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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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Stephenie Neff - 2012-12-10
I have 6 tinfoils in a 75 gallon tank. I'm using them to cycle the tank. I know 6 is too many for a 75, but at the time they were only a dollar each. I don't plan on keeping all of them anyway. They are very active, playing in all of the ornaments. A lot of 'follow the leader' chasing through the logs. I plan on getting cichlids, but am getting used to the tinfoils. At least they don't hide all the time. Very hardy fish, my water is somewhat messed up, but they live in it ok. I will probably end up keeping some of them, even when I get my cichlids.

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nm123 - 2011-11-07
I just got 1 SILVER SHARK and I was wondering if I can't fit it in a 30 gal wide with one angelfish and a red tailed shark, Cory and a clown pleco oh and 2 silver tip tetras?

PLEASE GET BACK TO ME ASAP I love this fish so much and don't want to see it die.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-08
    No they won't fit except if very young and that is a stretch. Scroll up in the article and you will see that 70 gallons minimum is recommended for this one fish - preferably 140 gallons. Another problem is if a fish can fit another fish in his mouth - they will consider it food.
  • nm123 - 2011-11-08
    what about just the silver shark nothing else
  • nm123 - 2011-11-09
    What about if just the silver shark lives in the tank its wider horizontally than vertically.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-13
    When they are stessed in a small tank they will try and jump out of your tank and kill themselves. They also need to be in groups or the same thing will happen
  • Juliette - 2012-02-18
    I have three balas and they are now aged 10 years, beautiful fish very harmonious. Never have any of my balas eaten the fry of any other fish that have bred in my tank (including yellow labs (chiclids) and yes they live together very well). They were in a 180 litre tank until recently. The only time they jumped was during feeding for the floating food so as far as I can see they will thrive in a smaller tank but a larger tank is better for them as they will display a more natural behaviour. Two of them are (I believe) displaying a courtship ritual by rubbing,pecking and swimming together.
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Anonymous - 2010-01-13
Hey, Kyle, that only applies as a GENERAL rule. If you have many live plants you can support a higher bioload. If you have superior filtration you can support a higher bioload.

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Anonymous - 2012-11-11
I was wondering if it would be safe to get one for my Oscar fish?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    Oscar will see this fish as a meal.
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Jason Remigio III - 2009-01-27
I have kept Longfin Leopard Danios in sets of 5 for 3 years. They are very good to start with. I don't know why they would go to the bottom of the aquarium under the gravel along with its other buddies. They have been disappearing one at a time after 2 and half years already.

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S. A. - 2009-08-16
I started with just two longfin leopard danios and luckily got a male and female. When the females belly looked as if she was pregnant I moved both to a 3 gallon tank for about 3-4 days and when she went back to normal size I then moved them both back to the 50 gallon with my other tropicals. I now have about 80-90 babies. Almost microscopic at first, and about the size of a newborn guppy now after almost 2 months. Love these fish, a lot of fun to watch play.

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  • paige - 2012-02-14
    I have 4 leopard danio and one of them has just died so now I have 3 but I would like to breed them but I don't know if I have too many or unless they fight a lot and that's why one of them died, I think. Help me
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Bill - 2012-09-30
I have two yellow fin tin foils. I also have a 12' bala shark,12' pleco,2 blue garomies,3 danios,cory cat,pitca cat,flying fox cat,red tail shark, albino red tailed shark, south american cichlid. This is all in a 55 gallon tank, the black red tailed shark calmed my tin foils down the first week. This is a busy tank , but some of my fish are 9 years old.

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