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Colin - 2006-10-08
Frontosa juvies aren't neccesarily expensive. I get mine for around 7 dollars at about an inch long. But once they start growing their price goes up exponentially. 3-4 inchers can be up to 50 bucks, commonly. It also depends on what area the frontosas are from. The different color morphs can be more/less expensive. So its really kind of luck of the draw. But they are a very cool fish, and I would suggest that if you find some for a good price and have the capacity to keep them, then it would be worthwhile. Just don't keep them long term in anything under 125 gallons.

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  • Tricia Tilley - 2014-05-30
    Hi I know frontosas like different perimeter water. Hard. But to be honest I think they are a pretty hardy cichlids. I have mixed my fronts with angels. Kribenses also now have them with my golden severums and firemouths with no problems. They don't fight, they aren't aggressive towards others. I love my pups. But I also have a spare 125 litre tank which now I have put sand and stones in so I will be putting them into that tank soon as it would be nice to see to see them in my living room and not in my bedroom. But I think they are beautiful, I have 4 and they are still young. But one is getting the hump coming as the rest just look like females at the moment. But when venting them the one with the hump looks like a female. So I'm not sure. They say closer the holes the females and further the holes the males. But in that case I have 4 females. But one is getting the hump and they are only about 3 to 4 inches long the biggest one is the one with a hump coming. So that's got to be male. 😯
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Jack Frye - 2014-05-25
I have an 11 inch jd in a 200 gallon tank with tiger Oscars and other jd s ........ They all get along.

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Glenn - 2014-05-24
So I set up a tank in my sons room, because we have a large community tank in our living room and a Mbuna Setup in mine and my wife's bedroom. Recently our large parrot fish which my son adored passed away and he didn't take it well. He always adored Red Devils, especially this one at our LFS that someone dropped off when she got too large. Of all fish he could of picked he went for a 9' female Red Devil. I was a bit skeptical @ first due to their reputation of being killing machines but she is a sweetheart and has a great personality towards my son, he even named her 'Red'. He understands Red can only live in solitary but he gives her a lot of attention and I can see them bonding.. I was kinda astonished that My son wanted the fish that someone basically threw out because she got too big and left her to waste away instead of picking out a kiddie fish @ 7 years old.

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Diane Lapson - 2014-05-24
We have a Jack Dempsey Electric Blue fish who is about 5 years old. He stopped eating over a month ago! And no matter what we do, he won't eat. He must be surviving on algae or some type of protozoa alone. We treated him for Ich and he appears to have 'hole in the head' but he is holding on and we really want to save his life. He has been 'ill' for a long time. We can't get any of our local petshops to take him and heal him. Apparently we don't know how to handle this one.



Does anyone in the New York City area want to take him and see what you can do? You can keep him. We want to make him well and save his life. He obviously has a strong life force because he is still alive after much stress from no eating, medication, etc.



Please respond if you can help. Thanks so much.

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Tristan - 2012-05-20
I am having problems moving my livingstoni to a 5ft tank contaning mbunas and haps ,but every time i put him back into the tank he gets bullied by the red zebra and the next morning he is sick what should i do.

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  • simzdrac - 2014-05-22
    Place it in the other tank...don't let it be scared and bullied by others...do it soon...put in aquarium salt depending on the size of the tank...if it is continuously bullied, not a good idea...
  • simz - 2014-05-22
    Place it into other tank...let it be alone...put some aquarium salt depending on the size of an aquarium...example 1 spoon to 28litres of water...add in vitamin complex...do it soon as possible...
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David - 2013-11-09
My experience with Firemouths has been great, although I will admit that they can be anything but peaceful. They tend to intimidate and harass timid cichlids, and get themselves into trouble when trying to do the same to larger, nastier cichlids. Aside from keeping them in a species tank, the best companions are similarly-sized cichlids that will retaliate with minimal force. Honduran Red Points, Sajica, and Blue Acara have all worked really well for me. Another option is keeping them with schooling fish - larger tetras, robust barbs, rainbowfish, and swordtails are all great options.

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  • daniel - 2014-05-14
    i was thinking of keeping a couple dwarf fire mouth cichlid in a 54 liter tank with guppies and fry and glowlight,neon tetra and a chinese algae eater what do you think
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Nyan Tun - 2014-05-07
I have 1 jack dempsy in a 29 gallon tank. What kind of fish can I put together?

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Jason D - 2014-04-06
I have a jaguar cichlid and he loves to lay in the bubble ring like it's spa day, is this normal or a concern?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    It is most likely him just having fun. But just keep an eye out for any other unusual behavior or signs of illness if you are concerned.
  • Jason D - 2014-04-13
    Thank you! He or she.is doing great it's just one of the crazy things it does, I never had a fish with so much personality and can tell me from anybody else that aproaches the tank. And seems to get aggressive towards them, I love this fish and to think I got him her for free lol sucker!!!!
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jo - 2014-02-21
I've had a blue electric for two and a half months, he was about one and a quarter inches when I got him, he is now close to three inches. He is in a 40 gal with a catfish. He does very well being alone. He is gorgeous.

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  • d.umlywufg - 2014-04-13
    I had an electric blue Dempsey 8 years ago, very aggressive, 12 inches long, lived two years.
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Wilson - 2014-03-12
Okay well I have a 100 gal fish tank with a 7-8 in tiger Oscar and a breeding pair of jaguar cichlids, a gar and a convict and a red tail catfish. The Oscar ran the tank until about a few days ago I started to see that the Oscar was acting different. He didn't swim much anymore which he was very active before. The male jaguar and he will flare out at each other, never fight but now the Oscar is just acting terrified. Should I get rid of the female jaguar to calm Jim down? Or what should I do? Also my baby Jack Dempsey which was active at all times stop being active? What's going on? :/

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm, maybe your tankmates are just starting to become more aggressive and territorial. As they get older and/or ready to mate they sometimes will become more aggressive. It might be a good idea to remove the one jaguar cichlid and see how the other fish react. Maybe that will change the dynamics of the tank in a positive way. Are there plenty of hiding places as well? I would make sure there are lots of plants and other distractions where the fish can go.
  • Bryan - 2014-04-11
    Your tank is WAY overstocked. An Oscar, gar, and red tail catfish are going to get HUGE.
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