Animal Stories - Aquarium Tropical Fish


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Bryce - 2018-06-11
I have a question im thinking about getting one of these, what are some other freshwater exotic fish for 30 gal

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  • Amanda - 2018-09-24
    Peacock eels get pretty big and even though it may not seem like they swim a lot because you don't see them during the day they are very active creatures at night so a 30 gallon would not let a peacock eel live his full life.
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mary ann - 2015-11-08
I just bought a pair of Mono's from Pet Smart. They wer being kept in fresh water. How should I introduce them to my brackish tank?

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  • Anonymous - 2018-09-22
    Add a little by little aquarium salt and increase it weekly and after one month it is ready to live in brakish water
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Ginni - 2014-06-30
I had a horseface loach for about 15 years - he (or she) grew to around 6' and was my favourite fish in the tank, for all the reasons other people have described... such a character! Sadly, I found him dead on the glass cover over my tank a couple of months ago - I was gutted and I wasn't sure if he'd escaped, jumped out of the water when I was feeding my fish, or had died of old age and just climbed out of the water to die. I was so sorry to lose him that I bought 2 more horse face loaches and this evening I found one of these out on the glass cover above the tank. The only way it could have got there is through a small hole at the back which is for filter wires etc, which means the loach actually climbed (or jumped) out of the water. Luckily I found it before it died, and it seems to be making a good recovery back in the tank. But its got me to thinking about why they seem to have the urge to climb out of the tank... I've now covered the escape hole with some netting but does anyone know why horse face loaches would have the urge to leave the water?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These fish do have a tendency to jump, especially if they are frightened. It helps if they have places to hide in the tank, like lots of caves and crevices in the rock. Plastic tubes on the bottom of the tank provide refuge too, and can also help.
  • Rd.rnnr - 2018-09-22
    I have about 5 of these in a 29 gallon JBJ cube aquarium. They have reproduced as well, but the babies (about 2”) got trapped under a decoration in a pocket of air... Oh well. I have had them for about 6 years now and they are the only fish in the tank. I have found them in the back in the return pump compartment and am shocked they can fit between the lid and the piece that separates the front from the back filtration section. They are about 6” long. Sometimes our cat sees them swimming around and jumps up and puts her paws on the glass and this freaks them out. I have seen them hit the top lid. Mine never burrow in sand. They are very used to their environment and are out all the time. However, if the cats spook them, they do dart at crazy speeds and maybe your’s got spooked too and darted out of the tank.
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alexia - 2018-09-19
I have only just found out the goldfish I bought to go into the garden pond is an Oranda and, being as we can have serious winters here [minus 20C at night] he/she has been transferred into a newly set up 60 ltr tank. Yes, he/she will stay there permanently now and seems happy enough at the moment but its early days. The only problem I have is that he goes against all the 'norms'! He loves to swim in the strong current of the filter air outlet, plays in the air curtain, has no problems eating flake food and is more than happy with a constant temp of 76F which is the same as the pond outside [more or less]. The only thing he/she is missing is the frogs and the odd snake ....

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  • alexia - 2018-09-19
    note: the thermostat has now been turned down to 20C in line with recommended temps :-) I do not want anything to cause a problem for this boy/girl that I can avoid.
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Melishea - 2014-07-30
My husband had the great idea to buy a oranda goldfish. He brought it home and put in tank. Woke up in the morning. Barely alive. The water temp is 26c. To hot I found out later. It's a 20 gal tank. And other little fish to. He didn't last 6 hrs. He is currently alive in sink. Any body please help

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  • rose - 2016-04-05
    is the goldfish still alive? if so than please take future care in making sure the water tempature is correct. goldfish like tempatures around 65 to 75 farhenheit. hope this helps!
  • alexia - 2018-09-19
    Mine is happy in 24C but its what he is used to - if you have a heater in your tank turn it right down or off and remember that lighting can also add heat to the water temp .... the problem you have is what else you've got in your tank but I'd be tempted to get a second tank just for this little fish .... remembering that, if he survives, he can get pretty big :-)
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Emilio Lavella - 2018-07-04
I have 3 Oranda Goldfish in a 5 gallon tank with only the HOB filter and a thin layer of gravel, so they have some swimming room. The fish themselves are from Walmart, (saved them) so my question is how long will it take them to out-grow the tank? They are about 1 to 1 and a half inches long.

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  • alexia - 2018-09-19
    I bought mine in April/May at around the same size and its now a good 4" in 5 months so .... probably not long ;-)
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Alvin Ong - 2018-08-06
Hey, I am getting a 85 gallon tank (largest tank I can find in Penang, Malaysia) to replace my 48 gallon tank, which is seriously small. Inside got 6 clown loach, 1 B.G. Knife fish (already 30cm, had been kept for 2.5 years), 2 bearded pleco and 5 cories. Can I add another small B.G. Knife fish? I am fascinated by the B.G. Knifefish.

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  • violet - 2018-09-17
    it is not a good thing to do ;with my B.G Knife fish it was defensive and the new B.G Knife fish was gone by the next day
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Linda Demarco - 2018-09-14
MI adopted a Bolivian Ram yesterday not knowing they need a lrg.tank. Is he alright in a 3 gallon fir a few weeks till I get him a new tank?

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Brian - 2018-09-13
Our dwarf loach is just lying on a plastic leaf he is breathing but just doesn't move very much at all our other loach is always feeding and moving around and quite large any reason why any help would be greatly received pi added

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Beth - 2018-09-08
i have five 5 Botha loaches in my 125 gallon. Recently at water change I noticed swollen eyes on two. One was worse than other. I have treated with medication for two times. They seem somewhat better but not gone like others. They are very active and come out for feedings. Any suggestions or comments if this isn’t,t Popeyes like I first thought. They are not red & don.t look infected. Just not sure what to do next. The worst one is three and half years old. The other one is probably 10-12 years old. Should I just wait and keep watching?

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