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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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t-homas - 2010-03-12
i have 4 bala sharks in a 55 gallon tank with my 3 silver dollars, 3 black skirt tetras, and a rather large black ghost knife. the are all interesting but the bala sharks are by far the most sociable! every time i walk in my room they are right there to say hello! i've never seen them play dead or jump out of the tank like most website say tho...

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  • alyssa rene smith - 2010-09-03
    I have 2 bala's they are cute but it seems to me that the tiger barbs and the sucker fish attack the bala's so im worried about mine so keep watch if you have a small bala and make sure no body attack's it cause my sucker fish and tiger barb's killed my bala just by bitting at her so much just warning you
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Austin Reitmire - 2008-05-27
I have two green tiger barbs, one is named Fin, and the other one's name is Scare. Her name is Scare because she has a cut on her side form when she was born from damage of the egg she was in. Scare and Fin are always with each other and now Scare is pregnant! I cant believe it! She has made a small nest with some rocks under a small plant. She was smart in doing that so now no other fish can harm the eggs. I bet the babies will be cute!


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  • Deborah DeRosa - 2010-08-28
    Austin, your tiger barb may save her fry from other fish but who is going to save the fry from the mother? As soon as the barb lays the eggs, she is going to eat them. Best to read the reply above about separating the mating barbs in a 20 gallon planted tank. Put in a box filter and fill the tank 2/3rds of the way with cycled water. On the bottom of the tank put in approximately 2" of sterilized marbles so the eggs can fall through and not get eaten on the way down by the parents. Good luck.
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bill - 2009-01-06
I have had bala's for about 3 years now and the old timer, is about 7" now.
For the last 2 weeks I have been having trouble keeping the others alive. I have replaced 2 and now another one is doing the back stroke. But it isn't the oldest or the newst one.
They are fine one minute and the next they are belly up and struggling around the tank upside down. The old man scurries away from them and within 12 hours they are dead.
No sores, or clamp fin,or ick, they just go.
I have tried adding fresh water and am using melafix as well as water treatment.
They are in a 50 gallon tank with Fluval tank filter and a water heater set at 76.
I have a plecastema and a needle fish in the same tank, so there isn't any fighting.
Anyone else having this problem?

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  • carter - 2010-08-24
    Hi I have two little balas in a 10 gal moving up to 50 soon. It hasn't even been a day yet since I bought them I watched it when I got home from school it did 3 circles then they turn upside down. But I haven't removed them because they're gills are still moving. I'm probably going to try rainbows and see if they do the same.
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