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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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Kristianne Delorme - 2006-12-13
I have 3 tinfoils, 4 tigers, 3 albino tigers, 3 green barbs, 3 pepper corys, 2 pleco, 2 african dwarf frogs, 1 columbian shark, and 2 iridescent sharks... all in at 30 gallon tank. the tinfoils jump when i feed them. I feed them flake, pellet and bloodworms, they LOVE the bloodworms. they are a hearty fish. i like them, they all school together and they all leave my frogs alone. i recommend them.

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kev - 2006-12-10
while i'm no expert i am left wondering why two people say they have bred/egg layer siler sharks/bala fish yet according to the REAL experts its never happened and is impossible to breed these in captivity/normal fishtank.
be interesting to see some proof from the ones that have ''bred'' from these fish, who knows you might even be famous

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Diane - 2006-12-01
I love my Tiger Barb! I have a 30 gal high tank. I started out with white clouds, danios, tiger barbs, and mollies. Unfortunately all the fish died after a year or so except 1 tiger barb and 1 FAT orange balloon mollie. He now lives with 2o plus mollies(babies 1 inch or so and some up to 2 -2.5 inches long), a pleco, a corycat and 4 gold barbs. He just LOVES everyone. NEVER have I seen him nip at any of them...they all swim together!

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Michael Kuhn - 2006-11-28
I bought 2 Tinfoil barbs when I was a child. They were VERY easy to care for. They lived well with large Angel fish for a time. They didn't seem to mind a high PH, or change in temperature. I enjoyed watching them make a big splash coming up for food. The female lived for over 21 years. The male was alone after that, and is still going strong at 34+ years of age. I don't know if this is a record or not, but I'm afraid he will outlive me now!!

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