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vishal solanki - 2014-10-31
hi, recently my salvini cichlid layed eggs on the shell . and the fry in eggs started moving the tails. so i sifted the female with the egg to other basket. the next morning i also sifted the male. but now i dont see any eggs in the bucket. i dont understand. has the eggs eaten by them ? also i read on net that the salvini oxygenate the fries. could any one please tell me how does she do that. thanking you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-31
    You may have disrupted them when moving. Try setting up a breeding tank so you don't have to change things up. Females cichlids oxygenate by waving their fins over the eggs.
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natural tastes - 2014-10-30
I am looking for black pacu. Please contact me if you have any available.

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Jennifer Nikki Duvall- Goretcki - 2014-01-23
I received a 12 inch jag off craigslist for free.  I have a 220 gallon established African and South American set up with several fish ranging from about 9inches to 2inches. When I got the fish he was thin. The jag did not eat and I began to worry. I think he gave my tank a parasite or the introduction of him may have added stress among the fish and allowed for a already existing parasite to flourish and be exacerbated. Several of the cichlids are 'flashing'. The jag still was not eating about nine days in, around the same time I noticed the flashing, and had been what seemed to be lethargic in a cave he had claimed as his. So, although I visibly saw now ich I treated for it for three days. Then changed half the water. I mixed Epsom salt and water and entubated him (stuck a tube down into his stomach) to try and rid any intestinal parasites. A couple days later I wetted some spectrum food and entubated him with that to try and boost his energy since he had not ate in about two weeks and was rarely moving, and showed no interest in is normal pellet food, nor freeze dried shrimp! He has finally started attempting to eat his food and is actually swallowing some rather than spitting it back out. Now my concern is what the heck this parasite could be. I checked the jags gills and they are a smooth red with no sight of manifestations of parasites and I also checked another large cichlid who has also been flashing and saw nothing on its gills. There are no white spots on the body either and the three day treatment with the common blue dye color ich treatment stuff didn't seem to ease anything. My ph, nitrate and ammonia levels are never off and I check them regularly. The flashing is not a show for dominance nor for breeding. They are twitching like they have a body tick and then flashing (what almost seems involuntarily at times) around the tank. The water change of almost half the tank has helped some and I plan on changing more water this weekend and continue to do so do rid as much of the parasites in the tank as possible. Anyone have any idea what it could be or had any similar experiences?  The jag still is not very active and lays in his cave a lot.  He still looks malnourished with a slightly sunken in stomach as well. Please help.... I don't want to lose any of my fish!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    Your cichlid could have Hexamita, an intestinal flagellated protozoa that attack the lower intestine. Large cichlids are prone to this disease. A favorite  antibiotic for treating gastrointestinal diseases in cichlids is Metronidazole. It has no discernible side effects, doesn't kill fry or stress out other fish too much. And it is a moderately priced treatment when dosing the whole water volume. See more about it on our fish disease page here: Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments: Hexamita
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-30
    How is the Jaguar Cichlid doing?
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-30
Can i keep pink convicts with:2 african brown knife fish,6 weather loaches,1 lima shovelnose cat,1 pleco,and 2 spotted raph. cats? And if i can can you please tell me where to find these online?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-31
    Possibly, they aren't too aggressive a cichlid unless they are breeding. But I would keep an eye on them and the other tankmates just in case. Most of these fish are readily available from online retailers... do a google search.
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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.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-30
    Get a Senegal Bichir.
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-30
Can a 4 inch knife eat feeders?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-31
    See the food and feeding section above for information on what you can feed these guys. Feeders are not recommended unless you quarantine them for a couple of weeks because they can introduce disease into the tank.
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-02
Can a an African Brown Knife live in a tank 21 inches tall,12 inches wide and 34 inches long?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    As an adult that would really be too small, your dimensions are about a 35 gallon tank and they should have a minimum of 55 gallons. Also the adult can be about 12' in length, so it wouldn't offer much room for it to navigate.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-02
    Ok,it can live in there until it's about 6 inches and then i'll move it to a 55.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-30
    Update: I decided to get 2,i had them in my 35 until i found my 45... was really a 55.... so... then i moved them.(a few weeks apart,i coulden't catch one).Tip:if you want to SEE your ABKF during the day then you need to stand VERY still so he won't dart away in fright (it helps if you've just fed them). Knife Fish Lover-
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Laurel - 2014-10-29
Hi I have had a few Yoyo loaches and I have to disagree about the size they get in an aquarium. I a few in a 75g with angels and a few other fish and they are about a year old now and they are a 5-6 inches now, the male being a little smaller then the female.

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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-23
Can i keep a banjo catfish in a 10 gallon aquarium without tankmates?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-24
    See the Setup section above, it has tanks size as well as other necessary tank parameters.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-28
    Ok,he is going to get moved into my 35 TONIGHT.
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-28
Can i keep a Panther Crab in a 55 gallon aquarium with: 2 African Brown Knife Fish (4 inches),6 Weather Loaches (3-5 inches),1 Plecostomus (3 inches),and 2 Spotted Raphael Catfish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-29
    Well, Panther Crabs get up to about 3'  in size and are omnivores. They view any fish, as well as shrimp and crayfish as potential food items. They like scavenging at night and are known for attacking slow and big fish. Because the African Brown Knife, as well as the Pleco and the Raphael Catfish are all bottom dwellers, they will be hanging out in the same area as the crab and so I would be a bit concerned with this mix.
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