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Linda - 2013-02-13
I have a Silver Dollar that I have had for about 7 years.  Just in the 2 weeks he has been looking a little swollen and today I noticied that his eyes are bulging quite badly. I am guessing that he is probably old and sick and going to die. Is there anything I can do and do you think he is in any discomfort. I have him in a tank with 4 very large angels.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-14
    Eyes buldging are usually a water condition issue.  You may have had a spike in one or more of your levels.
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Pat - 2013-01-27
How old will a Tiger fish weighing around 6 kg be? The Kariba Zimbabwe species.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-28
    How long have you had it? Did you get it from a pet store or from a previous owner? I don't think there's any sure way to tell how old it is. In the wild they can get to be around 28 kg, but in captivity they don't usually get that big because of environment constraints.
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winky-blinky-jinky - 2013-01-25
I bought three of these fish called 'mixed fruit tetra' from Wal-Mart before I knew they were dyed artificially. (Had I known this I would not have purchased them.) I have them in a 10 gallon tank and they are an absolute joy. Only fish in the tank with a few plants, decorations, heater, gravel, and filter. They are extremely clean fish, and they eat very little food. 10 gallons is PLENTY of room for these guys. Warning! These fish will jump straight out of the tank if they can, just like the article said; keep your tank covered! These fish DO NOT like LED lights or tank bubblers so don't waste your money. They seem to prefer simple cave decorations and plants, nothing too fancy for these guys. VERY easy to take care of and the tank requires very little maintenance once established. The fish are very playful with each other and are fun to watch.

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Mike - 2013-01-25
We had two of these in a tank with assorted guppies, and they killed one of the guppies and were nipping at the others before I removed them. What could cause this?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-25
    Tetras can be a bit nippy at times.  May need to add more tetras so they will school and this will normally keep that behavior in the group.
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Anonymous - 2013-01-23
my bleeding heart tetras stopped eating

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-24
    Most common reason for a group of fish to stop eating is water conditions.  Test your water levels with some test strips or bring a water sample into the pet store and ask them to test it.
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Kate - 2006-06-08
I bought 6 of these fish for my 30 gallon tank over a year ago now. By no means an 'expert' fish keeper at the time i didn't expect to have much luck with them (Especially as they were very very small at the time of purchase). The store owner recommended many 'Cardinal water products' that i declined and i took these fish home and hoped for the best. A year later i have 5 healthy and quite large Cardinal tetra's (i lost 1 within a few days of purchse).
These fish really are beautiful and peaceful. They live happily with my Lemon and Flame tetra and a recently purchased pair of dwarf gourami. The flame tetra often show courting and mating behaviour which seemed to 'excite' the cardinals into courtship and mating behavour themselves. Although i don't intend to breed them - for those who do they seemed most willing to mate whilst they were younger.
All in all i havn't found them anymore difficult to keep than any other fish and have avoided the use of expensive 'Cardinal specific products'.

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  • john j hanley - 2011-11-09
    take 2 cups of real peat moss put into a cotton sock boil with one gallon of water and to four gallons of water adjust temp and chlorine use this for your water change all your tetras will love it
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Cindy - 2012-05-07
My silver dollars are about 5 years old and for the last three days one has been laying at the bottom of the tank and his eyes are cloudy looking. He seems to be breathing fast and is very disoriented when I disturb him...swims very fast and hits everything. I don't know what to do to help. I have been putting some melafix in the tank every day but have not done any water changes because I don't want to stress him out. Any advice would be appreciated very much. Thank you.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-08
    Check you water levels and definately do a water change. Do you have good water movement?
  • Cindy - 2012-05-08
    Yes lots of bubbles and the other fish are all doing good. How do I check my water levels?
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michelle - 2012-10-22
I want to start my own tank, im new to having fish. this will be my first fish tank. I dont know what fish to start off with and what fish get alone with eachother.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-22
    What size tank are you starting with?  a 30 gallon is a good started tank. Good starter fish are swords, platies, guppies, mollies and a few other livebearers.  Cool thing about these as you will get a chance to watch them have babies!
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Kurt van Wyk - 2008-08-15
I have recently purchased my first fish tank and these guys are not afraid of even my boistrous ramirez! They come right to the front of the tank and get along well with the other fish. I have a shoal of 6 individuals. They must be kept in shoals of at least 5.

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  • Kaleigh - 2011-12-24
    i only have 4 neon tetras left and they seem to be doing ok.....although they seem to take turns kicking one random fish out of the group every now and again.....
  • urmil - 2012-05-14
    I think your neon tetras are pairing off. It's good you can try breeding them if you want
    lucky guy
  • Adawiya - 2012-10-24
    I'm so, so, sorry for you, your family and that poor doggy. That's an awful thing to have to watch hpeapn...I'm angry for you!People really do think of pets like 'things' sometimes. Which they're not. They're family members. At least they are in my family...My heart is breaking for your husband.
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james - 2011-02-04
In Geogetown Guyana, South America. There are lots of fresh water pond raised fishes by local fish Growers. Tilapia both Red and Grey are very common. Also Pacu fish. Lots of people in Guyana and other caribbean countries, also in most part in South America, China other Asian Countries do not treat Pacu fish as pets but rather briol & baked it as meals. These Pacu is more Red in color rather black.

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