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floridafishkeeper - 2014-06-15
I have three of these fish in my 29 gallon amazon blackwater aquarium, along with one panda corydoras. To bring more activity to the tank, I bought a shoal of nine neon tetras. Within an hour of bringing them home, the trio had eaten seven out of nine of the neon tetras. Is this normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    Hey Jake, I answered this below... but here's a re-cap: 'It sounds like, from their point of view, that 'neons are on the menu!' I don't think you will be able to keep these fish together in your current tank, perhaps if you get a bigger tank with lots of plants and hiding places, you may keep them together successfully, but these guys they now see them as lunch.'
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Jgw - 2014-06-15
I have a chinese algae eater for so many years I can't remember exactly how long. 6years ago he was five inches long and I got him when he was tiny. He could be about 15. He lives in a 40 gallon tank with neon tetras, apistogrammas and a clown loach. He and the clown loach cuddle up in the same cave and he gets grumpy and thrashes his tail to make more space but always they go round as a pair. I got in another clown loach to be mates with the other but the original loach only wanted the chinese algae eater. I have had no trouble with the chinese algae eater attacking other fish and he spends his time dashing around with the clown loach, sucking up any algae he finds on leaves or the glass, then hanging on the side watching me. I give them bottom feed tablets and they hoover up any food fallen from the others. Maybe I have been lucky, but he has been a delight and never aggressive, just a bit of a grumpy old man!

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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.
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Clarice Brough - 2011-06-03
This pretty fish has grown immensely since we first got it, about 8 years ago, and it has developed much more red, especially on its head!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    He is beautiful. Enjoy him.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    Wow, very cool! Ours is about 10 years old now, and has also gotten more red, especially on the head too.
  • Varma - 2014-06-12
    I am getting some wild altums next months. This is the first time I am raising wild altums. I would like to hear suggestions and do and donts first hand from you. I would love to see your 10 year old altum picture too. Please send it to varma4fun@gmail.com
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stan - 2011-11-27
I am looking for altum angels?

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  • mak - 2012-02-18
    Where are you from? I've got some.
  • Varma - 2014-06-12
    I am interested if you have wilds. Where r u from and howmuch
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Hector - 2011-01-31
Hello! I have 2 black moors in a 17 litre tank. One of my black moors is staying under the log or in the bottom, Why won't he/she swim around?

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  • Jacqui - 2014-06-11
    Correct me if I'm wrong on this conversion, but I'm pretty sure 17 liters = about 4-5 gallons which is way too small for two black moors. I was always told to go by 10 gal per fish, so you would want to get at least a 20 gallon tank. The inactivity may be due to the stress of being in such a small space with another fish. Hope this helps!
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rosario delpozo - 2014-06-10
i have a 5 inch silver arowana in a 15 gallon tank, is it too small?? the biggest aquarium available here is in my local pet store is 50 gallon, still too small?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    Yeah, 15 gallons isn't going to work for very long. Your fish will reach up to at least 24' in length when it is full grown so you'll need to upgrade even past the 50 gallon size.  Read the Aquarium Set-up information above for more info on this.
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katty - 2009-04-27
I have to say that I disagree with the "coolest comments." A Fahaka needs much more space than a 10 gallon tank can provide. Essentially, a minimum tank size of 125 gallons is required. At 9 months, a healthy Fahaka should be around 7 to 10 inches, depending on the size it was when you first purchased it. They should grow approximately 1 inch per month. At this point, it is likely that the fish is stunted which will later on lead to health problems and a shortened life. Do your fish a favor and get it a bigger tank. Keeping it in a 10 gallon tank is just cruel.

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  • Chelsea Dawn Woltring - 2011-04-10
    For a fahaka. that is way cruel. 10 gallons ! omg. I put my spotted puffer in a ten gallon tank when I first got him but that only lasted a week. I went and bought ANOTHER tank for him. I could tell he was not happy at all. I have a Fahaka now I just got him yesterday and so far he is awesome. No tank mates though, he is pretty aggresive and stalks his prey. I will wait till I can see he has calmed down some. But ten gal. is WAY WAY WAY too small, even for a spotted puffer, and those dont get very big at all puffers get huge. Ten gal. is animal cruelty dude..
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-06
    He said 55 gal 
  • David Owen - 2014-06-08
    My Fahaka Puffer fish is about 11 inchs in length, I've had him about an year, he was about 5 inchs when I got it, he is doing well the fish shop I got it says he won't ever get to 18 inchs in captivity but more to the size off 12-16 inchs and they recommended me getting an 48x18x26 tank whick is about 370 litres UK size, I got an feeling it stll won't be big enough, but can't tell the wife.lol. The fish shop also said I won't be able to keep any tank mates in with him but I've had an Ruby Shark with the puffer for the last 6 months, but what might off helped is that I always had other fish in with him

     
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Prasanna - 2009-08-04
Thanks for your information on Tiger Barbs. I have 7 of these (one died recently) and they are doing fine in my 20 g tank with One Giant Danio (Very Aggressive), Red Rainbow, Pearl Gourami and Ram Cichlid. Tiger barbs are fun to watch with their fast movements and other fish have no problems from fin nipping. Perhaps 7-8 in group did the magic.

This site is really good and I would love to have profiles of Red Tail Black Shark and Rainbow Sharks.

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  • Tim - 2013-02-14
    I have 2 red tail sharks with my 5 tiger barbs as well as a pearl gourami 2 silver dollars and an albino barb. The red tails have been getting along fine with everyone. They have claimed their territory and don't put up with any crap from anyone else and they are fun to watch chase around with the tiger barbs. I have heard though that its a risk buying 2 redtails as one may bully the other to death but I haven't had that problem. I run a 20 gallon tank and could go bigger but everyone seems to be doing fine.
  • Harry Carter - 2014-06-08
    Both of you guys tanks Are WAAAAAAAAAY Too Small. Giant Danios are schooling fish as well as Silver Dollars. To the person that replied, You would need about a 110 Gallon Tank for those fish.
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Enrique - 2014-06-07
My Texas cichilds had babyies, now about one month old and have about 100 babies still. But now the male started to beat on the female. Does anyone have an idea why? I have them in a 120 gal. with one pleco.

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