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Alan - 2011-01-02
I have two red tail tin foil barbs (8in), I just got back from vacation and both sides of both fish are bleeding, it looks like the have been scraping themselves or fighting. Any suggestions on how to heal them?

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  • Steve - 2011-03-12
    Hello Alan, I was searching postings for this exact reason. I just noticed today that one of mine seems to be bleeding too. I have a couple of large rocks in my tank that may have been the culprit. They do love to chase each other and swim around very quickly. They often can be heard bumping into the glass. I suppose all you can do now is observe to make sure he heals okay. I'll probably remove the rocks and just put a few more plants in at the next cleaning. I hope he'll be okay. Good luck to yours too.
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Holly - 2009-05-07
Hi! I've got two cherry barbs- one female, one male. I might get more cherry barbs. Will this interfear with the two I have already as they breed? Also, I've noticed that they are sometimes eating off the algae. Is this normal, as in most fish books it only mentions that they eat flake, pellet, live food etc.

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  • fish boy - 2011-03-11
    They might interfere, but probably not, since they are the same species of fish. All fish will browse on algae sometimes.
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Gardnerk9 - 2011-03-10
We have 5 tinfoil barbs. They are great fish, and grow very quickly. We bought three 8 months ago, they went from 2 inch babies to 9 inch monsters, and are still growing. The other two we bought a month ago. They were 2 inches they have already grown an inch and a half! They live in a 125 gallon tank with Redline torpedo barbs, clown loaches, yoyo loaches, chinese algae eaters, featherfin catfish and a bala shark. We are looking for a larger tank!

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Allison - 2008-01-22
I recently acquired (rescued) two 6-inch Red Tailed Tinfoils from a local pet store. I have them in a 75-gallon tank with 4 5-6 inch golfish of various colors, and they love each other! They all swim in formation at the front of the tank, and aren't skittish at all! I am militant about water changes, and the temp is at 73-74, so everyone is in an appropriate range. Eventually I will be getting a larger (100+) tank, so they all have room to grow. The Tinfoils seem extremely hardy, since when I brought them home they had already been at the store for maybe 4-5 hours, and the only means of transportation was in a pot used at my house exclusively for fish purposes (not cooking!=). Anyway, I floated it in my tank and one jumped clear out onto the carpet! I dunked my hands in water, grabbed him, and put him in the tank, and he acted as though he'd lived there his whole life! No harm no foul. Overall, a fantastic fish. If you have the room, get some.

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  • kram - 2011-02-28
    Better make your aquarium 100 gallons cuz your fish will grow bigger xD.
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Kathy Zadori - 2008-07-17
I am wondering if Cherry Barbs are compatible with dwarf Platies and Neon Tetras.

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  • Joshua - 2010-11-01
    Yes, they aren't aggressive fish. They don't nip or anything like that.
  • fish boy - 2011-02-18
    Yes, absolutely. I have three of them mixed with 2 neons and 4 platies. They get along great.
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Animal-World info on Chinese Algae Eater
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Tony - 2011-02-15
I recently purchased a small CAE. The tank is a 55 gal. It is only populated with 2 black mollies and the CAE at this time. The CAE has me a bit nervous. It seems to flop about more than swim, it will bury itself in the substrata and stay there head in the substrata wiggling about for some time. Does this seem normal to you other CAE owners, or should I be concerned about my fish's health?

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Anonymous - 2008-08-15
Do glow light rasbora glow in the dark? I know this is a stupid question but I'm just curious.

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  • Jim Lock - 2011-02-07
    No . . . lol
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Lithium - 2011-02-05
I have a CAE that I'm sure is pregnant and I can't seem to find anyone who knows how long these fish stay pregnant. I have a feeling that she's having trouble passing the eggs can anyone tell me how long they stay pregnant for?

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hartin marie - 2008-01-23
I have just been given a bala shark which occasionally goes to the side of the tank which has the heater, and hangs upside down like a bat! Any reason why anyone?

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  • tim - 2011-01-20
    To stay warm.
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WN - 2011-01-16
This fish eats slime coats end of story.
Just ask my dead Silver Dollars...

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