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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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patrick - 2011-07-16
Can you use fake foliage in the aquarium or do I need to use real plants with these?

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  • David Brough - 2011-07-17
    You can use whatever you like. Plastic plants work great!
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Prabha - 2012-01-22
Don believe all the others say.....its not a peaceful fish...its very aggressive..:)i have 2 7inch tinfoil barbs and they just killed my 5 inch oscar and 2 6inch gold fishes by plucking out their eyes...remember guys these fish first attack the eyes make them blind and then start attacking all over their body...dono wat to do with them...my tank seems a bit of lonely with them two

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-22
    Here's a couple thoughts on why your fish are so aggressive. Rather than your fish being the Red-tail Tinfoil Barb, Barbonymus altus, you may have the Tinfoil, Barbonymus schwanenfeldii. Tinfoil Barbs are the most commonly found in the pet trade, they are often confused with and sold as the Red-tail Tinfoil, and they are known to be more agressive. Also, both of these fish get quite large, 10'+ for the Red-tail, and 14'+ for the Tinfoil. In smaller tanks fish can become aggressive, feeling crowded and in competition for food and habitat. To help prevent aggression, these fish should be kept in at least 100 gallon aquarium.
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Anonymous - 2012-09-19
Good comment John, 'Having a good enough filter to rid the Tinfoil Red Tail Barb waste. To add to this: I also do a water change every 2 weeks. I feed my fish 2 times a day, this keeps the Tinfoil Red Tail Barb full, which leads to less of a desire to pick on smaller fish . My two Tinfoil Red Tail Barb's are in a 40+ gallon tank with 1 black shark, 2 tiger barbs, 2 blue guami's, 1 gold guami, and an algea eater. All extremely satisfied living with each other.

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Bruce - 2012-08-31
I've had my giant danios for over 10 years. They are in a 15 gallon high tank. I keep the water at 7.0 and tempature at 72-74 degrees. I only feed them flake food and sometimes frozen blood worms. I only feed them once a day. Is this unsual for them too live this long?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
    From what i can find out - they normally say the average life expectancy is about 5 - 7 years so you are doing good.  Congratulations.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-01
    Those are great fish and yes it is a bit unusual for them to live that long.  Great job on that!!
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nm123 - 2011-11-20
Has anybody ever cared for three spot gouramis?

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nm123 - 2011-11-17
What about if just the silver shark lives in the tank its wider horizontally than vertically.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    Article above recommends a minimum of a 70 gallon tank and then 150 gallon tank when it is an adult. I don't think the little guy will care much whether the width is greater horizontally or vertically. They just need the swimming room - Enjoy
  • nm123 - 2011-11-18
    thanks


    please have you ever cared for 3 spot gourames
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Sal - 2012-06-27
Very interesting, I just started my tank, I have 5 danios, one week into the cycle they also went crazy doing the fin nipping thing, but have stopped and only chase each other now. I have since rescued two pink danios (glofish) and introduced them to my tank with no problems. However, after the cycling period I want to add 4 cory's, 1 siamese fighter and 2 platies? My tank is 57L, any comments/advice?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-27
    Ammonia spikes will make the fish act out if tank is cycling.
  • Tate - 2012-08-22
    I have a 10gallon with otocinclus, a green Cory, and zebra danios all doing fine. I tried adding my sisters fighting fish and he kept chasing and trying to eat the danios. I wouldn't reccomend the platies, due to previous comments about the neon tetras
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lekisha kelly - 2010-03-27
I just bought a silver shark today and I have other fish in the tank, it's only about 5 cm now but I'm a bit worried what to do with it when it gets bigger, my tank is about 50 cm wide.

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  • nm123 - 2011-11-09
    As long as you have about a 55 gallon tank you don't need to upgrade it I have mine in a 30 gallon but he's tiny he's probably going to be the only one living in it in about a year.
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Bob - 2012-08-05
Can they be in a 10 gallon tank with platies?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    No not realy, 10g is too small just for the danios.  Figure at least one gallon of usuable water for each inch your fish(s) are going to be as adults.  So if you have a 50g you would need to subtract about 5 gallons for filer, substrate,plants etc so you would have approximately 45 usable gallons.  10g is just too  small.
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