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Laura - 2009-06-30
My lungfish is 12 yrs old now. He/she is about 1 1/2 ft. long in a 20 gallon tank. She still eats newborn rats and earthworms regularly. I got a tank divider and separated a small corner of the tank off and put in a couple of orange cichlids, two albino corys and a plecostamous. My 2 and 3 year old, whom are facinated and respectful to the fish and who help feed him, messed up the divider. I am left with one cichlid and the plecostamous. I just wanted another creature to look at. I've put bullfrog tadpoles in there for fun, but they can't handle the warm temperature that my lungfish enjoys. She has so much personality. She likes stalking the cichlid in the corner by staring at it even though they say he's blind. She also likes to rearrange the furniture in the tank sometimes by sucking up the quartz gravel in her mouth and piling it up in different locations. I use slate to make tunnels for her, but she knocks them down a lot.

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  • Reggie - 2011-05-29
    I wonder how do you know the age of your lungfish as they are not captive produced and there's not much demand for them to be farmed . But lets say it's 12 yrs old , it should be 4 ft + . If you recieved it as a baby , lets say 4 inches , it should be 1 1/2 ft at 2 yrs or sooner. As far as a 20 gallon tank , at 1 1/2 ft , it should be in a 75 gallon tank without a divider . I would recommend changing the gravel out to put Pool Filter sand or very fine course Crush Coral . I do not want to come across trying to offend you . I am trying to be informal so that you would have a much happier lungfish . One day these will not be available in the trade . I have two , a small one and a 3 footer , I love both more than any cichlid or catfish by far . Enjoy your fish !!!!
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krissy - 2007-04-30
i just got one of these awesome creatures and i must say i have never seen anything like it before. it is slowly cruising around the bottom of it's tank and 'climbs' up the side every so often to grab a breath of fresh air. he likes shrimp pellets because he's pretty lazy and doesn't want to hunt the feeder fish i got him. his fins are thin and he spins them around like legs to push himself across the bottom. he's lots of fun to watch and is extremely friendly. he even lets me pet him.

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keith - 2011-03-25
I just added a Asian needlenose gar to my tank and in the processes the tip of his bottom jaw was damaged and fell off he seems fine and is acting normal but I am wondering if it will affect his hunting and eating. The piece that fell off seemed rather small and he opens and closes his mouth fine. Please reflect your knowledge.

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josh - 2010-09-09
I have an african lungfish and I have him for two weeks and he has eaten really good for the two weeks but the last time I feed him he didn't eat nothing how often should I feed him and how long can he go with out eating?

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  • Joe - 2011-02-02
    I've had mine for a couple years now and mine usually eats about 15 feeders a week. Sometimes he's not in the mood for eating but rarely. When I got mine we named him "Stumpy" because one of his rear Legs I call it was just a stump.. But since then it is regrowing! Wow what an amazing animal. He's gone from 13" when I got him to an astounding 22 1/2" in just 2 years. I would love to produce a natural atmospheric to breed in captivity.
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Scott - 2009-06-01
I have one 12" silver arowana, two 8.5" black ghost knifes, one 4" gold nugget pleco, one 13" rope fish, one 5" tiger shovelnose x redtail catfish hybrid (which will be in a 6x8ft indoor pond soon). All in a 200 gallon tank 72"x24"x24" with .5" glass top 5/8", so it is 200 not 180 gallons. This is a minimum for one aro. The tank needs to be atleast as wide as the fish is long and two or three times the fishes length. Silver aro's top out at three feet in most tanks, so the bigger the better. They also need a 75% water change atleast once a week to mantain the water quality they need to live. That makes this type of fish not for a novice, but a fantastic fish if you can house and feed it! I bought my aro at 3" and in two months it was 1 foot long and still not slowing. They are supposed to start to slow in the one to two foot range I've heard. Best of luck.

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  • Jan Wong - 2011-01-31
    My Silver Arowana is about 20" long and approx. 4 yrs. old. I didn't realize that my tank was too small. I am debating whether I want to care for it anymore now that my kids are away for school. It's either a larger tank or to give him up. Any suggestions. I am also concerned because I was told that they die many times if they are transported at an older age.
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Lisa - 2010-05-21
Laura, you have a 1 1/2 foot SA Lungfish in a divided 20 gallon tank? I pray to god that was a typo....

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  • eric - 2011-01-31
    Yeah I'd get a 75 for that fish if not bigger!
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denny - 2010-06-13
Will gar hurt the fishing population in a lake, such as crappie, bluegill, or bass?

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  • anonymous - 2010-08-03
    I don't know (if they survived, they probably would find a way to overturn the ecosystem, though), and any responsible owner wouldn't even ask that question. You should never, EVER release captive fish into the wild. That includes ones that you find wild! (They can catch non-native diseases from the water or tankmates, diseases the fish have no resistance too.) This ESPECIALLY applies to non-native fish. Not only can they introduce disease, but if they survive (big "if", that's another reason not to do that), even a fish with a comparatively small size limit, like the needlenose "gar", would likely wreak havoc.

    The babies of most fish would be fair game, causing population drop, and even though it is probably small enough that something could eat IT, I know just from seeing this fish in pet stores that it is both fast and agile, not to mention that the fact that they're paranoid. (I realize there's probably a good reason for this, but everything I've read says that in some way or another.) That makes me think it would run rampant on the off chance a population develops.

    If you don't believe me, look up these fish on Google (or whatever engine you use) "snakehead", "silver carp" and "walking catfish".

  • The Grim Reaper - 2011-01-22
    I personally wouldn't know the personality of the fish but NEVER EVER release a non-native fish species into a lake, stream, brook, any body of water that isn't a pond that you built for fish or your fish tank. Please as a part of the next
    generation DON'T. My generation already has a lot of work cut out for us as it is. And if you did release the fish, Fish with small minnows until you catch it.
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Ryan - 2008-10-20
Thanks for all the info. Just wondering if it is bad to have two in a 55gal,... or would they be ok.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-08
    yes it is okay
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-30
    I have 2 in my 55 gal they're great together now I'm wondering can I have 3.
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S Noor - 2010-05-11
Hello, I have a 48" long community tank for the Butterflyfish. It shares the tank with 13 black neons, 2 black marbled angelfish (breeding pair), 3 dwarf otto's, 1 dwarf german ram, 1 golden algae eater, 1 siamese shark ( pangasius or something like that), 1 dwarf indian puffer, 1 black ghost knife fish and loads of shrimps including 3 large rock shrimps. And they are all a big happy family.

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  • Tim - 2010-12-06
    Your butterflys can"fly"your tank is a fair length, given the fact the butterfly fish can launch out of water to catch bugs, a longer would be a bunch better, keep the top covered, once they take off the height could reach about two feet, with a good run and maybe a eight foot glide, that is a long tank, i had mine in a fifty two inch long, two ft wide, over 150 gal, lost a couple before i got smart.
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Anonymous - 2009-06-02
I have heard that feeding them goldfish is bad? May I ask why?
I feed mine a gripp couple alot... then I'm scareed for my arowana. He's always on top not doing anything. Is there a cure for it,
I need help pl;zzzz.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-06-05
    NO LIVE FEEDERS they carry tons of bacteria and disease.. if you want to feed them meat stick with chicken, pork, crickets, pinky mice stuff like that.. nothing from your yard. Believe it or not you may have contaminated soil..I recommend freeze dried krill, pellets, or any of the frozen foods for cichlids.. They love beefheart...
  • rajesh - 2010-11-16
    Feeder gold fish will invite disease to your Aro and Aro are top swimmers and rarely goes to the bottom of the tank.
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