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andrew james pole - 2005-12-16
i think people should buy butterflyfish at an adult size such as copperband falculas, collareds, and raccoons. at that size they will be easyer to keep due to their being darker in colour, fatter, tuffer, easier to feed, and bigger to look at.

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Patty&Bill - 2010-05-27
I just bought my first emperor angelfish today. Love it ..One question for whoever reads this, is it a sideways swimmer, cause I'm noticing lots of side swimming in her rather than up straight swimming. Please someone tell me it normal or should I take her back?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-01
    Normal for up to 5 weeks in a new tank....
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sarah - 2012-10-07
I just bought a threadfin butterflyfish today and he killed my chocolate chip star fish... :(

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Daniel Soto - 2011-11-10
Which lionfish can I put in a 10 gallon tank? A volitan or an antennata? Also which one can I put in a 20 gal tank?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-11
    You really should not be keeping any lionfish in a 10 or 20 gallon aquarium. To thrive, the really need to have a minimum of a 75 gallon aquarium. In general, for most saltwater fish you will want to have a fairly large aquarium to accommodate their needs and to keep the tank chemistry balanced.
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glmory - 2008-11-27
I have kept several of these over the years, and am not sure I ever will again. They are fine with invertebrates or larger fish such as tangs that do not prey on damsels; however they will however make it almost impossible to add any more small fish to your aquarium. If you really are set on putting this fish with anything less than twice their size I would add the damsel last. This will make it more likely he will accept the other fish. Also seriously consider getting a yellowtail damsel instead, these are more peaceful fish.

Also, do not put them in aquariums with lionfish, or grouper. This is almost certain death for a damselfish. The real problem with damsels is not how mean they are, it is that they are too small to place in an aggressive tank, and too mean to put in a more calm tank.

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  • Bill Vasalofsky - 2012-07-24
    Generally you will be safe if you put fish of different shapes and colors. Blue devils might be curious and check a new fish out, but generally don't bother them if they are different shapes or colors. With that said I think a couple of blue devils killed a new French Angel that was alot bigger than they were. As far as aggressive, my Maroon Clown beats all of the other fish in my tank (Niger Trigger, Toby, File)
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ADRIAN HOWE - 2006-01-08
This is a simply stunning fish with exquisite colours. My fish has settled in perfectly with the rest of my fish and has not bothered any of them. The smallest is a firefish and I also have a cleaner shrimp which even tries to 'clean' the lionfish. It even feeds on algae pellets which I originally bought for the tangs. My advice is go and buy one!

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  • corrie - 2011-10-05
    The fish you are keeping with the lionfish in time he will eat them like the firefish and also the cleanershrimp...... I have been keeping lionfish for over 20 years......So please keep eye on size of the mouth of the Lionfish
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Callan Checkley - 2012-08-25
Is a 3ft tank big enough for a blue tang to live in?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    That size tank would not be large enough for the adult size of a Tang.  As a younger it would be OK but as it starts to grow - it is recommended that the blue Tan have at least a 75 gallon tank.  Smaller could cause stunting.  A 3 foot tank (which is normally 12 inches wide) is only about 22 gallons which isn't big enough for your fella. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-26
    no worrys thanks
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-16
    No problem. What fish can I have in a 25 gallon tank?
  • aidan boyd - 2012-10-15
    I have a 25 gallon tank. Will that be enough for one or two Blue Tangs?
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-15
    No, let me reiterate what Charlie pointed out... 25 gallons is not big enough for even one, they really need 75 gallons or more.
  • playdoc - 2012-10-18
    Okay thanks. What fish can I have?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    For this fish, especially if you want 2 a 125 gallon tank is recommended.
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Tanya Severson - 2011-10-07
We had two clowns and then we got a Green BTA and the next day on of our clowns was hosting it. She lays in it and wiggles like crazy. she brings it food and keeps other fish away. Sometimes she lets the male go by it. It was exciting that our tank raised clowns hosted so fast. we have a Rose BTA in our other tank and hope that when we get clowns they host as easily as the ones in the other tank. We got the clowns from our local Petco store and they came fully equipped with ick. Thankfully our water quality is near perfect and we have awesome lighting. We did a water change and syphoned the bottom really well and we haven't seen any ick since. Very tough, hardy fish. Love them!

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leslie [spud] - 2008-06-29
i have two damsels [two years old]. they have gotten on fine with each other and all of the other fish. one seems to be turning grey [almost see-through] or silver at times. seems healthy. any feedback would be appreciated.

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  • Brenda - 2010-05-10
    Mine is turning grey also. I thought something was wrong with him. Maybe not?
  • Rebecca - 2010-12-06
    I have two and one of mine has been turning grey and was swimming in front of the other one funny, then i read somewhere that they could be a pair, making the one that turns grey the male. . . . They might be trying to breed. .
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Missa-naples fl - 2009-08-19
My clownfish Killah is a very personable fish. I was at first reluctant to get him because of the possibility of him contaminating my entire tank if he gets sick or dies. For 3 months I saw him at the store and took a chance. I love him! He is a very personable boy, and follows me around the room from inside the tank. He is hand-fed, and actually likes it when you rub his side. He is THE most gentle fish I have in the tank and right now I have a snowflake eel, a coral beauty, a volitans lionfish and a comet. Killah spends most of his time staring at me from the corner of the tank, and swims with his forehead sticking up from the top of the water. He is the largest fish by far in my tank and has not once attempted to eat any of his tankmates, and actually gets along very well with the coral beauty and the comet.

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  • Clint - 2010-03-07
    How big is Killah? I heard they grow 5-6" and also heard 12-14" It`s a good looking grouper, but I want one that will stay on the smaller side

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