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carl rumsey - 2013-11-22
i have overfed my jaguar chicken slices, she hasnt eaten or had a bowel movement in 6 days. she has swelled up on both sides of her belly. Golf ball size stomach. I believe she is about to explode. Please help. What should I do to save her? ty carl

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Sounds like he's constipated. Try giving him a few shelled peas, it's like a fishy ex-lax. Use frozen peas thawed a bit in the microwave, remove the outer skin and feed the rest.
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Mayank Dusane - 2013-11-17
What kind of meaty food can I feed my flowerhorn as you have strictly said not to feed them beef heart of any other meat?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Beef heart was fed to large cichlids for many years, but it is now known that it can cause digestive problems. It can still be fed, but should be done more sparingly. The foods and feeding section above suggests.. 'a good mixture of high quality cichlid pellets, krill, frozen bloodworms, earthworms, night crawlers, crickets, and carotene enhanced supplements.  Feeder fish can be used, but because they can carry parasites it's best to keep them in a quarantine tank and make sure they are disease free before feeding them.
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Taylor - 2013-02-27
i have had a EBJD for around 5 months now and it is no more then 1 and a half inches in length, do that sound right to you or is it growing slow?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-27
      Not a bad thing.  There are a lot of things that control growth.  Tank size, temps, feeding, but you are in no way doing anything wrong based on growth.
  • Taylor - 2013-02-28
    ok thank you for the info, at the moment i have it in a 125L tank with about 12 small community but will be moving it 2 my 240L tank with my 2 oscars when it is big enough. the temp is 25/26
  • Max miller - 2013-03-09
    I have 20 3 inch cory catfish with 1 electric blue jack deamsy she is 2 inches big they are In a 45 then I will move them all to a new them into a 80 will they all be ok in that tank
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-10
    Should be fine.  They will enjoy the increased room!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-10
    So the eletric blue jack demsy will not eat the cory catfish and can  add 1 ram if so what kind? Finally this is the last question can I add my convicts with them they are the same size but the male? Thanks a lot :D :P
  • Max miller - 2013-03-10
    So the eletric blue jack demsy will not eat the cory catfish and can i add 1 ram if so what kind? Finaly this is the last qestion can i add my convicts with them they are the same size but the male? Thanks a lot :D :P
  • riz - 2013-06-05
    As a rule of thumb, fishes tend to increase in length 1 inch/month, depending upon how big aquarium is.
  • Jeff - 2013-11-12
    Although this fish is hardy they are also a very very slow grower and if they get into a bad spot when young and experience a lot of stress that slows them down 10 fold. I have 2 elec blues that were the same size as a red texas cichlid and an oscar and 2 africans about 1'. Within 3 months everything was twice as big as the blue dempsies. I am going on 7 months now and the red texas is near 6' and one blue is nearing 3' the other got bullied bad by the texas and is still under 2'. I now have a plexi sheet dividing my 2 blues from everything else.
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marissa - 2013-10-19
I have one golden sevrum, I've noticed what looks like air bubbles under his mouth that seem to flake off when he's swimming, he's on his own and  was attacking other fish in his previous home, pets at home advised anti fungus and finrot. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I'm guessing what you have is a mouth fungus (columnaris) and I believe 'pets at home' gave you sound advise. The problem is mostly likely due to water quality so a water change would be the first order of business. Fungus itself can never be eliminated from the tank (the same is true of Finrot), and it is opportunistic. You can alleviate the current infection, see Mouth Fungus above for symptoms and treatment, and then fix the water quality so the fish's immune system will prevent any reoccurrence.

    The Severum Cichlid is from South America and so it needs soft, slightly acidic to neutral water. Be sure you have adequate filtration, sufficient oxygen, and make sure the tank is not overstocked. To keep the quality up, don't overfeed and perform regular water changes.
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Larry Villajuan - 2013-04-24
how do i know the male and female blue moorii hamp head. its a deferent color and shape 

 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-24
    The 'Sex: Sexual differences' section above gives you a good idea of how to tell the difference between the male and female. As it points out, it is difficult, only once they are mature are your chances are a bit better.
  • Bec - 2013-10-26
    When they are mature the males will get silver spots on their fin (close to the bum) that is how you tell with any cichlid :)
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Vijayan nair - 2013-10-24
I had 3 golden severons which I was keeping form 1 week old. They were fine and a few months back one of them I found standing head down. I shifted him in to another tank and tried to save him but could not. Now the second one is in the same situation. But he is responding to me like whenever I go near the tank he comes for food and takes food. Swimming normal for some time and again going back to the same head standing.This time I did not change him from the main tank. My tank is 2 mtrX90 cm x 60 cm and accompanied by other fishes like discuss, scavanger, clowns, mollies etc. Can you suggest any remedy for bringing him back to normal?

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Logan Blume - 2013-10-15
I have a 55 with 2 baby oscars I was wanting 1 or 2 jags is that ok till I get a bigger tank?

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graham - 2005-06-17
I am a real fish lover. i have all kinds but easily love my electric yellows the most. I have 3 large males and 2 small breeding females. i have them in a 5 foot tank and still they continue to fight. I guess its worth it when they started breeding. i now have over 60 electric yellows and still i find no end to the joy they give me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    Yeah, I love Electric Yellow Cichlids too! I had kept them for several years, and thoroughly enjoyed these active fellows... and they are so pretty!
  • alisha soulz - 2013-05-03
    my electric yellow got hurt very badly on its tail by the marbles of fish tank during water change its blood clotted in the tail kindly reply me soon what to do for that i love her i dont wana see her dead.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-03
    Generally the tail fin will grow back, as long as the damage isnt' too severe and into the caudal peduncle.
  • Patsy - 2013-10-12
    I am really sad. My Yellow Cichlid has died. He was so beautiful and up to a couple of days ago in fine form. He started racing up and down and around the front of the tank and was not eating as he usually came to me at feeding time. He shared the tank with another smaller female who he occasionally chased. She seems to be at the top of the tank behind the filter I think to hide from him sometimes. I will take the tank water in to be checked. Also I fed mostly Spirulina Meal sticks and sometimes flakes, What else should they have? He was so knowing and new me. I didn't think I could feel so sad about the loss of a fish, but I do. :-(
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andrew - 2011-06-10
Awesome fish learned it from tophero son of smilodon a good book.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    defintely awesome
  • Robert Barnes Sr. - 2013-09-20
    I had two beautiful urahu. One died I was devastated. I still have one, I raised both of them from frys. I am now in the market for two more small uaru where can I find this awesome fish? I'm located in long beach ca. Can I find any near me? Thanks for any help.
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stuart - 2013-09-20
I have a Red Empress that is about 4' long. I have been hoping that it is a male for obvious reasons and until about one month ago I thought it was. It is predominantly silver but has the blue sheen over the whole body which I think is getting darker (maybe wishful thinking) and slightly pointed dorsal and anal fins. However about one month ago I found that it had a mouthful of eggs. Now I really don't know....

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