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rachel - 2014-08-18
hi i am just letting yas know that i had two of them black moor goldfish and one of them killed the other one so just be aware

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  • Karen - 2014-08-28
    That's really unusual. Black moors are typically non-violent, and should live very well with another black moor. Are you sure there wasn't anything else wrong with the other fish?
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Andrea - 2014-08-27
I have one stonefish which I have had for about 6 months. I have kept him in freshwater and have not seen him eat, but he must be eating because he is still alive. I have him with other fish... red tailed catfish, banjo, and spotted raphael. I feed him goldfish

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Animal-World info on Long Finned Black Tetra
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FishNewbie - 2009-03-08
I just bought 2 of these guys. For some reason, they have been harrassing my Mickey Mouse Platy even though they are the same size. My poor platy has been chased all day by both of the fish :( I hope they calm down

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  • jackie b - 2014-02-20
    Get rid of one of your fish the platy will die soon. Cant believe some aquarists don't do research of platies. These are HIGHLY Aggressive so keep them with Discus and oscars
  • Nikki Hobbs - 2014-08-27
    I also have in my tank 2 Long Finned Black Tetras, One Mickey Mouse Platy. However I also have in the same tank a Head and Tail Light Tetra, Ghost Shrimp and a Plecostomus. My tank is only 14 gallons but I'm having absolutely no problems with them I have had them for a few years now. Honestly my tank is flurishing phenomenally. The key is having enough structures and plants for your fish to hide and find territories of their own. Try to rearange the tank when introducing new fish as to allow all the fish to find new territories at once so they don't over take each others and cause chaos. Hope this helps!
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Animal-World info on Texas Cichlid
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Jo Prukop - 2014-08-26
My Texas cichlids have been such a rewarding pet. They are very social and curious. They get very excited and attentive at feeding times and are a lot of fun. Their physical attributes and color is stunning. I have never seen aggression from mine. They are housed in a 79 gal tank with plecs, 2 little catfish, a warmouth, and 3 orange spotted sunfish.

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Animal-World info on Striped Raphael Catfish
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Anonymous - 2014-08-12
I got a Beautiful Striped Rapheal Catfish, and 24 hours late one of my Green Tiger Barbs is completely... Did he eat him???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    It could be that the barb was a snack, unusual but it could happen.
  • Toni-Ann Mistretra - 2014-08-26
    Definitely eats other fish. We have had our striped Raphael catfish for around 17 years. He/she has gone through a variety of expensive feeder fish including barbs, neons, cichlids, and a ghost fish! Feeding it shrimp pellets and other high protein foods along with algae pellets or discs will help, but no guarantees. We renamed ours Cano ;)
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Animal-World info on Red Devil Cichlid
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John Barthel - 2014-08-24
Is this Cichlid a Red devil

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-29
    Yes, this page is about the 'Red Devil Cichlid,' and there's lots of good information about them as well as a couple pictures of different color morphs. Enjoy!
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Animal-World info on Featherfin Squeaker
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Spiff - 2009-01-26
Please, I hope nobody reading this decides to stock their tanks like some of the other commenters. 2 of these catfish with any other large fish in a 29gal is too many. 1 bala shark can't live in a 29 gal, let alone the 2 + plecos + synos that one person describes. Once these guys reach adulthood, they really ought to have a 55 gal or bigger to explore. Even if you only have 1.

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  • Mike - 2014-08-17
    My. feather fin is 2yrs old and he is 3-4 inches, he has 5 tank mates that are upside down catfish, in a 30 gallon. Is this adequate or not?
  • Psshh - 2014-08-18
    I have heard much about syno cats needing lots and lots of space. Based on my research and word of mouth, I would agree with Spiff. I personally only keep 1 syno in my 55. His tankmates include malawi mbuna cichlids and he does great! He is 6mns old and currently 4-5 inches in size.
  • Mike - 2014-08-20
    Pertaining to 'my' featherfin length being only 3 in a half inches, is 30galls adequate?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-21
    I'm guessing Mike, that it depends upon how fast your fish grows. As it gets bigger, you'll want to upgrade.
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-21
    He's a little over two years old, 3 in a half inches, with five upside down catfish in a 30 gal. Is this adequate?
  • Mike - 2014-08-24
    ?????
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Animal-World info on Dojo Loach
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Amanda Griggs - 2014-08-23
Do I have had a golden dojo loach for about a year,.  He is an awesome fish, very active.  I decided he needed a buddy so I bough anotherone yesterday.  The one I have had for a while has black eyes and the new one has red eyes.  Does that mean he is a true Albino golden dojo loach?  They have LOTs of other loach friends, 3 black kuli loach, 3 clown loaches, multiple guppies, tetras, neons, upside cats and bumble bee cats.  Large Tank

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Bob&Jo - 2014-02-13
Our lionhead was a very active tankmate with our fantails but recently has started to hide in the vegetation, she or he is breathing normal but not swimming. mostly stays in one spot. Do you think she could be pregnant? She seems to have become very rounded. Please comment.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    It's possible she could be pregnant.
  • Ineke - 2014-08-21
    Why doesn't any body see that these poor things are basically handicaspt, they are totally bred out of proportion.
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Animal-World info on Silver-tipped Shark
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Jaymi Loobey - 2014-08-20
Okay. I am thoughrohly confused now. I saw this fish at petco and the card said nothing about it being brackish or slightly poisonous. The petsmart site you guys show as selling this fish says it's related to minnows, not catfish like you do. And you say it is a scaleless fish even though the picture you have of it clearly is of a fish with scales. I just want to know if one will go well with bala sharks and a koi. Sheesh!

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  • David Brough - 2014-08-20
    The point you make about confusion in the pet industry is a good one. The problem is compounded by the fact that different fish may have the same common names. That is why we always mention the genus-species. The fish at Petsmart has the same common name but is a different species. Animal-World is describing Ariopsis seemani while Petsmart is selling is something else... Im not sure what it is since I can't find it on their page. However, if you google Silver-tipped Shark you will find that a majority of write-ups describe it as a catfish. There are also actual sharks, a large species of requiem sharks with the same or similar name. The catfish on Animal-World may better be called a Columbian Shark Catfish, we will consider changing it. Sorry about the confusion.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-20
    I think the retailer has the fish mis-labeled - and thus their care info pertains to a totally different fish. You can tell the difference between a minnow species and a catfish species by looking at the fins on their back. This fish, the Silver-tip or Columbian Shark, has two fins on top, a large dorsal fin in front followed by an adipose fin just in front of the tail. Minnows are not sharks or catfish, but Cyprinids, and although some types of minnows may have barbels (just like this fish does) no Cyprinid will ever have the second fin on its back... the adipose fin will be absent.

    As far as compatibility, the Bala Shark (which is a Cyprinid) is a good sized fish, and peaceful but skittish. It gets along with most fish, even smaller fish, just as long as they are too large to fit in its mouth. This Silver-tip is a catfish, and it too is peaceful with other fish as long as they are the same size or larger. Minnows would be fine with either of these two fish, as they too are peaceful... but watch the size when keeping them, especially with a catfish. If you add a fish that is tiny, it could become lunch.
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