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nick H. - 2012-05-30
I had a iredecent in a 30 gallon grow out he was about 1-2 in long also I kept him here because he was very lethargic. He would swim about a few inches then just sink to the bottom and lay on his side. I saw some ich on him so I raised the temp to 80 degrees f and then treated half strength with ich treatment. but he was still lethargic. I had plenty of live plants around the back and sides of the aquarium and loads of small live plants for him to rest in. I also had about 6 corys because he was a messy eater. lol thnx

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  • G Fox - 2013-09-28
    Be careful what medicine you treat your fish with. Some of these are deadly and will kill the fish. Always read the ingredients on the bottle carefully.
  • Sherry - 2013-10-09
    I have an iridescent shark in a 45 gallon tank. He just lies on the bottom and once in a while he will swim in a circle real fast. Then he will lie on the bottom again, sometimes on his side. This has been going on for a month or more. It looks like he is dying and then he moves. I do not see signs of ich, but the guy at the pet store said fin rot. I have medicine for that. It says to treat 7 days, I have treated 4 days so far and do not see any sign of improvement. The other fish in the tank do not bother him. Any suggestions?
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joe - 2011-01-22
I need help my raphael catfish is sick! He has been in the same tank for months, and has been doing just fine. One day I came home and his white stripes have turned a redish pink color and he has stopped floating. I don't know what to do, any advice to provide me would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    Red streaks could indicate fin rot or red pest diseases. See here and here for those.

    Swimming problems could be due to swim bladder problems, which usually indicates other problems. See here for swim bladder disease.
  • Daniel Holloway - 2013-09-10
    Try a dose of kanaplex should clear it up
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Anonymous - 2013-08-23
I have 6 pangasius, My largest one is 6 and a half feet and that is just under a year. I keep mine in a 9000 gallon aquarium with many other massive fish like a 2 foot balance shark.

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  • Casey - 2013-08-31
    Just watch your silver shark because I have 3 Pangasius Hi Fins and I had 3 silver sharks also knowan as a Bala shark and one of my Pangasius Hi Fin has eatan one of my silver sharks!
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-Kenzie - 2004-12-23
Cories are an excellent addition to any community tank! They get along great with all community fish and are very calm, friendly, fish. I love watching them swim in all areas of the tank! They are so peaceful and relaxing! They do best in groups of at least three or else they tend to get quite lonely! Cories are also excellent bottom feeders! They clean all leftover foods that fall on the bottom of the tank with their "vaccumm shaped" mouths! Good Luck to all Cori owners! I love these fish! (but they are very difficult to breed-i have had no luck so far)

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Briana - 2003-12-19
I have two albino corys, one Julli cory and two emerald corys. They are in a 55 gallon with one pangasius cat, a pearl flowerhorn, a pleco, a banjo cat, and a spotted green puffer. Everyone gets along very well. The corys love to school together and you can tell the albinos are a pair - they are always together. I keep my temp for all of these fish at 78 degrees and feed a very large variety of food. The corys love bloodworms and beefheart! They have grown a lot since I first got them and I add 1 tablespoon of salt per every 5 gallons of water in my tank with no problems to these fish. Everyone in this tank is extremelly healthy and I have not had problems with any of them. Good luck to everyone!

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Iv - 2003-08-27
If you dont like the catfish that stick to a window all day and dont move, then the CORYDORAS species, and especially this one is for you. Its very peaceful, and a good gravel cleaner. Just make sure that the gravel its not rough (no stones or anything) because that can cut and injure their stomachs because they swim very close to the bottom. If you want rocks and stuff, buy rocks that are POLISHED, so they wont injure your Cory Catfish. This species is very active and they go around your tank all day like a little submarine looking for food. Buy them in pair because they get lonely, and besides, they like to swim 2-4 in pcks, and its very fun and entertaining for the person thats looking at them! Irecommend this fish!

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jason 5 - 2009-08-18
This fish is aggresive to small fish in a large aquarium. They can grow over 27 inchs and weigh 4 pounds. They will eat small fish, but they are good with oscars until they get big.

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  • drg - 2010-08-15
    Who told you that?
  • jason - 2011-03-10
    I got missed up on redatail catfish size in a large fish tank sorry but it was over a foot I messed up I had one and it got huge.
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Henry - 2003-09-05
I used to keep just one cory with 3 angelfish. i thought it was a dull fish, always still and at a corner, never active except when frightened. however, after adding 5 cories -- it totally changed! it got lively, chased after them curiously, and appeared sniffing at them! He loved their company! Now they are often travelling together, and they share food like good siblings. The best thing about them -- they never get jealous over whose share of food is more! Avoid salt at all, they are extremely sensitive to it.

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Iv - 2003-08-27
Very peaceful, and good cleaners of your tank! Feed them every other day, so that way they will eat the algea, and the left over food on the bottom from the other fish, dont worry they will never starve! They are good cleaners and dont get very big (only 2 inches). When you want to feed them or give them a treat, buy them food tablets that sink down, and watch the fun unfold! Very active throughout the day.

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LoL - 2012-11-16
Four line pims are great fish for a 75 gallon or larger tank with medium size tankmates as long as you have exclent filtration. Rember to feed them a balanced diet, they espicaly love shrimp!

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