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john - 2011-12-14
Hi, I want to set up my 20 gallon fish tank with 3 senegal bichirs and 2 of these guys. What would be a good price for one and just to let you all know a 20 gallon is the biggest tank I can have. The bichirs aren't an option thanks to my brother.

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  • ashley - 2012-03-23
    20 gallons might be fine for two butterflies, but the bichirs are going to need something A LOT bigger than the tank you have once they reach their full size. The senegal bichir can grow to at least 16 inches in length if cared for properly. I only have one, but I'm transferring him to a 40 gallon breeder tank soon.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-23
    Butterfly fish aren't always the easiest fish to keep. Should have a well cycled tank and good water exchange.
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Specter99 - 2012-09-12
I want one where do I get one (please reply)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    They are available off and on for retailers. Try your local fish store, if they don't have one in stock, they can probably special order one. Also you could try online.
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marisol - 2012-01-27
I have 2 Needle nose.. they have 5 babies... I don't how care? They have 3 days old... what do you recommend.. thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Scroll up in this Animal World article and you will note that these little guys are carnivores so if it will fit in their mouth, they wil probably eat it. So I'd remove the babies to another tank before they are seen as fish food. They can be fed small pieces of brine shrimp.
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Flo - 2009-02-27
If feeders are stored in the tank with Gars will they eat when they are hungry or get use to the feeders and go with out food? I have been puting shrimp plets in the tank because I'm afarid that they are not eating the feeders...

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  • ronnie - 2012-02-05
    they will eat when they get hungery i buy six dozen at a time for two they last about a mounth


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ber - 2010-09-24
I have only a 10 gal tank for now cause all my fish are still really little, and I plan to get a big tank soon so they all have their own areas... but I have an african butterflyfish, 2 red tailed sharks, 2 mini sucker fish, one reg sucker, my cute lil guppy, and my fave, my jack dempsey.. it's funny to watch them because, my lil jack hangs out with the bigger of the two red tailed shark, the guppy hangs out and follows the smaller red tailed shark, and the rest just kinda do their own thing..but the weirdest thing cause my red tail and my jack never leave each others side..they swim side by side, and act like the big bosses together? Weird right? It's funny cause they are so little! Is that normal for the two species?

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  • sub - 2011-08-13
    Check your red tail for lost scales, jacks are very territorial it my look like it's following each other but they're nipping off scales from each other I have a jack and he does the same and I almost lost my sunshine peacock.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-02-13
    your jack will probly kill everything in your tank when he gets a bit olderhe will probly just swallow them whole if he dont tear them apart first
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    I regret to inform you, that as this aquarium, and its inhabitants mature, and grow, you will experience quite a few problems.

    1. You will need an aquarium the size of 55+ gallons to accommodate all of the fish's growing needs.
    2. Your Guppy, as the other fish grow, will be attacked, or perhaps eaten by one of the fish in the aquarium.
    3. The 'sucker fish' could also be attacked by either the Butterfly Fish, or the Jack Dempsey.

    As for fish 'hanging out' beside each other, this is normal behavior.

    Good luck with your aquarium, and fish!
  • Pattie - 2012-03-31
    I had a Jack Dempsey for years. He was my Favorite. You should move him into a very aggressive tank because he is or will become very aggressive. He will eat everything he can catch. He will get very large also. If you want to keep the butterfly, and the sharks move him. All so the if the suckers are Chinese Algae eaters. They are cool to but when they get big they to get aggressive and will suck the sides of the other fish and kill them. Do lots of reading on the fish you want to put together before you do. You could loose some nice fish. The sharks and guppies are in danger of becoming a meal of the others.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-31
    Odder matches have happened. The first time the Jack gets hungry you may see the 'cute lil guppy' end up as food. Jack's do get very aggressive as they age. That is good that you are planning on upgrading your tank! Go with a 55 gallon tank or larger.
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john - 2011-12-19
Hi, I just found one of these at petco and was wondering if I should get it it and will i be able to keep it in a 20 gallon with a green puffer and some senegal bichirs.Please answer fast because I have a feeling someone else wants it too.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-13
    These fish need about a 55 gallon tank and need to be fed live food like goldfish if your bichir and puffer are too small they will get eaten but you could have those fish in there for 3 months and then upgrade
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rick - 2011-10-28
Can african butterfly fish stand salt in their water 0.03 salinity?

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Tan Hui Chun - 2010-10-21
Hi. I will buy arapaima fish. What is the water volume that I need (in liters)? The size of the arapaima is 15 cm. Do arapaima can survive in low oxygen condition? Do I need to buy a filter? Do arapaima need very clean water? Will arapaima have diseases face on? What should I feed to this size of arapaima? How big can arapaima grow? Thanks.

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  • yo man - 2011-01-29
    Hey man. Arapaima can get to be 15 feet long. You will definitely need filtration. The tank should be at least 25 feet long. 15 feet wide and 6 feet deep. Enjoy your monster fish man!
  • david vinson - 2012-05-31
    You will need a really big fish tank these fish are monsters
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Ajeesh - 2011-12-03
I have a silver arona 1 feet long which is very active and eats live food and other sea foods, which is very aggresive and will jump for food.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-12-04
    That's exciting! What size aquarium do you have him in?
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Marlon Pereira - 2012-05-17
Hi I have a three 10" oscars in a large 7'L x 2.5' h X 2'd aquarium can I introduce my 6inch silver arowana into this tank . Its currently being held in a 3' X 2.5' X 18" quarantine aquarium. If yes for the transfer should i net it or bag it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-18
    It will be ok till it out grows the oscars. I would use a bucket to transfer.
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