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lew - 2011-08-06
I am in dire need of females red zebras. I have bought a dozen or so localy and turns out they were all males. I hate seeing them tear each other up.

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josue - 2011-07-30
Can r.d. be with/ oscars, arowanas, fresh water moray eel, pleco, red tail cat, bala shark, mystic shark, motoro sting ray, red ear slider turtle, severum, parrot cichlid, discus, frontosa, pacu, dog tooth cichlid, clown knife, black ghost and jewel cichlid in a 150 gal.?

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  • Red Devil Lover - 2011-08-09
    To be quite honest, I already think your tank is over populated you have some big fish in there. Adding a Red Devil will only cause him/her and the other fish stress.
  • Tank Dwellers - 2011-11-06
    Your tank is capable of handling 50-60 fish you should be fine. My breeder keeps around 150-170 fish in his 240 gal.
  • bill - 2011-12-20
    No, Defintely No, a single pacu,red tail catfish,clown knife fish or arowana would be to big for that tank each requiring 500 gallons, 2000 for the red tail catfish. A few serveums or parrot cichlids would be okay in that tank. Some fontosas by themselves would be okay. And a colony of dog tooth cichlids would be good.6-7 discus with no tank mates would be okay. Red ear sliders are best kept without fish in the tank. A Motoro sting ray would be okay but they are very difficult to keep. 3-4 bala
  • bill - 2011-12-20
    No, Deffintaly No, a single pacu,red tail catfish, mystic shark, clown knife fish or arowana would be to big for that tank each requiring 500 gallons, 2000 for the red tail catfish. A few serveums or parrot cichlids would be okay in that tank. Some fontosas by themselves would be okay. And a colony of dog tooth cichlids would be good.6-7 discus with no tank mates would be okay. Red ear sliders are best kept without fish in the tank. A Motoro sting ray would be okay but they are very difficult to keep. 3-4 Bala sharks would be good. Or one black ghost knife. Or two oscars. Or one red devil. If you put every one of those fish in a 125 gallon none of them could move it would be so crowded!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-10
    You have a very different grouping of wish. As this guys grow I think you are going to have some issues. I would not add anymore fish. One thing you didn't add is the size of the current tankmates and if you have other tanks to re-home if they out grow the tank.
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Liesh - 2005-08-17
I own 3 red devils, 2 female 1 male. One male and female are in a split tank and spend all their days trying to get to one another. When they do succeed they fight heavily. The female has just layed eggs and will not let the male anywhere near her or the eggs. They are all beautiful fish and love to bite you. They are always hungry and get annoyed when you change their tank, so they rearrange everything until they are satisfied. They love frozen blood worms, and like to kill small fish for the fun of it.

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  • Chynna - 2013-01-18
    All of these articles have saved me a lot of headhaecs.
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fffddff - 2004-09-05
ihave two blue acaras they bred succesfully and so are the babies

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Rock Sor - 2013-01-04
'The second commonly suggested cross is between a Central American cichlid and one of two South American Cichlids: the Red Devil Cichlid Amphilophus labiatus (previously Cichlasoma labiatum) and one of either the Severum Heros severus (also called the Banded Cichlid) or the Blue-eye cichlid Cryptoheros spilurus (previously Cichlasoma spilurum).' Only one of these fish is from South America, and that's Heros severus. Both Ampilophus labiatus and Cryptoherus spilurs are from Central America.

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  • Claudia - 2013-01-18
    Well done atricle that. I'll make sure to use it wisely.
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Jason Lee - 2003-08-28
I have 4 blue acaras. They stick together and sometimes even defend the littlest one from the firemouths red devil and the Jack Dempsey most of all. Everyone should have a Blue acara.

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  • Mieke - 2012-05-05
    How big is the tank you are keeping the 4 blue acaras in? Are they two pairs? I am thinking about buying two pairs for my 320 liter tank. Do you think that would be possible?

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    Mieke
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Jason Aldridge - 2012-10-22
What works for me is making my tank as much like a pond as possible...Please don't mistake this as a lack of filtration but the opposite. I have 3 h.o.b. filters (aquaclear I think) on my 29 gallon Goldhead tank. I haven't changed the filters in that thing for 5 months, I just keep solid waste to a minimum with quick siphon use and top off using prime dechlor. I think the key is regularity. 1 or 2 gallons removed from my tank using a siphon and then replaced isn't a 30% water change, throw the rules out the window....These fish appreciate stability and will reciprocate that appreciation to you in the form of fry. Sad Compressiceps won't breed. I feed Tetra Jumbo Krill (broken in half while dry) and mysis shrimp and occasional live brine treat. New life spectrum is a great first food to offer also. THESE FISH ARE FAR FROM DELICATE!! I often hold them out of water for 45 seconds at a time for accurate sexing. I STRONGLY agree with the other fella or lady about the Conch Shells....VERY IMPORTANT!! I wanted to show in this post that comps and calvus are actually very easy fish to care for and of all the comps. I've had and have, none have died from a mysterious illness or disappeared. Thank you for your time

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DEBORAH HICKEY - 2012-02-18
CAN YOU PUT A BLOOD RED PARROT CICHLID IN THE SAME TANK AS A BALA SHARK FISH?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-19
    Depending on size of the 2 it should not be an issue. Also make sure they arent overcrowded. Red Parrots are a fairly peaceful Cichlid.
  • Deborah Hickey - 2012-02-21
    Thanks for the reply, I will buy one today :)
  • Cynda Johns - 2012-09-06
    Where did u get ur blue dolphins?
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Kim - 2005-04-13
I purchased 4 Kribs 2 weeks ago. They are about 1.5" long. There are 3 females and one male. The male and the largest female have already spawned in the largest cave, and I can see fry carefully guarded by mom. At first the male was watching the cave entrances but he has bigger plans. Now it appears the male is working on spawming with another female on the opposite side of the tank. Amazing.

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Sara - 2012-09-22
I have an angel fish and tetra in a 35 gallon tank. About 6-12 months ago they stopped eating and didn't swim around as much as usual. I changed the filter and some of the water and they were fine after that. This time it isn't working; they started to swim around normally for one day (still didn't eat) and then it was back to quiet. There was no other signs of disease. I just moved the fish into a smaller tank in another room so I can completely clean out the big tank and when I did so, I noticed what looks like a small film in its eyes that I didn't see before, although I had checked the fish over carefully. Don't know if it's a new symptom, whether it's supposed to be there, or whether I just couldn't see it in the other room. I'm not sure how to treat this fish.

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  • Sara - 2012-09-22
    Oh yes, I forgot to add that I had the water tested at a local pet shop. The PH seemed a little high and I lowered it, following the instructions of the pet shop exactly, but it didn't make any difference.
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