2010-10-17
    I've actually been able to keep neons with featherfins successfully. I currently have 6 neons in my 55 gallon aquarium with 2 featherfins. But they were raised with many small fish which included 5 neons in my old 20 gallon aquarium. They usually don't get too aggressive towards bottom dwellers, but from time to time will spar with each other around the tank. But I have had 3 out of 7 kuli loaches die lately, but I don't know if it was from them or old age, but I hope you have greater luck with smaller fish with the guys!
  • Ren - 2013-01-24
    My featherfin ate 14 fresh shrimp in two days. Every weekend I would buy at least 10 and couldn't figure out where they were going. I owned it for a year before he ever came out of his cave so I call it Houdini, it had tripled in size when he finally showed up. It gets against the highest center piece and just hovers in a perfect vertical 90 and lets the bubbles go up his belly. Very enjoyable now that I see it, very playful with my 7' placo, they are like bff's, inseperable.
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Andi Harris - 2012-05-01
My rainbows spawned yesterday (30/4/12) and it seems the female is doing all the hard graft whilst tthe male is standing gaurd and casually chasing other fish away from the female and eggs. the female certainly puts the male in his place when his attention drops slightly. I've bred these fish many times over the years and I find them amazing little characters in everey way

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lynett shier - 2014-08-06
i'm so upset my black moore of five years + has disappeared in my tank it wasn't ill and i can't find it dead anywhere the other fish are fine would they have eaten him :-(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    So sorry to hear about your Black Moor. It is possible the other fish could have eaten him, but if it has been a compatible community tank, it most likely only occurred at night, and probably only if the fish had already died.
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Doc Green - 2014-08-05
I own a what I believe to be a male midas cichlid. I'm 95% sure he is a male. The territory displays,the attacking of everything that enters the water. The long trailing dorsal and analysis fins. Anyway mine is in a 90 gallon currently I just moved him from a 55. Now my confusion lies in were is his hump.his head is thick but it's no wider than his body. There's also no real shape from a side profile either. Is this because there's no female or am I doing something wrong? He eats fine very aggressive fairly active. Has a pond snail named turbo for a buddy. But why has this guaranteed hump not forming?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Well, hopefully it is a Midas Cichlid. Both male and female specimens can get a slight hump, but it is usually larger in males. The hump begins to form when they are mature, usually this is at about 6 inches (15 cm). I've alsoheard that the hump develops better and faster if they are very comfortable in their environment.
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Anonymous - 2014-08-04
I have a large yellow loach in my tank, among many other types of fish. However, when i cleaned my tank and but him back in it he seems bloated and floats to the top. I feel as if he is tired/annoyed . Iv heard they "fart" air bubbles to rid this, however i havent noticed. Help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    It sounds like he may be 'gulping' air when he is stressed by the transfer process, which will make them look bloated until the air is dispelled. Perhaps you can leave him in the tank when you are doing maintenance. Do only regular partial a water changes while syphoning the gravel, then you won't have to move him and hopefully you won't have to deal with stress issues.
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