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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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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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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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    john - 2011-12-05
    price? average tank size? breeding tips? cost?

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    john - 2011-12-05
    Hi, I heard of a fish called the malaysian halfbeak and I was thinking about getting one. They look alot like this fish and are livebearers. They only get 3 inches long. Any suggestions?

    bonus question: is there a way to comment on a group of fish instead of just one fish(like commenting on cichlids instead of say, firemouth cichlid)?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-06
      Yes, you can place a comment on the group page. Easiest way is to go HOME at Animal World. Then enter cichlids, goldfish whatever in the search. You will come up with the general page on that group and can enter your comments at the bottom. Have fun.
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    alan olyott - 2011-10-14
    I have recently got a 12 inch lungfish and he is missing his 2 back legs; will they grow back he is eating wel?l

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    • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-14
      Yes, lungfish can grow their legs back! However, this may take a decent amount of time, such as 1-3 months...depending on water quality, and diet.
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    tejaswa - 2011-10-08
    What can we do 2 prevent drop eye in our arowana????????


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    • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-09
      You can prevent drop eye by performing weekly 25% water changes. Given no other fish in your aquarium has this disease. If other fish in your aquarium have this disease, then it is advisable to treat the disease accordingly, in addition move your sick fish to another aquarium.
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