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Kumaresh - 2013-10-18
Hi All, I have a 20 gallon tank with three Gold fish and two Blue johanni cichlids. From two days one of the gold fish is swiming only on top and not eating anything as well not active. I have changed the water around 30% and added fresh water treated with commen salt 3%. After that also Fish is in same condition. I fear a lot that it may die as already I experienced. What should I do to protect my fish?

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  • Rhonda Mckean - 2020-04-11
    Too many fish per inch. Goldfish need 2 gal. of water for each inch of goldfish. What is your water temp.? The goldfish are cold water fish and the other two you have are warm water fish. Your goldfish will get sluggish and not eat well if your water is too warm.
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Deborah Proctor-Brown - 2013-07-04
We have beeen having a lot of problems with my grandsons new tank. We have had it for about 2 1/2 months now and have lost several fish in it. Some very quickly, and some after about 2-5 weeks of acting strange. I have had my water checked, and adjusted it or changed the water accordingly. Changed my filter packs often, But after water changes on several occ, even partial changes, the fish seem to be gettng shimmys, followed by a listlessness, keeping to bottom of tank a lot except for feeding time, and gradually getting off balance and gradually dying. Could it be something in our water, from the pipes, or do they just have swim bladder disease going on? No red streaks, growths , or fungi present just shimmys and off balance with loss of weight, wasting away and off balance. Only one aquarium so far having this problem out of 4. So seems like a disease of something, more than water problem. Deborah

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    Well, there could be any number of things wrong. First, if you use tap water, do you make sure to put dechlorinator in? Also, make sure to perform water changes regularly, but only change out 1/4 to 1/3 of the water at a time. Have you had all 4 aquariums the same amount of time? If the other tanks are older, they are probably already equalized correctly, with the right amounts of nitrates and other parameters. The new tank may just need more time to cycle and establish itself.
  • Rhonda Mckean - 2020-04-11
    If you have molly's in your tank they are known for shimmy. They need almost perfect water conditions. Do not change your filter packs often. You have to leave them get dirty so you can build good bacteria in your tank. When your tank is crystal clear then you know that your tank is right.
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chris - 2020-04-13
I have a colony that is 18 years old. It is growing under bright LEDs with medium flow in a fairly high nutrient tank. It does not like very low phosphate. It this point I have it growing all over my 75 gallon reef and up the back glass. I love it because wherever it is there is no algae 😁

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jacoc - 2011-03-19
"Its interior becomes blue due the coral's ability to extract iron from surrounding water into a blue salt that is deposited onto the skeleton."

Please in captivity where would this coral get iron from..?


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  • Anonymous - 2011-06-24
    Although iron is not a commonly added nutrient like calcium and iodine, it can be maintained. Iron has been found to be particularly useful in aquariums with macroalgae, but could also be used by the blue coral if levels are kept high enough. You can read more about this at advancedaquarist.com
  • chris - 2020-04-13
    It is in your salt mix.
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Lou - 2016-12-26
I have a 55 gallon fresh water tank and I have these bubbles floating in the tank that seem to cover food. They get caught in the filter system. When I placed in a vacation fish food, these bubbles seem to start to cover up the wafer food. Anyone know what this is or who to get rid of it. It has not bothered the fish in the tank yet, but I know it is probably just time.

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  • Rhonda Mckean - 2020-04-11
    Those vacation fish foods are nasty. Do a water change and make sure your air stone isn't turned up too high.
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Dan Lewis - 2005-05-13
I have had my Tex for about 2 years he is about 7 inches now. He has killed all other tank mates up to this point but recently I put a divider in the tank. I have placed a baby Jaguar Cichlid in the other side and a large Pleco in his side. The Pleco has taken a beating but is fine now. The baby Jaguar has gotten through the divider and is still alive! The Tex even protects him, they swim together, eat side by side, and if the Pleco comes close to the baby Jag he gets a stern warning by the Tex. I have never seen this sort of behavior before, I am truly shocked (and happy). As a side note try feeding your Tex right out of your hand, just watch out for them teeth!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    Sounds like they enjoy having company, very cool they are getting along:)
  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-02-01
    Thats why I'm putting a pair of [SMALLMOUTH BASS]. to breed in a long long long long 40 gallon tank and move the female to another big tank after they spawn the male will care for the babies. I will add 4 male pumpkinseed sunfish, 2 clown loach catfishand 1 single male Rio grande texas cichlid that will live in a cave in a dark area with red coral trees.πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • Ronnie - 2020-05-16
    What size tank did you have? I have mine in with plecos and other cichlids and mines calm, granted she's a female and small, she doesn't bother anyone
  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-04-07
    Let a Texas try that with a male smallmouth bassfish he would get beat up.πŸ˜„ HA HA.
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Nathalie Hunt - 2020-04-08
I am looking for a good home for a wonderful little raccoon. She is completely tamed and loves dogs and people. My friend who has raised her has recipe toy had a special needs child and would like to re home the raccon to where she can get more attention. Any info anyone could give me would be very appreciated (nathaliegent360@gmail.com)

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Bee - 2020-04-09
When was this encyclopedia piece published? I would like to reference it for a research proposal.

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  • Editor's Note - 2020-04-10
    The article was published on January 8, 2009
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SteveJew - 2020-04-10
Very useful info

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SteveJew - 2020-04-10
Interestingly useful info

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