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Steve - 2014-02-11
I purchased a CBB.. When I added it to my tank, my yellow tang chased it constantly. I ended up taking it out and placing it in another tank. I plan on getting an in tank quarantine box so I can place it in my main tank to protect the CBB. That way my yellow tang will get used to seeing it before I let it loose again. I hope it works.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    What a wonderful fish! (I'm envious, it's true) Those darn yellow tangs love to go after anything they think is a 'yellow' competitor. I think that may be what's happening. Good idea to quarantine (maybe move the tang into a quarantine, re-arrange the tank, then move it back). A great way to help disrupt established ideas of what home is, and get fish to re-evaluate their place in the environment...lol
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johnny kap - 2009-10-25
I have a clown triggerfish, a picasso triggerfish, and a panther grouper in a 10 gallon tank and they are doing fine so far! They never fight and when they do it seems they are just playing. They are great fish!

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  • John - 2010-05-10
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    I hope you're joking... that's just wrong and incredibly cruel. None of those fish belong in a 10g tank! By now, I'm guessing all three would have either died from ammonia poisoning or killed each other... do a little research before buying fish; what you're doing is called animal cruelty.
  • Steve - 2010-10-18
    These fish should never be placed in a 10 gallon tank. This tank is way too small. They definitely would fight.
  • Mike - 2010-12-12
    Really???? In a 10 gallon??
  • chris - 2011-01-10
    For those fish you need at least a 100 gallon tank. That's wrong.
  • Hew Janus - 2011-02-09
    You need to do a lot more research into what you are buying and what its needs are.
    Saying you have had one of these for ages (7 months) is talking rubbish.... they can live anything up to 25yrs. get to 20" and become more and more aggressive as they get older. As they mature the become very territorial, and will fight and kill any other fish in the tank. They need at least a 200 gal Tank. And they need mental stimulus.
    Learn before you buy. As you are just wasting your money and killing a pet.
  • jacson - 2012-01-06
    I like the clown triggerfish.
  • Frank - 2013-01-17
    I seriously hope this is a joke,,,,,,SERIOUSLY??!!!?!?
  • JFK - 2014-02-06
    I nano tank can be used for months to quarantine new large fish, I read an extra large angelfish or trigger fish need a thirty gallon. I tried it, they left out you need flow (circulation pumps), and skimmers rated for 150 gallons, I did twice that. Anything 5-7 inches can't survive in a 10 gallon (large to extra large salt water fish). I pet store in CT sold me a show size queen angelfish once in a 10 or 20 gallon, they where about to push it into a net, I told them they have to use a large jar or bucket (they seemed dumb and dumber). The type of fish is not the point, its the size, allot of the comments don't make any sense, you should post something meaningful and useful to other people based on experience and positive results. I just had to put a 4 inch Blue-lined trigger fish in a 10 gallon, it was attacking everything in its path, that will change quickly, its hard to get three fish the same size when ordering on the web, never happens, or the order is partially filled.
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jolene rockwell - 2014-02-03
I have one of these, he lives with my orange toadfish, and I have actually seen him smack the toadfish in the face with his tail fin and the toadfish just sits there! He is a silly little fish and I like him a lot!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    That's very cool... and a funny story too!
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Leonard Edwards - 2014-01-05
I have a blue ribbon eel I had for a week now. I have tried certain methods which recently I tried the pipe method which he loves now im trying to get him to eat. Do anyone have any suggrstions I been trying to feed him ghost shrimp and frozen krill but he dont go for it. I even put garlic on the krill. If you would email me suggestions please jrtxboiy@gmail.com

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-05
    They can be tough to get feeding. The techniques we've used is with a poker made out of rigid 1/4' clear tubing with a paper clip attached with a rubberband to the end. Then we pierce live food (like the ghost shrimp) on the paper clip end, and offer it in front of the eel's face. The paper clip is blunt so it doesn't hurt them, and if the food is moving they pay attention and will sometimes strike.  If nothing happens, then we kinda bump them on the nose. But being bumped on the will sometimes elicit a bite reaction. This way they get the food, and then they start understanding that it is food. Still, there are some that simply won't feed. Good luck!
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pheonix - 2010-07-05
I have a domino in my community tank and he's been a bit strange lately, he or she is been rubbing up against a Tang and breathing very hard and quickly yesterday day I noticed it going crazy rubbing up against a rock. When I had a closer inspection, I realized it had a tub like organ coming out next to the anus its been squirting something on the rock and when I had another look today the rock was covered in what I think are eggs, I don't have any other domino in there to fertilize them, is this rare or has this happened to anyone else before? Please let me know.

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  • Ranendra Dey - 2013-02-02
    ''From my viewpoint and experience this is the symbol of egg laying, the fishes who have no male can lay unfertile eggs due to overburden of their abdomen.
  • Jacques - 2013-12-21
    My domino damsels spawned yesterday, I found what looked like 1000 small white eggs attached to the glass, while one of the parents were guarding fiercely. Today I siphoned about 5 out with a syringe and looked at them under a microscope, 3 of them were moving inside occasionally and measured 0.3 mm across. I have set up a quarantine tank and will probably move them across to that tank tomorrow, don't want the other fish to eat them, or have them going through the stumps filtration.
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heather damitio - 2013-12-06
I have had my black spotted puffer for almost 6 months. He has always eaten well and been active. Lately he is sitting on the bottom of the tank under a rock and one of his eyes has turned white. I have been hand feeding him for a couple days because he isn't coming to the surface. Yesterday he would not eat and kept running from me. What do I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    It sounds like your puffer has cloudy eye. This can be caused by a number of different things from water quality, diet and bacterial infections. First check your water parameters to make sure everything there is okay. Being a 6 month old tank, I'm guessing you are keeping on top of that. Next make sure you are feeding him a varied diet, and then look at a treatment. You will want to treat with a broad spectrium antibiotic. You can either treat the tank or feed him foods soaked with antibiotics. If you choose the soaked food route, add 250 mg of antibiotic to each ounce of food. Good luck.
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Jason - 2012-07-03
I have a niger triggerfish and when I first got him was doing fine eating flake food at the top of the water swimming around to say he was a regular fish and I had a happy tomato clown in as well tomato clown hurt him self got popeye and died. I had removed him from tank, clown that is, and now my tigger is sad isn't hiS regular self maybe getting some new friends will help ? Any ideas ? Thanks for any responses

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  • Jason - 2012-07-03
    I also had taken a water sample in to my locale Pet store and nitrate they said was high but not high enough to do harm and salt level was high so I fix those problems and to no avail. Never had so many problems with this can anyone help ?
  • Bill - 2012-07-03
    Some aquarists prefer to keep the salt level low, as low as 1.017 ppm. This doesn't usually harm the fish and it has the benefit of making it more difficult for more harmful things to flourish in your tank.
  • d.rose - 2013-11-12
    Damsels, damsels.
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d.rose - 2013-11-12
Been in the saltwater for 9 years, recently decided to go on the aggressive side, thanks to wife who fell in love with a 6inch humu humu beautiful! As many may hear this is not one of the aggressive triggers, story short, been going to local pet shop 26 years nothing this women daughter of owner wouldn't handle. When I asked for this fish, she refused and asked her brother to get it for me. Needless to say there was human blood in the tripled bag I brought home, been watching this fish for months, I put him in with a same size nigar trigger and he kicks his butt on a daily basis, by the way tank is 125 gallons but he lives peacefully with a few damsels and a snowflake eel and a clownfish. VERY AGGRESSIVE!

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Dhritiman Datta - 2007-07-20
I have kept this Triggerfish (2 in a tank). They are fine in a single, they just need their separate hiding places. I have had them in a Fish-Only tank now for a year. I have decorated the tank with coral skeletons. I have given them many hiding places and they remain fine. This is a KOOL trigger. However to keep 2 in a tank it is recommended to buy young and introduce at the same time.

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  • Jake - 2013-10-06
    Mine is pretty mean! He picks on all the fish in the tank. Fish are as follows: yellow tang, starry trigger, clown trigger, hawk fish, panther grouper, emperor angel adult. I have been in this fish keeping for 10+ years and also have a reef tank. I have 2 tanks, running 125 gallon fish only tank, and a 55 gallon reef tank. These triggers seem to be pretty mean to me.
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Tony - 2004-01-17
my puffer just loves eating small crabs that I catch and it makes a very loud crunch noise when it chews. be careful when feeding them live crabs as one time a crab attached itself to my puffer and I had to quickly get it of before it got a chunk out of my puffers back!

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  • Inma - 2013-09-22
    I love taking photos under the water. I am just an amateur photographer, and I have had an amazing opportunity to take some of those near the coast of Australia over last five years, during my visits there. The collection you've compiled is very inspirational. Thanks.
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