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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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    Animal-World info on Needle Nose Gar
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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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    Anonymous - 2011-06-01
    I have a butterfly fish that I recently got. And I was wondering why it wasn't eating much of the flake food. Now I know why, thanks.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
      I am glad. I take it you found out what they like to eat from the article in Animal World. Welcome and stay in touch.
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    Jack - 2011-09-24
    How much do they go for?

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    bill - 2011-06-13
    I have a few questions about African Lungfish. For starters, what can be kept with them, if at all? I know this website said that they will try to eat tankmates, but it never really specified as to what sizes of fish the lungfish will consume. Also, how can I distinguish the different varieties of Lungfish?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
      It is best to keep these guys alone as one subspecies goes 3 feet and the other 6 feet. It would be like trying to keep fish with an alligator. Not a good idea.
    • TODD NICHOL - 2011-08-04
      Our 11-inch lungfish, Chauncy, enjoyed live bait worms and chunk-style canned dog food. Since he was well-fed and not hungry, the goldfish in his tank with him were quite safe, and lived a long time!
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