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sam - 2012-06-14
Hi I was wonering if three hatchet fish and two angelfish would be ok together in a five gallon tank?..............if you have any other suggestions for fish that could live in there that would be GREAT! THANX!

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  • David Brough - 2012-06-14
    You could keep a couple of hatchet fish in a 5 gallon, but an angelfish would be way too big for such a small aquarium. The discus are too big as well.
  • sam - 2012-06-14
    Thank you do you have any suggestions for other fish to live with the hatchet fish?
  • sam - 2012-06-14
    well my mom who raised angels said two would be fine in a five gallon tank with some hatchets
  • sam - 2012-06-14
    Also I would like to add could you possibly keep a discus with them to? THANX!
  • symbol - 2012-08-30
    Keep in mind that hatchet fish are best kept in groups of 8+. You wouldn't have room for 8 of them in a 5 gallon tank. Also, I think that 5 gallons would be very cramped for angelfish. (You must realize that as well, or you would've just taken your mother's word for it rather than asking advice here first.) I would say that you should probably either get a bigger tank or pick different fish. 5 gallons might also make a really cool invert tank. What about planting it and stocking it with a few Malaysian Trumpet Snails and Cherry Shrimp? (Or some other type of dwarf shrimp. There are lots of beautiful species and colour morphs out there!)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-31
    No.  Way too small.  Angels get large and let aggressive without enough room.
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Animal-World info on Bloodfin Tetra
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carlosR - 2006-05-20
I love these fish! I have noticed that some individuals get a peculiar "wasting" until several weeks later they die. Others puchased from the same source at the same time thrive. Beautiful when they school. They enjoy a well planted tank.

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Animal-World info on Colored Skirt Tetra
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Lindsey Escudero - 2012-07-30
Hello everone! Just have a few questions about my colored skirt tetra. I have had it for a year or so now, and really I am ashamed to say I really haven't taken good care of it. I had no idea fish needed so much care until now. So here's the deal: I just transfered my fish into a different tank yesterday and she's (am convinced its a girl) been chasing her reflection- well I think it is her reflection, I don't really know since I can't see her point of view- is this good for her? She never did it before.and she hasn't eaten since I switched her. Is this normal? please help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-30
    Yep, normal.  You moved her and it will take a few days for her to adjust to new tank.  It's just different and she's looking around.  She probably could not see her reflection in the other tank with the light or size and she can in this one and it interests her.  Just different.
  • lindsey escudero - 2012-07-31
    Thank you so much for your reply. It conforts me to know this:)
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sandi - 2012-07-29
Plzzzzz help me I love my fish. I just got a painted tetra fish and I've had it 4 days now and he won't eat. What's wrong with him and he keeps swimming back and forth in the tank, he is also so rooming with a moor goldfish

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-30
    Check your ammonia levels.  Goldfish aren't usually a good match for tetras as they are sensitive to water conditions. Goldfish produce a lot of ammonia.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    Probably nothing wrong, he is just getting used to a new place to live.  Watch his behavior for a couple more days and check out if eating.  OK?
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Animal-World info on Sabertooth Characin
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mike - 2012-07-14
I have a sabertoothed tetra and as long as u feed it rite and keep it in a big enough tank it will live longer then 6 months to 2yrs that most people say. Also making sure it has hiding spots to hide in (lots of plants, driftwood, maybe a cave as well. Try and change at least 30% or more of the water every week or so. I am waiting for my (vittaus tiger fish) and hoping if i add it to my sabertooth tetra does anyone have any experience of having different fish with it?? i'd like to add a silver arrowana and a gar eventually as well??

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Benjamin - 2012-07-02
I have 4 of them but no problem with my 10 serpae tetras and 2 albino tiger barbs and 4 golden barbs. I've never see them schooling, they just always hide in the plants. It's like they want to protect their turf..

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Animal-World info on Payara
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Let's Dance - 2012-01-22
I just got 1 yesterday...and my fish tooth are not on the right position..it is like 1 of it saberthooth are out of it mouth..what should i do expert...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    Probably fine. Scroll up in this Animal World article on the Payara and it actually states in the first paragraph that the bottom (saber tooth) teeth get so long there are actually openings in the upper jaw to accomodate. Sounds like your little guy is getting his first teeth in.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-23
    That Means all I have to do is wait untill the crooked teeth drop...? coz I'm really worry that little guy wont eat for fews day edy...sad...
  • LEO - 2012-03-31
    May I ask you how long a life they can have?
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Animal-World info on Pristella Tetra
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Anonymous - 2010-01-18
I just got 3 of these fish today, and I call them little taxi's.

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  • yasmine - 2010-02-24
    Why did you call them fish taxis, but anyways I bought ten of them.
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Animal-World info on Colored Skirt Tetra
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Melody - 2012-05-12
Hi I have two blue skirt tetra's and one has something wrong with it's one eye,since i got them this has bin a problem with my one tera now. It started by looking like pop eye then the eye is still poped out and blood filled?? Can anyone give me an idea as to what i'm dealing with?!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    Could be from an injury or water conditions. Did he come from the pet store like this?
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Animal-World info on Pristella Tetra
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Learth Hoch - 2010-10-26
I have had my pristella tetras, Sushi, Sashimi, and Sailboat, for almost 3 weeks now. They are my first fish, and they are very hardy, very tolerant fish! They are active swimmers, and oh so very cute. :D I'm thinking about getting 2 or 3 more to swim with them in my 15 gallon, since they are schooling fish. And another thing--these little buggers are FAST! When I try to catch them when I clean the aquarium, they dart away surprisingly quickly. I call them, 'The Secret Society' hahaha. I love my pristellas. :D

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  • bev - 2011-01-23
    I have 3 in my tank they are beautiful lil fish :) I keep them with white widows, black phantoms, red fin colombians, lemon albino, harlequins, glowlights, platys, pepper and albino corys, khuli loach, golden loach, a black common plec and a sailfin plec. They all get on together really well :D
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