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Patti - 2014-09-30
I'm so upset, my red devil is sick and I can't get him to stay from being at a 45 degree angel at the top left corner of the 75 gallon tank. He has white stuff on him and is loosing a big scale on his side now. This is going on for days. I Hv been doing water changes 2times a day and putting metiflex in his tank with stress coat and salt. Do I just wait and pray ? He is 9 years old and I love him. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    I'm so sorry to hear about your Red Devil. Your fish is could be suffering from ich (protozoan), Columnaris (bacterial infection), or fungus. All of these have white spotting. Ich looks more like being sprinkled with salt with Columnaris being cottony like patches. It usually affects the mouth area, but can also be a lesion near the dorsal fin. Fungus attacks are cottony patches that follow a parasitic or bacterial problem. I'm guessing there may be a bacterial problem going on, as scale protrusion is essentially a bacterial infection.

    You need to medicate your fish. Melafix is great in helping with slight problems, but stronger treatments are needed when a disease is prominent. You can check out the Fish disease and treatment page for more info. Even if you determine it is ich, at this point you probably also want to get a medication that will treat both bacteria and fungal infections as well.
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Colin - 2006-10-08
Frontosa juvies aren't neccesarily expensive. I get mine for around 7 dollars at about an inch long. But once they start growing their price goes up exponentially. 3-4 inchers can be up to 50 bucks, commonly. It also depends on what area the frontosas are from. The different color morphs can be more/less expensive. So its really kind of luck of the draw. But they are a very cool fish, and I would suggest that if you find some for a good price and have the capacity to keep them, then it would be worthwhile. Just don't keep them long term in anything under 125 gallons.

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  • Tricia Tilley - 2014-05-30
    Hi I know frontosas like different perimeter water. Hard. But to be honest I think they are a pretty hardy cichlids. I have mixed my fronts with angels. Kribenses also now have them with my golden severums and firemouths with no problems. They don't fight, they aren't aggressive towards others. I love my pups. But I also have a spare 125 litre tank which now I have put sand and stones in so I will be putting them into that tank soon as it would be nice to see to see them in my living room and not in my bedroom. But I think they are beautiful, I have 4 and they are still young. But one is getting the hump coming as the rest just look like females at the moment. But when venting them the one with the hump looks like a female. So I'm not sure. They say closer the holes the females and further the holes the males. But in that case I have 4 females. But one is getting the hump and they are only about 3 to 4 inches long the biggest one is the one with a hump coming. So that's got to be male. 😯
  • David Melrose - 2014-09-30
    Sexing can be difficult up until an egg or two has been popped. Females have one hole larger than the other. Males are both the same size. Young females also looks the same size so only when an egg or two has popped can you truly tell by venting. Hope this helps in your sexing1
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Spiff - 2009-01-26
Please, I hope nobody reading this decides to stock their tanks like some of the other commenters. 2 of these catfish with any other large fish in a 29gal is too many. 1 bala shark can't live in a 29 gal, let alone the 2 + plecos + synos that one person describes. Once these guys reach adulthood, they really ought to have a 55 gal or bigger to explore. Even if you only have 1.

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  • Mike - 2014-08-17
    My. feather fin is 2yrs old and he is 3-4 inches, he has 5 tank mates that are upside down catfish, in a 30 gallon. Is this adequate or not?
  • Psshh - 2014-08-18
    I have heard much about syno cats needing lots and lots of space. Based on my research and word of mouth, I would agree with Spiff. I personally only keep 1 syno in my 55. His tankmates include malawi mbuna cichlids and he does great! He is 6mns old and currently 4-5 inches in size.
  • Mike - 2014-08-20
    Pertaining to 'my' featherfin length being only 3 in a half inches, is 30galls adequate?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-21
    I'm guessing Mike, that it depends upon how fast your fish grows. As it gets bigger, you'll want to upgrade.
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-21
    He's a little over two years old, 3 in a half inches, with five upside down catfish in a 30 gal. Is this adequate?
  • Mike - 2014-08-24
    ?????
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HAmza ahmed - 2014-09-29
My fishes are dying my tiger barb just died today and my other tiger barb have white spots on her fins and I don't have a ich water conditioner Help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Start with a partial water change, and then see the ich info here: fish diseases and treatments for ways you can treat ich.
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JITESH - 2008-09-15
I have two goldfish, a black moor, black molly, and one ballon molly. To keep them healthy I give them paraxin 500 capules, because of these capules they don't get sick.

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  • sakshi kumar - 2014-09-29
    hey ... i just read your cmmnt . Can you pls tel me after how many days,should i have to put paraxin in my tank??.. actually my fish fins are getting red and i m nt understanding what is going on ! Thank eww...
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Thomas Dowd - 2014-09-28
I've had an African Knifefish (Brown?) for about six months, except when I'm cleaning the tank, I've never seen it during the day.  Sometimes I'll come into the room after dark and see it swimming around the tank. It appears to be in good health, the tank is well planted withmany binding places.  I understand they tend to be nocturnal, but are there lights I can use to draw them out, and view them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    You can use a red light bulb to see them when it's dark as they don't see the light. These bulbs are usually sold in the reptile section of a pet store as a nighttime bulb, some reptiles only get active at night too.
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Amanda McMillen - 2014-09-27
Can bubble fish live with out there bubbles, I have one but we just recently noticed that it's bubbles are gone

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Yes they can live without them, often they will grow back after they've been damaged, but they are never the same as they were at the start.
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Emily - 2007-12-07
I have 2 pearlscales, Delilah and Kallie. They are so adorable. Delilah is a red and white crowned and Kallie is calico. Deli is about 3 inches long with long beautiful flowing fins. I've had her for over a year and she was about 1" long when I bought her. The bigger she gets, the more golfball-shaped she gets. I just got Kallie a couple weeks ago. She is a little baby, not much bigger than a small bouncy ball. She wobbles when she swims which I find absolutely adorable. I don't know if she is crowned or not but she has short fins (a characteristic of the non-crowned variety). They are some of my favorite fish in my tank (they live in a 90 gal with 7 other fancies) because they are unusual looking and very elegant. Make sure you either soak their food for about 5 minutes before you give it to them or feed them sinking pellets. Because of their shape, they are prone to SBD. Feeding peas about 3 times a week (with covering of pea removed) is also good for goldfish so they don't get swim bladder disease.

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Amy - 2014-09-25
I think I may have a problem. I've just introduced a 9' plecco (Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps) to my 50 gallon, well established aquarium that is also home to three 4' goldfish. It's been day four, and he sleeps all day in his favorite cave, and for the first two nights, I could watch him darting around as soon as the lights went off. These last few nights, he's been a little sluggish getting out of his cave, so I've been placing his algae wafers in the top hole of his cave to make sure he was getting enough to eat. The resulting mess confirmed he was indeed eating, but tonight, as I turned out the light, he was again shy to get out, and when he finally did, I noticed he seemed thinner and less active than before. I've tested the water chemistry, the temperature is a steady 72°, and the tank is free from filth. I was told by the shop where I bought him from that he was an owner trade in, as he got too big for their 20 gallon tank. He was a very healthy specimen! Could anyone shed some light on this behavior and weight loss issue for me? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-26
    Hard to say what's going on, he may still be adjusting. It wouldn't hurt to do a water change, especially since you're sure he's been eating, because all that food may be putting quite a load on the tank. I also suggest you test your ammonia, it can jump when the nutrient load is increased because the biofilter takes time to adjust to a higher load.
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s k chaudhari - 2010-05-09
I bought tinfoilbarb when it was quite small but in 6 months it has grown almost 4 inches long it was kept along with other fishes like goldfish, silver shark, catfish etc. suddenly it started tearing the eyes of other fishes like lionhead fish, shubunkin, veiltail etc. Why this aggressive behavior suddenly?

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  • samiran roy,india - 2011-11-07
    Mine did the same. I have a normal tinfoil barb and the other one is the leuscitic version of it with black eyes and lesser scales. When they became around 7 inches and 1 and a half years old, they killed my juvenile oscar, a big shubunkin goldfish,and angelfishes. You should buy a new tank or sell it. It is most likely a male I guess.
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