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Anonymous - 2004-02-24
they r pretty.

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PAUL WILLIAMS - 2006-11-14
Be prepared for quick growth, easily tamed and a fish with a lot of character. Important to try and give a varied diet and reap the rewards of having a strong fish, disease resistant and visually happy.

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  • MACHO - 2012-03-10
    i have a koran angel and a blue face angel in a 72 bow front but i can have a bigger tank in my house will they be okay
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Luis Rosario - 2011-07-27
I just purchased a White-faced Surgeonfish. Now I have a Sail-fin tang in the tank as well. Sailfin is constantly chasing the Surgeonfish. Are Sail-fin territorial? Will the Sail-fin continue, till it harm the White-faced Surgeonfish or will they get along in time? Thank u.

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  • Paul - 2011-08-29
    The size matters here. Tank size and addition timing as well. The A. Japonicus will be more timid, and bullied by other tangs. I had mine just over a year, and just got rid of it, as it developed coral grazing habits in an undersized system, waiting on a larger build. So I'm afraid to add it to the new tank. It was the only lg fish in the tank out of a total of 3 fish. One being a chromis, and the other a blenny (LMB). So it was the show fish.

    You might be ok in time. Both are superiorly beautiful! I've owned both.
    But each time, one was the show fish. What you have is like a purple tang with a sailfin, the sailfin will lose to a purple. And a Japonicus will lose to a sailfin. Sexing may also be a problem. Only time will tell. There's not set rule that never breaks.

    Yes the Sailfin will be territorial
  • Michael - 2012-03-09
    I got the same problem before and same fish like you too. well in a couple of days the sailfin will calm down and stop harrassing the white-face. but the best way is ( if possible) you have to take all the fish out from the tank and using the water from the tank , put in a separate container with a heater so the water doesn,t get cold. then you take all the fish out, leave them out for about half an hour together. Keep an eye on them, then put the white-face back in the tank first , leave it in the tank for about another half an hour then you put the sailfin back in and the rest of the other fish if you have any. This is the best solution. Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Luis Rosario - 2011-07-27
I just purchased a White-faced Surgeonfish. Now I have a Sail-fin tang in the tank as well. Sailfin is constantly chasing the Surgeonfish. Are Sail-fin territorial? Will the Sail-fin continue, till it harm the White-faced Surgeonfish or will they get along in time? Thank u.

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  • Paul - 2011-08-29
    The size matters here. Tank size and addition timing as well. The A. Japonicus will be more timid, and bullied by other tangs. I had mine just over a year, and just got rid of it, as it developed coral grazing habits in an undersized system, waiting on a larger build. So I'm afraid to add it to the new tank. It was the only lg fish in the tank out of a total of 3 fish. One being a chromis, and the other a blenny (LMB). So it was the show fish.

    You might be ok in time. Both are superiorly beautiful! I've owned both.
    But each time, one was the show fish. What you have is like a purple tang with a sailfin, the sailfin will lose to a purple. And a Japonicus will lose to a sailfin. Sexing may also be a problem. Only time will tell. There's not set rule that never breaks.

    Yes the Sailfin will be territorial
  • Michael - 2012-03-09
    I got the same problem before and same fish like you too. well in a couple of days the sailfin will calm down and stop harrassing the white-face. but the best way is ( if possible) you have to take all the fish out from the tank and using the water from the tank , put in a separate container with a heater so the water doesn,t get cold. then you take all the fish out, leave them out for about half an hour together. Keep an eye on them, then put the white-face back in the tank first , leave it in the tank for about another half an hour then you put the sailfin back in and the rest of the other fish if you have any. This is the best solution. Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Chris Karmazin - 2012-03-03
I've had my betta one year and almost everything I have read does not apply. My betta (comet) will eat whatever fits in his mouth. And will beat my lionfish when eating. He is also free swimming, but alittle timid with sudden movement.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    You are very lucky. That is extremely rare. Are you feeding live food? Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!
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francois- - 2006-01-31
I have a sebae in my 110 gallon reef tank and he is the favorite fish of many people who come to see my tank because he is always swimming and trying to find food all day. He is very peaceful. Do not put it with fish that eat slowly because he eats very, very fast. It will try to eat every thing you just put in the tank. You can put it in a group of 2-3 with no problem if they are added at the same time. It goes in every (some exceptions) anemone. Defenitly it is the most beautiful clownfish to keep in the aquarium!

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Bastiaan - 2010-02-12
To Brent,

Yes commercial trawling is a major problem but fishing for the aquarium trade is as well. The species that are being caught for the aquarium trade are for the most part not the same species that are being caught by trawlers (I went along with a trawler and did notice that some moray eels and a large puffer fish were caught) because they live around coral reefs where trawlers don't come. Instead diving fishermen come to coral reefs and catch the fish as was mentioned by poison or dynamite but when these methods are outlawed by breaking the corals and poking in holes leaving the reefs demolished as well. I am currently doing my thesis in Vietnam and inside the (extremely poorly enforced marine park) all the species that are interesting for the aquarium trade are either at extremely low levels or locally extinct. Fish such as angel fish. So don't act like its someone else's fault but realise it's everyone's fault. The aquarium trade is absolutely unsustainable with its current practices so if you want to have an aquarium (which I completely understand) at least try to buy fish that are not endangered and unlikely to become endangered. Also maybe consider contributing to some organizations that try to protect the coral reefs.

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  • whidbey0001 - 2010-05-07
    Aquarium Trade Unsustainable? I think there are a some species that cannot be sustained at current rates, as you say some rare fish and corals. Most of these creatures we really have no idea of how many of them there really are, so therefore how can anyone judge what is sustainable. I agree completely there are plenty of awful things in the aquarium trade, but same with the art trade and any other thing that can make someone money. However I'm sure that the aquarium trade is a small nothing compared to the crazy commercial fishing that is going on now days, And even tho some species are targeted by aquarium trade that aren't "Targeted" by commercial fishing, commercial fishing gets a heck of a lot of by-catch that they don't target, which includes a lot of corals, because the fish live around the coral reefs of course. I'm sure most fish species will outlive humans.
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Moni - 2011-07-30
I have had my stingray for about a week and he has started doing backflips all the time almost constantly unless it's feeding time or someone walks up to the tank. I've never seen him do that even when he was at the store for 3 weeks while I got my tank set up... Just wondering if anyone knows if it's a bad thing or not!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-30
    There are back flips and back flips. U-Tube there is a video of california stingray just haning out and he does go up side down and then around. I don't know if this is what you mean by a back flip. Here's the link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1PtZRGBDG8
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Big Dave - 2005-01-17
My chainlink hides most of the time until food hits the water. He eats like he is going to the electric chair in the morning. He never bothers other fish unless he is trying to eat and someone polks there snout in his business. My guy loves shrimp and silver sides. The stinkier the treat the more he will love it..very active at night

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tiff - 2011-06-02
I just had my dogface puffer for about a month, and she turns a darker color sometimes, and shes always resting on a rock or the gravel at the bottom of the tank. Is this normal? Can someone tell me what to they feed their dogface.............

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-02
    Yes, the dog face puffer will change colors. They don't usually do this in an aquarium enviornment but they can. They do it very naturally in their own natural habitat. So don't worry about that one. OK feeding........

    Puffers are primarily predatory fish though they do graze on algae as well. Acceptable foods include shellfish, crustaceans and hard shelled foods such as snails. A large variety of all kinds of live and frozen meaty foods are best. It is best to feed small amounts several times a day. Some of the suggested frozen foods include prawn, crabs/crabs legs, bloodworms (live or frozen), blackworms (live or frozen), silversides, and mussels. Be sure to wash these foods thoroughly before feeding. Live foods can include snails, crabs, crayfish, shrimp (these are good for keeping their teeth trimmed), and earthworms. Live fish will also be eaten but it is thought it may cause problems such as 'fatty" liver and so should be fed sparingly or not at all.. Puffers are not picky eaters and will quickly become adapted to a variety of prepared aquarium foods and an occasional algae wafer. Flake food is not recommended. Even though they may eat it, puffers will not thrive on it.

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