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shirley - 2014-03-29
My kissing fish keep having babies and then eat them all. I am so distressed with this. Am I doing something wrong? I am about to get rid of my tank.

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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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Heidi - 2014-03-16
Hi! My husband and I have been the proud owners of a green spotted puffer (Penelope) for the last two years...we raised her in a 6 gallon fluval edge...which I know is way too small for her, but she's always been a very happy fish with a very white belly. We've also always just put aquarium salt in her tank...never marine salt. We've recently moved her to a much bigger 25 gallon tank. And she seems unhappy. Any suggestions? Also, do you think we should transition her to marine salt? We want her to have the longest and best life that she can't have...we are VERY fond of her! Thanks so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Sometimes a new enviroment can cause some stress, and that may be why its acting unhappy. But if its eating, that's a good sign. These fish do need a much more brackish water as they get older, with a salinity of 1.018-1.022 for an adult, this is almost a full saltwater environment. You can get a marine salt at a pet store, which may be helpful as they include trace elements that are essential for saltwater fish.
  • keyonne - 2014-03-26
    How tall is it?
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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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Mike - 2013-02-20
I got a Midas cichlid about 6 months after I started my 75g tank. It was the smallest fish I had by far, now it's full grown and definitely the Alpha fish in the tank, he even chases around my 15 in Pacu. It almost killed my green terror, keep a close eye on your tank with this fish. Great fish.

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  • Joaquin Rivera - 2014-03-25
    Please let me know where to buy midas and red devils. I'm from the Phillipines here is my Facebook page you may message me here +632 9494017939 thanks.
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Anonymous - 2013-02-28
My Ryukin is about 1/2 now. And just rating today he can't keep swimming or up in the tank. He tries to stay level but he sinks to the bottom and lays upside down. Can someone help me with what's wrong with him? ): Please and thank you!

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  • karen - 2013-03-14
    Swim bladder is a common problem with the ryukin goldfish. Jungle used to make a pond fungus eliminator that was great for this issue. Unfortunately, Jungle products discontinued this product (which came with alot of upset from breeders and hobbyists). frozen peas that have been thawed and fed to the goldfish seems to help some.
  • Kathryn - 2013-09-15
    Try feeding him shelled green peas. Works best if you thaw frozen ones. Do this for at least one day, or until he starts swimming right side up.
  • Sylvia Villa - 2014-03-25
    I own 2, a calico which is over 6 inches, the other a red about 4 inches. I always notice that the calico always starts acting strange and sluggish when the filters need a good rinse. After I clean the filters it's back to normal. The other day I thought I was losing him, he was just staying towards the bottom and not swimming straight. The other fish was getting underneath him and holding him up because he could not swim right or stay up. I quickly cleaned another tank that I have and got it ready for him. I put both in there not wanting to separate them. He has been fine ever since. I think the water he was in was the culprit. It looked clean in the tank but wasn't. I was so scared to lose him, I've had them for about a year now. The smaller one never has these problems. Now I am making sure the water is kept really clean. Hope my experience helps you. It's worth a try.
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brenda - 2014-01-09
I have two sailfin plecos, 1 is 12-14 inches and 5 years old the other is 8-10 inches and 3 years old, why do they both swim at speed straight up and hit their heads on the glass top on the tank?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    Sounds like the tank may be too small to accommodate them.
  • SHAY - 2014-03-23
    The reason that they are doing that is because the tank may be dirty (not saying anything bad about your tank). They do it because in their natural habitat when the water in a lake or stream dries up the pleco would actually jump to another water source (Plecos have been known to actually hit their heads on the side of a aquarium until they cause damage to themself or even death). The reason that they are going to the top of your aquarium is because they actually use air to adjust its buoyancy. I hope this helps but the main thing is to 1. clean your tank (if needed) and 2. do not fill your tank up to the brim (I always leave 1/2 to 1/2 inch between the water level and the top of the tank and most importantly DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TANK'S LID UP UNATTENDED.
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Anonymous - 2014-03-23
I just got a new tank, I have about 9 fish in a 10 gallon. One of my Opaline gouramis was always playing in the mirror so I got another. The first day they were chasing each other around a lot. (Not in a violent way) and I believe it's a male that I already had and I just got a female. Everything seemed fine until yesterday, I checked the tank and there was a chunk of tail (or the biggest fin in the back I don't know what it's called lol) of the female and now she stays in the cave. I have a lot and the male tries to hug her but she swims away and is almost never at the surface anymore. Will she heal and what do you think is the cause of this?

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Anonymous - 2014-02-14
I have an Iridescent Shark who has died twice before. The electricity went off and so did the heater. By morning the water was very cold and the fish was belly up and not moving. We went to bury him when we noticed his breathing. After an hour of the power coming back on he was swimming around like nothing happened. Is it normal for my fish to do this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    Sounds like you have a very durable fish. And it sounds like it's 'normal' for him:)
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-23
    When moving we had the same thing happen. I turned the power off in the house overnight, forgetting about the fish tank. The fish was belly up for many hours. I told my wife to add hot water to the aquarium before she buried it when she called and told me the fish was dead. It is a year later and it is still happy fish.
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