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Fish: Sluggish new betta fish!, efficiency apartment, fish question
efficiency apartment, fish question, gallon tank: In the 1 gallon tank, the water changes have to be done more often. Do 25% changes every 2-3 days. Keep in mind, fish do stress a little during a water change. With you having to do it more often, keep a close eye on him that it doesn t stress him too much....

Fish: Swim bladder disorder in Lionhead Oranda, swim bladder disorder, goldfish flakes
swim bladder disorder, goldfish flakes, bladder disease: Whitney, Thank you for all the information. Yes you were correct it is a bladder infection. Medicating him was the right thing to do but, by the time you did it this was not a strong enough medication. Melafix is a great all natural broad spectrum antibiotic...

Fish: Tropical fish, red tailed shark, red tail shark
red tailed shark, red tail shark, sword tail: Mike, To start your tank is over stocked. The neon s need to be in groups of 10 minimum. For the sword tails, you need a minimum size tank of 50 gallons. That is for 1 male and the 2 females. The red tailed shark also needs a 50 gallon tank. So, with the fish...

Fish: Update on Lionhead Oranda, partial water change, herbal medications
partial water change, herbal medications, fish behavior: Whitney, These herbal medications a relatively new so I don t know all the reactions with a true antibiotic. I am so sorry I turned your tank red. Apparently this is a reaction with the Melafix. I should have had you do a partial water change before adding...

Fish: White sand, gallon tank, water changes
gallon tank, water changes, cichlids: Manish, Your tank is going through the cycle process, so the cloudiness is normal. It takes 6 weeks and sometimes longer to cycle the tank and there should be no fish in the tank until it has set up. You are going to have a bad bacteria bloom that can kill...

Fish: My 2 new babies, tiger oscars, cichlid research
tiger oscars, cichlid research, plastic plants: Hi Kawanna, This is actually very normal behavior for new oscars. It will take them some time (days, possibly a few weeks) to get used to their new home. The critical thing during this time is not to let uneaten food accumulate in the tank. If they don...

Fish: 5-gallon tank, 30 gallon tank, 5 gallon tank
30 gallon tank, 5 gallon tank, male betta: Jean, A five gallon tank would fit one male Betta perfectly. 2 goldfish would need a 30 gallon tank. With the Betta do not forget the heater which needs to be set at 82 degrees at all times. There is no need for a filter. Male Betta s are not good strong...

Fish: Agressive cory catfish, dead carcass, cories
dead carcass, cories, new tank: Hello Hilary, Corys are indeed non-aggressive. My guess is the skin of the gourami is exhuding something that is attracting them. Perhaps it s rotting or dissolving ( common to dwarf gourami ) and they are trying to eat it as it sloughs off. The Corys...

Fish: Aulonocara sp dragon blood cichlid, cichlid research, lake malawi
cichlid research, lake malawi, dragon blood: Hi Brendon, Aulonacaras can be aggressive but it depends a lot on how large they are relative to the other fish in the tank. Personally I would not mix Aulonacara which are from Lake Malawi and like hard, alkaline water, with Geophagus which are from...

Fish: agressive fish, aggressive fish, happy fish
aggressive fish, happy fish, question pool: Hi Margaret, Keep an eye on them. If the injuries get any white fluffy stuff, or look cloudy, then add some Marine Salt to the water at a rate of 2 teaspoons per gallon for a few days. Cycle the salt out, by doing water changes of 25% per day for a week,...

Fish: algae, bala sharks, algae product
bala sharks, algae product, stocking run: Hi Paula, Algae cannot form without waste to live on. Light is a feeder, but so is waste. Water tests are okay but when you take out the water and put some in a white bowl, what color is it? Is it crystal clear? If so, you are okay. If it s yellowish,...

Fish: algae problem, hair algae, algae control
hair algae, algae control, algaefix: Quan, Do you have a light that you are putting on the tank? Regular lights will start algae growing. I never put any chemicals in my tanks i just remove the algae if it grows. If you are using a regular light, never leave it on for more than 8 hours...

Fish: alkalinity, kind of fish, google
kind of fish, google, renee: Hello Cassandra, I require some information before I answer your question. What kind of fish are we talking about? Are they freshwater or saltwater or brackish? It does matter which kind of fish likes what type of alkalinity, so it would really help....

Fish: All my angelfish are dying, bladder disorder, atall
bladder disorder, atall, angelfish: Danielle, Are the attacks from turning on an exterior light source, or the aquarium light itself? It could be he s afraid of sudden light, but it could be more than that. Photosensitivity goes alongside some maladies. One such malady is TB. Another...

Fish: Baby angelfish fry, baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels
baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels, baby angelfish: Dan, The first thing I would change is the movement of the eggs. I would try to get the breeding pair in the tank that you are going to raise the fry. So, that would mean having the breeding pair in your 10 gallon tank. If you can, I would breed in a...

Fish: Betta, rainbow plant, lucky fish
rainbow plant, lucky fish, fin rot: Cris, Unfortunately, 1.5 gallons in not enough for him to be happy and healthy. With a tank that small water changes need to be done every 3 days. Do not do 100% changes all the time for this will stress him out. 25% water change is a good amount. He needs...

Fish: Betta Fish, aquarium salt, salt baths
aquarium salt, salt baths, fish question: Hope, You are not bothering me. This is what I am here for. When you get an aquarium buy a gravel cleaner too. You will siphon out 25% of the water replacing it with clean conditioned water the same temp as his tank water. You can put any kind of substrate...

Fish: Betta Fish, male betta, container water
male betta, container water, tap water: Courtney, Sounds like he might have scraped his head on the plastic tree. A bowl is not a suitable home for any fish. Male Betta s need to be in 5 gallons of water. Since they are tropical fish, he needs his water to be at 82 degrees at all times. Since...

Fish: Betta Fish Behavior, fish behavior, possum
fish behavior, possum, down time: When a betta sits like that, they are exhausted and not happy. They are sleeping when they do that. Since they breathe air, it s easy for them to just lean up and breath while still being asleep. Perhaps the water isn t clean enough for his taste? He could...

Fish: Betta fish (please answer right away), female betta fish, water changes
female betta fish, water changes, 5g: John, Does she seem bloated at all? Do you do weekly water changes and what are you feeding her? Sorry I cannot answer very well with no information. Give ma as much details as you can so that I can help you better. I would get rid of the filter, and the...

Fish: Betta fish is scared of me now, aquarium salt, fish behavior
aquarium salt, fish behavior, tank wall: There is nothing wrong with your fish, health wise by displaying the type of behavior you have explained. It is acting/reacting normal. I m certain that the move, swap of its environment temporarily, scared or stressed it. Is it near high light, such as a...

Fish: Bloated Congo Tetra, slim 2, 2 girls
slim 2, 2 girls, ph 7: Cheryl, Without a picture it is hard to tell. Since you have male and female, she could be growing some eggs. I do not think it is form over feeding if you are feeding very small amounts once a day. Just keep an eye on her and if she starts swimming oddly...

Fish: Blood-Fin Tetras?, iridescent shark, fish ideas
iridescent shark, fish ideas, tank light: Hi Danielle, Yikes. I have a couple fish ideas where he may have gone. Maybe some examples of my own mishaps will help. First, last time I was missing a fish, I found him a year later when I moved the stand. He hadn t just jumped out. He had wiggled...

Fish: Blood worms, blood worms, worms 3
blood worms, worms 3, fish waste: Hi Manahil, 1. The Molly will be interested within a few days. Give her time to adjust to the worms. 2. The difference between fish waste and bloodworms is very clear. The bloodworms are waxy and red, unless you got the bloodworm cubes. If so, I...

Fish: Brackish water?, 10 gallon aquariums, 10 gallon aquarium
10 gallon aquariums, 10 gallon aquarium, dragon goby: Hi Kami, The Dragon Goby is going to be way too big for your tank. It requires a minimum sized tank of 50 gallons. http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=954+2526&pcatid=2526 It is going to be too big for a 10 gallon tank. I recommend...

Fish: My betta just died..., aquarium salt, silk plants
aquarium salt, silk plants, stress coat: Couldve been a secondary infection. A lot of times, when treating for one issue, a sencondary infection arises. It is ok to use what you had. Just empty it out, clean t and let it dry before setting it up again. I m sorry I couldn t get to u sooner........................

Fish: betta fish, happy fish, followup questions
happy fish, followup questions, earthworms: Hello Kireka, I got your message in the message pool today. Please don t hold a tardy response against me, as we were just given the question today, by the original expert you had asked. Please don t hold it against me for being honest. If you cannot...

Fish: betta fish, happy fish, question pool
happy fish, question pool, gallon aquariums: Hi Rhonda, Got your question, tonight, in the question pool. Apparently, another expert didn t know the answer, so they referred it there for others to answer. I chose yours because I believe my expertise can help you. It s probably been there awhile,...

Fish: betta fish discoloration, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, sponge filter: Alina, It is always better to do a fishless cycle but since he is already in the tank we have to go from there. It is most likely from the water. In the first week of the cycle, there is the first of 2 bacteria blooms. The first is the bad bacteria. In...

Fish: My betta has a white tube hanging,is it sick?, male betta, internal parasites
male betta, internal parasites, gallon tanks: Athina, She needs to be in a bigger tank. In order to house a Betta either male or female, they need to be in 5 gallon tanks. One gallon is not good and she will stress if you leave her in it. The while thing can be poop that has not detached from her...

Fish: blackbelt cichlid acting strange, water test kits, odd angles
water test kits, odd angles, happy fish: Hi Katie, Because you vacuumed the tank yesterday, it might have spiked an ammonia or nitrite fluctuation. Do a 25% water change. This may help the fish. If using a canister filter, it s time to clean it. Often, one species of fish can be more...

Fish: blood parrott has lost it color, cichlid research, blood parrot
cichlid research, blood parrot, bubble wand: Hi Nikki, The problem with blood parrot cichlids is that they are a man-made hybrid so a lot of the time they are unable to breed successfully. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: bristlenose plecotomos, sword plants, bristlenose plecos
sword plants, bristlenose plecos, gal tank: Amanda, No do not add the Melafix to the water. It is a very powerful medication and can harm the fish if not used right. Just use a good water conditioner when you do water changes and make sure you quarantine the new fish for 2 weeks before you add...

Fish: Cherry barb problems, cherry barb, first tank
cherry barb, first tank, followup question: Hello Alicia, I believe if you are running a good filter and the barb is comfortable enough to have laid eggs, then you can add another fish. I would not think that the two you have exude much waste. I would not add 2 more fish, however. In my...

Fish: Cichlid death, convict cichlids, partial water changes
convict cichlids, partial water changes, african cichlids: Hi Shawn, This is all very peculiar. Just to be sure, I assume that you are not using any soaps, or any other kinds of cleaners in or anywhere near your tank, right? Why I suggested convicts is because they can live at pH 7 which your water seems...

Fish: Cichlids, african cichlid tank, dinosaur bichir
african cichlid tank, dinosaur bichir, question pool: It truly depends on which bottom feeders and then of course, you would have to modify the # if cichlids going in if you add bottom feeders to the mix. Especially if they are any plecos. They need 50 gallons apiece to properly filter out waste. They are...

Fish: Cichlids being scared,, cichlid research, rectangular tank
cichlid research, rectangular tank, fish tank: Hi Bill, Do you have bright lights on the tank? That will do it. It can also be that they are just unfamiliar with the new tank, in which case, it will decrease over time. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Cross breed, different types of fish, oscar fish
different types of fish, oscar fish, happy fish: Hello Rahul, My name is Renee, a woman, and I am not the person who you originally asked the question of. I want you to know the original person you asked must have not known the answer. They sent these to what is called a question pool where experts...

Fish: coy fish, goldfish fry, coy fish
goldfish fry, coy fish, aggressive fish: Hi Karen, Got your question, tonight, in the question pool. Apparently, another expert didn t know the answer, so they referred it there for others to answer. I chose yours because I believe my expertise can help you. It s probably been there awhile,...

Fish: Dalmatian molly with orange spots?, orange flecks, female dalmatian
orange flecks, female dalmatian, orange spots: Hi Manahil, My Dalmatian Molly was black and white, with small orange flecks in her skin also. It is common. My molly bred with an orange male, and her babies have orange with black spots that have white in them! It is very common for them to...

Fish: Damaged petoral fin, black moor, happy fish
black moor, happy fish, question pool: Hi Linda, I found this in the question pool today. I just recieved it, so please don t hold a negative rating on me for timing. :) The fin could heal itself. The fish may make it, and he may not. I recommend making filter unit changes today and...

Fish: Danios, filter gravel, petsmart
filter gravel, petsmart, tank: Anne, I have no idea what happened to your fish. If you have gravel and other things in the tank, it could be hiding. Other than that I am sorry I could not really answer your question. They are good at hiding and you might see it in a day or two...

Fish: Death strikes, dalmatian mollies, female dalmatian
dalmatian mollies, female dalmatian, marine salt: Did you ever put marine salt into the water? Is the water being kept 80 degrees? These are two requirements to keep mollies in good health. When salt is in their water, it mimicks their home better. When the heat is 80 degrees, they get sick less. With...

Fish: In how many days?, female dalmatian, happy fish
female dalmatian, happy fish, prolific breeders: Hi Manahil, No, I m not 100% sure it s pregnant, but if she is housed with a male, and they are mating, there are very high chances that she is pregnant. If pregnant, you will see babies within a month to month and a half. About every month, or so,...

Fish: dieing fish & tank cleaing after death, gallon aquarium, fish tank
gallon aquarium, fish tank, plecostamus: Hello Kim, Fish require filtration. I see mention of decorations and a bubbler, but not of filtration. If you do not have a filter, please add one immediately, because they will perish without one. Fish also require a heater. Heating the tank to 78...

Fish: discoioration of my flower horn, size aquarium, filtration unit
size aquarium, filtration unit, flower horn: Hello Sumrah Saqib, I received your question, tonight, in the question pool. This means it probably sat awhile, unanswered, in another expert s box and they gave it to everyone else to answer. This might mean it s outside their expertise, or they are on...

Fish: disease, happy fish, marine salt
happy fish, marine salt, tank water: Hi Caleb, Red spots on the fish are a sign of deteriorating water conditions. Change her water. It will probably heal on its own, but if it doesn t, add 2 teaspoons of marine salt, per gallon, to her water and watch her to see if it clears up. The...

Fish: Will dwarf gouramis spawn in hard water?, silk plants, fish tank
silk plants, fish tank, gallon tank: Well first thing off, changing pH is not hard. (No pun intended.) I use a product called Neutral Regulator by Seachem that I just put a teaspoon per 10-20 gallons when I change and it s set. Water will go to 7.0 and no thinking or fooling with it. I love...

Fish: dying fish, egg sac, arawana
egg sac, arawana, lone survivor: Kris, When you bought the catfish, did you quarantine him for 2 weeks before adding him to the tank? Most people do not do that but it would have saved you losing fish. Always put new fish in a hospital tank for no less than 2 weeks. If they are going...

Fish: Fish for 5-gallon tank, fin shapes, shapes and colors
fin shapes, shapes and colors, auction auction: Ah, my two favorite kinds of fish. :) All goldfish will outgrow a 5 gallon tank very quickly. Most goldfish outgrow all but the largest tanks within a year. Depending on the type of goldfish, they can live upwards to 20 years. Record is 43. They can grow(depending...

Fish: My Fish Are Pregnant... Help!!!, pregnant guppies, egg layers
pregnant guppies, egg layers, having babies: Michelle, The molly will most likely go to the bottom of the tank and in the back away from everyone else. As for putting them in the same breeding tank, yes you can put both in the same tank but by the time they are done having babies they will not...

Fish: Flowerhorn Ciclid, recommended water, hybernation
recommended water, hybernation, hybernate: Oh yes, you should indeed. I wasn t aware you had live gravel somewhere else. Yes, add 2 cups of that to your fresh gravel and change 10% of the water every 4 days for 2 weeks while it cycles. :) I hope that your fish is doing better today. :) Rene...

Fish: Flowerhorn head, female cos, perfect science
female cos, perfect science, different foods: Praveen, There is a very good chance that if you have a female, she will not grow the humps. That is not a perfect science but if she is 2 years old if she was going to grow the humps she would have them already. That trait is mostly for the males. There...

Fish: Cichlid death, water changes, chlorine
Fish: Cichlid death, water changes, chlorine, shocks

Fish: geophagus, hobbyists, good luck
Fish: geophagus, hobbyists, good luck, fish

Fish: Is it fin rot on our new crown tail betta?, crown tail betta, stress coat
crown tail betta, stress coat, dorsal fins: Dawn, We will go step by step. DO NOT use distilled water. Regular tap water works best with a good conditioner. Distilled water lack things that tap water has and fish need. I would stop using the algae clear liquid safe. If you do not have algae...

Fish: finding out if my goldfish is a girl or a boy, goldfish, sad news
goldfish, sad news, gills: Hi Katlin, This is sort of sad news. It s very hard (nearly impossible) to tell the sex of a goldfish. When some breeds of male grow up, they might get little bumps by the gills showing that they are males, but that takes about a year to happen,...

Fish: firemouth cichlids, cichilds, happy fish
cichilds, happy fish, question pool: Hi Ryan, Mine did the same thing. Eventually, the male chose one female and the two males fought so much, I decided to remove all other firemouths. I suggest the same for you. They are highly aggressive toward others, male or female. I d keep one...

Fish: fish, question pool, betta fish
question pool, betta fish, little fish: Hi Michael, I just now got your question from our question pool. That means another expert had kept it for a few days and then referred it to the rest of us, today. I just now got it, so it has to be new. I check several times a day so please don t hold...

Fish: fish diets, fish diets, cichlids
fish diets, cichlids, halibut: Hello Jeff, I need more information. Your question was put into a pool for us to answer for one reason or another and I saw it today so I want to help you. To do so, I need additional information. What kinds of cichlids do you have? Thankyou,...

Fish: fish health, black moor goldfish, black moors
black moor goldfish, black moors, aquarium salt: Jordan, It sounds like your fish might have fungus growing on him. Black moor goldfish, like all the other goldfish, produce a lot of waste and needs to be in a large tank. With the 2 of them, they should be in nothing less that 50 gallons. You should be...

Fish: Is my fish sick??, skin coloration, dechlorinator
skin coloration, dechlorinator, water condition: Hi Angelyne, No, I don t think it s the plants. It could be that you purchased an ill fish. Try this: Add 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon of water, dissolved, to his aquarium. If he s in 5 gallons, that s 10 teaspoons of salt. Salt kills parasites,...

Fish: Is my fish sick?, goldfish, renee
goldfish, renee, tank: It won t hurt the other fish and it won t be bad for them to breathe. They don t eat the salt. I would like you to dissolve it in water and then to pour the water in there so that the salt won t hurt the fish. After 24 hours, you can change all the water...

Fish: floating fancy goldfish, bite size pieces, fancy goldfish
bite size pieces, fancy goldfish, bladder disease: David, It sounds like swim bladder disease. The swim bladder helps keep the fish upright. Fast them for 2 days. On the third day cook some frozen peas. When the peas cool down, remove the outer shell and throw it away. DO NOT feed them the shell because...

Fish: my flowerhorn not having food., flowerhorn fish, ground cloves
flowerhorn fish, ground cloves, question pool: Hello Subu, If your fish is itching himself on glass, this is a sign he is itchy. He most likely has a parasite on the external body, but the sudden lack of eating could be from another Flowerhorn condition. He could have something going on internally....

Fish: flowerhorn head, flower horn fish, fish pellets
flower horn fish, fish pellets, rottweiler dogs: Praveen, Feeding: The flower horn fish has very good appetite. This hybrid can either take live food or fish pellets. It is advisable to feed the fish several times a day in small quantity. Ideally to have a mixture of life and fish feed. This will make...

Fish: fry, educated guess, guppy
educated guess, guppy, caleb: Hi Caleb, Sounds like a swordtail to me. Orange stomach will progress and darken with age. Could be a molly as well, but mine usually start out pretty bland, or solid black. They aren t born really colorful most of the time. Swordtail is my educated...

Fish: Gold fantail, stress zyme, aquarium salt
stress zyme, aquarium salt, bladder disease: Okay Claire, She s got Swim Bladder Disease. With goldfish, this is common. A common cause is constipation so I suggest taking some frozen peas and squishing them up to small pieces. Feed those small pieces to her and see if you can get her to...

Fish: Gross food problem for guppy!, flake food, main tank
flake food, main tank, food particles: Hi, It s probably fungus or bacteria, formed around food particles. It sounds awful. His water needs changing or he moved to the big tank. When you move him, the white things shouldn t happen. Please watch how much you feed fish. Nothing should...

Fish: geophagus, colur, few days
colur, few days, stress: Brendon, Where are you putting them? Are you saying that you just got them and now they are acting strange? If that is what you are asking that is normal. Most fish go though a little stress every time they are moved. They should settle down in a few...

Fish: geophagus, aquarium fish, stress bars
aquarium fish, stress bars, happy fish: Hi, If there had been any signs of skin damage, we d have to take a look at illnesses as a possibility. You know, after reading through the letter in entirety again, and not finding any real causes for their hybernation and discolorations, if it s not...

Fish: geophagus, size aquarium, slow fish
size aquarium, slow fish, water parameters: Hi Brendon, I got your message in the message pool today. Please don t hold a tardy response against me, as we were just given the question today, by the original expert you had asked. The temperature is probably low. Cold water = dark, slow fish....

Fish: goldfish mixed into a community tank, cold water fish, tropical tanks
cold water fish, tropical tanks, community tanks: Debbie, Well what they say has truth. Goldfish are cold water fish and while they can be placed in a warmer tank, it is not recommended. Just because you can place them in the warmer tanks, does not mean it is the correct thing to do. If left in warm...

Fish: gourami's fry, vinegar eels, apple snails
vinegar eels, apple snails, sponge filter: I ve found it not too bard to change the breeding tank water if I cover a cup with a knee high. They are cheap panty hose. I get them from walmart and they are 30 cents for a pair. They are basicly a tube sock but mesh. I put one over a cup and tie it on the...

Fish: head size in flowerhorn, fertile eggs, happy fish
fertile eggs, happy fish, question pool: Hi Praveen, You can improve color through food. Prawns are a great way to do that. Liver is good for them. Krill will bring out incredible coloration. I would not stick the mirror in to the tank. It contains mercury. It is a ridiculous suggestion,...

Fish: heyy, zebra fish, fish breed
zebra fish, fish breed, happy fish: Hello Remie, For Zebra Fish sting - Run hot water, hot as you can stand it, and place your stung area under it. Don t put it in boiling water. It will scale your hand. Super hot is sufficient enough to kill the venom. It will be quite painful, just...

Fish: Ick, happy fish, fish tank
happy fish, fish tank, high ratio: Hi Bailey, Most Ich treatments treat the parasite, so a parasitic will not work on Popeye. When the eye is cloudy and swollen, puffy, infected, it s a bacteria or a fungus and so it needs to be treated with something that has a high ratio of healing for...

Fish: Leaving fish tank for 2 weeks, happy fish, question pool
happy fish, question pool, fish tank: Hi Pat, Never feed your fish on a with a pellet. They will kill your fish and destroy your tank, no matter what brand you buy. They are a worthless product. With that said, there are some nice timers on Ebay. I do recommend the timer method and not...

Fish: Lyretail molly, happy fish, question pool
happy fish, question pool, marine salt: Hi Ashley, Got your question, tonight, in the question pool. Apparently, another expert didn t know the answer, so they referred it there for others to answer. I chose yours because I believe my expertise can help you. It s probably been there awhile,...

Fish: leaving fish while on vacation, fish feeder, auto feeder
fish feeder, auto feeder, light timer: Hi Pat, Don t ever buy a weekend fish feeder or one of those food blocks. You will possibly return to the largest disaster of your life. They are nothing but nitrate factories. If you go for 2 weeks, please consider hiring someone to come in every day...

Fish: light?, green tiger barbs, happy fish
green tiger barbs, happy fish, desk lamp: Hi Manahil, Yes, they enjoy some light in the aquarium. If you don t have money for a light, a good idea would be to use the light of a desk lamp or from a window. Don t put them in direct light, but put them where they have light from outside streaming...

Fish: Mood trouble, brine shrimp, flake food
brine shrimp, flake food, blood worms: Hi Manahil, Bloodworms are indeed available at Petsmart. http://www.petsmart.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=bloodworms&origkw=bloodworms&sr=1 You can look at the link. They range from frozen to freezedried. I hope this was helpful. Happy...

Fish: maine sand used in freshwater, marine rocks, nasty bacteria
marine rocks, nasty bacteria, saltwater aquarium: You sure can use it! Also remember that the sand leeches into the water and alters the pH higher. That s no problem with cichlids since they like high pH. About rocks, make sure they are not live rocks. If anything is living on it, it will die in the fresh...

Fish: molly, tank inhabitants, happy fish
tank inhabitants, happy fish, giving birth: Hello Caleb, When a Molly is about to give birth, she will isolate herself and will sit alone in one area. She may go down near the bottom of the aquarium, to birth her young, near plants or an object that looks safe, so when the fry emerge, they can run...

Fish: molly fish, balloon molly, molly fish
balloon molly, molly fish, hybrid babies: Hi Andrea, It is a little-known fact that Mollies can indeed interbreed between types. I have many hybrid babies, currently, from 3 different fathers, 3 entirely different strains of Molly. Mine are Lyretail, Dalmatian, Sailfin hybrids and back there...

Fish: molly possible pregnancy, male guppies, silver mollies
male guppies, silver mollies, happy fish: Hello Hannah, Got your question, tonight, in the question pool. Apparently, another expert didn t know the answer, so they referred it there for others to answer. I chose yours because I believe my expertise can help you. It s probably been there awhile,...

Fish: No Name, petsmart store, female dalmatian
petsmart store, female dalmatian, manahil: Hi Manahil, You can send a picture. If it s a little fat, it could just be because she s a molly, and they tend to have bulbous bellies, but if she has a male with her (and it sounds like she does, from what you ve told me) then, there is a very good chance...

Fish: other fIsh, brackish water fish, fish question
brackish water fish, fish question, happy fish: The salt will not accommodate the other fish. The Molly will require her own aquarium. The salt will treat her lip and if it s a parasite, it will kill that. If bacterial or fungal, it will kill that as well. To diagnose the lip ailment, I d have to...

Fish: PARROT FISH, parrot fish, size aquarium
parrot fish, size aquarium, fish question: Hi Karon, I would indeed like you to clean the entire aquarium from stem to stern, however, do you have a hospital tank to put him in for a few days while it re-adjusts to normal? If not, please pick up a 10 gallon aquarium at the petstore and a filter...

Fish: Pacu hit, upsite down, happy fish
upsite down, happy fish, question pool: Hello Lyn, Thankyou for the rating. I wanted to add to my answer and revise it a bit. I was not aware of the large size of your Pacu and the size of the aquarium. The Pacu may have literally been running around and hit the glass. Perhaps this is...

Fish: Parrot cichlid fish, parrot cichlid fish, followup questions
parrot cichlid fish, followup questions, hybridized: Hello Ruan, Parrotfish are very difficult to tell male from female. Furthermore, they are hybridized and 90% are not fertile. You can get them to breed, but the chances of raising fry are very slim. The male will get some longer fins as an adult....

Fish: PLEASE HELP, white fungus, googly eyes
white fungus, googly eyes, filtration unit: 5 litre tank? Please read http://www.suite101.com/content/goldfish-righting-abuse-with-proper-care-a292985 It is not a large enough container for your fish and even if he lives through this, he will eventually die from the size of the container. No...

Fish: PLEASE HELP, aquarium salt, marine salt
aquarium salt, marine salt, fish salt: Try the rock salt. Any store should sell it for making icecream. If not, try looking for Kosher salt. These all work. I would love to know how it goes...and very best wishes to you through this. Yes, changing the water is the best thing you can do....

Fish: Platty pregnant??, gonopodium, black pea
gonopodium, black pea, gallon tank: Well, hello again Alicia, If your Platty has no gonopodium (I am glad to see someone else in the world besides me knows that word, lol), then it s not a boy and there is indeed a good chance it s pregnant. Ways to tell? Was it housed with other males?...

Fish: Platy and guppy, livebearing fish, fish behavior
livebearing fish, fish behavior, happy fish: Hi Alicia, Although they can interbreed, technically, it s rare and almost unheard of. They are capable, however. If he s nipping her anus, it s because he wants to breed her. That s a male/female livebearing fish behavior. I wouldn t worry. ...

Fish: Pond Gold Fish Disease, anchor worm, gold fish
anchor worm, gold fish, size pond: Hello Rochelle, Your fish has either an Anchor Worm or a Fluke on its back. The pustule forms around them to get it to pop out, a body s self-defense mechanism, however it doesn t work, of course. It could also be a virus, because more than one fish...

Fish: Popeye, clove of garlic, new aquarium
clove of garlic, new aquarium, marine salt: Bailey, how much salt was added to his new aquarium? What degree is it being kept at? I would like to advise 3 teaspoons per gallon in that aquarium, thoroughly dissolved. Popeye won t live through that. It s a bacterial infection. Salt, of course,...

Fish: Possible, renee, molly
renee, molly, babies: Hi Manahil, I m SO sorry you lost the male. How sad. I feel bad for you, because I know how much you truly love your fish. It is very possible for the female to have babies without a male present. She may already be fertile and if she is, then it...

Fish: Pregnant Molly dead, water quality issues, pregnant molly
water quality issues, pregnant molly, egg sac: Laura, Sorry to hear about the loss of you fish. Why did she die? I don t know. It could have been pregnancy related of water quality issues. As for hope that any will survive, I doubt it. If you want to keep them to make sure thats ok but I don t think...

Fish: Pregnant Molly dead, pregnant molly, egg sac
pregnant molly, egg sac, yellow egg: Hi Laura, How awful! I m so sorry for you and her and the babies. There is no chance of survival at this time and if there s no movement, they are too premature. If kept in fresh water, Mollies tend to live short lives. Infections they can normally...

Fish: parasitic infections, eheim canister filter, volitan lion fish
eheim canister filter, volitan lion fish, filtration units: The Tang has black spot disease. Dip him in freshwater for five minutes. It will also kill the black spot. Make 100% sure it is identical temperature to the water he is coming from. When done with the dip, treat the hospital tank you put him in, with...

Fish: parrot fish, parrot fish, aquarium fish
parrot fish, aquarium fish, gallon aquarium: Hello Deb, First of all, please remember that in order to give expert advice, sometimes I have to tell the owner of the fish something they don t want to hear. Such as is your case, but please don t take it personally or as any reflection toward your care...

Fish: my plants, aquarium lighting, light spectrum
aquarium lighting, light spectrum, poor lighting: Hi again Sam, I d like to modify my answer just a bit, because of the new information. Aquaclear 50 filter, rated for a 50 gallon aquarium is really sufficient enough for a 30 when there are more thana couple fish. Tetra require 72 degrees. All species....

Fish: pregnant mollie, brackish water fish, happy fish
brackish water fish, happy fish, marine aquarium: Hello Martin, She is still able to birth a month after being removed from all other fish. In fact, a few months ago, I had a molly I got from a petstore who came with Dropsy. My cure for that is a saltwater environment and since these are brackish water...

Fish: some questions, styrofoam box, shipping fish
styrofoam box, shipping fish, happy fish: Hello Caleb! I got your question today out of the expert pool where another expert had referred it. I hope you are okay with me answering your questions. :) I love volunteering and I have some great advice for you. As to your questions: You...

Fish: Removing Cichlids from tank, african cichlids, fish traps
african cichlids, fish traps, liter bottles: Hi Gabe, First of all, your question was in the question pool today. I know it s probably been quite awhile since you asked it, so I want to ask you not to hold it against me for the other expert s tardiness in responding. It was just given to the rest...

Fish: restless, female dalmatian, bet
female dalmatian, bet, renee: Hi Manahil, Tiffany could be going into labor. Watch her closely. Keep an eye on her. Get the salt in right away. I notice before mine go into labor, they do that. they flit around the edge of the glass, looking as if they want to go through it....

Fish: Salt?, fresh water fish, aquarium salt
fresh water fish, aquarium salt, mollies: Hi Manahil, It s safe to add aquarium salt to a tank taht has barbs and mollies if you only add a little tiny bit. Perhaps a teaspoon to two teaspoons per gallon. For the mollies, yes I advise adding aquarium salt to the molly-only tank. Rene...

Fish: SICK BLACKMOOR, litre tank, fancy goldfish
litre tank, fancy goldfish, blackmoor fish: Hi, I have a great idea what s causing it. Like most swim bladder disorders, there are 3 main causes. 1. Parasites 2. Filthy water conditions lasting a long time which deteriorate the fish s internal organs 3. Compaction Without knowing the history...

Fish: SICK BLACKMOOR, litre tank, fancy goldfish
litre tank, fancy goldfish, ammonia levels: Sam, First off the tank you have them in is too small. They should be in nothing smaller that 30 gallons for the pair. If you do not know what the ammonia reading is then I would bet he is suffering from ammonia poisoning. ILLNESS SIGNS Typical symptoms...

Fish: Sick Fish, gallon fish tank, bladder disorder
gallon fish tank, bladder disorder, fish question: Hi Julie, I truly don t think he s unhappy or in pain. I had one goldfish who lived under the waterfall...he liked to see the bubbles, lol. Don t take his behavior personally. He s probably just like us people. Some of us have our own, wierd, personalities....

Fish: severum, poor fish, question pool
poor fish, question pool, marine salt: Hi Brett, Your poor fish has Popeye. Get some marine salt. Put 2 teaspoons per gallon into his water and dissolve it thoroughly. I suspect it should heal it up within 48 hours, but if it does not, add another teaspoon per gallon and that should...

Fish: sick beta fish, yankee doodle dandy, beta fish
yankee doodle dandy, beta fish, aquarium salt: Julie, First off his home is way too small. He should be in nothing less than 5 gallons. The panting could mean ammonia spike with not enough oxygen in the water. Total water changes that often are not good. Only change out 25% at a time. Never treat a...

Fish: sick betta and water quality, gravel vacuum, male betta
gravel vacuum, male betta, ammonia nh3: crystal, The first think I noticed in the picture is the snails at the top. When they go to the top, it usually means there is a water problem. Either not enough oxygen or ammonia and nitrites are up. With a reading of ammonia, which should read zero,...

Fish: sick chilid-emergency, fish illnesses, hello dawn
fish illnesses, hello dawn, aquarium fish: Hello Dawn, Did you dechlorinate the water using a chemical when you did the water change? Make sure you do so. There are chemicals now required in the USA which harm the fish. Ie: Chloramine, not just Chlorine. Chlorine dissipates. Chloramine does...

Fish: sick fantail, necessary minerals, acidic rain
necessary minerals, acidic rain, question pool: Hi Raquel, I hope this helps and I want you to know the original person you asked must have not known the answer. They sent these to what is called a question pool where experts can answer the questions for you. I don t know how long it was in his box,...

Fish: sick green terror, parasite killer, parasite remover
parasite killer, parasite remover, internal parasites: Hi Steve, This last treatment, change out 30% of the water prior to treatment. Make sure heat is apprioriate - 80 degrees Farenheit. Treat the aquarium and remove all charcoal filtration. When the treatment has run its course, return the charcoal...

Fish: sick moore, happy fish, marine salt
happy fish, marine salt, tank water: Hi Vallerie, He has Popeye. It is caused by 2 things. #1: Filthy water. Clean his water and filter. #2: Bacteria. Both are causes which go in conjunction with each other. My advice: 1. Clean his tank thoroughly and change out his filter....

Fish: slits in my fishes fins, fish problems, cloud mountains
fish problems, cloud mountains, angel fish: Rebecca, You are border lining over crowdedness. Water changes need to be done every week removing 25% of the water each time. Sounds like your fish are suffering from fin rot. This is caused by bad water quality. It is very important that you are testing...

Fish: strange betta behavior, algae killer, fake plants
algae killer, fake plants, behavior question: Mackenzie, Wow, he has a few problems going on. 75% is a large volume of water. The most you ever want to change more that 50% at one time. I think he actually has a blockage. Might be due to the flake food he has been eating. If you are using a water...

Fish: Temperature, green tiger barbs, female dalmatian
green tiger barbs, female dalmatian, farrenheit: Hello Manahil, Baby mollies should be kept at 80 degrees Farrenheit. If a snail s shell is empty, there is no snail inside it, and yes, it is dead. Green Tiger Barbs may be pecking at the gravel at feeding time because food is settling on the bottom....

Fish: taken over by red platys, different species of fish, gal tank
different species of fish, gal tank, platys: I m very sorry I haven t answered yet, I didn t get an email saying I have a question waiting like I normally do. Platies will breed. That s pretty much what they do. You can separate the males and females, but the females can have fry every month for up...

Fish: My tank water is green - help!, nitrates nitrites, goldfish aquarium
nitrates nitrites, goldfish aquarium, feed algae: Hi Kathy, Pellets are very dangerous to aquariums and water conditions. Not only are they a waste of money, not providing your goldfish with sufficient nutrition, but even though many advertise that they do not cloud water, they are nothing but a nitrate...

Fish: how to tell if fish preg, plecostomus catfish, cichlid research
plecostomus catfish, cichlid research, sucker fish: Hi Katie, Plecostomus catfish (what you are called sucker fish) do not get pregnant as such. They lay eggs. The female will lay the eggs in a hollow tube (a hollow log in nature) or in a cave and then the male will take care of them. She should not have...

Fish: temperature/mollies, balloon molly, vent area
balloon molly, vent area, soda bottle: Hi Caleb, That s probably too hot for your mollies, who should be around 80F. I d freeze a soda bottle and then would submerse it til the temp reaches the desired level. I d turn the heater down. If it s being caused by a light, lift the light...

Fish: tiger barbs, tiger barbs, tiger barb
tiger barbs, tiger barb, happy fish: Hi Apryl, I received your question, tonight, in the question pool. This means it probably sat awhile, unanswered, in another expert s box and they gave it to everyone else to answer. This might mean it s outside their expertise, or they are on a vacation....

Fish: under-planted, tank mates, main tank
tank mates, main tank, pet fish: Hi Manahil, I think that one more fish, maybe two, would be enough. One male molly and maybe a female guppy? It might be too much, but if you monitor water conditions, maybe it will be okay. :) I would add plants. Live plants. They are great for...

Fish: Weird Behavior, bite size pieces, playing possum
bite size pieces, playing possum, bladder disease: Seimone, This first problem is the bowl. No fish can thrive in a bowl. They need to be in 2.5 gallon tanks a minimum, where 5 gallons is better. Secondly, Betta s are tropical and need their water at 82 degrees at all times. When in a bowl, they cannot...

Fish: wound on fllower horn mouth, mouth fungus, cross tank
mouth fungus, cross tank, kinds of bacteria: Praveen, Sounds like Mouth fungus. Add Aquarium Salt to your tank. Adding Jungle Labs Fungus Eliminator will also help. Be sure to treat the whole tank, but quarantine the most seriously ill fish. Causes & Symptoms This condition is caused by...

Fish: what to do?, gravel filter, filtration system
gravel filter, filtration system, gooey substance: Zy, Most likely it was caused by the under gravel filter. These filters are more trouble than they are worth. Every time you clean them you are dropping all the bad stuff into the tank. I would replace it with a filter that can hang in the back of the...

Fish: GOT IT! GOT IT!, fancy guppy, aquarium salt
fancy guppy, aquarium salt, blood worms: Well, I m going to revise my original advice about how much salt, because there are freshwater fish in the aquarium alongside the mollies. Your tank is 8 gallons? Then I advise dissolving 8 teaspoons (that s the little spoon, not the large one and measure...

Fish: In Addition, natural sea salt, flow agents
natural sea salt, flow agents, fish tank: Hi Tess, This does sound like he s doing better, not being distressed or floating. The one issue is the swollen gill, but often there are parasites and such we don t see harboring in a gill. The salt will rid them if that s the case. Not salted too soon!...

Fish: African Cichlids, african cichlid tank, african cichlids
african cichlid tank, african cichlids, cichlid research: Hi Christian, It is really hard to say. I have seen people keep 40 fish in a tank like that, but only with a TON of structure. I consider a tank to have a lot of structure if you cannot see the back of the tank from the front wall. If you can see the...

Fish: African Cilchlid, cichlid research, 30 gallon tank
cichlid research, 30 gallon tank, african cichlid: Hi Casey, Brown poop is good. That means the fish is eating well. The fish cannot be expecting because cichlids are egg layers and do not give birth to live young. If you send me a photo I can try to identify your fish. Keep in mind that there...

Fish: African Cilchlid, 30 gallon tank, african cichlids
30 gallon tank, african cichlids, african cichlid: Hi Casey, The African Cichlid may not be gravid. African Cichlids often get the bloat. This could be a sign of bloat, but it could also be a sign of parasites or a gravid female. My suggestion is watch her closely. Should her stomach get larger,...

Fish: aggressive fish, aggressive fishes, aggressive fish
aggressive fishes, aggressive fish, fish question: Hi Carla. I hope the sun is shining where you are, today. It is, here, finally. Well, in answer to your question regarding what is wrong with the Molly and if this is a normal behavior, nothing and yes. Mollies ARE aggressive fishes toward their females....

Fish: angel fish, nitrates nitrites, ammonia levels
nitrates nitrites, ammonia levels, angel fish: Hi Stephen, My answer would need to be formed around several questions I would like to ask you, first. 28L = 7 gallons US? Is the filter on the 7 gallon tank rated to 20 gallons or more? And, if not, what is it rated to or what make/model # is it?...

Fish: Beta fish top fin gone, beta fish, gallon tanks
beta fish, gallon tanks, water condition: Gay, You are welcome. I have a couple suggestions. There is no reason to let the water sit for 3 weeks. By the time it goes in the tank its a bit stagnant with very low oxygen. Betta s have an organ called a labyrinth which allows them to breath the air...

Fish: Beta- lethargic, sinking to bottom of tank, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, tank temperature: Rena, When you say the tank temperature is controlled, what is the temperature of the water exactly? The temp will have a lot to do with him being lethargic. When their water gets too cold, they will stop swimming and often stop eating. As for the filter,...

Fish: Betta Constipation, epsom salt bath, epsom salt
epsom salt bath, epsom salt, aquarium salt: Nita, The first thing I would do is stop using Bettafix. The best thing for the fin is a salt water bath. We can give it a try but because you add salt to his water all the time it might not work. Take one teaspoon of aquarium salt and dissolve it in one...

Fish: Betta fish, brine shrimp, small tank
brine shrimp, small tank, gallon tank: Gabriela, Well, to start, the tank he is in is too small. He should be in a 5 gallon tank. Be very careful when teaching your fish to jump. They can jump right out of the tank. Be very careful feeding him brine shrimp. The salt content is too high for...

Fish: Betta fish with lump, aquarium fish, aquarium salt
aquarium fish, aquarium salt, fish salt: Lauren, It sounds like parasites. This happens if we feed them live food or if the water is bad. This is a great product. Just make sure you follow the direction on the bottle. As for ammonia and nitrites, they should be a zero at all times. I would test...

Fish: Betta problems, arrowhead spring, dish soap
arrowhead spring, dish soap, gal tank: Patti, Unfortunately, with the smaller tanks, finding a heater will be hard. Do not get the ones that say they keep the water at a certain temp. They never work. Get one for a five gallon and make sure it has a dial on it so that you can set the temp...

Fish: Betta Tank Care, gravel vacuum, gallon aquarium
gravel vacuum, gallon aquarium, stress coat: April, You never have to completely clean a 5 gallon aquarium. Just use a gravel vacuum once a week and add new water and all will be good. As for the temp, as long as he has a heater set at 82 degrees he will be fine. If the room temp goes up the heater...

Fish: Black Moor Fish Lump on Head, black moor fish, lump on head
black moor fish, lump on head, fish head: Hi Kimberly, Okay, let s put him in saltwater and not as a bath. Literally, add 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon to his tank. I d like to see an image of his lump. I d also recommend doing water changes before adding salt. Change 40% of the water....

Fish: Blood red parrot has a swollen red spot, fish experts, red parrot
fish experts, red parrot, aquarium salt: Nancy, It looks like an abscess that got infected. Make sure his/her water is perfect. No ammonia or nitrites in the water. You can add some aquarium salt to the tank to help out with the injured spot and then see how things go for the next day or so....

Fish: Breeding Piranhas?, cichlid research, red belly piranhas
cichlid research, red belly piranhas, ron c: Hi Dylan, I have never kept nor bred red belly piranhas, but I know some people that have -- it is rather rare. What you are seeing definitely sounds like they could be gearing up. You don t really need to do anything other than watch what is happening...

Fish: Breeding platy, breeding platy, renee
breeding platy, renee, mickey mouses: Hello Manahil, Just so you are aware, my mailbox is overflowing. I d be very greatful if you could work toward keeping questions on one letter. I enjoy the questions and communication, but it s best to keep them to a limit if you can. The easiest platy...

Fish: behavior of angel fish, blk wht, cherry barbs
blk wht, cherry barbs, angel fish: Hi Melinda, I d like you to take some tank water out, put it in a solid white bowl and look at it. Does it have ANY coloration? This behavior is often exhibited by sensitive fish. Angelfish being one of those fish...if she s lived in a poor water environment...

Fish: betta has cloudy eyes, size tank, cloudy eyes
size tank, cloudy eyes, warm cold: Melanie, Please explain how you cleaned your Betta. What is he housed in? I mean what size tank is he in. What s in the tank with him? What are your perimeters? What are you feeding him? What conditioner are you using? How often are you doing water changes,...

Fish: betta fish, tank mates, blood worms
tank mates, blood worms, fish question: Karolina, You can fast him fro one day and see if it goes down. I doubt it is an infection or a parasite. It could be that he ate too much or the beginnings of swim bladder. After you fast him for 24 hours let me know if the bloating has gone away. Keep...

Fish: betta fish swimming sideways, epsom salt, aquarium salt
epsom salt, aquarium salt, stresscoat: There s not much you can do with him being in such a small tank. Change the water and use StressCoat water conditioner, doubling the dose which will help him heal. Keep him in a place where his water will stay warm, about 78. In this particular case, I would...

Fish: black of my cichlids, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, cichlids: Hi Sara, Do you mean that the whole body is going black, parts of it, or just little spots? If it is little spots, that is usually the equivalent of bruises on a human and indicates that they have been fighting. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Would they breed?, platy fish, gallon tank
platy fish, gallon tank, females: The reason they suggest 3 to one female is because males harrass females for breeding. I agree with them, but in your case, Manahil, you have lost so many fish, it is best to introduce only one pair at first and then later, after they are doing well, add...

Fish: bristlenose injury, american cichlid, dead goldfish
american cichlid, dead goldfish, water parameters: I m glad that you take good care of the tank. Anytime I mention water quality issues, it s never pointing fingers at the owner. :) Owners obviously love their fish or they wouldn t write in. Water quality, regardless of good owners or not, is often an...

Fish: bugs, tank glass, gallon tank
tank glass, gallon tank, little fish: Hello Jess, I just got your question. Not sure how long it s been in the pile, but we were referred it through the pool today. They sound like copepods. They can be a good thing, and then there is a deadly type which come from wild water. WIthout...

Fish: Our cichlid is alive but cant swim?!, cichlid research, hi lauren
cichlid research, hi lauren, ron c: Hi Lauren, Being out of the water for 30 seconds is not a problem for a cichlid. Most cichlids can be out of the water for 3 or 4 minutes with no problems. Hitting the ground is more of a problem and the fish might have been stunned. -- Ron C. ...

Fish: concerned, fish questions, fish tank
fish questions, fish tank, size tank: Hi Teresa, Hanging like that is from lack of oxygen caused by dirty water. It is a sure sign your filtration is failing, and that you have possibly got too many fish. Therefore I have more questions before I answer further. How often do you do water...

Fish: cross breed, cichlid research, turkey baster
cichlid research, turkey baster, oscar fish: Hi Rahul, I have never heard of anyone trying this, nor do I see a reason to do so. As for changing water with small fry, I use a turkey baster to siphon off the water. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: cycleing and behavior, ammonia level, ammonia test
ammonia level, ammonia test, liquid ammonia: Cherise, The ammonia is way too high and here s why. One Platy needs no less than 10 gallons each. You have three so they need 30 gallons just for them. One tetra needs 10 gallons of water just for him. One sword tail needs a minimum of 15 gallons just...

Fish: Danios and Blue Ram Killing Neon Tetras, cichlid research, neon tetras
cichlid research, neon tetras, rummy nose: Hi Nadeem, Unfortunately neon tetras are very small and delicate. I seriously doubt if you can keep them alive in a tank with those other fish. You need to keep them in a separate tank. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Discus Tank, gravel filter, gallon aquarium
gravel filter, gallon aquarium, size tank: Sam, Yes that filter will do just fine. My main concern now is the grossly over stalked 13 gallon tank. You have about 12 fish too many. I hope you don t over stalk the bigger tank. I would think about getting another tank and moving a lot of the fish...

Fish: I don't know what's wrong with my Male Betta, fish water, water tap
fish water, water tap, betta fish: Jasmine, The toxic water was the water he was in with the castle. You said everything was fine until you put the new deco and other things in the water. Plastic is toxic to fish. Therefore the water will become toxic and very quickly. Thank you for trying...

Fish: Emotional Subject, multi colored fish, bluegill fish
multi colored fish, bluegill fish, reef tanks: Holy moly, Manahil, A 10 gallon for $80????????? My goodness that s an awful deal. Brand new, in our stores they are only $20. An 8 gallon tank is awful small to consider a permanent-sized tank. As for long-lived, that depends on the person keeping...

Fish: elephant nosed fish, elephant nose fish, cichlid research
elephant nose fish, cichlid research, elephant fish: Hi Leah, It is important to understand what elephant nose fish are. They are in the family Mormyridae and they mostly come from very murky waters in Western Africa. They spend a lot of the time hiding in logs and weeds and such in the wild. It is REALLY...

Fish: Finnegin's status, water replacement, magenta color
water replacement, magenta color, wating: Patty, Glad to hear he is doing better. As for the color changing it does happen. I have a couple of males that go from red to blue then back to red. As long as he is doing well and eating, I would say he is doing good. As always, just keep an eye on him...

Fish: Fish is CRAZY, swim bladder, corner tank
swim bladder, corner tank, bladder disease: Sue, Although it would be good to what kind of fish it is I am thinking it is having a swim bladder issue. The swim bladder is an organ that allows the fish to stay upright and swim regular. The two top reasons for this to happen is over feeding and bad...

Fish: Fish Dying?, marble angelfish, aquarium plants
marble angelfish, aquarium plants, bubble stone: Kara, It is very important to cycle the tank be fore you add fish. This process takes at least 2 weeks sometimes longer. During the cycle process, there is a first bacteria bloom. This is the bad bacteria that can kill the fish as you have found out. Angel...

Fish: Fish survival guide, adult fish, kinds of fish
adult fish, kinds of fish, gallon tank: Manahil, Your friend has a 200 gallon tank. Wow. That s a big home for fish. I do, indeed, think if you get a fish pair that lays babies, that they can have babies in your tank. Wouldn t that be nice? The type of fish who reproduce easily and...

Fish: Flim over fish's eyes, fish questions, fish tank
fish questions, fish tank, gallon tank: Hi Scott, I got this in the fish questions pool today. It must have been there awhile, referred to other experts by the original expert you chose. Please do not hold me responsible because it s taken so long to answer. I just got it today, and was on...

Fish: Free ciclid/injured gill cover, cichlid research, ciclid
cichlid research, ciclid, ciclids: Hi Paula, The last line is the most critical to your question. Electric yellow cichlids come from Lake Malawi where they live with many other species of cichlids. As a result, they are CONSTANTLY fighting and scrapping with other fish. If you don t...

Fish: Fuzzy blob thing, cold water fish, fuzzy blob
cold water fish, fuzzy blob, turtle decoration: Kayla, First off, the tank you have them in is too small. To have the 3 goldfish you will need a tank no smaller than a 40 gallon. You need 20 gallons of water for the first goldfish and 10 gallons for every added fish. So, that said I would remove the...

Fish: Blood red parrot has a swollen red spot, anchor worms, anchor worm
Fish: Blood red parrot has a swollen red spot, anchor worms, anchor worm, close watch

Fish: flower horn bloated, fish
Fish: flower horn bloated, fish

Fish: flower horn bloated, improper digestion, flower horn
Fish: flower horn bloated, improper digestion, flower horn, dear friend

Fish: Tin Foil Barb Swimming Upside Down, blood worms, stress coat
Fish: Tin Foil Barb Swimming Upside Down, blood worms, stress coat

Fish: feather fin catfish, feather fin catfish, parasite infections
feather fin catfish, parasite infections, flake food: Justin, Most large chain pet stores have people working in the fish section that know nothing about the fish they sell. Glad everyone looks good now. It s good when people can figure out what happened with or without my help. If you have any questions...

Fish: female black convict loosing its colors, cichlid research, black convict
cichlid research, black convict, female convict: Hi Marie, You need to separate that female. As well, in the main tank, you need to add a lot of structure such as wood, rock, plastic plants to break up the space and give the weaker fish a chance to hide. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: filter causing fish to jerk, 10 gallon aquarium, beneficial bacteria
10 gallon aquarium, beneficial bacteria, electric shocks: Linda, If I am right, you are cycling the tank with a fish, correct? If so, it is better to cycle without fish in the tank. Your first bacteria bloom, that happens within the first week, has bacteria that is harmful for the fish. After that bloom there...

Fish: fish acting strange, ammonia nitrate, tiger barbs
ammonia nitrate, tiger barbs, tiger barb: Nicki Explain to your son that Lego men are for him to play with, and not for the fish, and are in fact harmful to the fish. Your fish could ve nibbled on the Legos and got sick. In an aquarium, you need to as closely replicate the fishes natural habitat...

Fish: my fish's behavior, cichlid research, small fish
cichlid research, small fish, tap water: Hi Alberto, Hmm... it could be the water, but it could be a coincidence. It is important if you are using tap water that you add the drops to the water (in a bucket presumably) before putting that water in the tank. Are you doing that? -- Ron C....

Fish: fish fight, aggressive fish, fish fight
aggressive fish, fish fight, happy fish: Hi Adam, You can split the fish up...the electric blues will always fight. They are aggressive fish. :) The dragons are extremely territorial by nature. Not a lot you can do about that either. Might want to start a second tank to split them up....

Fish: flower horn bloated, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, body coloration: Hi Mahesh, It sounds like your fish has an intestinal problem. The medications for white spot, slime and velvet will do nothing for this. Those are all external parasites. The problem with intestinal issues is that it is hard to get the medication to...

Fish: flower horn bloated, body coloration, flower horn
body coloration, flower horn, aquarium shop: Mahesh, NO DO NOT CONTINUE TREATMENT. Never treat a fish with medication unless you know 100% what s wrong. If he is bloated there is a good chance it is just Swim Bladder Disease. This can be helped by simply fasting the fish for 2 days and then feeding...

Fish: flowerhorn cichlid, cichlid research, fri
cichlid research, fri, water change: Hi Susan, First, 85 is too warm. The temperature should be around 80oF. If he does not eat his food right away, it is important to take it out. Do not leave it in there for him to eat later. It will rot, fouling the water and that is what often makes...

Fish: Goldfish dropped and suffered head trauma, bloody eye, head trauma
bloody eye, head trauma, proper breathing: Get some flow and aeration going asap. I d spend much longer on this answer, but her breathing is why she s on her side. The head trauma can cause them not to be able to have bodily functions as simple as proper breathing and absorption of oxygen, so let...

Fish: Golfish Fry, filtration unit, gallon aquarium
filtration unit, gallon aquarium, happy fish: Hi Jennifer, Bowl? The fry probably won t make it in a bowl. They need filtration, moving water... I don t know why bowls are sold. Not only are they cruel to the fish, but goldfish, especially, really need filtration, because they are bigtime poopers....

Fish: Gourami, friend renee, s parameters
friend renee, s parameters, fishy friend: He needs to be separated and put into his own tank, perhaps with new friends instead of those who bully him. If he s being bullied, it s not fair to him. He s suffering. Maybe a new tank is a great idea. Something like a 5 gallon, or 10, with a filter,...

Fish: Growths on fins, brain fart, lymphocystis
brain fart, lymphocystis, thumb nail: Johanna, They are a parasite. For some reason, I can t recall what they are called, but they are easy to kill. The fish needs to swim in salted water for a month. 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon. The larvae of the embedded parasites (which you see sucking...

Fish: Guppys, male guppies, happy fish
male guppies, happy fish, bright colors: Hi Shae, You have to take them to dinner and dancing first. Just kidding! Well, your male will have a little pointy, hard fin by the bottom portion of his body and the female s will be soft and rounded. Male Guppies have bright colors and big,...

Fish: Should I give away my pacu fish?, pacu fish, 30 gallon tank
pacu fish, 30 gallon tank, shedd aquarium: Hi Erick, I got your fish question in the question pool. My apologies. The expert you originally asked, must not have had an answer for you, so they referred you here. I checked it this morning, and it was empty, so your question was answered immediately...

Fish: I am giving my fish to a friend because I'm moving to Australia., neon tetras, fish room
neon tetras, fish room, black shark: Hi Reilly, Please consider not getting this shark. They will skin your tetra alive. They are highly aggressive fish. I often get complaints that they murdered a fish...please reconsider taking him off your friend s hands. Happy fish-keeping. ...

Fish: gold fish, swim bladder disorder, little tanks
swim bladder disorder, little tanks, raw sewage: Hi Chris, Swim Bladder Disorder has two main causes. One comes from heavy constipation and passes within hours. The other is from filthy sewer water in the tank. Even when it looks clean, our tanks can contain sewage. The very fact that your tank is...

Fish: gold fish, fish questions, happy fish
fish questions, happy fish, gold fish: Hi Christian, I got this question in the fish questions pool today. It must have been there awhile, referred to other experts by the original expert you chose. Please do not hold me responsible because it s taken so long to answer. I just got it today,...

Fish: my gourami, happy fish, community tank
happy fish, community tank, bully: Hi Louise, Separate the two fish, first of all. The one who is injured needs a tank where he s not being bullied. Adding salt does help, but it s not necessary. His tail will heal once he s removed from the bully. Happy fish-keeping, Rene...

Fish: Hardy, tanks a lot, leaps and bounds
tanks a lot, leaps and bounds, pet fish: Manahil, You are learning at leaps and bounds. You know SO much more now than you used to...I think you should try a couple Danios. Maybe they will work out for you. Maybe not! But, either way, at least you tried and they are extremely cheap to buy,...

Fish: HELP!, green tiger barb, tank water
green tiger barb, tank water, ammonia: Hi Manahil, Nitrites form from poo in the water. Nitrite poisoning is as if the fish was breathing ammonia...and poop. It is bad for his little lungs if it s in the water. Nitrites and ammonia form from unfiltered poo. It can be prevented by water...

Fish: Hi, I am afraid if I don't get help soon, my fish will die, white strands, internet talks
white strands, internet talks, fish tank: Hi Jessica, A functioning heater should raise the tank temperature in a few hours at most. I can t tell if there is organ damage, and particularly not from here, unfortunately. Your best weapon for keeping a fish healthy is to do regular weekly...

Fish: Hi, I am afraid if I don't get help soon, my fish will die, ph alkalinity, blowing bubbles
ph alkalinity, blowing bubbles, air bubbles: The white strands are very bad. They are a sign of internal deterioration, but maybe not. Hopefully it s just the body cleansing itself or purging...a reaction to the antibiotic. Red anus, swelling, these are signs of internal issues. Red streaks in...

Fish: help..., feeder goldfish, feeder fish
feeder goldfish, feeder fish, hospital tank: Alyssa, Since they are only about 2 inches I would have to guess you have the common goldfish aka feeder fish. Even with the smaller feeders, a 15 gallon tank is a bit too small for three of them. When we have a fish die and we don t know why, it is...

Fish: Identify disease, cichlid research, festivum cichlid
cichlid research, festivum cichlid, ron c: Hi Chris, Is there another fish in the tank that may be attacking this fish? It sounds like those are wounds which have grown fungus. The solution is to isolate that fish to let it heal. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Identify fish problem, festivum cichlid, fish problem
festivum cichlid, fish problem, fish questions: Hi Christopher, Bad news. This is HIH. Hole In Head disease will kill him if not treated. 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon must be added. Please add Marine Salt only. His water also needs changed more frequently. HIH is cuased by filthy water. ...

Fish: Jewel fish EGGS, baby brine shrimp, jewel fish
baby brine shrimp, jewel fish, cichlid research: Hi Manish, You can put the eggs in another fish bowl but you need to put an airstone near them to provide oxygen. Normally the parents do this by fanning the eggs. However, as you suggest, taking the eggs away can cause the parents to become aggressive...

Fish: Jewel fish EGGS, jewel fish, tiger barbs
jewel fish, tiger barbs, rosy barbs: Manish, the parents will do their best to keep the fry alive in the community tank, so provide tons of plantlife around and the fry may make it. Other than separation, I don t really have additional options. Separation and an addition of plants. :) Giving...

Fish: Jewel fish EGGS, jewel fish, fish eggs
jewel fish, fish eggs, fish questions: Hi Manish, I recommend buying another tank and housing them in there, separately. I actually remember seeing this question before. Perhaps one similar? :) There really isn t any other way than to put them in a separate tank. I got this question...

Fish: Jewel fish EGGS, jewel fish, fish eggs
jewel fish, fish eggs, sponge filter: Manish, Cichlids are awesome parents. You don t really want to take the babies out until they are 1cm long. If the other fish are eating them, you either have too small of a tank or too many fish. The parents guard the eggs and the newborn fry. If you...

Fish: Kio, clove of garlic, happy fish
clove of garlic, happy fish, pebbles: Hi Julia, Your Koi is on the bottom sucking pebbles? Do you mean as in cleaning them off and then spitting them out? This is a normal Koi behavior. They like to clean algae and small things off pebbles and to sift through them for foods. Feed him...

Fish: Koi - balance problem, five gallon buckets, happy fish
five gallon buckets, happy fish, silver fish: Hi Margaret, If it s chilly out, and it s below 55F, he s probably having balancing issues because he s freezing to death. They require warmer water and although they can survive most winters, in some areas, Koi are just not possible. Bring him inside....

Fish: Krebensis, cichlid research, kribensis
cichlid research, kribensis, ron c: Hi Amii, Female kribensis are VERY prone to fight other females so the odds are good that the more dominant (larger) female will hurt or even kill the other female. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Kuli loach size, cherry barbs, fish breeds
cherry barbs, fish breeds, zebra danio: Hi Manahil, Kuhli Loaches only grow to about 3 inches, maybe 4 , but that s length. They are little, tiny fish that look like eels. On the tips of their noses are little whiskers. They are excellent bottom feeders and they are excellent tank cleaners....

Fish: what kind of fish do i have?, kind of fish, gold fish
kind of fish, gold fish, goldfish: Nate, please send me a photo. I can help identify your fish. Goldfish do not kill other fish. I would check water quality, as it s usually the cause, not the fish itself. I look forward to your information so I can better help you. Provide an image...

Fish: I know what's wrong now (help), aquarium salt, tail rot
aquarium salt, tail rot, fin rot: Jasmine, Ok. Lets start over. The injury happened before you came to me with your original question, yes? As for the filter, they are made so that they do not injure fish.. I do not know what kind of filter you have or how it could have injured his tail....

Fish: Male Betta fish, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, bubble nest: Debi, The male makes what is called a bubble nest. He is just telling you he is happy. Frozen blood worms are ok to feed as is frozen brine shrimp. Sounds like you are doing all the right things since he is presenting you with a nest. Hope this helps...

Fish: Male betta, happy fish, bloated belly
happy fish, bloated belly, belly bloat: Hi Stacey, Bettas require at least 3 gallons to survive, of water. The belly bloat comes from a disease called Dropsy. There are many causes for it, two primary causes being water quality and infection. I recommend getting him into a larger aquarium,...

Fish: Molly fish, black molly fish, happy fish
black molly fish, happy fish, 10 gallon tank: Hi Kathryn, You have too many fish in the tank, first. There should be no more than 6 tetra in there. 1.5 gallons per inch of fish, and they will reach 2 . She chases them because Mollies, although viewed as tranquil fish, are actually pretty aggressive...

Fish: male Betta care, blood worms, blow bubbles
blood worms, blow bubbles, afternoon sunlight: Dana and Orion, Unfortunately, most pet store chains know nothing about the fish they keep. Remember, these fish come from Thailand. His water can be no less that 80 degrees at all times. All of my heaters are set at 82 and my oldest fish is 6 years old....

Fish: medicating, happy fish, new tank
happy fish, new tank, fenbendazole: I recommend Fenbendazole and Prazi-Pro. The combination will kill 100% of parasites in the tank. You can combine them together as well. Garlic will not only enhance flavor of food, but it will increase the food drive and is an antibacterial. It is...

Fish: microworms, male guppies, cardinal tetras
male guppies, cardinal tetras, flake food: Hi Elizabeth, I ve already answered this question for you. This was in the question pool this morning for other experts to answer. So, sorry...whoever you asked referred it to other experts to answer. Either way, I hope you received my information...

Fish: microworms, male guppies, cardinal tetras
male guppies, cardinal tetras, flake food: Hi Elizabeth, I sent you an answer a few weeks ago to this question. Got your question, tonight, in the question pool. Apparently, another expert didn t know the answer, so they referred it there for others to answer. I chose yours because I believe...

Fish: microworms, male guppies, cardinal tetras
male guppies, cardinal tetras, flake food: Hi Elizabeth, You can grow them at home. I found a great article which can help you. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishfood/microworms.php This article talks about how to do it. I have never grown microworms. I have heard the stuff they eat stinks...

Fish: New tank for Male Betta fish!, fish question, new tank
fish question, new tank, betta fish: Keith, Ok, let me start over. As I stated Betta s do not require a filter. I did not say they can t have one. If you want to put one in that is up to you. I have filters in all my Betta tanks, but they are sponge filter therefore they do not produce a...

Fish: Nitrate Poison, poor fish, good bacteria
poor fish, good bacteria, gallon tank: Thankyou so much for the compliments, Manahil. That s funny about the plant flower pot. Funny indeed, but sad it has two new bodies. :-| I am also worried about the white fungus. That can t be good for the fishes. I hope it doesn t come back. I...

Fish: Nitrite, cichlid research, bottom feeder
cichlid research, bottom feeder, prime water: Hi Harrison, You should continue to do water changes and switch pet stores. There is no reason to not do a water change. When catfish (your bottom feeder) die, they put a lot of toxins in the water and you need to clear that out. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: i just need to know a few things, brine shrimp, holly holly
brine shrimp, holly holly, blood worms: Holly, If he is going to be in such a small home, the water changes need to be done no less than every 3 days. Also, in the smaller tank, you have no heater, HE NEEDS A HEATER. The constant temp changes are not good for him. It will eventually kill your...

Fish: nitrogen cycling process, gallon fish tank, nitrogen cycle
gallon fish tank, nitrogen cycle, fish questions: Hi Jessica, Nitrogen must cycle 2 weeks before adding fish. Your fish are overcrowded. 1 of fish per gallon. 3 gallons, I would not have more than 2 guppies. Change water every 2 weeks. 25%. Good luck. PS- I got this in the fish questions...

Fish: Odd behavior in cory catfish..., fish anatomy, weird angles
fish anatomy, weird angles, question pool: Hi, I found this in the question pool. The person you originally asked put it there for other experts, and I found it tonight. I have no idea how long it s been there, so hopefully I can get to you in time to save the catfish. Your filter is failing....

Fish: Oranda goldfish behavior, water parasites, bladder disorder
water parasites, bladder disorder, oranda goldfish: Hi Jessica, He s got swim bladder disorder. That causes them to turn upside down or float. Their swim bladders have issues with regulating how they right themselves. This can be caused by many things. Nitrites and ammonia can play parts. ...

Fish: Oscar with Bad Eye, upside down catfish, hospital tank
upside down catfish, hospital tank, filtration system: Hello Leighann, I do not know if your fish is still alive, but Will has sent your question to a pool where other experts may answer it, for one reason or another. I see it s been ignored awhile and am very sorry to see that. Soon as I saw it, I...

Fish: My Oscar is very sick, parasite remover, aquarium salt
parasite remover, aquarium salt, tiger oscar: Lindsey, Lets start with the fin rot. This disease is 100% preventable with good water quality. We have to medicate one problem at a time. Never add that many medications to the tank at one time. This will cause the fish to get sicker. What size tank...

Fish: other fish, glow fish, fish questions
glow fish, fish questions, baby fish: Hi Rae, I got this question in the fish questions pool today. It must have been there awhile, referred to other experts by the original expert you chose. Please do not hold me responsible because it s taken so long to answer. I just got it today, and...

Fish: Have never owned ciclids, would like to, southern ontario canada, balloon mollies
southern ontario canada, balloon mollies, community fish: Hi Paula, I am not sure what coincides are? Do you mean cichlids? If so, yes you can put them in such a tank. The tank size determines the kind and number of fish that you can put in there. Equally important is how much structure you have in the...

Fish: Platy breeding, type answers, allabout
type answers, allabout, hi thanks: Woops, I intended to answer that for you. This happens when you get old. Hehe. Meatier foods put fish in the mood, so maybe some freeze dried shrimp would be on the menu. Maybe freeze dried worms, freeze dried tubiflex...those all float really well and...

Fish: Population check, happy fish, small fish
happy fish, small fish, platys: Manahil, You can fit in five very small fish, but I suspect your filter isn t sufficient. There have been so many losses now that I would stick to no more than 3. One bottom and 2 at the top. Later, after they are doing okay, you should consider adding...

Fish: Pregnant swordtail, pregnant swordtail, happy fish
pregnant swordtail, happy fish, tell tale signs: Sitting alone is a good sign she s ready. Put her in the breeder box a few days early. It will be best for her. She won t be as stressed as newly being placed when she gives live birth. The others will feast on babies if she s going to have them in...

Fish: pleco fish, cichlid research, fish question
cichlid research, fish question, pleco fish: Hi Natasha, Unfortunately it isn t that simple. Most of them are dark brown/blackish. There is no simple way to tell one species from the next. In fact, some are almost impossible to tell apart even to a plecostomus expert. Most likely, he is Hypostomus...

Fish: Returning Problem, cherry barbs, tank mates
cherry barbs, tank mates, tiny shells: Hi Manahil, This is him, lol...isn t he cute? http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=830+836+1882&pcatid=1882 The thing is #1, very expensive. #2, they require at least 5 other companions and a pod of 6 to be happy. That s about $140...

Fish: Ryukin, broad spectrum antibiotic, bladder problems
broad spectrum antibiotic, bladder problems, happy fish: Hi Sally, You asked this question of me, and apparently also another expert who didn t know the answer and who referred it to the question pool for other experts to answer, instead. I got it...just wanted to let you know, my answer s in your mailbox.:)...

Fish: ryukin, goldfish owners, ryukin goldfish
goldfish owners, ryukin goldfish, proper filtration: I think she s got a hernia or a tumor. Either way, neither is good...neither is going to improve with time. Watch her and if she goes downhill, then follow the directions here to euthenize her, but if she improves, don t. Please, I advise trying to...

Fish: Serpea+ siamease fighting fish, male betta, litre tank
male betta, litre tank, fish question: Emily, Unfortunately if you do not remove the Betta he will end up dead. There is nothing else you can do but remove the Betta from the tank. If you cannot do that, then I suggest retuning him to the store. Sorry I cannot be of better help, but those are...

Fish: Sick Pacu, water test kit, happy fish
water test kit, happy fish, test parameters: Hi Jim, Get the water test kit and test parameters and if you don t have one, assume something s wrong. Generally, it s the nitrites/ammonia. When they go to the bottom, lose color, there are generally 2 reasons. Toxic water, or heating issues. the...

Fish: Sick Zebra Danio, active carbon charcoal, zebra danios
active carbon charcoal, zebra danios, zebra danio: Ruth, What did you treat him with and when treating did you remove the active carbon/charcoal from the filter? What are the water perimeters? I would try salt water bath. Put one teaspoon of aquarium salt in 1 gallon of water. Make sure you dissolve the...

Fish: Stargazer Pike Cichlid, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, tail fin: Hi Dylan, I have not kept that particular pike but I have kept others and one thing is common to most of them, namely that they can change colors dramatically, particularly when going from a juvenile to a young adult. It would not surprise me if that...

Fish: my sad fish :(, sad fish, fish questions
sad fish, fish questions, happy fish: Hi Kylee, He needs another tetra. They are school fish. They like being with more than one. Males have a straight line down the center. Females have a slightly curved line. The line will curve up. Happy fish-keeping. I got this question in...

Fish: swim bladder and fiber, water quality issues, fantail goldfish
water quality issues, fantail goldfish, bladder disorder: Dana, I got your question in a pod of other questions referred to the fish experts by another expert. This means it might have sat in the que for days without being seen, but I saw it today and got it out to help you. Your fish has swim bladder disorder,...

Fish: Tank not cycling, broad spectrum antibiotic, fish diseases
broad spectrum antibiotic, fish diseases, litre tank: Rhian, To start 6 gallons is not big enough for a goldfish. He needs to be in no less than a 70 liter tank. Goldfish have no stomachs and therefore it makes them very messy fish. Stop using the bacteria booster. They only cause problems and your fish does...

Fish: Tank-mates for Betta, tank mates, neon tetras
tank mates, neon tetras, small tank: Brittaney, There really isn t much you can add to a male Betta tank. The only thing I can think of is a pleco but then he will get too big for the small tank. You can try neon tetras but that is a hit and miss. Male Betta s are very territorial and will...

Fish: Tin Foil Barb Swimming Upside Down, tin foil barbs, tin foil barb
tin foil barbs, tin foil barb, hospital tank: Hi Jeannie, I m so sorry for your loss. :( Sometimes, we do the best we can, but death still happens in the animal world. I, too, had a hard day yesterday. I tested all my parameters (which is about 12 things...far more than most test for) and my beloved...

Fish: Tomatoe in fish tank, apple snails, stress coat
apple snails, stress coat, corrys: Hi Jen, Goodness. I ve never had this particular question before. Well, the thing about tomatoes I recall which was the reason we could not feed them to our cockatoo was because they contain a really strong acid in them. Ever eat tomatoes off the...

Fish: Can't wait any more! 2, elephant nose fish, encyclopedia of animals
elephant nose fish, encyclopedia of animals, electrical shocks: Interesting question. I do think fish recognize relatives and family. They school. Same fishes school in different schools, which shows a preference for certain family members. Elephant Nose fish actually MOURN when one dies. My troop was about a...

Fish: what to put in my tank, aquarium salt, aquarium world
aquarium salt, aquarium world, tropical tank: The fishes platys and mollies to prevent breeding is a good idea. I do think it s smart to stick to different varieties. I have to be honest with you. Livebearing fish are often troublesome to keep for beginners. Fish like barbs are easy and very strong...

Fish: type of community, feeder fish, iridescent shark
feeder fish, iridescent shark, flake food: Hi Adam! I d classify you as a Freshwater Aquarist - or Enthusiast. That means a broader spectrum of words, rather than just fish-keeping, plant-keeping, cichlid enthusiast, etc. The first things I d like to let you know, is that guppies, don t lay...

Fish: water changes, room temperature water, aqua one
room temperature water, aqua one, aquarium salt: Karolina, The heaters that claim they keep the water at a certain temp never work. His water should be at 82 at all times. The heater that works the best are the ones that you can adjust. With the water temp going up and down will cause him to stress and...

Fish: worry about my gold fish, fish questions, happy fish
fish questions, happy fish, gold fish: Hi Maria, It s probably a worm. Please add 2 teaspoons per gallon of sea salt to the tank. Dissolve it. When the worm falls out and dies, change the tank thoroughly. Wash gravel, change water, wash decorations and set it back up. The goldfish will...

Fish: Me Again, litre tank, water change
litre tank, water change, tess: Sorry Tess, I thought for some reason we were writing about a Molly...during the past few responses, we ve lost the original letters. I have nothing to refer to. If he s a black Moore, he does not need salt in his water to survive. I get like 100...

Fish: yellow bullhead catfish, yellow bullhead catfish, fish questions
yellow bullhead catfish, fish questions, gallon tank: Hi Ben, I got this question in the fish questions pool today. It must have been there awhile, referred to other experts by the original expert you chose. Please do not hold me responsible because it s taken so long to answer. I just got it today, and...

Fish: yellow spots, cichlid research, gal tank
cichlid research, gal tank, red claw: Hi Jenna, Hmm.... yellow spots are very unusual on fishes. Usually I hear about white spots. Or small white mounds , but I have never heard about yellow spots. Are these on the skin, i.e., raised above the skin, or are they discolorations of the skin...

Fish: 29 gallon;Lake Malawi Cichlids, comet goldfish, ciclids
comet goldfish, ciclids, size tank: Hi again Paula, Remember the fish rule. 1 of fish per 1.5 of aquarium. That means, most African Cichlids get 6 inches, so you should always give each fish at least 5 gallons to itself when you decide how many fish go into the tank. 75 gallons means...

Fish: Aggressive pleco, cichlid research, algae wafers
cichlid research, algae wafers, aggressive fish: Hi Brendon, This is very normal for goldspot plecos. They are a rather aggressive fish. Be sure that he has lots of hiding spots, typically on the backside of a nice piece of wood, to call his own and he might calm down a little. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Aggressive pleco, algae wafers, signs of starvation
algae wafers, signs of starvation, happy fish: Perhaps it is not his. Perhaps it s short and thick, because it s all the nutrients he digested that day. :) No worries. Start putting algae tabs in at night. :) Things should soften down with his behavior within a month or so. If it continues, then...

Fish: Bala Sharks and Oscars, bala sharks, bala shark
bala sharks, bala shark, schooling fish: Hi Darien Yes, a Bala Shark and an Oscar should be fine together, especially in a large tank. However, Bala Sharks are schooling fish that need to be in groups of at least 6. A school of Balas won t bother an Oscar, nor will an Oscar bother a school of...

Fish: Balloon-belly Molly, bladder disorder, tank mates
bladder disorder, tank mates, bladder problem: Hi Brent, I get this question every day. The floating is caused by Ammonia and Nitrite poisoning. It is SBD. Swim Bladder Disorder is caused by filthy water. Not only can the fish not go down, and has to float, but its skin and eyes are burning. ...

Fish: Behaviour of Parrot fish., aggressive fishes, parrot cichlid fish
aggressive fishes, parrot cichlid fish, parrot fish: Hello, Parrot Fish are Cichlids. They are aggressive fishes. This is absolutely a normal behavior for the fish. It s not mean. It s instinctive. The Parrot Fishes will gang up on everyone else. That s how they are. You might consider returning them...

Fish: Betta with ammonia poisoning?, betta fish, slime coat
betta fish, slime coat, red streaks: Nita, The best thing to do now is just keep up with the water changes and make sure his heater is at 82. Make sure you follow the direction on the medication. As long as the conditioner removes chlorine from the water it s fine. Let me know how he is doing...

Fish: Betta Breeding, phantom tetra, sponge filter
phantom tetra, sponge filter, neon tetra: Emily, Research is very important BEFORE you attempt anything. Had you researched you would know that you CANNOT breed them in a tank with other fish. You would know that you CANNOT breed a male to 3 females. Research would have told you that you need...

Fish: Betta not eating, flake food, blood worms
flake food, blood worms, little tank: Michelle, Glad to hear he has a bigger home. I will answer the questions in order. Betta s are pretty resilient and can cope very easy. Set up his tank including the heater and turn it on. Do not need to let the new tank set out for 24 hours. Just...

Fish: My Betta Fish, female betta fish, taking care of fish
female betta fish, taking care of fish, bubble nest: Betty, Well, females do not make the bubble nest but some will make bubbles. Changing the water every day is too much. Just change out 25% of the water every week. Make sure she has a heater in her tank set at 82 degrees. You can remove the bubbles since...

Fish: Betta Fish Depression, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, ron c: Hi Paige, You should be changing 25% of the water in his tank once a week, every week. That is far better than changing more water at once. Do you have a heater in the tank? Bettas need water up near 80oF to be happy. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Betta Fish with Small White Spot on Top Fin, aquarium gravel, brine shrimp
aquarium gravel, brine shrimp, partial water changes: Rozalia, One thing i would do is raise the heater. He is tropical and needs it between 80 and 82 degrees. As for the filter you really don t need one. If you really want a filter the one you have is fine. I would change the freeze dried foods to frozen....

Fish: Betta Flaring, sponge filters, gallon tanks
sponge filters, gallon tanks, plastic canvas: Timoteo, I also have large tanks with separations in them. They will flare at each other but it should calm down. I use the plastic canvas that I got at a craft store. I chose dark colors but they know there is a fish next to them. If the flaring does...

Fish: Betta fish, fish question, hardy fish
fish question, hardy fish, plastic plants: Jane, Betta s have an organ called Labyrinth organ. This allows them to get oxygen from the air above the tank. The males have these long beautiful fins and tails which make them very slow swimmers. Filters are not needed for the Betta nor do they like...

Fish: Big Ich Problem, sunburst platy, tiger loach
sunburst platy, tiger loach, fish hatch: Okay, hi Brendon, First of all, let s start with the 82F. That s too high. Even for treatment of Ich, that s too high. The fishes you keep are 72F fish. You can go to 80F, but that is the very top of the heat ladder for your types of fishes. Remove...

Fish: Black Moore Worry, bite size pieces, water quality issues
bite size pieces, water quality issues, swim bladder: Joanne, Sounds like it is having a swim bladder problem. The swim bladder helps to keep the fish upright. This is usually a sign of over feeding and some water quality issues. Fast the fish for 2 days. On the third day give him A cooked pea that has the...

Fish: Black Piranha, black piranha, happy fish
black piranha, happy fish, water changes: Hi Dylan, The lean is caused by high nitrites in the water. My clownfish had the same issues in his old home. Water changes. Immediately! 25% every other day for a week. This will cure the issue. He will need better filtration in the longrun....

Fish: betta eating, blood worms, bubble nest
blood worms, bubble nest, java fern: Dana and Orion, Glad to hear Fin is doing better. Yes, just like most fish, they will eat every time you put food in. Just remember that his stomach is the size of his eye and over feeding would not be a good thing. Just continue to feed the way you are...

Fish: blood red parrot fish cichlid, red parrot fish, blood red parrot fish
red parrot fish, blood red parrot fish, happy fish: Hi Nigel, I wouldn t worry too much. If you are concerned about parasites, buy Prazi Pro and run a treatment to the aquarium, but it s very normal for parrotfish to change color and get large stomachs. This is part of their growth pattern. If his head...

Fish: bubble-eyed goldfish illness, animal cruelty laws, bubble eyed goldfish
animal cruelty laws, bubble eyed goldfish, beginner fish: Hello Brett, I get this question everyday, at least 2 times. What you are describing is Nitrite poisoning and ammonia poisoning. What causes these? Poop, no filter, too small a place to live. Goldfish have to live in large containers. http://www.fishchannel.com/fishkidz/beginner-fish/bowled-over.aspx...

Fish: Cichlid question, vertical stripes, happy fish
vertical stripes, happy fish, gallon tank: Hi Paula, Some may be sterile, but others will not. Mbunas are not always sterile when hybridized, but most are. Either way, they will be gorgeous, enjoyable and fun! :) Congrats on the purchase. They will lay eggs, and do everything just like non-sterile...

Fish: Convict Genetics, black convict, striped pair
black convict, striped pair, aa bb: Black striped is dominant. Albinism is recessive. The appearance of calico convicts is easy to achieve by breeding calico to calico. Unfortunately, we don t really have access to pedigreed fish. So, when we choose our parents, unless we raised them,...

Fish: Cory Catfish, adult fish, yellow moon
adult fish, yellow moon, platies: Well, here is the only issue I can see. The problem in the past was the filtration was not supporting four fishes. I suggest this: Take it home. Try it out. If the water gets cloudy or the fish go to the top to breathe, take it back to your friend and...

Fish: crossbreeding/true strains/diluting genetics, cichlid research, endlers
cichlid research, endlers, fish breeders: Hi Sam, You can never do what you propose to do. Once a fish has been crossbred, it forever remains a hybrid at least in part. Theoretically, it would take an infinite number of generations to remove the effects of cross-breeding. You could therefore...

Fish: Datnoid blind and spitting food back out..., fire eel, baby giraffe
fire eel, baby giraffe, hospital tank: Hi Tom, Take the fish out of the main aquarium. Put him in a hospital tank. Heat it to 80F. Treat him with Prazi Pro immediately. Treat him according to directions and it should get rid of the parasitic infection. In the hospital tank, prior to...

Fish: Dojo Loach, weather loaches, brine shrimp
weather loaches, brine shrimp, african cichlids: Hi Jeremy Dojo Loaches aka Weather Loaches, outside of South American and African Cichlids, are among my favorite of all fish. Mine often go up and down my arm when I am cleaning the tank. I sometimes have to push them away (only to have them return) ...

Fish: Is it easy to breed red wag platies in an 8 gallon?, happy fish, community fish
happy fish, community fish, cats and dogs: Ample means - enough . Aeration means - bubbles in the water . Sorry, I forget I speak adult sometimes! :) I forget the youngsters who write in have a hard time with my big words and I apologize for that, Manny. Happy fish-keeping, and have a wonderful...

Fish: Fancy Tailed Goldfish, gallon tank, water changes
gallon tank, water changes, strange face: Veronica, First off the tank is too small. One goldfish should be in nothing smaller than a 20 gallon tank. The 25% water changes need to be done weekly. You also have to add a water conditioner to the new water every time you change it. Do not mix old...

Fish: Fantail Goldfish, fish tank, happy fish
fish tank, happy fish, marine salt: Hi B, You re welcome to write anytime. I want to help you learn to keep him properly, and I am absolutely not offended. I am just really sad for your fish is all. Here are some literatures you should read about caring for goldfish. http://www.fishchannel.com/fishkidz/beginner-fish/bowled-over.aspx...

Fish: Fire mouth cichlid, 30 gallon tank, tank mates
30 gallon tank, tank mates, firemouth cichlid: Hi Dylan, To answer on a more professional level, I will need answers to the questions below. What kind of filter is being used? How often do you change water? Feed? How much food do you feed and does any hit the bottom? How often is the filter maintained?...

Fish: FlowerHorn Behaviour, cichlid research, excess ammonia
cichlid research, excess ammonia, inchs: Hi Sanil, This is a little unusual and often indicates that your water quality is getting worse. You need to change 25% of his water once a week, every week. This will keep the ammonia down in the water. It is often excess ammonia (and other forms of nitrogen)...

Fish: Freshwater Eel, figure 8 puffer, texas cichlid
figure 8 puffer, texas cichlid, fire eel: Hello, That s a good choice. I think the fire eel would be your best option, as it is friendly, colorful, and diurnal. Just a few word of caution though, make sure the eel is not too small to be eaten by cichlids, and visa versa. Also, keep a very close...

Fish: Freshwater Eel, figure 8 puffer, cichlid research
figure 8 puffer, cichlid research, texas cichlid: Hi Sam, Unfortunately if you put an eel of any kind in with an oscar, I can pretty much guarantee that the oscar will eat it sooner or later. Also, there are no eels that don t hide; hiding is what eels do. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Betta with ammonia poisoning?
Fish: Betta with ammonia poisoning?

Fish: crossbreeding/true strains/diluting genetics, hollander, progeny
Fish: crossbreeding/true strains/diluting genetics, hollander, progeny, hybrids

Fish: molly, balloon mollies, eggs
Fish: molly, balloon mollies, eggs, fish

Fish: Gold gourami/tank mates, gold gouramis, most aggressive fish
gold gouramis, most aggressive fish, tank mates: Hi Paula Swordtails are very easy to keep and maintain. You should be able to put 5 swordtails in a 29 gallon with the Gourami and 5 Cory Cats, but you need more females than males in a 1:2 ratio. So I would get 2 males and 3 females. In tanks with smaller...

Fish: Goldfish babies, must be doing something right, blood worms
must be doing something right, blood worms, happy fish: Sue, it really sounds like you have this in hand, to me. Putting them outside in about a month is a good idea, in the pond, but it s not a good idea while it is cold. Summertime will come and they will need homes or to be ponded. :) You sound very capable,...

Fish: Goldfish floating, bladder disorder, filtration units
bladder disorder, filtration units, gallon aquarium: Hi Kai, I get this question every day. The floating is caused by Ammonia and Nitrite poisoning. It is SBD. Swim Bladder Disorder is caused by filthy water. Clean the tank s water and wash out all the filtration units. Another thing I get everyday...

Fish: Gourami's, cold water tank, kissing gouramis
cold water tank, kissing gouramis, blue gouramis: Sandra, Ok, the kissing ignoramus are you meaning Gouramis? I also do not know what a pomatum is. As for the goldfish, they should not be in that tank. The Gourami s are tropical fish and need their water temp to be between 78 and 80 degrees. The goldfish...

Fish: goldfish, happy fish, gallon tank
happy fish, gallon tank, goldfish: Hello Caroline, A goldfish requires much, much more room than that. 6 gallons is small for 1 goldfish, but it s really really cramped for 3. Goldfish are extreme extruders. They require very big tanks to accommodate for that. Please consider cutting...

Fish: goldfish, happy fish, gold fish
happy fish, gold fish, pet store: Hi Brian, This is very urgently in need of attention. Everyday the worms are doubling in size inside the fish. If sticking out, it s not good. Get some Prazi Pro from the pet store and treat him for worms asap. Follow directions on the bottle. :) Hope...

Fish: goldfish, cichlid research, intestinal parasites
cichlid research, intestinal parasites, gold fish: Hi Bella, Do you mean a whitish string? If so, that indicates that the goldfish has intestinal parasites and you need to separate that fish from the rest of your fish. There are various medications that claim to cure the problem, but I have had little...

Fish: goldfish, size aquarium, swim bladder
size aquarium, swim bladder, happy fish: Hi Sebastian, Swimming upside down is a sign of ammonia and nitrite poisoning. You can change his water, completely, and he can recouperate. His swim bladder is messed up. Goldfish require extreme filtration. People keep them in bowls, but they can...

Fish: goldfish lump?, goldfish bowl, chemical burns
goldfish bowl, chemical burns, happy fish: Hi Emma, Ammonia poisoning. Goldfish require at least 10 gallons as juveniles. As adults, 25 to 50. Without that, their water becomes extremely putrified. Ammonia toxins build up and cause swollen scales, missing scales, chemical burns and such. ...

Fish: Hey there - Urgent Black Moore Needs Help, litre tank, waste producers
litre tank, waste producers, small tank: Tess, I have to agree with Renee 100%. That tank is way too small for ANY fish. Goldfish are huge waste producers and is one reason why they need such a large tank. Since they do over produce waste it is always a good idea to buy a filter that is larger...

Fish: Hungry fish, puppy dogs, major tank
puppy dogs, major tank, hungry fish: Platys are like puppy dogs. They will eat till they burst, lol. Laurie, your platy need fed ONE time a day, only enough that they eat in one minute. They will get used to the ritual eventually. Too much food (more than once a day) is the cause of major...

Fish: identification of male &female goldfish, female goldfish, happy fish
female goldfish, happy fish, water clouds: Hello Suraj, It sounds as if your goldfish haven t bred. When they breed, the water clouds up really cloudy. It is a sign that sperm is in the water. When they breed, you will see the males chasing the female around. She must have flat surface...

Fish: jack demp babies, african cichlids, 75 gallon tank
african cichlids, 75 gallon tank, angle fish: Hi Kyle, First, when to move them. I keep the kids with the parents for 2 to 3 weeks, at which point, it is usually safe to move them. Watch carefully however because if you remove the kids, the parents may blame each other and have a nasty fight (or...

Fish: jack dempsey eggs, jack dempsey cichlids, jack dempseys
jack dempsey cichlids, jack dempseys, african cichlids: Maria, The Jack Dempsey s make awesome parents, but unfortunately the other fish will eat the eggs. Get a nursery tank, a 10 gallon would be good. Make sure you use water from the original tank into the nursery. Once you have the water in and the temp...

Fish: how do i know if my black mollie is pregnant and should i be moveing her to a seperate tank, cherry barbs, neon tetra
cherry barbs, neon tetra, community tank: Hi again, Constantly sitting at the bottom is also a sign that Nitrites and Ammonia are too high in water, in fact, it is the first sign of nitrite poisoning, so I d really like you to change 50% of the water and 25% every weekend for a month to get the...

Fish: Light belly dark body, skin coloration, pretty tank
skin coloration, pretty tank, baby fish: Awe! I feel for you. I don t know that they will not breed. I don t want you to think your platys you have now won t breed. There is a very good possibility someday they will. If there is a male and a female, it is possible. Sometimes fish are just...

Fish: Lost 2 goldfish, aquarium water, aquarium store
aquarium water, aquarium store, new aquarium: Jean, Well, in your case, you had fish die in the tank. You don t want whatever killed those fish to kill the new ones. When cycling you run the tank with the heater and filter until both bacteria blooms have happened. Once this is done you can then add...

Fish: Molly Fish, dalmatian mollies, live aquatic plants
dalmatian mollies, live aquatic plants, 30 gallon tank: Hi April, Cycling means let the tank run one month without any fish in it yet. Put in a snail, and plants and filter. Let it start up and run before you put fish in and then do a couple nice-sized water changes, and then add fish. It s a long process,...

Fish: making my male convict cichlid less agressive, convict cichlid, female convict
convict cichlid, female convict, cichlid research: Hi Jose, This is pretty normal for a convict. One way you can reduce the aggression is by adding a lot of structure (plants, rock, etc) to break up the space and to give each of the fishes many places to hide. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: my molly, huge belly, water changes
huge belly, water changes, perimeters: Jack, What are your water perimeters? If a fish comes to the top to hang out it usually means there is not enough oxygen in the tank. If she does not have a huge belly then chances are she is not going to have babies. Check all the water readings, make...

Fish: molly, balloon molly, cichlid research
balloon molly, cichlid research, dark orange: Hi Jack, It is very hard to tell if a balloon molly is gravid. It won t hurt her to be in the breeders net so you can put her in there if you want. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar eye problems, poor water quality, cichlid research
poor water quality, cichlid research, orange orb: Hi Teresa, The eye problems are likely caused by the same thing that caused the hole in the head, namely poor water quality. You need to keep up with the water changes and perhaps reduce the amount that you are feeding them. Unfortunately oscars are messy...

Fish: oscar laying on its said, cichlid research, malawi cichlids
cichlid research, malawi cichlids, ron c: Hi John, Believe or not, this is just a thing that oscars do from time to time. Some people think that this may be a hunting strategy, i.e., lie on the ground and look dead and then eat whoever comes over to investigate. This is well-known and studied...

Fish: Please help identify these..., peacock cichlid, cichlid research
peacock cichlid, cichlid research, african cichlids: Hi Julie, The problem with identifying these cichlids is that while they are clearly from Lake Malawi, there are hundreds of species of cichlids in that lake. Many of them are blue and many look very similar so it can be very difficult to identify them,...

Fish: Poor lil' black moor unable to maintain balance - please help her!, bladder infections, pooing
bladder infections, pooing, water change: Hi Victoria, First please understand that swimbladder is not a disease, it is a part of a fish. They have a swimbladder to maintain their balance. I suspect that you mean that your fish has in infected swimbladder. Unfortunately swim bladder infections...

Fish: paradise fish HELP!, paradise fish, happy fish
paradise fish, happy fish, body burns: Hi Kelly, Two causes of redness near gills. 1. Chlorine or Chloramine. Did you add any dechlorinator last time his tank was cleaned? 2. Poisoning. Ammonia or nitrites cause this, before the body burns begin. This comes from dirty water. His tank...

Fish: My placos keep dying and I'm not sure why., inch fish, happy fish
inch fish, happy fish, placo: Hi Devin, Check your Nitrites, and nitrates. Nitrates are okay in freshwater, up to 10ppm, but nitrites should be zero. If you have plecostamus, you have to give them algae and they require cooler water. People who keep tanks up near 80 tend not to...

Fish: My poor little cherry barb.., water quality issues, cherry barb
water quality issues, cherry barb, cherry barbs: Hi Alicia, Wanda isn t sick from velvet. He s showing symptoms of ammonia poisoning and cold water. Cherry barbs require 75 degree water. Make sure his temperature is correct. When they lose color it s one of the first signs of water quality issues....

Fish: pregnant molly?, pregnant molly, freshwater fishes
pregnant molly, freshwater fishes, reef tanks: Hi Kim, Congratulations, you re about to be a fishy grandmother. She indeed looks preggo to me. If you don t mind, rather than just sending you a short note about her being pregnant, I d like to include a bit of advice about molly proper care? I...

Fish: Red wag baby tips, blood worms, happy fish
blood worms, happy fish, platies: Hi, It takes red wags just weeks to mate, usually. Usually the female is impregnated within a month, but sometimes they want to get more comfy in their new surroundings first. Highest breeding chances mean lots of water changes (every 2 weeks) and cautionary...

Fish: red ear turtle, keeping turtles, ear turtle
keeping turtles, ear turtle, necessary permission: Rahul, Reply from Lt.Col. A .R Nageshkar, Secretary ,BSPCA , Mumbai. On whether keeping turtles is illegal in India?: In general keeping a single common turtle as pet is allowed. However, it is illegal to keep more numbers without necessary permission....

Fish: Is there something I can do to get my red wags moving?, blood worms, top fin
blood worms, top fin, wags: Red Wags are top fish who like very clean water. Maybe change water more frequently and they will want to play more, but it sounds good to me that they are alive! :) Manahil this is a great improvement. I m so glad they have a little catfish to clean...

Fish: Sick Algae Eater, tank temp, aquarium salt
tank temp, aquarium salt, fish tank: Hi Teresa, Toss the Melafix in the garbage. It s a waste of money. If you combine all these chemicals in the tank, you are literally going to poison your fishes to death. I am not surprised Petsmart employees sold you all this for dosing your tank,...

Fish: Sick Oranda, red streaks, swim bladder
red streaks, swim bladder, tank water: Your fish is dying of ammonia and nitrite poisoning. The cleaning isn t enough. You need to increase it. A 38L tank is a tank that is only about 7 gallons US. That means that the fish is way too cramped. The rule of thumb is 1 baby goldfish per 10...

Fish: Sucker fish has a white patch on its belly, hospital tank, sucker fish
hospital tank, sucker fish, happy fish: He needs to be put into a hospital tank. Filter and heat are necessary. Treat the tank with Prazi Pro or any Formalin product. Return him once it clears up. :) watch your other fish and do water changes at the rate of 25% every 3 days for 2 weeks...

Fish: sick fish, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, fish question: Julie, It looks like swim bladder disease. His stomach is swollen. The way we treat that is fast him for 2 days, on the third day you feed him a cooked shelled pea. DO NOT feed him the outer shell because he won t be able to digest it. Make sure you cut...

Fish: starting, tiger oscar, aggressive fish
tiger oscar, aggressive fish, fish world: Bailey, It has a lot of factors to think about. Do you want fresh water or salt? Tropical or cold water? Aggressive fish or peaceful? Make sure the tank gets cycled before you add any fish. This could take 3 to 4 weeks to accomplish. Let me know what you...

Fish: stocking a 36g bowfront tank, dwarf gourami, gold gourami
dwarf gourami, gold gourami, happy fish: Too many fish. 1 inch of fish per 1.5 gallons. In a 36 gallon, you can have a total length of fishes of 24 at most, and if you have angelfishes, adults require at least 20 gallons apiece to survive. I hope you find this helpful. Happy fish-keeping...

Fish: suckerfish with wound/?columnaris, gallon fish tank, slime coat
gallon fish tank, slime coat, internal muscles: Hello, Yes, he can survive. Be careful with medications and waterchanges, you learned the hard way they can do more harm than good. As for the fish, all you can do is keep the water clean (but not to excess) and make sure he s eating. From there nature...

Fish: Tire track eel, tire track, sharp rock
tire track, sharp rock, water changes: Brandon, I do not have much experience with these guys but I do know that your tank is not big enough for him. Your substrate is also not the right kind. It could be a couple things. Since the substrate is not right he could have cut himself on a sharp...

Fish: Tummy size of red wags, male mates, large hips
male mates, large hips, happy fish: Hi Manahil, 1. Female red wags have large bellies because that is how they are built. When nature designed the female red wag, it put extra meat around where the babies would go, so it would remain warmer and so that it was cushioned against impact from...

Fish: tail bites, tiger loach, cichlid research
tiger loach, cichlid research, puffer fish: Hi B, It is impossible for me to say who is biting who in that tank. At this moment it could be any of the fish. Keep in mind that puffers will eventually kill all of their tankmates. Your best solution for slowing down aggression is to make sure you...

Fish: Urgent question, live bloodworms, question pool
live bloodworms, question pool, bloodworm: Hi Rosie, I don t know how long ago you asked your question of another expert, but it was in the question pool today, referred to others to answer. I got right on it the moment it came in, and will do my best to try to help you, but when you rate my answer,...

Fish: un pez goldfish, hello fish, happy fish
hello fish, happy fish, goldfish: Hi Sebastian, Thankyou for good ratings. :) You really can t tell if a goldfish is a male or female. The best way to find out is to watch them while breeding. Males chase a female around. That would be the best way to find out. I can look and...

Fish: un pez goldfish, dechlorinator, fisg
dechlorinator, fisg, skin color: Hi Sebastian, did you use a dechlorinator when you put the water in the tank, and did you change the water since the other fish was in it? If not, please change that water asap. The signs of a distressed fish on the bottom, losing color and not moving are...

Fish: un pez goldfish, pet goldfish, poison water
pet goldfish, poison water, happy fish: Hello George, I realize you asked Benty your question, originally, but he has referred it to the question pool for other experts to answer. I saw it this morning, and I want to try to help you. Your goldfish is not able to balance because he is in toxic,...

Fish: unwell betta, blood worm, aqua one
blood worm, aqua one, crowntail: Karolina, It could be a sign that the ammonia and or nitrite have spiked and he is suffering from ammonia burns or he is just changing color. Some of not all Betta s do change color as they age. Just check the water for ammonia and nitrite levels. Those...

Fish: Whatd i do wrong? And brine shrimp help, brine shrimp, cherry barb
brine shrimp, cherry barb, whisper filter: Alicia, Sounds like algae. How long do you keep the light on over the tank? It should stay on no longer that 7 hours. It could also be your filter is not working right. How often do you do water changes and what conditioner are you using. Also what are...

Fish: White Patch, swim bladder disorder, comet goldfish
swim bladder disorder, comet goldfish, flake food: Hi Kasey, I m heartbroken for you! How awful! I m so sorry for your loss...and for the little fish. You are a GOOD fish owner and you truly care enough to try to give her the best. It s not your fault she died. You are just new at fish keeping. ...

Fish: white cloud mountain minnows, white cloud mountain, water change
white cloud mountain, water change, situation changes: Hi Alan, Indeed be concerned. It s only one of three things. Parasite (which I would guess is the issue), fungus or bacteria. None are good. It could also be from water quality. Do a water change. If you don t see improvement in a few days or notice...

Fish: white spores on body and fins, aquarium gravel, filtration unit
aquarium gravel, filtration unit, sized adults: Hello Faraz, The goldfish may have Ich. Ich is a parasite. I advise adding 2 to 3 teaspoons of seasalt per gallon, dissolved thoroughly into the tank. Clean the filtration unit thoroughly and before you put the salt in, thoroughly clean the aquarium,...

Fish: What did i do wrong?!? And brine shrimp, brine shrimp, cherry barb
brine shrimp, cherry barb, whisper filter: Hi Alicia. I don t recommend brine shrimp. They contain 0 nutrition. Nothing. They are almost the same as if you lived on rice cakes. No nutrition. Please feed them fish food. You have too many fish in the tank. The top slime will continue as long...

Fish: 1.5 gallon aquarium, current occupant is carnival goldfish, whisper filter, gallon aquarium
whisper filter, gallon aquarium, little tank: Hi Christine! Yahoo! That is just the best news. I am so happy for you and Jerry might just make it. :) When he s home, in his new tank, you might just see a total improvement. Crossing fingers for a totally positive outcome. Clean it thoroughly....

Fish: 37 gallon, zebra danios, tiger barbs
zebra danios, tiger barbs, corydora catfish: I keep barbs with mine, barbs are good fish, but tend to be nippy. Tiger Barbs come in 3 colors. Black (which is truly green), tiger orange and black and they come in an albino color too which is kind of pink with reddish stripes. They are awesome fish,...

Fish: 4 Goldfish in 65 lite bi-orb........fallen ill, nitrates nitrites, fancy goldfish
nitrates nitrites, fancy goldfish, proper filtration: Darren, 60L=15 gallons US. One goldfish requires 25 gallons US (100L) to survive and you ve got 4 of them in your tank, and wonder why they are having issues? Worse, they are over 8 . Each one requires 50 gallons when over 3 of proper filtration....

Fish: Angel fish has a droopy top fin, angel fish, happy fish
angel fish, happy fish, question pool: Hi Christy, I found this question today in the question pool. It just arrived and so it was answered promptly. The Angelfish s top fin will fall down if there is not ample room for the fin to stand. This could be an issue, but sometimes, it s just...

Fish: Tropical fish, charcoal filtration, fish question
charcoal filtration, fish question, pectoral fins: Now, this sounds to be ammonia/nitrite poisoning. That s from a bad filter and overcrowding/overfeeding. I recommend changing water asap. Cleaning gravel is also recommended. I hope this is helpful and Peter, I m so so so so sorry for your losses....

Fish: albino frogs, happy froggy, freshwater shrimp
happy froggy, freshwater shrimp, frozen shrimp: Hi Kayleigh, I have 2 albino, and 2 regular. I feed mine frozen bloodworms and pellet foods, but the issue with frozen shrimp is unless it s freshwater shrimp, it s too hard on the frog to digest. I suggest sticking with frozen bloodworms. Happy...

Fish: BETTA DEPRESSION EMERGENCY!, beta fish, decorative rocks
beta fish, decorative rocks, blowing bubbles: Alix, If the fin rot is not treated, he will die. This is why it is very important that he has a heater and in the bowl that wont happen. Bowls are not suitable homes and with a Betta, it needs to be bigger. The life span of a Betta in the right size...

Fish: Betta, broad spectrum antibiotic, bite size pieces
broad spectrum antibiotic, bite size pieces, tropical fish: Diana, I do not think the problem is constipation. I think it is a combination of too small of a home, no heater, and age. There is also no medication for constipation. All he needs is a cooked shelled pea cut into small bite size pieces. I am thinking the...

Fish: Betta fish, swim bladder, water changes
swim bladder, water changes, water level: Kelly, The first problem is he is in a bowl. Betta s need to be in nothing less than 5 gallons, and he needs a heater. The heat from a light will not be good enough to heat the water. Never treat a fish with any medication unless you know 100% what he...

Fish: Betta fish is ill, beneficial bacteria, gallon tank
beneficial bacteria, gallon tank, water change: Jane, If he still looks bloated then you might have to try and get him to eat a pea. Fast him for 2 days if you think he can handle it. Take a cooked pea and take the shell off. DO NOT feed him the shell because he will not be able to digest it. Once it...

Fish: Black moor eye probelm, black moor goldfish, happy fish
black moor goldfish, happy fish, gallon tank: Hi Amanda, Your fish are heavy poopers. Plecos are actually worse than goldfish, if you can believe that. What this boils down to, is a 29 gallon tank can t house this many fish anymore, because they grew. You need to rehome your plecos to continue forward....

Fish: Bloated betta, atison, betta food
atison, betta food, community tank: Marie, Sounds like he could use a little help. Fast him for 2 days. On the third day feed him a cooked shelled pea. Remember not to feed him the outer shell because he cannot digest it. Then fast him again for 2 days. If he does not eat the pea, fast him...

Fish: Bubbles in Tank, labyrinth organ, selling fish
labyrinth organ, selling fish, gallon tank: Sandy, Ok, now I know you have a filter in the tank. I would remove the filter. Betta s do not need them and males cannot swim if there is a current. I am thinking now that the filter is running too hard producing the bubbles at the top. Also, you do not...

Fish: beetle looking bugs in my tank, gallon fish tank, ghost fish
gallon fish tank, ghost fish, black bugs: Hi Amber, I don t recall the name, but if they re a bit like fruit flies, they are a hatch of midges common in aquariums in the USA and it s sad, but they are considered sometimes to be poisonous to fish who eat them. It would take several to do damage....

Fish: beta sick, gallon aquarium, water conditioner
gallon aquarium, water conditioner, lot of water: Hi Judy, My apologies, I have been away for the holiday and forgot to set the email to away . I have many to catch up on! The water could have been too cold, too hot and I would not add more conditioner than necessary, as it s citric acid, so it s...

Fish: betta, bite size pieces, tummy bulge
bite size pieces, tummy bulge, pair of tweezers: Aimee, The only way to keep him at a steady temp is to buy a heater. Where they can live without a heater, it will shorten his life span and he will continue to have problems without one. Make sure before you feed the pea to him that you fast him for 2...

Fish: betta, beta fish, gallon tank
beta fish, gallon tank, water changes: Nikki, No, your Betta will never be lonely. They are very happy to be all by themselves. I would not recommend traveling with him however. The constant motion would not be good for him. Just make sure he has a heater in his tank and that it is set at 82...

Fish: betta, human consumption, quetion
human consumption, quetion, tap water: I do think he ll be fine Sebastian, but you need to be sure to put a lid on his container, with airholes in it, because he may jump! Don t use plastic. The water putrifies too fast from the things that sink into it from the plastic. Even if it s made...

Fish: bettas keep dying, gravel filter, bubble thing
gravel filter, bubble thing, waterheater: Ina, The first thing is before you put in the new Betta are you cleaning everything before hand? The gravel, the heater, the walls and the filter. I would also remove the under gravel filter. They are more trouble then they are worth and they are very...

Fish: black mark on a rummy nose tetra, rummy nose tetra, white fungus
rummy nose tetra, white fungus, bristlenose catfish: The image is small on my computer, so it s possible it is a fungus, either way, salt s the answer. It s going to take care of that infection or parasite. Either one is contagious. I d be very concerned if it s a fungus. Watch the other fish. Change water...

Fish: black moor goldfish, black moor goldfish, bite size pieces
black moor goldfish, bite size pieces, bladder disease: Brooke, Sounds like he is suffering from swim bladder disease. This is brought on by over feeding and bad water quality. Fast him for 2 days, on the third day feed him a cooked shelled pea cut into small bite size pieces. Then fast him again for 2 days....

Fish: Cory Catfish, adult fish, yellow moon
adult fish, yellow moon, platies: Well, here is the only issue I can see. The problem in the past was the filtration was not supporting four fishes. I suggest this: Take it home. Try it out. If the water gets cloudy or the fish go to the top to breathe, take it back to your friend and...

Fish: Creature on goldfish fin, comet goldfish, fish lice
comet goldfish, fish lice, fish shops: I would treat the entire tank. I would treat them together. a few days after treatment begins, drain 50% of the water, replacing it with fresh water. Water changes are necessary anyway...this will jumpstart that good habit.:) Happy fish-keeping...

Fish: catfish for my 46g bowfron tank, blood parrot cichlid, happy fish
blood parrot cichlid, happy fish, featherfin catfish: I do think that four is too many, and you should only house 2 in that aquarium, as they will grow very large. I would put in no catfish, but if you must have one, the featherfin isn t going to be as filthy as the pleco, so that is my recommdneation. Four...

Fish: catfish for my new 46g bowfront tank, blood parrot cichlid, peaceful fish
blood parrot cichlid, peaceful fish, featherfin catfish: Jack, The rubber lip will grow to about 6 and the featherfin 8 -10 . The rubber lip will love the current that your filters will give off. It is a more peaceful fish where the featherfin is quite aggressive. That is why I say the rubber lip might do better...

Fish: the continuation of depressed betta fish ( with fin rot), jungle fungus, fin rot
jungle fungus, fin rot, aquarium salt: Alix, DO NOT USE Bettafix or Melafix. It will take a couple of days but you might not see anything for awhile. It is good that he is getting better and once you start treatment he will be even better. Yes he knows he has something going on as for if it...

Fish: deterating fish fins, bala shark, fish fins
bala shark, fish fins, aquarium salt: Tiffany, Sounds like you have a case of fin rot. You can try any of the maracyns. Follow the direction on the bottle. Keep the water very clean and add aquarium salt to help heal. Turn the heater up to 80 and this will speed up the healing process. Let...

Fish: a dime size white spot / hole, cone snails, gill slit
cone snails, gill slit, orange tiger: Hi Ulfhednar, Your Oscar sounds like he s got Hole In Head, or a parasitic infection. I recommend dosing his whole aquarium with PraziPro and then doing a 50% water change after a few days, and for the following week, 10% water changes every 2 days....

Fish: Feeder Fish???, feeder fish, tetra whisper
feeder fish, tetra whisper, goldfish food: Your feeder fish probably won t grow much larger, Miranda, but I have a comment about the chemicals you re bathing him with. I know you mean well, but please stop spending money on them and using them. PH is not necessary for a feeder fish s tank. Don...

Fish: Frustrated Newer tank owner!, tiger barbs, ammonia nh3
tiger barbs, ammonia nh3, tank owner: Patty, Cycling the tank is a very important step in fish keeping. You set the tank up with everything you will be putting in except the fish. This includes the gavel, filter, heater, and decorations. You then turn everything on and let the tank fun for...

Fish: male betta, tank temp, coluor
Fish: male betta, tank temp, coluor, wich

Fish: Tiger Oscar, hole in the head
Fish: Tiger Oscar, hole in the head

Fish: fantail goldfish, keeping goldfish, aqua flow
keeping goldfish, aqua flow, fish lovers: Hi, It sounds fine to me. Everything is right, but no more two feedings a day. One feeding is ample. They are like puppies. They will eat everything you feed them as much as they can. But, to be properly clean, in an aquarium, feed one time daily....

Fish: filter for my new 46g tank, blood parrot cichlid, cichlid research
blood parrot cichlid, cichlid research, power filter: Hi John, That seems reasonable. It will of course depend on how large the parrot cichlids are. As the parrot cichlids get larger, you may need more filtration. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: filter for my new 46g tank, blood parrot cichlid, filtration unit
blood parrot cichlid, filtration unit, happy fish: I think medium size is appropriate, but I caution about feeding this, if there is any debris. The drbris can be terrible for the aquarium, so please be cautious how much you feed, and only feed what the fish eats in one minute. :) Happy fish-keeping...

Fish: fish, flake food, gold fish
flake food, gold fish, tank size: Hannah, You didn t mention the size of the tank. With goldfish, the bigger the better. Since you have 2 of them I hope the tank is no smaller than 30 gallons. As for the lump, goldfish are very susceptible to these problems. Some say its from over breeding...

Fish: fish chasing other fish, kind of fish, types of fish
kind of fish, types of fish, fishes: Clara, I would love to help you out but I do not know what kind of fish is doing the chasing and what kind of fish are the ones being chased? Without this information it is a bit hard to say. Some fish are very aggressive and some fish should not be put...

Fish: fishpond question, decorative fence, blue heron
decorative fence, blue heron, fish line: Jessi, Sorry to hear you hare having problems. Once the Heron knows there are fish there he will keep coming back. There are a couple things you can try. Make sure the pond has a lot of hiding places so he can t get them. Long tubes at the bottom make...

Fish: flower horn disease, flower horn, stomach disorder
flower horn, stomach disorder, chicken liver: Sayan, Your fish might be suffering from parasites. You can get medicated food and medication for treatment. For now I would stick with just food make for the flower horn. The other foods are not working for him right now. The other foods might have had...

Fish: Gold fish Pineconing, cichlid research, epsom salt
cichlid research, epsom salt, orandas: Hi Sam, Unfortunately I do not know of any magic bullet. I suggest you keep trying. Be sure that he has very clean water and hope for the best. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: My Goldfish 'Farrari', oranda goldfish, marine salt
oranda goldfish, marine salt, water changes: Hi Denise, It will go away if you do constant water changes. Being an Oranda, his water is more dirty than it is for other fish. I know...he looks totally clean! Right? Well, poor goldfish. They do poop a kind of poop that dissipates into micro poo...

Fish: geophagus, hole in the head disease, white hole
hole in the head disease, white hole, pleco: Brendon, The first thing I would check is your Ph. A high Ph will cause HITH disease. The sooner you can bring that down the better off the fish will be. Make sure you keep the water clean and do regular water changes. Keep an eye on them to make sure...

Fish: my goldfish, red streaks, happy fish
red streaks, happy fish, first signs: This is a sure sign of ammonia poisoning, jordan, and your fish will die if not treated asap. Change his water frequently. Clean its gravel. This is the only cure. Be sure to keep him in a large aquarium. Never in a bowl. Only one goldfish needs...

Fish: gourami, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, ron c: Hi Raj, Gouramis do not get pregnant as such. They are egg layers, so you will need a male present to fertilize the eggs, should the female decide to lay them. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: green stuff, nitrates nitrites, food debris
nitrates nitrites, food debris, green stuff: Algae only can grow when it has food to eat. Food it eats are poop, nitrates, nitrites and ammonia, as well as food debris which isn t eaten by fish. Therefore, when algae shows up, it s bad. It means the water is filthy. Time to change the water and...

Fish: Hurt Angel fish, cardinal tetras, angel fish
cardinal tetras, angel fish, cory cats: Hi Laurel, I am glad that your boyfriend is okay -- you need to be very careful when working around an aquarium on a ladder. I doubt if that incident had anything to do with the stripped angel s condition. More likely, the other angelfish is bullying...

Fish: Hurt Angelfish emergency, cardinal tetras, angel fish
cardinal tetras, angel fish, cory cats: Laurel, Glad to hear the boyfriend is doing well. As for the Angel fish, I would continue to do what you are doing. Adding salt and a stress coat additive will help him out. Other than that its a waiting game to see if he pulls out of it. Angels are pretty...

Fish: Hurt Angelfish emergency, cardinal tetras, angel fish
cardinal tetras, angel fish, cory cats: Okay, first off, if there is no air in the travel tank, he s going to die. The spinning is dying. There is lack of oxygen. I recommend putting him back into the main tank and just keeping an eye on him. Do not remove him. Heat is essential. I know...

Fish: Injured Koi, fish diseases, disease medication
fish diseases, disease medication, fish stores: Oh god, I m so sad to hear about this, Pam. I love my koi like kitties. They are so tame! How awful! Well, let s get him out of the pond, first. Take him and put him in a swimming pool with ample filtration and flow. Spotless water will be very...

Fish: Micky Mouse Platys, neon tetras, bottom feeder
neon tetras, bottom feeder, hospital tank: Kathy, The rule of 1 of fish per gallons has a few flaws. When they talk about that rule, it is adult fish measurements not juveniles. This rule has been debated and most experts say that the rule just does not work anymore. The hospital tank is just like...

Fish: Mt betta is sick, betta fish, happy fish
betta fish, happy fish, fish two: His water is too dirty, Ashton. Although it looks clean, it s not. You ve got to clean out his aquarium, even if it s 5 gallons, every single week. He s got to have lots of clean, flowing water, through the filter. How often are you cleaning out his...

Fish: male betta, male betta, water changes
male betta, water changes, alison: Alison, Well first off, there should not be a female in the tank with the male. This could be stressing him out. Do they have a heater set between 80 and 82 degrees? What are your water perimeters? How often do you do water changes and how much are you...

Fish: Nitrate poisoned again???, gravel wash, combination change
gravel wash, combination change, platies: Yes. It is nitrite poisoning, not nitrate...ammonia/nitrite most likely, but could be any of the three, or a combination. Change all the water and clean the gravel. Wash out the filter. He will be fine in about a week if his tank is cleaned out. ...

Fish: nitrite and nitrate, sponge filters, sponge filter
sponge filters, sponge filter, angle fish: Hi Peter, Your nitrites and nitrates will always be high, because you use a Fluval. People are told they never need changing. Rubbish. They need changing every single month, or essentially, the poop fills them up, and they just siphon it back into...

Fish: Oscar color, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, ron c: Hi Brian, Yes oscars use color to indicate mood and this can change minute by minute. Part of the joy of keeping fishes like oscars is figuring out what their color changes mean. There are no simple hard and fast rules but in general if there are two...

Fish: Oscar Fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, ron c: Hi Brandi, It sounds like he damaged one of his nerves. There is nothing you can do about this -- it may correct itself on its own, or it may stay that way. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: angle fish question, gallon fish tank, male guppies
gallon fish tank, male guppies, male betta: James, You cannot put a male and female Betta in the same tank. They will kill each other. You also do not want to put male guppies in the same tank as a male Betta. The long guppy tail will attract the attention of the male Betta and they will fight....

Fish: Oscar not growing and a reduced appetite, partial water change, happy fish
partial water change, happy fish, behavour: Hi Rhian, My guess is parasites. Use PraziPro to dose the tank two times, 10 days apart. Clean the water frequently. Oscars require spotless water. Every week. 25% changed. Filtration needs cleaned weekly as well. Parasite tabs won t work...

Fish: Precaution for an auqarium and aquarist, sponge filters, sponge filter
sponge filters, sponge filter, filtration unit: Hello Arsalan, I am so sorry you lost your fish, but it is good that you are continuing to keep fishes, as it is clear you love them. For two Tetra ( I assume you mean Rainbow Tetra, which are common in your area), 2 platties and a betta, you will need...

Fish: Private, bottom feeder, happy fish
bottom feeder, happy fish, private question: It should be find to add one. Yes. Just one though. I think the mistake being made each time is adding more fish. So try to stick to 3 this time. Two top fish and one bottom feeder, at most. Do water changes. I think this will make it much safer for...

Fish: paradise fish is still sick., paradise fish, red streaks
paradise fish, red streaks, filtration unit: Hi, just to reassure you that this is ammonia/nitrite poisoning, if there is anything above 0 on the stips (even if it reads safe ), it is not safe. The fish is suffering very typical symptoms. The red lines are indeed from this. Ammonia may show okay,...

Fish: parasites in fish tank, partial water change, fish tank
partial water change, fish tank, parasites in fish: Hi again! Keeping them at bay is easy. Super clean water. Double up on filtration. Light feedings...never overfeed. They do exist in tanks, but populate upon high food times or times of severe fish waste. The little boogers love that stuff. No worries...again,...

Fish: parrot fish change color, parrot fish, happy fish
parrot fish, happy fish, asma: Hi Asma Nabilah, It is indeed very normal. Parrot fish are often sold colored as juveniles. This is a completely normal transformation and the fish is getting its real colors. Sometimes they change, not because of being dyed, but because they are just...

Fish: peck, corydora catfish, food debris
corydora catfish, food debris, happy fish: Hi Manahil, Yes, long time. Well, they see microscopic foods we don t see. Inside your tank are all kinds of creatures you don t see, but if you were able to take a drop of water, put it on a slide, smear it and cover it with a piece of glass...and...

Fish: is my pleco dying?, gallon fish tank, pleco
gallon fish tank, pleco, air stones: Michelle, This first thing I would do is check the water. With the breathing hard, it usually indicate there is not enough oxygen in the water. I would drop a couple of air stones in the tank to help add the much needed oxygen. Check your filter and make...

Fish: Raised scales (Former 1.5 gal tank owner), goldfish diseases, goldfish questions
goldfish diseases, goldfish questions, fake plants: Hi Christine, It could be a sign of a previous illness. YAY I am SO happy for Jerry. It s funny how this system on All Experts works, because I was sitting here just this morning wondering about Jerry the fish. Lol. Raised scales can be a sign of...

Fish: Regarding the heater, happy fish, gallon tank
happy fish, gallon tank, temperature rise: hi Tharani, I believe it should be okay. I use 200 watts in my 40 and it runs smoothly. I would set it to one degree lower than you want it to be. Still, I d contact the company who made my former heater, and I d tell them the temperature rise, and...

Fish: Regarding the Rena Cal Top Light Excel Heater, gallon fish tank, happy fish
gallon fish tank, happy fish, tank water: It is very abnormal for a heater to fail in a year, so I would consider contacting the company who made it. There are telephone numbers listed online for that. A little fluctuation in temperature is normal. You might try setting it to 75 (which is fine...

Fish: Should I restart the tank?, cave dwellings, fish body
cave dwellings, fish body, fish stamps: $130? No. There is a place online called Craigslist.org. You would have to get your money ready, but you can find a 20 gallon aquarium, with lights and a hood for around $50. You d have to put gravel into it, buy new filter pads, and you could always add...

Fish: My Sick Angel??, fin and tail rot, side fins
fin and tail rot, side fins, fungus cure: Yes. You are correct. Change another 25%, and then day after tomorrow, another 25%. We want to minimize bacterial growth throughout the week. Do you have a desire to start a second tank? To me, it seems she s possibly being bullied, injuring her extremities....

Fish: Sick betta!, female betta fish, aquarium salt
female betta fish, aquarium salt, airstone: Isabel, Here is how I treat Ich whenever I get it, which is not very often. Raise the temp of your tank to at least 85-86 degrees F. Add aquarium salt (dissolved in water) at a ratio of 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon of water in your tank. Now wait,...

Fish: Sick betta / Velvet Disese?, gal tank, food pellet
gal tank, food pellet, betta fish: Denise, Unfortunately there really isn t anything else you can do but treat him and see if it works. Just make sure you follow the directions on the bottle and do not overdose him. A medication called RidIch is an awesome one to have. If you cannot find...

Fish: Stocking a 29 gallon, balloon mollies, tiger barbs
balloon mollies, tiger barbs, tropical tank: Hi Lisa, I would not add more mollies. The pleco will make the tank dirty also. Keep an eye on his growth, because they are very big poopers. :) I answered one email already from you...just take the advice about doing water changes. It s the best...

Fish: sheding of skin, tip shark, happy fish
tip shark, happy fish, skin loss: When the skin comes off, the shark has been affected by Ammonia Poisoning. It literally burns the skin off. Change his water thoroughly, vacuum gravel, and clean his filtration. Keep his tank much cleaner from here forward. Skin loss is caused by...

Fish: sick betta, lateral fins, gallon aquarium
lateral fins, gallon aquarium, happy fish: Dropsy does not leave patches on the skin. Just extended scales, and swollen abdomen, in most cases. Breathing repdly...all this may be because he was not in an aquarium. I do not recall if you said he was in a five gallon aquarium, or larger? They cannot...

Fish: sick betta, fish diseases, bladder disease
fish diseases, bladder disease, swim bladder: Sheila, In a tank that small I am going guess one of the problems is the heater. The ones that say they keep the water at 78 degrees are the wrong ones plus they don t work. Make sure you have a heater that you control the temp. The water needs to be between...

Fish: is it TB?, flake food, bio wheels
flake food, bio wheels, water change: Hi Mike, The only chemicals I want you to use are the dechlorinator product when replacing water only. The rest are not going to help this situation. Clamped fins are a sign of generalized discomfort. My guess is the copper safe and the other chemicals...

Fish: Tiger Oscar, cichlid research, cone snails
cichlid research, cone snails, gill slit: Hi ULfhednar, That hole is no doubt the result of bites by the other oscar. Assuming that you cannot separate the two fish, you need to put more structure in the tank to divide up the space and allow the weaker a chance to hide when it wants to. By structure,...

Fish: why does...., female betta fish, labyrinth fishes
female betta fish, labyrinth fishes, female bettas: Hi Seleste, Female Bettas, and male Bettas, both, are air-breathers. They belong to a group of fishes called Labyrinth fishes. Gouramis and Bettas and paradise fishes all belong to this group of fish. They breathe in tank water, just like normal fish,...

Fish: Zebra Danios (GloFish), zebra danios, happy fish
zebra danios, happy fish, water changes: The hole is a parasite. She s got a parasite. Internal. Treat using PraziPro. Follow directions. Do treat her TODAY because if the worm gets out into the water, not only will the fish die, but the other fish will catch it. It looks like fungus has...

Fish: Advanced Goldfish Tumor, gravel vacuum, clove oil
gravel vacuum, clove oil, aquarium shop: Alison, I am sorry to hear your fish passed. The reason we say to give goldfish such large tanks is because they are huge waste producers. They have no stomach so everything they eat comes right back out as ammonia. These fish can also get to a good size...

Fish: Algae? Mold? Who knows, freshwater fish tank, cardinal tetras
freshwater fish tank, cardinal tetras, ghost shrimp: Ben, It sounds to me that you have algae growing in the tank. In my opinion, it is never a good idea to do experiments with live animals. The tetras that you have in the tank are tropical and need to have constant heat and not fluctuations. Keeping the...

Fish: Babies??, neon tetras, little black baby
neon tetras, little black baby, silver mollies: Vicki, If you have lots of plants and hiding places the baby should be ok. If spotted by other fish it runs the risk of being eaten. You can remove it and put it in your hospital tank until it is big enough to go back to the main tank. You will need to...

Fish: Beta Fish, nitrates nitrites, partial water changes
nitrates nitrites, partial water changes, beta fish: Rozalia, Answer 1: API is a good company and the water conditioner is great. I would continue to use it. Answer 2: If you are going to use any medication make sure you just follow the directions on the bottle. Most make you wait before you do any water...

Fish: Beta Fish- dull, flits about the tank, lost appetite, beta fish, blood worms
beta fish, blood worms, reddish shade: Pearl, It looks to me that you have a Veiltail Betta. His tail should be a lot longer than it is. As for a tank with a divider, that would be ok if you could find one big enough for the both of them. I have 30 gallon tanks with 5 males in each one. I made...

Fish: Beta Male Fish, male fish, gallon aquarium
male fish, gallon aquarium, fish store: Vanessa, The first thing I would do is remove him from the bowl. NO fish belongs in one. He should be in a 5 gallon aquarium with a heater. 5 liters is not big enough for him. With him being in such little water, the water changes should be more often....

Fish: betta, freeze dried blood worms, brine shrimp
freeze dried blood worms, brine shrimp, flake food: Sebastian, There is no need to wash his tank. All you are doing is removing 25% of the water every week and replacing it with new conditioned water. He should be in a 5 gallon tank with a heater at all times. He will not get sick by changing his water....

Fish: Betta Fish, brine shrimp, sponge filter
brine shrimp, sponge filter, blood worms: Amy, It is not good to keep a male and female together all the time. They might be getting along now but it will not last and one of them may end up dead. Make sure you condition both fish for at least 2 weeks before you try breeding. Feed them very well...

Fish: betta pregnancy, gallon fish tank, angel fish
gallon fish tank, angel fish, egg layers: Kimberly, Betta s are egg layers so she is not pregnant. But, she could be with eggs. Since you do not have a male Betta, she will absorb the eggs. Just keep an eye on her so that she does not become eg bound but I think she will be just fine. There is...

Fish: betta having a rough go, protective slime, fungus cure
protective slime, fungus cure, aquarium salt: Kim, Most likely the break was do to the fall. As long as he has some of the fin left it should grow back. What he needs right now is a heater. Betta s are tropical and need their water to be at 80 degrees at all times. He also needs to be in a tank no...

Fish: My Betta's White Tumor, water baths, gallon tank
water baths, gallon tank, water changes: AML, Unfortunately, fish just get tumors and we don t know why. Sometimes they get them because their water quality is bad. IF he is in a 2.5 gallon tank WITH a heater make sure it is set at 80 degrees at all times. Betta s, and no other fish, belong in...

Fish: Bettas keep dying, labyrinth fish, cherry barbs
labyrinth fish, cherry barbs, red tailed shark: Luke. Well, the only problem I see is you trying to add a Betta to a tank that is housing Gouramis. Both of these fish are called labyrinth fish. This is what allows the fish to breathe air like we do. You cannot keep two different types of fish like this...

Fish: Big White Spot on head, gal tank, first fish
gal tank, first fish, water change: Sarah, The first thing is 1 gallon is not big enough for him. The smallest he should be in is 2.5 the best being 5 gallons. He also needs a heater. Betta s are tropical and needs their water to be 80 degrees at all times. If it just looks like a scale...

Fish: black knife fish, knife fish, leaf fish
knife fish, leaf fish, black knife: Jason, It could be a parasite. Is there a chance that you can upload a picture of this fish. How many of these do you see? Is the fish scraping itself on the gravel kinda like trying to scratch itself? If possible give me as much detail about this as you...

Fish: bubble-eye goldfish, bubble damaged, bubble eye, goldfish
bubble eye, goldfish, anita: Anita, Sorry to hear he is not well. The bubble should heal and regrow. It might not look the same, but it should grow back. I cannot tell you how long it will take but keep his water clean and keep a close eye on him. Other than what you have done there...

Fish: Cyst-like growth on fish, aquarium salt, fish question
aquarium salt, fish question, hospital tank: Kehau, It sounds like a tumor. These fish get them a lot and unfortunately there really isn t anything you can do. Some people add aquarium salt at a ratio of 1 teaspoon per liter of tank water. This might help the tumor shrink a little but will not make...

Fish: dont know the name of the fish and want to know about the fish food, cold water fish, baby fish
cold water fish, baby fish, gold fish: Ravi, Ok, so you are saying that you have the baby fish, both parents, and goldfish in the same tank? It is easier to see the fish when they are left in the tank to swim. With the picture I would have to say you either have a Platy or a Molly. What the...

Fish: Babies??, situation changes, gravel
Fish: Babies??, situation changes, gravel, good luck

Fish: goldfish ick?, fish
Fish: goldfish ick?, fish

Fish: Fantail fish, aquarium salt, white stuff
aquarium salt, white stuff, water changes: Keighley, Well, fantails, if we are talking about a goldfish, tend to have problems. You can add some aquarium salt to the water to help her out as long as the white stuff is not worm looking. Make sure the tank is large enough and that you are doing 25%...

Fish: filter for 46g bow front tank with cichlid, convict cichlid, blood parrot
convict cichlid, blood parrot, tetra whisper: Paul, Ii would just see how the one filter works. Remember though that they need very clean water. The Cichlid can grow to 10 and the 46 gallon tank is not going to be big enough for the 5 fish. These should ideally be in a much larger tank. I would say...

Fish: fish compatibility, female bettas, fishless cycling
female bettas, fishless cycling, clay pot: Nelson, I do not see a problem with putting these fish together but be careful not to over crowd the tank. As with the female Betta s, you will have to watch them. Unless they have grown up together you might have a problem having them in the same tank....

Fish: fish food and some information how to takecare the baby platy., omega one, baby fish
omega one, baby fish, fish store: Ravi, Hello, you are sending this to John but somehow I, Jaymie, keep getting the questions. If you are in California, then there is more than one kind of fish food in your fish store. All you need to do is get a good high quality fish food and ground...

Fish: Fish HELP!!!!, breeding goldfish, 10 gallon tank
breeding goldfish, 10 gallon tank, tank size: Paige, In that size of a tank i would not recommend breeding. It isn t big enough for even one goldfish not to mention 5. To house these guys properly, you will need a minimum tank size of 80 gallons. If you do breed, you will have to have another very large...

Fish: Fond of filter engine?, tail fins, betta fish
tail fins, betta fish, gallon tank: Brittaney, The light in the tank might help him with the water temp while it is on but when you turn it off, the temp of the water drops and that is not good. He really needs a heater. Chances are he is trying to get heat from the motor of the pump. Another...

Fish: Francy Goldfish with Pop-eye., epsom salts, maracyn two
epsom salts, maracyn two, black moor: Marian, I would not add any salt to the new water. This will dilute it a little. As for the medication, it does seem to help heal this but Maracyn two works a little better. Just make sure to follow the direction on the medication and never add more than...

Fish: Goldfish, tropical fish food, waste producers
tropical fish food, waste producers, fish tank: Priyanka, I cannot see anything in the picture but it sounds like algae. The fish needs to come out of the bowl and into a much larger tank. One goldfish needs to be in nothing smaller than a 20 gallon tank and must have a filter. Do not over feed the...

Fish: Goldfish death, bladder disorder, good bacteria
bladder disorder, good bacteria, gallon tank: Christine, What I have done in this situation is turn the heater up to 88 degrees, keep the filter running and add a little food to it everyday to keep the good bacteria. Leave it like this for 2 weeks and then put the heater back to its normal range...

Fish: goldfish ick?, goldfish ick, 30 gallon tank
goldfish ick, 30 gallon tank, fancy goldfish: Patty, These 4 goldfish should be in a tank no smaller than 50 gallons. That said, lets get rid of the Ich. In cooler water the Ich treatment cycle is about 6 weeks. In water that is about 80 degrees, treatment is about 10 days. Malachite green is widely...

Fish: green terror cichlids, green terror, wrigglers
green terror, wrigglers, oppinion: Tasha, Breeding brother and sister will eventually produce fry that either will not live, be deformed, or not grow. This is of course if brother and sister continue to breed. You can leave them be for now and see how the fry are. If you want to continue...

Fish: Guppie breeding in comunity tank., community tank, gallon tank
community tank, gallon tank, survival rate: Ruan, Your tank is grossly over populated. As for the survival of the fry, you can put them in a net breeder until they are big enough to not become dinner. Having all the plants in there will also help. I would wait until the tank is the right size for...

Fish: Guppies, coloured squares, aquatic enthusiast
coloured squares, aquatic enthusiast, litre tank: Danny, I personally have never used sand in my tanks. The cloudiness is normal and should clear up in a few weeks. That is the whole cycling process. As for the air stones, you can either slow them down or raise them up a bit. Once everything settles things...

Fish: guppies, neon tetras, flake food
neon tetras, flake food, fungus infection: Jodi, you don t want to over medicate the tank since there are fry in the tank. I would just keep doing the water changes and keep a close eye on the fish. Wait a week or so before trying another round of treatment. Let me know how things are going...

Fish: Ick?, silver dollar fish, gal tank
silver dollar fish, gal tank, fin rot: Rebecca, Thank you for the photo. If the fish is acting fine otherwise, there really isn t anything to do. It might just be the fish changing color. It can also be the beginning of fin rot but I am not sure about that one. Just keep an eye on him and if...

Fish: ick follow up :(, cold water fish, keeping goldfish
cold water fish, keeping goldfish, dead goldfish: Patty, It is very important, as you have found out, that you quarantine any new fish before you add them to the new tank. This will last no less than 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I do not know what medication you used. The Ich might have been the disease that...

Fish: how long can cichlid survive with out food, convict cichlid, blood parrot
convict cichlid, blood parrot, automatic feeder: Kevin, Cichlids can go for quite awhile without eating. Make sure you feed them before you leave, but don t over feed. 5-6 days should be ok. The only problem I see is that they are new fish and sometimes tend to have problems. The automatic feeders are...

Fish: Oscar fish is ill, hospital tank, oscar fish
hospital tank, oscar fish, sick fish: Joy, There are a couple of things it can be. Either ammonia poisoning or red pest disease. Is it possible to get a photo to me of the sick fish? This will make it much easier for me to figure out what s wrong. Check the water and let me know what the ammonia...

Fish: parrot fish, parrot fish, digging holes
parrot fish, digging holes, nitrite: Paty, What the fish is doing is natural. Even though the Parrot is a hybrid fish, it still has mating instincts. Sometimes they do that to make a bed so to speak. As for him laying sideways, how long has he been doing that? Is he eating ok? Does he swim...

Fish: Plant, water wisteria, java moss
water wisteria, java moss, star grass: Hi Amanda I use Java Moss, Java Fern, Star Grass, Water Wisteria and Vallisneria along with some floating plants like Floating Watersprite or Hornwort. Cabomba is another popular choice used by some breeders. Some of these are a little more difficult to...

Fish: PLECO EGGS, african dwarf frog, kissing gourami
african dwarf frog, kissing gourami, flake food: Evadiva1, Well, I can tell you that it is not a pleco. The female will lay the eggs but a male must fertilize them. Since you only have one, then the baby is not a pleco. How do you have the tank separated? Is there a chance that a small fry could get...

Fish: Plecostomus, plecostomus, plecos
plecostomus, plecos, nitrites: Emmalee, The only thing I can think of is that the ammonia and nitrites in the tank are very high. Other then that you have stumped the expert. I have never had any of my plecos do this. All I can say is possibly post this question to another expert and...

Fish: re establishing goldfish tank, goldfish tank, beneficial bacteria
goldfish tank, beneficial bacteria, parasitic diseases: John, The best way is to clean the whole tank out and start fresh. If that is not an option, you can add a heater and set it to 85 degrees and keep it going for 2 weeks. This will kill anything that is left in the tank. Make sure you keep the filter going...

Fish: red cap oranda sick, bladder disease, cap oranda
bladder disease, cap oranda, swim bladder: Aditi, Yes they are sick. The first thing to do it get them out of the bowl and into a tank where they belong. The tank can be no smaller than a 30 gallons and must have a filter. Do not feed these fish for 2 days. On the third day feed them cooked shelled...

Fish: Sucking air from surface, 30 gallon tank, acidity levels
30 gallon tank, acidity levels, gallon aquarium: Marco, A 30 gallon tank for 6 goldfish is way too small. You are over populated. In a 30 gallon tank you can house 1 goldfish. They are very messy and your fish are swimming in their own waste. They are lacking oxygen. Upgrade them to a minimum size tank...

Fish: Sick Betta Urgent Help, jungle fungus, cotton strings
jungle fungus, cotton strings, fin rot: Kimberly, It looks like he has a bad fungal problem. I would first off stop using the fizz tabs, they rarely work. Try methylene blue. This has worked great for me when I have had to use it. Make sure he has a heater and it is set at 80 degrees. Make...

Fish: sick red paradise, flame dwarf gourami, cherry barbs
flame dwarf gourami, cherry barbs, ghost shrimp: John, I would have to say that the first problem is that the tank is over crowded. When the tank is over populated, even the most peaceful fish can start to get aggressive. The fish that are going pale are doing so because of stress. As for who the culprit...

Fish: swim bladder disease, niece and nephew, delta tail
niece and nephew, delta tail, aquarium salt: Michelle, Make sure you dissolve the salt before you add it to the tank. Yes, leave him this way until the next water change. You will add salt to the new water again. Do not do a complete water change. Just do the 25% weekly for now. Make sure when you...

Fish: Upside down cat fish, upside down catfish, plastic plants
upside down catfish, plastic plants, 10 gallon tank: Billie, Do you have any place inside the tank that the cat can hide in? They are nocturnal fish and like to hide during the day. If they can t they will stress out and go pale. If other fish are picking on him, then I would remove him from the tank and place...

Fish: 30 gallon tank, convict chiclids, jewel cichlid
convict chiclids, jewel cichlid, aquarium fish: Dylan, Convict Chiclids, Jewel Cichlid. I have enclosed a website with different types of Cichlids. Hope this helps. Each fish has its own needs as far as tank size goes. All you have to do is Google how many of a certain fish can be in a certain size...

Fish: Angelfish, otocinclus catfish, clown loaches
otocinclus catfish, clown loaches, giant danios: Hi Marc It depends on your preference. I wouldn t use sand or dirt. Angels prefer a planted tank so I would purchase a Freshwater Planted Aquarium Substrate found at most pet stores. The one I used in my Angel tank I bought online at the link below. If...

Fish: angelfish, common pleco, deep tank
common pleco, deep tank, angel fish: Jonah, If the scum sucker you are referring to is a pleco then yes you can put the together. Remember that your angel fish needs at least a 25 to 30 gallon tall not long tank. Angels grow up so they need a deep tank. Just the common Pleco s can get quite...

Fish: Arowana breeding, cichlid research, silver arowana
cichlid research, silver arowana, arrowanas: Hi Rahul, I have never kept or tried to breed arowanas. I do know that they are not easy to breed, partly because they need to be adults to breed and adult arrowanas are rather large (over 2 feet). They are male mouthbrooders, meaning the male carries...

Fish: Baby angelfish, baby angelfish, angel fish
baby angelfish, angel fish, anglefish: Linda, The first thing i would look at is the water quality. Angel fish are very sensitive. Also the age of the pair might be an issue. Make sure both the filter and the heater are working properly. Usually though, when this happens it is the water. Is the...

Fish: betta, labyrinth organ, slow swimmers
labyrinth organ, slow swimmers, cherry shrimp: Harvey, Good to know the Betta has settled down. Be very careful putting Betta fish and tetra s together. Betta s have been known to eat every single one in a tank. If I am reading this right you are wanting to put some cherry shrimp with the Betta as...

Fish: My Betta Fish, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, good bacteria: Candace, If his tank is a bowl or a vase, it is too small. Your Betta is tropical and needs his water to be 80 degrees at all times. When the temperature fluctuates, its not good. They need steady heat. Keeping it by the window is not good. When the sun...

Fish: My Betta Fish; Sir Paulanca the 2nd., cichlid research, circle tank
cichlid research, circle tank, fish shop: Hi Michelle, Sadly, I suspect that Sir Paulanca is just getting old. Bettas do not live very long. It is important to make sure that he has clean water and a temperature up around 80oF so that he can live out his days in comfort. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: My Betta Fish; Sir Paulanca the 2nd., circle tank, betta fish
circle tank, betta fish, semi circle: Michelle, Putting him in the sun will make things worse. What that does is heats up the water and then when he is not in the sun anymore, the water cools off. Betta s are tropical and need their water at 80 degrees at all times. I would add a heater to his...

Fish: Betta frantic swimming, fish equipment, swim bladder
fish equipment, swim bladder, bettas: Cheryl, You re welcome. As far as the temperature goes, as long as it is a constant 80 degrees he should be fine. What I mean by that is even at night it is the same temp as during the day. He might just be feeling stifled in the small tank. Do you know...

Fish: betta' friends, male guppies, labyrinth organ
male guppies, labyrinth organ, betta tanks: Lee, Actually, males Betta s like to be alone. They actually thrive when they are alone. If you want to give him tank mates, make sure there are no male Guppies, and no other fish with a Labyrinth organ. Definitely no other Betta male or female. There really...

Fish: Black moor fish is ill!, black moor fish, litre tank
black moor fish, litre tank, black moors: Joanne, Chances are, the fish store uses test strips instead of the liquid testing kits. The strips are not reliable and give false readings. Its good that you moved him, but you didn t mention what medication you are using. The fastest way to get rid...

Fish: Black Moor with persistent swim bladder, goldfish owners, black moor
goldfish owners, black moor, epsom salt: Marcel, Fast her for 2 days. On the third day feed her the cooked shelled pea, then fast her again for 2 days. DO NOT feed her bread. It is not good for fish. This is the way that I treat swim bladder. Try not to over feed them. Here is a website that covers...

Fish: bloated dwarf frog, african dwarf frog, frog tank
african dwarf frog, frog tank, hospital tank: Brandi, If the frog looks bloated even just a little, remove him from the tank right away and put him in your hospital tank. Dropsy/bloat is common in frog and unfortunately fatal in most cases. It is very hard to treat and usually involves a specialist....

Fish: Cleaner fish keep dying, mickey mouse platy, mickey mouse platys
mickey mouse platy, mickey mouse platys, chinese algae eaters: Renee, When you set up the tank, did you cycle it before you added any fish? IF not, that is why the all the original fish died. When you buy fish, it is good to quarantine them in your hospital tank for a minimum of 2 weeks before adding them to the main...

Fish: EBJD, jack dempseys, cichlid research
jack dempseys, cichlid research, electric blue jack dempsey: Hi Kay, The speed at which your electric blue jack dempsey grows is a function of several things. It mostly depends on the water temperature (higher temp = faster growth). It also depends on how frequently you change the water (more changes = faster growth)....

Fish: emergency with black belt cichlid, please help fast if you can, cichlid research, water changes
cichlid research, water changes, ron c: Hi Katie, I am very sorry to hear what has happened. I have seen this sort of thing but very rarely. It can sometimes be caused by deteriorating water conditions. As the water conditions get worse, the ammonia and other nitrogen products make the fish...

Fish: Fantail Goldfish Ammonia Problems, epson salts, aquarium salt
epson salts, aquarium salt, waste producers: Aimee, Each goldfish needs 20 gallons of water. 1 gallon of water is not enough water for any fish. Goldfish do not have stomachs and they are huge waste producers. In a 1 gallon tank, water changes need to be done daily or every other day. He was in very...

Fish: my female betta fish is not eating, female betta fish, brine shrimps
female betta fish, brine shrimps, size tank: Amor, What size tank is she in? How long have you had her? What are the readings of ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates in the water? Sometimes, our fish just go through short periods of not eating. Her stomach is the size of her eye and if she is being over...

Fish: Female bettas, female bettas, bubble nest
female bettas, bubble nest, gallon tank: Amy, Female Betta s can and do make a nest often. I have a couple that do that every now and then It does not mean she is changing genders. There really isn t anything you can do about it, it is natural. You can try adding a couple more fish to the tank...

Fish: Fighting guppies, flake food, male guppies
flake food, male guppies, fake plants: Cheyenne, The reason you are having problems is the tank size. Guppies are very active fish and need a lot of room to swim. I would have that many guppies in nothing smaller than a 10 gallon tank. Make sure there is a filter and a heater. Keep the water...

Fish: Fish, cichlid research, species of fish
cichlid research, species of fish, karlee: Hi Karlee, In some cases you can, but why would you want to? Each species of fish has its own interesting qualities. If you breed two species together, you only create problems. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Which fish get along., mickey mouse platies, cold water tank
mickey mouse platies, cold water tank, fresh water fish tank: Chloe, Well, the first thing you have to decide is whether you want a cold water tank or tropical. If you want tropical, then the goldfish you cannot add. It is a cold water fish and does not do well in tanks that are above 70 degrees with 65 degrees being...

Fish: fish buddys, tropical tanks, cold water
tropical tanks, cold water, salt water: Nicole, It all depends on what type of tank you want. Do you prefer cold water or tropical? Salt water or fresh? Once you have figured that out, I can help you better. Tropical tanks needs heaters and filters, cold water just need the filter. Let me know...

Fish: About my flower horn, flower horn, filter heater
flower horn, filter heater, water changes: Raghav, Fish are just like people. We have a favorite food and we like to eat it as often as possible. When we feed our fish live foods, we run the risk of getting our fish sick. A lot of the live food we get at the store are either sick or full of parasites....

Fish: freshwater fish, black mollies, freshwater fish
black mollies, freshwater fish, hiding places: Carly, It gestation is usually 28 to 40 days so depending on how long she has been pregnant it could be any time. She will probably hide at the bottom rear of the tank. She will have live babies so make sure there are a lot of plants in the tank for the...

Fish: geophaugs popeye?, cichlid research, geophagus
cichlid research, geophagus, ron c: Hi Brendon, Popeye is a nasty condition. I have had very little success treating it over the years. It can be caused by many things, ranging from bacteria to physical damage caused by attacks by another fish. Sometimes it is a combination. Personally,...

Fish: glofish, cichlid research, zebra danios
cichlid research, zebra danios, ron c: Hi Candace, Glofish are modified zebra danios. There is no REALLY obvious way to tell males from females, but in general, a female has a larger, rounder belly than a male. It is the kind of difference that you will only see when you look at a whole...