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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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Chad - 2010-08-01
Would an African butterfly eat Cardinal or neon tetras?

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  • Jessica - 2010-08-09
    My husband and I have our 55 gal. and one butterfly fish to share the great tank with 8 neons and several tropical fish. However, the last few days we have lost 3 tetras and cannot find a single one. It only happens when the lights are out for the night so maybe it is a night stalker. The only discrepancy I see with this is that the tetras go no where near the top and the butterfly fish goes no where near the bottom. But you never know so watch out.
  • joe - 2010-10-30
    Yes.
  • spencer - 2010-11-15
    Since neon and cardinal tetras are the same size and I saw a neon tetra being eaten up by a butterflyfish in my friend's house who uses fishes about 6cm and below as feeder fish, yeah. Butterflyfish would eat both cardinal and neon tetras.
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Matt - 2006-03-28
I have kept African Butterflies for about 9 years. I had one for 6 before he passed away. Most of the shops in my area stopped carrying them. I found one & my wife brouht another from the same shop on the same day. We keep them in a 50 U.S. gallon community tank. They generally ignore the other fish. They love daddy long leg spiders and moths. We have recently started feeding them crickets from the pet store, react like sharks at the smell of blood. When they see a single prey item, they will slowly stalk until in position & then move very quickly. I have seen them get agressive with each other during feeding time, otherwise they stay at opposite ends of the tank. Be warned, you need a tight fitting lid or you will lose them.

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  • lindsey - 2010-07-03
    Hi I was wondering if a gourami would do fine with the african butterfly fish? And would a 29 gallon tank be ok for them?
  • debbie - 2010-11-10
    Well I have 4 african butterfly fish that were eating crickets and one day they all stopped and won't eat anything for 10 days now. Would you know what could be wrong?
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Mitchell nimmer - 2010-03-31
I am looking for a new fish for my 55 gallon tank. I have a senegal bichir in there now. Will these two get along nicely? if not then what other fish will work with him? Thanks.

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  • john - 2010-09-05
    I have 3 bichar and 4 different types of chiclids in there and my needle fish does fine, even during feeding time. So as long as they're too big to swallow, you should be ok with putting needlefish with anything.
  • Amanda - 2010-11-03
    Yes the Needle Nose Gar will get along with him. With a Bichir, you don't want a fish smaller than 3 in. But if you are interested in adding a Gar then you need to add only bigger fish. The Gar is a glutton; it will eat anything. Also a Ropefish will get along really well with a Birchir. All these fish require the same type of environment (temp, pH, hard water, etc.).
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Jennifer - 2009-12-16
are these fish poisoness or anything that could harm other big fish cause i had a 3 year old jack dempsy in the tank and the 2 day i had these fish my jack died and he had 4 little nip marks with fuzz on him and i just wanna know everything about thses little guys? please help thank you

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  • Jackie - 2010-02-22
    They are not poisonous, however if the dempsy was floating, the butterfly could have taken nips of it. The fuzz sounds like it could be a fungus, or it could be tissue damage after the fish died.
  • yulian - 2010-03-08
    no they are not poisonous
    try putting them in a tank with fish the same size
  • Amber - 2010-09-24
    Hmm... I don't think they are poisonous, I have one myself and he is in a tank with my jack dempsey, 2 red tailed sharks, 3 sucker fish, and my cute lil guppy..and he just chills at the top, the other fish bump him from time to time but he shows no aggression..kind of a weird mixture I got going, but they seem to find their tank buddies and hang out with them..lol.
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Tammy Hyde - 2010-09-07
I used to have just one 3 & 1/2 inch African Butterfly Fish, now, I got another, a little bigger. I've watched the first go from a very quiet guy, preferring to have his food delivered right by him, to one who now jumps around my goldfish to "attack" his food! He even comes to the front of the tank waiting for supper! One of the most unique and beautiful fish I've ever had.

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taylor - 2010-05-31
I've had my butterfly fish for a little over a day now and every time I walk over to the tank to feed it it swims down and hides and it hasn't eaten yet. Why is he doing this and what should I do?

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