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Smokin\'Shotgun - 2012-09-10
My daughter purchased me 2 gold sevrums about 7 months ago and they have been doing great however the past couple of days one of them have been hanging out at the opening of a skeleton dinosaur head inside it outside of it and only comes out to eat the other stands guard and chases away anyone who comes near...I haven't spotted any eggs and this is the first time it has happened. she doesn't look sick but she has a reddish belly from laying on the rocks I think...Can you give me some ideas of what its going on?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    Maybe going through the process and making claim to it's territory.
  • Joy - 2012-11-02
    Your sevrums are pairing off. when the eyes deepen in color and the bellys turn reddish they are approaching breeding. My blue/green sevrums have done the same thing. Although their eyes also turned more red. They laid eggs for the third time 3 weeks ago and they guard the offspring from the oscars, geophagus, and red hooks. I have a 125 gal tank and they will not let the other fish swim past the halfway point. I would think that you have a pair and are establishing their breeding area.
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ankitroy - 2013-06-01
Can a flowerhorn be introduced in a community tank, with a silver aro(2 ft) and a ghost knife(13 inch) and a giant gourami(7 inch) tank size 450 gallons.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-02
    Well, we just talked about your three fish in the comments on the Giant Gourami page, so given that... and the info above about this fishes social behaviors (not community and aggressive). I think you can conclude it would be quite  risky:)
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Vicki - 2005-07-01
i had 2 jack dempsys, they were so beautiful. they will watch u walk by and just stare at u where ever u are in the room.
recenty they bred and i have hundreds of little babys. but i found jack(male) started to attack jill(female). it got to the stage where i had to put her into another tank, but sadly she died. jack is just over 8in and jill was just about 6in.

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  • MsBobbins - 2013-04-18
    Hi Vicky. I would always have a tank ready to remove the male for about 2 weeks and try him then. I have seen my fish display this aggression. From From pesky spats to one male attacking very violently. I removed the female on that occassion for 2 weeks recovery and rest. I put a couple of babies in the tank which was the emergency ward.The male was crazy and almost killed my female. I know have learned this is because the male is only interested in making babies and the female isn't ready. It differs with different male fish some are a bit aggressive and accept her wishes and leave her alone for awhile. He will persist and try again later tho. Always have plenty of places she cane hide. Places he can't fit into. I now have a tank ready for this because the removal of the male when he displays this behavior has been the solution for my pair I mention above. My female was shocked the first batch of babies. I removed male with second batch for a few days. I have a lot of aficans. Most are not as aggressive however I do have plenty of hidings spots the male won't fit or dig into. Or knock over. Good lucFish are great! I'm about to try and match my JD and hope to have some little JD'S soon.
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suraj dhanwar - 2012-10-05
Between how many days did they lie eggs. In first breeding ?

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Younis - 2011-06-13
Hi,, I have bought a pair of alounocara red peacock, ( Rubin ) and I joined him with other tank mates as,
2 lemmon cichlid
2 blue zebra cichlid
2 venustus
2 parrot
1 fontosa

Everything seems fine but the venustus seems to be upset with him. He can't stop darting on them,, although I have many hiding spaces and all that, what shall I do :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    I included articles on the various fish you have in your tank. The Venustus has a predatory nature and it is recommended you have a 60 gallon tank when they are little and 125 gallon as they mature. They want a lot of space. Could this be the problem. You have a good number of fish. How big is your tank?
  • christopher price - 2012-03-05
    If I were you I would move the venustus to another tank. I have africans. I had 2 pair of orange blotch peacocks, 2 pair of deep water haps (pladichromis electra), a jewel cichlid, pleco,and a juvenile ruby crystal peacock. Guess what? All I have is a ruby crystal peacock and the pleco. The ruby crystal killed everything except for the orange blotch male and the jewel cichlid they died from my water quality. African cichlids are very agressive he's probably gonna tear your peacocks up. If i was you I would move them or the vunustus cichlid..
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Younis - 2011-06-13
Hi,, I have bought a pair of alounocara red peacock, ( Rubin ) and I joined him with other tank mates as,
2 lemmon cichlid
2 blue zebra cichlid
2 venustus
2 parrot
1 fontosa

Everything seems fine but the venustus seems to be upset with him. He can't stop darting on them,, although I have many hiding spaces and all that, what shall I do :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    I included articles on the various fish you have in your tank. The Venustus has a predatory nature and it is recommended you have a 60 gallon tank when they are little and 125 gallon as they mature. They want a lot of space. Could this be the problem. You have a good number of fish. How big is your tank?
  • christopher price - 2012-03-05
    If I were you I would move the venustus to another tank. I have africans. I had 2 pair of orange blotch peacocks, 2 pair of deep water haps (pladichromis electra), a jewel cichlid, pleco,and a juvenile ruby crystal peacock. Guess what? All I have is a ruby crystal peacock and the pleco. The ruby crystal killed everything except for the orange blotch male and the jewel cichlid they died from my water quality. African cichlids are very agressive he's probably gonna tear your peacocks up. If i was you I would move them or the vunustus cichlid..
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ananya - 2013-05-31
these fishes are sold in kolkata in plenty. they are called 'blue auratus' here. i used to think these are blue auratus, before i searched this site. anyway, is there any blue variation of the original auratus species?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    The Maingano (Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos) are such beautiful fish. They have vertical striping as is found on the Auratus Cichlid (Melanochromis auratus), though the Auratus has a gold coloring too. But maybe that's why they call it the 'blue Auratus' there. Thought they are different species, they are closely related and many Mbuna hybrids have been formed in captivity. The actual species will have their true coloration, but you can probably find a Mbuna hybrid in the color you want. As a matter of fact, so many different hybrids that have formed in captivity, there is no way to tell exactly what you are getting unless it is from a reputable dealer. But the true species and the hybrids are all beautiful fish:)
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vikki howe - 2011-09-29
I have 3 parrot fish. One off them stayed in a wee cave I have in the tank for around 2 weeks only popping its head out to feed. When it eventually came out it seems to have developed a growth of some kind on its underside. It is quite a big growth. Can anyone tell me what it is? Or if it is something I should worry about.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-29
    I don't know what you mean by growth. There are several things it could be and the
    SYMPTOMS are listed in the Animal World Article Fish Disease and Symptoms. Scroll down to the symptoms and the recommended treatement is there.
  • mark howe - 2013-05-28
    take pic
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bassam ronz - 2013-05-16
I have 1 parrot and 2 clarias fish which all about 7 month old, last 2 days my parrot shown black patches, i read it is from stress i changed the water and every thing is ok but nothing changes with the fish. And any one knows how to care with claris catfish i don't find any thing on the web, iam egyptian, as thi species is banned in america as invasive species.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-16

    The Clarias, or Walking Catfish is a large fish from the family Clariidae. It has an elongated body with very long-based dorsal and anal fins. Eight barbels outline the mouth. The Clarias Catfish can display a large variety of colors including tan, gray, and brown. An albino strain has also been introduced to the hobby.



    Hope this helps!



    Due to their adult size of close to two feet in length, these fish must be provided with a large aquarium. One of the common names of this fish is 'Walking' Catfish, and as that name suggests, these fish have the ability to crawl onto land and 'walk' to a new body of water when their current environment won't suffice. Clarias Catfish are illegal in many of the warmer states due to the fact that they can be released by foolish owners into local ponds and take over with their predatory lifestyle and ability to wipe out an entire food chain and then move on to the next pond to continue. Obviously a tight-fitting canopy is a must. Provide the fish with plants and hiding places.



    A Clarias Catfish can attack, kill and eat fish close to its same size. For this reason most tankmates could become prey to this carnivore. Recommended foods include beef heart, earthworms, fish and vegetable matter such as brussel sprouts, pieces of fruit and softened rolled oats. If allowed, they will often eat until their bellies swell to the size of a human fist. If this should happen, allow for several days of fasting.



    The pH in the aquarium should be kept slightly acidic, between 6.5-7.0. A water temperature between 62-79 degrees F will suffice. These fish are extremely hardy and in warmer areas they may be kept without a heater if necessary.



    Little is known about the breeding behavior of these oddballs. Sexing can be done by observing the dorsal fin; males have spots on their dorsals while females lack this characteristic.


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kye turnbull - 2013-04-17
i have a problem! my kribensis bloated up and looked like he was going to explode! all in 30 minites! then he died, hen i flushed him! then he exploded in the toilet!

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-07
    please can someone help me please! i dont want it happening again!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-07
    That's a sad story. African Bloat, also called 'Malawi Bloat' is believed to be a protozoal parasite that is common in African Cichlids. If the fish becomes stressed (shipping, handling, poor water conditions, etc.) there becomes an imbalance which allows the parasites to multiply and start punching holes is the intestine which causes the bloat. It can happen quickly and is fatal if not caught and treated right away. There's more information about this illness, as well as treatment, on the Fish Diseases page here:  Fish Diseases: Bloat
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!1 ive been looking everywhere ever since! i hope my tandanus catfish doesn't get it! luckily no other fish got it, almost all the fish were in the same tank!
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