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Shirley Webler - 2014-07-18
I have a Chinese Algae Eater, got him/her 7 years ago, it was about 1 inch long and 1/2 the size of my pinkie finger and now its the same length of the heater in my 10 gl tank and almost as wide, its very active, spashes the water, pushes the rocks around the tank, and lives with a an Albino Chiclid. 

I also have a 55 gl tank which has 4 Chiclids, 2 Parrot fish, 2 Tinfoil Barbs, & 2 Tire Track Eels.

The Albino Chiclid can not live with the other Chiclids because they kept biting his tail off and he almost died twice from it.

The picture is of my Chinese Algae Eater that I took yesterday.

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Jgw - 2014-06-15
I have a chinese algae eater for so many years I can't remember exactly how long. 6years ago he was five inches long and I got him when he was tiny. He could be about 15. He lives in a 40 gallon tank with neon tetras, apistogrammas and a clown loach. He and the clown loach cuddle up in the same cave and he gets grumpy and thrashes his tail to make more space but always they go round as a pair. I got in another clown loach to be mates with the other but the original loach only wanted the chinese algae eater. I have had no trouble with the chinese algae eater attacking other fish and he spends his time dashing around with the clown loach, sucking up any algae he finds on leaves or the glass, then hanging on the side watching me. I give them bottom feed tablets and they hoover up any food fallen from the others. Maybe I have been lucky, but he has been a delight and never aggressive, just a bit of a grumpy old man!

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Doug - 2009-03-13
Don't know why it's not on here but zebra danios will kill neon tetras. I have had fish for 15yrs & every time I put zebras in my tank they kill my neons. It's happened 6 differnt times. Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • chad - 2010-02-19
    I have 4 glofish and one zebra danio. I recently added one glow light tetra and it was very calm. I thought these fish would get along, but now two days after I buy the tetra; I come home and my glofish had killed my tetra.
  • Gord - 2010-04-21
    I have had the same experience. I have introduced neons to a community of danios and bloodfins twice, and the neons disappeared within a two or three weeks. I would advise against trying to house them together.
  • caity - 2010-05-24
    eeee really I have not got them yet but I am getting soon. Do the zebra danios eat the neon tetras I have them :(
  • lps - 2010-07-25
    I'm having that same exact problem! How do I stop it from happening?!
  • w. r - 2011-01-16
    Yes, I first started my new tank with 1 zebra danio and yesterday I bought a neon tetra soonest I put it in the tank the zebra started to chase him, I return it to the store and came with another zebra and the biggest one started to chase the small zebra, are this fish crazy or what?, I think that they might need xanax.
  • Alden Finnie - 2011-09-10
    Wow, That's weird. I have 18 neon Tetras and 6 Zebra Danios. They get along fine and it's been 8 months. The Danios only seem to harmlessly bother each other. Chasing each other in a big circle around a rock.
    Thanks though. I'll keep an eye on them.
  • carla - 2011-09-15
    Hi I would just like to say that I disagree with you, as I have danios and tetra living together, and have had no problems. They are highly compatable. Mine have been living together for over 6 months and are very happy together,
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-18
    We have had 2 danios in with our tetras for over a year and there has been no problem. The male danio chases the female and the tetra very aggressively, but that is all.
  • Kim - 2011-12-01
    I have 8 big zebra danios and I had 24 neon tetras, I now have 7 neons left! I had never thought of this before, but they are the only fish big enough to eat the neons, so it has to be them! Damn it they have decimated the neons, going to have to sell the danios I think.
  • Tanya Altice - 2012-02-20
    When I had my tank I learned that a) you have to provide schools for each fish danios like at least 5 like fish in the tank. Neons like even more than that. b) generally you buy neons very small! and and small new fish don't do well with established bigger fish. So I would say get a small 5gal tank and set it up for a school of about 8 neons and let them get bigger than what you normaly buy them. Then put them in your tank with the others and give your danios some friends to play with so they will leave the others alone. Also neons aren't very hardy. I have had several trips around and around with neons where they simply die within a week of buying them. So be prepared to spend some time building a good school of neons.
  • Alonzo T. Fells II - 2012-04-15
    I have to disagree with that. I had group of 5 zerbra danios and they never had bother the neon or the rest of mine tetras. Yea, a little bit of fish nipping but they play tag with mine rams lol
  • Maeve - 2012-05-20
    Oh, really? I didn't know that. Do danios get along with goldfish?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-26
    Zebras Danios are famous for stressing and harrassing other fish.  They are small but they are very fast swimming and in groups this can be taken as aggressive and make others stressed.  Neons are easily stressed.
  • aiden - 2012-06-26
    i just put 10 neons in my tank with my 2 zebra danios, (there were 3 but the others bullied the smallest until it died) 3 hours later the first neon is dead and they're trying hard to single off another!
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-06
    I have zebra and leopard ones they killed my goldfish 😒
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zalmon schultz - 2014-04-22
I have discovered my danios like to eat frog eggs and worms.

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Kathy Zadori - 2014-04-17
My son was begging for an iguana for his birthday. I was very reluctant to get one for him. I finally caved in and bought him a baby one. He's totally crazy over it and named him Barney! It's been a few months now since we got the iguana and I'm glad we did! We are considering getting another one! They are really tons of fun. Iguana lovers for life in Nebraska!! ;)

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MollieS - 2010-01-06
I keep my two rosy barbs with a tinfoil barb and a sucker fish in a 30 gallon tank. Do you think that I might be able to add two more rosys to my little fish family?

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  • nm123 - 2011-12-09
    yes
  • Tom - 2014-02-08
    Absolutely not. The tinfoil barb and the pleco will grow too big for that 30 gallon. They get far too large, and leaving them in there could stunt their growth.
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Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-01-28
I have 4full grown tin foil barbs in a 120 gal tank with 1rope fish, 1eel,1cory cat and a archer. The barbs keep rubbing on the gravel and rock to the point of damaging their selves. They look like they have been descaled. I do a 50% tank change every two weeks . There is no ick and all the other fish are fine, oh and the tank is brackish . Anyone have any idea why they are doing this.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-28
    Sounds like a nice tank with some great fish. If your sure your Tin Foil Barbs don't have Ich, it could be another parasite or some other malady. 'Flashing' (scratching on rocks or gravel) is  usually caused by an irritation of the body, most often the result of  than optimal water quality. It's good that you are doing water changes. After doing 2 or 3 partial water changes over a week, see if they are still rubbing.  Interestingly, I've also read that rubbing on rocks may be an indication of indigestion. Some say it happens with the introduction of frozen fish foods.
  • Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-02-01
    Funny you should say that about frozen foods, I feed frozen krill every 2 days to the eel and rope fish, and the barbs eat the left overs. Wonder if that could be the problem. I'll only put in enough just for the eel and rope fish and remove what they haven't eaten and see if that helps. Thanks for the reply.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    I hope that helps! good luck.
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justin - 2011-01-15
I have a 60-gallon tank, and at Petsmart the people say these things get 14 inches! Is this true? Will I need to get more than one?

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-06
    No they aren't schooling fish they get about that size maybe smaller in aquarium though.
  • Justin - 2013-08-06
    Okay, what you really need is a large tank setup. They can't live well on their own.They need to be in schools of three to five for maximum mental health.
  • Zack Bradford - 2013-12-16
    Yea, they definitely need to be in odd groups. They won't make it to 14 in your tank, I had a 55 and there just wasn't enough space for them, sorry to say but you'll be lucky if they make it to about 8 inches. I only say that because your tank mates will have a big play on them, say you have a fish like barbs for example. The bala will get skittish and will jolt into the glass and continue to knock itself out. But cool fish give the tank character and you'll definitely need a bigger tank if you want them to thrive not just survive. Feel free to ask about other fish as well if idk I wont bs ya.

      
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Anonymous - 2013-09-01
Mine was given a model tree and soon after it was put in the tank he dug a tunnel under and nearly came out. I kept it with Platys and he lived under his tree with one of the baby platys and never touched it.

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Justin - 2013-08-06
Hey I have three balas. Two are about four inches and one is a little over three, I have a clown loach and three zebra danios. As well my wife bought three neon tetras and I bought a pleco. I believe (now that we are missing a tetra) that one of my bala sharks is responsible. But I have them in a large 100 gallon setup. They are great fish and I agree definitely not for children, they require advanced care and can be difficult to treat. I love them though, even though they are tetra murderers. Ha ha

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