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Jocelyn - 2007-09-16
I have a 10 gallon tank which includes two cory catfish, one Chinese algae eater, one female betta, and Angelique- the fin-nipping bully. I was wondering why Rose, my betta, would puff out her cheeks and fins like a lion and charge Angie- then I caught Angie harrassing Cory & Harold (my catfish) last night. She has been an absolute terror. She even bears her teeth and chomps them at me (so it seems). I know you all have said this behavior is fairly harmless, and in fact, Rose still has all of her fins & no one looks nibbled upon, but I am worried about their stress levels. Stressed fish are not happy fish. I think I will try some of the advice I have seen on this page and get her a companion. At the worst, they can batter one another and leave everyone else in peace.
Yeesh. What a soap opera going on in the fish tank!

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Taylor - 2007-09-15
I had a Leporinus Fasciatus for 7 years and loved him very much. His name was Sherman and he was pretty agressive. At over 8 inches, he had stretch marks on his sides and little red teeth. The only other fish I had with him was a Plecostomos that was 7-8 in. He would quarrel at times but they got along pretty well. He was known to try to jump out of the tank if he was upset/frustrated. Once he splashed a third of the water out of his tank when he jumped 6 inches out of it towards me, due to frustration. Although he was a little rough around the edges, he was a great fish with tons of personality.

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Rob Baseel - 2007-09-13
I have had my leporinus for about four years or so now and he is just under 1 foot in length. He was always an aggressive and sneaky character, even as a cute little 2" youngster fresh from the LFS. I originally had him in a tank with semi-aggressive tropicals (Tiger Barbs, Pictus Cats, etc...) but the bigger he grew, the more of my other fish he killed off. I came so close to finding him a new home on many different occasions but I just couldn't do it... I found I had grown quite attached to him. Instead I just kept getting bigger fish for him to live with. I now have him in a tank with a Green Severum, A Blue Acara, a common Pleco and a handful of Silver Dollars. Everyone gets along amazingly well with only some occasional half hearted squabbling.

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jonathan - 2007-07-30
I have had 4 marbled hatchetfish for 3 months now and they turned out to be perfect fish. For the first 7 to 10 days they had trouble getting food because because of the other fish getting to it first. After that they managed to get some food and I was reassured they would survive. My favorite thing about them is how they school together. There shape also helps them stand out a lot. They are great fish for a community tank.

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Arnold - 2007-07-26
I love these fish! I've had a school of these fish over five years & never lost a one. Even after a November icestorm where the the little guys were left in 40 degree water for five days they all survived & kept on kickin' even when everything else except my sisters white clouds died. A great fish indeed.

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gugye - 2007-07-24
i have a small group of x-rays and harlequins and a couple of bloodfins. the x-rays are always slow especially during feeding time.

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gretchen - 2007-07-20
The Leps are nice, but boy can they consume snails. I had one that ate every snail I put in the tank. I was told they were more towards vegetarian, so I didn't realize it was this fish doing the eating. Kept buying more snails, only having them disappear, with empty floating shells, or actual holes in their shells. As soon as I got rid of the fish, my snails flourished.

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David Palermo - 2007-07-09
i raised 13 of these fish in a 115 gal aquarium. This was 10 years ago and they lived for 6 years when i had them. They are a great fish in a sole species tank. They did so well im gonna try it again, but in a 35/40 gal tank with 6 instead of 13. i can't wait to see the results. dave

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Jorge A. - 2007-07-03
I have a school of 21 Long-Finned Serpae Tetras in a 90 gal tank along with 6 pretty big Discus, 16 Gold Tetras, 3 Cardinal Tetras, 7 Cory Cats, 3 Ottos and a trio of red swordtails. My tank is heavily planted. I use CO2 injection to maintain the pH around 6.7 to 6.9. Temp is kept around 80-82 F. H2O changes @ about 50% every 2 or 3 weeks. I've had the Serpaes now for over 6 months, and I have never seen such LONG & COLORFUL fins like this ever!! They have never hurt any of the smaller Tetras nor are they scared of the 4 1/2" + Discus. Occasionally, they will nip other Serpae's fins slightly, but they grow them back very quickly. I feed a very diverse variety of foods. Here it goes: Live:bloodworms, Frozen & Freeze-dried: (bloodworms, tubifex, cyclops, mysis, brineshrimp, beefheart), Flakes: Spirulina & Cyclopeeze & a homemade gelatin goldfish food.

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shana8 - 2007-06-30
I raised one from a baby. When we moved I had to give him away and he jumped out of the bowl before I had a chance to cover it. I heard a cat crying and as we do not have a cat I could not figure out where it was coming from... and it was this fish. I just bought 2 babies and one died. I am feeding it tropical fish food as I did the other, I hope he does ok.

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