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Anonymous - 2008-03-13
I got 3 of them. They eat like madfish and they are very quick. 2 of them swim together and I found the 3rd dead about 2 weeks after I got them. I was on my way out the door when I saw it so I couldn't pull it out. I came back about 2 hours later and it had about 4 holes in the side of him. The definitely go carnivorous on each other even at a small size. Otherwise they are great fish to watch, and they go great with plants

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Peagreen - 2008-03-08
A word to the wise: CAEs are terrible tank mates once they start getting comfortable in their new surroundings, especially for goldfish (which tend to be slow swimmers). I originally got mine (a golden) thinking it would help keep the tank cleaner. It did its job for the first two months, and then suddenly began getting more and more aggressive. I had to isolate him before he did any damage. They sure are pretty for an algae eater, but I'm afraid that's about all the good that I can say for them.

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Tyler - 2008-03-05
I have a 55 gal tank. It is quite the relaxing thing to watch. I have 9 tiger barbs, 4 green 3 albino, and 2 tigers... also I have 2 ocsars, 8 guppies, 2 plecos, 1 algee eater, and one blue dragon. It is my own tropical ocean in my living room. All the fish get along and seem to do just fine with each other. Hope the rest of you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Allean - 2008-03-05
I have had four of these fish in my ten gallon tank, they are very beautiful fish! They are very peacful to the other fish, and they are not very shy if you have plenty of plants in the tank. These are definitely some of my Favorite fish!

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Amina - 2008-02-18
Today I just bought 3 tiger barbs. I hope that I will enjoy them! They are so cute and thanks to this website, I know the difference between males and females. :) :) :)

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ems - 2008-02-18
I have had two bala sharks for two years in my 75 gallon aquarium together with 2 albino hammer head sharks which are about 10 years old. Six months ago I decided to put them in the pond since the hammer head grew so big that the aquarium leaks frquently. The bala shark does not jump off the edges of the pond and I dont think that they eat live fishes since I added lots of swordtails and mollies. They bred rapidly and the bala shark does not eat the small ones. The bala sharks are good in community tanks.

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Andy - 2008-02-15
I had a red tinfoil for awhile, and I accidentally killed it as I was cleaning the tank, On the top glass I used 4 drops of bleach to clear up the glass, and one slid down into the tank. About one minute later it was swimming upside down. When it died, I had it with about 20 1-week-old bluegill and one 2-pound blue gill (I have a bluegill pond next to my house). But before that it was in with another tinfoil, 2 bala sharks, and 2 silver dollars. A great family fish, except once a baby bluegill was chasing it around the tank and the tinfoil ate it.

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Sonn - 2008-02-12
I've had a CAE for awhile now. I would really really not recommend them for anyone who cannot provide a separate living space when they get larger. They eat tons of algae when they are small but when they get older and larger their diets completely change mine now prefers "meatier" foods over algae or any other vegetable based food. And if you do plan on putting this fish with other species make sure it is fast enough to get away or it will be a snack to this guy/girl.

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Andrea - 2008-02-07
I'm a starter aquarist. I'm only 12. I have three tiger barbs and they are so happy. I take very good care of them and their tank. For their roommates I also have three sail fin mollies and an algea eater. They are very friendly but you want to keep them in groups or they are quiet and scared {they hide alot}. But when they are with buddies they are a load of fun to watch. They are fast and exciting fish. I have a 10 gallon tank in my room. I put all of them in and they love company. Ifeed them breakfast, lunch, and dinner and they are very happy and comfortable. Their names are dash, stripe and quickster and they are a wonderful starting fish. They are very hardy and they really make a hobby grow, so the tiger barb is recommended =]

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Angela - 2008-02-01
I have had a Chinese Algae eater for a couple of months now and I tntroduced him into an aquarium with my Betta (bad idea). The algae eater started out OK, but now he constantly attacks the Betta. It seems that wherever the Betta goes to hide, the algae eater seeks him out. Also, I keep my aquarium plenty warm but he does not seem to keep the tank very clean. I just cleaned it tonight and there was algae coated on everything.

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