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melissa - 2014-07-09
I have seen diamond tetras in my local aquarium and think they are mesmerising. I have a 90L tank with six corydora leopards, four otocinclus and two rams. Would five or six diamond tetras be okay with my other fish and would they be okay with my two rams?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I have kept diamond tetras, and they truly are mesmorizing! I don't see any problem with your fish mix, and your tank is definitely large enough to house them. You didn't mention if you have any decor, but plants will also help with the mix, providing places for retreat as well as psychological comfort.
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Animal-World info on Australian Rainbowfish
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danielle - 2014-07-08
Just got 2 australian rainbows today and put them in my 35 gal with 2 dwarf gourami, 3 neon tetra, 3 tiger barbs, and a scissortail rasbora. They are very aggressive towards each other and are biting at the tetras. The one rainbow is obviously a male and I believe the other is a female, I want to keep them but I do not want them to eat my other fish! HELP!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These are a great show fish, but they do have special requirements when kept in a community tank. See the 'Social Behaviors' section above and you'll quickly understand why your mix doesn't seem to be working.
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Wendy - 2014-07-08
Hi All, I have had my red devil for about 8yrs, his name is Bully Bob. He has a big aquarium and for the last couple of months has been staying in the corner and not moving much. He still eats and I have checked my water several times (ph balance) and keep it clean, but he now has been lying on his side on the rocks. I thought that perhaps this was his time, but it has been over a week and he is still eating, but has lost a lot of weight. I live in Calgary, so I know the water is hard. Any thoughts on why he is doing this or anything that I could be doing to improve his situation? We love him very much. Wendy

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It does sound like your cichlid is not well. Here's some things you can try right away: do about a 40% water change, lower the pH to 6.7 or less, and reduce feedings. What you describe could possibly indicate it is suffering from an ammonia poisoning. If it is ammonia poisoning, you could try to neutralize any ammonia, even if it is at very low levels. But keep in mind that if you put in a chemical to neutralize the ammonia it will affect your biological filter, rendering it useless, so perhaps a quarantine tank would be better for this.
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Animal-World info on Amazon Puffer
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estrondo - 2009-06-20
I am looking for somewhere to get a hold of more of these puffer fish. We originally had 3, but lost two. We absolutely love them, but have had no success in being able to replace them. Does anybody know where (in Canada) I can get more of these wonderful fish?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-29
    I've seen them at Big Al's in Edmonton Alberta just the other week.
  • steve m - 2012-08-26
    You can find them at Big Al's fish shop in Hamilton Ontario if this is in your area, maybe they can ship!
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-08
    I got mine at Pisces Pet Emporium in Calgary.
  • Cory - 2012-12-16
    Big Al's Aquarium Services in London Ontario has about 7 of them right now. Ask for 'Tony' the week-day fish guy. He is really great! :) I just got one. Absolutely adorable!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-21
    I need help fast ! My South American puffer is not eating anything he is in a 50 gallon with. Just 10 pea puffers the pea puffers are eating beef hart . But the. Puffer is just not eating anything like beef hart, live worms and gost shrimp.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Hey Max, if your South American puffer is new to the tank, it may just be getting its bearings, so I'd be patient. You could also try offering brine shrimp, as shrimps help mimic their natural diet.  However if you've had it for a long time, check its teeth. Their teeth constantly grow, so puffers need crunchy foods like snails in their diet to wear the them down. If the teeth get too long puffers will refuse to eat, and so the teeth must be trimmed.
  • AmazonFisher - 2014-02-09
    Well I have not had any luck with finding them in the usual stores but if you call the store and request one you can order one. I have also had luck with On-line shopping. I use the website AquariumFish.net But be warned do not get the 80 dollar puffer because you will not be able to care for it if it's your first puffer. I recommend the dwarf puffer for it is truly a Freshwater fish. I Am Looking for the Brazilian Puffer, also known as the Amazon Puffer. If you could help me with how to keep a puffer please help me out (FRESHWATER).
  • Kate - 2014-07-08
    Hey, email me if still looking, I'm in canada and have a box of 40 amazon puffers expected July 15 :) can also help with care if confused by all the various instructions. We also have Peruvian amazon leaf fish coming, the perfect tank mate for puffers! Klexington@llirik.com
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Animal-World info on Redcap Oranda Goldfish
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Abhinav - 2014-07-07
I have 5 orandas. One of them often sits at the bottom but eats well. There is no white spots. What is the problem? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These fish should be active and swimming around. Your Oranda could be sick or stressed, possilby due to water conditions... such as an inadequate filter and low water flow, causing low oxygenation. Another possibility is if the fish is a year old or older it could be full of eggs and not able to release them, in which case, hopefully the body will re-absorb the eggs. However, the best first thing to do is an immediate 20% water change and vacumn the gravel. Then follow that up with about a 30% water change everyday for the next three days. Make sure the temperature of new water is the same as the old, and that you add a water conditioner each time. Keeping the lighting turned off during this time can also help.
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Animal-World info on Firemouth Cichlid
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Gary marshall - 2014-07-07
I have a new set up and thinking of getting a pair of fire mouths. I would like a community tank but I am unsure what type of fish I could put with these. Could your offer me any suggestions please?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Use the fish finder tool to see what would be compatible and adequate for your tank. Just go to the index at the top of the page (just right of the picture) and click on 'Enter a Freshwater Aquarium'. After you fill in the info, you will be able to select compatible fish.
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Animal-World info on Paradise Fish
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michael - 2010-04-14
I just bought two of these fish a couple weeks ago and it turns out I got a breeding pair... there are now over 100 fish in my tank! Really enjoy them but need to find a new home for most of them

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  • Jeannie - 2010-08-24
    Well they eat the young and where do you live you still have your fish?
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    Do you have fry for sale?
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Animal-World info on Giant Red Tail Gourami
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Simon LEE - 2006-07-19
Hi to all giant red tail gourami keepers. i have keep this fish for 4 years. He likes to eat dried shrimp and pellets as well. Easy to keep if compared to an arowana. He can recognized his master after you keep it for some time. He likes to play much.

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  • Ashley Matherne - 2010-02-25
    How large has your red tail gourami grown in 4 years
  • zali - 2010-06-27
    I'd also like to share, we have few fish pools (300ft length on each pool)back at my inlaw's home.We breed Koi, Talapia, Giant gourami etc. We have estimated more than 30 of both black and red Giant Gourami (weighing 2-7kilos).
  • Windy Page - 2014-07-06
    He needs a confident non aggressive tank buddy. My red belly pacu's are gentle and kittens but if a new person enters the room they dash and hide if possible. But lately my feather fin catfish has taken ownership of every spot big enough for them to hide in!
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Animal-World info on Featherfin Squeaker
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Windy Page - 2014-07-06
Hiya,



I have had a feather fin squeaker for 6 months in a 40 gallon. He was under 1 inch when I got him and now he is 8 inches!! He's a gorgeous but very, Very Bossy fish with every and all hiding places he can fit into. All of his tank mates have been with him from the start and only my three pacu can match his growth speed if not out do him. I have two massive tanks waiting for the big guys but can't quite afford the stands yet. But get this, the pace range from 3 inches to 9 inches! All started off as see thru teenie tiny babies. My poor serape tetras just don't get why their schooling buddies out grew them! Way, way too many fish in this tank but all started so small and cute. I do a 40 water changes every two days and massive over kill on the filtration. Wish I could start a ' help me afford a stand' donation fund! Lol. Would even try building one but I don't have a saw!

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Animal-World info on Madagascar Rainbowfish
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Keio Bailey - 2014-07-06
My rainbow had 40 eggs its been a week now when will they hatch?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It generally takes 6-8 days for the Madagascar Rainbowfish eggs to hatch, depending on the temperature, so you should be seeing fry anytime now.
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