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Jennifer - 2009-03-02
I keep 2 red-tailed tinfoils in a community tank of only 58 gallons. yes, only 58. and they're doing great. They have very good coloring and seem content to poke at their coral all day. The two we have are inseparable chums and swim side by side at all times. One is 13 years old, the other is about 7. They are extremely gentle with the other fish. I bought an Albino corydoras a few weeks ago, and I swear, I was so scared they were going to eat him at meal times. The cory looked much bigger at the store, and when we took him home we realized he was smaller than their mouths and looked like fishy flake food. not good, right? I was watching them at feeding time, and like usual, the little Albino clown was swimming around like he was taking a Sunday drive. The biggest of my tinfoils swooped (quite literally) in to snatch him up, stopped with his nose practically touching him, did a double take, then turned and swam away. The cory just kept swimming like nothing happened. He could have been a tasty meal for my tinfoil, yeah? I'm certainly impressed by how large and gentle these guys are!! If you have space, unlike me, you should seriously consider getting a pair! 8) a very good fish indeed

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sven - 2009-01-22
A lovely fish. Very entertaining and very mini-pacu like!

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Amy - 2008-12-23
I have had my 3 tinfoil barbs for about 3 yrs now and I love them. They are about 6 to 8 inches long. they live with 4 silvers dollars and 2 angel fish. Everyone gets along good. I have them in a 55 gallon tank. I didn't realize how much you can feed them until reading some of the posts here, so I am going to try some of the new things I read. One thing I do give mine that they love is frozen brine shrimp. Mine also jump and splash you while feeding.

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Sagar Shiwakoti - 2008-12-23
Well, my smaller bala shark has been dead for nearly two months now and i have bought a new one in its place. But, the bigger one is still alive and as before-the center of attraction. Another one is also healthy, lively and growing day by day. They both swim together, chase one another and entertain the spectators.
I never have had a problem with them, but if small bala sharks are reluctant to eat the pellets then there is a chance that their strength may wane day per day and they may die.
Just that to take care of(plus temperature around 25 degrees)and you have a wonderful aquarium with the balas.
And let me tell you one more thing-they are the quietest creatures that go together with goldfish in you aquarium.

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bob - 2008-12-16
Tinfoil barbs and red tails, also golden ones, are easy to care for. Your crazy and cruel if you don't have a 120+ gallon tank as they need copious amounts of filtration and water movement. They love live foods and get along with most fish if fed well and balnced mix of fish. I have 5 with a butterfly koi, 2 blood parrots, 2 kissing gouramies, and a 6 inch blue crayfish. They all get along great. But beware! they love to jump and swoop at food when they feed at the surface. They play chase the leader a lot. They are not fighting but love room to swim. Enjoy your fish and don't forget "how would you like to live in a shoe box with several others" buy bigger tanks please...

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Joseph jr. - 2008-12-04
I have a tiger barb and an albino one. My tiger barb (reggie) is with me for more then a month now. When I added the albino(albi) and a comet goldfish (cory), reggie tend to bother the two; but when I put them in the aquarium after cleaning it reggie stops after a few hours. On saturday I will buy some more tiger barbs to make reggie stop nipping on cory's fins, but I think all of them are like happy friends. I even think that reggie likes albi and if one of them becomes pregnant I will separate them in another place, and cory and the other fishes will live happily ever after.

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Shez - 2008-11-12
My 2 algae eaters are only about 2 inches (5 cm) long. Recently one of them changed color, patterns on its skin (stripes to spots) and behavior. He was living peacefully in the warm water tank until one day he started attacking my betta and my angel. I put them both in with my big gold fish (10 cm or about 4 inches) and they still attacked the other fish. I have kept algae eaters in a cold water tank before with gold fish and others and they lived fine together, only now I've noticed aggression. What size are they when they mature...

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Christie - 2008-11-03
My husband & I have 4 in a 120gal tank. We've only had them for a few months now, but WOW, have they grown. And they are great to watch! Between them and our 4 Boesmani Rainbow's, it's a sight to see! They all seem to dart around together until the Gourami makes his appearance, and then playtime is over! We'd like to get a bigger tank just to get some more Bala's. They really are awesome fish. And to answer the other guys question, from what I've been told, you can't breed the Bala's in a tank. They only breed in the TRUE wild, in a river. Not sure if that's true, but it's what I was told!

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Carole - 2008-10-30
I've had my Chinese Algae Eater for seven years. He is about 6 inches long and about the thickness of my thumb. (I have large hands) He gets along fine with my kissing gourami, silver dollar fish and two bleeding heart tetras. I just introduced 3 glo-fish which stay at the top of the tank. So far he doesn't bother anyone.

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Donald - 2008-10-28
I Have owned these fish for 5 years and had no problems with them. I have 2 in a 55g tank, lots of fun they are. Didn't know much about them at first but got to know them. As you know, if you own some they do not like to be taken out of the tank to clean it, they will jump all over. When I moved they were out of the tank for 1 hour and one was up side down. Thought that he was a goner but got him in the tank and he was fine. They play a lot and love to hit one another with their tail. Don't know how to breed them. Would love to know how but can't find much about it and if I did breed them it would have to be in a tank of its own as my albino frog wold eat the eggs. Hhe is 6 years old and 10in. Don't know why he is so big but he doesn't seem to bother the Bala Shark or silver shark. If any own knows how to breed them I would love to know how. Thanks.

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