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Jerr - 2009-03-07
I have a 6 year old black moor goldfish who is the LAZIEST fish I've ever owned. He was originally in a little 5gal, and as he has grown so have his tanks. He ALWAYS has prefered sitting on the bottom of the tank. Probably because he manages to hurt himself when he swims. Over the years I have rescued him from the filter system (making one eye larger than the other), later from an ornamental log he was stuck in for a couple of days (making the other eye blind and blood shot). He is currently the size of my fist and is a brilliant gold/orange color with black tipped fins. He lives in a 105gal tank happily laying on his side on the bottom. He has 4 healthy fat tank mates who all swim normally, although my fantail will sit with him to keep him company, and from time to time you will see him haphazardly swim around for excercise. So I have chalked all this up to pure laziness, and PERHAPS a damaged swim bladder due to his near death experiences through the years.
I anticipate him being around for years to come. If anything, he makes for interesting conversation with guests.

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  • raye - 2014-01-21
    I have a black moor too that got herself in all kinds of trouble. Got stuck in her light house and damged her gills... she too was a bit lazy but I found if I give her 1 or 2 thawed frozen peas deshelled every day it gets her moving....good luck.
  • Mark - 2014-02-19
    I have a Black moor and when I woke up he was at the bottom of the tank so I came to the tank and he was still alive. So I gave him some food and then I relized that he is struggling to chew his food. I got a good look at his mouth and it's kind of stuck together. I will check him up and see if he is poorly or not also I will give a water check. Please have a solution for this problem and help my poor black moor.
  • BBP - 2014-08-13
    Actually my reply is for Mark who unfortunately is listed as a reply also and has a serious issue needing help. I see its been a few months so if you have an update please let us know not as a reply but a separate story/comment. My suggestion would be to see if your fish has anything trapped inside its mouth or see if its mouth fungus. Ive never had a goldfish have gravel stuck in its mouth but I am fighting mouth fungus on one and that stuff just will not go away! So Mark please give us an update and I hope its a happy one.
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Torren Sutton - 2014-06-25
Well I have a black moor and I have a comet goldfish but I don't have a filter for them. Will they die? I have water salt but will they die or not?

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  • BBP - 2014-08-13
    As I've sure you've read here, those aren't the best two types to have together but it can work if you pay attention to whats going on and stay on top of water quality, etc. I prefer the Moors, Telescopes, and fantails but I received a Comet as a gift. All I will say in answer to you question is that the likelihood of your fish dying sooner rather than later is raised exponentially without a filter. Goldfish are voracious eaters and produce a lot of waste. Waste turns into ammonia and other nasties, and the entire tank bio chemistry will be off. Fish need good clean water, space to grow and swim, and peace from more aggressive fish. Do yourself and your fish a favor and buy a filter, change the filter medium as directed, and also invest in an aquarium test kit. API makes several & I personally go to a store to purchase or use Amazon. Last bit of advice - read, read, read, as much as you can on their care and treatment. They are an investment both financially and for your time but the joy you will receive in turn is priceless.
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adam - 2013-10-14
I have had my scomb and my armatus for over 3 years. These fish are very easily trained to take silversides, dangle the silverside in the water near the top until your payara sees it, then let it loose, if he grabs it, good. But if it hits the bottom, they won't touch it, they only like moving prey, so try again. Also another thing they hate, is lights. my lights are off 100% of the time, with the occasional moon led light. as far as a powerhead, I turn on for a little bit every other day. After a little while they don't like it at all, oh yea, they are 12 inches.

 

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  • Jason hawkins - 2014-03-18
    Everybody here is giving people false infromation, I study fish like these on a daily basis, and the Payara - 'Sabe tooth', if taken good care of, they live anywhere between 5-12 years, mine is 6 years old now, so that 6 months - 2 years is silly talk.
  • carter - 2014-08-12
    Hey Adam, I just recently bought an Scomb (or that's what I was told it was) I was wondering if I could email you for information on identification and care of these fish? All the information I have seen has been conflicting and you seem to know what you're talking about. thanks Carter carterfnf@gmail.com
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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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Animal-World info on Blood Parrot
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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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Animal-World info on Featherfin Squeaker
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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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