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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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GODZALLA - 2007-04-08
once i had 130 tiger barbs mixed from the three kinds, but i made a killing mistake. the first day in my tank i gave them live food (worms) and the water color changed. it was my first time in barbs (tiger) so i though may be if i changed some of the water it woud be better, then i started to change it. then days after, every day there was dead tigers. not less than 5-8 a day every day until all the school was gone away. later i recognized that i should not have changed the water with new fresh water from the tap with chlorine! so take care people, the tiger barb is a very sensitive fish and very cute.

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  • Deborah DeRosa - 2010-08-22
    130 tiger barbs? I hope your tank was at least 200 gallons. Never put fish in a newly set up tank. It must be cycled first. Then you add fish slowly over a month. To put 130 tigers in and then stress them by changing the water, no wonder they all died. Learn from your errors. Read other people's mail and buy books.
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Holly - 2007-01-01
MY EXPERIENCE WITH SPAWNING THE ZEBRA DANIO: Hi..i bought 10 Zebra danios at walmart along with 2 giant danios less than a week ago. They are in a 55 gallon tank with plenty of water current from two power filters (aqua-tech and whisper) and an air pump(whisper) with an airstone and bubble wall. They are in there to help cycle the tank( you can cycle your tank three ways: chemical cycling, fishless cycling, and you can cycle with fish. I absolutely love my little danios! they are extemely playful even with the giant danios who are nearly twice their size! I have at least 4 females and i believe 6 males. Also when i brought them home I found out i had a little leopard danio mixed in with them. They sometimes pick on him it seems, but other than that they all get along just snazzy! And much to my excitement they spawned once already! On 12-30-06 and i bought them on 12-26-06, 4 days in the tank! The tank temperature is set on 80 or 81 (this is a tad high for this species of fish, but they all are happy and healthy). I also use about 1 rounded tablespoon of salt per 5 gallons of water and Novaqua. Some websites and books that I`ve read say unless its absolutely necessary, you should never add salt to freshwater aquariums. But salt helps fish in alot of different ways so i added it. When i purchsed my zebra`s from walmart they had some scales missing and a few scrapes due to the less than great conditions of the tanks and the fact that they were very over crowded (think 50 fish in a ten gallon). But within days the scales had grown back and the scrapes had completely healed up not to mention they felt so good they spawned!
Spawning activity usually occurs around daybreak first thing in the morning and mine lasted the rest of the day. Several males would eagerly follow the "chosen" female swimming very close beside her.(Not all of my females spawned and not all of them looked interested in spawning either even though their fellow tank mates surely were) Zebra danios will often choose mates and will usually only spawn with their mates. They do not however form the close bond that some other fish species do. Well the chosen male (usually chosen by the female or the only male with enough energy left to still chase the female) and the female would swim to the bottom of the tank around the base of some of the plastic plants or in a slight depression in the gravel..and then they would get very very close together and swim quickly in circles the female depositing her eggs and the male fertilizing them. I saw this happen many times in a single day. Fortunately( as i dont know what i would do with hundreds of babies!) they polished off all of their eggs. If i really wanted to raise zebra danios i would separate the sexes and condition them on live foods for several days in seperate tanks. Crank the heat up to atleast 80 degrees F and when the females are really plump, put the conditioned sexes together in a 10+ gallon aquarium with a bed of good sized marbles in the bottom. (Not to big or else the parents can get stuck trying to eat their young, but not too small because the eggs and fry then cant escape their parents). Add a sponge filter (sponge filters will grow rotifers that the fry can eat on their surface AND they wont suck up the fry OR cause turbulence in the water). Dont use sponge filters for anything other than breeding/fry tanks or hospital tanks because they tend to clog easily and just work better in those types of tanks were you cant use much else.
So, add a sponge filter and some live or plastic plants (If you use live plants it may up your chances of getting a good spawn. There are microscopic one-celled organisms(protozoa) that live in and around plants that your babies most likely will eat). You will need to either use brights lights on the tank for atleast 12 hours or use some very hardy low-light plants like java moss or java fern. Also you dont necessarily HAVE to use an aquarium. Those big clear plastic storage tubs you can buy at any dollar store or walmart will work just as well. just follow the same principles and make sure to rinse it out well before using it and punch some holes in the top for air. Add you male and female danios the night before you want them to spawn and feed them once before you turn their lights out.
Wake up the next morning and sit back and watch the action (hopefully)! After you see the spawning winding down or that afternoon remove the parents. To feed the fry you neednt go to extremes as you would with anabantids or other small fish species. Tiny micro-organisms (infusoria) arent really needed with egglayers like zebra danios as they are with most of the anabantids for a fry food. Most danio fry emerge large enough to eat finely crushed flake food or you could even try that commercial fry food(i've never tried it and i would be iffy about using it, just crush your flakes). Baby brine shrimp can also be fed but they arent necessary. Sit back and watch your babies grow!
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Hopefully this will work for you too! ^.^

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  • Kevin - 2010-08-15
    Hello Holly,
    Nice article, with my zebras spawning as you said they will spawn at daylight, after spawning i wait about 2 days than i will siphon the bottom of the tank into a white bowl, i will change about 2 gal of water every other day, every time i siphon i find about 10 fry in the siphon bowl, i than place them in a 2 gal tank with an air stone, i feed the fry wardly small fry liquid for a week than switch to frozen baby brine and the HBH baby bites, after about a month i have about 40 fry, i tranfer the bigger ones in a separate tank until big enough to put in fishtank, im still getting fry everytime i siphon tank, but be careful as they are so small you can overlook them, and repeat the growing cycle, this is working well for me
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stephen - 2010-07-13
So far I have 6 zebra danios. My 10g tank is about 1.5 months old right now. I have also put a live streaming webcam on them, check it out if you like!

http://www.stephencarr.net/fish_tank_web_cam.php

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jacob - 2010-07-10
Can I put a red belly pacu in with a tinfoil and a clown knife?

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Quint - 2010-06-28
They are excellent community fish. I have 8 in my 20 gallon tank along with 12 Zebra Danios, 3 African Butterflyfish, 2 Cobalt Blue dwarf Gouramis, 1 Red-tailed Black Shark, and 1 Siamese Algae Eater. I have seen my rasboras doing the spawning embrace underneath my Amazon sword and Lily Pads. I feed mine brine shrimp, bloodworms, and flake food. Once again, they are excellent community fish, and they school with my zebra danios. I have never seen my zebra danios and my harlequins in 2 separate schools.

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