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Bob Doetsch - 2005-04-06
The info here is very helpful to us newbie aquarium hobbyists. We just started our 20 gallon high tank with three Black Tetras. At first they were reserved and confined themselves to an area of cover. We are one day into this now, and they are more comfortable, alternate between hanging around the plastic leaves and darting around, occasionally nipping at each other. We are told to wait at least a week before adding more fish. We had a false start dealing with a chain pet store before we wised up and visited a real fish store with expert advice.

-Bob in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

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Anonymous - 2005-04-05
To me, Hatchetfishes are very interesting and great to learn about. I am thankful that there are living things out there in the world, like Hatchetfishes, to be fond of. Hatchetfishes are my personal favorite fishes!

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Debbie Harris - 2005-04-02
I have three 5 inch Silver Dollars in a 75 gallon tank with one eight inch green severum, 1 one inch gold severum, two catfish, one gourami, and a pleco. The Silver Dollars and Severum seem to be watching me when I am in the room and I have not found them to be skiddish. They are very gentle fish and a pleasure to watch.

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Jill Horton - 2005-03-27
Serpae tetras are great little fish, and they go well with many types of other fish. Right now, I have five of them, three dwarf gourami, and a synodontis eupterus (a bottom-feeder type of fish) in my thirty-gallon tank. They are doing beautifully, and I plan to add more soon.

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Preben Joost - 2005-03-22
I have 10 silverdollars and they are my favorite fishes. They are quite easily scared, so put the tank in a quiet corner of the room. Keep them in groups of six or more in a big tank. Feed them a lot with lettuce, bloodworms, vegetable flakefood. Change 1/3 of the water every week and you won

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Jason - 2005-03-10
I bought 5 neon tetras and 2 pictus cats, 3 days later I had 1 neon tetra and 2 pictus cats, lol. Dont put neon tetras in a tank with pictus cats or larger fish. Also I would suggest an undergravel filter with Neons I had neons in two seperate aquariums and 2 different times some of my neons got caught in the filter intake.Of course after I turned off the filter the Neon sank to the bottom and the Pictus cats gobbled him up.

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Deedee - 2005-03-03
Got 5 of these guys in a smallish tank just for them, with a mopane bog wood root with a huge java fern stuck to it with a couple other plants up and a sump down full of more plants. The tank has a MILWAUKEE SMS122 pH/CO2 Controller so plants are always lush and the cylinders last forever because of the controllers... but back to these lovely fish... I looked in the tank one day last week and there, sitting pretty as can be is a 6th! A new baby the size of a small neon! I had no idea it had even been there obviously the dense java fern servered it well. Baby and 5 parents all doing great together.


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Deedee - 2005-03-03
Have 11 of these active and nice fish in my heavily planted 30 gallon. They are rambunctious dancers when they see their dinner coming and always hungry for more any time of night or day it seems. Their tank offers plenty of plants on a CO2 controller and a nice mopane bog wood root. Tankmates include two pearl gouramis and a handful of cories which they all mostly ignore in favor of thinking about food and feeding times and whether anyone walking by might have a morsel for them. Very nice to see that tank so lively again, those two particular pearls hide their lives away, so the blackskirts give the tank life now. Great fish, pleasure to have.

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jim - 2005-02-15
I have had my Silver Dollar fish for about six months. He is very skidish and for the first two months did not eat much. Now he is comfortable with the tank but will freak out if anyone taps the tank. His name is Rawule

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michelle - 2005-02-14
I have had my Leporinus now for about one month and have lost several fish since I have had them. I have lost one Gourami, one Gobie, two Bull sharks, two cory cats, and one cherry barb. I do not believe anybody when they say they are not aggressive. The two I have are aggressive. I love to watch them though. I will definately keep them, but try different things with them to see if I can calm them a little with other fish.

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