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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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Aboozar Bahmani - 2013-09-22
Having a bright yellow color, this fish gives your tank a nice look. Had the fish for one week so far it has not accepted any food, but picking on micro algae. hope I can keep it

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Michael Phillips - 2006-12-21
I have kept Bamboo Cat Sharks without trouble with White Tip Reef sharks. My tank is 6,700 litres (17.5 foot by 4 foot by 5 foot) or 5.1 metres by 1.25 x 1.1 metres.

The two White tips and two cat sharks went well together.

If anyone thinks they are upset, please visit.
They eat out my hand, appreciate visitors and enjoy games of interaction. Following cloths, chasing bait fish and wrestling with octopus legs.

They are fed three times per week.
If they get gators a little iodine on their squid or cuttlefish helps.


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  • chrissy - 2013-09-21
    hey micheal i have a beautiful bamboo shark called bambi. lately she is swimming upside down and lauing and quivering in same position, sometimes she is upright and ok. She is eating well raw prawn every day bout 3 small pieces off a skewer. love her very much worried please email me back would appreciate some insight to what may be wrong thx Chrissy
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mike kazma - 2008-08-13
I just got a California stingray. It is the greatest animal I have ever kept. I found it was a good idea to get a couple of snails that bury in the sand. These help to stop unwanted bacteria from growing in the sand and they eat any food waste that would deteriate the water quality. One thing, I cannot find good info about other fish that can be kept with her. I would be interested if anyone has any info on this subject.

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  • Sbmarvin - 2013-09-15
    There is a lot of controversy over tank mates. My stingray was the last one added to my tank. But I haven't had any problems. I have a 750 gallon with a skimz 352 protein skimmer, an in line uv filter (controls parasites) refugium and sump that holds almost all my equipment along with some algae. Inside my tank I have some coral and Acropora s. Tank mates includeva school of cromis, maxima clams, 2 solon fairy wrasses, orange shoulder tang, drumfish, 4 urchins, and an Australian Harlequin tusk fish. Many people have said that the round rays leave almost anything prior to their addition alone including shrimps but small additions after them they tend to think is food. Mine is very docile. Fyi I also have a sea grass bed and my ray loves it. Also have multiple marine plants that keep my nitrates way down and increase oxygen levels in tank. Tanks been running for 2 1/2 years, have had the ray for 7 months. So keep peaceful fish and add the ray last for best results.
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Mrs.Kim - 2013-09-12
I luv,luv,luv my Blennie. He is by far the most adorable fish in the tank. I bought him an infused three piece barnacle that he calls home, I call it his condo, and he prefers the top floor his penthouse. He'll sit in the top barnacle and watch while you do maintenance,feed, or really anything in the tank.He is so well blended with the rocks, that it takes a minute to find him, and when you do, he's watching you look for him. He is lots-O-fun. He is a must for any tank out there. I must add, that I luv the little kisses he leaves on the glass when eating. It has the looks of little lips everywhere !!

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