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Harry S. White - 2007-03-15
Now we're scared of Clown(barb)s!

Just placed a dozen Rummy Nose Tetra in our 55 Gallon tank last night now that our fish-gulping Spanner-T Barb has passed on. Had bought no new fish for months bordering on a year due to it's high-priced "sushi" appetite. Between our 2 Clown Barbs, we now have 6 Rummy Nose left this morning. Both Barbs were sporting Rummy Nose tail moustaches when we turned the lights on and were seemingly stalking their next snacks when we left for work. That Clown Barbs are community fish seems a bit overstated... saying they are omnivorous is too modest.

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  • raymond - 2010-04-25
    We have 4 green barbs, 12 tiger barbs, a algae eater, and 2 puntius everetti (clown barbs). . The clown barbs only hide under or in decorations (i. E. Castle, logs, etc. ). They seem to be coward fish always running and yet fast when we chase them from their hiding places. Was going to get rid of them since they only hide. Welcome information, etc.
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Joe Harmer - 2007-02-27
Everywhere else I looked, it said chinese algae eaters don't eat algae! What the heck?

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Nathan - 2007-02-19
I have my tigers (7 of them) in a 20 gal tank with 2 pictus catfish. I personally think i am not overstocking the tank because the fish have been doing well for the past year. however one of the pictus somehow injured the tiger barb so now i only have 7 instead of the before 8. They still do very very well though. If you feed your tigers routinely, they will recongize you and if you shake the food can, they will follow it. its really funny.

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mckenzie - 2007-02-17
Wow! I'm a beginner with fish tanks. For my first fish my brother gave a giant danio. I've kept him for about 4 months now. and two months ago I bought another giant danio two keep the other one company. The giant danios love swimming in circles and chasing each other around.

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JEF - 2007-02-12
Buy this fish with care! Pet stores seem to get personalaties mixed up between CAE`s (Chinese Algae Eaters) and the algae eating cousin the SAE (Siamese Algae Eaters). CAE's are quiet and peaceful when young and will happily munch on algae, however, as they approach 4 inches they turn more and more agressive and will stop eating algae and start eating little fish, slime coats, and the like! They also grow to just under a foot long. A much better choice for an algea eater would be the SAE, a close cousin of the CAE, who only grows to an adult size of 4-6 inches or even better for peacful community tanks the otocinclus, a 2 inch algea eater that will never think of harming a fly. AGAIN CAES ARE HUGE FISH THAT ALMOST ALWAYS BECOME FISH EATERS! I would however love to get a 55 gallon and do a species tank, also the golden CAE or golden algea eater is just an un-pigmented vesion of the CAE. its likly that people with peacful "CAEs" have a false SAE, a flying fox, or less likly an SAE. All these fish only get to about 4-6" and will usually leave the other tank mates alone.

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connor - 2007-02-04
I have 4 bala sharks. i feed them blood worms and tropical flakes. they love their new home. i love the balas! and they are all about 3 inches long.

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Kristy Moore - 2007-01-10
I have two of these. I bought both of them over a year ago and they are both thriving. Something weird has happened though... Although they looked identical when I bought them, one of them remained the same and the other has changed dramatically! It is now bright yellowish orange and much bigger than the other!

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Tyler - 2007-01-05
I have 20 albino tiger barbs with 4 albino corys, 2 albino channel catfish, and 1 albino rainbow shark. Well, even in this large number, they will still nip fins. I added 2 chinese hi-fin sharks, and they were pestered and nipped at by all of the tigers until i moved them to another tank. They are very enjoyable fish to keep, and a joy to watch at feeding time. I don't recommend them as a community fish as they will always nip the fins of other fish, but keeping them in a species tank is good.

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  • \"Shaun\" - 2010-05-17
    I do not think that that is true. It may have been the same reason as a lot of other fish. If you have had all of the same fish for a long time, they become a family. I have noticed when this happens with my fish. They will attack any intruders that they are not used to. They may leave them alone a little bit later or they may just kill them. It is sad but they are just trying to protect their family.
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Richie - 2007-01-01
When i got my first bala it did jump alot. Added other fish, a common goldfish and red rose fish. I often see the goldfish's tail bitten. i do not know what fish did it but i am still trying to figure it out. my bala has only eaten fat healthy color flakes. I only feed 3x a day. on the first day i got it, it seemed to often take food from the other fish. i am beginning to learn more about my fish. I hope that my fish will grow healthy. i did know your fish have to be at a certain age to breed. Make sure you have an age fish from 20+ or it will not breed. i will post again when i find a way to breed it.

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Holly - 2006-12-27
I recently purchased two giant danios from walmart. They are extrememly active fish and gave the walmart employee quite a workout chasing them around the tank! They seem to be quite hardy and made the trip home well. I also purchased 10 zebra danios. Over all, giant danios are medium sized fish as they can grow to be 4-6 inches when full grown. They are highly active and may nip the fins of other fish. Although to giant danios fin-nipping is just playing it can stress smaller,slower, and even bigger fish in the tank. Even an Oscar can be stressed from the constant playing of giant danios! The zebra danios i have with them in the tank just try to stay out of the giant danios way most of the time. But sometimes they swim over and play along with their bigger cousins until one or the other gets tired(most always the zebra danio)! You will need a tank atleast 30 gallons for giant danios and length is more important than height because giant danios are very active, swimming back and forth from side to side of their tank. Although not a hider, giant danios, as with all fish, do better when they have a few plants in their tank but leave plenty of open swimming room. These fish come from quick running streams with a fine, dark, gravely bottom. I have two power filters , an airstone, and a bubble wall that provides plenty of current for them. overall the giant danio is a hardy ,active fish, that is a joy to have.
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I`ve heard that breeding these fish is fairly difficult, and before i can attempt that i plan on buying 2 or 3 more of them. But if i do end up breeding them, i`ll be sure to post the tank conditions for anyone else that may want to also try in breeding them.
thanks.

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