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Paul D. Swanson - 2005-02-15
My Texans just spawned and both are protective parents. Both parents have scooped up the wigglers now and have deposited them in a central location where they hover and fight off all comers. It looks like they are eating the fry but they are simply relocating them. Those helpless wigglers are being eyed by all and sundry. But the brave parents will not let anyone close.

shelby - 2010-03-09
We had two texas cichlids, two convict cichlids, and a green terror in the tank. the convict cichlids laid eggs but the texas male ate all of them. then once the texas cichlids laid eggs the male killed all of the other fish including his mate and now we only have the texas cichlid male and about 200 babies.
if anyone is interested in buying them i live near janesville, you would have to come and pick them up but if ur interested u can e-mail me


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Brandy - 2019-02-13
I have a golden dojo she is about a year old and has a crick ? bend ? not sure what to call it in the middle of her body ? doing great otherwise I have had a few but haven't seen this before .Ty

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EW Runge - 2019-02-07
Want to purchase 4 or 5 black banded sunfish. I currently have lots of Blue spotted and Banded sunfish in my tanks and outside pond. San Diego & temps have been in the high 30ts and low 40ts in the AM.

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Jesse - 2019-02-07
My Chinese Bottom Feeder just died; in the past 36 hours or so it went from its normal color/pattern to turning almost solid black and it would just sit at the bottom of the aquarium. Yesterday it had its color back but it still stayed on the tank floor. I've had it for about 8 months and it was just a tiny thing when I first got it. I have guppies, sword tails, mollies, some snails and shrimp. they all seem to be acting'normal'. All the tank levels are good so why would it just up and die like it did? any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Josiah - 2015-05-26
Hi, I recently bought 2 yellows to add to my tank which holds1 and a small peacock in a 20 gallon. i plan on moving them to a 36 gallon. how big a tank is required for 4 large yellows. They are all about 4-5 inches. Also how can you id the females? the guy at the pet shop said one was a female but im not sure? any advice? Thank You

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-31
    These are not overly aggressive cichlids, except with fish that look similar. Your 4 fish are pretty large and are the same color... so 50 gallons or more can probably work as long as you have lots of rocks and driftwood type decor with caves and crevices for them to retreat into.  But of course a bigger tank will work even better, and I would keep an eye on them to make sure no one is getting bullied. Though the males are usually a bit larger, they are hard to sex unless the males are coloring up to breed.
  • kaycee - 2017-04-09
    They will be. OK. I have an peacock female in my20 gal,andi will be putting. In yellows soon,
  • oldman river - 2019-02-04
    tank to fit your need MUST be 50 Gallon or you call for disaster
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Robert - 2019-01-30
We just moved our lungfish (3 years old, named Gnol) to a 600 liter tank (from a 240 liter tank). She looks rather pleased. During the day the animal is usually dwelling on the bottom. In the evening she is a very active swimmer. She escaped 3 times from her former tank.

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Kirsten - 2009-04-28
I have had a striped peacock eel for a few months now and absolutely love him, living in a 29 gallon with platys, tetras, and a loach. He disappeared one morning and thinking he had just buried himself under the gravel, I continued with my plan to clean my Whisper filter (you know - the external waterfall type filter) Taking it to the sink, I change out the filter bags and carbon and dumped the excess water down the drain to scrub the inside and too late, I watched my eel slide out of the filter - very much alive- and right into the garbage disposal. I was about to give him up for lost (i couldn't figure out how to open the pipes to try to save him in the u-part of the pipe), but before I did I shined the flashlight down the drain one last time and there he was sitting on the platform slithering around out of water and between the blades. After a 1/2 hour trying, I finally fished him out with a twisted up fish net and a spoon. I dumped him in a spare tub of aquarium water to "rinse" off the gunk he accumulated in the drain and quickly placed him back in the tank. 5 days later he is still alive and well, eating as usual and none the worse for wear - only a small scratch that is healing well. I never would have expected him to swim upstream/uphill AND out of the tank into my filter, not to mention surviving a 1/2 hour out of water and the stress of being chased around with implements to save his life. I thought for sure he was a goner, but he is hardier than I thought!

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  • Jeff - 2010-02-23
    Actually it has been recorded that many varieties of eel can in fact survive out of water fo periods of time and even travel over land; usually in order to travel to mating grounds when full grown.
  • Andrew - 2010-08-06
    This story is pretty amazing. Nice job on the rescue. I have two of these guys myself (similar tank setup), and they can be nefarious little buggers. All in all, great species of eel for any community setup in my opinion. I hope I never have to fish one out of a garbage disposal though:)
  • Emily J. Hicks - 2019-01-23
    I just had this happen to me except he was hiding in a decoration I had pulled out of the tank. I thought I got everyone out, but when I turned it over in the sink he slid out and down the drain. I got him out though after battling with him (he was slippery!) I’m hoping he will be ok, but for now he is extremely stressed and I am worried for him. Thanks for sharing. It gives me hope for my little guy!
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JL North - 2019-01-23
Pristellas are awesome looking, and a good choice if water's on the hard side. They're also great tankmates for African Dwarf Frogs because although very quick to nab the incoming food, they generally won't touch it once it hits the bottom. This is unusual, in my experience, among the usual community suspects.

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Wesumi - 2019-01-20
Good evening: i was completing the cleaning, i have two, the bigger jumped and landed on the floor, i screamed and grabbed her,placed her in the tank and she split the top of her eye, i'm still crying. What can i do, it's from the front to back of right eye. It looks like she needs stitches. Please what should i do? Take her to doctor? I've had them both for over 4 years now. Yes, i love my animals. Thank you in advance.


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