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alexa - 2010-08-07
I just got a featherfin squeaker he's in a 40 liter tank with 2 pearl gouramis 7 sword tails. Hes/she is still small only 7cm I want to add some black neon tetras the ones in the store are still really small 2-3 cm do you think they will be eaten?

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  • Lisa - 2012-08-05
    40 liters is far, far too small for a featherfin. My advice would be to return him ASAP or get a bigger tank. 50g at least.
  • hope - 2012-08-12
    I think they will be. I had 15 neons in my tank. I now have 1 my catfish eats every small fish I put in the tank
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hope - 2012-08-12
I have an african Featherfin Synodontis Catfish. Well at least that's what we think it is. We are looking at selling it but don't know how much to charge for it. It is about 20 years old maybe even older and it is a big fish. we don't have the room in the tank for him any more he is not good with little fish

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    Somehing is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.  I'd go to a specialized fish store (not your petsmart or walmart) but  true fish store and ask them.  They might be willing to pay for it.  They might let you put a notice on their bullentine board.  I'd try Craigslist.
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Saffraz Mohammed - 2012-08-05
Hello everyone, I just bought an Albino ID @ 3 inches long.  I originally put him in my 100Gallon but had to take him out because he got stuck under ornaments and I was afraid he would get sucked into my filter. I have him in a small 15 Gal right now until he gets big to safely be put back into the big aquarium. My concern is now that I see some raised spots on his side and he's getting reddish and not swimming much. What should I do? I have experience with his breed too. I have a 15 inch ID in my large aquarium. Any Advise is welcome folks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    Not good.  I would check out the information on Animal Worlds fish Disease and Symptoms and look up the symptoms your guy has and the recommended treatment is on the side.  Sounds like red pest which is a bacterial disease and curable.  http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm
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tom - 2012-08-05
i just bought my spotted catfish and for two weeks hes been hiding. ive read that is normal...i would just like to see what i paid for. thanks for all the imfo from everyone it really helps!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-08-05
    I've had a similar experience with an upside-down catfish, he always hides under a log during the day but comes out at night. Night lights, like moon lights for reef aquariums work well to see him but you have to do it after the regular lights are out.
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Slyfish - 2012-05-11
I have 3 green corys in a ten gallon tank with three platies. They all get along well, except one of my corys sits apart from the other two. He/she seems perpetually sick, breathing fast with whitish blobs at the base of his/her topmost fin. That fish used to have fin rot , but I cured it and it seemed fine until recently when it started showing the symptoms I mentioned. I want to help it, but I don't know how.

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  • Slyfish2 - 2012-07-27
    I had a similar thing happen. Try this medicine made by Jungle. Its called Fungus Clear. I discovered that it worked while medicating another fish in the same tank. I couldn't believe that it cured my catfish so fast. It could have been something else, though.
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Sarah - 2012-07-27
Was wondering if they can eat fresh liver?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-28
    Some will take fresh meat.  But it will dirty your tank and any meat that isn't finished can cause issues in the tank if not removed.
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Pete Gold - 2012-03-02
I'm new here sorry but can someone give me some advice...
Started up my new Aquarium with the intent on getting Malawi Mbuna. Got the special live sand and got some starter fish to get the eco system going. 4 Giant Danios 2 Plecos
and 4 small ST Sharks. Two days now. Sharks are NOT doing well and one is dead. LFS guy says Ph too high at 8.0 this web site indicates these guys can do ok in this range???
No Amonia 0.0, Nitrites 0.0, Nitrates 0.0... Temp is 76-78F
Used API Master test kit... Water hardness - do not know at this time
It is a new tank but used the LIVE SAND and Bio Clear additive as well.... I see no reason to start cycling water YET as no abnormal water tests? All other fish dong well...
ANY IDEAS FAST? HELP!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-02
    Did you put them in all at once? May need to add some veggies to the tank since it's not established yet. The Live Sand you used, was it for fresh water? That could be an issue if it were Marine Live Sand.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-16
    Check your salt levels! This happened to me, my ST shark was not eating and my salt was too high. As babies, they are more brackish then salt. Keep the salt around 1.016-1.020. let him get used to the salt. As the ST shark begins to grow, up the salt levels to 1.020-1.025.
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liza jo - 2012-06-28
I've a 5' stripped raphael and a 10' plec in a 4ft and they have started fighting. The plec keeps attacking my raphael. Why?? Is my tank to small for them both. Most of the time they stay apart but when I feed them the plec keeps attacking it lately and I don't know why. Can any1 help please???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-28
    Plecos can have a nasty side to them.  The tank may be a bit small for them to have their own territory.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-16
    Plecos can get territorial.  Try re-arranging the tank..
  • Joseph Jordan - 2012-07-16
    It is more likely your pleco is hungry. When they get bigger they have a nasty habit of trying to suck the slime coat off other fish. Sadly once they start doing this there is no way to break them of the habit and they will eventually kill other fish.
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Damien - 2012-07-15
I have 2 red tail catfish, recently I noticed that the dark color on their back is slowly turning grey like color...is that normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-16
    That is normal as they age.
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Tasha - 2012-07-09
Okay, totally new about this. So my boyfriend and I decided to get a ten gal tank for my sons room, thinking he would love it. (He does btw) but when we got it, I had already had a tadpole (unknown species & bought from petstore) and a snail (which was found at the lake). We had them in a one gal bowl and really needed to upgrade. So we went to the petstore because we wanted new fish.. Well we left with a fish that looks just like the catfish, or the guy called it a 4 tail shark catfish? Anyways, and two comets.. The guy didn't tell us the catfish needed salt or fresh water? But they are all doing great, all get along fantastically, but should I worry if the catfish will eat/kill any of them or if he/she will hurt them? I mean like I said they get along great so I don't feel like I need to worry.. But I'm not even sure if that's what it is, AND how do you know if it's pregnant or just plain fat?!? I'm worried, I don't want babies!! Haha but really I just don't know & hope someone can help me!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-10
    This fish will end up out growing the tank.  Not really the best starter fish.  I would return it and start with mollies, guppies, platties or sword fish.  If you plan on keeping it plan on upgrading again.  They are pretty cool fish.  I would guess it is just plump!  They are sensitive to water condition changes and like a little salt, but that wouldnt be good for tadpole.
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