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Martha - 2019-11-10
We just learned that we accidentally bred our ghost knife fish. We got 2 about 1.5 - 2 years ago with absolutely no clue of their genders. About a two months ago we got home late and happened to notice that both knife fish were out of hiding, so we sat to watch them for a bit since they are so cool and we don’t get to see them frequently. They began swimming together in what I can only describe as a dance. We joked that they were mating, but never expected it to be accurate. We never saw any eggs, we never saw any fry, but today during a water change we discover a new knife fish - about 2-3 inches compared to the original two being about 6-9 inches. Details of our tank: 150 gallons, 78 degrees F, we shoot for weekly water changes of 20% but often in ends up be closer to two weeks. We have a large variety of other inhabitants in the tank, so we feed frozen brine shrimp, frozen blood worms, tropical flake, and algae wafers. We increased the food amount over the past few weeks since many of the smaller fish have been disappearing and we assumed it was due to night hunting. I honestly have no other details since this was completely by chance. From what I have read of the knife fish, this little guy should have died at every single stage, but he made it so we have three of these beauties now!

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Geoff newman - 2019-11-09
I am interested in ordering some medaka
Fish to mix with White
Clouds. In a 55 g tank. I a!m in CT......


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Arnold Holliman Sr - 2019-10-21
Would like to purchase young heckle discus.Contack ach1n2@aol.com

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zack - 2019-10-15
These fish are very stunning in a group. I definitely agree with the semi aggressive temperament. My group was quite territorial and would even fight off a baby blood parrot from their side of the tank!

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carrie Blaylock - 2012-05-03
So my friend gave me a 10 gal tank n 2 southern cichilids. The problem is the larger male is trying to kill the female. Its really sad to watch any advice would be appreciated

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    They are stressed and acting out. Add some hiding places.
  • Ghameeda Hendricks - 2018-04-01
    I have the same problem. My Ahli killed 2 females already and they were alone in the tank. I now added 9 females and extra male and he seems to show aggression and all the rest are hiding from him at the top of the tank behind the pump. What can i do?
  • Jonathan Babb - 2019-10-08
    There are a number of things you can do to deal with the cichlid fish aggression:

    1. Remove the more aggressive male from the take for 1-2 days. You can keep him in another tank (i.e QT) or a bucket of treated water, but make sure there is air or flow to oxygenate.

    2. Change the layout of the tank to make it feel like a new tank, and the fish will re-establish their pecking order, and the aggressive male may not maintain as much territory as previously. If this is done in conjunction with option 1 you will have better results.

    3. Make sure the most aggressive male is not easily the biggest and baddest fish. At least one or two fish of the same size can prevent one fish from dominating the tank.

    4. Keep only fish of the same sex, or have just one male and many females. The fish tend to be less aggressive when there is not competition for breeding.

    5. Overstock the tank with too many fish for your aggressive cichlid to dominate. This is the most commonly used method at aquarium stores. If there are too many fish for him to push them away, eventually he will get tired of it and either keep a much smaller territory or not establish territory at all.

    I realize this is way too late but i wanted to post this information in the event someone else stumbles on this looking for the same thing.
  • Jonathan T Babb - 2019-10-08
    I forgot to mention that more hiding spaces as previously noted will help (though this works better for Mbuna species).

    Also, dither fish is another option. The dither fish can prevent the cichlids from establishing territory and can also unite them as well. Good dither fish for Hap cichlids are fish that are faster and maneuver better than the cichlids, such as Giant Danios (I've heard of these often being used, they are racers and swim everywhere, really opening up the space), rainbowfish, and the larger and faster tetra species such as Congo tetras.

    Do not put any large slow moving fish in with them such as Angelfish, Discus, Gourami. These will not fare well. Plecos can be kept with them but aren't great dither fish. You'd end up with the same scenario plus a pleco on the glass.
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Jean moore - 2019-10-06
We have a red tail cat fish in a large tank and indoors,who is out growing the tank, he is regularly banging up against the glass, and we are getting concerned that at some stage he will break out. We are looking to re house him as we can’t extend his tank. He’s over 3 foot long, approx 25 pounds, and 28 years old. I would appreciate any suggestions on trying to re house this beautiful cat fish. Look forwards to he airing from any one who can maybe help. Many thanks mr & mrs c.p. Moore.

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Animal-World info on Spotted Scat
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Ankit - 2012-03-11
I have an experience of keeping various freshwater fishes, for 13+yrs.. But never had the luck of keeping a pair of spotted scat alive for more than a week.. Presently I have 3 tanks. I bought a pair of scats today. But am scared and sad as I don't want to kill or hurt the fishes.. The local LFS suggested that I should try separating the scats in a salty water and then later introduce them in the main tank. Somebody kindly help me out..

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-11
    One issue with Spotted Scats is you really need to know the environment that they were raised in. It is not always the same as what the pet store has them housed in. If you can get them straight from the source you will have much better guy.
  • Katy Singleton - 2012-03-24
    I got one without knowing what it was.. initially it was fine, then it started languishing. I noticed it was crazy about freeze dried worms, so I tried live blood worms and we have not looked back. Two years and counting, and my red scat is 4 inches. Now I am worried that soon I'll have to get rid of it, because I only have a 10 gallon tank. It i;s a friendly little thing, acts likea dog at feeding time, nose pressed against the glass, wagging it's tail (I'm not kidding). So that's my advice, some live worms every day. Expensive !
  • ben - 2013-10-30
    I bought 1 a long time ago he got pretty big and I just set up a tank an no pet shop near me can get them but turns out I can catch them in the river its brackish I caught 1 red scat and at the beach I caught a silver 1 an converted it back to fresh
  • Gregg Weeks - 2019-10-02
    I've had my red scat sin brackish water for about three months I just moved them to full Marine aquarium but about 30 days ago,they seem much happier I thought I was going to lose them but they really love the saltwater!
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Balvindersingh Suacharia - 2015-08-08
I want to buy scat fish..  All indifferent colours. 

Im from india.  Plz mail me.   Balvindersingh.sucharia@gmail.com 

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  • Gregg Weeks - 2019-10-02
    I am in Seattle Washington there's a great store here that has a huge variety of reds and greens scats.
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zoeb - 2019-06-05
I bought a new tank(Dimension:-L24"X B12"X H14") Kept 8 guppies , 15 neon tetras and 4 Zebra Danios, total fishes were 27, i made a water change on the very next day by adding water to bucket and putting antichlorine and later after 30 min, putting the water in the tank. the 3rd day was a death day , 1 guppy died and then till today ie:- the 7 day , im just left with 8 fishes. initially i was suspecting my filter , then the water, now im left with no guppies, 2 zebra danios and 6 neon tetras.

Ive been investigating what i did wrong, ive seen that 1 zebra danios keeps on chasing other neons and even nipping.

i wonder if water was the problem or zebra danios was the reason or both..

do zebra danios even attack guppies

the chasing zebra seems twice the size of any other fish in the tank.

please help

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  • Dave - 2019-06-05
    More than likely the aquarium was not cycled. How long has it been set up? you should run the filters for about 6 weeks with only a couple of hardy fish in order for the bio-filter to establish itself.
  • Robert - 2019-09-15
    Zebras are very hardy and top surface fish can even be kept in cold water they always fast moving and i guess they need some good swim space - they should be in a shoal - neon's are more middle of the tank and also shoal fish - they need accurate temperature and the water needs to be right - changing water just a day after you introduced new fish is no good - means you changed them twice in short time and that can be hard for any fish to adjust. i never had Zebras doing any harm to any other fish. still must have nice 'furniture' in the tank so any fish got a chance to hide away from each other
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cichlid freak - 2012-07-18
i have a pike cihlid and he wll eat anything that fits in his mouth. It's a 55 gallon tank he is in

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-19
    That is pretty typical of many fish.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-19
    Most cichlids will do that!
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