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Diamond - 2017-01-29
Okay, so I have my fantail goldfish in a 5 gallon tank at the moment, and we've been upgrading the tank as he grows. Is that a good thing? Or should we just make it 10 gallons now. We don't want him to grow very big because it costs a lot of money to upgrade the tank. Tell me what you think. Also, he is very aggressive, and we want to put a female with him. I think he would probably kill her, but I don't know. Please answer back, I need to know this today. :(

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  • Amber - 2018-07-09
    Upgrade to at least a 10-15 gallon or else he will die within a few months or years. Just one goldfish produces lots of ammonia and if you leave him in the 5 gallon, you will have to clean the tank practically every day. If you don’t have the money to get s big tank, don’t waste an innocent fish’s life just because you can’t do research.
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Ann - 2018-07-09
I have two young Ryukin (3' ea.). I just moved them to a new tank (30x12x22'). I been told that 22' is too deep for them, is this true?

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Eleanor Soto - 2018-07-03
I bought my catfish in 1993 and he/She is still with me. 25 and going strong. In fact , I had to reduce the size of the tank to keep him with me when I moved to Mexico and Now that are more active and interactive. Change the water and filter every two weeks.

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Angie - 2015-12-27
My son and I just bought a striped and a spotted Raphael catfish...but the striped one is curled up like a ball?!? I have seen him swim a little...he does lay upside down but this being curled up and his fins are not fanned out...they are ...like closed :( I am really worried about both of these fish! People say they are very hardy but they both look VERY sick or sad or something! Our tiger barbs look great! Our water is a little cloudy...but just did a 40% water change. Can they be upset/stressed because they don't have a cave or something to hide in? Will this kill them? They have been like this for about 2 days. Any help will certainly be appreciated!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2015-12-31
    I would give a hiding spot soon and more one. I would also take a picture of the fish and someone a the petstore.
  • Jordan - 2018-06-29
    It could be ammonia. Do a water test. If it’s great, it’s definitely from stress. If it’s not from the water it could be from not having a hide. They like to hide until night as they are nocturnal. Especially bringing him home he should have somewhere to feel safe. For the tiger barbs, they are known to nip at other fish. Probably the combination of that and not being able to hide? If the water is cloudy I’m definitely worried about the water quality. Stress will kill fish if diseases stemming from it doesn’t. Fish the above problems and rule them out, if nothing works it’s probably stressed from the transportation and the shock of a new tank. Give it a couple days, he should eat better once he adapts, sounds like he’s in great stress so he could possibly die from it. Hope all goes well
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Takeshi Aoki - 2018-06-22
Hello I am looking for dojo loach to buy them Thank you Takeshi

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Doug - 2009-03-13
Don't know why it's not on here but zebra danios will kill neon tetras. I have had fish for 15yrs & every time I put zebras in my tank they kill my neons. It's happened 6 differnt times. Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • chad - 2010-02-19
    I have 4 glofish and one zebra danio. I recently added one glow light tetra and it was very calm. I thought these fish would get along, but now two days after I buy the tetra; I come home and my glofish had killed my tetra.
  • Gord - 2010-04-21
    I have had the same experience. I have introduced neons to a community of danios and bloodfins twice, and the neons disappeared within a two or three weeks. I would advise against trying to house them together.
  • caity - 2010-05-24
    eeee really I have not got them yet but I am getting soon. Do the zebra danios eat the neon tetras I have them :(
  • lps - 2010-07-25
    I'm having that same exact problem! How do I stop it from happening?!
  • w. r - 2011-01-16
    Yes, I first started my new tank with 1 zebra danio and yesterday I bought a neon tetra soonest I put it in the tank the zebra started to chase him, I return it to the store and came with another zebra and the biggest one started to chase the small zebra, are this fish crazy or what?, I think that they might need xanax.
  • Alden Finnie - 2011-09-10
    Wow, That's weird. I have 18 neon Tetras and 6 Zebra Danios. They get along fine and it's been 8 months. The Danios only seem to harmlessly bother each other. Chasing each other in a big circle around a rock.
    Thanks though. I'll keep an eye on them.
  • carla - 2011-09-15
    Hi I would just like to say that I disagree with you, as I have danios and tetra living together, and have had no problems. They are highly compatable. Mine have been living together for over 6 months and are very happy together,
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-18
    We have had 2 danios in with our tetras for over a year and there has been no problem. The male danio chases the female and the tetra very aggressively, but that is all.
  • Kim - 2011-12-01
    I have 8 big zebra danios and I had 24 neon tetras, I now have 7 neons left! I had never thought of this before, but they are the only fish big enough to eat the neons, so it has to be them! Damn it they have decimated the neons, going to have to sell the danios I think.
  • Tanya Altice - 2012-02-20
    When I had my tank I learned that a) you have to provide schools for each fish danios like at least 5 like fish in the tank. Neons like even more than that. b) generally you buy neons very small! and and small new fish don't do well with established bigger fish. So I would say get a small 5gal tank and set it up for a school of about 8 neons and let them get bigger than what you normaly buy them. Then put them in your tank with the others and give your danios some friends to play with so they will leave the others alone. Also neons aren't very hardy. I have had several trips around and around with neons where they simply die within a week of buying them. So be prepared to spend some time building a good school of neons.
  • Alonzo T. Fells II - 2012-04-15
    I have to disagree with that. I had group of 5 zerbra danios and they never had bother the neon or the rest of mine tetras. Yea, a little bit of fish nipping but they play tag with mine rams lol
  • Maeve - 2012-05-20
    Oh, really? I didn't know that. Do danios get along with goldfish?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-26
    Zebras Danios are famous for stressing and harrassing other fish.  They are small but they are very fast swimming and in groups this can be taken as aggressive and make others stressed.  Neons are easily stressed.
  • aiden - 2012-06-26
    i just put 10 neons in my tank with my 2 zebra danios, (there were 3 but the others bullied the smallest until it died) 3 hours later the first neon is dead and they're trying hard to single off another!
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-06
    I have zebra and leopard ones they killed my goldfish 😒
  • moonisha - 2015-11-11
    my big fish chases the small one
  • Nikki - 2015-11-14
    These guys have killed and eaten 5 mollies, 4 male guppies, 5 neons (since last weekend), 2 bottom feeders, a redtail fin shark (since last weekend). All since Christmas. Only things that have made it are 5 red tetras that the neons tried to stay with because the Zebras won't go near them, and my son's big gold fish he won at a carnival. I'm getting ready to put them in a tank of their own so I can get other fish. Oh we also have a small catfish that stays hidden until feeding time.
  • Skyler Goument - 2015-11-14
    Yeah I disagree when I first set my tank up I got 5 neon tetras and 2 danios and they have got along and lived well for almost 2 years now. Recently I aded a few more smalll neons and some of the others had died and the danios are treating them pretty well. Just make sure you have less danios then neons :)
  • Skyler Goument - 2015-11-14
    Niki, are you sure it was the danios that killed them and not a disease or a tank problem? As danios are very hardy they wouldnt have been affected by it? 

  • Steve - 2017-04-27
    I put four zebras in my 18 gallon aquarium to cycle it. Then, I added six neon tetras, six panda corydoras, three Virginia corydoras, six galaxy rasboras and four male guppies - not all at once, of course.

    There is no fighting or nipping. Everyone gets on great. Four of the rasboras disappeared quickly, but the other two are fine. (They are very tiny fishes.) I don't know what happened to the rasboras.

    During the last two or three weeks, one neon and one panda vanished. I don't know what happened. Maybe they just died of natural causes. No carcase was ever seen. I replaced the neon and the panda yesterday.

    I have seen nothing to suggest that the zebras are attacking the neons or any of the other fishes.
  • Ren - 2018-06-22
    The reason is because neons are so small
    that it looked like food to the zebras. I
    recommend you get bigger fish.
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Brian - 2018-06-21
I have a powder blue dwarf gourami that is in a 20 gallon tank with just one male molly. There were 6 danios also but this was just a holding tank while my new 55 gallon cycled with stability. My gourami started hiding and not eating much if at all. I have since moved all the danios into the 55 gallon but my gourami is still just hiding and not eating and staying towards bottom of tank. The danios were not in the tank long maybe two weeks and I did multiple water changes to keep the amonioa level down. Everything is testing good but still not much any ideas??

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Animal-World info on Silver Dollar Fish
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Ray - 2014-10-04
I have a female silver dollar purchased September 1990. It is now 24 years old. The only documentation I have is family members who have seen it over the years. My wife and I are amazed that it is still alive and wonder how much longer it will live!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    Wow! That is awesome. They average 10 years or more, but you'll have to let us know what the 'or more' means, because you're breaking new ground:)
  • Theresa - 2015-01-15
    My mother inherited my two silver dollars which I originally purchased while living at home back in 1994 making them about 21 years old. They stayed after I moved out. They are still as energetic as ever--the only noticeable differnce is that they do have cataracts. She used to call them her 'teenagers', but I guess they have outgrown that phase.
  • jim - 2017-01-13
    My silver dollars are both 29 now.
  • Anthony - 2017-02-07
    I don't find this that far fetched... I have one that is 12 years old and seems to be healthy as ever
  • KB - 2018-06-16
    I have one that's 18 years old and still going strong. I also have a Pleco fish the same age. They are all doing well in my 55 gallon tank!
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Animal-World info on Oranda Goldfish
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Carolyn Kaylor - 2018-06-10
From reading this information. I believe we have an Oranda in our outdoor pond with our Koi. We live in Minnesota and winter our fish in a barrel in the garage with only a birdbath heater to keep ice from forming on the top. It survived the winter and is thriving with the other 10 Koi and goldfish mix we have in our 500 gal or so pond. Love watching 'Bubbles' - it is so cute.

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Sherryl Blowfield - 2015-12-14
I have 2 yoyo loaches had them a few months now , a few days ago they both went a very pale colour and lyes upside down !! Are they ok?

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  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    when yoyo loaches get excited they do seem to go a lot paler, at times most of there colour goes,and as for lying upside down , they will sleep or rest on there sides or upside down so nothing to worry about
  • paul H - 2018-06-02
    there is nothing to worry about, yoyo loaches lose colour when excited and they sleep and rest on there sides or upside down
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