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Mike L - 2006-04-22
Hey im mike. i have 1 tiger oscar for about 4 months now. it has grown very fast from 2.5" to 6" in that time. i feed it mostly pellets and occassionally feeder guppies. it eats the pellets and the guppies like eating is going out of style. i breed my own now because of disease and the only place that sells them in my area is 20 miles away, why waste gas. in that time i owned a plecostumus about to less than 2" long. as my oscar grew it became a problem as he eventually started nipping at the plecos fin. it was ok the first time cause only a little bit was taken off. then the next day i found the pleco in oscars mouth around 11pm that day! the pleco was still alive somehow but eventually passed the next day. so to anyone who wants to have a plecostumus, make sure it is bigger or as big as your oscar. Oscars are great fish overall and a great conversation piece. my friend always mentions everytime he is over that that fish is getting bigger every time

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Emily - 2006-04-21
I have two jellybean parrot fish and they are great fish to keep. I have found that the key to keeping my fish happy is to give them places where they can hide and feel safe. They were very shy when they were alone in my 30 gallon tank, then I got just a few fish to keep them company and everything is great. I have three taricota pots that I broke just a bit to make them look nice and give the fish gravel to push around and they seem to like there home.

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kerri - 2006-04-21
I have a Jack that has been fondly named Nemo due to a gimp fin. I found him in a pet store about 5 months ago. He had been given to the pet store because his former owner could not handle him any more. He had come in with his female mate but had killed her with-in hours. I didn't have a fish tank at the time, but I fell so much in love with this 6" jack, that I purchased him and set about aquiring a tank. Not much $ money to work with, I lucked out and got a 55 gallon tank donate to me. Two weeks later (after much frustration with a leaking tank) Nemo was home with me. I soon found out you can't keep a pretty, organized tank with a jack, they are interior decoraters at heart. Soon I started to want more fish. Nemo is a good size but with 55 glns to play with, I had plenty of room. To the pet store! Come home with a 5" albino oscar. The "fish guy" assured me that they would get along royaly unless I had "the unusual aggressive jack". That they did for all of about 10 minutes before Nemo ripped all the O's fins off and then took out his belly. Dead O in less than half hour. Still wanting other fish I have been experimenting. After another few failed attempts (don't worry I am not sending these fish to their doom, pulling them out and returning before it gets too bad) Nemo is now living comfortably with Bassican, my african bass. Going to be introducing a "true" red devil soon. Keeping my fingers crossed. No matter how mean or aggressive my murderious jack is I do have to say he is the best fish I have ever had the pleasure of owning.

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Justin - 2006-04-19
hi, ihave a red devil. i got him from petsmart and he was 1.5 inches when
i purchased him. now after 5 months he is 5.5 inches and he gets along fine with my texas cichlid, green terror, and firemouth. my meanest fish is the great albino catfish, and he attacks them all the time. my red devil eats my minnows i put in there for my needle fish, so i had to put the needle fish in a different tank. moreover, red devils are great to have.

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Neua - 2006-04-18
I have one very cool Blue Acara. He is doing so great in my tank. He is a very peaceful fish that made alot of friends. He is staying with two red pacus and two firemouths.

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Anonymous - 2006-04-18
i have a salvini in my tank and have kept it along with blue and yelow auratus, a pair of parrots, a pair of tiger cichlids, zebra, blue morph, red belly pacu, and many more cichlids. My salvini has started laying eggs and today. i saw 100s of fries in the tank. now they are very fierce and protect the fries. the tank is now in 2 partitions, one is guarded by the salvini and the other cichlids stay on the other side. they are pretty good fish and colourful while mating.

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crystal - 2006-04-13
I have 8 of these Electric Yellows in a 55 gal tank, and although they are considered a peaceful fish, they do get quite aggressive towards each other at times: even so, I have never had them do any actual harm to each other. Of all my tanks, this one gets watched the most because these guys are always active and their coloring is beautiful! They also see me from across the room and start doing little dances whenever they think I'm headed their way. Quite an enjoyable fish!

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Sonia M - 2006-04-11
Won a pair of Nics at an East Coast Aquarium Society auction a few days ago for $20 canadian! These fish are gorgeous! I can't believe I got them so cheap.

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Shan - 2006-04-11
I have had my red devil for a little over a year. He was shy and afraid for the first week or two after i got him but as he got bigger he became more confident. He grew from 3 inches to 8.5 inches now and still growing! He moved to a 72 gal tank from a 20 and he grew almost 4 inches in less than 4 months. He is just starting to get teeth and he uses them! We had a tug-of-war with the net and he almost won. I would tell anyone to get a red devil. He is so smart and entertaining. I love him so much! Red devils truely make wonderful pets, but as ive learned, many times they must live alone.

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Debra Havig - 2006-04-05
I have had my red devil for about 4mths. He is my baby and is about 5inches long. I put my hand in the tank and he tries to splash me then he comes up and wants me to hold him which i can do. He slides through my fingers from nose to tail. He has such a great personality. best companion pet ever! I can watch them for hours.

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