Animal Stories - Aquarium Tropical Fish

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jim pravoscky - 2018-01-16
I have a spiny eel named carl and yesterday i put him in the tank and this morning when i went to feed the tank he ate a lot of boodworms and then ate a few of my giant danios pellets!

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Dean Craft - 2018-01-14
I just bought a Red Tail Barracuda and in the tank he is swimming vertical instead of horizontal is that common with this fish when he is first put in the tank. I have him in a 75 gal tank.

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Linda Hindman - 2018-01-11
How do I buy these fish?

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Suzy - 2009-03-30
I have 2 Texas Cichlids that are sweet as can be. I have them in a 55 gal aquarium with 3Silver Dollars, 2 Jelly bean Parrot Cichlids, a Pleco, and a Bala shark. The only fish they have "harmed" are the goldfish I put in there occasionally as a treat for them. Don't worry I keep the goldfished quarantined for a month before hand. They come immediately to the front of the aquarium if anyone comes near it. I haven't had them bite me at all. They do dig though and its usually right after I clean the gravel, lol. It's like they're saying that they had holes where they wanted them already. I find it very funny that people keep saying that their aggresive and I have never seen any sign of it in them. They are a bit more territorial toward the other fish when they have eggs or fry around but other than that they are very peaceful. I hope that anyone that gets one of these sees the side that I see in them. I've had mine for about 3 or 4 years now.

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Jaynwalker - 2018-01-10
My mum brought home two golden weather loaches (black eyes, Goldie and Locks) about 5 years ago for her freshwater tank. 2 years ago she gave up fishkeeping and gave me her loaches. They lived happily in my 40ltr tank up until last year when one died. I then went out and bought another golden weather loach but this one has red eyes, and two brown spotty ones. They were all smaller than my Goldie but now the big brown one Thor is about 8 inches. Odin is about 6 inches and loki (golden red eyes) is about 5 inches. Poor Goldie is still tiny at about 3 inches. Why is he so small!!? They are all really freindly and lots of fun to watch. They love to swim through my hands/fingers and can be hand fed. Sadly none know their names.... I am currently thinking of re-homing Thor, Odin and Loki. :-(

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nick O\'Connor - 2018-01-09
We collected Lampeys in a newly filed pool in the Liuwa park in western Zambia could be a new species or could be related to the Micropanchax Petnenazyi recently named in southern Congo. Please advise if any one can identify the fish from a picture. and wether like killies they can survive in the mud. the pan was 15cm deep in the deepest part and very black from wildebeest dung. The first rains were possible 3 weeks before we caught.

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Anonymous - 2017-12-28
I just got 2 Comet fish 2 days ago and right now they are in a 1 gallon fish bowl. They are small right now but I know they will get bigger. What size tank should I get so that they can grow bigger? And I also want to add more fish with them. What's some good options of different fish to add?

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  • Rosie - 2018-01-07
    Hi there!
    Comet goldfish grow to about 12 inches (yes, a whole FOOT long) & they require a minimum of about 40 gallons per fish in order not to stunt their growth or harm them with ammonia build up! They produce a LOT of waste!!
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John B - 2018-01-06
I’m probably best refered to as a novice aquarist—-I’ve had the usual goldfish in a bowl to a 20g tropical tank for over 50 years—-I’ve basically kept to my own methods of care cause I’m just not into making this hobby into a job...approximately 5 years ago I happened upon a super tiny baby bull head catfish while on vacation and decided I had to have it—-brought it home violating what I’m sure was no less than a dozen DNR and local laws...I haven’t had any regrets—-the bull head moved whatever I had in tropical fish including two Cories outta their 20g home into an old 10g tank I had laying around...the bull head has thrived magnificently and become the apple of my aquatic eye—-the tropical fish I long ago lost interest in but they refuse to move onto fishy heaven—-the two Cories must be about ten years old which blows my mind—-plus they continue to occasionally smatter eggs on the sides of the tank, and then devour them like caviar...yet today while I did something rare like clean the tank, while dumping out dirty water into the tub, I found a little pinhead sized Cory swimming around just prior to his meeting an early demise down the drain—I netted him out and placed him in what I use for a hospital tank—-I don’t know if he’ll survive but I’ll do what I can—-one of the present Corys I have was born in my tank so anything is possible!—-even though that was 7 or 8 years ago...I’m not going to go buy a pump and filter nor attach a heater—-ain’t spending my money that way or get overly obsessive here—I consider the longevity and good health of the tropicals to be somewhat a phenomenon—-besides the two Corys there’s two cherry barbs and two tetra something or others of which actual variety I’ve said my bull head is all I’m really further interested in and as said hoped these fish would’ve moved on by now—the fact theyve survived elements of neglect, two ich epidemics long ago,and even reproduced is something I have no answer for—-but I guess this is part of what makes us aquarists tick—-to marvel at the miracle of life, and how our intervention (plus lack of) affects their ability to survive and thrive.

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Christopher Hunsicker - 2017-12-31
I just bought my Blue Dempsey two days ago. I also have one medium cichlid with three other small cichlids. I knew the medium cichlid would be aggresive to the Dempsey so I got a breeder net to keep the medium cichlid away. Well I just looked and noticed that the smaller ones have been attacking it. I put the Dempsey in the net for safety and let cichlid go loose. Any suggestions?

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Sandy - 2017-12-26
I have 5 clown loaches in my tank, they have a black spot that comes and goes in the last orange patch before their tail. Cant seem to find and information for why this is happening. They all seem happy and healthy. Does anyone know why its happening? Cheers


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