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Crazy Fish Lady - 2010-10-08
I originally had three CAEs under the idea that they would eat all of the algae in my cichlid tank (Jack Dempseys) and trusted my cichlids to not eat them because of their extreme lack of aggression. One did not make it, for unknown reasons after a few days of being home from the pet store, but the other became very healthy and active and would play together almost constantly. They shared a cave with each other and with either of my cichlids when they would let them. I transferred them into a tank of shubunkins and comets to rid that tank of some algae problems and they were about 4-5 inches at that point. I never saw them show any aggression to them or even to my african dwarf frog. If anything, they were scared to death of the frog. They were eventually killed by a parasite infection about a month ago. I do know that these were CAE and not SAE, but I guess I have had a problem getting actual aggressive fish. Even my cichlids that I have had showed very little aggression unless provoked.

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  • Crazy Available Fish Woman - 2010-11-27
    Love the name, Crazy Fish Lady. I know what you mean!
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Jessie - 2007-12-05
I have found much to my amusement that barbs 'bow' to the most dominant. The smaller barbs will tip slightly to their side whenever the top fish swims past them. This is probably because by tipping they are protecting their fins from being nipped by the agressive one, but it still looks funny.

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  • Richard - 2010-11-24
    My Barbs "tip" also. After rough-housing for awhile they all tend to squirrel-up in a corner behind some plants and do the nose dive/tip and just hover there motionless. Kinda cool! Gives every one else in the tank a chance to run around and play.
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Anonymous - 2010-03-06
How much do you have to feed them per day ?

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  • Sean - 2010-11-21
    A lot, if you don't feed them enough they will defend any available food on the bottom of the tank and kill any weak counterparts for food, which I have noticed by losing a fish per weekend we have been away.
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Sean - 2010-11-21
I HAD 5 Zebras, yes they are flashy, energetic, and fun to watch. I recently read a comment about them killing neon tetras and didn't believe it. The last 3 weekends we have been staying away for a night and each Saturday we returned home I had a dead fish. The first being a danio, the second being another danio, and this last saturday, my biggest female neon.I noticed that the Zebras are VERY aggressive feeders and they consume more than any of the other species in my tank. I have concluded while we were away everyone was picking the bottom of the tank and the Zebra's survival instincts said to defend any available food. Keep your Zebras fed, fish-heads!

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spencer - 2010-11-20
The best tankmates for tiger barbs are clown loaches and panda corydoras as these three might shoal together but clown loaches are prone to ich and panda corys are very weak fishes when come to water changes so it is best to keep tiger barbs together with clown loaches just like what I did. I originally had 5 clown loaches with 4 tiger barbs and 2 bala sharks but now I have 6 clown loaches and 6 tiger barbs in which 2 are albino along with 3 bala sharks.

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spencer - 2010-11-15
I love this website as they explain what temperature, water hardness and PH value is needed for each type of the variety of fishes on this website. The bala shark is the best. I keep 5 clown loaches, 4 tiger barbs, 2 bala sharks, 2 leopard plecos, 2 siamese algae eaters, 2 sterba's cories and 3 unknown shrimps. Love this website and highly recommend fish-keeping beginners to go to this website.

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Anonymous - 2010-04-08
Do they have teeth?

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  • spencer - 2010-11-15
    No. Balas, rainbows and red-tailed sharks do not have teeth as they usually eat their food by sucking it like plecos and algae eaters-spencer.
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The Crazy Fish Lady - 2010-10-08
I have three males of these currently in a ten gallon with some young goldfish. They are so energetic and I love their games of "tag." They play with the goldfish even! They were a great choice for my tank, because of the fact that they have caused my goldfish to become more active. I have had them for a few months now and they are no longer afraid of me coming up to the tank and are actually very affectionate. Maybe they caught on from the goldfish? Either way, they are a happy and healthy family.

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6@rmsfist - 2010-10-08
Not sure looks like a tinfoil barb its about 4 in reddish tipped bellyfins high clear dorsal fin egg shell white/yellow gold shimmery scales mustard yellow eyes & big bird yellow around eyes. Eyes bulge slightly was in a tank alone I was told it came in with shipment of tinfoils got it at independent (mom & pop) store. Please any help app?

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bic man - 2009-09-26
A buddy of mind had a fish that really looks like a shark. I don't know the name but he said it was a shark and it was sweet. I want one but no site has a pic or any info, only balas, rainbows, and the usuals. I read something about a topeto shark is that true, help me out.

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  • alyssa rene smith - 2010-09-03
    You should get bala's they are so sweet. I have 2 and I love them so much, their names are shy and boota.
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