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some fish lover! - 2009-11-28
I have two oscars, two red belly pacus, two jack dempseys, one black banded leporinus, one pufferfish, and one pleco in a ten gallon tank and they are doing fine! The oscars will eat anything that can fit in their mouth. Happy fish keeping!

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  • Dsgsd - 2011-11-11
    I sincerely hope you have something along the lines of a 900 gallon tank for when EVERY SINGLE FISH IN THAT TANK OUTGROWS IT!
  • Trevor - 2014-08-09
    Please tell me that you're joking.
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Andi Harris - 2012-05-01
My rainbows spawned yesterday (30/4/12) and it seems the female is doing all the hard graft whilst tthe male is standing gaurd and casually chasing other fish away from the female and eggs. the female certainly puts the male in his place when his attention drops slightly. I've bred these fish many times over the years and I find them amazing little characters in everey way

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Doc Green - 2014-08-05
I own a what I believe to be a male midas cichlid. I'm 95% sure he is a male. The territory displays,the attacking of everything that enters the water. The long trailing dorsal and analysis fins. Anyway mine is in a 90 gallon currently I just moved him from a 55. Now my confusion lies in were is his hump.his head is thick but it's no wider than his body. There's also no real shape from a side profile either. Is this because there's no female or am I doing something wrong? He eats fine very aggressive fairly active. Has a pond snail named turbo for a buddy. But why has this guaranteed hump not forming?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Well, hopefully it is a Midas Cichlid. Both male and female specimens can get a slight hump, but it is usually larger in males. The hump begins to form when they are mature, usually this is at about 6 inches (15 cm). I've alsoheard that the hump develops better and faster if they are very comfortable in their environment.
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JRyan - 2014-08-03
So, I just got an eye-biter at a local pet store. interestingly enough the pet store clerk had it in with and labeled as a venustus cichlid. I knew right a way it was something unique. Anyway, now I have it in a tank by itself and am looking to add some fish mates from another tank I have. The fish I want to add are catfish so my question is whether or not the catfish I have, which are of multiple species, will be compatible with my compressiceps. Now the catfish are the same size or bigger so I know that part is alright but if anyone has any useful information for me I would much appreciate it.

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darek l - 2006-02-05
i have been raising jack's for 10 years now. they seem to look their best with a black substrate as they adapt their color to the surroundings. i have a pair in a 55 gallon tank that spawns every 2-3 months for the past 4 years. i got jack dampdeys everywhere. my local shop took them in happily at first but 500-800 every 3 months got them sick really fast. the male is an out of the ordinary 10 inch with a 6 inch female. i feed them flakes, pellets, and shrimp. hes got quite a temper but as long as i got a few places that the mate will not fit into that will house the female all is good. i have green terrors, tiger oscars and pacus in my 7 tanks but the "JACK" and "JILL" are the most beautiful fish i own. be careful as they are aggresive and will eat anything that will fit in their month at least half way....

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  • alicia - 2014-02-27
    Question please, I have a jack demsey and an orange one, I think it's a something bloodflower anyways they keep locking lips. Is this a mating or fighting thing? They haven't lost color.
  • Alayna - 2014-07-31
    I have a question, I have 2 jack Dempseys, one male and one female. They have spawned 3 times since I have owned them (5 years) they just had babies 2 weeks ago and I noticed the male is being very aggressive to the female, so much she has an open wound. I went to the pet store to get her medicine but what do I do? He has never done this to her.. I don't want anything to happen as I love them both. They're both very beautiful and I really need advise/help. Thanks
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numra - 2014-07-27
Hi I am from Pakistan. few months back we buyed four jelly bean fishes. Two were orange and two are yellow with tattoo. They are accompanied by some 2 small catfishes, most of the time they went fine, got friendly with us and played. Their were small fights between them but it got OK after some time. however recently the yellow ones dominated the tank, and orange got submissive (previously they dominated). Then the orange parrot fish started becoming silent, hide more often and changed to dark color. yesterday night one of them changed from its color from orange to pale red.....swollen and it died, it was so painful to watch her die. And now the other orange fish has white lips, red spots n black spots. Please guide me in simplest term what to do... I am from Pakistan, no much testing kits are availabl here to check PH and everything. So dont ask me about it. I do 90% water change every week, and my water is very clear.ither fishes are fine. but plz guide me what to do about my jelly bean fish which has white lips and red and black spots.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-07-31
    Cut back on the amount you do at water changes. 20% weekly is plenty. Your removing to much of the bioload which the fish need. Also jellybeans are often dyed which makes them more susceptible to diseases.
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Anonymous - 2014-07-30
Ok

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Jim and Sandy - 2014-07-27
Hi .....I'm so sad,we are going to have to go and trade our large white spotted cichlid ,he/ she has tormented 4 of our other gorgeous cichlids to he finally killed them....I just love him,but we can't go on losing our other ones because of the 1 ....we find him extremely aggressive . :(

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  • Anonymous - 2014-07-27
    I know how you feel. When I first started getting cichlids I put a Dempsey in with some other community type fish. DOH! I guess I was being optimistic but of course it didn't work out. Now I only keep Dempseys singly or in breeding pairs. That first experience though was not pleasant, especially since the fish store guy kind told me how naive I was.
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Glen Aurora - 2014-07-20
I placed a juvinle Kenyi in a tank with two Tiger Tetras (Don't let 'Tiger' name fool you as they are very passive), and they all got along for a while. The Kenyi began nipping fins of one of them only and when that one was dead it started working on the other one. The Kenyi only attacked the underside of the Tetras fins with only an occasional nip at the tail. Where as the Pihranas I used to have would immediately go for the tail. Once the tail is gone they're a 'sitting duck'. When I bought the Kenyi it was a brillant terquoise color and is now(after 1.5 yr), a golden yellow color(a male). How can you tell the difference when they are juviniles?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Not sure you can sex them when young as both males and females are a pale blue with dark bands as juveniles.
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Wendy - 2014-07-08
Hi All, I have had my red devil for about 8yrs, his name is Bully Bob. He has a big aquarium and for the last couple of months has been staying in the corner and not moving much. He still eats and I have checked my water several times (ph balance) and keep it clean, but he now has been lying on his side on the rocks. I thought that perhaps this was his time, but it has been over a week and he is still eating, but has lost a lot of weight. I live in Calgary, so I know the water is hard. Any thoughts on why he is doing this or anything that I could be doing to improve his situation? We love him very much. Wendy

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It does sound like your cichlid is not well. Here's some things you can try right away: do about a 40% water change, lower the pH to 6.7 or less, and reduce feedings. What you describe could possibly indicate it is suffering from an ammonia poisoning. If it is ammonia poisoning, you could try to neutralize any ammonia, even if it is at very low levels. But keep in mind that if you put in a chemical to neutralize the ammonia it will affect your biological filter, rendering it useless, so perhaps a quarantine tank would be better for this.
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