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david - 2011-06-12
Are Rams compatible with Heckel Discus, Altum (wild) Angelfish, and Black Ghost Knifefish? How about with Silver Dollars?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    The Knifefish needs a minimum of a 100 gallon tank on his own. They are beautiful but they get huge and he will most likely eat the others.
  • cody - 2013-02-24
    The angel fish isn't recommended but you may try with a knife fish all depends on you tank size to oh and for the discus. Alot of people may tell you to keep them in a single species tank and they need different water phlevels in their tank.
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Robert Frederick - 2003-09-01
Contrary to what most forums say about Leporinus fasciatus, I have had much success with this fish but at a higher temperature (81 degrees). At lower temperatures Ive noticed they are sluggish and seem like they lack energy. They are not an "individual" fish, so I recommend buying at least 2 at a time. If introduced into the aquarium with other fish, I have not had any aggressive behaviour at all excluding the occasional "nipping" if another gets too close. They are an awesome sight and actually like to swim the length of the tank with my Tiger Barbs as if in a race (and are amazingly fast). They like to wander into tight spaces so I recommend getting something with some hideaways (hollow stump, porous rock etc). In the aquarium I also have Convicts, Blue Dwarf Gourami, Tiger Barbs and my childs adopted Goldfish. Believe it or not, they all get along great despite the aggressive ratings that each are given.

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kyle - 2012-12-14
I've had my Hydrolycus Armatus for close to a year now and deal with all 4 payara species on a daily baisis. The 'sudden death' of payara in aquaria ONLY applies to the Scomb. species. Most of the information posted above is correct though. All 4 of the payara species can be trained onto dead/frozen foods (such as fresh market fish fillets or frozen silversides), but they are quite stubborn to train, so the use of teacher fish may be a good idea to speed up the process. My Hydrolycus Armatus was 4' at purchase, and is now about a foot. They do require very large tanks with lots of curret and prestine water quality, anything less and they will perrish. They are quite rare (Scombs and Tats are often mislabeld as Armatus so do your research first) as mentioned above, so if you do find one, expect to pay minimum $100.

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bassam ronz - 2013-05-17
Can i keep them with oscar fish or they will be eaten?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-17
    Depending on size of tank it is normally fine.  Oscars have odd personalities, so really depends on the individual fish.
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bassam ronz - 2013-05-16
Hiii every one i have 6 oscars cichlids i albino and 5 tiger with 1 recently baught jack dempsy. Any one knows if i could buy pirhana in this tamk it is 2 meters length and 50 width and 50 higth it is a very big tank

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-16
    I would not recommend this!  Pirhana are usually species only fish.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-14
my mum loves these fishes mouths! im going to get her some as present when i get my tetra tank!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    They are very cool fish, and fairly hardy. Best to make sure you get enough of them though, and have plenty of space so they can get out of each other's way if one decides to be belligerent.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
wish i could keep these fish its illegal in australia

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-12
    THey are incredible fish!  More personality then most fish.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
    ohh boy do i wish
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Animal-World info on Neon Tetra
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
When ever I keep these fish they die within a week.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    They can be a bit touchy, sometimes they are very easy to keep and other times not. You're best bet is to put them in a well filtered tank without any other fish but with lots of plants, at least until you are sure they have adjusted. Then you could try moving them into a community environment.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    they are od they get put there lay eggs die
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Iv - 2003-08-27
VERY GOOD FISH, GOOD FOR BEGGINERS AND FOR EXPERTS. People say you shouldnt keep them with angel fish but you could. Just buy the neons in an aquarium and wait until thay get around 1 inch or bigger. Then go to the store and buy baby angel fish and put them together. Then the angels mouths would be small and they could not eat the neons, and when they get big they would have already gotten used to the neons. HAPPY FISH KEEPING!

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
    Yea just like how I kept a baby tandanus catfish with my favorite guppies. 4 months later my tandanus catfish ate them! That's not how it works!
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Anonymous - 2013-04-30
I have a few red eye tetras in a 20 gallon long aquarium and they are lively. They can be a bit aggressive at times with smaller fish, and don't even think about putting them in with any type of small invertebrates, such as ghost or cherry shrimp, since they will devour them. Other than that, red eyes are an entertaining fish that are reasonably hardy, and in groups large enough for them to school, can be quite striking to look at.

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