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missy - 2013-02-04
Mine is very aggressive in fact its almost 3yrs old and the only tank cleaner that is smart and fast enough to survive with my piranha

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Miguel Angel Montanez - 2013-02-03
Why is my bala shark hovering in the corner like if it was guarding something? It has been doing it for two days now and it just seems weird.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-04
    Is the area near anything? Filter, heater??
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Anonymous - 2013-01-27
Now that i have read this i am scared. I have the golden version of this fish with my betta. Most of the time the get along well, but when my betta gets into one of his 'moods' he mostly chases the little guy. Sometimes the algae eater will seemingly fight back, he goes vertical and bats the betta with his tail.Does anyone think that the algae eater will ever make any super agressive moves or anything?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-27
    Could become an issue for the betta as the Algae Eater ages.  The betta is too slow of a swimming fish to be with this fish. 
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sherri - 2013-01-02
I am new to this whole aquatic thing. I have a 29 gal. tank with a beta, an angelfish, 2 swordtails, 1 marble molly, a kissing fish, a suckerfish, and ol' mr.chinese algae eating. He swims around like a shark in my tank. I have gotten the veggie wafers and tried the raw zucchini thing. He is just super active/aggressive. I am thinking of taking him out if he doesn't mellow out. Any suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-02
    These fish can be very aggressive and sometimes needs to be seperated from the other fish.
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Caroline Brown - 2010-11-04
I have a green tiger barb had him for 3 weeks and he is very dark looking and and sometimes he wants to swim and then he doesn't at all but I think he is on his last leg so please help. Thanks

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  • spencer - 2010-11-16
    You should buy 2-3 more tiger barbs for your barb. Tiger barbs are shoaling fish and when left alone, chances of dying is very high. So when you buy tiger barbs, you should buy them in a shoal of 3-5 barbs of the same species-spencer.
  • amy - 2011-09-24
    Last leg...lol. :) sorry. Anyway, I'm new too. I bought 4 tiger barbs around noon today. They were doing great, but now, at midnight, one has started to keep to one spot near a corner, though not directly in it. He stays a few inches above the bottom but doesn't move a lot. The other three swim around still (it's a 55 gallon tank) and when they join him he will interact a little, but when they swim away he acts like he might follow for half a second but then settles right back where he was. I enjoy these striking fish, and I'm worried about him. I don't want him to die:( how can I encourage him?
  • Derek - 2012-12-30
    Hi. I have a question I have two glow green barbs. With LED Glo tank. How do you tell the gender, secondly I have a Glo Tetra How do you tell them also? thank u for your time.
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Andrew - 2012-12-30
Ok two mollies The hatchets were not purchased

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Andrew - 2012-12-30
hey i have set up a ten gallon tank and i was wondering how many of these little guys i could keep with 2 hatchetfish, 2 Serpae Tetras and a cory? They are all quite small thanx Andrew

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-30
    You can safely add 2 or 3.
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Celina - 2012-12-23
Hi, I have three red-tail tinfoil barbs in a 20 gallon tank. At the moment they are only 3' long and they seem very happy. They share the tank with a Silver dollar the same size and an algae eater. And, how long do you think it will take them to grow up 10'. Do you think I can wait sometime before I have to upgrade to a 100 gallon tank?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-23
    They are slow growers.  It can take years to grow these fish to max size. can get a 55 gallon tank for a midway point upgrade and that will last for some time. 
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John Ho - 2012-12-16
I had a 2 and a half inch CAE in my tank doing just fine! It does not act aggressive towards other fishes in my community tank unlike what u guys said. Well it does sometimes (max 2 times a month) chase fishes which i think it was playing with them because it does not really harm them. Anyway, i think it depends on your luck whether you chose the right and non aggressive CAE to put in your tank.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-16
    Yeah, if they become testy its usually with age. Sometimes new tankmates upsetting their home can trigger some meanness too. Sometimes they will stay mellow, but I have known many people who had their Chinese Algae Eater end up being very aggressive and start taking out the other fish. Glad you have a nice fellow!
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Anonymous - 2012-12-04
How high can Balas jump? I ask because the 7' Balas we've had for a year lives in a tank without a top. The tank is 200 gallons. He shares the tank with lots of plants and half a dozen goldfish. The tank is actually a square water tub, with fiberglass sides, used specifically for aquatic plants, some of them emergent - so a top does not work. The fish mysteriously showed up one day so I wasn't prepared for a jumping fish. If I know how high Balas jump, I can attach plexiglass to the sides so there's more height. Ever since we've had him, our Balas appears healthy, growing fast and seems fine. I've never seen him jump, but that doesn't mean he doesn't. I'd appreciate some advice with this. Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-04
    Hard to say.  Really depends on the clear area of the tank to build up speed.  The more open room at the surface the farther it can jump.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-11
    Thanks Jeremy for your reply. I was afraid of that. I guess I need to decide if I should try to find a suitable alternative home for this guy. Since he is the only Bala in the tank, that's not ideal either. I'm just concerned that any other home (pet shop) would end up being way too small. So my issues are raising the sides high enough to prevent jumping out and his being solitary. As much as I like him, it's annoying that he was dumped and his present conditions aren't ideal either.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-11
    Try adding some floating plants.  adding plexi glass angles inward will work too
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