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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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S Raizada - 2014-10-11
Hi....I have a pond at home (approx 12feet X 8feet X 2.5feet deep). I have 6 red carps (four are 14 inches length and the other two are apprx 8inches). 2 months ago my neighborhood petshop guy told me that one of his clients had given him a 16 inch ID shark since it was too large for his aquarium. I brought that irid home and put it in my tank/pond ..... all seems fine as the irid is doing great and has taken well to the new habitat. I am wondering if there is a possibility of the irid causing harm to the smaller red carps ??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Nice size pond. I doubt the Irid will cause any problems as it is a pretty shy fish. The carp, which are peaceful too, are actually the ones that would be the most likely to be pushy as they are social, active... and love to get to the food. But I don't think you'll have problems with any of them, you offer plenty of space for all.
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Morris Agaba - 2014-07-06
I am a researcher interested in lung fish genetics. I am new to the fish world and have mostly worked with Zebra fish and tilapia. I am told by a colleague that it is difficult to tell physically a male from a female lungfish in the early stages. Anyone have and know male and know female specimens and is willing to send me specimens for DNA analysis?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What an interesting endeavor. I wish we could help, but have no specimens. However, we would love to hear what you learn as you proceed, and we wish you all the best!
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Sami - 2014-10-09
Hey I have a 2 1/2' 9month old London Shubunkin.. We bought him/her in July was sold to us as a 5month old.. We put in into an already established tank with a common goldfish and 9 little/mini red minnows and a few others not sure of there naming.. Basically the Shubunkin was chasing the common yellow goldfish around.. Looked as though he was pushing her/him about... (We changed the tank around before adding our new fish, so the habitat would be different for all of them ) basically after a couple weeks the little ones started dying off ... And we noticed the shubunkin has an abnormal growth under his belly where he poops from.. It's very weird looks like a prolapse?!?! So we bought him a new tank (the nemo ward we call it) and transferred him into the new tank once it was ready (two weeks after it was up and running with filter) the little fish kept dying off ( still not sure if it was because the fish were old and due to natural causes or because of disease..). I tried everything there was no sign of actual disease in the fish and the common goldfish is fine .. I now have two red minnows left in the tank with the common yellow goldfish and the bully shubunkin is in a tank by himself and his behaviour is becoming more alarming.. Rubbing against tank objects.( has now stopped this (haven't seen him do it in a while). Once he moved the filter a good few inches.. And was swimming into the bubbles coming out of the filter for hours when first moved into the tank.. He seemed to settle and now For the last week he has been very scared and jumpy ...What is wrong with him? I follow all the rules that I am aware off water changes .. Cleaning the filter.. General tonic etc .. Please help!! Also he ate a Hong Kong cleaner I put into the tank :( .. I can't keep on watching them die.. I have brought numerous books .. But none have helped ... Please any advice?!?! Ta

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    It's really hard to say what's going on, with either of your tanks. Yes, old age could be the culprit for the minnows. I would look at the decor, and make sure I had lots of plants (plastic ones work fine) to help with comfort and security.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
my corydoras went mental and kept swimming forward 24 7

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    Water conditions will do that sometimes.  I would do an amonia test.
  • nancy - 2013-07-24
    My corys are a lot more active mid tank now. One of them has turned bluish and spends time with his mouth near the surface in the back corner. The other one entices it away to play but I think the blue one is slowly dying. I think the blue is from low oxygen. This has been going on for several weeks now. There is lots of oxygen in the tank from 2 filters and a power head too. Have yours changed color?
  • Kim - 2014-10-09
    You may have a high PH level.
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Steve - 2012-01-15
I've got an 18 inch arowana how much is he worth?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. There are no specifics - just what can be asked and what canbe negotiated.
  • pigz - 2014-10-09
    124 dollars
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Jay - 2014-10-08
Hi, I have a 35 gallon tank and planning to have an angelfish, 1 gbr, 1 apistos and 1 bolivian ram. Is it possible?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    That should be a great mix, just make sure you have a nice decor that offers plenty of  hiding places; rocks, driftwood, and plants all work well.
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sabina - 2014-07-01
I bought one yesterday but it doesn't want to eat....what to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    He will only eat live foods, perhaps try mixing up the offerings... feeder fish one day, worms another.
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karen nott - 2009-04-14
I have a albino barb and a tiger barb in my tank, and up until recently, I had a red tailed shark, which I have had to remove because of constant nipping and chasing. My albino barb has been the only one that has been nipped, and as a result, has lost his lower finn and his lower tail. Does anyone know, or have advice about what we can do to help him recover back to normality, so to speak, as he is struggling to swim. Many Thanks.

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  • Kerem - 2010-05-17
    It might be PAINFUL for the poor thing treat it only if it didn't die ok thanks.
  • m freeman - 2010-06-08
    I too have the same problem at the moment I am using something called melafix antibaterial fish remedy and it does help them grow back their tails and fins.
  • Harrison Graydon - 2010-11-25
    You need, and I emphasize need, 5 or more tiger barbs in a tank, or else they will nip each other and other fish incessantly in the tank. I currently own 10, and it's worth it to own lots, as they are very interesting fish to own when in a large group, their behavior is very interesting.
  • Matt - 2011-01-06
    Personally I have an assortment of barbs in my tank such as the albino and the branded barb. The albino is not a very aggressive tiger barb and will not nip at fins etc. But the tiger barb will, personally the best you can you is either choose between a tank of tiger barbs or albino and a mixture with other fish but make sure they are similar to the barb family!
  • Michael Brown - 2011-08-21
    If you have 6 to 8 tigers they will not bother any other fish I have tigers with long finned fish and they don't bother them at all I hope this helps you.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-07
    Get at least 10-12 more to stop nipping
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grace - 2013-09-16
I just got my goldfish and I don't know much about them! But I am wondering why they always are at the top of the water? They will swim to the top and sorta stick their mouths out and go 'pip pip' it almost looks like they are trying to get more oxygen but I dont know! I'm sure some of that is normal, but what about all the time?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-19
    Goldfish will often get oxygen by gulping air at the surface of the water. It sounds normal to me! Putting a bubbler in the water may help to create more oxygen and your goldfish may feel less like he needs to get it at the surface, so if you are worried he is doing it a bit excessively you could try a bubbler.
  • sally - 2014-10-06
    Fresh plants in the water also help as they produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide :) hope this also helps
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