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Anonymous - 2014-07-28
I have an unoccupied tank and there are a few mosquito larvae in it. is it okay if a put fish in it? or do I need to get them out?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    I suggest you take them out. Although your fish may eat them, they could end up being a nuisance as they mature into mosquitos!
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Lori - 2011-08-29
I have had 5 Powder Blue Gouramis and they looked good, but they start to get thin and then die. They are eating, don't show signs of disease, then they get listless and die with in days. I have a healthy 55 gallon tank, lots of plants and hiding places. I have Angels, Parrots, Kissing Gouramis, Tetras and Barbs. They all seem to get along, with some spats, but nothing constant. Any suggestions?

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  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    How big is your angel? I have gourami and angel mixed tank and to begin with it was a struggle angels at time can be very aggressive
    Especially when fully grown!!
  • daryl - 2012-02-16
    I have the same problem and the same size tank. My other dwarf Gouramis do great just the powder blues are having a problem.. Wonder what is going on no signs of disease.
  • ben - 2013-07-14
    Hello we got a powder blue dwarf gourami a week ago and everything was fine until earlier today it seems to be having problems staying a float... side fins and tail fin was going like 90 miles an hour and it was barely moving and looked like it was breathing hard or having trouble breathing. And it looks like its tail fin is deformed or something like its tail fin and under belly fin are all in one... we have a red dwarf gourami for a month or more now and it's just fine and looks normal.
  • Linda - 2014-07-28
    I had to stop buying the dwarf gouramis, especially the powder blue ones, which I love. I was told that there is a specific disease that the dwarf gouramis get with some regularity and there was nothing to do about it. They have a weakness for it and when they developed the dwarfs of some of these, they would most often end up with it. A local pet store chain told me she hadn't heard that, but she wasn't well trained either. I decided to wait until someone figured out how to breed these fish without this disease shortening their life. Sorry I am no help except to say, about everyone that has them has told me the same thing although I haven't checked lately to see if these has been any progress.
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Rebecca Gardner - 2014-07-26


my betta keeps stalking my coreys , its worse when i feed all the fish in the tank i give the other fish flakes and the coreys wafers, he will also pinch there food [ last picture] i had one of my coreys for a few years along with the danios , tetras etc .. i bought my betta along with the other two catfish around 6 months ago, i dont think he actually attacks them but he will stalk them no matter where they are in the tank , is this something to be worried about and would he attack them at a later point , should i seperate them any advise would be great , there is some photos i have attatched to show his behaviour thank you 

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  • Rebecca Gardner - 2014-07-26
    thank you david for your reply , i have had bettas in the past before this one he was lovely royal blue colour, he wasnt at all a bother this one though his oddly strange, he spends his whole time just stalking my catfish , well all i can hope is this is him just being curious, i have got an hospital tank anyway at present it houses my black skirt tetra, was not sure if the tetra would start nipping at the bettas tail or vice versa so thought best to remove him to seperate tank, anyway thankyou once again x
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Jim and Sandy - 2014-07-27
Hi .....I'm so sad,we are going to have to go and trade our large white spotted cichlid ,he/ she has tormented 4 of our other gorgeous cichlids to he finally killed them....I just love him,but we can't go on losing our other ones because of the 1 ....we find him extremely aggressive . :(

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    Jorge - 2013-01-21
    Hello I have 2 young veiltails (about 6 cm) in a 18 L nano tank, it has an air pump and filtering by gravity (with activated carbon). Can I care for those fishes in that tank? Thanks!

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    • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-22
      Two of these fish should be fine in an 18 Liter Nano Tank. The general rule is for every inch of fish you should have 1 gallon of water. These guys usually only get to be a little over 2 inches when full grown and so that tank should be just large enough to accomodate their full grown size. I wouldn't add anymore fish though.
    • JustMe - 2014-07-26
      Two fish of this type need at least 151L as they can grow 6 inches each and are huge waste producers.
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    Shawn Walsh Arey - 2014-07-26
    I have two large tanks and over the years I have bought nine botias that were sold as Botia Kubotai (polka dot botias). It turns out five are polka dots, three are histrionicas, and one is a botia I have never seen before. It is in-between the size of an polka dot and a yo-yo. Approximately, 4 ½ inches. It’s coloring is almost black with a pattern in a dark grey with one small yellow area. It snout is shorter like the polka dot, not as long as the yo-yos. Anybody have any ideas? I’ve searched everywhere and I can’t find one that looks like it.

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    • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
      Can you upload some pictures of it?
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    shimmy - 2014-07-26
    Hello,

    I know it's been a while since you posted this, but your fish probably has an ailment known as Swim Bladder Disease, a disorder that tends to affect Fancy Goldfish in particular. If your other Red Cap is exhibiting normal behavior and feeding activities, this is most likely the case. I highly recommend, should you intend on continuing to keep goldfish, to research the disease when you have time, as the following advice might make more sense.

    For now, temporarily stop feeding and prepare a small amount of peas (yes, the same stuff we eat) by using plain frozen or fresh peas, rinsed and with outer skin removed. Softening might help with their intake, so soaking them to allow thawing or even boiling them slightly is okay. Goldfish should be fed 2-3 times a day - replace one of those feedings with a pea daily for the sunken one, or one each if you haven't quarantined (always a good idea) it already. Also, if you're using flake or freeze-dried feed it is generally recommended that you soak the food for several minutes with water prior to offering (freeze-dried should always be soaked prior to consumption), or consider switching to or alternating with a goldfish feed of the sinking variety.

    As an added precaution, check the tank parameters to ensure they are within the ranges or levels that Red Caps prefer. If you have a tester or kit (a wise investment), double-check the numbers for all the usual things but pay especially close attention to Nitrate, high levels contributing to the cause of the disorder. If higher than normal, do a larger than usual water change and feed less.

    A less likely cause of the disorder are intestinal parasites, which is hard to diagnose and probably not applicable to this situation. I'd still look up symptoms of intestinal parasites and see if the fish is exhibiting any telling signs of them in addition to sitting at the bottom of the tank.

    Finally, I'd do a review of the tank to make sure that your fish are in the conditions that they thrive in, which can easily be forgotten or overlooked in the midst of other events and emergencies - especially over the long life of these fish. This would include keeping in mind that Orandas in general do not do as well as their slender-bodied cousins, such as the Common goldfish/koi, in colder or faster moving water, but still require a fair amount of surface movement at the water surface to provide that high oxygen level they require. Staying on top of tank maintenance and filter cleanings are always helpful, particularly in this case where such a sensitive body part is vulnerably exposed, and upgrading or expanding the various equipment as they grow/needs change.

    Other General Tips: If you have high maintenance due to algae or other plant growth, consider moving the tank further from natural sunlight (basically, any windows) or electronics (TVs, computers), even reducing the amount of time the aquarium lights are on if you have any (timer recommended, 5-6 hours is plenty). Last but not least, make sure none of the decorations or even foreign objects are in the tank, have sharp or hard pointy parts (even those smooth ornamental displays can break to form dangerous areas), for the obvious reason! =P

    Hope this helps! Email me if you need more help - fish illnesses is a tough topic, of which I am not an expert of nor am remotely qualified to discuss - but I'll do my best!

    Just keep swimming,

    shimmy

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    Norma - 2014-07-23
    I live in Simcoe Ontario. I need help trimming my amazon bee puffer's teeth. Can anyone help me? I tried it myself but had no success.

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    ben - 2009-12-29
    I bought my featherfin around 3cm and now its at full grown 15cm.
    It tends to hide but will come out when feeding and I have found it swimming upside down near the surface of the water many times (thinking it has died!). Very hardy fish and cleans the bottom of the tank very well, but is territorial and doesn't like people looking at it (mine flinches and will try to hide even more when people look at it).

    Word of advice, DO NOT keep with Neons, Cardinals or Rummynoses in the tank, it waits till they are asleep at night and gobbles them down. I have lost 15 cardinals over a few weeks and 7 rummynoses in one night to this eating machine. Unfortunately I had to separate my featherfin from my main tank due to these incidents...

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    • denise - 2011-04-06
      "Ben," I praise you for you comment. I have a large tank with a male betta, 15 neons a pleco,a few mollies and platys, 3 danios, 10 corys,1 frog. I recently added a featherfin. I started noticing my platys starting to act strangely, one looked real stressed and later died, another 2 are now poorly and I seperated them from the other fish. Then I noticed one of the teras was missing an eye, by that evening it was dead. Then another tetra was missing an eye. I couldnt understand what was going on, the tetras have been in the tank over 2 years now with no problems, the platys have been there about 18 months, again with no problems. I have spent hours looking for info on featherfins and tetras but to no avail, till I found your comment.... so thank you very much. i suppose I have no choice but to take the problem fish back. thanks again
    • Maddie - 2011-07-06
      I brought a featherfin over a year ago (originally sold to me as an upside-down catfish). He/she has grown to about 13cm. It's kept in a 200L tank with 2 silver sharks, 3 angelfish, 3 kuhli loaches, 2 paki loaches, about 10 neon tetras, and several mollies, platies, guppies and swordtails. My featherfin has gotten along fine with ALL of my fish, even though he/she is the biggest in the tank. It always seems scared at any slight movement.
      Only yesterday I brought another featherfin, this one however is about 18cm, and a lot fatter. Today I've noticed my smaller featherfin following the other. Once the new one notices its being followed, it chases my smaller one in circles. Can anyone tell me whether they're playing? Courting? Or bullying each other?
    • Jacki Wooge - 2012-11-12
      I've been going crazy with trying to figure out why my fish keep dying one by one. I have neons they've all survived as of yet but I've had mollies and guppies just start acting weird and then die. Sometimes I see a red spot on them. Ive been wondering if it was the lace catfish.
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    Steve Bussard - 2007-02-14
    Temperments very greatly with these guys! Most are very subdued and just plain happy go lucky. I have 2 of these guys in my 90 gallon with several other fish, all MILDLY agressive. When first introduced to the tank they nipped at the fins of my angel, but after approximately a week, they left her alone. Some don't stop and do need to be placed in their own tank, but most will do very well in a comunity tank as long as the tank has fish agressive enough to set these little guys straight. Other than that, they are a very cute, fun, friendly, smart, and entertaining fish to care for. I personally would put their temperment in a class similar to an oscar, but of course on a much smaller size scale. I suggest anyone that wants an easy to care for, fun to watch fish, get at least one of these cuties.

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    • Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
      Aw that is so cute haha, before when we got a betta, we put him with some goldfish and of course he attacked. We caught him with a nat and held him in the net against the tank wall(no harm done just trappin him for 1 minuete).  everytime he flared we did this and t would spook him a bit. eventully this betta lived with several goldish and other types of fish and didnt bite anymore! We put this to the test with my green spotted puffers witch i was new at. when a puffer bit another puufer or fish we net him for a min. after that the puffers live with minnows (yes still brackish waters) and other fish and dont bite them! the good thing is they still eat live worms and snails but dont hurt any other fish.
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