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Zack risner - 2011-06-27
I have the same problem mine won't eat anything.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-11
    Try neons.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-17
    Check water conditions and temperature as well.
  • Ron Thompson - 2012-03-17
    Thanks for the info.
  • scott - 2012-05-12
    The gar family will play with food before eating it. Then they decide if they really want it or not. Can take several minutes. Also they often don't eat right away. Feeder fish can live in tank for several days.
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Animal-World info on South American Lungfish
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Bryan T - 2012-04-26
I had a South American Lungfish for about 2 years, grew to about 2 feet long but it died because it got stuck in one of those log tank decorations and drowned. It was horrible waking up early that morning and seeing his lifeless body stuck in that log. I have to say that if you get one make sure you have nothing they can get stuck it. But if it's already a foot and a half then you need at least a 55gal (probably more then a 100gallon).

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-06
    It would be so cool to have one of these fish. Thanks for the tip on keeping them safe.
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Ricky Garman - 2012-04-07
My freshwater lionfish laid eggs all over her aquarium. Now I hear they
can't be breed in an aquarium but I would like to try. How do I tell male and females? any info. would help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-06
    Wow, how cool is that! Not much known about how they breed. That's probably because being brackish fish from estuaries... replicating that environment has been almost impossible. Would love to hear what happens with your eggs!
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Animal-World info on Silver Arowana
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john - 2011-11-21
I probably sound like an idiot for asking this but why are arowanas so expensive? Can't someone just seletively breed them so there could be a 'dwarf' arowana that can go in a 20 or 30 gallon tank?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    No question is ever a dumb question. I thought it was a pretty good question. These guys are large. Normally in breeding when breeders want to 'miniaturize' the breed (ie toy poodle), they breed together the smallest of the pups together. Eventually you have a smaller breed. I really have no idea if this can be done with fish or how it could be done. A particular type of fish (ie molly) are all pretty much the same size.
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tejaswa - 2011-10-06
hi,i m tejaswa frm india (m.p. bhopal) .i m having a short body flowerhorn about 1 n half inch,rapheal catfish of same size,2 oscars of 3 inch in 25 gallon tank.nd i m planing 2 keep a silwer arowana of about 5 inch.my ques is that r the tank size is suficent or i have 2 inlarge it to how much??????pleaseeee heeeellllp !!!!!!!!

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-06
    Hello, for a silver Arowana, the minimum aquarium size you must have is 125 gallons. Silver Arowanas, can grow to be two feet long! Additionally, Oscars and Flowerhorns reach sizes of almost a foot in length! Rapheal catfish only grow seven inches, and would be too small to place in an aquarium with an Arowana. For a 25 gallon aquarium, I recommend a fish such as tetras, barbs, and danios! I hope that helps.
  • tejaswa - 2011-10-07
    I' m having 90 gallon tank,will it work???????

  • Josh - 2012-03-01
    The fish are OK sizes now but they will get a lot bigger in the long run. The silver arowana will 24 - 30 inches and the oscars will grow to be 12 - 16 inches and grow about an inch per month. 120 minimum but a 200 would be the smallest I would go.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-02
    Hello tejaswa. To start off. Not only is the tank too small; the Arowana at 5 inches will make a meal of the Flowerhorn. Arowana grow big and FAST and eat used about anything that will fit in their mouth. I would recommend a 150. The 2 oscars alone will quickly outgrow the 25 galoon tank. Good luck and I hope that helps.
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Matthew - 2011-10-12
Would an African lungfish live in a 55 gallon tank? Also, would it eat a Paddletail newt? The newt gets 10 inches long. Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-13
    That is about the smallest tank you can use. The smallest will go about 3 1/2 feet fully grown and they are carnivores - so yep will probably eat the newt.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    A Lungfish, needs a minimum size aquarium of 125 gallons to reach its full size.
    Additionally, it is quite possible the Newt, and Lungfish would quarrel.
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Animal-World info on Tonguefish
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MrJohnieB - 2012-02-11
I got one in at petco and not for sure what to feed it. I tried blood worms and for sure if he eat it. Could anyone help me out with this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    Scroll up in this Animal World article and look at feeding. The Tonguefish is not a 'look for and eat kinda guy'. He is, 'It better be right on my head or in front of my mouth' eating kinda guy. So try putting the food - right in froont of his mounth or right on his nose. Scrool up in the article for feeding behaviors and suggestions. Good luck.
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Animal-World info on South American Lungfish
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Laura - 2012-02-06
I got my South American lungfish in 1998, so it is about 14 years old now. He has been living in a 20 gallon tank very happily the entire time and is about 1 1/2 feet long. His or her diet is varied. He will eat tetra food if you run out. He loves night crawlers. He used to eat live pinky rats when I was breeding them. I have fed him a chunk of raw deer meat before as well as salmon and pork(only when I am out of worms). I've bought frozen fish food for him before. He likes to eat goldfish. I have always kept him with an air bubbler. I'm not sure if it is needed or not. He is 14 years old, so I must be doing something right. He lets you hold him in the water sometimes, but he will bite you if you get close to his mouth. OUCH!

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-06
    Congratulations on your 14 year success with your lung fish. However, I would never recommend housing a lungfish in a 20 gallon aquarium. The fish itself is almost as large as the aquarium it's housed in. Lungfish, are quite the hardy fish, but are not meant for 20 gallon aquariums.
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Nick - 2011-12-28
Can one butterfly fish live in a thirty gallon also what are suitable tank mates are pictus okay? Also plz tell me the setup like: 1 abf 3 pictus

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  • Tommy - 2012-01-28
    Minumum is ten gal
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william hale - 2010-06-09
Can you keep freshwater lionfish with freshwater stingrays?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    Neither of these fish are aggressive... but they are both protein eaters with different behaviors and habitat needs. You would need a tank that is large enough to accomodate both. Both are fairly dormant except when feeding. The stingray needs a large flat sandy surface and gets active while feeding. The while the lionfish needs rockwork to quietly hide and lay in wait for prey. The lionfish would not be comfortable with a big ray rustling around feeding while its trying to be secretive. So the habitat would need to fit both lifestyles.
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