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Anonymous - 2011-06-01
I have 4 of these wonderful fish. 2 have have stripes towards their back end. Why? Also 1 has gone missing. It sounds impossible but I can't find him in the aqurium any where. Does anyone have an idea where he is? I love all my fish very much. It wasn't a cat, none of the other fish ate him, and I didnt see his body in my net or close to the aquruim. Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Almost every week at least one person writes in that they can't find a particular fish. Most of the time, the fish magically reappear. It also seems that most are found to be just find behind the filter. I have no idea why but this happens frequently. Good luck and I hope you find yours.
  • cindy - 2011-06-30
    Killifish are notorious for jumping out. You need a lid with little to no gaps around it.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    these killis can jump out flip around alot so he could have fliped along way from the tank.
    to stop this you should get a lid.
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Cindy - 2010-10-11
Well, my golden wonder isn't doing so well these days. He just suddenly stopped eating a week ago. I read about parasites in the throat and have been treating, but, no luck. I've done water changes, everything. Just today I noticed that one of his gills has sorta collapsed (it looks sunken in). The other is fine. There are no other symptoms. What could this be and what should I do?

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  • cindy - 2010-12-10
    Amazingly, after not eating for 3 wks my killifish made a full comeback. He was so hungry he tried to eat my Panda Cory Cat only to successfully mangle it and thus, kill it. The one gill is still a little sunken and he is more picky about his food (he doesn't like the flakes anymore) oh and he is now fascinated with the filter (he hangs out near the black box most of the day, now and does this weird "dance" routine in front of it). He is not scratching himself. I treated him for both internal and external parasites, plus, bacteria. I literally, dropped the medicine down his throat at one point out of desperation. I knew it might kill him, but, the rate he was going, he was going to starve to death, anyway, so, I figured I might as well try everything. And it worked! I am so happy. I prayed too, so, maybe God just answered my prayer. I do enjoy my Killi Willi (my husband named him that after Chilly Willy). I am not allowed any other pets but fish so this why I am so nutty about him. I wouldn't be if I could have a dog.
  • Clarice - 2010-12-12
    Wow Cindy, I am so happy about your fish! I read your comment about him not doing well, but you were treating him, so didn't know what to add.

    You're experience is awesome, and your "doctoring" him up was a very unique. Never thought of that, but so glad it worked!
  • cindy - 2011-06-30
    He's back to not eating again. Almost 2 weeks so far. Can't see anything wrong. Have been trying the same thing as last time (various medicines in the tank, plus a dip, plus dropping medicine directly down his throat), but, no success so far. He usually swims around a lot, but, not now. Also gasping.
  • kye turnbull - 2011-12-10
    have you got a air pump.
    if not than put one in.
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Bob Meyer - 2011-12-06
A few years ago, I had hundreds of gold medaka rice fish. Oryzias latipes. Then I lost them and most of the fish in the fish room during an ice storm last year. If anyone has a lead on a reasonably priced place to buy these, please post a comment!

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Oksana - 2010-10-29
I have one, we call her Journalist because she always has to know what is going on. It was all on her face (if you call it this way). Molly is swimming (where? why?). The aquarium lead is lifted (why? hand? food? yeah!). She likes eating from hands and looks like she is always smiling/laughing. Such a lovely creature!

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DAWN - 2010-01-27
I have an interesting Killi that takes great offense to me cleaning the tank and if my arm is in the tank he will attack repeatedly trying to nip at me. He is not looking for food as he postures, then hits and runs! Funny guy!

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  • Cindy - 2010-10-11
    Mine does this too.
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amanda simms - 2010-07-11
This is the best information ever! Thanks a lot!

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Jay - 2010-05-21
Easily bred in a small tank eh? I bet we can try and get this fish off the endangered species list. Just a matter of getting a male and female fish...

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LingLong - 2009-11-10
Wow pupfish are awesome! Where cani buy them ? and also can i buy 20 of them and put them all in one big tank? Please tell me! From Ling Long

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-03
    No, no, and heck no.
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Lindsey - 2010-02-19
I have Golden Killi and he has been quite interesting since i've got him. I named him Lucky and his name quite litterally suits him. When my boyfriend first got him for me we had him in a temporary tank with a lid until we were able to set up our ten gallon tank. We had the tank sitting on the counter and my purse was like two feet away from the tank. When I left my boyfriends house to go get the other tank I grabbed my purse and left. When I got to my house my boyfriend called me and asked me if I had a fish with me and I was like uh, no why? and he told me that there was one missing and that he had looked everywhere. I checked my purse and there he was! my fish! I hurried and got a pan with water and put him in there and started pushing water into his gills and slowly, he came back to life, first moving one of his gills, then the other, and then finally his fins. It took him a while to get right side up but he finally did and now I think he has brain damage or something because he doesn't swim around much and all he does is float at the top of my aquarium and eat (he sure loves his bloodworms). The ride from my boy friends house to mine is about 25 minutes and we're not really sure when he made the jump. Lucky, lucky fish!

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Clayton in AZ, USA - 2009-10-01
Am I wrong in thinking that if there was ever a fish that could thrive in the Aquarium trade, this is it? They are superior in their resilience and adaptability. They could very easily thrive in just about any type of aquarium setting. They'd make a perfect "starter fish" because they could tolerate the changing conditions and rough water chemistry of a new (uncycled) aquarium... And they are really good looking fish with loads of personality. Has anyone tried to raise some of them in captivity to see if we can get them off of the endangered species list and into the aquarium trade?

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