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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.
  • James - 2014-09-24
    YES IT IS TOO SMALL!! get a 300 gallon tank right of way
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Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-16
I have 4 Snake skins 2 have rounded and 2 have pointed dorsel fins. other then that they are almost identical but they are all lip locking with each other. they are in a 30gal tank the pet store said they would npt gro bihgeer the 2 to 3 inches they are almost past that now. any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Well, these fish will generally reach between 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) in the aquarium. It sounds like you may have some fish interested in breeding, which can account for the lip-locking behavior.
  • Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-19
    so you saying the lip lock is male vs female or male vs male
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-21
    It's generally males that fight to establish territory, but I have seen female gouramis get aggressive at times too. Don't know who's tusselling in your tank.
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Laylovv - 2009-10-31
Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor. If you are extremely experienced then disregard as you know what types can live in harmony. Moors are my favorite:) It makes me ill when I hear "I just bought a new moor goldfish and put him in a bowl" Or " my other fish nip my moor and scare him to the other side of the tank" Or "My moor is in a 3 gallon tank".

These fish CANNOT compete with anyother fish for food. If you think it is funny when your other fish nip at him try putting a pitbull in your bedroom and when ever you try to sleep it bites you. This is what your putting your Moor goldfish through. They are not athletes and their eyesite is poor but they have the best personalities of all fish I have owned. To kill a fish out of ignorance is still your fault. If you have killed more than 2 fish then pick a different hobby. Fish are not for children. If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta. If you do not have the money for a filter that is $20-$30 then go get a betta. If you do not have the money to buy your moor antibiotics or melafix or other remedies when it gets sick then you should not have a fish. MOOR GOLDFISH ARE THE MOST DELICATE FISH. DO NOT GET A MOOR GOLDFISH IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD A FISH BEFORE.

Start with a Betta, or a NON-FANCY Goldfish. Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility.

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  • Mike - 2010-03-02
    "Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor?

    The statement you've made is incorrect: I have a 30 gallon tank with a moor, tele, and dojo loach for the past 5 years and they get along fine, you don't have to house them with just moors as long as your goldies aren't fighting they can be housed with a bunch of different fish excluding aggressive fish as they will nip and bite at them.
  • Paige - 2010-03-16
    "If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta."

    Actually, water for a Betta should be changed more often than a Black Moor Goldfish, depending on the side of the tank. Anything under 1 gallon should have at least a 50% (preferably 100%) water change daily; anything over 1 gallon to five gallons should have a 20-30% water change weekly. Bettas are extremely prone to fin rot from dirty water, and although they are not overly dirty fish, their water does get contaminated fairly quickly.

    Please do not assume that Betta fish are the easiest of fish to care for. Contrary to popular belief, they in fact should not be kept in anything under 1 gallon, because the lack of surface area for them to move around in can cause them to get ill very quickly. Bettas also need a slightly warmer water temperature, from about 70F to 80F. Although Bettas are good for beginners, they can't be completely disregarded when it comes to care. If these small needs are fulfilled, these fish can be great pets that are full of personality :)
  • Ferrell - 2010-04-21
    Thats mean saying that kids cannot take care a black moor I just bought a black moor and my sis bought a shunbunkin yesterday. Today Blackie (black moor) is now the boss of the tank against a shunbunkin. I can change my water in the 2.5L fish tank. This is my first time having a fish and blackie is doing great with Sparkles (shunbunkin)
  • Gabi - 2010-06-21
    Hello Laylovv, I just red your comment about the Moor Goldfish; I got one for my anniversary, and he seems a little bit sick. Like wanting to be under some rocks that I have in my aquarium. And he also is having some strange actions like ''seeing dead'' or laying on his side. I'm so sad, I don't want him to die :/. Can you help me? Is there an antibiotic or a remedy that I can give him? Or do you know why is he doing this weird stuff? Thank you so much
  • Noah - 2010-06-23
    "Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility."

    Although Bettas might be ok in a tank that small, "regular old goldfish" need even more room than fancy goldfish like Black Moores! Common, comet, and shubunkin goldfish need 20 gallons per fish as they can attain a size twice as large as fancy goldfish.
  • betty - 2010-07-26
    I keep and love goldfish as well as bettas. There are many misconceptions that bettas can handle "dirty" water easier. It is very hard on them and I believe just as hard as on a goldfish. If you do want to start with a betta, decide to give it a good life by keeping its water clean and warm. If you decide to go with Moors, {I agree not the best first fish} be very sure they are getting food in their quite small mouths. They can slowly be starving, until one day they are limp and almost unable to respond. They can really have a hard time getting enough food. They need more observation than say Orandas or Lionheads but are wonderful.
  • Leah Macdonald - 2010-08-02
    I started out with 3 moor goldfish and they were fantastic. Two of the three died not long after I got them although they were not particularly healthy from the start as the shop I got them from was not very good. I still have one of the three which has lived quite happily with a fancy goldfish for the last 3 years in a 60L bio-orb tank. I also have another moor in another 60L tank which lives comfortably with 6 white clouds and 2 orandas with absolutely no problems. From my experience they can live well with other types of fish it just depends on the circumstances but I agree that they should not be kept in a bowl or a 3 gallon tank as they do grow quite big. I have one which started out as less than an inch big and is now at 6 inches in just 2 years.
  • jennie - 2013-03-21
    I have my black moore with another fancy gold fish and they r doing good so I don't know were u get ur info but it isn't true
  • Adam - 2013-07-11
    Got a Black Moor today after having goldfish for quite a few years, within a matter of minutes I noticed one of my gold fish chasing and nipping the moor, luckily I have a smaller tank which I have put my gold fish in and left my moor in the 54L tank, quite a character!
  • Jillian - 2014-03-14
    -_- NOT impressed with the Pit Bull comment. I love my Black Moor, but I love my Pit Bull too and I have a real problem with people using these beautiful animals as an example of nastiness and meanness. NOT impressed.
  • helga - 2014-05-23
    I have 3 goldfish and 2 black moors. I bought them at Walmart lol, but now after 3 years the goldfish have grown to 6 inches and the moors as well. I do have them outside in a 100 gallon metal tank and the Arizona winters don't bother them at all. The only weird thing is: one of the black moors has now turned almost completely orange. The black moors figured out pretty quick to come up with the goldfish when I throw food in the tank, and they may not see that great, but they sure get their share of the food. I do have a good filtration system in the tank. I wonder how long those fish will live?
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    Dude, Bettas NEED filters.
  • Joe - 2014-06-05
    I had a black moor with two commons and two Shubunkins. My moor chased and nipped at them when I first got him. I had to put him in a separate tank while my Shubunkins tails healed. After a few weeks in solitary confinement I put him back with the rest of the gang. He learned his lesson and never nipped them again. Unfortunately he and two of the others eventually died from a severe fungal infection. Gave them all their meds but the meds took too long to kick in. I won't bother with a moor again quite simply because I don't trust myself to care for it properly.
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Glenn - 2014-09-19
Hi iv just set up a 140l tank for rams I have 3 German blues 2 electric blues and 2 golden does anyone no if they will inter breed ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    I'm not sure if they will breed, but my guess is yes they can, because same species can breed.
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Brittney - 2014-09-19
I put a bubbler in my tank. My eel goes & kinda plays In it but it shoots hi up. He keeps doing it tho. I don't want him to get hurt. Should I turn the bubbler off! He's just a baby

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Sounds like he's enjoying the bubbles, but I wouldn't want him to get hurt either. Maybe you can turn it down a notch or divert some of the water to reduce the intensity of the flow.
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Tan Hui Chun - 2010-10-21
Hi. I will buy arapaima fish. What is the water volume that I need (in liters)? The size of the arapaima is 15 cm. Do arapaima can survive in low oxygen condition? Do I need to buy a filter? Do arapaima need very clean water? Will arapaima have diseases face on? What should I feed to this size of arapaima? How big can arapaima grow? Thanks.

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  • yo man - 2011-01-29
    Hey man. Arapaima can get to be 15 feet long. You will definitely need filtration. The tank should be at least 25 feet long. 15 feet wide and 6 feet deep. Enjoy your monster fish man!
  • david vinson - 2012-05-31
    You will need a really big fish tank these fish are monsters
  • MagixPress.Com - 2014-09-17
    hi there, i have a couple of these fishes. sad to say, they are not suited really for aquariums unless you have the Public Aquarium type which cost a fortune. anything smaller is a recipe for disaster, they will out grown them in months, no filter setup can handle the load as well. i keep mine on ponds which are concrete about two metres deep and ten metres wide.its not even enough, next project is a mud pond which will be about 1,000 square mtres. believe it or not its the cheapest option. i used water hyacinths to keep the water cooler and clean the water of disolved materials. i feedthem live tilapia that is 6 to more inches long and i simple release them alive. its not animal cruelty.its just how they need to feed. these are very beautiful fish. my main aim is to have 25 fishes to breed them. beside the space concerns they are not expensive fish to keep. they are very beautiful once fully mature. they arent nice to look st why they are young as well. the biggest ive seen is around 11 feet long.
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ola - 2014-09-02
When i started with my tank i first got 2-3 mollies, guppies, neon tetras, one algie eater and one male dwarf gourami. When i put my fish in the tank i observed my gourami for a couple of days and it was hiding in the corner all the time, so i told my parents about whats hapening with my gourami. One day i came back from school and i noticed a another gourami in the tank, from then on it seemed that everything was fine. But later that evening i noticed my guppy missing a chunk of a tail ,the gouramis attacked the weaker fish in the tank. I realised it was a male pair so i desided to give back the pair to the pet store. More than 2 years later i decided that i want another pair but a male and a female. Am i going to have the same problem please help !!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    It's hard to say what will happen. Check out the Social Behaviors section on this page, it has some ideas about tankmates and aggression.
  • ola - 2014-09-17
    Thank you very much for your help ola
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Liz Schultz - 2014-09-15
I have had a Black Moor Goldfish for over a year now, and ever since I got it one of its eyes has been growing EXTREMELY larger than the other. It always freaked my out, but the fish swims normally and is healthy otherwise, so I let it go. I believe that the fish is blind in the smaller eye now - it is clouded over and shrunken.

Over the past couple of weeks, a growth has formed at the back of my fish's one giant eye. The growth grew to the same size as the overly large eye, so now it is as if there are two giant eyes on one side of its head, one behind the other - it's that big!

If you can believe it, the fish is still swimming normally and seems to have no balance or floating issues. I cannot find reference to a similar occurence with a goldfish ANYWHERE online!!! What is happening to my fish and how do I help it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    It's hard to say what it is, but there's a couple of possiblilities.

    It could be a tumor, which goldfish do sometimes get. Tumors can be internal or external, but the external ones are identified as lumps that are actually attached by a smaller thread, or sometimes multiple threads. They are sometimes have a bumpy cauliflower-like appearance or can simply be smooth but still protruding.  Unfortunately there's no effective medial cure for tumors and it's usually recommended to either remove the mass or euthanize the fish to avoid a slow death.

    Another possiblility is an ulcer, which start as a slightly raised scale that's usually yellowish looking, but can look clear or white. The area aroudn it becomes bloody and inflamed and the bump protrudes. Ulcers can be treated and must be treated right away. Maracyn 2 is one medication to look into as possible treatment.

    A third possiblility is Lymphocystis, which is the most common viral disease found in freshwater fish, it does effect goldfish, and is typically chronic. Also known as Cauliflower Disease, it is transmitted by viral particals in the water, usually introduced by another infected fish. Once infected a lump will form and enlarge until after about 4 weeks, when it will slough off and release viral particles into the water. The fish should be quarantined for at least a month. There's not really a specific treatment for Lymphocystis, but the fish should be treated for secondary bacterial infections and the lesions will eventually revert and the skin will be pretty much normal.
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Trevor - 2014-09-15
Swordtails do not change sex, the situation you are referencing is a late developing male which occurs when there is already large male in the tank. Other males will develop slower until they reach a size that can compete with the tanks dominant male and will then develop their male characteristics. I have researched it and seen t twice in my own tanks, after which the late developing male would go on to father many fry of his own. This I am sure of from pairing the new males with young virgin females to be sure the changing of sex did not occur.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    You're absolutely correct Trevor. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, we will adjust the information right away.
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Em.18 - 2014-09-15
Hey guys! I don't know if you can help me. I have three 4 inched Veil-Tailed black moors that I've had for about 3-4 years now. In this last month two of the three developed one white eye? And now one of those with the white eyes has suddenly got dropsy ans doesn't look like he is gonna make it... My 65 liter tank (about 14 gallons) has a 25% water change every week and a crispa plant is also added every week or so... They love eating it. They're fed every day on either frozen bloodworm, daphnia, or brine shrimp... I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong? Tank is 22C. For now the one that looks like his gonna die (his name is dark knight) is in a slightly smaller tank with an air stone etc so I can dose him easier on his dropsy treatment. Any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    Cloudy eyes are most often the result of a bacterial infection, though sometimes it can be parasitic. These diseases are usually related to water quality and poor diet. It sounds like you are diligent with maintenance, so try changing the diet to include variety and include foods with added vitamins. Perhaps start an antibiotic treatment on the main tank, a complete treatment usually includes administering the medication several times over a period of time, follow the manufacturer's instructions on the medicine. Continue with regular water changes weekly. Cloudy eye can lead to blindness, especially if the water quality and diet are not kept up with. Good luck to you and your fish!
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