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Fish: New rocks in tank now convict sick, aquarium salt, old rocks
aquarium salt, old rocks, new rocks: Hi Nicole, What happened is that you removed good bacteria that was in your gravel by taking the gravel out, but if you didn t change your filter material, this should not have affected the water. Test you water for ammonia, and nitrates. Ammonia, should...

Fish: New Tank, fresh water aquarium, moonlight gourami
fresh water aquarium, moonlight gourami, congo tetra: Hi Eric, You will have to let your tank cycle before putting a fish in it. This may take 3 weeks to cycle. Buying a used sponge from your Pet Store will help the tank cycle. A used sponge is full of good bacteria that fish need to survive. You will have...

Fish: New Tank, cichlid research, species of fishes
cichlid research, species of fishes, wondering what type: Hi Eric, That s really hard for me to say. There are 28,000 species of fishes and each is more interesting than the next (at least to me). Personally, I like convict cichlids. You might try them. The most important thing is to resist putting...

Fish: New tank, new cichlid, plecostomus catfish, cichlid research
plecostomus catfish, cichlid research, fish stores: Hi Michelle, Yes, you can add others later. Whether you add them together or separately, there is no guarantee that they will get along. You improve the odds of them getting along (or at least reaching some kind of truce) if they are all similar in size....

Fish: Number of Fish, gallon fish tank, cichlid research
gallon fish tank, cichlid research, corydoras catfish: Hi Eric, I would not add many fish to that tank. It is better to have a few fish that are happy than to try to add more and cause all sorts of problems. You might consider adding some corydoras catfish. About 3 or 4 of them would be fine in there. ...

Fish: Number of Fish, gallon fish tank, shrimp pellets
gallon fish tank, shrimp pellets, starter fish: Hi Eric, You are at your limit. For now you cannot get anymore fish. This is all a 10 gallon can hold for fish to be comfortable. (If you do not have a pleco, you could add two little cory cst fish as they are bottom fish) You will have to buy food for...

Fish: nasty little fish, salt water tank, nat geo wild
salt water tank, nat geo wild, fish question: Hi Danielle, Seeing as he has Swim Bladder, don t add any aquarium salt to his water. If he has aquarium salt in his water, change all of his water, as the salt will make him worse. He must waste. If he hasn t wasted by tomorrow, you will have to treat...

Fish: i need help, cichlid research, freshwater tank
cichlid research, freshwater tank, amquel: Hi Danielle, When you say that you changed the water , do you mean that you changed ALL the water? You should never change all the water at once. You should change at most 50% of the water at once, and 25% is a much better amount to aim for. When you...

Fish: neon tetra, red tailed black shark, bristlenose catfish
red tailed black shark, bristlenose catfish, bala sharks: Hi Ben, 1. Mollies are substantially larger than guppies. 2&3. As far as I know, no one has ever bred neon tetras in captivity, and not for lack of trying. Some fish do not breed in captivity and neons are one of them. It is possible that they need...

Fish: new aquarium set up for betta, Betta
Betta: Hi Silvia I would get the 10 gallon completely setup. Add the gravel, decorations, fill with water, get the power filter going and add a small heater. Add 1tbsp of Aquarium Salt per 5 gallons of water. Let it sit for 24-48 hours (a good rule is when the...

Fish: my new oscar, size tank, gallon tank
size tank, gallon tank, hiding places: Hi Jon Oscars are nervous when they are introduced to a new home. If he went to a back corner, this means you put him in a tank that is too small, or with no decorations. Maybe both. What size tank did you put him in? A single Oscar needs at least 30 gallon...

Fish: new rocks in tank now convict sick, cichlid research, natural rocks
cichlid research, natural rocks, iron oxides: Hi Nicole, Changing the landscaping will definitely disrupt your fish and it may take him several weeks to feel normal again. I am not familiar with Bunnings warehouse. It is a good idea to buy aquarium stuff from a pet store because if you...

Fish: new tank, tank mates, angel fish
tank mates, angel fish, good tank: Hi Carrie, If you are not going to use the tank you already have that is established you could use water you have in that tank. You could add 5 gallons of that water to your new tank. You could also use the sponge on your old tank, which is full of good...

Fish: Online Fish?, aquarium store, fish store
aquarium store, fish store, pet stores: Hi! I Have bought from a breeder that lived 400 miles away, and he sent them to me by bus which took almost 7 hours, but the fish were so well packed, I could hardly believe it! I had no problem. You could try one, most breeders do not want to lose their...

Fish: Open mouth, cichlid research, wet hand
cichlid research, wet hand, pleco: Hi Mo, Unfortunately, his jaw may be misaligned. The treatment for this is a little delicate but you need to do it soon or the jaw will fuse in place. Basically, the bones become over-extended. The way to get them back in place is to catch the fish, hold...

Fish: Oscar breathing hard, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, bubbles: Hi Lafaye, Are you doing regular partial water changes? You need to be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week, to keep him happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar and cichlid seem suddenly afraid, cichlid research, poor water
cichlid research, poor water, water conditions: Hi Sherri, You need to be changing their water more consistently; poor water conditions will make them afraid . You should be changing 25% of their water once a week, EVERY week, particularly if you are feeding them twice a day (I feed my fish once...

Fish: Oscar fish, oscar fish, fish question
oscar fish, fish question, size tank: Hi David, It was their mistake for not giving you the right information. Did you talk to the manager of the store? The manager surely would not want to lose his reputation. Are there other pet stores where you live? I would try another one, tell them...

Fish: Oscar HITH, frequent water changes, fly larvae
frequent water changes, fly larvae, red shrimp: Hi Lauren, I think you are on the right track. The key is the water changes -- the number one thing associated with hole in the head is deteriorating water changes. So, doing frequent water changes is definitely the way to go in the near term. I would...

Fish: Getting My Oscar ready for a fair., frozen brine shrimp, fresh water fish
frozen brine shrimp, fresh water fish, feeder fish: Hi! If you mean a bag of frozen peas, yes they will do. If you are talking about dry peas that you must cook a long time, no, this isn t the right peas for now. You find the frozen peas at the Market in the same place where they keep frozen veggies. Can...

Fish: Oscar tricks, brine shrimp, earth worms
brine shrimp, earth worms, pliers: Hi Ty, how big is the oscar? the ideal size for teaching is 3 - 8 but you can teach any size. i would try finding/ buying some earth worms and cut them into small chunks, they really like that. Keep trying to get him to fallow the pliers around even under...

Fish: Our Oscars, size tank, great health
size tank, great health, hiding places: Hi Carmen Depending on the size tank they re in, Oscars can get territorial, even if they ve been together for awhile. They should have plenty of hiding places. However, based on the signs you describe, more likely than not, this is a sign of a breeding...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, tropical tank
cichlid research, tropical tank, water changes: Hi Corey, Just as with the albino oscars, the growth rate of a red oscar depends on the temperature of the water, the type, quantity and frequency of feeding and the amount of water changes that you do. Replacing the water that evaporates does...

Fish: Oscars fighting, 30 gallon tank, stressed fish
30 gallon tank, stressed fish, fish tank: Hi Shayna, What is happening is that the Oscars are getting bigger, and need more space. The stronger one will eventually kill the weaker one. When fish are kept in a tank too small for them, their growth is stunted, and their internal organs have no room...

Fish: My Oscas behavior, gravel tank, natural bacteria
gravel tank, natural bacteria, gallon tank: Hi Patrick, You should not place the fish in a tank while you completely clean the larger tank because you should never completely clean a fish tank. Doing so disrupts the natural bacteria in a tank that keep it healthy. If you completely clean a tank,...

Fish: oscar care, feeder fish, brine shrimp
feeder fish, brine shrimp, fish feeder: Hello, An Oscar must have at least a 60 gallon tank, all to himself. He grows to be quite big, and if he does not have room to grow, his growth will be stunted, and his internal organs will not develop properly, and will cause death. His water temperature...

Fish: oscar care, brine shrimp, food rewards
brine shrimp, food rewards, tiger oscar: Ok, here are a few simple ones that often impress people: swim through the hoop, fetch, slalom, and basket ball. First, get the fish very comfortable with hand feeding (with bigger fish i use plyers instead of fingers to avoid being bitten), this may...

Fish: oscar with HITH, cichlid research, poor water quality
cichlid research, poor water quality, frequent water changes: Hi Bobby, Hole in the head takes months to develop, not weeks. Can you send me a photo of your fish? You need to do lots of partial water changes. With an oscar, you should normally be doing 25% of the water once a week, EVERY week, to keep...

Fish: oscar swimblader disorder, cichlid research, gal tank
cichlid research, gal tank, oscars: Hi Sue, It is unlikely that the one is protecting the other. It is much more likely that it is actually bothering it. You should separate them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Parasite on cichlid, anchor worms, fish lice
anchor worms, fish lice, thin hair: Hi Tim, You are dealing with some kind of parasite, however I do not know which one. Here is a list of medication that may help you. This medication kills flukes, and fish lice. I do not know if it will harm your plants, as I never had to deal with live...

Fish: Parrot Cichlid, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, swim bladder: Hi Karen, Sadly it sounds like he has some sort of swim bladder or intestinal problem that is not allowing him to regulate his buouyancy correctly. If it is an intestinal problem and he is still eating, you might try feeding him thawed frozen peas to...

Fish: Ph and ammonia, bala sharks, tiger barbs
bala sharks, tiger barbs, rainbow shark: Hi Laura, If the tank was not cycled prior to the fish being added the cycling process (ammonia and nitrite spikes that naturally occur during this process) is definitely what killed your fish. It doesn t matter how hardy the fish were, no fish usually...

Fish: Platy breeding, rubbermaid container, gal tank
rubbermaid container, gal tank, undergravel filter: Hi Kolton, You need no experience when it comes to breeding platies, they do all of the work for you. Platies, guppies, and mollies are the very easiest. Give it about a month. The gestation period for platies is about 28-30 days. She will grow large...

Fish: Platy and Guppies, two females, platy
two females, platy, gallon tank: Hi Kelcie Well the obvious choice is to relocate the Platy to another tank. Or, move the Guppy to another tank. Guppies often chase each other and bite each others tails, so adding more Guppies would give him something else to chase and he would leave the...

Fish: My Pleco q.q, cichlid research, big fella
cichlid research, big fella, old tank: Hi Natalie, Yes, this problem occurs even if you introduce him slowly. I suspect the problem has to do with diet. Plecostomus have very specialized diets, basically they eat a mixture of wood and the plant/algae cells growing on the wood. They have...

Fish: Plecos, green terror cichlid, tiger oscar
green terror cichlid, tiger oscar, waffers: Hi Manny, You could try dumping the food in at night when the oscar is asleep. I don t really like algea waffers for many reasons. How i feed my pleco and get food past my large green terror cichlid is i take a slice of cuccomber and weigh it down with...

Fish: Plecos, cichlid research, algae wafers
cichlid research, algae wafers, tiger oscar: Hi Maurice, I suggest you just put more algae wafers in. Algae wafers are great foods for oscars as well as plecos. Crickets and earthworms are great foods for oscars. You have to be careful with regular food because if the fish doesn t eat...

Fish: My Poor Gourami, labyrinth organ, bloated abdomen
labyrinth organ, bloated abdomen, dwarf gouramis: Hi Addie Well, this is a tough one to answer. If you re certain it s a male, it could be constipation. However, when fish are constipated, they are usually not very active. It also wouldn t last a month without causing more severe problems, even death....

Fish: Pregnant Platy?!, bladder disease, plattys
bladder disease, plattys, vegetable flakes: Don t let this worry you. They will eat, and avoid the bigger platys. They have the intelligence to do so without getting caught. Food will fall to the bottom, and they will nibble at it. The important thing is that you do water changes every day siphoning...

Fish: Pregnant Platy?!, pregnant platy, cichlid research
pregnant platy, cichlid research, leaved plants: Hi Eric, Unfortunately the two situations look very similar (the one exception is that pregnant fish seldom have raised scales, whereas sick fish often do, giving them a sort of a pinecone look). If she is pregnant, she will give birth soon. At that point,...

Fish: Pregnant Platy?!, platy fry, pregnant platy
platy fry, pregnant platy, main tank: Hi Eric, Platy fry are very easy to take care of. If she is getting increasingly large but acting and swimming and eating fine she is probably just pregnant. She will get so large that she looks as if she is about to explode. Finally, she will square...

Fish: Pregnant Tiger Barbs, cichlid research, tiger barbs
cichlid research, tiger barbs, tiger barb: Hi Arthu, Barbs are egg scatterers and they do not protect the eggs so odds are that the catfish would get any eggs that were laid. Separating the catfish might be a good idea. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Proper Feeding, neon tetras, fish tank
neon tetras, fish tank, colored fish: Hi Monica Well first, the Betta and the Neons are not a good mix. Bettas usually attack brightly colored fish, especially smaller ones. You may soon find some or all of the Neons missing or dead. As for feeding, there isn t one fish you mentioned that...

Fish: Proper Feeding - Freshwater Tank, neon tetras, blood worms
neon tetras, blood worms, fish tank: Hi Monica, It s a lot easier than you think. you can mix all the foods together and just dump them in. i would use some frozen blood worms even though they cost an arm and a leg where live and a mix of flakes and betta pellets. The truth is you don t need...

Fish: parrotfish hematoma, clown loaches, fish internal organs
clown loaches, fish internal organs, litre tank: Hello! Every time you change water you must add a good water conditioner. Here in America, we have Stress Coat and AquaPlus which are very good. You must have something similar. These products remove the harmful metals in tap water, and chlorine. ...

Fish: picosomus, plecostomus catfish, cichlid research
plecostomus catfish, cichlid research, algae wafers: Hi Shelby, I am confused by the names you are calling your fish. When you say algae eater I assume that you actually mean a plecostomus catfish, i.e., a brownish catfish with a sucker-like mouth? Is that right? If so, then what is a floor feeder...

Fish: platy is hiding, cichlid research, stress coat
cichlid research, stress coat, fish flakes: Hi Frederick, Most likely, the Dalmation molly has been attacking the platy and that is why the platy is hiding. You have several options: you can remove one of the fish. Alternatively, you can add more structure (rock, wood, plants) to the tank to break...

Fish: platy or molly?, mickey mouse platy, color variations
mickey mouse platy, color variations, platty: Hi Chris Well your pic is fuzzy, I hope the Platy is healthier than she looks. This is called a Mickey Mouse Platy. I ll attach a clearer pic of one for you. This one is a White Mickey Mouse Platy, there are several color variations. Hope this helps....

Fish: please help me.(=, peace lily, aquarium world
peace lily, aquarium world, plastic plants: Hi Sarah Well first you need to get Spencer a larger place to live. A 5 gallon filtered, heated and covered aquarium would be best for him. People buy Bettas in those tiny little cups that they are sold in and are led to believe that is fine for them. Not...

Fish: Oscar diet, oscar feeder fish, shrimp pellets
oscar feeder fish, shrimp pellets, brine shrimp: Hi! An Oscar will eat brine shrimp. frozen blood worms, Beef Heart, Oscar Pellets made by Hikari or Tetra, a good quality flake. all dried food is good for Oscars, and well as the frozen ones. Oscars also love mealworms that you should find at your pet...

Fish: Questions About My Oscar, cichlid research, side fins
cichlid research, side fins, deep holes: Hi Autumn, You need to be doing much more water changes. You should be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week. That should be your regular plan. In the short term, you need to do a 25% water change today, then again tommorrow and then again...

Fish: Me again, another question., redtail shark, red tailed shark
redtail shark, red tailed shark, long tank: Hiya again Sarah! Redtail Sharks should be kept as singles in any tank, because they become very aggressive towards each other. The average Redtail Shark will grow up to 6 . I have 2 in separate tanks that are slightly larger than that. A 10 gallon would...

Fish: Re: Crowntail not eating, tank mates, blood worm
tank mates, blood worm, bladder problem: Hi Tiffany, keep in mind a betta has a stomach about the size of it s eye. it s more likely that the betta has a bactirial infection (such as popeye) and isn t showing any other symptoms. it is a possibility that he eats more when you leave as fish can be...

Fish: Red Oscars, feeder fish, brine shrimp
feeder fish, brine shrimp, fish feeder: Hi, You didn t make me angry. I receive so many letters, and feel sorry for the people that have bought Oscars, and didn t know what to do with them once they got big. They were lied to, and that is what really makes me angry. Many vendors who sells these...

Fish: Red Tailed Shark Food, frozen bloodworms, shark food
frozen bloodworms, shark food, water changes: Hi Sarah, The Red tailed shark is a scavenger, he will eat anything you put in the tank! It is a good idea to vary his diet, feeding him frozen bloodworms, and a good quality flake, as well as pellets that have been presoaked. The more you vary the food...

Fish: raised scales on bettas gills, aquarium salt, water chemistry
aquarium salt, water chemistry, water change: Hi Jacqueline, The fact that your Betta is eating is a good sign. A sick Betta will stop eating. Keep an eye on him, and maybe this will go away on it s own. If your water is more clear today, that means there was bad bacteria in your tank. Do another...

Fish: re : convicts color, cichlid research, orange tinge
cichlid research, orange tinge, 30 minutes: Hi Sueanne, Their colors change as they go through different phases. During the parenting phase, the female often loses the orange. It will come back again after they have finished raising this batch of kids and she is ready to have another. -- Ron...

Fish: re : convicts, janitor fish, cichlid research
janitor fish, cichlid research, gallon tank: Hi Sueanne, Convicts are very devoted parents so I cannot guarantee that the plecostomus will be safe in that tank. Basically, the parents will attempt to remove any fish that they deem is a possible threat to their kids. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: re-mouth fungus, high alkaline water, mouth fungus
high alkaline water, mouth fungus, aquarium salt: Hi AT, I remember Ramon, and was hoping he would be all better by now. Never overdose a fish, it would do him more harm than good. Change all the water every three days using a good water conditioner, and continue treatment. An air stone would help....

Fish: My red glass barbs, rosy barbs, tiger barbs
rosy barbs, tiger barbs, fish experts: Hi Maddie Well unfortunately a 5 gallon tank is too small for 2 Rosy Barbs. When the sign says Minimum Tank Size 5 Gallons that is how much space per fish. Rosy Barbs grow to 5 each and 2 of them would need a minimum of 15-20 gallons. The tank needs...

Fish: a red parasite on my african cichlid, african cichlid, ammonia test
african cichlid, ammonia test, stress coat: Hi Karen, This is a fluke, I don t know which one as I have no picture of your fish. Treat him with Fluke Tabs made by Aquarium Products. There are other medication for flukes at the Pet Store. Most are all very good. You must clean your tank first...

Fish: Scratching Cichlid, african cichlids, cichlid research
african cichlids, cichlid research, pleco: Hi Armad, A little occasional scratching is normal and okay. However, keep a close eye on things to be sure that it isn t the start of an outbreak of ick , which is a small white parasite. It looks like the fish have been dusted in icing sugar. Ick is...

Fish: Short Gill cover, cichlid research, gill cover
cichlid research, gill cover, happy life: Hi Christy, Such a condition will not likely harm the fish s ability to have a full happy life, but it will not likely ever grow a proper gill cover. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Short Gill cover, long and happy life, angel fish
long and happy life, angel fish, gill cover: Hi! I wouldn t be worried about the short gill. The way you describe her, she is very happy, and healthy. It has the same chance to live a long, and happy life, as any other angel fish, as long as you keep her water clean, do your water changes, feed her...

Fish: Sick Betta Fish, aquarium salt, fuzzy spot
aquarium salt, fuzzy spot, fish question: Hello, You should see improvement in two days, but continue the treatment until it is finished. I use bleach to disinfect a tank, I put some a little in the bottom of the tank, and rub with a Scott Towel all over. Then I rinse it out really well. Fill...

Fish: Sick Betta fish, aquarium salt, natural medication
aquarium salt, natural medication, stress coat: Hello, The plant poisoned your water, therefore making your Betta sick. Never put a floating plant with your Betta, he takes his air at the surface. When a Betta is pale it is usually because he is stressed. Change the water again, making sure that the...

Fish: Sick betta -- ring around eye, bacterial diseases, betta fish
bacterial diseases, betta fish, gallon tank: Hello, This could be caused by many things. When this happens to a fish, it is called Popeye. When fish have Popeye, it usually covers another disease, so watch carefully. Your water should always be free of ammonia, and nitrates. It could be a bacterial...

Fish: Sick Cichlid, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, poor diet: Hello, It could be many things. He could be stressed. Another fish may be aggressing him at night. He could have smim bladder disease. If his tummy is swollen, it could be Swim Bladder. This is due to poor diet, and feeding too much, which leads to constipation....

Fish: Sick Parrot cichlid, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, sized fish: Hi Caroline, Do not put in medicines that are not directly for the problem at hand, they can make the problem worse. So, do not put in white spot medicine unless your fish has white spot. The most likely reason for the symptoms you describe are...

Fish: Sick Red Oscars, aquarium salt, aquarisol
aquarium salt, aquarisol, intelligent fish: Hi Corey, In a week, you could add another Oscar. When you do, try to get him the same size, and add something new to the tank, like a plant, or rocks, something different the same time you put him in with your other Oscar. Feed him well, four times a day,...

Fish: Species, south american cichlids, melanochromis auratus
south american cichlids, melanochromis auratus, african cichlids: The Pet store where you bought them should know their names. Many African Cichilds have only scientific names, but the pet store who sells these fish should know what they are selling. They should give you all the information they have on these fish, what...

Fish: Stocking of 125gal, freshwater fish tank, cichlid research
freshwater fish tank, cichlid research, clown loaches: Hi Lynn, I think you will find that those will be enough as they grow to their adult sizes. An adult red devil is a foot or more long and an adult male Jack Dempsey can be 10 inches, so you already have quite a bunch of fish in there. By the way,...

Fish: Strange Oscar Behaviour, cichlid research, nitrate levels
cichlid research, nitrate levels, oscar fish: Hi James, I would not do anything else until you get the nitrates down. That alone can cause all sorts of problems, including gill problems. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: saltwater-freshwater, freshwater tank, saltwater tank
freshwater tank, saltwater tank, acceptible: Hi jarrod, It s actualy quite easy but it takes a while. First, get all the salt water stuff out including the sand and the water. Wash the tank out and use a salt test kit to make sure there is no salt. Then just set the freshwater tank up. If you cleen...

Fish: sick Black Moor, water changes, algea
water changes, algea, 5 more minutes: Hi Beth, You could lower the pH to about neutral... Thing about all of the reasons people get sick, hurt or could die. I sure can t think of all of the reasons. my point being the fish could have a bad kidney of a bad heart or something and there is nothing...

Fish: sick betta, knick knack, bladder disease
knick knack, bladder disease, tank temperature: Hello, With the information you have given me, it would appear that your Betta has Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is often caused by poor diet which leads to constipation. If left untreated it could lead to Dropsy, and death. Change all the water in...

Fish: sick betta, brine shrimps, litre tank
brine shrimps, litre tank, flake food: Hi Ali, I ve narrowed it down to 4 likely diseases. 1 is untreatable, and 1 s nearly impossible to treat so it is possible your fish doesn t make it. the only thing i have ever been able to make work is medicated food. your pet store should sell some. ...

Fish: sick betta, aquarium salt, freshwater aquarium
aquarium salt, freshwater aquarium, betta care: Hi Shelley Regardless of what most Betta care websites and even some experts on our forum will tell you, Betta s should NOT be fed pellets. The pellets expand when they get wet and become nearly twice the size of a Betta s stomach. Anyone who will tell...

Fish: sick convict, swim bladder, chichlid
swim bladder, chichlid, bladder disease: Hi Renee, I m sorry, but he now appears to have Dropsy Dropsy can be caused by an internal bacterial problem. Dropsy is the hardest internal bacterial infection to cure, and fish usually die from it. It can also be that he has damaged kidneys due to...

Fish: my sick corydoras trilineatus, corydoras trilineatus, panda corydoras
corydoras trilineatus, panda corydoras, cherry shrimps: Hi Mich Well first, adding any type of fish medication to a tank with shrimp in it will kill them. Most fish medications contain copper which is toxic to invertebrates. Did you read the warning labels? I ve said this many times on this forum and many have...

Fish: sick male beta, fish swim bladder, automatic fish feeder
fish swim bladder, automatic fish feeder, comet goldfish: Hello, This could be the beginning of Swim Bladder Disease. Swim Bladder is caused by poor diet, and overeating, which causes constipation. A Betta should have 2-3 small meals a day. Example: 2 pellets for one meal. This is very hard to control if he...

Fish: sillver dollar back from the dead, dragon goby, cichlid research
dragon goby, cichlid research, rope fish: Hi Nigel, It sounds like the other fish beat him up badly (that s why his eye is cloudy). It would be a good idea to separate him to give him a chance to recover. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: small aquarium, platy fry, neon tetras
platy fry, neon tetras, main tank: Hi Diane Unfortunately a 1 gallon tank isn t much good for anything. No matter how small the fish, you wouldn t be able to put more than one in there. They serve a good purpose as a temporary holding container, but not as a permanent home for anyone. ...

Fish: The strange behavior keeps going on., minor scrapes, water parameters
minor scrapes, water parameters, trial periods: Hi Heidi, The difficult thing is that fighting and courting in large cichlids looks exactly the same. The only difference is the outcome. Both are highly physical and the one (courting) can change to fighting instantly with very bad results. The general...

Fish: Tiger Oscar and his 55 gallons, fire eel, peacock eel
fire eel, peacock eel, brine shrimp: Hi Sarah First, Oscar tanks should be cleaned twice a week, not every 2 weeks. Tankmates for Oscars are Silver Dollars, Jack Dempsey, Green Terror, Tinfoil Barbs and large Plecos. Make sure any tankmates you put in with him are of equal size. Hope this...

Fish: Tiger Oscar Questions, Oscars
Oscars: Hi Joe Oscars like to hide and need to have lots of hiding places in order to feel safe and secure. Oscars also like to rearrange their tanks, so unless you don t mind the Oscar changing things up a bit, use large and heavy pieces that will be harder for...

Fish: Tiny tank, neon tetras, dwarf frog
neon tetras, dwarf frog, gallon tank: Hello Diane. i have a betta in a one gallon tank without a filter or heater and he has lived happily for 2 years. a couple neon tetras could probably be raised in a one gallon tank, but they would require the heater, and i would not normally advice neons or...

Fish: Treating flowerhorn with white spots, flowerhorn, fish store
flowerhorn, fish store, feeet: Hi Clinton, I understand that the cost of shipping medication would be high. Ocean Free is good, but it is for salt water aquariums, and not for freshwater. Methylene Blue, is not very good at this stage of the parasite. Keep using pottassium permanganate,...

Fish: tank, black convict, convict cichlids
black convict, convict cichlids, aquarium salt: Hi Lauren The white powder substance sounds like some kind of mold or fungus. If you re using Aquarium Salt, it will often create a small residue. The only way to get rid of it is to clean it with an algae scrubber or brush. I also need to tell you that...

Fish: tank sealer, cichlid research, polystyrene
cichlid research, polystyrene, silicone: Hi Richard, Absolutely not. It is always toxic. Most window sealers contain anti-fungal stuff etc in them which will kill your fish forever more. Use aquarium silicone. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: tank size, zebra danios, cichlid research
zebra danios, cichlid research, fish tank: Hi Max, You should consider getting four zebra danios and three or four corydoras catfish. They will do well in that tank. With any fish tank, or any pet for that matter, you need to be sure to regularly provide the proper amount of care because...

Fish: telling the sexes apart, cichlid research, cichlid fish
cichlid research, cichlid fish, cichlids: Hi Chania, It depends entirely on the species. In some species both sexes are the same, but in others they are quite different. In some of the cichlids from Lake Malawi, the males are blue/purple and the females are orange. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: I think my fish caught a disease, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, money college: Hello, I m sorry to tell you that you cannot keep fish even though you seem to really like them. Your fish will die, and this is not right. Fish have feelings, and should be kept in conditions that are right for them. Depending on the fish you have,...

Fish: tiger barb, tiger barbs, tiger barb
tiger barbs, tiger barb, ammonia level: Hi Sonny, What kind of tadpole food is it? over eating is a possibility, if he s very fat its very likely. Also, my tiger barbs learned to bully each other only when i leave because i always do something to stop it when i see it. Leave the room for a...

Fish: I tried everything you said., waiting game, tropical fish
waiting game, tropical fish, betta: Hi Danielle, Your friend should have advised you to do what is best for the betta. To see him suffering, and to know that there is nothing you can do, deep down inside you know it would be better to take him out of his misery. I know it is hard, but the...

Fish: Unknown fish in fishbowl, gallon pond, gallon tank
gallon pond, gallon tank, guppys: Hi Ayaz, You have a big problem. the fish is an african ghost knife and i have one that looks cramped in a 1,000 gallon pond. he s 5 feet long. Do every thing you can to get him out very quickly. give him back to the petstore unless you have a 500 gallon...

Fish: Unknown Sickness?, dwarf gourami, side fins
dwarf gourami, side fins, nitrate levels: Hi Mike First, invertebrates should not be in a tank with tropical fish. 7 out of 10 questions I receive regarding illnesses, water quality and other problems with tanks, were from people who had snails, shrimp and other such creatures roaming around in...

Fish: Upgrading my tank, want advice.., tiger barbs, ghost shrimp
tiger barbs, ghost shrimp, whisper filter: Hi Dan, I think getting the bigger tank is the way to go. I only keep silk and plastic plants. I have found that live plants can be more work than fish and some of the fish I keep like to destroy live plants so it would just make a large, expensive mess....

Fish: unactive betta, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, aquarium salt: Hello, When bettas act this way it sometimes has something to do with their Swim Bladder. Swim Bladder is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. This leads to constipation, and Swim Bladder Disease. Feed him a cooked frozen pea. Cook the pea, and remove...

Fish: Water Changes & Breeding, cichlid research, gallon jugs
cichlid research, gallon jugs, gallon tank: Hi Armad, Personally I would get the goldfish out of the large tank. Goldfish are notorious carriers of various diseases and I generally try to avoid them at all costs. If you have no other tank, I would put the other fish (currently in the 10 gallon...

Fish: White dots on my new Gold Fish, gold fishes, oxygen supplier
gold fishes, oxygen supplier, fish question: Hello Abhijeet, you doing everything right. Look closely for it in the other tank/ bowl. ICH is commonly caused by stress, which will happen with goldfish in anything less than 35ltrs. (long term) so try to get a tank of atleast that size. ...

Fish: White Spots on Fish, white spots on fish, fish size
white spots on fish, fish size, lily pond: Hi Wendy, How big are both of the ponds in gallons or liters? And also, What do the spots look like? It is most likely of a disease so as much info I can get (water quality, pond size, type of fish, size of fish, water stats, etc.) will help me help you....

Fish: whats wrong with my betta fish?, gallon fish tank, knick knack
gallon fish tank, knick knack, aquarium salt: Hello, With the information you have given me, I would think that you heated the water up too fast. When heating water for a betta, you must do this very very slowly...one degree every two days. Bringing up the temperature too quickly could kill your betta....

Fish: white film on fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, oscar fish: Hi Tricia, That is really hard to say. Can you send me a photo? It most likely is ich. You should get some ick medicine immediately and treat the tank. By the way, have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be...

Fish: white stuff floating on top of water, ciclid, gal tank
ciclid, gal tank, tank water: Hello, How often do you clean your tank? I mean really cleaning it by syphoning the bottom, getting all the food, amd waste out of your gravel, and wiping down the glass inside your aquarium. How often do you change your carbon? I think this is due to...

Fish: white substance in my beta fishs' mouth, mouth fungus, beta fish
mouth fungus, beta fish, fish tank: Hi Brooke, With the information you have given me, Sparkle has cotton mouth disease. This disease, is very hard to cure, but not impossible. You must act quickly. There are cures for Cotton Mouth (Mouth Fungus) at your Pet Store. Triple Sulfa is one of...

Fish: 1 yellow tail cichlid,2 electric yellow and 1 red scat, african cichlids, white nylons
african cichlids, white nylons, peaceful fish: Unfortunately a 60 litre tank is too small for a Red Scat. You could put him in your other tank. Add one teaspoon of aquarium salt to 5 gallons of water. This is not ideal, but it s the best you can do for him now. He will however when he matures need...

Fish: African cichalids, cichlid research, small tank
cichlid research, small tank, gallon tank: Hi Shawn, Your best remedy is to do more water changes. The symptoms your fish are showing are consistent with deteriorating water quality. This doesn t always show up on test strips which are pretty useless most of the time. You should be changing...

Fish: African cichlid with hole in the head disease, partial water changes, african cichlids
partial water changes, african cichlids, african cichlid: Hi Laraine, Water conditions are very important in the cure of this disease. Make sure your water is free of ammonia, and nitrates, and that the PH is 8.0 - 8.5 as African Cichlids live in alkaline water. Your water must be kept very clean at all times...

Fish: Albino Tiger Oscar, peas carrots, aquarium salt
peas carrots, aquarium salt, tiger oscar: Hi Tosha, Eye problems are caused by a bacterial infection, lack of vitamin A, or gas bubbles. This may be cured with a good antibiotic such as penicillin,or amoxicillin. It can also be caused by too much lighting, and poor diet. Lower the light level,...

Fish: Albino and Tiger Oscar, tinfoil barb, cichlid research
tinfoil barb, cichlid research, tiger oscar: Hi Tom, Hmmm... that is not normal. Is the tinfoil barb bothering them? The best food depends on how large they are. If they are less than about four inches in length, then you should probably feed them floating pellets. As they get larger, I would...

Fish: Angel eggs, sponge filter, angel fish
sponge filter, angel fish, whitey: Hi! It s not good! The white ones are fungus. Did you watch them to see what is happening when they have eggs. The eggs should not be fungus when the parents are with them. Check your water to see if you have ammonia in it. Ammonia could do this, and if...

Fish: Angel Fish Keep Dying, balloon mollies, 30 gallon aquarium
balloon mollies, 30 gallon aquarium, diamond tetras: Hello, It would be a good idea to put the mollies in another tank. Mollies need alkaline water which is easy to do by adding crushed coral to your filter. Bring the PH up to 8.0 - do this slowly depending on your PH at the moment. They also like salt,...

Fish: Angelfish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, angel fish: Hi Allei, They do not hae to grow into them . The fins should be pretty rigid, though the tip might hang down a bit from time to time. Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of their water, once a week,...

Fish: Aquarium Fishes, aquarium fishes, sword tail
aquarium fishes, sword tail, pregnant females: Hello, The shriveled up flat stomaches sound like what happens after they give birth, with that and the added stress of being chased by males will kill them, and the trying to swim but not moving sound like there giving birth OR your filters too strong. for...

Fish: african cichlid eye, african cichlid, maracyn 2
african cichlid, maracyn 2, african cichlids: Hi Jess, As you know African Cichlids are very aggressive, and territorial. If he is in with other African Cichlids, this can be the result of an injury. It can also be caused by poor water conditions. Ammonia, nitrates may not be safe, and in this case...

Fish: angel fish problem, maracyn 2, fish problem
maracyn 2, fish problem, angel fish: Hi TJ, Angels! They should be called Devils! What I think is happening is that you have a male, and a female. They have tried the nuptial dance, and one was weaker than the other. They do this before accepting themselves as a couple. They grab each other...

Fish: My Baby Mollies, cichlid research, proud grandma
cichlid research, proud grandma, sponge filter: Hi Stephanie, You should get a sponge filter for the baby tank. It can t suck them in and is an excellent type of filter. There are various makes and models but any of them will do the trick. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Beta, water chemistry problems, chris robbins
water chemistry problems, chris robbins, filter flow: Hi Clive; Sometimes fish get into the filter flow because they are irritated by something in the water. It could be parasites, waste toxins, water chemistry problems, incorrect temperature, etc. Sometimes because the tank is new to them and they are trying...

Fish: Beta, aquarium salt, beta male
aquarium salt, beta male, water changes: Hi Debbie, It is hard for me to say what it could be. It could be a tumor. Some tumors are cancerous, some are not. If your betta is eating, and acting normal, let him be. Bettas will live a long time with a tumor. Do not worry. Fish are like people,...

Fish: Beta with a bump : (, beta fish, fish store
beta fish, fish store, chris robbins: Hi Meaghan; It s hard to say what it is for sure but if he seems to act okay (eating and swimming normally) I really don t think he s suffering. Fish can develop things such as warts, tumors, or even moles and could easily bump or scrape them on objects...

Fish: Beta Change in Behavior an dNot Eating, freeze dried blood worms, bladder disease
freeze dried blood worms, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hello Tracy, Bettas should be kept in bigger tanks. In their habitat the bettas may live in shallow waters, but have lots of room to swim. The Betta is one of the most mistreated fish on the market. He should have a 5 gallon tank or more. He is a tropical...

Fish: Beta Fish, knick knack, aquarium salt
knick knack, aquarium salt, bladder disease: Hi Cynthia, Many things can cause this. He may be cold, he could be constipated, it s hard for me to know with so little information. Here is some information on the Betta, where you could find an answer to your question. I hope this helps. Bettas...

Fish: Beta Fish, blood worm, beta fish
blood worm, beta fish, gallon tanks: Hi Sam, Bettas kept in small bowls, and tanks at low temperatures will get sick, and are very hard to cure. Bettas are tropical fish, and need a heated tank of 78-80-82 degrees. They should be kept in 5 gallon tanks, or more. I am not blaming you, as...

Fish: Beta fish behavior, knick knack, beta fish
knick knack, beta fish, aquarium salt: Hi Cheryl, It is very sad when Pet Stores keep Bettas in small containers. They sell all kinds of small gadgets telling people that this is all the betta needs. This is untrue, and sad. I don t think there is something wrong with your betta, but make sure...

Fish: Beta fish fin regrowth, fungus attack, beta fish
fungus attack, beta fish, little friend: Hi Kathryn, All you can do is keep his water clean free of ammonia, and nitrates, and they will grow back. It takes time, but they will grow back. There is no medication for this, you must be patient, and your little friend will return to normal. Lynd...

Fish: Betta Fish, water chemistry, firestar
water chemistry, firestar, degree water: Hi Sarah, When a Betta doesn t eat, it is because there is something wrong. You must find the answer to that as I have nothing to go on here. Is he blowing a nest? This could be the reason for the white stuff. If not, do a major water change. How is...

Fish: Betta Fish Care, reverse osmosis water, trace compounds
reverse osmosis water, trace compounds, fish care: Hi Leanne; Sounds like a great plan you ve got there! I m so glad I could help. Keep the temperature up and supplement the heat if needed, just like you planned. Terrarium heaters work great for tanks like yours as long as they don t overheat. Just...

Fish: Betta fins, fin and tail rot, silk plants
fin and tail rot, silk plants, gal tank: Hi Ray, This is the beginning of fin, and tail rot. This is due to poor water conditions, stress, outdated food, over feeding, overcrowded tanks, and even a Ph which is not suitable for your betta. You must find the cause. If you have ammonia, or nitrates...

Fish: Betta fish, knick knack, aquarium salt
knick knack, aquarium salt, cleaning fish: Hello Max, I m sorry to tell you that a 2 gallon tank is too small to add a pleco or any other cleaning fish. You will have to change all the water every week, and sometimes twice a week. A cleaner would starve to death. You have to feed plecos pellets...

Fish: Betta fish, betta fin rot, maracyn 2
betta fin rot, maracyn 2, betta fish: Hi Danielle Well be sure and take care of the Betta Fin Rot before it gets worse. Maracyn and Maracyn 2 work best for them as well as adding some Freshwater Aquarium Salt to their water. Guppies can be sweet, but they can be mean too. It varies from...

Fish: Betta fish keeps dying on me, fungus disease, little fish
fungus disease, little fish, degree water: Hi! Like I mentioned to you, 72 degree water is much to cold for bettas. They are tropical fish, and need 78-80, and 82 degree water to stay healthy. When they are in cool water, they are cold, and get sick, and they are very hard to cure, almost impossible...

Fish: Betta fry, sponge filter, fry food
sponge filter, fry food, bubble nest: you will be able to tell when the eggs are there in about 48 hours after mating as you will see little tails hanging from the nest. you can but liquid fry food for them from stores. i would advise using a sponge filter as it will keep the tank cleaner...

Fish: Betta Ich?, lateral line disease, filter gravel
lateral line disease, filter gravel, green algae: Hi Diana Your Betta needs his water changed every week, not every 3 weeks. I know the plastic filter you are talking about...ran by an air pump. Some are electric. They are better than nothing, but are really worthless for the most part. Consider putting...

Fish: Betta just laying in the bottom of his tank, food pellets, swim bladder
food pellets, swim bladder, bladder disease: Hi Andrew, Poor Betta! He seems to be showing symtoms of Swim Bladder Disease which is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. Try feeding him a frozen pea which you will cook. Remove the outer layer, cut it in small pieces, and feed this to your Betta one...

Fish: Betta's Sick?, betta bowls, knick knack
betta bowls, knick knack, aquarium salt: Hi! You have been very lucky to keep bettas so long in small bowls. The pea should be cooked, and the outer layer removed. Frozen cooked peas are best. Here is some information on the betta, and how he should be kept: Bettas need 5 gallons of water...

Fish: Betta splendon problem, jungle fungus, poor water quality
jungle fungus, poor water quality, aquarium salt: Hi Clinton, I m so happy that your Flowerhorn pulled through, and that he is well now. Poor Betta! Did you check your water to make sure that you have no ammonia, or nitrates in it. Fin rot is caused by poor water quality, stress, cool water, and sometimes...

Fish: Bettas, frequent water changes, aquarium ph
frequent water changes, aquarium ph, finrot: Hi Linda; The medication probably has interrupted the nitrogen cycle, but that s okay for now. Keep using medication to heal Mr. Betta. Make frequent water changes to keep the water fresh in the meantime. A 10% change every day or every other day wouldn...

Fish: Black Mollies, siamese fighter fish, siamese fighters
siamese fighter fish, siamese fighters, neon tetras: Hi Mandy Black Mollies are aggressive, although it is more common in the males. Females can be aggressive as well though. You could try adding a male Molly with a couple of more females. Mollies should be in groups of 1 male to 3 females. Mollies should...

Fish: Black Moore, chris robbins, tropicalfish
chris robbins, tropicalfish, pop eye: Hi Hannah; He may have injured himself or he has an infection behind his eye. It s hard for me to tell without seeing it for myself and without knowing more about your fish and their tank. Here are some web pages that may help though; http://www.flippersandfins.net/pop-eye.htm...

Fish: Blood Red Parrot, color has gone white, 30 gallon tank, nitrate levels
30 gallon tank, nitrate levels, fluid buildup: Hi Dottie; It sounds like your little gal has a condition known as Pop Eye . It can really stress the fish out so they lose color and become lethargic but it usually resolves itself within about 2 weeks. There are many possible causes; infection causing...

Fish: Breeding Bettas... HELP!, styrofoam cup, bubble nest
styrofoam cup, bubble nest, male bettas: Hello, The male betta will not pick up eggs that have fallen to the bottom of the tank. He blows the eggs into the nest as he squeezes her...but the eggs that fall, he will not touch. The female will pick up as many as she can making sure the male does...

Fish: Breeding Cichlids, baby brine shrimp, gallon tank
baby brine shrimp, gallon tank, water changes: Hi Cheri, If your tiger cichlids are Convicts they will look after the spawn. It would be better to have the parents, and the fry in their own aquarium. They are usually very good parents, and will defend their fry, sometimes causing injury to other fish....

Fish: Brick in Tank?, chris robbins, hi lauren
chris robbins, hi lauren, bucket of water: Hi Lauren; As long as you know where it came from and it hasn t been in contact with anything toxic it s probably fine to use the brick. I ve used them myself to create structures in my tanks. What you might consider first though is to put the brick in...

Fish: Too Buoyant Betta (Male), britta water filter, saltwater aquarium fish
britta water filter, saltwater aquarium fish, bladder disease: Hi Carrie, Your Betta has Swim Bladder Disease. This often happens to Bettas, as we tend to overfeed them. They get constipated. Give him the pea treatment mentioned below, and nothing else. Hopefully, he should waste. However, a treatment of Kanamycin...

Fish: my beta fish / a bump dealing with him, non cancerous tumors, beta fish
non cancerous tumors, beta fish, water chemistry: Hi Elizabeth, It is very difficult to know exactly what the bump could be. It could be a tumor, and it could be cancerous, or it may not be cancerous. Bettas may live long, and happy lives with non cancerous tumors, just like we do. It could also be something...

Fish: betta - color fading/fringed fins, neon tetras, fin rot
neon tetras, fin rot, gallon tank: Hello, He is a beautiful betta, and looks like he would be a moon Betta You will have to change all the water in his tank, and clean everything in it very very well. Fill the tank up with clean water, and same temperature he was in, using a good water...

Fish: betta not eating moved to larger tank, bladder disease, stress coat
bladder disease, stress coat, small tank: Hi Melinda, Check your water to make sure there is no ammonia, or nitrates in his water. If you do have ammonia, change all the water using a good water conditioner such as Stress Coat or AquaPlus. Is his water cold? The betta is a tropical fish, and needs...

Fish: Does my betta have fin rot?, fin and tail rot, live aquatic plants
fin and tail rot, live aquatic plants, male betta: You could try Bettafix, and hopefully he should get better. The difference between Melafix, and Bettafix is that Bettafix is 5 times less concentrated than Melafix, which is why I told you to give him half the dose if using Melafix. If he shows no sign...

Fish: betta fish infected, knick knack, long and happy life
knick knack, long and happy life, aquarium salt: Hello Grace, Bettas are miserable in small bowls, and starving them is not helping them. They need good quality food to survive. Feeding them bloodworms all the time is very bad for them. Sometimes I wonder how some people can work in Pet Stores, and don...

Fish: My betta is suffering from tail and fin rot - please help!!, jungle fungus, maracyn 2
jungle fungus, maracyn 2, stress coat: Hello, When a Betta has fin rot, we must act quickly. It would be better to have him in a bigger tank, but you cannot wait. It is very hard to treat a Betta in a 1/2 gallon tank, as most medications are for 5 gallons tanks. I would buy Jungle Fungus Eliminator,...

Fish: betta w/popeye and not sure what else?, maracyn two, clove oil
maracyn two, clove oil, curved spine: Hi Christine, You do not need a filter, but you will have to change all of his water once a week. With or without a filter, water changes must be make every week. I really hope Junior will pull through to enjoy his new home. I m happy he is eating, as...

Fish: How big a tank?, fancy fins, gravel plants
fancy fins, gravel plants, black mollies: Hi Vivienne A 15 gallon would be ok for this setup. However, no, you will not be able to keep the Neons with a Betta. The Betta will attack the Neons, not the other way around. Bettas are fighting fish and will fight each other, as well as any other fish...

Fish: black spots, chris robbins, guppies
chris robbins, guppies, coloration: Hi Lisa; If the spots are all in the same place on each fish it s probably their normal coloration. Many guppies do have a black spot on each flank, belly and/or base of the tail. Do an internet search on guppies and take a peek at some images. You will...

Fish: black swordtails, tank mates, best tank
tank mates, best tank, swordtails: Hello Jillian, The only fish I wouldn t put swordtails with, is 2 males together, not that they would fight, but if females are there would be competition. Unless you have a large tank and 2-3 females per male. Other than that swordtails are one of the...

Fish: The bottom fins, cichlid research, tiger oscars
cichlid research, tiger oscars, pelvic fins: Hi BlueWolfe, Those are called the pelvic fins and you are correct in that they use them mostly for communicating. When they have kids, you will see the parents use them alot to signal the kids when danger is nearby -- the parents snap them and the...

Fish: boy or girl?, true personalities, fin rays
true personalities, fin rays, gallon tank: Hi Jessica, A bowl is to small to raise goldfish. They will be much happier and I think you ll enjoy them more (because you get to see their true personalities) If you keep them in at least a 20 gallon tank. Males have little white dots on the fin rays...

Fish: breeding Angels, sucker fish, aquarium salt
sucker fish, aquarium salt, stress coat: Hi Mari, Angels are picky, it is very hard to get a breeding pair. Like most Cichlids they pick their mate. When they have made their choice, they must be of equal force. To do this they grab each other by the mouth, and waltz all over the aquarium...letting...

Fish: bubble nest, bubble nest, breeding bettas
bubble nest, breeding bettas, hiding places: Hello, When breeding bettas, you should have another tank ready. Many hiding places should be provided for the female. The female should be ready to lay eggs, and you can see that the female is ready, when she is plump, and has a little white tube where...

Fish: Chance is great, plug sockets, msn group
plug sockets, msn group, household appliances: Hello, Sorry i cant remmeber the original question, but what is your tank, coldwater or tropical, and your godzilla fish has to be in tropical tanks, and your right, they grow huge and when there fully grown need atleast 200 or more litres so your better...

Fish: Chance, blind bat, visual impairment
blind bat, visual impairment, left eye: Hello, thats good about Chance. Get your friend to put her knee up too so chance knows you mean buisness, and yes it is a brilliant idea making hi sit before she enters. Remember to reward him =] Did you add me on msn? Its ok if you did as it will be...

Fish: Cichlid with swollen tummy, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, aquarium salt: Hello, If she is still eating try giving her frozen peas which you will cook, and remove the outer layer. Do not feed her anything else for two days. This seems to be Swim Bladder Disease which is due to overfeeding, and poor diet. If you see that she...

Fish: Cichlid tank mates, tank mates, cichlid research
tank mates, cichlid research, idea what kind: Hi Hannah, I would not put anything in with three cichlids in a 15 gallon tank. That is not a lot of space for three cichlids. You might also consider buying your fish from a more knowledgeable place. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Cichlids in a 40 gallon hex, lake malawi cichlids, cichlid research
lake malawi cichlids, cichlid research, peacock cichlids: Hi JP, That is a tough question because there are so many to choose from. There are over 2000 species of cichlids. The key is settle on a geographic region and choose fish from that area, e.g., Central America, or South America, or West Africa, or Lake...

Fish: Clamped Fins, ammonia nitrate, 30 gallon tank
ammonia nitrate, 30 gallon tank, aquarium salt: Hiya again Jeff You didn t tell me about the Catfish in the first part of your question and I guess I was forgetting that is was Tetras when I responded to you. Sorry. Yes, the salt is bad for both the Tetras and the Catfish, so forget about adding the...

Fish: Cloudy eyed fish, golden apple snail, eyed fish
golden apple snail, eyed fish, cloudy eye: Hi Shelby; Somewhere along the line you got some bad advice about what goldfish need. I m so sorry. Hopefully we can get them in better shape soon, but your fish really need a tank with a filter. Goldfish can t live in bowls. Their skin, eyes and gills...

Fish: Comet recovered, cold water fish, little monkey
cold water fish, little monkey, little devil: I m very sorry to hear about your cat. I have a cat too, when she dies ill be devastated. I m currently trying to do research on the problem with your goldfish jumping out of their tank. I m not sure the exact solution. I used to have a goldfish who did...

Fish: Convict Compatability, cichlid research, 30 gallon tank
cichlid research, 30 gallon tank, cichlasoma octofasciatum: Hi Becky, He doesn t really need or want a roommate. Fish are perfectly happy to live in solitude. In fact, it sounds like he will treat any new roommate with great hostility until he gets rid of it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Cory catfish., fish stores, fish store
fish stores, fish store, great fish: Hi Danielle Sorry to hear about the Cory. Hmmm that s weird, Cory s are pretty hardy and hard to kill. Did you acclimate him to the new tank correctly? Did you do a partial water change before adding him to the tank? Is your water temp 78? Do you have...

Fish: Crown tail fighter., fin and tail rot, bladder disease
fin and tail rot, bladder disease, blood worms: Hello, I would feed him a frozen cooked pea, and nothing else for two days because I suspect that he has Swim Bladder Disease. He also had fin, and tail rot. Swim Bladder Disease is caused by poor diet, which leads to constipation, then to Swim Bladder....

Fish: Crowntail Betta Wont' Eat, knick knack, aquarium salt
knick knack, aquarium salt, aquarium plant: Hi Debbie, Here is some information on Bettas, and how they should be kept. I hope it will help you understand the betta more. Bettas need 5 gallons of water or more to be healthy, and happy. In their habitat the betta may live in shallow waters,...

Fish: cichlids in a 10 gallon?, sponge filter, cichlid research
sponge filter, cichlid research, small tank: Hi Andrew, There are many cichlids that will do very nicely in a 10 gallon tank. There are close to 100 species of Apistogramma cichlids from South America that are all very small (but highly colorful) that would find a 10 gallon perfect. Another one of...

Fish: cichlids and angels, african cichlids, cichlid research
african cichlids, cichlid research, congo tetras: Hi Crystal, I would not put angelfish of any size in with African cichlids. By African cichlids, I assume you mean East African cichlids, in which case, they really want hard, alkaline water. Angelfish want soft neutral water. You might be able...

Fish: cloudy water, cloudy water, gallon tank
cloudy water, gallon tank, water conditioner: Hi Kathryn, Cloudy water could be many things. Sometimes a Betta will blow a big nest, and that can cloud the water. It could also be a bad bacteria. It could be that the gravel wasn t rinsed enough. I would change all the water again to be sure. Hope...

Fish: clown fish eggs, clown fish, tank mates
clown fish, tank mates, fish eggs: Hello Amber, Are you talking about clown fish, as in nemo fish? if so i am sorry but i dont know much about saltwater fish, but i do know that if the eggs are fertilized yes they will hatch, but if your dad has a spare tank, silly really as saltwater tanks...

Fish: compatability, cichlid research, cardinal tetras
cichlid research, cardinal tetras, blue dwarf: Hi Carrie, How large is the tank? You could probably go with any of the larger tetras. I would NOT put in cardinal tetras or other very small tetras. The angelfish and keyhole cichlids would probably eliminate those very quickly. -- Ron ...

Fish: constipated sick betta, betta fish, gallon tank
betta fish, gallon tank, water change: It sounds like dropsy, and there is no cure for this, also he needs a filter and a heater and atleast a 2.5 gallon tank, you need to do a 50% water change and a 20% water change every week after that with out a filter, i am sorry. I dont know what epson...

Fish: convict fish babies, cichlid research, light colors
cichlid research, light colors, dark colors: Hi Lady, There is a recessive gene in some convicts, called pink . It is likely that both your parents carried that gene and that is why some of the kids got both copies and hence are pink . They are exactly the same as all other convicts except that...

Fish: Dead Fish, poor little fish, plattys
poor little fish, plattys, temperature shock: Hi Eric, Never trust anyone when it comes to your tank, unless they have experience with fish!! Poor little fish! They are lacking oxygen. Remove some of your water so that the water from the filter splashes down into the tank water. Adding an air stone...

Fish: Discoloration, caring for bettas, finrot
caring for bettas, finrot, chris robbins: Hi Caitrin; It sounds like Hootie has fin rot. The discolored scales may be an extension of it. Water quality is very important in the prevention of disease so make sure his tank is clean and well-kept. Here is a web page about finrot and what you can do...

Fish: Driftwood in tanks, poly pads, gallon tank
poly pads, gallon tank, pleco: Hi Audra, Are the ID iridescent sharks? They get over 4 feet long and the tank would be WAY over crowded. The wood Will greatly increase a pleco s lifespan as it is one of their only types of fiber so yes, you should have it. Let me know what you deside...

Fish: Dropsey & Fins Turning Black, flake food, food pellets
flake food, food pellets, hospital tank: Hi Jamie, Put the fish in the 10 gallon and do daily water changes of at least 50%. This may not be dropsey, but if it is, It is untreatable 99% of the time. the medicated food is the best you can do other than a trip to a fish vet. The black is just coming...

Fish: I didn't freez the betta, clove oil, snake head
clove oil, snake head, fish shop: Hello, Yeah all puppies chew everything, but he will eventually grow out of it. The best way to stop him chewing is sternly saying NO to him and remove the sock offering him one of his toys. How old is chance? Is he food orientated? Does he listen when...

Fish: discus bitting, angel fish, bleeding hearts
angel fish, bleeding hearts, water chemistry: Hi Nabil, Is your tank big enough? They need at least a 50 gallon tank. Angels, and Discus fish are cichlids, therefore are territorial. They mush have lots of plants, real, or silk, and their water should be acidic. The best fish to keep with Discus,...

Fish: dying fish, gallon fish tank, 30 gallon fish tank
gallon fish tank, 30 gallon fish tank, neon tetras: Hi Beth, I would not use Nox for fish treatment. I would use Quick Cure, half dosage because of your eel. Make sure that your water chemistry is right before treating your fish. Follow the instructions, half dosage for two days, make a water change of...

Fish: Everlasting Cycling, cichlid research, aquarium water
cichlid research, aquarium water, beneficial bacteria: Hi Yana, Are you sure that your test kit is accurate? (Many, many times I find that test kits are either inaccurate or people are using them improperly, and that explains persistent odd water values). Are you overfeeding? You should only be putting...

Fish: elephant nose fish, elephant nose fish, blood worms
elephant nose fish, blood worms, earth worms: Hello, Yes that is blood worms and yes your other fish will eat them, but you could ditract yout fish with flakes and put some blood worms in so that they sink, they also like most live foods you can buy, earth worms and you can buy tablet things made for...

Fish: Fantail has black face, chlorine levels, water qualities
chlorine levels, water qualities, water chem: Hi Ella, Goldfish are actually large, messy fish. they can get up to 10 and shouldn t live long term in smaller than a 20 gallon tank due to their size and waste production. The black should be a sign of deteriorating water qualities. For the time being,...

Fish: Female Betta in a New Tank, fresh water aquarium, aquarium salt
fresh water aquarium, aquarium salt, new tank: Hi Julie Most likely this is just a case of her getting used to her new home. Did you acclimate her to the new tank? This should always be done when moving fish from one tank to another even though the water chemistry will be the same. The temperature etc...

Fish: MY FISH EYES HAVE TURNED WHITE, poor water quality, cichlid research
poor water quality, cichlid research, fish eyes: HI Lisa, Cloudy eyes are usually the result of either attacks by another fish or poor water quality. Assuming that it isn t attacks by another fish, your best bet is to increase your water changing habits. In general, you should be changing 25% of the...

Fish: Fin Rot, jungle fungus, fungus attacks
jungle fungus, fungus attacks, aquarium salt: Hi Linda, Bettas love warm water, so bring it up slowly to 82..one degree tomorrow, and another degree the next day. Keeping his tank clean is really the best medication for him, but to be sure, I would continue the treatment for another 3 days. Keep me...

Fish: Finrot, fin and tail rot, tank mates
fin and tail rot, tank mates, fin rot: Hi Linda, No, you do not have to lower the level of your tank, or remove the ornaments. You don t want to stress the betta at this time, and this would stress him. He also needs things in his tank to rest on. Medicate following the instructions for a 10...

Fish: Fish, cichlid research, courtship behavior
cichlid research, courtship behavior, fish question: Hi Flo, Do your fish have little white spots on the fins and body? (The fish might look like they have been dusted in icing sugar). If so, that is a disease called ick. It is treatable by one of many products, including Rid-Ich or Quik-Cure. ...

Fish: Fish Compatability, tropical fish hobby, zebra danios
tropical fish hobby, zebra danios, tiger barbs: Hi Amanda There are many fish you can keep with both Pearl and Zebra Danios. However, in the 48L, you won t be able to put many in with them. Danios are schoolers and best in groups of 4-6. Mollies, Platys, Cherry Barbs and Corys will all work with Danios....

Fish: Fish dying, cold water fish, community tanks
cold water fish, community tanks, cory cats: Hi Dori Ann I m certain this is a water quality issue. A Cory Cat and a Betta should be fine together. I have Cory Cats in all my Betta community tanks without any trouble. However, even with just one fish, 25% of the water needs to be changed weekly. You...

Fish: Fish help, honey gourami, redtail shark
honey gourami, redtail shark, tiger barbs: Hi Sarah Redtail Sharks will work in many aquarium communities. I have Redtail Sharks with large aggressive Cichlids like Oscars, Firemouths, Blood Parrots and Convicts, and I have them in more peaceful communities with Angels and Gouramis. I have one Redtail...

Fish: Is My Fish Pregnant?, sponge filter, java moss
sponge filter, java moss, community tank: Hi Nicolle; She could be, it s hard to tell for sure in balloon bellied fish. You could set up a nursery tank for her if you want to save the babies. It will help her get a break from the hustle and bustle of the main tank too. The newborn babies will be...

Fish: My Fish seem to be awkward., blood parrot fish, tinfoil barbs
blood parrot fish, tinfoil barbs, jewel fish: Hi Alex, It is important to research a fish before you buy it so that you know what you are getting into before you have it. Jewel cichlids are tough little fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Cichlid tank mates, cichlids, tank
Fish: Cichlid tank mates, cichlids, tank

Fish: jewel cichlid breeding
Fish: jewel cichlid breeding

Fish: Red Terror & Salvini (Yellow-Belly) Cichlid, plecos, clutches
Fish: Red Terror & Salvini (Yellow-Belly) Cichlid, plecos, clutches, eggs

Fish: fantail goldfish, gram negative bacteria, maracyn two
gram negative bacteria, maracyn two, amoxicillin clavulanic acid: Hello Lauren. Bad news, but it seems like your goldfish has dropsy. here is a helpful site: http://www.flippersandfins.net/Dropsy.htm PROGNOSIS: Very poor. Most cases are fatal. TREATMENT: Most cases of dropsy in tropical fish are diagnosed when it...

Fish: figure 8 pufferfish, figure eight puffer fish, zebra danio
figure eight puffer fish, zebra danio, figure 8 pufferfish: Hello, I m sorry to have to tell you that your tank is overstocked, and adding another fish would not be a good idea. You have 15 fish too many in your tank! Pufferfish grow to 7 inches! Pufferfish can be very aggressive towards each other, and in a 29...

Fish: figure 8 pufferfish, figure 8 pufferfish, figure eight puffer fish
figure 8 pufferfish, figure eight puffer fish, shrimp fish: Hi Nickolas; Puffers should not be mixed with other fish. They are actually better off alone but sometimes they can live with other puffers. Puffers are very cute and interesting fish but they have very sharp teeth and they like to use them. If they can...

Fish: fire eel, fire eel, weather loaches
fire eel, weather loaches, hospital tank: Hi Beth, Eels and loaches often come down with ich, and they are always hard to cure because of their scaleless bodies. Continue the salt treatment, there is no other natural way to cure them. If you see them getting worse you will have to take a stronger...

Fish: first time fish owner, have questions, brakish water fish, white strand
brakish water fish, white strand, blood worms: Hi Barbara, Your little puffer has an intestinal infection and had it when you got him. The white stringy feces with bumps in them are a dead giveaway of an intestinal infection. The medication might help but fish medicines seldom work right away and...

Fish: fish, oscar fish, amazing fish
oscar fish, amazing fish, free tank: Hi Erik I m sorry, but your Oscar is going to need a very large tank. He will reach 12 - 14 as an adult. Oscars are very intelligent and amazing fish. They are actually more like a pet dog than a fish. I have 3 of them in very large tanks. The absolute...

Fish: fish, warm water fish, size aquarium
warm water fish, size aquarium, fish problems: Hello, Lol dont worry about the lengthy email, i dont mind, Im also animal nut, at the moment i have 3 massive fish tanks, 2 tropical and one with goldfish, 1 dog and 2 gerbils, like you i have been through hamsters, gerbils, a different dog, a rabbit LOADS...

Fish: fish art, cichlid research, male betta
cichlid research, male betta, open tops: Hi Sophie, For the 7 inch cube, you could consider putting a single male betta in each container. Do NOT put more than one in each cube or they will kill each other. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: my fish is having balance problems, swim bladder, shredded carrots
swim bladder, shredded carrots, cucumber slices: Hi Penni; It sounds like chronic swim bladder trouble. There are a few different possible causes for it and sometimes it is two or more causes combined; The most common is constipation due to overfeeding and/or lack of fiber in the diet. When a goldfish...

Fish: What fish should my daughter get next ?, 30 gallon tank, cherry barbs
30 gallon tank, cherry barbs, ammonia level: Hi! The problem is that Bettas do not get along with many fish. The Gourami family is out of the question, as they do not get along with them at all. Cardinal tetras are small, so you could add 5-6 to your tank, or go with the Platys, and add three. ...

Fish: fish are all ok, lol cats, stray cats
lol cats, stray cats, main coon: Hi Danielle, I belong to cats, they are my masters...lol Cats! I have had them all my life, and dogs too. I have bred Golden Retrievers, and got so attached to them all, didn t want to give them away...so I stopped breeding them. They were spoiled rotten....

Fish: My fish is vertical, swim bladder, epsom salt
swim bladder, epsom salt, body shapes: Hi Debbie; It sounds like it could be constipation and it s putting pressure on her swim bladder so she can t control her buoyancy. I would keep trying to feed the peeled cooked peas. Don t feed any other foods besides peas until she is doing better. She...

Fish: fishes, tank syndrome, new tanks
tank syndrome, new tanks, fish type: Hi Barleen; The distress of the fish is probably from New Tank Syndrome but I need more information. The breathing problem in your fish is only the start of it so I m really glad you contacted me before it gets worse. They could die from the effects of...

Fish: fungus?, ammonia level, zeolite crystals
ammonia level, zeolite crystals, aggressive fish: Hi Kailyn; It sounds like rotting food or fish waste infected by bacteria. Tell him to vacuum the stuff out and don t feed the fish for a couple of days. When he feeds again, the fish should eat every bit of food within 5 minutes. Any leftovers should be...

Fish: Gold Fish Lying Down, cichlid research, gold fishes
cichlid research, gold fishes, algae wafers: Hi Smitha, If it is ich (little white spots) then you should treat immediately with Rid-Ich or Quik-Cure or one of the other ick remedies. I can t remember if Maracyn treats ick or not. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, coppersafe
cichlid research, coppersafe, natural antifungal: Hi Kathleen, The puffy white spots and red lines indicate that the two of them are probably fighting and that is the source of the problems. How large of a tank are they in? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: My Goldfish, fish sink, swim bladder
fish sink, swim bladder, bladder problem: Hi Becky; Sounds like a swim bladder problem. Some fish sink down and others float on top when they have trouble with their swim bladder. Here is a web page about it; http://www.netpets.com/fish/reference/freshref/swimbldr.html I hope he feels better...

Fish: Goldfish, aqua safe, hi lauren
aqua safe, hi lauren, water test: Hello Milly, Sorry i can t answer your question right away,as I need to know how big your tank is? do you have other fish in that tank? I would advise a water test, if you do not have a home kit then you can take a sample of water to your local petshop...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, good bacteria
cichlid research, good bacteria, fish tank: Hi Leona, When you cleaned it , did you clean it really thoroughly? If so, that can be your problem. You should never clean a fish tank really thoroughly because that removes all the good bacteria that live on the various surfaces and then the tank essentially...

Fish: Gravid Spot On My Platy, little black eyes, aquarium heater
little black eyes, aquarium heater, early stages of pregnancy: Hi Stephanie; Deployed in the military? Awesome! Thank you so much for your service. Your job is very important..... Anyway, the color of the gravid spot is what color the babies will be. It looks like they will be a light color with little black eyes....

Fish: Green Terror spawning, local fish stores, cichlid research
local fish stores, cichlid research, tiger oscars: Hi Will, So it may be that while your larger fish is definitely a female (because you saw her laying eggs), the smaller fish might not be a male. Give them time and she will likely lay eggs again and see what happens. As I said before, females will...

Fish: Growth on betta fish, partial water change, bladder disease
partial water change, bladder disease, happy fish: Hello, This could be a cist, nothing to worry about, especially that it is not on his body. Do water changes, every week to make sure he has no ammonia or nitrates in his water. You should raise his temperature up to 78-80 degrees. He is a tropical fish,...

Fish: Guppy + Molly..?, aquarium fishes, baby mollies
aquarium fishes, baby mollies, guppie: Hiya again Julzy Fish are amazing. As I m sure you know, they each have their own distinct characteristics and personalities, especially Cichlids. People come over to my house almost daily just to watch my fish. As for your Guppy, I really think he is...

Fish: goldfish, fancy goldfish, goldies
fancy goldfish, goldies, goldfish: Hello Lindsay, First of all i m so sorry about your loss, My goldfish is 9 and 1/2 too! I think you should buy another goldfish to keep him company, Many people will say ahh no they don t get lonely, but when the same situation happened to me, I let my goldie...

Fish: goldfish, starter tank, cory cats
starter tank, cory cats, common myth: Hi Dawn; I m so sorry this has happened to you and your fish. Your tank is just too small for even one goldfish, especially since it s brand new. Goldfish require at least 40 liters (about 10 gallons) just for one fish. They are messy and get very large...

Fish: goldfish, goldfish, clamped fins
goldfish, clamped fins: I did some research, and since you seem to love your goldfish very much i have a treatment that should be affective, but its an active every day thing. I m going to copy and paste the info from the site: http://www.goldfish-emergency.com/viewpage.php?page_id=17...

Fish: goldfish frys, live brine shrimp, fish pellets
live brine shrimp, fish pellets, live daphnia: Hello Jade. If feeding them the pond moss has worked in the past, you could continue doing so. Live brine shrimp can also be good to feed your goldfish fry. Live daphnia serves two purposes, it can help keep your tank clean, and it provides another food source...

Fish: Why does my goldfish jump from it's bowl?, miserable existence, chris robbins
miserable existence, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Fiona; Poor guy. He s basically trying to escape his toxic environment. Goldfish really can t live in bowls. They are much too small a quantity of water so his accumulating waste is burning and poisoning him. Goldfish require an aquarium with good filtration...

Fish: gourami disease?, nitrate levels, aquarium salt
nitrate levels, aquarium salt, gas bubbles: Hi Aileen It s actually old age in the Gourami. They typically live 4-6 years. However, I have a couple of older Gouramis and I haven t noticed any physical signs like scales missing, usually just a change in colors. Are you sure he isn t being picked on?...

Fish: green terror, brine shrimp, tank mates
brine shrimp, tank mates, green terror: Hello Vicky, You could buy a small filtered heated tank and remove the eggs to hatch into that tank, use the water from the parent tank though and make sure the water is no more than 6 , also make sure you are feeding them enough, the reasons they could be...

Fish: guppies, sun one, good luck
sun one, good luck, plants: Hi Madisen Just put some floating plants in the tank just in case. If she has fry, they will find their way to the plants. However, they are going to need to be fed a powdered food. Hope you re not gone too long, if so, you may want to see if someone can...

Fish: Help me save my angel fish!, uneaten food, dirty tank
uneaten food, dirty tank, angel fish: Hi Candice, It is so important to keep tanks clean. If we don t, ammonia builds up from fish waste, and uneaten food, and poisons the fish. 25% water changes are a must for all fish every week, so you see how important this is. Changing all the water was...

Fish: Hidden Zebra, cichlid research, acting this way
cichlid research, acting this way, pleco: Hi Armad, Next time you see the zebra, look closely at its mouth. Does it appear to have something in its mouth? Does the bottom of the mouth hang down a little? If so, it may be holding eggs. Females that are holding (it takes about 3 weeks) often...

Fish: Ick, fish mollies, fish stores
fish mollies, fish stores, bottom feeder: Hi Lisa; What does the ich area on the tail look like? Spots? Salt specks? Torn edges? Redness? Cottony patches? All of those? None of those? If it just looks like your fish s tail has been sprinkled with salt, it is indeed ich. It s a parasite that...

Fish: Introducing a new oscar to my oscar., cichlid research, new tank
cichlid research, new tank, hi john: Hi John, That is really hard to say. If they like each other, all could be fine. If they dislike each other, it is very possible that one will kill the other. There is no way to know until you try it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: More info on oscar in heat, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, stress coat: Feed her 4 peas now, and 3 peas later on tonight. This should help her. Tomorrow, you could feed her 4 more peas. Remove the outer layer of the pea once it is cooked. Hopefully she should waste. Poor Oscar, I am keeping my fingers crossed, and will say...

Fish: Jack Dempsey, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, jack dempsey: Hi Karen, The pH should not have any real effect on a Jack Dempsey unless you get it way above 8 or below 6. Lying sideways is a very bad thing. Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? You need to change 25% of the water once a...

Fish: My Jack Dempsey, cichlid research, jaw dislocation
cichlid research, jaw dislocation, acting this way: Hi Kevin, This is perfectly normal. An open mouth is a typical threat display by a cichlid. He is just saying hey, just so you know, this is my tank . -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: jewel cichlid breeding, jewel cichlid, cichlid research
jewel cichlid, cichlid research, cichlid breeding: Hi Daniel, Male jewels are longer and more slender. Females carry their weight more in the belly. If you have a boy and a girl and they like each other, they will do the breeding. You don t really have to get them to breed . Lots of partial water changes...

Fish: Kribensis with lock-jaw, cichlid research, hospital tank
cichlid research, hospital tank, kribensis: Hi Valeria, First, can you see if there is anything stuck in her jaw? Assuming not, then there are two possiblities. It could be that her jaw is broken and therefore cannot be fixed. The other possibility is that it is dislocated. Fish jaws are a complex...

Fish: kissing gourami tank mates, red tailed black shark, kissing gouramis
red tailed black shark, kissing gouramis, tiger barbs: Hello Martin, Unfortuantly tiger barbs are fin nippers and are known to be aggressive, so are best kept in species tanks unless you keep 6+ at once. I would probably go for something like (seings though you have larger fish) 2 dwarf gouramis, they are small...

Fish: Lethargic Male Betta, fin and tail rot, male betta
fin and tail rot, male betta, betta fish: Hello Mohammad, Blocks to feed fish will only pollute your water, so avoid them. The Betta can go for four days without food. His water is much to cold, and never treat a betta without knowing first what is wrong with him. From what I have read, his living...

Fish: long break down period, beneficial bacteria, chris robbins
beneficial bacteria, chris robbins, new tank: Hi Yana; I would get a different testing kit. Use the type that tests with drops in a little tube of tank water. Avoid the strips. They really aren t very accurate. You didn t mention what kind of water conditioner you use but some cause ammonia to rise...

Fish: lovesick Betta, male betta, betta fish
male betta, betta fish, silk plants: Hi Karen, Betta fish, male or female must not see each other, and should be in separate tanks. They get stressed, fear sets in, and they stop eating, get weak, and then disease sets in. You will have to put one of them in a separate tank, or make a separation...

Fish: Male Betta - Pushing at Rock, male betta, hi lauren
male betta, hi lauren, water changes: Hello sandie, Your betta could be stressed, as 2.5 gallons is a minimum for betta s and also they are supposed to be with a heater (depending where you live) and they deffinately need a filter, if you want your betta to survive your best bet is upgrading,...

Fish: Maracyn Two, ammonia level, aquarium salt
ammonia level, aquarium salt, water change: Hi Linda, Water changes should be done weekly of 25% without fail. You should check your water mid-week to make sure there is no ammonia in it, and if there is, do a water change immediately. For now, do another water change in two days because your...

Fish: Maylandia callainos fry, lake malawi cichlids, african cichlids
lake malawi cichlids, african cichlids, main tank: Hi Jesse, The fry are still too small to put in your main tank. They would have to grow to at least to 2 inches. As you know African Cichlids are very territorial, and aggressive. When you do move them to the main tank, provide lots of hiding places for...

Fish: Might be swimbladder, swim bladder, size tank
swim bladder, size tank, small tank: Hello, Swim Bladder is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. This leads to constipation, then SBD. You did not mention the size tank he is in, so I have no way of knowing his living quarters, and cannot give you good information concerning his water. ...

Fish: Minnows, cloud mountain minnow, white cloud mountain
cloud mountain minnow, white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnow: Hi Jade, White cloud mountain minnows are egg layers so sadly she cannot be pregnant as such. If she were to lay eggs, she would need a male around to fertilize them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Mollies, cichlid research, guppie
cichlid research, guppie, water change: Hi Kim, The smell suggests a buildup of ammonia. Given that you do the weekly 25% water change, that suggests that your filter isn t working well or you are overfeeding. You should only put in enough food for the fish to eat right away. Never put in...

Fish: Molly Agression, black patches, gallon aquarium
black patches, gallon aquarium, gallon tank: Are you sure the new comer is male?,if it is female they will be chasing her to mate, the best thing to stop the agrression would be females, but you need 2 females per male, so you might have to re-home your newest fish as there is no other way to stop bullying...

Fish: Moving a tiger oscar, orange stripes, good bacteria
orange stripes, good bacteria, tiger oscar: Hi Mitchell, When a fish loses his colours it is because he is stressed. Check your water for ammonia, and nitrates. If your water chemistry is not right, fish do get stressed, and sick. Your ammonia should be down to zero, and nitrates should be safe....

Fish: I have made a decision, baby food jar, clove oil
baby food jar, clove oil, dark towel: Hi Daniel, Before buying a cichlid, read up on the one you want to buy. Cichlids are special. Some grow very big, some stay small, and some should be kept with other cichlids. Most of them need big tanks. They are aggressive, and territorial. Some need...

Fish: malawi cichlids, mbuna cichlids, partial water changes
mbuna cichlids, partial water changes, bleach solution: Hi Pol, I can t recommend any particular brand of filter. I use all kinds on different tanks and find that many filters work perfectly fine. The key is to do the proper maintenance on whatever filter you get. Also, on large, heavily stocked tanks, I routinely...

Fish: male guppie, partial water change, chris robbins
partial water change, chris robbins, tank size: Hi Mark; Without knowing anything about your tank and your other fish I really can t say if it s from disease or not. Sometimes a black spot can indicate waste toxin burns but sometimes it can simply be a color change. Or, possibly cancer. You might have...

Fish: molly fish in a bowl, 10 gallon aquarium fish, warm water fish
10 gallon aquarium fish, warm water fish, 10 gallon aquarium: Hi Chandrashekhar Mollies won t live in a bowl. They need an aquarium with a cover, filter and a heater. Mollies are warm water fish and need a stable temperature of at least 78. They can t get this temperature in a bowl. They also need a filter to remove...

Fish: Need to know ASAP!, female betta fish, siamese fighting fish
female betta fish, siamese fighting fish, bubble nest: Hi Brittany, I don t quite understand your question. How did the male die? Only one betta to a tank. Never keep more than one betta in a tank. They will kill each other, they are siamese fighting fish. The male will kill another male, and will also kill...

Fish: Another New-Age Cichlid Question, ornate bichir, electric blue jack dempsey
ornate bichir, electric blue jack dempsey, professor coleman: Hi Blake, I have not actually bred Jack Dempseys, though I have bred dozens of other New World cichlids. The key is almost always good water conditions. Give them a large flat piece of terra cotta, or a very large bottomless flowerpot, lying on its side...

Fish: New Tiger Oscar, frequent water changes, feeder fish
frequent water changes, feeder fish, tiger oscar: Hi Mitchell, Too much light brings stress to fish, and when fish are stressed they get sick. I would say that 4 hours of light at night is enough for them. Try to keep the lights on in a timely manner, meaning that if you put the lights on from 6:00 PM...

Fish: New Tiger Oscar, cichlid research, frequent water changes
cichlid research, frequent water changes, tiger oscar: Hi Mitchell, The lights shouldn t have any significant effect on him unless they are really bright -- fish generally like subdued lighting, at least until they get used to brighter lighting. I would not be overly concerned about his color -- cichlids...

Fish: Nitrate, nitrate level, nitrite levels
nitrate level, nitrite levels, chris robbins: Hi Armad; You do have quite a lot of fish in there so that s a possible cause. Overfeeding is a common cause as well. Since the feeder guppies have survived, the other fish are very well-fed and obviously not hungry enough to consider them as food. You...

Fish: Nitrate levels, african cichlids, nitrite levels
african cichlids, nitrite levels, nitrate level: Hi Mike, If your PH is at 8 and not fluctuating, that s great, you do not need to add crushed coral. Your little African Cichlids are still small, and I would continue feeding them well. However, when food is uneaten, it decays quickly, bringing up the...

Fish: neon tropical fish, neon tetras, neon fish
neon tetras, neon fish, chris robbins: Hi Patsy; Here s a good web page about Neon Tetras with a sexing and breeding section that should tell you what you need to know for them to successfully spawn; http://www.fishpondinfo.com/neon.htm Good luck! At Your Service; Chris Robbin...

Fish: The new babies, baby mollies, baby fish
baby mollies, baby fish, new babies: Hi Stephanie When it comes to baby fish, only the strong survive. You will likely lose some. You want to place them in the breeder net as soon as you notice them in the tank. As far as the floating plants go, the bushier the better. The larger fish will...

Fish: My new fish, red tailed shark, uneaten food
red tailed shark, uneaten food, good luck: Hello Sarah, I wouldn t worry too much about your shark, if you have other fish he will eventually get the idea. If not he just needs time to settle in, try feeding him and hiding so he doesn t know your there and see, but give him time to get used to his...

Fish: Oranda, partial water change, nitrate levels
partial water change, nitrate levels, pin prick: CONGRATS - the fry will hatch in 2-4 days depending on the temp. of the water - you can but its risky as mum & dad will eat them, i used a bucket until i got my tank, only use the water out of there tank and no deeper than 6 inches other wise they will...

Fish: Oscar, brine shrimp, fish pellets
brine shrimp, fish pellets, feeder fish: Hi Beck My Oscars used to not eat from the surface either, they would wait until the food started to sink and grab it about halfway down. Now they meet me at the surface and I hand feed them most of the time. Unless I m in a hurry, then I toss it in there...

Fish: Oscar, Oscars, Cichlids
Oscars, Cichlids: Hi Randy It s hit and miss when placing tank mates with Oscars. For example, I have a large Oscar in a tank with Angels, a Gourami and a Pictus Cat. He brushes playfully against the Angels (although this annoys the Angels) He has never chased or nipped...

Fish: Oscar Fish, tiger oscars, feeder fish
tiger oscars, feeder fish, ammonia level: Hi Sarah, I don t see the picture, and I m sorry you feel this way. I try my best to help people, and sometimes they do not like the truth. I told you the truth on your Oscars, and would not lie to make anyone happy. You must take care of them, it s a...

Fish: Oscar Fish, tiger oscars, tiger oscar
tiger oscars, tiger oscar, velvet water: Hi Sarah Most likely nothing to worry about. Oscars, like many fish, change colors trying to blend in. About a week ago, I bought a Tiger Oscar who was black and red in the store, and was in a tank with a dark substrate. When I got him home, put him in...

Fish: Oscar fish on bottom of tank., fish medication, hole in the head disease
fish medication, hole in the head disease, oscar fish: Hi Ruth, An Oscar needs at least a 60 gallon tank to be well and healthy. When kept in smaller tanks, his growth is stunted, and his internal organs have no place to grow. The result is a sick Oscar, that will eventually die. This is very sad, as too many...

Fish: Oscar with SBD, nitrate test kits, ammonia level
nitrate test kits, ammonia level, bladder disease: Hi! When an Oscar stops eating their could be so many reasons, it hard to know exactly which one it is. Seeing as his water conditions were not good, it could stem from there. Keep her water free of ammonia, and that should help her get well in a week or...

Fish: Oscars, feeder fish, peas carrots
feeder fish, peas carrots, gallon tank: Hi Alan, The answer is No...you cannot put another fish in with your Oscar as your Oscar needs all of the tank to himself in order to be happy, and healthy. One Oscar needs at least a 55 gallon tank, 2 Oscars you must double that, and so on. If kept with...

Fish: Oscars fitting in a tank, cichlid research, poor water quality
cichlid research, poor water quality, frequent water changes: Hi Alan, You are going to find that very few if any fish can coexist with an oscar in the long term. Oscars are wonderfully interesting fish, but they are also superb predators and an oscar will eventually eat any fish that can fit in its mouth. It might...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, numpty
cichlid research, numpty, babies: Hi Aiden, They might get along in the short term, but I can almost guarantee that ultimately the discus will turn up either dead of missing, unless you had them in a VERY large tank, e.g., 200 gallons or something like that. Even then, I suspect that the...

Fish: my oscar, salt water fish, internal organs
salt water fish, internal organs, rivers and lakes: Hi Kathy, It could be parasites. it most likely is. There are many parasite medication at your Pet Store. You must read the labels to identify which one he could have. Before treating your Oscar, make sure his water is free of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates....

Fish: oscar fish, long and happy life, oscar fish
long and happy life, oscar fish, 10 gallon tank: Hello Erik, If he is still small and you do regular water changes he should be ok, but the 55 Gallon tank he will LOVE, it s much more suited for his needs, and he should live a long and happy life, seing s though you are his owner =] When you put him...

Fish: oscars, oscar fish, flower horn
oscar fish, flower horn, color string: It sounds as though it is laying eggs, maybe just has alot to lay, but its best to google it i think Try this site http://www.oscarfishlover.com/index.php/Breeding-Oscars/Breeding-Oscar-Fish.html and here s an image of oscar eggs http://www.flower-horn.de/Astronotus-Dateien/Breeding_Oscar_2.jp...

Fish: How many oscars can fit?, oscar feeder fish, fresh water fish
oscar feeder fish, fresh water fish, bladder disease: It s kind of difficult to decorate an Oscar s tank as he will rearrange it! Driftwood, and round rocks may be used, making sure that he has nothing pointy where he could hurt himself. If you live near a river, you may find nice rocks that you could use....

Fish: my oscars have ick, cichlid research, excess ammonia
cichlid research, excess ammonia, water changes: Hi Andrew, I would stop putting cycle into the tank after it is established, that could easily throw it off balance. When you do water changes, are you siphoning the gravel? That is very important because that is where the bulk of the organic stuff...

Fish: oscars and veggies, brine shrimp, tubifex worm
brine shrimp, tubifex worm, tank mates: Hi Kate, An Jack Dampsey is true to his name, and will fight, and kill fish in your tank, once he is older. Fish that have names like Green Terror you must be careful as they do not have these names for nothing. I find that Oscars are not bad, but rather...

Fish: Piranha and Oscar, nitrate levels, tank syndrome
nitrate levels, tank syndrome, 20 gallon tank: Hi Bill. The 55 gallon will work; just keep it really clean. I ve been able to teach oscars and other fish the following tricks: Fetch, Handfeed, Soccer, Slolom, Basketball, Hoops and much more. I can teach you them if you want. Oscars are some of...

Fish: Placostamous, tankmate, freshwater species
tankmate, freshwater species, good luck: Hi Alexa, Plecos are a freshwater species that can range from 2 - 45 . There are thousands of different plecos that require different care, tanks, and tankmates. Tell me what type you choose and i can give you some info and tankmate ideas. Good Luck! ...

Fish: Plecos, poor water quality, glofish
poor water quality, glofish, 10 gallon tank: Hi, The ICH treatment would explain the color, but you can hold the goldfish accountable for the deaths. Goldfish are very messy fish and the amonia build up would kill the algae eater and many other fish. Goldfish can get up to a foot long and you would...

Fish: Porcupine Blowfish Spikes, porcupine puffers, cichlid research
porcupine puffers, cichlid research, toxic poison: Hi Gloria, Porcupine blowfish or porcupine puffers as they are often called, are not venemous, i.e., they do not inject poison with their spines into you. They are poisonous, in that the body contains a high level of toxin in the internal organs, which...

Fish: Pregnant fishies, new tank, swordtail
new tank, swordtail, platies: Hi Kristin; It sounds like babies should be coming in a couple of days to a week. If she seems okay in the trap then leave her there until she gives birth. I just don t personally like them for my own fish. They are just too small. I prefer to have a birthing...

Fish: pale red devil, cichlid research, bristlenose catfish
cichlid research, bristlenose catfish, little funk: Hi Joanne, I have kept many, many red devils over the years and I have found that sometimes they just go into a little funk for no apparent reason and then they pop out of it a few days later. They are a very interesting fish about which we don t know...

Fish: paradise fish, paradise fish, aquarium salt
paradise fish, aquarium salt, gas bubbles: Hi! I m happy he does not have SBD. This is what I think happened, he took in too much air at the surface, and then let it out which caused the bubbles to come out of his gills, and his mouth. This often happens to goldfish that are kept in bowls, and...

Fish: paying for a beta?, flower vase, aquarium salt
flower vase, aquarium salt, poor fish: Hi Elisha, Unfortunately, the only way to look after a betta is by buying him a tank, a silk plant, good food, water conditioner, aquarium salt, and a heater. I m sorry to disappoint you, and Bless your Heart for taking him out of that plastic bag. The...

Fish: pet silver shark, silver shark, peaceful fish
silver shark, peaceful fish, internal organs: Hi Dell, They can grow to 12-14 inches long, and need a big tank of at least 66 gallons. They are peaceful fish. If kept in smaller tanks, their growth is stunted causing death. Their internal organs will have no place to grow therefore needing a big tank,...

Fish: pink kissing fish/ what they eat?, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, question pool: Hi Haylie I pulled your question from our question pool. Kissing Gouramis will accept a variety of foods. Feed flakes and greens (spirulina flakes), along with blood worms, brine shrimp and frozen foods. They are an omnivore with a diet heavy in plant...

Fish: plecostomus, fish water, chris robbins
fish water, chris robbins, water chemistry: Hi Lorraine; Without knowing anything at all about the size of his tank, it s other inhabitants, his size, how long the tank has been set up, maintenance, how long you ve had the fish, water chemistry readings (pH, ammonia, nitrite) etc., I really don t...

Fish: pond fish, fish question, gal tank
fish question, gal tank, pond fish: Oh sorry, i thought you ment a 1Gallon tank =] Ok well the best thing to do, is slowly add water from your pond to the tank for about 3 days then they will be fine to go in. There ok to go straight in with that pH but if you dont want to risk it your...

Fish: pregnancy overload, 30 gallon tank, ghost shrimp
30 gallon tank, ghost shrimp, neon tetra: Hi Sean, I don t know about the shrimp but I do know: Neons are hard to breed; they need lots of work and time and their own tank to breed successfully. The sword tail will be fine in the trap of the 2 gallon; just remove her when she is done giving birth...

Fish: pregnant guppy, pregnant guppy, gallon aquarium
pregnant guppy, gallon aquarium, little babies: Hi Nick I m assuming there are males in the tank. Just be patient. Gestation period for Guppies is about 4 weeks. She can have between 1 and 25 babies and up to 50 if she s given birth before. She can also give birth for up to 6 months after one mating....

Fish: About the question earlier.., male bettas, breeding bettas
male bettas, breeding bettas, bubble nest: Never keep male bettas with another male, and not even with another female. Like I have told you, he will kill her. Bettas should be kept alone in a tank, and never never with other bettas male or female. When spawning bettas, we must be ready. One tank...

Fish: question about plecostomus, algae wafers, two tanks
algae wafers, two tanks, bogwood: Hi JaLee; Plecostomus are individuals with different personalities so unless your hiding one seems sick I wouldn t worry about it. Some are very shy, which is actually normal for them because they tend to be nocturnal. Others like to be out a lot during...

Fish: Rainbow shark and oscar?, cichlid research, rainbow shark
cichlid research, rainbow shark, bottom tank: Hi William, You can put almost anything you want with an oscar, and the oscar will probably eat it. It might not happen today, or tommorrow, but eventually I can pretty much guarantee that if the oscar can fit a fish in its mouth, it will eat it. That...

Fish: Red Terror & Salvini (Yellow-Belly) Cichlid, yellow bellies, different species of fish
yellow bellies, different species of fish, yellow belly: Hello, Sorry i did try to reply yesterday but my internet connection wasn t agree-ing. Thats awesome that you have this going on, ive never heard of this before, but as they are both species of cichlids it was always possible, but they are both stunning...

Fish: Redcap gold fisg and tank cycling, cold water tanks, gallon tank
cold water tanks, gallon tank, fisg: hello Michael. Cold water tanks do not really take any longer than warm water tanks, water is water. You should also be able to put your pump on medium speed. That would mean in your 20 gallon tank, all the water in your tank would be filter twice in an hour....

Fish: Redcap, partial water change, nitrite levels
partial water change, nitrite levels, fish type: Hi Michael; The beginning of the nitrogen cycle in a new tank really does vary from tank to tank. It depends on the bio-load (fish type, feeding, etc.), the water temperature, water chemistry, etc. The ammonia drop could happen in the second or third week...

Fish: Regarding my Betta, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, good bacteria: Hi Linda, The freeze dried brine shrimp could do it. Make sure that he is eating it, and don t feed him too much of it. Also I would like to mention, never change your sponge. A sponge is good for a long long time, until it is old and ragged. A sponge...

Fish: Regarding Betta Food, pet store owner, brine shrimp
pet store owner, brine shrimp, blood worms: Hi Linda, Freeze dried blood worms are good. If your pet store doesn t have daphnia, ask them to order it for you. It comes dry or frozen, but don t worry about it if you can t find it. He has pellets which are very good for him, betta flakes, and the...

Fish: Regarding Bettas, fin and tail rot, fish fin
fin and tail rot, fish fin, bladder disease: Hi Linda, I m sorry I misunderstood you. The way it was written made me shiver...lol I love fish so much! I m so happy I misunderstood you! The best medication in Maracyn two, or tetracycline. When fish get fin, and tail rot, it is due to poor water...

Fish: Regarding feeding, pellets
pellets: Hi Linda, I m sorry it took a little while to answer, something went wrong with my computer. Feed him 2 pellets or flakes in the morning, and 2 pellets or flakes at night. Don t give him more because his tummy is so small he would have trouble digesting...

Fish: re:my betta fish, bladder disease, glass containers
bladder disease, glass containers, gallon tanks: Hi Elizabeth, Your betta may have SBD which is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding which lead to constipation, then Swim Bladder Disease. Cook a frozen pea until tender, remove the outer layer, and cut it into small pieces. Feed the pieces one at a time...

Fish: is it really safe to use aquarium salt in fresh water tank ?, fresh water fish, cichlid research
fresh water fish, cichlid research, aquarium salt: Hi Randi, There is no reason to add salt to a freshwater tank, particularly one with parrot cichlids in it. It is a common myth that adding salt does some good. It typically does not, and can create problems. -- Ron Coleman rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: regarding ammonia, marble fish, brine shrimp
marble fish, brine shrimp, ammonia test: Hi Linda, Some of my Bettas eat flakes, and some don t want anything to do with them. I buy them Betta Flakes at the pet store, but they really love daphnia best, and bloodworms. None of them lift their noses up on daphina or bloodworms!! Also I want to...

Fish: removing fry or not, cichlid research, community tank
cichlid research, community tank, gallon tank: Hi Janice, The choice is yours. Personally I always leave the kids with the parents because watching them do their parenting thing is the best part of fish keeping. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Shrinking pectoral fins on betta, algae control, pectoral fins
algae control, pectoral fins, charcoal filter: Hi Ellen; It sounds like shock. A complete water change after three weeks can be very stressful to your fish. The water chemistry changes over that time so the new water can feel quite different to him even if test results are similar. It s stressful for...

Fish: Sick Beta fish, poor water quality, fighter fish
poor water quality, fighter fish, aquarium salt: Hi Lisa, Your betta is not well, and you will have to treat him with an antibiotic. From what you told me, he has Swim Bladder Disease, which is caused by poor diet, and Fin & Tail, which is caused by poor water quality. Feed him a cooked frozen pea, remove...

Fish: Sick Blackmoore/Over-fed? Fantail Goldfish, fantail goldfish, home test kit
fantail goldfish, home test kit, ammonia nitrate: Hello Kayla, First off I was told that common goldfish and fancy or blackmoore goldfish as the common goldfish will think they are ill and end up attacking them (As goldfish will attack ill fish), have you seen any chasing with them? Also a 20 Litre tank...

Fish: Sick Oscar ):, melafix treatment, natural medication
melafix treatment, natural medication, open wounds: Hi April, I would discontinue General Cure and treat only with Tetracycline. Too much medication isn t good for him. Do another water change. If he is still eating soak his food with Glyercil, or Caster Oil. Poor O Malley, he is really having trouble...

Fish: Snakeskin gouramis have white mouths, Snakeskin Gourami
Snakeskin Gourami: Hi Julia If they are both active and eating well, then neither of them has Dropsy. Fish that have Dropsy appear bloated, are lethargic, don t eat and have scales that stick out like a pine cone. The white mouth is called Columnaris, aka mouth fungus....

Fish: Stess, neon tetra, color fades
neon tetra, color fades, chris robbins: Hi Justin; Fish color fades and brightens depending on a lot of different things. Sometimes it s environmental, sometimes it has to do with the other fish, sometimes it s illness. Fish color can even change with the times of the day, brightness of light,...

Fish: Strange gourami behavior, giant danios, aggressive fish
giant danios, aggressive fish, gallon tank: Hi Barb Gouramis will be Gouramis. Regardless of the species, they are best kept one male to one or more females. I doubt they killed the Pleco, he probably died of another cause. Plecos have a built-in defense against aggressive fish. Oscars, Firemouths...

Fish: Swollen eye Siamese Fighter, siamese fighter, chris robbins
siamese fighter, chris robbins, pop eye: Hi Murphy; It sounds like a case of pop-eye . Here is a web page about it that will tell you what you can do for him; http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/popeye.php Here s another one with more info; http://www.flippersandfins.net/pop-eye.htm...

Fish: Swordtail fish, new tank, two females
new tank, two females, swordtails: Hello Victoria, It is most likely that they are pregnant, they should only have one black blotch near her rear and that is a gravid spot, but is rarely visible in platy s. You can expect them in 28 days but as you dont know when they got pregnant and they...

Fish: sailfin molly[male], sailfin molly, sucking loach
sailfin molly, sucking loach, agressive fish: Hi Amanda Mollies and Guppies should not be together. Male Mollies can be very aggressive, especially when breeding. However, it wasn t the Mollies that killed the others. It was way too many fish in too small of a tank, especially if this tank is only...

Fish: shubunkins, cichlid research, external fertilization
cichlid research, external fertilization, egg layers: Hi Lorna, A goldfish cannot get pregnant as such because they do not give live birth, they are egg layers with external fertilization. It is possible that she is full of eggs that she is planning on laying. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: sick betta, cichlid research, betta fish
cichlid research, betta fish, eye spot: Hi Carol, At a year and a half, your betta is basically getting old. How often have you been changing his water? You should be changing 25% of it, once a week, every week. That will be the most helpful thing you can do. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: sick betta fish, poor water quality, aquarium salt
poor water quality, aquarium salt, fin rot: Hello Yaniv. The rot is called fin rot. It is usually caused by poor water quality. The white spots on his head could be ick or a fungal infection. If its ick, the white spots will be all over your fishes body. Fungal eliminator will help treat both the fin...

Fish: sick Catfish Shark, water quality problems, metal pollutants
water quality problems, metal pollutants, gill structures: Hello Eleanor. i did some research and found some information that may be helpful to you. Here is the site: http://www.petco.com/Content/ArticleList/Article/13/3/1935/Reddened-or-Swollen-Gills.aspx Reddened or Swollen Gills Gills are a fish s lifeline...

Fish: sick pearlescale, sick goldfish, black moors
sick goldfish, black moors, isolation tank: Hi DeAnna; Poor guy. Once they start floating like that and stop eating there s really not much you can do except keep the isolation tank water clean and oxygenated and hope the fish gets better. I wish I had more suggestions for you. So sorry... At...

Fish: sick rope fish, rope fish, aquarium salt
rope fish, aquarium salt, freshwater aquarium: Hi Laurie Well first, when the twit at the petstore dropped him twice, you should ve requested another fish and preferably another employee to handle him. Ropefish are escape artist and will find the smallest opening to escape through. It s very important...

Fish: spots/tiny holes on gold severum, gold severum, ammonia levels
gold severum, ammonia levels, gallon tank: Hi Grace, Ick is always present in tanks, and attacks weak, or stressed fish. Melafix does not cure ick. Do a water change, and buy Quick Cure, athough the direction say that it will cure ick in two days you must treat longer, as ick eggs are still in...

Fish: still very upset, grief counselor, chocolate labrador
grief counselor, chocolate labrador, cat flu: Hi Danielle Sorry again about Toby. I m not a grief counselor, but I can tell you it wasn t your fault. This Cory should be fine. I didn t realize they dropped the first one when you bought him. It s always a good idea to make them give you another one...

Fish: stocking, ammonia level, dwarf gouramis
ammonia level, dwarf gouramis, blue dwarf: Hello, I would say that the Angel Fish would be one too many. I also would like to mention that when stocking a tank, never add all the fish at once. Check your water making sure you have no ammonia, or nitrates in it, and add 2 fish...wait a week, check...

Fish: stone in aquarium, shale rocks, freshwater aquarium
shale rocks, freshwater aquarium, fish store: Hi Jill Shale rocks will work in a freshwater aquarium. Make sure they have been thoroughly rinsed. You can get many different kinds and sizes of rocks at your local fish store. They are relatively inexpensive, about $2 - $3 per pound. Hope this helps,...

Fish: sucker fish, sucker fish, tank accessories
sucker fish, tank accessories, aqaurium: Hello Jennah, Yes there is food you can buy, there called algea wafers, nearly all petshops do them, and they also contain shrimp, so your other fish will enjoy them too, suckers also like cooked gaarden peas along with other fish (remove shells) and scalded...

Fish: sucker fish/alge eater, redear sliders, submersible aquarium heater
redear sliders, submersible aquarium heater, turtle tanks: Hi Shaun; He may be stressed from being moved and/or just from having to live with turtles. Turtles eat fish as a natural part of their diet and if he has been chased around by them at all, it would cause him to freak out a bit. Turtle tanks are notoriously...

Fish: tetra, zebra danios, cardinal tetra
zebra danios, cardinal tetra, neon tetra: Hi Daniel Well I m glad you ll be getting rid of the bass. He belongs in a lake, not an aquarium. As far as tankmates for the Neons, many other peaceful Tetras will go with them. It really depends on how many Neons you have. In a 10 gallon, only about...

Fish: tiger barbs, tiger barbs, main tank
tiger barbs, main tank, biological balance: Hi Brianne; Some tiger barbs do have a green sheen to them normally so it may not be related to his behavior at all. He may just be the weakest member of the group so the others pick on him and keep him away. Tiger barbs are aggressive and nippy so they...

Fish: tiger oscars, cichlid research, red belly piranhas
cichlid research, red belly piranhas, gallon tank: Hi Brian, Give him time. Also, keep in mind that 3 oscars in a 40 gallon tank is soon going to be very crowded. You will need at least 100 gallons or so for 3 adult oscars. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: tropical fish, siamese fighting fish, giddy kipper
siamese fighting fish, giddy kipper, betta fish: I m sorry for your loss Danielle, you really aren t lucky lately with your pets. Hopefully your luck will change, and things will start going better for you. It is so sad to lose a pet. I love cats, always had them, always will. I have 3 black cats that...

Fish: tropical fish, zebra pleco, pictus catfish
zebra pleco, pictus catfish, pictus cats: Hi Danielle Well definitely don t get a Pleco then. I don t have any Plecos now. My Catfish, Loaches and Redtail Sharks do a good job of keeping the tanks clean, and I use an algae scrubber to clean the inside of the glass. I think you ll be happy with...

Fish: What type of fish is this?, spotted green puffer, hi adam
spotted green puffer, hi adam, aquarist: Hi Adam That s a Spotted Green Puffer. I ve never kept them, nor do I recommend them for beginners or the average aquarist. Here is a link which will provide info and care of this fish http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fish/spottedgreenpuffer.php ...

Fish: VERY URGENT!, fish internal organs, bladder disease
fish internal organs, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hi Udani, Fill your new tank with water the same temperature he is in now, and once he is in the water, bring the temperature up one degree every two days until you have it to 78-80-82. Bring it up very very slowly as if you do this too fast it would kill...

Fish: Viel Fin Oscar Seems Sick, nitrogen cycle, tankmate
nitrogen cycle, tankmate, gal tank: Hi Bill, Could you send me a pic please? It would help me make a few predictions. Here is what i ve come up with: 1. He s just lazy, 2. He hit his heat really hard ( it can make them act like that), 3. or there is some disease that you or I may not have...

Fish: I want to have an aquarium... any advice what i should get?, fresh water fish, 30 gallon tank
fresh water fish, 30 gallon tank, columbian shark: Hi Audrey African Cichlids should only be with other African Cichlids. The main reason is they need a very high pH of 8.0-9.0. You can get this pH the way I did by using a substrate specifically for African Cichlids. One is a Cichlid Sand and the other...

Fish: I want a Betta, aquarium salt, silk plants
aquarium salt, silk plants, good bacteria: Hi! I personally don t keep live plants with my bettas because we change all the water once a week in a 5 gallon tank, unless you plan of having a filter. If so, start your aquarium now, and let it run with nothing in it for 10 days. You could also buy...

Fish: want tank safe for new Betta, gravel filter, gallon aquariums
gravel filter, gallon aquariums, gallon tank: Hi Beth Sorry about your Betta. A one gallon tank is not sufficient for any fish, especially a Betta. I know, many people buy Bettas in those little cups they are sold in and are led to believe that is all they need. This is absolutely not true. Keeping...

Fish: water conditioners, stresscoat, tsp
stresscoat, tsp, water conditioners: Hi Diane You re being overly cautious, but that is never a bad thing. 1tsp of conditioner is fine for up to 5 gallons. I frequently double the dose of StressCoat, especially when adding new fish to a tank or moving fish from one tank to another. Hope...

Fish: water conditions, natural spring water, cichlid research
natural spring water, cichlid research, ammonia levels: Hi Eddie, How often do you do water changes? You should be changing 25% once a week, every week. The most common reason for high ammonia, etc is overfeeding. Only put in food that the fish eat right away. Never put food in the tank for the fish...

Fish: water frogs, african dwarf frogs, water frogs
african dwarf frogs, water frogs, walmart: Hello, If you mean african dwarf frogs, they can be put in with your goldfish and suckers if your goldfish are small, as they may eat them, but you need the water fairly shallow, about 6 inches for them so they can reach the surface easily. If you mean clawed...

Fish: weird growing stuff, hairlike structures, tropical tank
hairlike structures, tropical tank, water changes: It looks like some sort of algea growth or something, if its a tropical tank try buying some sort of cleaner fish and see if that keeps it down, also try do small water changes rather than whole water changes, algea grows where ever there is sun and water,...

Fish: whats wrong with my tanks, tinfoil barbs, ammonia levels
tinfoil barbs, ammonia levels, stress coat: Hi Philip Yes it would be ok. You have to take the fish out and put them in a temporary holding container. Take out the decorations, but not the gravel. Then just pull it out and let the gravel fall back to the bottom. Do a water change and vacuum the...

Fish: Everything is going wrong for me, internal parasites, bladder disease
internal parasites, bladder disease, sick fish: Hi Danielle, Ick usually attacks fish that are stressed or weak. I find it resembles us when we get a cold. We can get it, and nobody else close to us does. It is because our system couldn t fight it off, much like ick for fish. I hope Comet gets rid of...

Fish: 55g African Cichlid trouble..., pin prick, pimafix
pin prick, pimafix, red dots: Hi Cassie, This is so sad, and I m sorry this has happened to you. How big is your tank? I have never used Pimafix in any of my tanks, so cannot really comment on it. However, your fish lacked oxygen, and this along with medication could cause death. ...

Fish: African Cichlids, bringer of bad news, 100 gallon tank
bringer of bad news, 100 gallon tank, african cichlids: If you look on the web, you will see pictures of your fish. I cannot send you pictures through the system. Your fish may look stunning now, but if you do not remove some of them, you can bet that they will get sick, ragged fins, fungus, parasites, bacterial...

Fish: Algea, common pleco, feeder fish
common pleco, feeder fish, african cichlid: Its usually at night a pleco will attatch to the glass, but as there shy you will rarely see it, i have exactly the same sized tanks as you with the same fish, well dont know what feeder fish you have, but i do see my pleco sometimes, so he is cleaning it,...

Fish: Angel Fish eggs, baby brine shrimp, angel fish
baby brine shrimp, angel fish, fish eggs: Hi Tracy, Angel pick, and choose their mate. They must be of equal size as they do a nuptial dance before mating, and must be of equal force. They grab each other by the mouth, and swirl all over the aquarium, they stop, and go back, they can do this...

Fish: Apollo is sick, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, happy fish: Hi Kait, Apollo seems to have Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is caused by overeating, and poor diet. He is constipated, and must waste. Cook a frozen pea, and remove the outer layer. Cut it into small pieces, and feed the pieces one at a time to your...

Fish: Aquarium lighting and food, brine shrimp, aquarium lighting
brine shrimp, aquarium lighting, baby shrimp: Hi Hannah You could switch your feeding to feed them the flakes in the morning and Bloodworms in the evening. Tetramin Tropical Flakes are best. Aside from flakes and Bloodworms, feed them some live or freeze-dried brine shrimp or baby shrimp. The pea thing...

Fish: are air filters needed for goldfish, litre tank, gallon tank
litre tank, gallon tank, fantails: Hello, Yes goldfish need filters, also in your 1.5 gallon tank you could have 1 very very small goldfish for about 1 week tops. They produce alot of waste, and without a filter you would need to change 30% of the water everyday with water conditioners,...

Fish: angelfish and neons, neon fish, angel fish
neon fish, angel fish, angelfish: Hello Amanda, Yes your neons will be absolutely fine, but remember to get 5 or more because thats when there happiest. Your neons will be too quick for your angel fish anyway, but i keep angels and neons together and have never experienced a problem. ...

Fish: angels, tank light, water chemistry
tank light, water chemistry, kinds of fish: Hi Shannon, The lighting isn t important. They have the light of day. What is important is your water chemistry. If only one fish is fanning the eggs, then the one who isn t fanning should be taken out, and put in another tank. Sometimes couples do not...

Fish: antialgae solution, aquarium screen saver, african frog
aquarium screen saver, african frog, fish tanks: Hello, You cannot use algae cleaner for birds in fish tanks. Bettas need very clean tanks, and depending on the size of the tank, all the water should be changed every week with a good water conditioner such as stress coat or aquasafe. If you have a filter,...

Fish: BABY MOLLIES !, poor water quality, yellow egg
poor water quality, yellow egg, main tank: Hello Kim. Your baby Mollies were born prematurely, and that is why their is still the egg sack attached. Sometimes if the pregnant female Molly is stressed by either being moved, too much lighting, poor water quality, or if she is stressed in any way, she...

Fish: BABY MOLLIES !, straight shape, yellow egg
straight shape, yellow egg, black mollie: Hello Kim, Unfortuantly your molly has aborted her babies, meaning she got stressed by placing her in birthing boxes or major water temp. changes or moving, So she gave birth early. There is a small possibility some may survive in this case, but a very...

Fish: Baby Mollies, livebearing fish, weekend holiday
livebearing fish, weekend holiday, pregnant mollies: Hi Kim, The most common way I have found to determine when such events will occur is to watch the fish non-stop for about 2 days straight. Then, when you can t help it but you need to do something for about half an hour someplace else, like eat or take...

Fish: Beta not eating, baby brine shrimp, bladder disease
baby brine shrimp, bladder disease, quart container: Hi! Something is wrong since he is not eating. A healthy Betta is a glutton! Are his fins ragged, can you see anything on his body? When you look at him from the top, does he have lifted scales? We have to find the answer as to why he is not eating. ...

Fish: Beta not eating, clove oil, side fins
clove oil, side fins, fish one: Hello, Im sorry about your betta There are any ways to euthanize your fish, one way is to put him in a container and out him in the freezer, but ou have to leave hi over night because if you take him out too early his heart may start aain, which i have...

Fish: My Betta, aquarium salt, bladder disease
aquarium salt, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hi, You can wait for the weekend, but please put him in a 5 gallon tank! In their habitat a betta may live in shallow waters, but they have lots of room to swim. Bettas kept in one gallon bowls, tanks, vases, mirrored tanks, or little gadgets made for bettas...

Fish: Betta eating less, aquarium salt, bladder disease
aquarium salt, bladder disease, poor diet: Hi Paul, If you look just where his chin is, a little lower, this is where his tummy is. If this is swollen, then he is constipated. If left untreated, it gets worse, the fish has trouble swimming, stays at the bottom or the top of the tank. In the final...

Fish: Betta Fish, ammonia levels, fish question
ammonia levels, fish question, bladder disease: Thank you Ben, Bless your heart, it was so nice of you to do this. It could be that the pipes are old, and rusty. I would have the water checked. They say it isn t dangerous, but cloudy water can have bad bacteria which is why you are losing your Bettas....

Fish: Betta Fish, cichlid research, gallon aquarium
cichlid research, gallon aquarium, water changes: Hi Tionne, A bowl is really too small of a place to raise a betta. You should keep him in a 10 gallon aquarium, or at least a 5 gallon aquarium. He will be much happier. It is also important that you do regular, weekly water changes. You should change...

Fish: Is my Betta Fish dying?, ammonia level, cause bacteria
ammonia level, cause bacteria, bladder disease: Hi Gina, You must change all of his water. A betta should have his water changed completely if he is in a five gallon tank, cloudy or not, every week without fail with a good water conditioner. He isn t dying, but from what you are telling me, he must not...

Fish: Betta Fish Is Sick Please Help, internal parasite, open pores
internal parasite, open pores, blood worms: Your Betta seems to have more than one disease. Change all his water, use a good water conditioner, and treat him with coppersafe, and maracyn 2 combined. Clamped fin indicate parasites, and he seems to have fungus too. These diseases are due to poor water...

Fish: Betta Frank with Eye Bulge, aquarium salt, bladder disease
aquarium salt, bladder disease, medicated food: There is one thing I don t understand. If you are using a filter, and doing 100% water changes, then your tank water hasn t cycled. You really don t need a filter in that case. You may use your filter without the carbon when medicating so that the medication...

Fish: Betta fish, fish question, gallon fish
fish question, gallon fish, fish bowl: Hi Rozalia, Yes, bettas should each have their own 5 gallon tanks, and make sure they do not see each other if you decide to keep them in the same home. Bettas who see each other get stressed, and get sick. Bettas have a way to make us give into them....

Fish: Betta floating after water change, harmful metals, blood worms
harmful metals, blood worms, stress coat: Hi Kristina, You need a good water conditioner such as Stress Coat or AquaSafe. PH neutralizer won t remove the harmful metals in water. You need a good water conditioner because right now you are putting your betta into chloine, and othe harmful chemicals...

Fish: Betta keeps getting bloated, room temperature water, knick knack
room temperature water, knick knack, aquarium salt: Hi! As I have mentioned above, he should be in heated water, at least 78 degree water. Bettas kept in cool waters get sick, and this could be the reason. He could also have something wrong with him internally. Try feeding him antibiotic food that you will...

Fish: Betta should live longer, he's floating vertical head up., isolation tank, swim bladder
isolation tank, swim bladder, internal organs: Hi! I know I bury mine where my flowers are too. To me fish, are so intelligent, especially the betta! So little, and so clever! I just couldn t throw them away. I know some people will flush them, but I couldn t do that, and I don t think you could...

Fish: Betta should live longer, he's floating vertical head up., aquarium salt, bladder disease
aquarium salt, bladder disease, swim bladder: Right now, leave him in the tetracycline, be careful not to overdose. The pet store manager should have given you the right dosage. I have no way of giving you the right dosage. Usually Tetracycline capsules come for 5 gallon tanks, I guess these are different....

Fish: Betta - Is it safe?, betta fish, harmful bacteria
betta fish, harmful bacteria, water conditioner: Hi Janae, It is safe to put your new Betta in there, the tank has been cleaned out, and there is no danger. I would like to mention that fungus is usually caused by poor water conditions. Change your water every week with a good water conditioner accordingly...

Fish: Betta w/raised scales in one spot, aquarium salt, water parameters
aquarium salt, water parameters, corydora: Hi Teera, Raised scales usually indicate Dropsy. Dropsy it seems, is impossible to cure. Researchers cannot agree on what exactly causes this disease. It is very infectious. Fish usually get dropsy if they have been stressed by another disease or by bad...

Fish: Bolivian Rams, maracyn two, aquarium salt
maracyn two, aquarium salt, bolivian ram: Hi Alex, Popeye is usually due to an injury, poor water conditions, and poor diet could also be the cause. A lack of vitamins in his diet could cause Popeye. It is always good to vary diet for fish. Feeding them quality foods always helps in preventing...

Fish: Am I a bad owner?, pet owner, pet owners
pet owner, pet owners, pets: Hi Danielle, Nobody who loves animals are bad pet owners, and you love them, so don t worry about what someone told you. People hurt other people s feeling sometimes for no reason. You know who you are, so don t let it bother you. Have a nice week-end....

Fish: beta, stress coat, male fish
stress coat, male fish, harmful chemicals: Hi Ayla, When putting a divider in a tank, you must make sure that they do not see each other. If they do, they will get stressed, and sick. I do not know the size of your tank, but all the water should be changed once a week if it is a 5 or 10 gallon tank....

Fish: beta fish mating, cichlid research, bubble nest
cichlid research, bubble nest, beta fish: Hi Kathleen, Although the eggs are very hard to see at first, after about 24 hours, they will start to go darker and you will see them in the nest -- it s very cool. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: beta fish sinking, bladder disease, beta fish
bladder disease, beta fish, daphnia: Hello, You didn t mention the size of his tank, or the water temperature. Bettas are tropical fish, and need warm water. If his water is under 78 degrees, he is cold, and will be hard to cure. If you raise the temperature, do this very very slowly, one...

Fish: my betta fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, betta fish: Hi Taylor, Most likely he is just getting old. Bettas do not live very long. In the meantime, be sure that you are doing regular weekly partial water changes of about 25%. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta fish, fin and tail rot, bladder disease
fin and tail rot, bladder disease, fish question: Hi! If his white spot is uplifted a little, and looks whitish, and fuzzy, then it is fungus. If his tail, and fins look ragged,like if they were cut with scissors, then it is fin, and tail rot. If his fins look clamped, it is parasites, and if his white...

Fish: betta lethargic despite medication, coppersafe, cupramine
coppersafe, cupramine, grey patches: Hi Emilie, The fact that your little friend is eating, and eating well is a very good sign. I am happy to hear this. A sick fish will not eat, so he may be on his way to recovery. I pray that he does. Keep doing what you are doing, there is hope. Keep...

Fish: betta lethargic despite medication, maracyn two, paraguard
maracyn two, paraguard, coppersafe: Hi Emilie, Clout is a very strong medication, and I didn t think it would help...I am still going back to coppersafe, and maracyn-two. The reason I keep coming back to these two products is because I am quite sure he does have parasites, along with a fungal...

Fish: My betta has an odd lump on its "chest", betta fish, bladder disease
betta fish, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hello, A lump on a fish is very hard to diagnose, almost impossible unless you see a vet. Some lumps may be tumors. They may, or may not be cancerous. A Betta may live a long time with a tumor, it is a little like us. It could also be a boil. If this...

Fish: betta- possible fin rot, jungle fungus, glass rocks
jungle fungus, glass rocks, aquarium salt: Hi Angie, Fungus, is almost always due to poor water conditions. Bettas in small bowls should have their water changed twice a week. It is so sad to see how some people keep bettas. Bless your heart for rescuing him. I would buy a cure for fungus as...

Fish: is my black moor fish pregnant, black moor fish, cichlid research
black moor fish, cichlid research, black moors: Hi Jemma, Black moors are egg layers so they do not get pregnant as such. She could be full of eggs that she is going to lay but only time will tell. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: blue cichlid, african cichlid, bladder disease
african cichlid, bladder disease, lack of oxygen: Hello, It could be many things. Check your water for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Ammonia is the number one killer of fish, so make sure your chemistry is right. Ammonia should be zero, nitrites safe, and nitrates safe. If this is an African Cichlid,...

Fish: bump on my beta, beta fish, weather area
beta fish, weather area, deep tank: Hello, A bump or lump is very hard to diagnose. It could be a tumor. Most tumors aren t cancerous, and fish may live long, and healthy lives with them. Here is some information on Bettas that maybe would interest you: Bettas need 5 gallons of water...

Fish: Chance is being stubborn, poor fella, gravel filter
poor fella, gravel filter, pleco: To get my dog to roll over, i got him a treat and commanded and made him lay down. I rolled his body over and when he was rolled i commanded roll over, he hated iit at first but eventually learned You have to be carefull though as he wont be expecting...

Fish: Cichlid Fish, air balls, nitrate levels
air balls, nitrate levels, fish eyes: Hello, The first thing I would think of is lack of oxygen in the tank. Make sure you have enough oxygen for the fish in your tank. Water should splash down from the filter into the water causing current, and you should have air balls depending on the size...

Fish: Cichlids, cichlid research, mouth brooders
cichlid research, mouth brooders, ron coleman: Hi Amanda, In almost all cichlids that mouthbrood, it is the female that does the mouthbrooding. Your yellow cichlid is almost certainly from Lake Malawi and all those are female mouth brooders. If you send me a photo of the fish to the address below...

Fish: CLoudy tank, bala shark, gold fish
bala shark, gold fish, water conditioner: Hello Beth, What type of fish do you have, if its goldfish they produce alot of waste and if you changed over 50% of the water you would need to add the fish 1 per week, and let it cycle for a week beforehand other wise it causes this bacteria in balance...

Fish: Clogged filter, aquarium water, good bacteria
aquarium water, good bacteria, gal tank: Hi Linda, Seeing as I have used Aquaclear filters, fluval, and Epheim, and never used Whisper, I am now thinking it is best that you ask another expert on the Whisper filter. I know with the Aquaclear filter you change your carbon once a month, but the sponge...

Fish: Clown Knife Fish, clown knife fish, zebra danios
clown knife fish, zebra danios, feeder fish: Hi Rich If the Guppies were meant as food for the Clown Knife, I would leave them in the same tank. I have large Cichlids that I generally feed flakes and pellets to. However, when my Guppies and Zebra Danios began multiplying so rapidly, I set up a tank...

Fish: Color fading and hiding-Betta, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, gallon tank: Hi Sallie Can you see if his tummy is swollen? His tummy is just under his chin. Many Bettas get Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is due to poor diet, and overeating, which leads to constipation, then SBD. If you see that his tummy is swollen, try feeding...

Fish: Coryfish-green, cichlid research, cory fish
cichlid research, cory fish, whisker: Hi Willamena, Unfortunatley I cannot think of any reason why a catfish would lose its whisker (barbels) other than if another fish bit them off. :( -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Crowntail Betta Won't Eat, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, little fellow: Hi Debbie, Kanamycin is very good for Swim Bladder Disease, but it is hard to find. If you cannot find it, buy Tetracycline or Furan 2. If caught in time, this is curable, but do not wait, as it can damage his kidneys, and then there is no cure. Follow...

Fish: how can i clean my fish?, sponge filter, fish question
sponge filter, fish question, betta fish: Yeah they dont need a filter but its better for them, it keeps water movement and it helps clear the poop and makes life happier for them. People who dont use filters often dont have there fish for long. So i d advise atleast a sponge filter, but you want...

Fish: crystal fish bowls, knick knack, fish bowls
knick knack, fish bowls, aquarium salt: Hi Loni, Here is some information on the Betta that will help you understand his needs. He must not be kept in any kind of a bowl. Bettas need 5 gallons of water or more to be healthy, and happy. Your three gallon tank will do for now. In their habitat...

Fish: Dalmation Fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, palm of my hand: Hi Linda, Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes on the tank? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Dead molly, dead molly, main tank
dead molly, main tank, new tank: She most probably dies from stress, those floating hatchery s are very very stressful for fish and they have claimed many fish lives, your better heavily planting your tank, and collecting fry when you see them into the floating hatchery things. Or setting...

Fish: Diet for Large Chocolate Oranda, brine shrimp, flake food
brine shrimp, flake food, blood worms: Hello, A good balanced diet for a fish would be - Flakes or pellets (everyday) - Live foods such as brine shrimp or blood worms as a monthly treat - Veggie s, such as 30 second boiled lettuce, boiles pea s with out shell, suger free spinach, cucumber...

Fish: dalmation fish, sailfin mollie, bristlenose catfish
sailfin mollie, bristlenose catfish, livebearers: Hi Narasha, If it is male, and female they are mating. Livebearers are always mating. This is why there should be one male to 3 females in a tank, as the male is always after the females. I was happy to read that the Betta is having no problems because...

Fish: Fighter fry, baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels
baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels, egg yolk: Two weeks after they are born, you could add a sponge filter, this is less dangerous for the fry. Also, remember that bettas need heated water. Their water should be 80-82 degrees. Make sure their is a cover on your tank for them to breathe the same...

Fish: Fishzilla, tropical tank, fish shop
tropical tank, fish shop, two tanks: Hello, How big is your tropical tank in gallons or litres. Thats really good about chance. To make him lay down get him to sit, then put a treat by his face so he can smell it and strt lowering it, he should lower his head with it until he eventually lays...

Fish: Flowerhorn problem., cichlid research, intestinal infection
cichlid research, intestinal infection, piece of meat: Hi Raj, Those signs strongly indicate a serious intestinal infection. There are various medicines that claim to help this. One thing that many people do is to feed their fish with thawed frozen peas. The peas help move things through and out the digestive...

Fish: Flowerhorn sick, cichlid research, intestinal infection
cichlid research, intestinal infection, water changes: Hi Kunal, Unfortunately that does not look good. It is what we call a prolapsed intestine. In other words, part of the intestine that should stay inside is coming outside. It could be due to an intestinal infection, but the exact cause is really hard...

Fish: GloFish (zebra danio) fry!, hard boiled egg, vinegar eels
Fish: GloFish (zebra danio) fry!, hard boiled egg, vinegar eels, brine shrimp

Fish: goldfish, raw fish, japanese restaurants
Fish: goldfish, raw fish, japanese restaurants, goldfish

Fish: What kind of fish is this?, google images, catfish
Fish: What kind of fish is this?, google images, catfish, google

Fish: Zebra fish eggs?, zebra fish, petsmart
Fish: Zebra fish eggs?, zebra fish, petsmart, petco

Fish: fantails, cichlid research, fantail
cichlid research, fantail, rish: HI Mark, Sorry, but I m not quite sure how to help. It appears that one of your fish has grown a tumor. There is nothing you can do about that. Separating them seems like a good idea. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: feeding schedule, gluttons, kinds of food
gluttons, kinds of food, good evening: Hi Irielle, I m happy to know that your Oscar is well. Feed him one kind of veggie one day, the next day pellets that you have soaked before giving him, and vary his food, but always the same food on one day. This is to make it easier for him to digest....

Fish: feeler rot / air gulping, air stones, gallon tank
air stones, gallon tank, cat fish: Hello, I used the tank for the elderly but mainly for oxygenating reasons. Gulping is because with age its harder for there gills to extract oxygen so they do it this way....another air stone may help her yes, also try cleaning the filter or changing the...

Fish: fish, african cichlid, lack of oxygen
african cichlid, lack of oxygen, air stones: Hello, I would think it is a lack of oxygen in your tank. Make sure that your filter is splashing the water into the tank causing movement in your water to give them oxygen. Air stones could also be added to your tank. If this is the cause do a 40% water...

Fish: my fish is swimming on its side, cichlid research, kinds of fish
cichlid research, kinds of fish, sad reality: Hi Katie, There isn t anything you really can do for him, other than give him time to heal. Just so you know, in most cases where a fish gets stuck, it is actually the fish that gets stuck because it can t swim well, as opposed to the filter sucking...

Fish: fish tank, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, fish store: Hi Lisa, Where are you getting your fish? I strongly encourage you to purchase your fish at a good fish store to ensure that they are disease free. It is important when starting a fish tank that you set the tank up, then wait several days, then...

Fish: fish tank maintenance, ammonia nitrate, types of tropical fish
ammonia nitrate, types of tropical fish, nitrite levels: Ok, Hello first of, Im not quite sure what im answering here but ill try my best. A Plant called Elodea Which looks like this... http://www.vcbio.science.ru.nl/public/Final-Images/PL_Final512z_301-350/PL0330_512zElodeaHabitus.jpg Is a oxygenating plant,...

Fish: flower horn fish, flower horn fish, chill time
flower horn fish, chill time, fish tank: Leave him in a very very quiete place, and do not disturb him, turn of the filter and the lights but keep the heater on, and please never never tap your tank, it causes so much stress for them, its basically like an earthquake with 10 planes taking of next...

Fish: fresh water fish swimming at top, fresh water fish, nylon stockings
fresh water fish, nylon stockings, gallon aquarium: Hi Cindi, I don t see any other reason why your fish are swimming at the top besides lack of oxygen. Are you nitrates high? Have your water checked by your local Pet Store. Keep doing water changes everyday of 10%. Never add chemical like baking soda...

Fish: fuzzy angel fish eggs, fish eggs, angel fish
fish eggs, angel fish, sponge filter: Hello Michele, It may be that your angel fish s eggs are not fertile, when this happens the eggs will die and become infected, this is what makes them go fuzzy. You could try seperating the eggs into another tank that has been set up 3 weeks before hand...

Fish: Geriatric Betta Fish, bladder disease, silk plant
bladder disease, silk plant, betta fish: Hi Amanda, Can you see if his tummy is swollen. His tummy is just below his chin. If it is, he has Swim Bladder Disease which is due to constipation, and sometimes poor diet. Try feeding him a frozen cooked pea. Remove the outer layer, and cut it into...

Fish: GloFish (zebra danio) fry!, partial water change, little buggers
partial water change, little buggers, zebra danio: Hello. First of congrats Dont use a normal weak filter as it will suck up the fry but if you can find one use a very very very weak SPONGE filter. That should clear the film and do paartial water changes every week. Keep them in the smaller tank until...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, good bacteria
cichlid research, good bacteria, fish tank: Hi Leona, When you cleaned it , did you clean it really thoroughly? If so, that can be your problem. You should never clean a fish tank really thoroughly because that removes all the good bacteria that live on the various surfaces and then the tank essentially...

Fish: Goldfish eye disease I can't identify, fungus spores, body fungus
fungus spores, body fungus, crushed gravel: Yeah. Spores of fungi are always present in aquariums and healthy fish are usually unaffected by them. Unhealthy fish are more susceptible, however mouth funguscan be a problem with bottom feeders in an aquarium with a crushed gravel substrate. Body fungus...

Fish: Guppies and Beta in new tank, baby brine shrimp, male guppies
baby brine shrimp, male guppies, blood worms: Hi Valerie, Yes, guppies need a filter as they need more oxygen in the water than the Betta does. They would die without filtration. The Betta likes to make his betta nest, but when water is filtered, his nest is destroyed, which makes him sad. This is...

Fish: goldfish, glass pebbles, sorority sisters
glass pebbles, sorority sisters, fish bowl: Hi, Goldfish are capable of getting 1 long and living 80 years. This rarely happens, but you should be ready. They do best in a filtered 20 or more gallon tank. If he seems happy, fine. I would do an extra water change this week and test for ammonia. Another...

Fish: goldfish, dead goldfish, pet goldfish
dead goldfish, pet goldfish, bacterial infection: Not only was it really stupid to do but it could have been dangerous. If the fish had a bacterial infection your friend may be at risk for a infection like food poisoning, most likely though he/she will be OK. Next time though if your friend really wanted...

Fish: goldfish, balloon mollies, goldfish
balloon mollies, goldfish, 10 months: Hello. 30 C is too hot for even the mollies, you want it around 26 C And no they are not supposed to live together, as they can take temp change for a short while, but it will slowly kill the goldfish in warmer water and same if mollies where in colder...

Fish: goldfish changes color red to white, good bacteria, tropical food
good bacteria, tropical food, orange brown: When my goldfish did this some one told me that it happens when they arent getting the right nutrients in there diet, and yes it happened to only one fish with me, so i switched there food to tropical food as it has more nutrients that goldfish apparently...

Fish: goldfish "evolution", speices, species of fish
speices, species of fish, massive air: Hello Mike, First of all it s awesome that you are interested in where they came from, other people wouldnt think twice. The origin of goldfish is from China, And you know all those different species like black moore s fantails, common, koi although i...

Fish: goldfish white spots, cichlid research, firday
cichlid research, firday, goldfish: HI Katy, Unfortunately your goldfish has a disease called ick. There are treatments available for ick, though I don t know the brands available in the United Kingdom. In the States, one of them is called Rid-Ich. You need to get one of these right away...

Fish: great news, great news, fella
great news, fella, heaven: Hi Danielle, This is great news, and I am very happy for you. Congratulations! Toby is in heaven, and happy, and I m sure he is happy for you too. We will all be together one day with our loved ones, and pets, but until that day, we must do our best to...

Fish: guppies, feeder fish, guppie
feeder fish, guppie, guppy: Hello, Well generalyy male are more colourful and femles have a blacish point in there stomaches called a gravid spot, but the best wat of telling would be the fin near there anal opening. Males http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Livebe6.jpg Females http://www.aquariumfish.net/images_01/guppy_female_from_kate.jpg...

Fish: guppy babies and cleaning tank, sponge filter, algea eaters
sponge filter, algea eaters, algea eater: Oh right ok, Yes the mollies will help with algea as they do like it. you can either buy some more small algea eaters like i reccommended or you will probably need to change the sponge filter and do a 30% water change and clean it off with a sponge to sort...

Fish: guppy fish male/female, cichlid research, male guppies
cichlid research, male guppies, guppy fish: Hi Jared, Unfortunately I don t have any photos I can send you, however, the difference is actually easy to spot. In the male, the fin on the bottom rear portion of the body (the anal fin) is highly modified. Instead of looking like a fin, it looks like...

Fish: guppys, info e mail, nitrite levels
info e mail, nitrite levels, ammonia levels: Hi Koda, Have you checked your ammonia, and nitrite levels? When adding too many fish at once, the levels go up, the chemistry of the water changes, and it kills the fish, as this is poison to any fish. You must let your tank cycle, and when you are sure...

Fish: Hello Again!!, bristlenose pleco, ammonia level
bristlenose pleco, ammonia level, color spectrum: Hi Holly, I know that feeling as I remember the mistakes I made when starting out which were much worse than yours. I knew nothing about ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates or fish for that matter. I will always remember the day I bought my first tank which...

Fish: Help, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, bubble nest: Hi Tatiana, It looks like 1000 bubbles on the surface of the tank. It is very obvious when he has built one. It often occupies an area of about 4 by 4 inches on the surface of the tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Help..... my goldfish, tropical food, goldfish
tropical food, goldfish, nutrients: Hello, I have changed your question to public so other people can use this question incase it has happened to you. If it has only just started to go black it basically means its not getting the right amount of nutrients. this happened to me so all i did...

Fish: Help Identify This Fish!, red parrotfish, cichlid research
red parrotfish, cichlid research, cichlids: Hi Geoffrey, Yes that is also a parrot cichlid. Keep in mind that parrot cichlids are man-made and so they exhibit a large range of characteristics. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: hatchet/calico moore fish, cichlid research, hatchet fish
cichlid research, hatchet fish, gal tank: Hi Linda, Do you have an airstone in the bowl? If not, that is likely why the fish is hanging out at the top. You need to have a filter and airstone in any tank/bowl with a fish in it. As for mixing the hatchet fish and the goldfish, I would not...

Fish: Ich HELP!!, albino clawed frog, black moor goldfish
albino clawed frog, black moor goldfish, ablino: No a heater isn t needed in this case... PLEASE DO NOT ADD WARM WATER!!! you take out all the oxygen in the water when you do that and your fish will die, i know you can use warmer water to treat it, but i never use warmer water i just add white spot treatments....

Fish: ich treatment, pink convicts, slider turtles
pink convicts, slider turtles, red ear slider: Hi Chris, Be very careful of bringing the temperature of your water up too fast. This is very bad for fish as the temperature should be brought up one degree each day, or second day. I would not bring the temperature of to 85 degrees, 80 or 82 is high enough....

Fish: to introduce a new severum?, green severum, cichlid research
green severum, cichlid research, golden severum: Hi James, Either way it is going to be a bit of a gamble. A large severum can easily kill a fish it doesn t like, sometimes in just a few seconds. The trouble is that you won t know unless you try it. Whether you add one or two won t make much difference....

Fish: are Jack Dempsey's poisonous to people?, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, jack dempsey: Hi Sherri, Jack Dempsey s are neither poisonous or venemous so you should be okay. Like any cut, you need to keep it clean or it can become infected. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Jack Demsey, jack demsey, cichlid research
jack demsey, cichlid research, boss hog: Hi Laurel, You need to do some water changes quickly. You should change 25% of his water now and then do the same thing again tommorrow and the same thing the next day. Then start on a regular routine of changing 25% of his water once a week, EVERY...

Fish: jagaur fish, male jaguar, baby fish
male jaguar, baby fish, body colour: Hi John, It is impossible to tell the difference in baby fish. You can only see the difference when mature. These are big fish that need big aquariums. The male will develop a golden body colour with black dots, and will be larger than the female. Lynda...

Fish: jaguar fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, fish eggs: Hi Tim, The eggs and the little white things are unrelated. The eggs turned white because they were not fertilized correctly and so they died (turned white). The white is actually a water mold that colonizes dead fish eggs. The parents would have then...

Fish: jaguar fish breeding, cichlid research, ron coleman
cichlid research, ron coleman, fish breeding: Hi Alison, It is possible that all three are females, however, male and female jaguars do look a little different. A female has a more distinct horizontal stripe running down the side of the body. Males have a reticulated pattern of markings, particularly...

Fish: Koi Fish injured, koi pond, goldfish
koi pond, goldfish, ulcer: if you are seeing an improvement with the treatment you are using, stick to it for about 2 weeks longer, but if it grows larger you may want to look into a vet, i know it sounds silly, but the same thing happened to us, and we contacted a vet that willingy...

Fish: What kind of fish is this?, elephant fish, elephant nose
elephant fish, elephant nose, kind of fish: Hello, Awesome fish, he looks like some sort of elephant fish, but the best thing you can do is go to the petshop where you go him or any petshop and see if you can find a look alike and see what he is labelled as. He looks alot like an elephant nosed...

Fish: what kind of fish can i put with oscars, black convict, ammonia level
black convict, ammonia level, bad fish: Hi Raymond, You have to let a tank cycle before adding any fish to it. The ammonia level must be zero, and nitrites must be safe before you add any fish. Right now your tank is overstocked, which could be another reason for ammonia. Ammonia is the number...

Fish: kissing gouramis, ammonia level, ammonia levels
ammonia level, ammonia levels, nitrate levels: Depending on your type of filter, you must have a sponge or something similar...unless you have an undergravel filter. The only filters I know something about are aquaclears, fluval, and Epheim...the others I have never used. The filters I have mentioned...

Fish: koi-1year old, old hope, large pond
old hope, large pond, body doesn: Hello Maria, Im sorry, is your koi in a tank? How big is your tank? Is it longer rather than depper? Sorry to answer a question with a question but a koi need about 200 Litres and thats short term, then after a few months it wil have to go into a large...

Fish: listless betta since purchase and medication, maracyn 2, gill plates
maracyn 2, gill plates, signs of stress: Hi! Clout is a very strong medication. Make sure that he does not stress with it. If you see any signs of stress, change all the water. A betta, when sick, should be treated quickly. Every minute counts. I would still recommend coppersafe with maracyn...

Fish: listless betta since purchase and after medication, ragged appearance, open wounds
ragged appearance, open wounds, fin rot: Hi! I think he may have parasites too, I m not completely sure as I do not see your fish. That patch should have disappeared like the others did. Try the treatment, and if you see no change in his behaviour in three days, or if you see that his behaviour...

Fish: our little guy is going to be ok :), best news, fungus
best news, fungus, scales: Sally, this is the best news I have had all day! I am so happy for Oscar, and I know he will be back to his normal self real soon. He will forget what happened to him, and he will be happy again. (Make sure he doesn t get the urge to jump again...lol He...

Fish: little jumpers, sick alot, pet fish
sick alot, pet fish, tiny bowl: Danielle, you are absolutely not a bad pet owner! You really care about your pets, you love them, and you provide them excellent care. Plus you are very devoted to the care of your pets. Everyone encounters problems when they own pets, its no need to get too...

Fish: live worms developing in my fish bowl, planaria worms, little snails
planaria worms, little snails, little snail: Hi Kimber, Snails, and worms can come in with plants. When worms aren t on the fish, they are usually harmless. I would take out the Betta, and the little snail, and clean everything in the fish bowl. I would have to see it to know what kind of worm it...

Fish: Another lol, poor little fish, nitrates and nitrites
poor little fish, nitrates and nitrites, fish world: I m sure he takes very good care of his aquariums. Some pet stores are really bad at keeping their aquariums clean. Some have water systems, that sound great, but if disease crawls into one aquarium, all the aquariums get the disease. This guy seems to...

Fish: Malnourished beta, coppersafe, little fellow
coppersafe, little fellow, labored breathing: Hi Shannon, Treat him with coppersafe, and marycin-two combined. If his fins are clamped, he could have parasites, along with fungus or velvet. These two medications should help him. Change all your water if you do not have a filter, do a 25% water change...

Fish: Milky water, dwarf gourami, cardinal tetras
dwarf gourami, cardinal tetras, uv sterilizer: Hello, Your petstore is right it is a bacteria boom. This happened to me once when i re-decorated my tank, the fish are not harmed and it could possibly recover itself, but i did a 50% water change and added stress zyme (good bacteria to speed biological...

Fish: Minnows or Tadpoles?, cichlid research, little fish
cichlid research, little fish, greenish color: Hi Faith, They could be either little fish or tadpoles. I guess you will just have to wait and see what they turn into. That s part of the fun. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Mirror tanks, knick knack, aquarium salt
knick knack, aquarium salt, tank temperature: Hi Tracy, This is very bad for a Betta. It will cause him stress, and he will get sick. Here is some information on Bettas that you may find helpful: Bettas need 5 gallons of water or more to be healthy, and happy. In their habitat the betta may...

Fish: Mollies, zebra danios, fish tank
zebra danios, fish tank, bloodfin: Hello, Your female may be already pregnant, they usually breed constantly and are pregnant for about 4-6 weeks. It may be the water temp. what your temp. at? It could just be genaral water conditions... You could try buying another female to see if...

Fish: malawis always fighting!help!, cichlid research, orange 1
cichlid research, orange 1, males and females: Hi Abuhaqq, Unfortuantely, fighting is what Malawi cichlids do, and they do it alot. With the rocks that you have, are there caves under the rocks? Just having rocks won t help -- there needs to be lots of caves around and under the rocks so that each...

Fish: My male beta, beta fish, water chemistry
beta fish, water chemistry, poor diet: Hi Nikkie, Have you checked your water for ammonia or nitrites? If they are high, this could be a reason why your Betta is sick. He could have Dropsy. Experts do not really know what causes Dropsy, there is much controversy on it. Dropsy can be cause...

Fish: male or female?, moores, vent
moores, vent, females: It is nearly impossible to tell the sex apart but females are usually plumper and have a more vent shaped opening. This is breeding season and in breeding season males get tiny white spots, usually on the gill area, so its possible that the white spots...

Fish: molly babies, molly fish, tropical fish food
molly fish, tropical fish food, goldfish food: Mollies carry there babies for between 4-5 weeks but dont be fooled as they fill with eggs before getting pregnant so they seem like there pregnant for 8 weeks or so sometimes. Molly fry will eat flake food if crushed to a fine powder, so will the parents...

Fish: mystery cichlid, pet store owner, kind of fish
pet store owner, kind of fish, orange spots: Hi Armad, It is almost impossible for me to know what cichlid this is. It surely was an african cichlid. African cichlids are very hard to identify seeing as many of them interbreed. The pet store owner should know which kind of fish this is. He orders...

Fish: New Betta Fish, betta fish, sponge filter
betta fish, sponge filter, desk light: Hello Kara They go into rest mode, where basically its like fish sleep, but they cant close their eyes as they have no eyelids so he s sleeping if you like when you turn the light on, and it takes a while for his body to otivate, simular to ourselves....

Fish: My new crowntail betta fish, crowntail betta fish, fake bamboo plant
crowntail betta fish, fake bamboo plant, long periods of time: Hi! He has very little space to swim in a vase with a plant, so this makes him feel defenseless. Every little movement outside of his living quarters brings him fear. When they are in 5 gallon tanks or more, they have room to swim. We add a little tunnel...

Fish: nitrate, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, litre tank: Hi Terry, Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes? You need to change 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep your fishes happy and healthy. Some plants might help a little but they will not replace doing the weekly water changes....

Fish: notice a bite or ragged tailfin, brine shrimp, feeder fish
brine shrimp, feeder fish, fish bait: Hi Jimmie, If you cannot find crickets at a pet store, then don t feed him crickets that you find on the ground. If you find crickets in stores, you do not freeze them. There is a product at WalMart that is called Ick-Away It says that it cures ick,...

Fish: Ok, 10 gallon tank, two corys
10 gallon tank, two corys, tiny cup: He would be the perfect guy to help you along with real plants. He would tell you what to do, and if he starts the plants himself, then you know they have no little things on them like snails! lol Oh yeah, I remember too well that little mistake I made...

Fish: Oscar behavior, cichlid research, 9 months
cichlid research, 9 months, oscars: Hi Sue, Unfortunately, fighting and courting in oscars looks exactly the same -- they swim at each other, flare their mouths and lock lips. The good news is that as long as they are face to face, then things are okay. If, however, one is chasing the other,...

Fish: Oscars, intelligent fish, smart fish
intelligent fish, smart fish, bladder disease: Hi Susan, I wouldn t put him in a pool of Koi. Oscars are very friendly and intelligent fish. He does need a 55 gallon tank all to himself. Koi, and Oscars do not eat the same foods. The Oscar is a carnivore, and the Koi is a vegetarian. The Oscar would...

Fish: ocean clams, cichlid research, ocean clams
cichlid research, ocean clams, microscopic bits: Hi Sarah, Clams are filter feeders. They pull water into the shell and then filter it using their gills, pulling microscopic bits of food out of the water. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: fungus, melafix, lifesaver
melafix, lifesaver, fungus: Hi Sally, I am a little afraid that your Oscar will also pick up parasites. I don t want to alarm you, but he is weak, not eating, fungus has set in, and parasites attack weak fish, and I wouldn t want this to happen. I would use coppersafe, combined with...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, beef heart
cichlid research, beef heart, smaller pieces: Hi Danielle, He should be okay. As long as it doesn t have any hard parts (as it should not), it is highly unlikely that he will choke. In the future, give him much smaller pieces. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: oscar fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, egg layers: Hi Kiki, Oscars are external egg layers so an oscar can t get pregnant as such. The female will lay the eggs on a hard surface, like a rock, and the male then fertilizes them. It could be that you have a female and she is full of eggs that she wants...

Fish: oscar fish jumping out of tank, oscar fish, poor fish
oscar fish, poor fish, nitrites: Okay, do a 30% water change tonight, and tomorrow bring some of your water to the pet store, and ask them to check it for you. They should check your ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and PH levels. If you nitrites, nitrates, and PH are safe, then all you have...

Fish: oscar fungus, fresh water aquarium, maracyn two
fresh water aquarium, maracyn two, fish stress: Hi Sally, When I answered your last question, it was 4:00 A.M. here, so went to bed, It is not 10:30 A.M. ..we must not be in the same time zone. You will find Aquarium Salt at your pet store..(Fresh water aquarium salt) Never use table salt as it has iodine...

Fish: oscar popeye, cichlid research, water conditions
cichlid research, water conditions, popeye: Hi Laura, Sadly I have had little success treating popeye over the years. Basically, popeye is a complex symptom and it can result from all sorts of things. Typically it comes down to the fish being stressed, either by another fish or by water conditions,...

Fish: Parasite on fish?, gold cloud, gallon tank
gold cloud, gallon tank, danios: Hello, I have never heard of anything like this but your best bet is its coming from either the new fish or a parasite from a bug that has decided to lay its eggs in your tank, i had a moth lay its eggs in my tank, it was a speciel species who s catapillars...

Fish: Pink growth on Placo, cichlid research, placostomus
cichlid research, placostomus, nostrils: Hi Dawn, It sounds to me like one of his nostrils has become inflamed. I rarely recommend antibiotics for fishes, but this is one of the few times when you might consider using one. Be very careful with them. Catfish are extremely sensitive. -- Ron...

Fish: Piranhas, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, water change: Hi Shawnell, Unfortunately if he ate bad feeders, it is now after the fact and there isn t much you can do other than wait and see. I would strongly suggest that you do a 25% water change today and then again tomorrow. I would also strongly suggest that...

Fish: Piranhas, feeder fish, long periods of time
feeder fish, long periods of time, bladder disease: Hi Shawnell, When fish are not getting a good quality food, they are not getting the right vitamins, and calcium they need to be healthy, therefore are easily attacked by any disease that comes around. If the feeders were sick, then your fish got the same...

Fish: Piranhas, feeder fish, fish tank
feeder fish, fish tank, water chemistry: Hello, Please check your water chemistry. Your ammonia should be zero, your nitrites zero, and your nitrates safe. If these are not right, do water changes everyday of 20% until you have it perfect. Water changes should be made every week of 25% without...

Fish: Pond fish, cichlid research, large mouth bass
cichlid research, large mouth bass, pond fish: Hi Beverly, Many outside populations of fish have at least some worms. Treating a whole pond for worms is a very expensive proposition. Are you intending to eat these fish? If so, you should definitely contact a vet about what to use such that the fish...

Fish: platys, mollys, mickey mouse,and gouramis, guppy fry, massive failure
guppy fry, massive failure, platys: It sounds as though our paty had a fungal infection and you can buy treatment for that. I knwo about the babies, my tank had a massive failure and all the fish died except the guppy fry amazingly, there strong lil fishyy s. How big is your tank as that...

Fish: possible amphicillin, gram positive and gram negative bacteria, gram negative bacteria
gram positive and gram negative bacteria, gram negative bacteria, bacterial kidney disease: Yes they would be, but make sure they are not used. Buy new, and never used. There is also another site...Vetamerica.com. Check it out, and try to get the best price. Maybe your Vet is selling this too, call and ask him how much it would cost for you Betta....

Fish: pregnant beta fish, female bettas, cichlid research
female bettas, cichlid research, beta fish: Hi Eleanor, Bettas are external fertilizers so she never will be with a male , i.e., she is not capable of getting pregnant as such. It could be that she is full of eggs and waiting for a male to spawn with. Male bettas build a bubble nest and tend the...

Fish: How prevalent is catching wild fish in the pet trade?, kribensis cichlids, cichlid research
kribensis cichlids, cichlid research, aquarium fishes: Hi Issac, The freshwater hobby has a mixture of sources. Certain species like gourmais are almost always captive bred, either here in the US, or increasingly in South East Asia on fish farms. Plecos may be captive bred, but many are wild caught. Kribs...

Fish: quick up date on the betta, goldfish tank, clown fish
goldfish tank, clown fish, good bacteria: Hi Danielle, I m happy to know that your betta is happy, and healthy. I was wondering if you rinse your sponge in hot or cold water on your Goldfish tank when you clean it. If you do, this is a No No You must rinse it in the water you remove from your...