About Experts Sitemap - Group 22 - Page 16 2015-05-26

Fish: tank set up, parrot fish, betta fish
parrot fish, betta fish, bristlenose: The cloudyness will clear up :) Your betta is a nono. He would be bullied and pestered to the death. Add the peacock and maybe a bristlenose plec. This will work even though the tank is small for the peacock :) Hope this helps Jac...

Fish: tank set up, fish lives, parrot fish
fish lives, parrot fish, alkaline water: Hi Stephanie, If you are talking about the african peacock cichild, no, you cannot put a betta in with him, and I wouldn t put a parrot fish in with peacocks. The african peacock cichlid is very territorial, lives in alkaline water which is 8.0 and over....

Fish: tips, cichlid research, community aquarium
cichlid research, community aquarium, species of fishes: Hi Wajid, That is really hard for me to say. It depends on what you want to have. There are over 28,000 species of fishes. The best way to approach an aquarium is to pick a region of the world, e.g., East Africa, or Central America, and choose fish from...

Fish: tropical, dwarf gourami, cory cats
dwarf gourami, cory cats, tropical tank: I would start off with a planted tank. I would use live plants such as Anubia, Java Fern, Crypto s, etc. I would let the tank sit for about 3-4 days after you put in the plants. Then I would add fish. I would recommend 3 cory cats... three dalmatian molly...

Fish: Dead, fantail goldfish, new tanks
fantail goldfish, new tanks, chris robbins: Hi Lindsey; That s a shame. I m sorry Matilda didn t make it. Goldfish seem to do just fine alone. There isn t room in your tank for anything else to safely live with Tony anyway. Each goldfish really needs at least a ten gallon tank all to itself with...

Fish: **Urgent** Help! something is eating my goldfish's skin!, fantail goldfish, goldfish expert
fantail goldfish, goldfish expert, fungus disease: Hi! I m not into goldfish, but I will try my best to help you. He has fungus, and you will have to treat him...I would try Maracyn 2...it is a good treatment, and I hope you save your fish. Meanwhile, you may try to get in touch with a goldfish expert...but...

Fish: unknown desease, natural medecine, tank glass
natural medecine, tank glass, alkaline water: Hi Simon, African Cichlids live in alkaline water. This is very important. You must bring your PH up to 8.0 - 8.5 You must bring your PH up slowly. Buy a bag of coral crushed rock at your pet store, put some in your aquarium, wait 12 hours, check your...

Fish: Vertical Yellow Cichlid, gravel vacuum, bladder disease
gravel vacuum, bladder disease, clay pots: Hello Beth There are many reasons why a fish would swim this way. It could be swim bladder disease. This is not catching, and is of no danger to your other fish. If you have African Cichlids, it could be an injury that caused this. Pregnant fish don t act...

Fish: Weird coloration in my Molly, gravel vacuum, black molly
gravel vacuum, black molly, silver mollies: Hi Courtney; Your tank is simply in the break-in period. Ammonia is very normal at this stage. The problem you have though is that there are too many critters in there to get it through the break-in safely. This process is also often called Cycling and...

Fish: WOW!, brine shrimp, intestinal blockages
brine shrimp, intestinal blockages, flake food: Hi Jarod: It sounds as though your fish had an intestinal blockage which he has now passed. If he is eating then I would feed him flake food and brine shrimp from now on. If you have been feeding him pellets in the past I would not do so now as they can be...

Fish: What's Wrong??, siamese fighting fish, bladder disease
siamese fighting fish, bladder disease, tank specs: You can t just say the water is clean. That tells me nothing about your tank. And you haven t even given me the size of your tank. How do you expect me to help you with nothing to go on? I can tell you it is swim bladder disease, but I have no idea...

Fish: water, nitrates and nitrites, angel fish
nitrates and nitrites, angel fish, water change: Nitrate is the last step in the process of ammonia being broken down by bacteria in your tank. It is the least toxic, but in large amounts can be deadly. I recommend that you do a large water change - 40 -60 %. Water changes are the only way to be rid of nitrates...

Fish: weird betta activity, hi amy, bloodworms
hi amy, bloodworms, degree water: Hi Amy Your betta is constipated. Try feeding him a pea. Boil a frozen pea until it is cooked, and tender, remove the first layer, cut it into small pieces, and try feeding this to your betta. You may have to tease him a little with it, and hopefully he...

Fish: white bubble protruding under gill, internal parasites, fish store
internal parasites, fish store, water chemistry: Hi Nikole, I m happy that you are taking good care of your fish. Getting back to the bubble, this is something I really can t diagnose. I am thinking a tumor, but I am not sure, seeing as I don t see the fish. The pet store manager would have surely been...

Fish: white over eyes, tiger barbs, black tetra
tiger barbs, black tetra, tiger barb: Hi Neil: You have described bits and piece of a couple of disease/illnesses. The white spots on the body is probably a parasite... though both eye cloud and white spots can be caused by bad water chemistry... high ammonia and nitrites, etc. I would give...

Fish: A 10 gallon tank, cichlid research, male betta
cichlid research, male betta, fish eaters: Hi Taylor, Keep in mind that crabs are often fish eaters so I would not put a crab in with fish that I wanted to stay alive. You might strongly consider getting a betta. A male betta would do well in a 10 gallon tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: 9yr old goldfish/Comet?, feeder fish, kidney failure
feeder fish, kidney failure, chris robbins: Hi Susan; Poor guy. Bloating with distended scales usually indicates fluid buildup from kidney failure. I think the only hope for him is a fish veterinarian. Once a large fish gets that sick and depending on what s wrong, treatment isn t usually effective....

Fish: African Cichlids, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, nitrite levels: Hi Kenzie, There is no hard and fast rule for how many fry you could raise in there, but I would imagine you could probably have 20 to 30 adult fish IF you have LOTS of rocks, and I mean LOTS of rocks, in the tank. Crushed spirulina is good. You...

Fish: African Cichlids, melanochromis auratus, african cichlid
melanochromis auratus, african cichlid, african cichlids: Does your local pet store have big aquariums with african fish? Sometimes they have them on display. Word gets around fast...have you put up adds that you have this fish to give away. It s a beautiful fish. Spread the word around, you never know, maybe...

Fish: My Albino Oscar, 30 gallon tank, cream puff
30 gallon tank, cream puff, small tank: His bones are deformed from being in such a small tank for so long. Nothing you can do to fix the problem, but if you get a bigger tank the deformationws may stop at that instead of get worse. Also, you should be doing 50% weekly water changes or even...

Fish: Algae in my betta's gill!, frequent water changes, oxygen starvation
frequent water changes, oxygen starvation, fish deaths: Hello Shelby, This may actually be algae growing ON the fish, or some sort of bacterial infection that resembles algae. Do you keep your tank near a window? If so, take the tank out of direct sunlight. You should feed your fish and then do a 50% water change,...

Fish: What can i add with Green Severums, neon tetras, green severums
neon tetras, green severums, bala sharks: Hi Chad, If you put in a school of neon tetras I suspect it will be just a matter of minutes before your other fish eat them --Ten minutes tops. So I wouldn t do that. Once you decide to go with larger predatory fish like the severums and/or the parrot...

Fish: african butterfly fish, butterfly fish, african butterfly
butterfly fish, african butterfly, size tank: Hi Meghan; The aggressive one is just doing what comes naturally. African Butterfly Fish can be territorial and may not tolerate others of their own kind unless they have a large tank to establish separate territory. Even in a large tank there should be...

Fish: algae eater, african dwarf frogs, natural rivers
african dwarf frogs, natural rivers, bristlenose pleco: 1) Their lives do not nessesarily depend on wood, but they will benefit greatly from it. It can t be any old plastic wood though. It has to be Mopani or Malaysian wood. The real stuff, collected from natural rivers. You will have to soak it for 2 weeks,...

Fish: angel fish, angel fish, bladder disease
angel fish, bladder disease, swimbladder: Hi Suzi, Swim Bladder disease is caused by over eating, and constipation. First try the pea treatment. You cook a frozen pea until it is well cooked, and tender. Remove the first layer, and cut it into small pieces. Try feeding this to your Angel fish....

Fish: angel fish, brine shrimp, angel fish
brine shrimp, angel fish, fish question: Hi Pat, Yes, I think that the tank would be big enough for 4 angel fish. When a pair forms they pull each other by the mouth to see if they are of equal force. They waltz around the aquarium until they are sure they have the same force. This is called the...

Fish: angle fish bent round and dead!, fin and tail rot, ammonia levels
fin and tail rot, ammonia levels, angle fish: Hi Beccy, If you put all of these fish in your tank at the same time, this could be the reason why your fish died. You must always start off a tank with two or one hardy fish, depending on the size of the tank, and wait a little while longer, then add a...

Fish: answer plz, balloon mollies, mystery snails
balloon mollies, mystery snails, chris robbins: Hi Wajid; Goldfish are coldwater fish and mollies are tropical (warmer water) fish. They should not be in the same tank together. You can keep mystery snails with mollies though. Goldfish are very messy fish that very large. You could keep two goldfish...

Fish: Babies, pink convict cichlid, breeding fish
pink convict cichlid, breeding fish, fish swimming: Hi Heather, Breeding fish is always observation. I cannot tell you how long you can keep the fry with the parents. Some parents are good, some eat the fry. This is cross breeding, so you will have to find that answer by observing them. You should start...

Fish: Baby Convicts, cichlid research, wood rocks
cichlid research, wood rocks, jack dempsey: Hi Diane, Keep in mind that the reason convicts have so many babies is because most of them do not survive. The biggest thing you can do to help them survive in that tank is to make sure that there are LOTS os potential hiding places, e.g., lots of structure...

Fish: Bad eye infection Goldfish, fish stores, chris robbins
fish stores, chris robbins, bad eye: Hi Adeline; Without seeing him it s hard to say. If he is a large fish, medicines in the water probably won t help him and they have limited effectiveness anyway. He may need antibiotic injections from a vet. You could try medicated antibiotic food first...

Fish: Beneficial Bacteria, cichlid research, beneficial bacteria
cichlid research, beneficial bacteria, fish tank: Hi Thomas, Do not put flakes into the tank if there are no fish in there. That won t help. As for which fish to start with, that is up to you. As long as you put only a couple in the tank, you can put most any fish in there. I would not put an...

Fish: About my Beta Fish., bladder disease, fish question
bladder disease, fish question, beta fish: Hi Jessica, Without a conditioner, you could kill your betta. Buy Stress Coat or Aqua Plus conditioner to put in your betta s water when you do water changes, and follow the directions on the bottle. Give the right dose. P S You must buy a water...

Fish: Beta fish, bladder disease, beta fish
bladder disease, beta fish, fish tank: Hi Ajia Your little betta is constipated. Constipation is caused by poor diet, and if left untreated may lead to Swim Bladder Disease. Cook a frozen pea until it is well cooked, and tender. Remove the first layer and cut it in small pieces. Feed the pea...

Fish: My Beta fish is sick!, fish diseases, beta fish
fish diseases, beta fish, question pool: Hi Genean, I pulled your question out of the question pool. If your betta has protruding and/or cloudy eyes this is popeye and is a bacterial infection. You need to treat your betta with the appropriate anti-bacterial popeye medication found at any...

Fish: Betta, freeze dried blood worms, plastic plants
freeze dried blood worms, plastic plants, gallon tank: Hi! A betta should always be kept in clean water. He should have water changes every week without fail or he will get sick. Your Betta has fungus. There are many good medications for fungus at the Pet Store. Maracyn2 is a good medication. Never overdose,...

Fish: Betta on Ampicillin, partial water change, male betta
partial water change, male betta, poor diet: Hi Susan, It is so sad to see Bettas like this. Remove him from the medication as it is not helping him. Clean his tank, and put him back in normal water. If he is constipated, try the pea treatment. Your cook a frozen pea until it is well cooked, and...

Fish: Betta, swim bladder, epsom salt
swim bladder, epsom salt, first fish: Hi Shirley, You must use water conditioner every time you do a water change. It doesn t matter whether it is bottled water, well water, or tap water. Putting a fish in water that has no conditioner is really not good for him. There are still metals in the...

Fish: Betta with bacterial infection?, side fins, tachypnic
side fins, tachypnic, aquarium salt: Hi Kristi, The algae isn t a problem. It is a normal part of all aquatic ecosystems. As for the lesions, it sounds to me like he is just getting old. When bettas get old they start to fall apart. Basically, a betta has a live-fast, die-young...

Fish: Betta with bacterial infection?, side fins, tachypnic
side fins, tachypnic, aquarium salt: Hi Kristi, I understand the love you have for your Betta, we get so attached to them. They are intelligent little beings, and so friendly. When a Betta is living in a Bowl, contrary to what you may have heard, this is not the right way to keep a Betta....

Fish: Betta FIsh Swimmin Oddly, betta care, tank heater
betta care, tank heater, tropical fish: Hello Callista, It can take around 48 hours, maybe a little longer. What you re referring to is SBD. If that is what you fish has, then fasting him for a few days followed by offering him a small amount of crushed, deshelled pea will help. You said that his...

Fish: Betta Fish, frequent water changes, blood worms
frequent water changes, blood worms, tiny bowl: Hello Nick, While it was very kind of you to try to give this betta a better life, any sudden changes can shock a fish s system, and possibly make them lose their appetite or any other number of things. Also, bettas in these kind of conditions usually only...

Fish: My Betta Fish is Acting Weird, betta fish, water temperature
betta fish, water temperature, lynda: Hi Sarah, One thing that is very important, bring your water temperature up very very slowly. One degree a day or even one degree every two days. If you bring the water temperature up too fast, it could kill your betta, so do this very slowly. I m sending...

Fish: Betta Fish disease, rena filter, maracyn 2
rena filter, maracyn 2, copper product: Hi Francine, It is a common mistake to think of catfishes as scavengers. Certainly they will scavenge but if you want them to be happy and healthy, try feeding the catfish with sinking algae wafers. Your betta problems are a bit puzzling; however,...

Fish: Betta fish convulsions/seizures, true fungus, tiny bubbles
true fungus, tiny bubbles, male betta: Hi Bob, This could be many things. It could be internal, flukes, and it could be a reaction to the medication you gave him. It could also be that his life is coming to an end. I m so sorry to tell you this. I know how attached we are to our Bettas, and...

Fish: Betta Habitat, fish rule, bladder disease
fish rule, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hi Nicole, A betta should have at least two gallons of water to be happy and healthy, and five gallons is best. It should have a heater to keep the temperature stable. A betta is a tropical fish and needs 76-80 degree temperature. The Betta is the most...

Fish: Young Male or Female?, aquarisol, aquarium salt
aquarisol, aquarium salt, two females: Hi Emilie, It might be a good idea to get a tank divider if they continue to act this way. Young bettas all look the same, it is very hard to tell the difference until their fins grow. This takes some time. I have bred them and kept them for almost 8 months...

Fish: Betta life expectancy, tank light, silk plant
tank light, silk plant, little fish: Hi Justin, A betta can live for 3-7 years. Unfortunately we do not know how old they are when we buy them. Some have been known to keep them for 8 years. You are doing good. I would like to mention a few things that keeps a betta happy. Unlike what is...

Fish: Betta pop eye, good luck jack, kitchen roll
good luck jack, kitchen roll, rain water: Hey =] Yes you can rinse the plants for him :) I would bleach it at all. Just rinse it and clean it with some kitchen roll and run the rocks under a tap. I don t know what is in your tapwater as i don t live where you live! I just use tapwater...

Fish: My Betta is sick, walmart store, light gravel
walmart store, light gravel, bladder disease: Hi Sharon, When you warm the water you have to do this slowly, very slowly, like 1 degree each day. Write back to me, and tell me what temperature they were in before, how long they have been in the warm water, and what temperature were they in now. Thank...

Fish: Betta with TB?, male betta, bladder disease
male betta, bladder disease, blood worms: Hi Pigtails, If your Betta has TB these are the symptoms you should be looking for: He will lose his appetite Loss of weight He will have folded fins Eye protrusion His body will be deformed He will stay near the surface of the water Skin defects,...

Fish: Black Convict babies, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, black convicts: Hi Tim, The decision is yours. The convict parents are pretty good at fending off predators. Most likely some of the babies will get eaten but a few will survive, similar to what happens in the wild. You can feed the kids with crushed flake food...

Fish: Black worms in tank, cichlid research, black flies
cichlid research, black flies, airstone: Hi Jayne, Is the water in your tank stagnant, i.e., the surface not moving? If so, that is not a good situation. Either your filter or your airstone should keep the surface of the water moving. Mosquitos and the like will not generally lay their eggs...

Fish: Bloated Angelfish, frozen brine shrimp, 3 guppies
frozen brine shrimp, 3 guppies, neon tetras: Hi Paula; I m sorry it took so long to get to your question. My computer crashed and I finally got it up and running again. He really should be separated. He needs rest away from the others and if it turns out to be something contagious the rest of...

Fish: Bloated oscar!, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, red tiger: HI Corey, Sadly that is a very tough one. If he indeed swallowed something, there is nothing that you can do about it. All you can do is wait and see what happens. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Blood parrot and male peacock, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, partial water changes: Hi Steve, A blood parrot is not an African cichlid. It is a manmade hybrid of two or more new world cichlids, so it is probably feeling very out of place in a tank with African cichlids. The white ring around the mouth of the peacock sounds like...

Fish: Borleyis, cichlid research, 2 females
cichlid research, 2 females, chases: Hi David, The breeding part is entirely up to them so I think you should just give them time. You cannot MAKE them breed; you can only make it so that they might decide to breed. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Breeding Dalmation Molly, high protein foods, sailfin molly
high protein foods, sailfin molly, brine shrimp: They ll breed on their own, and they are very prolific with it. You can increase the number of babies by feeding high protein foods a couple times a week. Bloodworms and brine shrimp are a favourite, but you still need to feed a good quality pellet or flake...

Fish: Breeding In General, platies, water changes
platies, water changes, guppies: Hi Chris, You usually use a breeding net for guppies, and platies..mollies need lots of space to swim when having their babies. You didn t mention the fish you have. I am assuming they are guppies. You can use a breeding net for the fry for a little while,...

Fish: Breeding Sevrums, cichlid research, gobies
cichlid research, gobies, couple days: Hi Liberty, They might have eaten the eggs, but don t give up yet. After the eggs hatch, they become wrigglers . Wrigglers cannot swim and the parents will often hide them in a pit out of view. They might even move them from one pit to another. They...

Fish: Bristlenose catfish, cichlid research, white fungus
cichlid research, white fungus, first fish: Hi Harry, The problem with catfish illnesses is that catfish are extremely sensitive to medications, so you want to be very conservative when treating them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Very bad sickness, partial water changes, o malley
partial water changes, o malley, hospital tank: HI April, It really isn t possible to siphon too often. You can siphon too much at one time -- you should only take out a maximum of about 50% of the water at once, 25% is a better amount. But you can do that every day and it won t hurt the fish, in fact,...

Fish: beta, female, bubble nest
female, bubble nest, betta: Hello Luke, That would be impossible, as only male bettas make bubble nests, and females can t lay eggs without a male present to squeeze them out of her, which is how their mating process works. It s somewhat complicated and can be very traumatic for the...

Fish: my beta fish, beta fish, water changes
beta fish, water changes, betta: Hi Jane, You will have to medicate your betta. You did not mention the size of tank he is in. He has fungus, and needs to be medicated. There are lots of cures for fungus, but depending on the size of your tank, I cannot tell you which one to use. The...

Fish: betta, plecostomus catfish, cichlid research
plecostomus catfish, cichlid research, fish tank: Hi Max, I would not recommend putting any other fish in there. Fish really should be in an aquarium. A bowl just isn t large enough to keep them happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta breeding, breeding bettas, bubble nest
breeding bettas, bubble nest, two eggs: Hi Lynell, When Bettas are spawning, there should be no air bubble in the tank. Maybe this is what is confusing him. For eggs to hatch, they must be put into the nest that the betta made. I have never experienced a spawn with an air bubble for bettas....

Fish: betta not eating - ate floating fuzz?, epsom salts, partial water changes
epsom salts, partial water changes, slow demise: Hi Phebe, The reason I think your betta didn t swallow fuzz is that a betta would normally spit it out if he got this in his mouth. A betta stops eating when he is constipated, or sick. You could try the Epsom salts bath which is 1 tablespoon to one gallon...

Fish: betta fish, swim bladder disorder, bladder disease
swim bladder disorder, bladder disease, bloodworms: Hi Corrissa, It sounds like Swim Bladder. They can float around the top, or the bottom. Give him the pea treatment, and see if that helps him. Take a frozen pea, cook it until tender. Remove the outer layer, and cut it into tiny pieces. Try feeding...

Fish: betta fish, water conditioner, water change
water conditioner, water change, furan: Hi Corrissa, Did you see any waste in his tank? Make sure his tummy has gone down, and that the swelling is gone before feeding him any food, besides the pea. Try the pea again, and watch to see if he has wasted. You may have to treat him with Kanamycin,...

Fish: betta fish - ill, grey patches, preventative medication
grey patches, preventative medication, bettas: Hi Sue, Check your water to make sure you have no ammonia or nitrates in it. It could be anything from fungus, to bacterial to a virus. Treat your tank with Malafix, this is a natural medicine, and will prevent your other fish from getting this,...

Fish: betta fish leaning :(, bettas, tropical fish
bettas, tropical fish, half moon: Hi David, I m guessing that your bettas are in small bowls. Bettas should be kept in no less than 2 gallons of water, and 5 is best. They need a heater, as they are tropical fish, and need water temperature to be at least 76 to 80 degrees constantly. Adding...

Fish: Is my betta fish pragnant, good luck jack, blowing bubbles
good luck jack, blowing bubbles, betta fish: Hey there If your fish is blowing bubbles, it means you have a male Betta so he can t be pregnant and if he is blowing bubbles on the surface it means he is hapy so well done ;) He is also telling you he wants a mate but I wouldn t get him a mate, just...

Fish: My betta fish is really sick and I need help, side fins, bladder disease
side fins, bladder disease, aquarium salt: Hi Cori Ann, Your betta is in very bad shape. If he is eating, give him the pea treatment, and if he doesn t waste quickly you must buy him an antibiotic. Kanamycin is a very good antibiotic for swim bladder disease. If you cannot find it, then use Tetracycline...

Fish: betta food?, sbd, last tuesday
sbd, last tuesday, few minutes: Try coaxing him into eating a few freeze dried bloodworms. If he is swimming abnormally, he may have SBD, in which case he is not digesting properly. This can be solved by fasting and offering a very small amount of crushed, de shelled pea to your fish. Other...

Fish: betta male, fin and tail rot, maracyn 2
fin and tail rot, maracyn 2, grey patches: Hi Stephanie, I don t see the fish, so I really don t know. Fungus is cottony, and looks like fuzzy white, or grey patches on the body. Ich is like grains of salt seen on the body. Fin, and tail rot looks like the fins, and tails are ragged. If you see...

Fish: My betta wont eat., cichlid research, blood worms
cichlid research, blood worms, new tank: Hi Cassie, Getting him a larger tank was a good move. The temperature sounds perfect. It is very possible that he is just getting old. Unfortunately, bettas don t live very long. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: bettas jumping out of water, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, fishes: Hi Lilsasie, It is very possible for them to jump out of the tank so that is why it is very important that your fish tank have a cover on top of it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: black convicts, convict cichlids, orange flecks
convict cichlids, orange flecks, cichlid research: Hi Fern, In convict cichlids and other similar fish, the eggs are fertilized only after they are laid. Female convicts have orange flecks on their bellies which males typically do not have. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: black mollies, black mollies, question pool
black mollies, question pool, circumstance: Hi Chris, I pulled your question out of the question pool. Mollies do not bury themselves under any normal circumstance. Your fish, if she s doing this, is probably ill and may die. May fish will hide in caves or under a plant as they die. Good luck...

Fish: black spot, black sopt, cichlid research
black sopt, cichlid research, chiclid: Hi Katrina, You can t get rid of the black spots, at least not without killing your fish. Just let them run their course and they will go away on their own. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: bloated oscar!, feeder fish, blood worm
feeder fish, blood worm, tiger oscar: Hi Corey, Try giving your Oscar the pea treatment before quarantining it. Epson baths are the last resort. This is not a catching disease. Try the Pea treatment, and it should work. If not then you could put him in an Epson bath for 15-20 minutes by adding...

Fish: bubbles on surface, water bubbles, poor fish
water bubbles, poor fish, size tank: Bubbles are bubbles. It is water bubbles happen and there is nothing wrong with it. However, that is probably the only thing that isn t wrong with your tank. A 1 gallon is not big enough to keep any fish. The company s sell them to make a profit off...

Fish: Cheeky fish, mery christmas, happy fish
mery christmas, happy fish, pet shops: Hi Danielle, What I mean is that you really love your fish, and treat them well. Some people don t care that much about them. As I read your concern for your other fish, I knew that you really cared. Having worked in Pet Shops I have met lots of people,...

Fish: My Cichlid, cichlid research, cichlids
cichlid research, cichlids, sexes: Hi Carol, Female cichlids will occasionally lay eggs even if there is no male around. The eggs will not be fertile because they were not fertilized and so eventually they will turn white and die. This typically takes about 3 days or so during which Sheila...

Fish: Cichlids, cichlid research, fishs
cichlid research, fishs, fishes: Hi Max, The tail might grow back. If only the frilly fin part was bitten off, then that part often can grow back. If the wound was deeper into the meaty part of the tail, that part will not grow back. Most likely the big fish will not get used...

Fish: Cichlids and what rocks to get?, angel fish, aggressive fish
angel fish, aggressive fish, bearer of bad news: Hi Elizabeth, Not all cichlids are compatible with each other. Your Angel Fish must go as it has no defense against the other fish in your aquarium. Angel fish need acidic water as the others you have need alkaline water. Your Angel Fish will be stressed,...

Fish: Congo Tetra won't eat - Popeye, emperor tetra, congo tetra
emperor tetra, congo tetra, cichlid research: Hi Adrienne, I am very sorry for the delay in responding.. I am actually in Costa Rica right now doing field work so email is a little sporadic. In general, I strongly encourage you to separate a fish that has popeye. Popeye is a symptom that can...

Fish: Constipation, velvet, fin rot, aquarium salt, getting gold
aquarium salt, getting gold, silk plant: Hi Stephanie, I agree with you, the betta is one of the most mistreated fish on the market. It is wrong to say that a betta is happy in small containers. The betta in his habitat has lots of room to swim. This is very sad, and cruel to put them in these...

Fish: Coy or Koi, cichlid research, municipal water supply
cichlid research, municipal water supply, mosquito larvae: Hi Sheree, I would add the chemical to the water as soon as possible. In the future, it would be best to pour it into the water stream as the water is entering the pond from the hose -- this will mix it up well. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Crown beta, stress coat, little fish
stress coat, little fish, water conditioner: Hello Chuck, Bettas really need 2 gallons of water to be happy, and five is best. Their water temperature should be 78-80 degrees, they really should have a heater. Water changes every week are important using a good water conditioner such as Stress Coat...

Fish: my cardinal tetra, cichlid research, cardinal tetra
cichlid research, cardinal tetra, long periods of time: Hi Simon, Unfortunately, there is no little you can do for it, other than possibly separating it from the rest of the fish. Are other fish attacking your cardinal? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: chiclid fish, cichlid research, fish fish
cichlid research, fish fish, air in the water: Hi Erica, Does the fish bowl have an airstone or filter in it? If not, then it really isn t an appropriate place to keep a fish. Fish need air in the water to breathe. They also need a certain amount of heat. That is why most people keep fish in an...

Fish: cichlid water (brackish?), african cichilds, aquarium salt
african cichilds, aquarium salt, chiclids: Hi Steve, It would be important to know which kind of chiclids you have in your tank. Some cichlids will not do well in a PH of 8. African cichilds are the only ones that do well in a PH of 8, and some of them do better in 7.5. I would like you to write...

Fish: cichlids, pots rocks, aggressive fish
pots rocks, aggressive fish, clay pots: This is a wise decision. I just want to add, with cichlids, the bigger the aquarium, the better. If you are thinking of having another aquarium get the biggest one you can afford. You will find the cichlids a very interesting family, and you will fall in...

Fish: cichlids fungus ?, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, african cichlids: Hi Adam, Oftena dark color around the mouth indicates bruising because the fish has been fighting. This is pretty normal for African cichlids and isn t a cause of immediate concern, i.e., I would not treat it. However, I would keep a close eye on what...

Fish: clamped fins,, two females, living quarters
two females, living quarters, bettas: Hi Melissa, I wish they would pass a law stopping people from lying, and selling these poor fish, and giving such bad advice. A happy betta must have a least 2 gallons on water, and 25% to 50% of it should be changed every week. I don t know who told you...

Fish: cockatoo cichlid illness, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, intestinal infection: Hi Seren, Grey should be okay. White is a problem. Sometimes it is very difficult to see that one fish is attacking another because they often behave quite differently when people are around. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: cross breeding, male guppies, fancy guppies
male guppies, fancy guppies, aquarium salt: Hello, Mollies, Guppies, and Platys will not cross breed. The rule for breeding fish is one male to three females when it comes to these fish. Most of the time the females are pregnant. You should have another tank set up to keep the fry. You must feed...

Fish: Dirty and smelly fish tank, fancy guppies, setting up an aquarium
fancy guppies, setting up an aquarium, good bacteria: Hi Jennifer, Your water could be different. Check for ammonia, nitrates, and the PH. You can get these small tests at the Pet Store for a small sum. They should be number one in your fish cabinet. Maybe it is the location, are they getting too much...

Fish: Disease? I have a sick Oscar. . ., o malley, hospital tank
o malley, hospital tank, sucker fish: Hi April, Ich is white spots that look like salt. Ich is always present in water, and will attack a sick or stressed fish. Healthy fish are seldom bothered by it. It is a parasite. It can be caused by high nitrate, fluctuating temperature, low oxygen...

Fish: diamond tetra agression, cichlid research, diamond tetras
cichlid research, diamond tetras, community tank: Hi Don, I suspect that when you get them into the 90 gallon tank, things will calm down a little. I can t guarantee it, but more space helps a lot. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: I don't think I'm wrong, 30 gallon tank, green algae
30 gallon tank, green algae, biological balance: Hi Justin; Your fish are okay for now but they will soon be overcrowded as they grow. Goldfish need at least ten gallons per fish because they grow to be over 8 inches long and are very messy guys. The tank is still probably breaking in too and that may...

Fish: ELECTRIC BLUE CICHLID, electric blue cichlid, cichlid research
electric blue cichlid, cichlid research, male fish: HI Kenneth, The white spots on the bottom fin (the anal fin) are called egg spots and generally indicate that the owner of those spots is a male fish. They have teeth on the front of the mouth but these are mostly used for grabbing small invertebrates...

Fish: Exploded stomach??? Cancer???? Help me ???, blood worms, bladder disease
blood worms, bladder disease, stomach cancer: Hello, Do you mean there is a hole in is stomach? I don t quite understand your question, although I see that he has a swollen tummy on the picture. He could be suffering from constipation, which leads to Swim Bladder disease. Feeding your betta only...

Fish: emperor tetra, emperor tetra, cichlid research
emperor tetra, cichlid research, swim bladder: Hi S., It could be a swim bladder problem. The swim bladder is the organ that many fish have that allow them to maintain buoyancy. If something goes wrong with the swim bladder, then a fish will either swim in a funny way, float or sink. Swim bladder...

Fish: does my one-eyed fish need any special care, cloudy eye, eyed fish
cloudy eye, eyed fish, red glass: Hi Seth, You must find out the reason why he lost his eye. Is there another fish that is harassing him? Did it start with a disease such has popeye or cloudy eye? If none of these apply, and your fish looks otherwise healthy, all you can do is keep your...

Fish: My Fantail, bladder disease, sea shells
bladder disease, sea shells, new tank: Hi Kelly, Putting PH UP in your tank is not the right way to go to bring up your PH. It isn t good as you have to play around with this all the time making your PH fluctuate, therefore stressing your fish. The best way to a higher PH is to buy a little...

Fish: Fantail Fish, 30 gallon tank, fantail goldfish
30 gallon tank, fantail goldfish, fancy goldfish: Hi Lavo, I pulled your question out of the question pool. You should never mix fancy goldfish with more aggressive, larger goldfish such as a comet or a shubunkin. A ryukin and a fantail are both fancy and can go together. That being said comets...

Fish: Feeding Cichlids, 100 gallon tank, algae eaters
100 gallon tank, algae eaters, gold blood: You can t feed them anything with that water change scedule. You should be changing 50% of the water once a week, or even 30% twice. Once you fix that you can worry about feeding. You should use a mix of Hikari CIchlid bio-gold, blood worms, beef heart,...

Fish: Female Bettas fighting, female bettas, male betta
female bettas, male betta, 2 females: Hi Amber; There will always be exceptions to every rule in keeping pets. Each animal is an individual with it s own personality and aggression level. Some female bettas are quite aggressive and some are exceptionally mild. Some males are exceptionally mild...

Fish: Flower Horn, flower horn, coppersafe
flower horn, coppersafe, hospital tank: Hi Sachin, It sounds like Black Spot disease. Coppersafe, is usually good for this disease. It is a parasite. Go to your Pet Store, they should have medication for this disease. It must be treated. Read the directions carefully, and follow the instructions....

Fish: Follow up Q on Gourami, blue gourami, chris robbins
blue gourami, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Michelle; Both the dwarf fire and dwarf neon blue are Colisa lalia so they will breed together. They are the same fish that have been selectively bred for certain colors. Dwarf gouramis are bred in a similar fashion to bettas. Condition the female...

Fish: male betta chace female betta, chases, brushes
Fish: male betta chace female betta, chases, brushes, eggs

Fish: My Oscar is acting very strange, need help.
Fish: My Oscar is acting very strange, need help.

Fish: playing dead, oscars
Fish: playing dead, oscars

Fish: is my fantail goldy dying, goldfish, care
goldfish, care, sick: Hi Shannen How much and how often do you feed them, do you soak the flakes beforehand, do you have a filter in the tank (for two goldfish, you need good filtration - I recommend and under gravel filter combined with a bio-wheel), and how often are you changing...

Fish: fighting fish with white fin, aquarium salt, coppersafe
aquarium salt, coppersafe, fighting fish: Hi Tracy, Your betta seems to have fungus. Do a 50% water change, and treat him with Maracyn2, or Coppersafe. Never overdose, always use the right dosage for your betta. If you must raise the temperature of his water, do this very slowly. One degree each...

Fish: fish, cichlid research, bettas
cichlid research, bettas, fishes: Hi Leena, Sorry but I don t really understand your question. I can t think of any fish that will die if it is just in the water too long. There are some fish which require air to breathe. For example, bettas need to breathe air at the surface to stay...

Fish: fish tails, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, bony elements: Hi Jolene, You are correct that the most likely explanation for tail loss is by the actions of another fish, i.e., another fish bit the tail. Tail fins can grow back if the damage is not too severe. If the damage is limited to the frilly part,...

Fish: about fish tank, angel fish, acidic water
angel fish, acidic water, black shark: Hi Suraj, Goldfish, Angel fish and Black shark are not fish that you can put together in a tank. The reason is that goldfish like cool water alkaline water, Angel Fish live in warmer acidic water, and the black shark is an aggressive fish. Keeping these...

Fish: fish tank cleaner fish, fish tank, green algae
fish tank, green algae, pleco: Hi Suraj, A plecostomus (Pleco) will eat the algae in a tank, but you still have to feed it. It is a fish, and needs pellets to survive. Many people don t know this, and think that the Pleco can survive on algae, and waste, but this is false, and many poor...

Fish: fish upside down, black mollies, nitrates
black mollies, nitrates, ammonia: Hello Laura, They are certainly not sleeping!! Have you checked your water. It must be free of ammonia, nitrates, and the PH should be around 8 for mollies as they do not do well in acidic water. How long as your tank been running? Did you add a good...

Fish: fish had whole tail bitten off, good bacteria, alkaline water
good bacteria, alkaline water, neutral water: Hello, This has to do with your water quality. Check your water, and if it has ammonia in it, make water changes until there is none. It seems it could be Cloudy eye, and that is caused by poor water quality. If your water has no ammonia, and your PH is...

Fish: freshwater tank, cardinal tetras, cichlid research
cardinal tetras, cichlid research, rainbow fish: Hi Ryan, In general, I think that sounds like a good mix, assuming you have a tank of 20 gallons or more. For the tetras, I wouldn t put in a very delicate species like neon or cardinal tetras (I suspect the angels or gourami would be too rough on such...

Fish: freshwater tank, flame dwarf gourami, dwarf gouramis
flame dwarf gourami, dwarf gouramis, blue gourami: The Kissing Gourami grows to 12 and needs a big tank. The gouramis do not have to be kept in pairs, as long as there are other gouramis in the tank. Most are very timid. As for the invertebrate, I am really not for putting them in a community tank. The...

Fish: frontosa eye problem, cichlid research, foul water
cichlid research, foul water, eye problem: Hi Sharon, Eye problems are most often caused by either foul water (which I assume is not the case) or by attacks from other fish. Has the dominant fish been physically attacking him? If so, isolation might be the best chance for recovery. -- Ron...

Fish: Goldfish, stupid fish, bladder disease
stupid fish, bladder disease, airator: Hi Danielle, You could give your fish frozen cooked peas, they would love them. Cook the peas well, and remove the outer layer, cut it into pieces, and give it to Dasher, Comet, and Rudolph. Peas are very good for Goldfish, and they should have some once...

Fish: Goldfish, sick fish, dorsal area
sick fish, dorsal area, question pool: Hi Shamita, I pulled your question out of the question pool. Goldfish, when properly cared for, live 20 years. 95% of diseases are environmentally related, meaning the tank is too small or overpopulated or their isn t enough routine maintenance. This...

Fish: Gourami & Tiger Barbs, tiger barbs, clown loaches
tiger barbs, clown loaches, cichlid research: Hi Diane, I am personally not a big fan of barbs and I suspect that tiger barbs might attack your gouramis. But you never know for sure until you try it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Gourami wont eat, bladder disease, red worms
bladder disease, red worms, blue gourami: Swim Bladder is not a catching disease, and it is better not to treat fish who are not sick. Medication is the last step to take when treating fish. Right now we have no choice but to try and cure your pet Gourami. Since you know that your water quality...

Fish: Green Terrors fry growth, cichlid research, failer
cichlid research, failer, ballpark figure: Hi Amanda, Growth rate in fish is not a fixed rate, it depends on many variables. The most important variables in order are: water temperature (warmer water=faster growth; frequency of water changes (the more you change the water, the faster they grow);...

Fish: goldfish, fish expert, bladder infection
fish expert, bladder infection, size tank: Hi Rachel, Sure, give the peas a try. Just watch for signs of illness in the fish with the bigger stomach. High nitrates can also cause bloating so just test the tank. It could just be that you have a male and female. My female oranda is short and...

Fish: goldfish are getting a bit cheeky, different kinds of fish, kinds of fish
different kinds of fish, kinds of fish, fish department: Hi Danielle, You could start by leaving a note on the bulletin board asking if anyone was interested in knowing how to keep goldfish healthy and happy...they could leave their names at the bottom. You could also ask a teacher what you could do. Many people...

Fish: goldfish and colourful pet fish, cichlid research, 7 fishes
cichlid research, 7 fishes, colorful fishes: Hi Abena, Like all fishes, goldfish can be territorial. If there is only so much space in the tank, and the goldfish think that they need it all, then the other fish were killed to get rid of them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: guppies, cichlid research, yellowish color
cichlid research, yellowish color, sonette: Hi Sonette, Hmm.. that is puzzling. Are you very sure that they don t have the babies and eat them right away (guppies will sometimes do that)? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com. ...

Fish: guppy birth, fry food, main tank
fry food, main tank, tank water: Hi, You cannot leave the babies alone for that length of time. Fry must be fed 4 times a day, and water changes are a must. Maybe if you asked a neighbour to come in and feed them. You could ask your Pet Shop owner if he would take them for a week or so,...

Fish: guppy breeding, tank divider, guppy breeding
tank divider, guppy breeding, good luck jack: She is probably settling in, give her time and they will both realise each other :) As she is smaller, it could very well be a male and thats why the current male isn t going anywhere near her/him. You will have lots of guppies! Good Luck Jac...

Fish: guppy and sword tail, water quality problems, sword tail
water quality problems, sword tail, male guppies: Hi Rhonda, I pulled your question out of the question pool. All male livebearers will fight. They live best in a 1 male to 2 female ratio. Also, make sure your tank size is large enough for them to feel as if they have their own space. Most swordtails...

Fish: Help with Jack Dempsey Cichlid, jack dempsey fish, cichlid research
jack dempsey fish, cichlid research, natural chemistry: Hi Kirstin, A coating on the eye indicates either attacks by another fish or that there is a problem with the water. When you say you cleaned out the tank , I trust that you don t mean that you completely cleaned it out? In general, you should...

Fish: Indigo the Betta with Swim Bladder, epsom salts, epson salts
epsom salts, epson salts, epsom salt: Hello Shirley, I feel so bad for you as I know how attached we are to our bettas. Swim Bladder, is the worse one for Bettas from what I can see. Many people do not know how to care for Bettas, and this is not your fault, as some store owners don t care,...

Fish: identify my freshwater fish, tinfoil barb, schooling fish
tinfoil barb, schooling fish, fish store: Hi Melanie; I doubt you will find another Google . He is very cute but he is actually a tinfoil barb that is a bit physically challenged . He was probably born that way and wasn t culled out with others, or it wasn t obvious as a youngster and he was...

Fish: in4m, baby mollies, bladder disease
baby mollies, bladder disease, fighting fish: Yes you can, and sometimes you can find them at the dollar store. Add them slowly to your tank. Make sure you don t bring the water up to alkaline too fast. I don t know the size of your tank, so I cannot tell you how many to put in...do it slowly. Lynd...

Fish: in4mation, betta, balloon bellied mollies
betta, balloon bellied mollies, mollies: Hello, They should not be kept in a breeding net. This causes more harm than what it helps, and may stress your fish to the point of fatalities. Buy a cheap ten gallon tank (only about 11 dollars without the lid) and keep your new babies in room temperature...

Fish: Jack Dempsy, cichlid research, potassium iodide
cichlid research, potassium iodide, thyroid disorder: Hi Dennis, If his mouth has been like that for awhile, then realigning the bones is not an option. I have never heard of the thyroid disorder, but that doesn t mean that it couldn t be possible. It is almost always better to treat just the...

Fish: Jack Dempsy, cichlid research, hole in the head disease
cichlid research, hole in the head disease, hole in the head: Hi Dennis, Oscars are particularly susceptible to hole in the head. The best thing to do for oscars is to make sure that they always have lots of very clean water. The way to do that is to do a 25% water change, once a week, EVERY week. This seems to...

Fish: jellybean parrot fish, jellybean parrot fish, weird one
jellybean parrot fish, weird one, jellybeans: Jellybeans are dyed fish. They are colored, dipped in chemicals. Its a little stunt to get small children (can people who don t do any research and no nothing about fish). Dying fish is very unmoral, mainly because the fish die very quickly. ...

Fish: Kissing Fish, cichlid research, fish fins
cichlid research, fish fins, kissing gourami: Hi Lori, I think the problems with the kissing gourami are unrelated to the new fish. It is more likely that the injured fish was attacked by the other kissing gourami. We call them kissing gouramis, but they aren t kissing, they are actually fighting...

Fish: kribensis breeding pair, baby brine shrimp, aggressive fish
baby brine shrimp, aggressive fish, clay pots: Hi Sean, Krebensis are one of the easiest cichlids to breed. The female is the exception to the rule, and is more colourful than the male, and smaller. They are aggressive fish, even towards each other at times. They are in a new environment, and this...

Fish: What is likely hood of survival ?, african cichlids, place amoung
african cichlids, place amoung, cichlid research: Hi Deb, Once a fish starts loosing its sense of balance and then starts swimming upside down, the odds are close to 100% that it will die. You should definitely take the fish back to the pet store and tell them NEVER to put two fish like that in the...

Fish: lump on my fish, cold water fish, warm water fish
cold water fish, warm water fish, fish type: Hi Louise, It is hard to say. It could be an infection, but it also could be a bite mark from another fish. Isolating him to give him a chance to heal would be the best move. By the way, guppies are warm water fish and they won t adapt to cold...

Fish: MY MALE BETA IS SWIMMING FUNNY, sick betta, betta
sick betta, betta, laying: Hi Chris What size tank is he in, how much and how often do you feed him, and what kind of food, and how often are you changing out his water? Lastly, what temperature do you keep her tank at, and do you ever test her water quality? This information is important...

Fish: Mollies, ill, dwarf frogs, fish fish
dwarf frogs, fish fish, stress coat: Hi Damian, Check you water for ammonia, and nitrates. This could be the cause. Ammonia is the number one killer of fish. Fish need clean water, so water changes must be made without fail every week with a good water conditioner such as Stress Coat or Aqua...

Fish: Moving Cichlids 2, cichlid research, plastic plants
cichlid research, plastic plants, bubbler: Hi Renae, It depends a lot on how large the fish are. If they are less than about 4 inches, you can probably put 5 in a bucket. If you want to take the whole bunch in one box, consider getting a cooler. If you get a styrofoam one, get a large fish bag...

Fish: male betta, bladder disease, poor diet
bladder disease, poor diet, outer skin: Debra, You can find it at the Pet Store. They should have Tetracycline or Furan 2. I live in Quebec, Canada, and we need a prescription from the vet to get antibiotics for our fish, but in the States you can find it I presume. Sometimes a pet store will...

Fish: male betta chace female betta, male betta, good luck
male betta, good luck, pool: Hi Lilsasie, I pulled your question from the pool. You should never put a male and female betta together unless you are breeding them and you should be well versed in the art of breeding before attempting it. If you put them together too long he will...

Fish: male guppy spine, fish tuberculosis, internal parasites
fish tuberculosis, internal parasites, water parameters: Hi Amy, I pulled your question out of the question pool. Bent spines are classic symptoms of one of two diseases, neither one very effectively cured. It sounds like either internal parasites or fish TB. For the internal parasites you could try and...

Fish: Is my molly pregnant?, aquarium salt, silk plants
aquarium salt, silk plants, mollies: Hi Kasper, Unfortunately your picture would not open. I tried search, but it did not give me your picture. Mollies get plump when pregnant, and have live fry. They do not eat their young as they are vegetarians. You should have lots of silk plants in your...

Fish: New Aquarium!!, cichlid research, setting up an aquarium
cichlid research, setting up an aquarium, size rocks: Hi Isa, I am glad you asked first. All those fish are interesting, but I would not put any other fish in with a large spotted puffer. Puffers are really cool but they are also crafty and efficient predators and will pretty much eat anything else in the...

Fish: Oscar, pet smart, h20
pet smart, h20, pout: hi Denise. Oscars like laying on the bottom of the tank. Thats how they catch there food in the wild, they wait for there prey sitting on the bottom. Also, Oscars are moody, and sometimes they will pout by laying on the bottom. Its normal. Your Oscar may...

Fish: My Oscar is acting very strange, need help., ammonia nitrate, cichlid research
ammonia nitrate, cichlid research, pearl gourami: Hi Jesse, Some oscars do naturally lie on the bottom. It isn t that they are lazy; it is partly how they hunt other fish. They pretend to be dead and then spring up and eat little fish that come by. Of course, a sick oscar will also do the same thing....

Fish: Oscar fish aggression, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, parakeet: Hi Ruth, Hmm... oscars can eat a lot of things and if the parakeet actually went into the water, I wouldn t put it past the oscar to eat it. BUT, I strongly suspect that there would be feathers all over the tank if that happened. Were there any feathers...

Fish: My Oscar Turned Psycho!!, cichlid research, best buds
cichlid research, best buds, divider: Hi Becky, There is nothing wrong . He is just maturing. Young oscars are best buds. Adult oscars are not. Your oscar is starting to think about mating. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscars in a 28 gallon tank, cichlid research, texas cichlid
cichlid research, texas cichlid, gallon tank: Hi Ryan, You might be able to do it, but I do not recommend it. An adult oscar grows to between 12 and 16 inches and should be in at least a 55 gallon tank. In either case, a filter alone is not going to do it. You need to be changing 25% of the water...

Fish: Oscars in a 28 gallon tank, jewel cichlid, blue acara
jewel cichlid, blue acara, hardy fish: Hi Ryan, That is a nice assortment of fish. I would put in another Ram. They are so cute, and fun to watch. Rainbow fish are a schooling fish, they have to be at least 4 in a tank. The Rainbows all reach 6 inches or more, and need a higher PH than the...

Fish: My oscar, 30 gallon tank, maracyn 2
30 gallon tank, maracyn 2, feeder fish: Hello Nate, Your Oscar has fungus, and this may be cured by Maracyn, or Maracyn 2...Your Pet Shop should have different medication for you to choose from. Before treating your fish, do a 50% water change using a good water conditioner. Fungus usually comes...

Fish: oscar behavior, cichlid research, courtship
cichlid research, courtship, pet store: Hi Heidi, It could be signs of courtship but more likely (at that size) they are just sorting out who is boss. Keep an eye on things in case the smaller one gets too bullied. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: oscars, cichlid research, 2 females
cichlid research, 2 females, cichlids: Hi Judi, I wouldn t give up on them yet. With oscars and other large cichlids, it often takes a number of tries before they get the whole business coordinated correctly. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: oscars, oscar feeder fish, cichlid research
oscar feeder fish, cichlid research, tankmate: Hi Robert, In general, an oscar will eat any tankmate you put with it, so I wouldn t put any tankmates with an oscar. You definitely do NOT need to feed an oscar with feeder fish. In fact I strongly recommend that you do NOT feed your oscar with...

Fish: oscars, green terror cichlid, tank divider
green terror cichlid, tank divider, agressive fish: Seems like they are cramped to me. Even with that big a tank, you still have too many fish in such a small space. The 2 oscars is the max for that tank, and the pleco is pushing the limit. It could also be that there are not enough hiding places...

Fish: Pleco with african cichlids?, types of plecos, tank mates
types of plecos, tank mates, bottom fish: Hi Christopher, Seeing has your fish attacked the pleco, I wouldn t add any other bottom fish. Pleco s may eat a little algae, but they also need to be fed pellets specially made for them. Most Plecos get very big, and if you want my opinion, I wouldn t...

Fish: Plecostomous, cichlid research, zucchini squash
cichlid research, zucchini squash, colored gold: Hi Tammy, That is a tough one to answer. Some pleocostomus naturally get a colored (gold or white) edging to their fins as they mature, so there might be nothing wrong. If the edge looks at all frayed, then I would worry more. Have you tried...

Fish: Pregnant Bleeding Heart, brine shrimp, flake food
brine shrimp, flake food, baby shrimp: Hi Beth, The Bleeding Heart is of the Characidae family. It needs at least a 20 gallon tank with many live or plastic plants and floating plants. The tank should have low lighting. She isn t eating because she is in a small tank. She needs lots of room...

Fish: Pregnant Jack Dempsey?, jack dempseys, cichlid research
jack dempseys, cichlid research, egg layers: Hi Jenn, Unfortunately Jack Dempseys are egg layers and do not get pregnant as such. (Only animals that give birth to live young get pregnant). She might be full of eggs but more likely it sounds like she is having intestinal problems and you are seeing...

Fish: parrotfish, aquarium fish food, blood red parrot fish
aquarium fish food, blood red parrot fish, red parrot fish: Hi Loyda, That s actually a tricky question. There are several fish called parrotfish. Does she mean the parrotfish found on coral reefs? If so, then the answer is that they crush coral and eat the little organisms inside. In fact, much of the sand...

Fish: patches of colorless scales, egg yolk, charcoal filter
egg yolk, charcoal filter, stress coat: Hi Sylvia; I m so sorry it took so long to answer your question. My computer crashed. It s up and running again, so here we go... It sounds like the temperature got so low that they just couldn t do much. Hopefully they are doing better now. It s also...

Fish: platy and 2 guppies, are they pregnant?, red dots, chris robbins
red dots, chris robbins, pregnant female: Hi Jake; Since you have males in there you will probably have babies in few weeks. It can be really hard to tell for sure when they are due though. Usually the pregnant female will hide more when she is 4 days or so from delivery. The gravid spot near...

Fish: platy fry and water changes, water change, platy fry
water change, platy fry, water changes: Hi Candy, Platies need a tank with a filter. They need an air stone. They do not breathe like the betta does. They need oxygen in the water in order to survive. They cannot live in a bowl. 40 fish in a bowl, will die. They should be in a big tank, at...

Fish: playing dead, cichlid research, walmart
cichlid research, walmart, petco: Hi Tillena, playing dead is a normal thing for an oscar. The temp should be between 75 and 80. It often takes oscars quite a while, sometimes many weeks, to get used to a new home, so please be patient. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: please help, nitrate levels, fish store
nitrate levels, fish store, chris robbins: Hi Jeremy; It would be helpful to know more about your tank. How often do you make water changes and how much water is changed every time? Also, what type and model of filter, feeding schedule, type of food, water temperature, etc. Start first by making...

Fish: pregnant fish, zebra danio, cichlid research
zebra danio, cichlid research, external fertilization: Hi Nikolas, Zebra danios cannot get pregnant. They are egg layers. Only fish which give birth to live young can get pregnant. Egg layers like zebra danios have external fertilization. If you want to breed a zebra danio, you have to have a male and a...

Fish: Redblood Parrot Fish, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, fish question: Hi Tee, In the wild, such a fish would not last long because a bird or other predator would easily catch him. In an aquarium, such a fish can actually live quite well if it is a mechanical problem with the swim bladder. So, I would let him live his life...

Fish: Rescuing Betta Fish, bettas for sale, gorgeous copper
bettas for sale, gorgeous copper, fin tips: Hi Caitlin, How sweet you are, and kind of you to want to care for Bettas. Bless your heart. I understand you very well, unfortunately, most shops pay very little for bettas, and have them shipped in by the hundreds. We don t see the half of it. They...

Fish: re. feeding problems (Betta and Corydoras), female betta fish, cory cats
female betta fish, cory cats, panda corydoras: Hello Ken, I appreciate the detail in your question. I will start off by saying that the only filter I know of where you don t have to replace anything quite so often is the biowheel. It is an excellent filter, and the biowheel itself aerates the water, as...

Fish: red bellied pacu, gallon fish tank, red bellied pacu
gallon fish tank, red bellied pacu, lumps and bumps: Hi Brandon; There are many possibilities; tumor, abcsess, parasite, infection, injury causing swelling, etc. There really isn t anything you can do but wait though and see what happens. Medicating a fish that large, even when you know what s wrong and there...

Fish: red oscar, shovel nose catfish, feeder fish
shovel nose catfish, feeder fish, fish feeder: Hi Jeff, It isn t good to feed feeder fish to your fish. Feeder fish have no vitamin value, and are often full of disease. The fish that eat them are not healthy fish. An Oscar needs a varied diet. Try feeding him pellets, and crickets. Your Pet Store...

Fish: reply, cichlid research, aquarium
cichlid research, aquarium, balloon: Hi Wajid, They will become big after a few months. You would be best to move the babies into an aquarium of their own. If you put them in with the parents, there is a chance that the parents will eat some of them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Sexing Flame Gourami?, neon blue, little fish
neon blue, little fish, bettas: Hi Mishelle, You definitely have two males. Females do not blow nests. It is quite difficult to sex these cute little fish. The only sure way is to see them together when spawning. The male is then more colourful. The pointy fins, and round fins does...

Fish: Shubunkin constantly hiding, thanks gi, plastic plants
thanks gi, plastic plants, mottling: Hi Gina, As you know I am not an expert on Goldfish, but will try to help you as much as I can. When fish eat, they should be normal. Sick fish do not eat. Could it be that your goldfish is growing? Silly question I know, but Shubunkins have beautiful...

Fish: SICK, cichlid research, mouthful
cichlid research, mouthful, eggs: Hi Jim, Is your fish a mouthbrooding cichlid? If so, it is likely a she, and she has a mouthful of eggs. She will not eat as long as she has the eggs in her mouth (which could be 3 weeks)! -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Sick Betta, beta bites, finrot
beta bites, finrot, fish waste: Hi Jen; Finrot is a water quality related disease but it probably started from when he was on the bottom so much for awhile. Irritation from fish waste in the gravel causes inflammation and the fins can easily get infected. Change his water more often,...

Fish: Sick Betta, fish bloat, skin fish
fish bloat, skin fish, mouth rot: Hi Tonya, Swim Bladder is usually caused by constipation. Betta s often get Swim Bladder, and it is better to prevent it. Diet is very important, and should be varied...such as Pellets, Betta Flake, and dry daphnia. They should be fed three times a day,...

Fish: Sick Betta Fish, betta fish, water temp
betta fish, water temp, tank: Hi Chip, If you heated up his water too fast, this is bad for fish. If this is the case, there is not much you can do, but hope he will get better as time goes on. When heating up a tank, this should be done very slowly, 1 degree each day. I don t know...

Fish: Sick Bettas, aquarium salt, aquarisol
aquarium salt, aquarisol, bladder disease: Hi Sharon, I m so sorry you lost your betta. I know that feeling only too well. We get so attached to them. That was a terrible shock to them, but happily the others did pull through. I guess that like people, some are stronger than others. The betta...

Fish: Sick betta, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, exact dosage: Hi Lauren, Your betta is showing signs of Swim Bladder Disease. Swim Bladder is caused by constipation which is due to poor diet most of the time. Cook a frozen pea until it is well cooked, and tender. Remove the first layer, and cut it into tiny pieces....

Fish: Sick betta?, baby jack jack, bladder disease
baby jack jack, bladder disease, poor diet: Hi Maxime, Make sure his water is clean.. You could try this...but I do not guarantee it, and take no responsibility if things do not turn out right. Prepare one gallon of water, the same temperature as the water he is in, and add a conditioner to it to...

Fish: Spirogyra, cichlid research, java moss
cichlid research, java moss, tropical tank: Hi Kevin, I think if you want to keep fish you have to get used to the sight of algae. Algae is a normal part of every aquatic system and in the wild, it is everywhere. For my tanks, I clean it off the front glass but typically leave it most everywhere...

Fish: Sucker Fish, cichlid research, algae wafers
cichlid research, algae wafers, sucker fish: Hi Cameron, Are you putting in food for the plecostomus (sucker fish)? They need food too, otherwise they will eat whatever they can get, including your angelfish. Put in sinking algae wafers (one or two a day) and the plecostomus will likely stop...

Fish: Sucker Fish looking sad..., sucker fish, poor fish
sucker fish, poor fish, green algae: Your tank is very small, and you will need to do water changes more often than you would a bigger tank. You must keep the ammonia out of your water. This is very bad for all fish. It is the number one killer of fish. Your Pleco isn t getting enough to...

Fish: Suspicious Giant Danios, giant danios, swordtail fish
giant danios, swordtail fish, swim bladder: A little too small is an understatement. More like 6x too small. But anyways....your danios need to be in schools to prevent agression. You should have at east 5 or 6 danios at one time, but since you can t keep them in a tank that small there is no real...

Fish: sick Beta, bladder disease, gallon tank
bladder disease, gallon tank, kanamycin: Hi Mark, A betta that stops eating isn t a good sign. The symptoms you provide me with suggest that he would have Swim Bladder disease. Swim Bladder is caused by constipation most of the time, and diet. A betta should have three small meals a day. He...

Fish: my sick betta, cichlid research, petco
cichlid research, petco, change water: Hi Salony, Unfortunately, it is very possible that your betta is just getting old. They don t normally live very long and 2 years is actually quite a good long life for most bettas. The one thing to watch is water temperature. Do you have a heater...

Fish: sick betta - followup, fresh water aquarium, frequent water changes
fresh water aquarium, frequent water changes, maracyn 2: Hi Lynn; It s very possible they are tumors. Sometimes antibiotics seem to help because the tumors can develop bacterial infections on them. Just keep making frequent water changes to help keep his immune system as strong as possible. Water changes also...

Fish: sick betta, possibly under lots of stress, male betta, aquarium salt
male betta, aquarium salt, gallon tank: Hi Andrea; I retrieved your question from the question pool. I hope I m not too late. Change the water again but only use water conditioner. He doesn t need salt, fungus medication or any other chemicals. Just fresh conditioned water. He needs at least...

Fish: sick fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, sick fish: Hi Chip, I would give him time. Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week, to keep him happy and healthy. The temperature in his tank should be around 80oF. --...

Fish: silly billy goldfish, swim bladder, fish club
swim bladder, fish club, danielle white: Hi Danielle, White Spot disease is ich, and Quick Cure is good to get rid of it. How can they say it s your fault? You have done all you could do for them. Those dodgey pet shops will soon make a name for themselves, and they will lose customers. I m sure...

Fish: spots, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, swollen eye: Hi Purvi, Are there other fish in the tank that might be bothering this fish? A swollen eye is often the result of an attack by another fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: swordtail fish pregnancy, sword tail, silk plants
sword tail, silk plants, tank water: Hi Mario, The pregnancy is 4-5 weeks from mating. Most swordfish are already pregnant when we buy them. They get very chubby, and some of them develop a black spot on their belly. Make sure that she has a good diet. She shouldn t be stressed in any...

Fish: Three new goldfish., tank syndrome, orange fish
tank syndrome, orange fish, water chemistry: Hi Danielle, I m so happy for you dear, and the names you have chosen are really cute. You will be one of the best fish owners because you care for them. I wish more people were like you. Make sure your water chemistry is always perfect, and you will have...

Fish: I think my Beta fish is sick., bladder disorder, bladder disease
bladder disorder, bladder disease, beta fish: Hi Maggie, I went to the site that you sent me, and it says that your tank is 1/2 gallon. Most Betta bowls are 2 gallons as this is what the betta really needs to be happy, and 5 gallons is best. I think this is the main reason why the pet store manager...

Fish: I think my sons fish is dying, goldfish bowls, goldfish keepers
goldfish bowls, goldfish keepers, starter fish: Hi Meg, I pulled your question out of the question pool. I hope the fish is still alive at this point. Is the tank cycled? How large is the tank? The biggest mistake goldfish keepers make is not cycling the tank before they add the fish and trying...

Fish: tiger oscar, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, tiger oscar: Hi Eric, You should never feed your oscar with feeder goldfish. All too often, feeder goldfish carry various diseases, such as ich, which easily transfer to oscars and ulitmately kill the oscar. You should get some ich medicine and treat the tank immediately....

Fish: Urgent::About my Gold Fish, poor little fish, goldfish bowls
poor little fish, goldfish bowls, liters of water: Hi Dr. Ola; Your poor little fish are suffocating from lack of oxygen and from burning gills due to ammonia from their waste. Goldfish bowls are simply not large enough for goldfish and do not have adequate filtration. Goldfish need a regular tank with...

Fish: Weak cichlid, fish experts, upper fin
fish experts, upper fin, tank dimensions: Hi Divya; Since the water change helped and your fish became much better afterward, I suspect a water quality problem. Without knowing what size the tank is, what kind of filter system you have, how often you normally change water and how much, etc, I really...

Fish: Weird chemical type smell in fish tank, cloudy ammonia, good bacteria
cloudy ammonia, good bacteria, fish tank: Hi Deb, Have you changed all the water in the tank? If so your tank is now recycling, and it should be okay in a couple of days. If not, check your ammonia, and nitrates. If you have ammonia and nitrates in your water, this could cause it to be cloudy....

Fish: White spot on Angelfish fin, cichlid research, angelfish
cichlid research, angelfish, guppies: Hi Shefi, I think you mean ich not itch . If it is a single white spot, I would not treat it. The treatment will cause more damage than good. The spot could be many things, including a bruise. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: won't eat., cichlid research, christmas presant
cichlid research, christmas presant, fish section: Hi Savanna, A fish should really be in a fish tank, not a bowl or a candle holder. A fish tank needs a heater and a filter in it to keep the fish happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: I was wondering if you can help me?, biorb fish tank, cichlid research
biorb fish tank, cichlid research, clown face: Hi Lee, Any fish can be aggressive. So, it is very possible that the Oranda attacked the betta. Something to keep in mind is that goldfish such as orandas and fantails are actually cool water fish, while a betta is a tropical fish, so they really shouldn...

Fish: X-mas Betta For Toddler Sick - please help, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, broad spectrum: Hi Christine, I am sorry for the delay in responding; I am actually doing field work in Costa Rica right now and email is a little sporadic. I am leery of overmedicating fish. Sometimes the medications can be VERY hard on a fish. How is he doing...

Fish: what should i do?, dalmation mollies, fish keepers
dalmation mollies, fish keepers, fancy guppies: You can t really make money off livebearers. Well, first off, chances are 95% of the babies will be eaten. Any survivors will be mal nurished if not taken out of tank quick enough. Unless you can strike a contract with the lfs, you will be lucky...

Fish: 9 gallon tank, oscar cichlids, ammonia nitrate
oscar cichlids, ammonia nitrate, stage tank: Hi Alison, First, your retailer is giving you very bad advice. Second, I think when you say 70cm you mean 7cm because a 70cm fish is around 2 feet long. Oscars aren t compatible with pretty much anything but they are perfectly happy...

Fish: Abnormal betta, nitrates and nitrites, epsom salt
nitrates and nitrites, epsom salt, gallon heater: Hello James- I m very sorry to have to say this, but your betta may have a case of Dropsy. Hopefully it s something else, but you need to know that once a fish develops Dropsy, it s almost always fatal. I ll do everything I can to help you help him, and...

Fish: Abnormally Shy Oscar, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, baby shrimp: Hi Beau, Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? You need to be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week. Shyness is one of the indicators of deteriorating water quality. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: African Chiclids, african chiclids, cichlid research
african chiclids, cichlid research, cat fish: Hi Tyler, Putting in more fish will not reduce the fighting significantly. In fact, it could easily increase the fighting. The best way to reduce the fighting is to add more structure (rock, wood, plants, etc) to break up the space. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: African Cichlids mating & male and female, fish from lake tanganyika, cichlid research
fish from lake tanganyika, cichlid research, african cichlids: Hi Jeanette, A simple set of questions with a complex answer. The answer is: it all depends. It depends on exactly which species you have. There are for example around 1500 species of cichlids from East Africa and there is no consistent pattern for males...

Fish: Ahli, jack dempseys, ion exchange resin
jack dempseys, ion exchange resin, bio balls: Hello H, I agree that Ahli Cichlids are really pretty. I m not one hundred percent sure why yours might have died. You have really good filtration at any rate. Had you checked the ammonia/nitrates level recently before he died? If so, and they were either...

Fish: Algae taking over!!!!, algae eater, algae growth
algae eater, algae growth, surface dirt: Hi Melissa, Algae is a pain in the backside for every fishkeeper. The most common cause of algae build up in a tank is because of the fluorescent light that is used to light the tank during the day. Aquariums that are only decorated with artificial...

Fish: Ammonia, nitrates and nitrites, honey gourami
nitrates and nitrites, honey gourami, ammonia levels: Hello pat, The problem is actually very simple. Your tank has not yet cycled, and you are therefore overstocked at the moment. It takes 3 to 6 weeks for a tank to become fully established (cycled) and it only starts after you add some fish. So either there...

Fish: Ammonia Levels, partial water changes, ammonia level
partial water changes, ammonia level, ammonia levels: Hello Melisa, Any ammonia is toxic to fish, even in small amounts. So is nitrIte, that happens before nitrAte. Notice the spelling. First ammonia, then nitrite, and last nitrate. This takes about a month to accomplish. Now, we need to get your ammonia...

Fish: Ammonia levels/sick fish, dalmatian mollies, cichlid research
dalmatian mollies, cichlid research, ammonia levels: Hi Alison, High ammonia is definitely something to worry about. However, changing water (even 40%) should not cause the ammonia to increase. I suggest going with the Amquel for 3 days and doing 25% water changes every day as well. That should even out...

Fish: Angel Fish Eggs, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, community aquarium: Hi Mike, The amount of time it takes the eggs to hatch is entirely dependent on temperature (I actually do a lot of experiments in the lab on exactly this question). They hatch sooner in warmer water. At about 80oF, they should hatch in approximately...

Fish: Angel fish swollen, happy tank, angel fish
happy tank, angel fish, bloated stomach: Hey Michelle! Well is he acting kinda out of it? Eating well? Starring off into space? How are his eyes? Does one or both bulge out? Why I m asking is that there is a VERY serious disease going around with angels and discus. It s called SAD (Siamese...

Fish: Angelfish, cichlid family, two angels
cichlid family, two angels, internal organs: Hi Angela; Angels live to be 10 or more years old. They are aggressive guys in the cichlid family so maybe the two angels you have left are just the stronger and more aggressive of the group. A 27 hex is actually pretty small for more than just two angels...

Fish: Angelfish breeding... mold on fins, jungle fungus, tank divider
jungle fungus, tank divider, stabilizer fins: Hi Benihanna; It sounds like there was some injury or irritation to the fins and it then became open to infection by saprolegnia. It is indeed a fungus. If it s been floating around in the tank there is or was some area somewhere that became infected with...

Fish: african chiclid tank with bugs, african cichlid tank, african chiclid
african cichlid tank, african chiclid, frequent water changes: Hi Beckey, You need to be doing much more frequent water changes. You should be changing about 25% of their water once a week, every week to keep the water in good condition. Doing so will eliminate the gnat problem and keep your fish healthy. -- Ron...

Fish: african chiclids and algae, african chiclids, brown algae
african chiclids, brown algae, store chemicals: Laurie, Your brown algae are diatoms. If you have city water sometimes they use so much buffer too soften the water it makes them grow very rapidly. If you have well water you may be by farming...

Fish: angel fish, angel fish, aquarium salt
angel fish, aquarium salt, new tank: It can be stress from the change but since he wasn t properly kept in the first place it could have been that. His behavior isn t normal and you shouldn t touch him even if he was fine as that will cause stress too. I suggest giving him time, their are no...

Fish: Bala Shark, gallon fish tank, bala sharks
gallon fish tank, bala sharks, bala shark: Hey Megan, Balantiocheilos melanopterus (bala sharks) like 6.0 to 7.8 pH, soft water (dH:5.0 to 15.0), and a temp of 72F to 84F (22-29C). They get up to 16 inches (40cm) too so they will get bigger. Tank size will be an issue. If you want to keep them...

Fish: Bala Sharks, broad spectrum antibiotic, bala sharks
broad spectrum antibiotic, bala sharks, gravel vacuum: Hi Kevin; It sounds like a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections are usually caused by water conditions that aren t so good. It happens when we overfeed, overcrowd or we don t make water changes weekly. If water changes and gravel vacuuming have not...

Fish: Beta, aquarium salt, beta fish
aquarium salt, beta fish, gallon tank: Hi Tracy, It sounds to me like he is stressed out. If there is a bright light over the tank, remove it. Keep his water quality optimal - doing water changes at least once a week. Add aquarium salt (at half dosage) to reduce stress, and he should be fine...

Fish: Beta, fish tuberculosis, old bones
fish tuberculosis, old bones, gold fish: Hi Jennifer, I specialise in Goldfish but I don t mind answering questions about other fish, so don t worry about that. I keep a few Bettas myself, and I know that they can be hugely rewarding fish. It is likely that your male was a year old when you...

Fish: Betta, swim bladder, shallow tank
swim bladder, shallow tank, bladder problem: Hi John; It may be a swim bladder problem related to age, but even young bettas can have the same trouble. Here is a web page about swim bladder issues and what you can do to try and help him; http://www.petfish.net/articles/Bettas/swimbladder_betta.php...

Fish: Betta, water quality test, poor water quality
water quality test, poor water quality, jewls: Hello Julie, Unfortunately it is almost certain that your fish has dropsy. The scales sticking out is a dead giveaway. This is usually cause by poor water quality. Test your water for ammonia and nitrates/nitrites - the ideal conditions should read 0 for...

Fish: Betta, poor water quality, fantail goldfish
poor water quality, fantail goldfish, internal parasites: Hello Karen, Remember that fish are very small creatures, and don t need to eat as much as you may think. A fish s stomach is no larger than it s eye. So make sure you are not overfeeding your fish. Sometimes lack of appetite can signify a problem, including...

Fish: Betta aking differently, bottled spring water, fish store
bottled spring water, fish store, therometer: Hello Lis - Bettas can live for a week or more without food, so your little guy should be all right until you are able to entice him to eat. Here are some tricks you can try: 1.) Roll his food in garlic powder. This is an appetite stimulant, and can...

Fish: Betta Behavior, poor water quality, bettas
poor water quality, bettas, water surface: Hi Charlotte, Sorry about your little betta. It doesn t sound like he died from anything you did, though. He must have had poor water quality for a long time to be like this, his immune system was obviously very weak. He may have had little to no slime coating...

Fish: My Betta, Bowie., poor water quality, aquarium salt
poor water quality, aquarium salt, maracide: Hello again Tammy, The only way you could use bottle water was if you were sure it had all the minerals and none of the chlorine there is in tap water. Since most bottled water is very similar to tap water, you may still want to use a conditioner. Tap water...

Fish: Betta Fish - ? tumor, nitrates and nitrites, ammonia levels
nitrates and nitrites, ammonia levels, small pebble: Hello Maureen, It is possible that your fish has Lymphocystis Virus, which is untreatable. It resembles a small cauliflower like growth on or around a fish s tail. In the future, you need to do more water changes to prevent this from happening. You should...

Fish: Betta fin problem, african dwarf frog, internal parasite
african dwarf frog, internal parasite, nitrate level: Hi Mary, Sorry to hear about your betta. I would have thought internal parasite as well, but since you have tried medication for that already it must be something else. The best you can do is keep his water quality optimum - keep his ammonia and nitrate level...

Fish: Betta fish, fish expert, finrot
fish expert, finrot, kasamba: Hi Jennifer; It sounds like finrot and possibly constipation too. Here are some web pages to see if that s what is going on; http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/finrot.php http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/12/332/ At Your Service; Chris Robbins...

Fish: Betta fish acting strange, tank mates, stressed fish
tank mates, stressed fish, ceramic ornaments: Hi Louisa, This is normally the sign of a stressed fish. Try adding some more foliage for him, and change the lighting. There is a heater you can buy for a 2 gallon tank, it s a 7.5 watt mini heater by Hydor and you can usually get them at Petco for around...

Fish: Betta fish needs desperate help!!!!, ammonia levels, little black dots
ammonia levels, little black dots, aquarium salt: Thank you SO VERY MUCH for including info that I can use! So many people don t give me all the info I need to rule out things. Alright you ask a bunch of things so I m picking only one I want to answer and will ignore the rest because I can. Just kidding...

Fish: Betta Living, territorial fish, gorgeous females
territorial fish, gorgeous females, aggressive fish: Hello Chris, It is indeed possible for a few females to co-exist peacefully. However, this is usually done in larger tanks (at least 20 gallons) and anything smaller may not work. Picture it this way, fish have their bubbles just like people do. You don...

Fish: Betta looks ill, maracide, tank cleaner
maracide, tank cleaner, small tank: Hello Amanda- A white film is a definite sign of infection - If it is fuzzy then he is suffering from a fungal infection, and will need to be treated with Maracide. If the film is more slick he probably has a Columnaris infection that you ll want to...

Fish: Big Spot on Pearlscale, slime coat, large surface area
slime coat, large surface area, aggressive fish: Hi Anna, Looks to me like some sort of sore or possibly even a tumor. Usually sores become huge and ugly like that when they are exacerbated by bad water conditions. Do you keep your goldfish in a 20 gallon tank or larger? Are there any other fish there?...

Fish: Black Ghost Knife, black ghost knife, ammonia levels
black ghost knife, ammonia levels, nitrate levels: Hello Dylan, I need to know the size of your tank, what your ammonia levels are, what the nitrite and nitrate levels are. I also need to know what size tank you have and what type of filtration you got before I can answer this question. Look forward to...

Fish: Black Molly with deformed mouth, black mollies, aquarium salt
black mollies, aquarium salt, black molly: Hi Jean. It would seem that you mollie has mouth rot. This can be cured by medications that kill bacteria, i would recommend MelaFix. You may also wish to add aquarium salt. I am not sure of the successfulness of the treatment because you have waited so long...

Fish: Is my Black Molly sick?, black molly, aquarium salt
black molly, aquarium salt, tiny dots: Hi Crystal; If your molly has tiny dots that look like salt specks, it is a parasite called ich. You will need a remedy for it from the fish store. If the white spots are more like blotches, it s a bacterial infection that is common in mollies when...

Fish: Breeding Bettas, brine shrimp, sponge filters
brine shrimp, sponge filters, water hyacinth: Hello Dustin, Sounds pretty good so far, though there are a few small things I would add/change. First, they should be fed after 3 or 4 days, no longer. Second, bettas are carnivorous and can t really live off of plants, but they are good places for them...

Fish: Breeding bristlenose catfish, bristlenose catfish, cichlid research
bristlenose catfish, cichlid research, egg layers: Hi Adam, Catfish don t get pregnant as such, they are egg layers. A female can get larger as she fills up with eggs in prepartion to laying them. As you point out, it can be very difficult to differentiate that from a fish looking bloated. The only...

Fish: babies, size tank, baby fish
size tank, baby fish, warm baby: Are you putting the parents in that tank or the babies? If you are putting in the babies, take out the heater and just keep the room fairly warm. baby fish can actually do very well without a heater - as long as it doesn t go below 70. If you are putting in...

Fish: baby fish, baby fish, fish tank
baby fish, fish tank, water changes: I am assuming that you have some sort of live bearer in your tank. No, now is not the time to clean a tank. That should have been done BEFORE the birth, but since the birth did occur, I would suggest waiting now until the fry are at least a month old. By...

Fish: battafis, batta fish, gallon aquarium
batta fish, gallon aquarium, bite wounds: Hi Jeremy, Yes Bettas are aggressive, but that just means usually that they are territorial. I have never heard of three males living peacefully in a ten gallon, and I m not sure how long that will last. Or maybe they aren t living peacefully - have you checked...

Fish: beta, siamese fighting fish, gallon tank
siamese fighting fish, gallon tank, proper food: Hello Jennifer, What is the temperature in the bowl? Siamese Fighting Fish come from warm waters (75-85 degrees F) and in colder water their metabolism slows waaaay down and they can even become lethargic and eventually die. I suggest buying him a one gallon...

Fish: my beta's behavior, female bettas, aquarium salt
female bettas, aquarium salt, bladder disease: Hello Laura- You shouldn t be keeping two females in one bowl, since they can be very territorial and will fight to claim space. It would be best to get two bowls, or a small fish tank (5-10 gallons) for your females. It sounds as though your female...

Fish: My beta fish, slime coat, aquarium salt
slime coat, aquarium salt, beta fish: Gerri, The reason he is doing this is because you probably shocked his system. Try to never add water that is of a different temperature than what is already in your tank. Especially going from cold to hot because fish can overheat and die pretty quickly....

Fish: beta fish, aquarium salt, beta fish
aquarium salt, beta fish, aquariam: Hi Connie, Yes it is almost positive that the female has nipped his fins off. Honestly, you should never put two Betta s together unless you are planning on breeding them and have done extensive research into what and how to breed them. If the female doesn...

Fish: my beta fish, aquarium salt, beta fish
aquarium salt, beta fish, bad water: Your betta is suffering from bad water quality. The water needs to be changed at least once a week, more if he is in a tank smaller than one gallon. Don t overfeed him, and consider adding some aquarium salt to his tank. As for his eye, keep his water fresh...

Fish: beta fish illness, fish illness, beta fish
fish illness, beta fish, swim bladder: Katie, It sounds like a mixture between swim bladder problems and bad water quality. How often do you clean his bowl? It should be at LEAST once a week. And always make sure to add water de-chlorinater. As for swim bladder problems, this is usually due...

Fish: my betta, best diets, omega one
best diets, omega one, dechlorinator: Hello Heather, You should remove the plant. There is a rumor that bettas can live off the roots from plants in their bowls. Not true. Bettas are carnivorous, and never benefit from having any kind of plant in a bowl. So to save both your betta and your plant,...

Fish: betta, babies, search engine
babies, search engine: Andre, Just type in betta breeding into any search engine and check out those sites. They will tell you all you need to know about breeding, what you need before you start, etc. Make sure you have places for the babies to go (homes), and a lot of betta breeding...

Fish: betta acting funny, gallon tank, strange manner
gallon tank, strange manner, bloodworms: If the water is too cold his metabolism can slow waaay down and make him feel lethargic. Be sure that his temperature is between 75-85 degrees - it helps to have a thermometer inside the tank to be accurate - and make sure you are cleaning his bowl out at...

Fish: betta feeding, aquarium store, blood worms
aquarium store, blood worms, silk plants: Hello Joe, This is a common problem - How much do I feed my fish? I will tell you a few facts to help you decide. First of all, fish are grazers by nature. Which means it is better to feed them a few small meals throughout the day, instead of one large feeding....

Fish: betta fish, siamese fighting fish, blood worms
siamese fighting fish, blood worms, bettas: Hi Alisha, I doubt that it s the conditioner making him sick. If you aren t changing the water at least once a week, and his bowl is less than a gallon, this is probably the cause of his stress. They need to have good water quality with no ammonia or nitrates,...

Fish: betta health issue, common fish diseases, single celled animal
common fish diseases, single celled animal, glass catfish: Hi Jenna, sorry for the slow response, I m based in England so I usually get these questions during the early hours of the morning. It sounds as if your betta is currently suffering from a condition known as Nodular Disease. This condition is caused...

Fish: my betta isn't eating, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, betta: Hi Hayley, You really should get him a heater. He will like it alot. It is also normal for a fish to spit out new food. That s how they taste it to see if it is okay to eat. They try a bit and spit it out. It takes them a while (days, sometimes...

Fish: betta overfed, another 48 hours, pellets
another 48 hours, pellets, stomach: Hi Donna, Yes - don t feed him for at least another 48 hours. By fasting him, you will allow him the chance to digest this massive amount of food. Remember a fish s stomach is only the size of it s eye, and it s best to do a few small feedings throughout...

Fish: betta pimple, gram negative bacteria, face pimple
gram negative bacteria, face pimple, gram negative rod: Dear AT, If this is not white spot, or some sort of fungus, the only other thing I can think of is Columnaris. One of the symptoms is what looks like a white pimple around the head and mouth. It is kind of difficult to treat, but you can start off by keeping...

Fish: My betta's sickness, bladder problem, aquarium salt
bladder problem, aquarium salt, swim bladder: Hi Hossy; Poor guy. Just keep up with the daily water changes and use Maracyn Two . If what you have now is plain Maracyn it may not work as well. Maracyn Two gets inside the fish and the other treats only the outside of the fish. You can also use aquarium...

Fish: betta's in the wild, female betta splendens, males in nature
female betta splendens, males in nature, tropical community: Betta Splendens can in fact co-exist, but they must have a large body of water to separate their homes. Females can be housed together peacefully, and sometimes in large enough tank also coexist with males. In nature, if they want to get away from each other...

Fish: bettafish isn't eating, slime coat, aquarium salt
slime coat, aquarium salt, bettafish: Krysten, The best thing you can do for a fish like this is keep his water super clean, and keep him as stress free as possible. Add some aquarium salt (just a few grains) and some BettaRemedy, along with a slime coat replacer and change his water every other...

Fish: black fin shark, black fin shark, brine shrimp
black fin shark, brine shrimp, caneyville kentucky: Hello Savanah, Black-Fin Shark Catfish (or sometimes known as Shark Catfish or Columbian Shark) are big, powerful looking animals with sleek silver bodies and active natures. Although distinctly predatory, they are not aggressive and on the contrary, can...

Fish: black gold fish in trouble, bladder problems, poor fish
bladder problems, poor fish, gold fish: Hi Alicia, I ll start with the bad news. Unfortunately, a bowl is too small for any goldfish. Since all goldfish will grow to at least 6 inches by their third birthday (some over a foot!) a bowl is not reasonable. Another reason why I never recommend a...

Fish: my black goldfish, water change, tap water
water change, tap water, goldfish: Hello Steph, Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your goldfish. Lets see if we can fix this. I need to know a couple of things first though. When did you do a water change? How much? What water did you use to change it? From what I have read...

Fish: bloated fish, red cap oranda, swim bladder disorder
red cap oranda, swim bladder disorder, fancy goldfish: Hi Manuela, It sounds as if your fish is currently suffering from a severe case of Swim Bladder Disorder . The swim-bladder is an gas filled organ that allows the fish to maintain it s equilibrium in the water meaning it doesn t float and it doesn t sink....

Fish: breeding mollies, newborn babies, new babies
newborn babies, new babies, chris robbins: Hi Taylor; Mollies have live babies. The male breeds with the female by getting up close to her and putting his bottom back fin close to her vent to fertilize the eggs inside. The female will then become pregnant and the babies are born in 4 weeks or...

Fish: bubblenest, betta fish, aquarium salt
betta fish, aquarium salt, gallon tank: Hello Ora, Add some floating leaves to the top, keep the water warm, and do frequent small water changes. You shouldn t ever float a fish in a bag for more than 10-15 minutes - there is just not enough air in there and the water will quickly fill up with...

Fish: Cichlid, cichlid research, bruise
cichlid research, bruise, pencil: Hi Tracy, Yes, give the student a serious talking to! Poking a fish with a pencil is nasty. There is nothing you can do about the fish. Hopefully it will recover. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Cichlid w/popeye, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, mbuna: Hi Pam, Unfortunately that is not a good situation. To treat him in the 110 gallon tank would mean pouring a LARGE amount of medication in there (which would be very expensive and not likely effective anyways). What you really need to do is to get that...

Fish: Color Change in Fish, comet goldfish, feeder fish
comet goldfish, feeder fish, expensive fish: The least expensive fish you could get is a feeder fish. So something like a guppy or comet goldfish. You can help bring out color in fish by feeding them different herbs. For example, a fish that is red will turn a more vivid red if they are fed small amounts...

Fish: Constipation and Black Molly, morning noon and night, black molly
morning noon and night, black molly, aquarium salt: Hi Alison; It sounds like your mollies need a change of diet with more fiber. Mollies need to nibble veggies at least 3 times a week to keep their digestion in good shape and for overall good health. I give my fish romaine lettuce, cooked peeled green peas,...

Fish: Convicts, cichlid research, orange flecks
cichlid research, orange flecks, female convicts: Hi Tenielle, It is very possible that they are just eating a lot. Are you overfeeding them? I feed my fish once a day only. And only put in enough food for them to eat right away. Never put in food for them to eat later . -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: cat and fish, local fish stores, aquarium salt
local fish stores, aquarium salt, fish question: Hi Reena; I m so happy he s survived so far. Appetite at this point is a very good sign. Most bettas don t eat after such an event, especially while still obviously injured. He s a strong little fella! It gives him an excellent chance of recovery. Just...

Fish: chiclids, breeding fish, chris robbins
breeding fish, chris robbins, divider: Hi Jessica; Cichlids are egglaying fish and usually both parents aggressively guard the nest of eggs and babies after they hatch. Cichlids shouldn t die after laying eggs though, but anything is possible I guess. The parents will chase away and sometimes...

Fish: chiclids, cichlid research, babies
cichlid research, babies, chiclids: Hi Jessica, Actually, there can be a relationship but it is often not the parent that is dying; rather, the parents are aggressive about protecting their babies and they can injure or kill other fish in the tank in the process. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: cichlids, stress coat, new tank
stress coat, new tank, gallon tank: Hello Mark, African Cichlids usually grow to at least 5 inches. This may not sound very large but it is, as they will grow in width too. You should have at least a forty gallon tank when housing small Cichlids, and plenty of foliage (some sort of floating...

Fish: cichlids suddenly died, water test results, cichlid research
water test results, cichlid research, edge of water: Hi Terri, How large a tank is it? Is it possible that the one healthy fish was attacking the others? The number one cause of cichlid deaths is another cichlid. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: cloudy water, fish breathing hard, jack dempsy, jack dempseys
jack dempsy, jack dempseys, ammonia nitrate: Hi Katie, Undergravel filters and cichlids seldom mix and here is why. An undergravel filter requires that there be a uniform layer of gravel over it, to basically act as the filter bed. Cichlids like to dig. If a cichlid digs down to the filter plate...

Fish: color change, cichlid research, dominance hierarchy
cichlid research, dominance hierarchy, colored males: Hi Bill, The problem is that the bullying usually starts long before you see actual fighting. Cichlids almost always set up a dominance hierarchy. That said, the fact that the one is less colorful doesn t necessarily mean anything is wrong, just...

Fish: convict breeding, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, yolk sac: Hi Andre, There is no need or reason to take the father out. They are biparental meaning that both parents take care of the kids. You only need to feed the fry AFTER they start free-swimming. Prior to that they are feeding off the yolk sac. The...

Fish: cory catfish, gravel vacuum, water exchange
gravel vacuum, water exchange, difficulty breathing: Hello Tracy, It s possible he may have just been overfed. Fast him for two days and see if he recovers. If so, you ll want to gravel vacuum your tank and get rid of all the crud in the gravel. He will constantly eat this if he is in there, and fish can eat...

Fish: crowntail beta, poor fella, chris robbins
poor fella, chris robbins, animal lover: Hi Leslie; He has a condition known as popeye . Here is a web page about it; http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/popeye.php Your betta tank really should be cleaned once a week. Conditions such as popeye are much more common with fish in tanks that...

Fish: Dying fish, algae eaters, algea eaters
algae eaters, algea eaters, stress coat: Hi Paul; It was just too much water changed all at once. More than 25% in one day can cause shock for sure. Just keep the room quiet and let the rest of them recover. Hopefully they will be okay in another day or so. Water in your tank slowly changes in...

Fish: my discus fish in my 75 gallon community established tank, gallon fish tank, cichlid research
gallon fish tank, cichlid research, cory cats: Hi Daniel, Turf fights are normal for cichlids so the head butting is just a natural thing and I don t see how you can fix it . The best way to reduce it is to make sure that the tank has lots of structure (wood, rock, plants, etc) to divide up the space....

Fish: my discus fish in a community tank, gallon fish tank, nitrate level
gallon fish tank, nitrate level, cory cats: Hi Daniel; Discus are cichlids and cichlids can be very aggressive towards each other. They will pair off too and try to chase away others so they can establish territory to spawn. The only good solution for them is to remove the weaker fish or give your...

Fish: distilled water in new tank, aquarium salt, new tank
aquarium salt, new tank, tap water: Hi Matt, The reason why distilled water is bad for your fish is because it lacks the minerals naturally occurring in water than your fish NEED. So from now on, use tap water with de-chlorinator. For the moment, you can add aquarium salt to put some electrolytes...

Fish: my dragon goby, green spotted puffer, dragon goby
green spotted puffer, dragon goby, lol thanks: Brandi, I don t quite think that he can recognize your voice, but it does sound as though he responds to you, which is actually more common in fish than you might think. Puffers for example (I have a green spotted puffer) are called water dogs because they...

Fish: dropsy, poor water quality, clove oil
poor water quality, clove oil, aquarium salt: Hi Jaci, There are a few things you can do to possibly save your fish. You will first of all want to relocate him to a different tank if you have any other fish, so they don t get sick (although dropsy is caused by poor water quality, so you ll want to start...

Fish: dying fish, contrary to popular belief, tb outbreak
contrary to popular belief, tb outbreak, fancy goldfish: Hi Jeanette, I m really sorry for being such a slowcoach with regards to my answer. I ve had a few problems this weak with a few of my tanks, due to a TB outbreak. However, I m really sorry for being late. What did your local Aquarium shop test for??...

Fish: Emergency!, neon tetras, pregnant guppy
neon tetras, pregnant guppy, schooling fish: Well give the guppy some time as she may not be ready yet, I say a week, and also give plenti food but not too much that they cant eat it all in one sitting. As for your neon I have never breed them so I really know little of their mating sessions. Sorry....

Fish: emergency, green terror, aquarium world
green terror, aquarium world, emergency vet: Hi Tyler, Red Devils are renown for their aggressive nature, they are usually kept as single specimens as they are highly intolerant of their own and other species. However, with a large tank you can counteract their aggression, the fact that you are...

Fish: Fancy Fan tail goldfish, fancy goldfish, rapid temperature changes
fancy goldfish, rapid temperature changes, indoor aquarium: Hi Steve, Sorry for the slow response, I have had a few issues with a few of my tanks this week. It sounds as if your goldfish is currently suffering from a condition known as Swimbladder disorder. Your fish has an organ called a swimbladder which...

Fish: Fancy Guppies and bacterial diseases, fancy guppies, gram negative bacterium
fancy guppies, gram negative bacterium, fish news: Hi Laura; It s a bacterial infection known as Columnaris, Flexibacter, Cotton-Wool, etc. It is caused by a gram-negative bacterium called Flexibacter columnaris . It can be quite devastating and can indeed cause death in a very short time. It commonly...

Fish: Fancy Guppies, pregnant guppies, fancy guppies
pregnant guppies, fancy guppies, pregnant guppy: Hi Chloe; Your female may be an old fish or perhaps she is just infertile. It s really hard to say. Other factors such as high levels of nitrate from infrequent water changes, overfeeding and inadequate diet can affect fertility too. It s even possible...

Fish: Fancy guppies, pregnant guppies, fancy guppies
pregnant guppies, fancy guppies, pregnant guppy: Hi Chloe, Very small tanks are the hardest to keep stable. I wouldn t go with anything smaller than a 10 gallon tank. You can put up to a dozen or so guppies in a 10 gallon tank. With the nursery gizmo s that hang inside a tank, the female can...

Fish: Fancy guppies, pregnant guppies, fancy guppies
pregnant guppies, fancy guppies, pregnant guppy: Chloe, Woah slow down! I am only going to answer the first few questions since there are about a hundred in there and my brain can only process so quickly! ;) Guppies like to live in what is called Shoals. That usually means one male with a group of about...

Fish: Fancy guppies, pregnant guppies, fancy guppies
pregnant guppies, fancy guppies, pregnant guppy: Hello Chloe, Lets see if we can answer some of these questions of yours. First, I would like to say something about guppies. They have a nickname called millions fish. They are prolific breeders, and once the female is impregnated, she holds the males...

Fish: Feeding Betta "TetraVacation", double tank, dead fish
double tank, dead fish, best bet: No this is a bad idea. Those feeders are meant for larger tanks with filters. Chances are your water will become so polluted and filled with ammonia in one week that you will come back to dead fish. Your best bet is to go with one small betta 3 day feeder,...

Fish: Female betta fish, female betta fish, food pellets
female betta fish, food pellets, blood worms: Hi Andrew, First off, the size of the bubble nest does not matter, so you don t have to worry about that. To each fish his own. If you think the pellets are large, switch him over to the flakes and see if he eats them. They also love blood worms. Just make...

Fish: Female Swordtails, community fish, gal tank
community fish, gal tank, kinds of fish: Hello Sonya, Swordtails come in every color of the rainbow, and can be really neat pets. They can and will jump out of a tank, as will most fish if threatened, so I would strongly advise in getting a lid with a light, as a clip on light is really dangerous....

Fish: Filters, convict cichlid, cichlid research
convict cichlid, cichlid research, mosquito fish: Hi Jordan, Growth rate depends on temperature and food. Absolutely do not try to cross a mosquito fish with a guppy. They are different species. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Fin biting and other problems! Please help, pond weed, tank syndrome
pond weed, tank syndrome, aggressive fish: Hello Aaron, Sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with your fish. Lets see if I can help. You have not told me the size of the fish in your tank, but since this aggression is going on, I can only assume that they are bigger in size...like 3...

Fish: Fish, goldfish, fishbowl
goldfish, fishbowl, swordfish: Hello Coco, Unfortunately these fish should not be put together for numerous reasons. Just keep in mind that Goldfish really shouldn t be kept with anything besides other goldfish. Also, Goldfish should never be kept in bowls, as they grow too large, are...

Fish: Fish, cichlid research, betta
cichlid research, betta, fins: Hi Sara, Hmmm... that doesn t sound good. It could be that she just ate a lot, but if that is the case, it will get smaller in the next day or so. Unfortunately, it could indicate some sort of intestinal problem, which can be very difficult to treat....

Fish: Fish, poor water quality, mystery snail
poor water quality, mystery snail, fish question: Hello, There are several different species of angelfish - including marine species. So it is going to depend largely on which kind you want. Most are going to require at least a thirty gallon tank, and most are going to be territorial/semi-aggressive - so...

Fish: Is My Fish Dead?, oxygen starvation, question pool
oxygen starvation, question pool, oxygen depletion: Hi Andrea, I apologise for how long it has taken for your question to be answered. I m not sure if I was your expert but your question was forwarded to a Question Pool, which is very rarely staffed. Basically it is likely that your fish is suffering...

Fish: Fish dying in community tank, mystery snails, african frogs
mystery snails, african frogs, water fleas: Hello Stacey, It seems possible that those little white parasites you are seeing are nematodes. The only way to be rid of them is to deplete their food supply. Fast your fish for about 48 hours, and cut back on how much you are feeding them. You ll also...

Fish: Fish Internal Parasites, cichlid research, internal parasites
cichlid research, internal parasites, bomb proof: Hi A.C., Hmm.. I would not be so certain that ick dies at 90oF. The reason why people raise the water temperature when treating for ick is not because that kills the parasite, but rather because that speeds up the life cycle of the parasite. Ick has a...

Fish: Fish can't eat, internal parasites, water changes
internal parasites, water changes, feeding time: Sherrelle, Don t feed him for 48 hours, do a few small water changes, and at the end of the 48 hours give him small amounts of shelled peas. Lack of appetite can sometimes be a sign of internal parasites, so keep his water quality optimum and hopefully it...

Fish: Floating fish., fancy goldfish, ammonia levels
fancy goldfish, ammonia levels, bladder problems: Hi Kate, The minimum size tank for a goldfish is technically 38 litres, despite popular belief Goldfish are extremely difficult fish to care for. Goldfish are notoriously filthy animals, they don t have a stomach as such so food literally passes straight...

Fish: FlowerHorn breeder, cichlid research, fish fight
cichlid research, fish fight, fish tank: Hi Johnny, The problems happen if one of the mates is ready to spawn and the other isn t. Fighting is a normal part of cichlid courtship and if two fish fight and it doesn t go well then in the wild, one of them can swim away. In a fish tank, there is...

Fish: Fresh Water Aquarium-Distress Tank, fresh water aquarium, slime coats
fresh water aquarium, slime coats, aquarium salt: Hi Andrea, It may have something to do with the fact that these fish are all incompatible. Discus are actually a kind of Cichlid, and should not be housed with guppies and mollies, especially since eventually it may decide to eat them later on, but also...

Fish: Fresh water Fish, fresh water fish, neon tetras
fresh water fish, neon tetras, nitrates and nitrites: Hello Linda, There are a number of things that go into stocking a tank, and number of fish depends greatly on the size of the tank, as well as compatibility, the personality of the fish, the size of the fish, and sometimes even the decor in the tank. My...

Fish: Betta Fish - ? tumor, betta fish, jonah
Fish: Betta Fish - ? tumor, betta fish, jonah, 4 months

Fish: Betta Living, females, plants
Fish: Betta Living, females, plants, tank

Fish: Cichlid w/popeye, fish stores, gal tank
Fish: Cichlid w/popeye, fish stores, gal tank, melalueca

Fish: Fancy guppies, sponge filters, adult females
Fish: Fancy guppies, sponge filters, adult females, pregnant females

Fish: Green spotted puffer and knight goby?, needle fish, hermit crab
Fish: Green spotted puffer and knight goby?, needle fish, hermit crab, puffer

Fish: high ammonia / low p.h, fishless cycling, google
Fish: high ammonia / low p.h, fishless cycling, google, biological filter

Fish: sick fish, fish
Fish: sick fish, fish

Fish: sick fish, plecos, pleco
Fish: sick fish, plecos, pleco, random chance

Fish: we've Survived the Ich. now the plocostumus is aggressive., shrimp pellets, mild irritant
Fish: we've Survived the Ich. now the plocostumus is aggressive., shrimp pellets, mild irritant, pleco

Fish: White Film in water (Betta Fish), releived, something in the air
Fish: White Film in water (Betta Fish), releived, something in the air, betta

Fish: worms in my fish tank, mosquito larvae, fish poison
Fish: worms in my fish tank, mosquito larvae, fish poison, blood worms

Fish: fair goldfish, slime coat, stress coat
slime coat, stress coat, filtration system: Hello Rebecca, To say the least, you have one very stressed out goldfish. Please put him into something much larger as soon as possible. Even a 5 or 10 gallon would be better than a little bowl. Goldfish need a lot of surface area and bowls are never going...

Fish: My fantail fish died, frequent water changes, water parasites
frequent water changes, water parasites, fantail fish: Hi Rebecca, I m very sorry about your fish. Darker coloration in fish can indicate chemical imbalances in the water, parasites or bacterial infections. Even with an established tank it is always possible for a fish to suffer from Ammonia burns or Nitrate...

Fish: feeding my fish, green spotted puffers, fish question
green spotted puffers, fish question, half tank: Hi Stephanie; I can t see what kind of green puffers you have so I can t tell you what the size will be or what what temperature they like. There are three called green spotted puffer . Go to this link; http://puffernet.tripod.com/confusion.html ...

Fish: female bettas, female bettas, male betta
female bettas, male betta, males and females: When a male betta sees a female betta he assumes it is time to breed. In the wild they only see a female every so often. You NEVER, EVER put a male and a female betta together unless you are breeding them. Ever. He will kill her or, in rare cases, she kills...

Fish: My fish, beta fish, gallon tank
beta fish, gallon tank, betta: Hey Sohum! First off, a one gallon tank is a great size for the betta! They can move around well and the water (normally) stays cleaner longer. Now the brown things: Are they at the bottom in a little pile or so? That s completely normal. In fact, if you...

Fish: fish, cichlid research, black moors
cichlid research, black moors, sucker fish: Hi Ashley, When a tank is first set up it takes it a while (actually about 6 weeks) to cycle during which it reaches a sort of balance. Prior to that the water chemistry can be out of balance and that often shows as the fish not being very happy. ...

Fish: our fish, baby fish, egg layers
baby fish, egg layers, orange red: Hi Jane, Most likely they are live bearers, and you ll want to move the babies into a separate tank of their own regardless to reduce the chance of the parents eating them. Once they reach adult size they can rejoin the tank with their parents. If you are...

Fish: fish, cichlid research, tiger barbs
cichlid research, tiger barbs, irridescent shark: Hi Jessica, By safe, I assume that that are asking is it safe for them (as opposed to safe for you). The answer depends on how much structure you have in the tank. If the tank is relatively bare, then my guess is that the cichlids will continue to attack...

Fish: fish, neon tetras, beta male
neon tetras, beta male, tropical community: Hey Lisa, I would not recommend it. Goldfish are temperate and require about ten degrees cooler than the betta, and the betta may or may not nip at the fins of the goldfish. Bettas do better with small, tropical community fish such as neon tetras and rasboras...

Fish: fish, black moors, betta fish
black moors, betta fish, male betta: Hi Ashley, Basically you re keeping the wrong fish in the wrong set-up. Goldfish/ black moors and possibly your algae eaters are coldwater fish. What sort of algae eaters are they?? Ideally they need to be moved to a different tank, where the temperature...

Fish: fish, nest area, gallon tank
nest area, gallon tank, layed: As with most fish, they can and will eat their eggs. I would guess that this was their first brood together. Most of the time they will do this, however at some point in time, they will understand that they are not suppose to eat their eggs, and will actually...

Fish: fish, comet goldfish, gills
comet goldfish, gills, goldfish: Hello Andre, It is possible you triggered a breeding instinct. In nature goldfish breed by seasons and need a specific drop and rise in temperature to occur before they will breed. However, most can not or will not breed until they are around three years...

Fish: fish, bala sharks, tiger barbs
bala sharks, tiger barbs, iridescent sharks: Hi Gary; Angelfish are nice fish but they would make a lunch out of guppies and neons as they mature, or at least nip them to death. Angels are cichlids, an aggressive family of fish. Unless you find a mated pair of adult angels you can t tell their sex...

Fish: fish, baby fish, pond fish
baby fish, pond fish, q1: Hi Nicky, To your first question, simply move the babies or the adults to a separate tank until they are large enough not to get eaten. To your second question, many things could cause this and without many details it s hard to know why. Just keep in mind...

Fish: Is my fish just crazy?, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, red tiger: Hi Autumn, Actually that is a very good sign. He is now healthy enough to say hey, this tank is my space so be careful . Oscars are very territorial about their space (it s all he has so he has to protect it fiercely). -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Is my fish going to die?, fin rot, misery
fin rot, misery, fish: Hi Erica, I m afraid that I couldn t view your pictures because the URL doesn t seem to be working. However, this sounds like your fish is suffering from Whitespot (Ich) and fin-rot. To be honest I wouldn t run him on both treatments as this could have...

Fish: Is my fish going to die?, tank syndrome, filtration water
tank syndrome, filtration water, size tank: Hi Erica; It sounds very bad for sure but I really can t help without more information. The link you gave me doesn t work and only takes me to the homepage of photobucket. I need to know what kind of fish it is, what size tank, how long it s been set up,...

Fish: fish discoloring, good eating habits, size tank
good eating habits, size tank, chris robbins: Hi Paul; You re right, it probably was from stress and/or shock. As long as she is looking better now I wouldn t worry. Be sure to acclimate her properly by floating her in a bag of tank water for 10 minutes before releasing when she is moved again. If...

Fish: my fish is dying, black fish, kind of fish
black fish, kind of fish, fish one: Hi Brittany, It s hard to know exactly or even guess what is wrong with your fish without very many details. Why don t you write back and let me know the size of your tank, what kind of filtration you have set up, how often you do water changes and other...

Fish: my fish are dying, 2 frogs, new tanks
2 frogs, new tanks, tank kit: Hi Micaela; I think you are just over-cleaning your tank and it never really becomes biologically balanced. Every time you wash the tank out you kill the most important part of the filtration system; The beneficial bacteria colonies. This bacteria lives...

Fish: fish eggs?, fish eggs, kind of fish
fish eggs, kind of fish, clump: Marcus, I don t know what kind of fish you have. I don t know if they are eggs, but if they are most eggs hatch in 3 to 5 days. If they turn opaque or white get rid of them they are no good........

Fish: fish enviroment, cichlid research, underwater plants
cichlid research, underwater plants, sand gravel: Hi Andre, In Costa Rica, where I study convicts, the key elements are sand, gravel and wood. There are no underwater plants in their environment at all. In Nicaragua, in Lakes like Xiloa, there are underwater plants. So, for a natural habitat...

Fish: fish growth, fish growth, internal organs
fish growth, internal organs, freshwater fish: Hi Andre, It is unlikely, like humans once a fish has been stunted it will very rarely grow any bigger. The problem with stunted fish is that the internal organs may not be stunted or stunted at a different rate. This is particularly a problem with...

Fish: is my fish ill, goldfish flakes, siemese
goldfish flakes, siemese, tiny pinch: Hello Craig, Yes he does sound as though he is not feeling well. What temperature do you keep his tank at? How large is it? How much and what do you feed him? How often do you clean his tank? All these questions factor into whether or not he is sick and...

Fish: Our fish is wounded, cichlid research, sick fish
cichlid research, sick fish, puncture wound: Hi Wendy, Are there other fish in the tank, i.e., another fish which might have attacked him? It can be challenging dealing with catfish because they tend to be very sensitive to medications. In most cases, I would say that the best thing is to do nothing...

Fish: fishtank that kills fish, guppy fry, male guppies
guppy fry, male guppies, algae eater: Hi David, First off I haven t got any readings in terms of ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH. Also I guess you mean 75F as 75 degrees would literally boil your fish alive. Was this tank cycled before the fish were added? or alternatively were bactinettes...

Fish: From flakes to pellets, male betta, pellets
male betta, pellets, eva: Hello Eva, There are three reasons why he might be doing this. One being that he is not hungry. In which case just wait until tomorrow and try again. Two being that he is not used to the food and is being finicky. The same will have to apply. And three being...

Fish: flower horn, flower horn fish, flower horns
flower horn fish, flower horns, male flower: Hi Karthik, Male flower horns have a large nuchal humps and tend to have far more vibrant coloring than females. Females are smaller and far less attractive to look at. Any fish under the age of 4 months usually proves to be relatively difficult to...

Fish: flower horn disease, purplish pink color, flower horn
purplish pink color, flower horn, chris robbins: Hi Amit; It could just be his natural color developing as he matures. If he s eating okay and not acting sick that s probably what it is. If you do an internet search on flowerhorn and look for images of some you will see that adults can turn a purplish...

Fish: freshwater fish disease, ammonia levels, harmless creatures
ammonia levels, harmless creatures, white worm: Hi Jamie; They are actually just harmless creatures like planarians or nematodes. They aren t a danger to the fish themselves, but the reason they are multiplying is definitely dangerous. They are in the feces because that s what they feed on; decaying...

Fish: Goldfish, goldfish bowl, home aquarium
goldfish bowl, home aquarium, thinkfish: Hi Coco, Unfortunately you won t be able to place your Goldfish and Swordtails together in an Aquarium. Goldfish are extremely boisterous and playful. They stir up substrate in a never ending search for food and excrete huge amounts of faeces and highly...

Fish: Goldfish black all over., cichlid research, dark patches
cichlid research, dark patches, fish bowl: Hi Km, Unfortunately I have very little experience with goldfish and I have never seen what you describe so I can t really suggest anything. Doing the water changes is a good idea. You really should have a filter in the tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Goldfish black all over, color pigments, small tank
color pigments, small tank, dark patches: Hi Kim, Sorry that you are having so much trouble with your goldfish, and I think I can really help you. The bad thing about goldfish is, they are very dirty. Not in the sense that they look gross, but they do poop a lot, and they fill up a small tank with...

Fish: Goldfish with ich, nitrates and nitrites, aquarium salt
nitrates and nitrites, aquarium salt, gallon tank: Hi Rachel, The idea that goldfish thrive with salt added to the tank is a complete myth. Salt reduces the toxicity of nitrates and nitrites but in a properly maintained aquarium it is totally redundant. It wouldn t be beneficial to add more whilst they...

Fish: Gourami breeding, baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels
baby brine shrimp, vinegar eels, color strains: Hey Christopher, First off, let me make sure you have everything for it, okay? Okay! 1. Do you plan on taking care of at least 500 or so babies that will grow into adults that may or may not ever have another home? Do you have the housing for the babies...

Fish: Green Puffer fish Food, green puffer fish, petsmart store
green puffer fish, petsmart store, brine shrimp: Hello Penny, I have a Green Puffer as well, and I know how finicky they can be. They should have some snails at least a few times a week to keep their teeth filed down, but maybe the snails you have in there are just too large. They need to be teeny! No larger...

Fish: Green Severum, cichlid research, green severums
cichlid research, green severums, forehead area: Hi Jacquie, It could be a disease called columnaris. I suggest you change water a little more frequently; 25% once a week, every week is ideal in my opinion. By the way, severum breeding is really great stuff to watch. Did the male fan the eggs...

Fish: Green Spotted Puffer, cichlid research, household ammonia
cichlid research, household ammonia, green spotted puffers: Hi Jordan, Vaccuuming the gravel won t hurt the bacteria. So, yes, you should vaccuum the gravel. I really doubt if the puffer will go for your arm. (I can t guarantee it, but I would be very surprised. Of course, if he does, so will you!) ...

Fish: Green spotted puffer and knight goby?, green spotted puffer, hermit crabs
green spotted puffer, hermit crabs, knight goby: Hi Will, From my own experience there is really nothing that can go with a puffer for long. They are simply too aggressive, and anything aggressive that is a lot larger than them can easily eat them. The only thing I can think of that will survive peacefully...

Fish: Green Tiger Barbs and Tinfoil Barbs, green tiger barbs, tinfoil barbs
green tiger barbs, tinfoil barbs, tiger barb: Wild Tiger barbs are very prolific and will usually become sexually mature when it reaches a length of 1.2 inches, and this will typically happen when the fish is around seven weeks old - Granted that it s kept in stress free conditions including the proper...

Fish: Guppy pregnancy and babies, guppy breeding, gallon tank
guppy breeding, gallon tank, guppies: Hello Jessica, Yes to my knowledge that is true. But also to my knowledge the babies usually take more after the mother than the father. You have to have both with fairly interesting markings for a beautiful baby. The babies when they come out will have...

Fish: my glod fish, fancy goldfish, natural laxative
fancy goldfish, natural laxative, thinkfish: Hi Hayley, It sounds as if your goldfish is currently suffering from Swimbladder. I m guessing that he is a fancy variety, unfortunately fancies are particularly prone to swimbladder disorders. Due to line breeding the swimbladder in Fancy Goldfish...

Fish: gold fish sick, fungus treatment, aquarium salt
fungus treatment, aquarium salt, hospital tank: It may or may not help. The best thing for him at this point is a LOT of fresh, clean water. Keep his water clean and get him into a larger tank as soon as you can. You can buy a ten gallon tank without a hood for about 11 bucks at most Petsmarts. That is...

Fish: My goldfish has a really swollen mouth.., maracyn two, infectious bacteria
maracyn two, infectious bacteria, aquarium salt: Hi Sophie; It sounds like a bacterial infection in his head. I would put the sick one back in the smaller tank again so it can be treated. Use a product called Maracyn Two along with aquarium salt and another product called Melafix . They are available...

Fish: my gouramie, mickey mouse platys, fancy guppy
mickey mouse platys, fancy guppy, ammonia levels: Hi Austin; Your gourami could just be shy, being bullied by the others or he is being irritated by the ammonia. As long as he is able to swim and eat okay and he isn t swollen or anthing he s probably not sick. Just watch to be sure the other fish aren...

Fish: my gourani's sick, dwarf gourami, aquarium salt
dwarf gourami, aquarium salt, melafix: Hello Kate- Sorry for the wait - What you re seeing sounds like a tumor. Most tumors in fish are generally harmless, and most fish will scratch the tumor off on a rock. The area will grow a scab of white scales and will eventually heal. To help your gourami...

Fish: Healthy fish!, nip fins, betta fish
nip fins, betta fish, dwarf puffers: Hi Ashley, Ich is pretty much always in the water waiting to attack weakened fish, so it sounds as if you ve got it down to a manageable level. Your tank sounds as if it is perfectly healthy. The fact you have a Betta rules out a few fish, Bettas fins...

Fish: Healthy fish!, betta fish, male betta
betta fish, male betta, slime coat: Hi Ashley; Ich spores are present in many of our tanks all the time but it only attacks fish that are stressed. Stress weakens the natural slime coat on your fish that wards off all types of diseases. Some common stress factors are; Getting moved to a new...

Fish: Healthy fish!, neon tetras, cichlid research
neon tetras, cichlid research, betta fish: Hi Ashley, You should never do a complete water change. That totally destroys the biological balance of a fish tank. Ick will always be present at a low level and there is nothing you can do about it and it isn t harmful at low levels. ...

Fish: Help!, fish expert, beta fish
fish expert, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Jennifer; It sounds like it could be constipation that is affecting his swim bladder. Here is a good web page about it with treatment information; http://www.petfish.net/kb/entry/12/167/ I hope he feels better soon... At Your Service; Chris...

Fish: Hi Ron! i heard your an expert on oscars! help me!!!, fish lice, cichlid research
fish lice, cichlid research, heaven sakes: Hi Andrew, There shouldn t be any leftover food pellets . Only feed your fish what he will eat right then. NEVER put in food for him to eat later . That could easily be the root cause of your problems. Fish food becomes rancid extremely quickly when...

Fish: hardness, firemouth cichlid, thinkfish
firemouth cichlid, thinkfish, cyprinids: Hi Chris, the approximate dH for a Firemouth is 10, for the Discus it will be 2-6. So Firemouths like relatively hard water whilst Discus are happiest in very to moderately soft water. Firemouths can be semi-aggressive, especially when it comes to...

Fish: help, desk lamp, proper environment
desk lamp, proper environment, water conditioner: Hello Danielle- First thing s first: If you re keeping your betta in a tiny plastic container with no heater, you are not keeping him in the proper environment. Bettas need a container that holds at least one gallon of water, and, more importantly, they...

Fish: help, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, flowerhorn: Hi Pg, Make sure that you are doing regular weekly partial water changes. You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep your fish healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: help please my fish are sick, angel fish, plastic plants
angel fish, plastic plants, angle fish: Hello Ben, First let me address something. Goldfish and tropical fish should never be put in the same tank. The angelfish, when it is healthy can and will nip the fins of the goldfish. Also, the water parameters for both are completely different. Angelfish...

Fish: help with puffer, cichlid research, figure 8 puffer
cichlid research, figure 8 puffer, brackish aquarium: Hi Brandi, Fish don t just get stuck on the filter. They end up stuck on the filter because they are seriously ill and can t swim well enough and eventually they end up on the filter. So, the filter isn t the problem. First, it is very likely that...

Fish: hi, flower horn fish, cichlid research
flower horn fish, cichlid research, female flower: Hi Karthik, Actually, that isn t trivial. In general, males will be larger and have a more robust head and chest region. Females carry their weight more in the belly region and have a shallower angle to the forehead. Color and/or fins don t tell you...

Fish: hi, flower horn fish, nuchal hump
flower horn fish, nuchal hump, flower horns: Since flower horns are a type of cichlid, and I do not know much about them, I can only give you what knowledge I have. You should wait until the fish reaches at least 4 inches to sex the fish, as most of the fins then become easier to distinguish. The...

Fish: high ammonia / low p.h, stress zyme, partial water change
stress zyme, partial water change, bicarb soda: Hello Jackie, Okay, first - stop adding ammolock. It honestly does you no good. You need to instead work on getting your beneficial bacteria to grow. This is your biological filter and will take care of your ammonia for you. Do more water changes - 30%...

Fish: hurt fantailed cichlid, cichlid research, pleco
cichlid research, pleco, cichlids: Hi Laura, Hmm... I have never heard of a fantailed cichlid. Are you sure it is a cichlid? (I have heard of fantailed goldfish, could that be it?) In either case, it sounds like her mouth is stuck like that. Sometimes fish get the bones in their...

Fish: My husband's oscars, partial water change, small tank
partial water change, small tank, keeping fish: Hi Karen, Yikes, that is a dangerous one for me to answer -- I don t want to be the focus of a confrontation but here are the facts. The idea that keeping many fish in a small tank keeps them small is correct but it is not for a good reason. Basically,...

Fish: Ich, oxygen saturation, slime coat
oxygen saturation, slime coat, aquarium salt: Hi Brittany; I like to use an ich remedy called Quick Cure . It has malachite green and formalin. I ve used it on all types and ages of fish. Use it every day for 10 days to be sure all the ich parasites are gone, no matter what the label says. The fry...

Fish: jack dempsey with possible internal parasites, cichlid research, internal parasites
cichlid research, internal parasites, tank walls: Hi Amanda, The connection is that higher levels of nitrogen in the water make fish do the darting behavior you describe. However, if you are changing 35% every other week, that shouldn t be a problem, assuming that you are not overfeeding your fish....

Fish: jack demsey has killed two fish, jack demsey, jack dempseys
jack demsey, jack dempseys, cichlid research: Hi Masyn, Don t rely on a fish to keep the tank clean. Tank cleaning is your job, not the job of a fish. This is a very common misconception about plecostomus. They can help keep a tank clean, but you should never rely on them to do it. Jack...

Fish: Large Oranda, fancy goldfish, swimbladder
fancy goldfish, swimbladder, oranda: Hi Vanessa, Due to line breeding the swimbladder in Fancy Goldfish has been effected. Unfortunately now it does not consist of two roughly equal sections. This could be a swimbladder disorder, however I need some more details. Has there been any physical...

Fish: Lethargic Puffer, frequent water changes, brine shrimp
frequent water changes, brine shrimp, green spotted puffer fish: Yes there could still be something in the water. Just keep doing small frequent water changes and it should help. Most puffers start out freshwater when babies, then gradually switch over to either marine or brackish, depending on the puffer. So you ll want...

Fish: Lucky bumps, couple bumps, pimafix
couple bumps, pimafix, bright lighting: Hello again Traci, You don t want to constantly leave him under bright lighting, as this is very stressful and betta splendens are used to dimmer areas. Also, a light may not keep the water warm enough, or may even overheat it, so I would suggest putting...

Fish: Lucky has a growth!, aquarium salt, abscesses
aquarium salt, abscesses, jut: Hello Traci, Unfortunately this does not sound familiar to me. Sometimes fish can actually develop tumors or abscesses, and there is not much you can do about it. I m not sure if this is true in Lucky s case. Either way, the best you can do is keep his water...

Fish: lethargic betta fish, betta fish, chris robbins
betta fish, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Juliana; There are several possibilities. Bettas aren t always really active so it may just be his normal behavior. The first day he was trying to get used to his new home and he s more settled in now. Another possibility is that he needs warmer water....

Fish: Molly has growth on head with red string coming out, red string, abscess
red string, abscess, water quality: Hi Francisco, To be honest, this doesn t seem like something I can help you with. The only growth I can think of would be similar to an abscess or a tumor. And if that is so then there isn t much you can do about it, besides keep his stress down and his water...

Fish: male betta, siamese fighting fish, male betta
siamese fighting fish, male betta, labyrinth organ: Hello Patty, Sometimes fish will indeed change their color, especially go paler, when they are stressed out. Here are some things you should know that might help you out. Betta Splendens, otherwise known as Siamese Fighting Fish, are very hearty fish that...

Fish: mollies, chris robbins, black mollies
chris robbins, black mollies, gallon tank: Ho Sarah; Mollies have babies about every 6 weeks. When a female molly is close to getting ready to have babies her belly will develop a boxy look to it. The bottom and sides will become flattish about 3 days before delivery. She will also probably hide...

Fish: My New Betta Fish, salmon trout, omega one
salmon trout, omega one, betta fish: Hello David, Are you feeding him a brand made specifically for bettas? They are strictly carnivores and require a special diet. I find the best betta diet is the betta flakes by Omega One. It has cod, salmon, trout, and all sorts of other good stuff in there....

Fish: neon tetras,, cichlid research, neon tetras
cichlid research, neon tetras, tiger fish: Hi Crystal, I think you mean platy ? The platy could be pregnant- they are livebearers and give birth to live babies (which the other fish will quickly try to eat). Neon tetras are egg layers. And yes, other fish will eat their eggs; however, that...

Fish: My new betta fish,,,, again, liquid fish, tail fins
liquid fish, tail fins, betta fish: Hi David, This is not normal in the least. Are you keeping his water clean? He may have been in terrible conditions for a long time and it s finally getting to him. Keep his water as fresh and clean as possible, make sure you are using water conditioner,...

Fish: i have a new tank, male bettas, stone coral
male bettas, stone coral, sponge filter: Hi Kim, Sounds like you ve got a really nice set-up there, maybe a little over-stocked maybe but hey, it sounds really good, I m almost a little envious. If there is fry in your tank then you need to separate them into another tank. This can be a basic...

Fish: Oranda, swim bladder disorder, fish reference
swim bladder disorder, fish reference, chris robbins: Hi Vanessa; It sounds like a swim bladder disorder. The swim bladder is an organ inside the fish below the spine that controls buoyancy. When it s malfunctioning the fish can have trouble floating and/or sinking properly. Here is a good web page about it...

Fish: Oranda might be sick, worry wart, fancy goldfish
worry wart, fancy goldfish, ammonia levels: Hi Grace, Believe or not, fish don t need to eat very much. Your goldfish should be eating no more than a few very small pinches a day. As to why he may be sick, it depends on a lot of things. First off, being a Fancy Goldfish, he should be in at least...

Fish: Oscar Fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, pleco: Hi Shae, That s impossible for me to say. It might and it might not. It depends on the extent of the damage. Time will tell. There isn t anything you can do about it. You will just have to wait and see. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar Fish, swim bladder disorder, cichlid research
swim bladder disorder, cichlid research, certian days: Hi Teags, It definitely could be a swim bladder problem. It could also be an intestinal problem. IF you can, try to get her to eat some thawed frozen peas. This seems weird but it has the effect of cleaning out the intestine and sometimes helps in these...

Fish: Oscar fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, tiger oscar: Hi Shae, Have you been doing regular weekly water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week every week to keep him happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscars, tiger oscars, cichlid research
tiger oscars, cichlid research, pictus catfish: Hi Yvonne, Yes they are thinking about nesting. However, thinking about nesting and actually laying eggs are two different things. In some cases, they might lay eggs today. In other cases, they might nest for a year before actually laying eggs. ...

Fish: odd cichlid behavior, ammonia levels, cichlid behavior
ammonia levels, cichlid behavior, beneficial bacteria: Eric, Besides the fact that Cichlids normally only live between 7-10 years, it sounds like you need to do more water changes. Also - when you change filters, keep in the old filter for at least a week with a new one so you don t take out so much beneficial...

Fish: odd cichlid behavior, ammonia levels, cichlid behavior
ammonia levels, cichlid behavior, cichlid research: Hi Eric, Sadly, when they do the twirling thing, that is often a sign of getting very old and at the end of their life. Sorry but I don t know of anything that you can do about that. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: To many options for sick fish, clown loach, green algea
clown loach, green algea, dwarf frog: Yes Mike, that was VERY lengthy question. ;) I will try to remember as many details as possible to help you, but I think that the best result possible is by you doing some research on the nitrogen cycle, fish illness, and fish diagnosis. All you have to do...

Fish: oranda, internal parasites, intestinal parasites
internal parasites, intestinal parasites, metronidazole: Hi Victoria, Clear poop can be a sign of several different things, most of which are internal parasites. If you suspect the fish may be pregnant, then maybe she is. (though unless your fish is 3 years old it s very unlikely since goldfish don t breed until...

Fish: oscar fish and green or white fog in tank, oscar fish, blood worms
oscar fish, blood worms, tank light: Hi Noah; Oscars will sometimes have a greenish tint to their skin. It s almost a sheen really. Just to be sure he s okay, have the water tested. Ask your fish store to test the levels of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Toxin buildup can cause fish to change...

Fish: oscars, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, oscars: Hi Mike, How large are your oscars? An adult oscar is around 10 to 12 inches long, though they should get up to about 16 inches eventually. They will breed at a smaller size however. Keep in mind that a 55 gallon tank is really not much space for a...

Fish: oscars, territorial aggression, chris robbins
territorial aggression, chris robbins, oscars: Hi Paul; Oscars are aggressive breeders so it is nearly impossible to tell if their behavior is from breeding or just fighting. If they spawn, you ll know what they were really up to. If they don t spawn and they keep ripping into each other, it was just...

Fish: oscars, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, petco: Hi Gene, What you are describing is not dropsy. If I were you, I would do 25% water replacements over the next three consecutive days and then go to the once a week schedule. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: oscars sex, chris robbins, maroon color
chris robbins, maroon color, sexual differences: Hi Anthony; Oscars are one of the cichlid types that don t have any obvious sexual differences. Each fish is individual too and they each have their own markings and colors but not because of sex. You have to wait until they actually spawn and watch them...

Fish: Paccostamus, neon tetras, ammonia level
neon tetras, ammonia level, ammonia levels: Hello Heather, I am sorry to hear that you are having a tough time of it. Let s see if we can get this sorted out. Please remember, that ammonia is only one thing that can stress fish. Usually after an ammonia spike, there is a nitrite spike as well....

Fish: Pacosstamus, neon tetras, ammonia level
neon tetras, ammonia level, ammonia levels: Hi Heather; Since the snails are being so prolific the trouble is probably from overfeeding. We all do it from time to time. In smaller tanks it can be especially devastating. Ammonia should always be zero in an established tank but excess organic waste...

Fish: Pearlscale Goldfish!, fancy guppies, peacock gudgeon
fancy guppies, peacock gudgeon, kuhli loaches: Hello Shelby, Unfortunately, It would not be a good idea to put a goldfish into a two gallon tank for many reasons. A goldfish should have a 20 gallon tank, with ten gallons extra for each added goldfish. Instead, you could maybe try two or three platies....

Fish: Platy fry, cichlid research, bristlenose
cichlid research, bristlenose, hiding places: Hi Adam, Yes, they are readily visible. In fact, they aren t really small. They aren t microscopic or anything like that. You will see them when they are there. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Please Help!, slime coats, slime coat
slime coats, slime coat, aquarium salt: Hi Sondra, It s okay, stop freaking out. In future reference, always keep your hand over the net so that Blu can t jump out, and try to always have someone around when you are water changing in case he does jump out and you are too scared to pick him up....

Fish: Plecostomus, cichlid research, algae wafers
cichlid research, algae wafers, new tank: Hi Jo Anne, Hmm... I m not quite sure I follow you as to which tank is which, i.e., which one is the other tank and which one is the tank that is his home that you want to return him to (i.e., is it the brown one). Basically you are saying that...

Fish: PREGNANT GUPPIE, pregnant guppy, little black dots
pregnant guppy, little black dots, guppie: Becci, This doesn t sound like normal behavior for a healthy, pregnant guppy. You might check the water quality and make sure there isn t a high level of ammonia or nitrites/nitrates. There is no way to really tell when she s about to have her babies except...

Fish: Pregnant Mickey Platty, fish dropsy, aquarium salt
fish dropsy, aquarium salt, having babies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_Dropsy This is a picture of a goldfish with dropsy. Later on the scales will stick out almost to the point where it looks like a pine cone. You can tell how live bearers (Mollies, Platies, Guppies) are pregnant if they...

Fish: Pumps & Filters, zebra danios, aquarium pump
zebra danios, aquarium pump, nitrogen cycle: Hi Anna, How big is the tank that these goldfish are being kept in?? Goldfish need a large area to swim into and large amounts of water surface for optimum oxygen exchange. I m guessing Nemo is a common Goldfish (elongated, with a short caudal fin)....

Fish: pacostamus, cichlid research, hi jill
cichlid research, hi jill, plecostomus: Hi Jill, Does he have any place to hide? Plecostomus like to have a choice. If they want, they can stick to the glass, but a lot of the time they like to hide on the underside of a piece of wood or something like that. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: plant, anthurium plant, water change
anthurium plant, water change, plant matter: Charles, If the plant is an underwater plant then it should be fine. However, bettas do not need plants in their water since they are carnivorous and shouldn t really be eating plant matter, and they do not need the oxygen due to an organ located on the top...

Fish: How can i be sure my platy is pregnant?, neon tetras, thinkfish
neon tetras, thinkfish, oscar fish: Hi Billy, sorry for the slow response I m based in England, so I m usually asleep when these questions come through. Does your Platy have a swollen belly with speckles on it?? these speckles are the eyes of the fry. However, if her scales are stuck out,...

Fish: platy no slime coat, ammonia nitrate, slime coat
ammonia nitrate, slime coat, nitrate nitrite: Hi Sherri, It seems as though this may be something I am not completely familiar with, since most problems I help people with have much to do with poor water quality. The only other thing I can think of is he somehow got a bacterial infection or even internal...

Fish: play dead, water alkalinity, beginner fish
water alkalinity, beginner fish, fish keepers: Jacob, I will need a lot more details before I can help you in anyway. Every single fish is going to have different needs, from water alkalinity to temperature to diet. I suggest you do some research on your specific fish and do some reading on the Nitrogen...

Fish: please help, poor water quality, size tank
poor water quality, size tank, bettas: Hello Charlotte, What size tank did you have him in? It s possible that he was used to either really poor water quality and was not able to handle bad/worse conditions, or went from poor water quality to good water quality and it shocked his system. Fungus...

Fish: plecosomus, cichlid research, parrot fish
cichlid research, parrot fish, changing colors: Hi Rhonda, You need to have lots of wood in the tank for the plecostomus to hide under. A plecostomus cannot be forced to sit in the open or it will not do well and fish like parrot cichlids will try to eat it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: pregant zebra fish, zebra fish, sponge filter
zebra fish, sponge filter, brineshrimp: Hi Melissa, Danios are pregnant pretty much all the time, so this is nothing to worry about. You ll need a small tank, add about 4-5 of water, keep the decor fairly sparse. A hide and maybe a plant or two. The trick with Danios is a loose substrate,...

Fish: puffer fish, 10 gallon aquarium, aquarium salt
10 gallon aquarium, aquarium salt, brackish fish: Ashley, I m sure it s very possible. But try not to get your hopes up until the puffer has been alive and healthy in your tank for at least a month. They can die quite quickly and suddenly from exposure to constant stress and never show any signs. Just make...

Fish: so many questions, fantail goldfish, gallon tank
fantail goldfish, gallon tank, mature size: Hello Ashely, You are not going to get any baby goldfish within the next two years. Most goldfish have to reach full maturity to begin spawning, and fancies don t reach full size until they are three years of age. That being said, they will never reach their...

Fish: Ram Cichlids, cichlid research, cichlids
cichlid research, cichlids, hmmm: Hi Julie, Hmmm... that depends a lot on how large your tank is and how much structure you have in it. Rams, like all cichlids are territorial. If the tank is small and has little structure, then one male is going to claim all of it. If you put a lot...

Fish: RE: Orandas, fish waste, chris robbins
fish waste, chris robbins, water change: Hi Vanessa; Black marks are from ammonia burns. Ammonia is from fish waste. I remember from your last question that you did a water change, and that s good, but the gravel must be vacuumed at the same time to get rid of solid wastes in the bottom too. If...

Fish: RED CAP ORANDA COLOR, fed 5, gallon tank
fed 5, gallon tank, change water: Evelyn, besides the fact that your tank is a bit small for how many fish you have in there, it doesn t seem like anything is wrong. The pigments in Goldfish are unstable and they do change color. If he goes very pale or you notice more white dots all over...

Fish: Re: Goldfish, weather loaches, lateral line system
weather loaches, lateral line system, prime target: Hi Anthony, Goldfish will pick at anything, they are constantly hungry and it could be that one of your other fish has mistaken his eye for food. Weather Loaches have been known to suck of the scales from Goldfish when competing for food, however I think...

Fish: Redtail Shark compatibility, tiger barbs, gal tank
tiger barbs, gal tank, red tail shark: Hello Eamon, If you only have a ten gallon tank, it would be best not to get the red tail shark. If I remember correctly they grow anywhere from 4 to 6 inches, and you won t have enough room to fit any other semi-aggressive in there. You best bet would...

Fish: re-betta pimple, optimum water quality, epsom salt
optimum water quality, epsom salt, bladder problem: Hey there, Well it s good to hear that your betta is beginning to recover. Sometimes these things just go away once optimum water quality is kept up. The binox I agree should only be used at half dosage, especially since your betta seems to already be feeling...

Fish: My red Parrot Fish, red parrot fish, cichlid research
red parrot fish, cichlid research, stress coat: Hi Jessica, Give them time. Imagine if you had been scooped up from where you live, put in a bag and then deposited in an entirely new place. It will take them some time, possibly weeks, to feel comfortable in their new home. They might not eat for...

Fish: S.O.S, ethromycin, ammonia levels
ethromycin, ammonia levels, petsmart: What is your pH and how are your ammonia levels? That sounds like a rapid bacterial infection. Start treating IMMEDIATELY with one of any of the following ingredients you can find. The best for this is at the top and so on: Kanamycin (Also called Kanaplex)...

Fish: My Shubunkin Fish, shubunkin fish, fisheries techniques
shubunkin fish, fisheries techniques, physorg: Hey Sarah, Is the blood actually coming out and in the water? Was she injured? Are her scales missing? Now a true bloody back is rare and random in fish, it sounds like what is called Hemorrhagic Septicemia . Hemorrhage= Bleeding. Septicemia=all over...

Fish: SICK FISH, algea eater, black moors
algea eater, black moors, fancy goldfish: Hi Ashley, Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but some of my own tanks have had a few problems this week. I m going to need a follow up on this because at the minute I haven t got everything I need to get to the bottom of what is going wrong...

Fish: Sick Cichlid?, cichlid research, 30 gallon tank
cichlid research, 30 gallon tank, female fish: Hi Mark, A female cichlid can have her ovipositor extended for quite some time. On older females it may be partially exposed almost all the time. That could be what you are seeing. I wouldn t do anything at this point. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Sick fish, rope fish, body fungus
rope fish, body fungus, nitrite levels: Hi Robin; If the spots look like your fish have been sprinkled with salt, they have a case of ich. It s a parasite that embeds into the skin and probably started from the new fish being stressed as they were moved to their new home. Your local fish store...

Fish: Sick fish, sick fish, plecostamus
sick fish, plecostamus, chris robbins: Hi Casey; He probably needs a stronger medicine such as tetracycline or erythromycin. Tank Buddies tend to be pretty weak in strength so get a different brand that has a higher dosage of the antibiotic itself. Here is a link to a good article about Columnaris...

Fish: My Sick Goldfish, ammonia nitrate, poor water quality
ammonia nitrate, poor water quality, sick goldfish: Hi Shaz, It s hard to tell exactly why is he is sick without all the details. For example, it would be much easier to know if you were to let us know the size of the tank, how much and how often you feed him, what other fish if any is in with him, what temperature...

Fish: Sick Goldfish UK, sick goldfish, frequent water changes
sick goldfish, frequent water changes, blood worm: Hello Sue, There is a possibility that he either has swim bladder problems, which goldfish are very prone to, or his water quality is poor and he is stressed out. In either case, don t feed him for 48 hours. Then give him small amounts of crushed, shelled...

Fish: Sick goldfish?, swim bladder disorder, lionhead goldfish
swim bladder disorder, lionhead goldfish, bladder organ: Hi Vanessa, It sounds as if your Oranda is suffering from a Swim-bladder disorder. Generations of line breeding has meant that the Swim Bladder organ in Fancy Goldfish has broken down so that it now does not consist of two roughly equal sectors. Basically...

Fish: Silver Mollies, sailfin mollie, aquarium salt
sailfin mollie, aquarium salt, dorsal fins: Sounds like you have a sailfin mollie. They are very pretty and have huge dorsal fins, unless there is something else I am missing there should be nothing wrong there. If it is indeed popeye, the best thing you can do for him is lots of small water changes....

Fish: Sucker Fish - Cannot keep them alive, algae wafers, tank temp
algae wafers, tank temp, parrot fish: Hello Sarah, It could be possible that the Parrot Fish are attacking them. Cichlids are usually aggressive, Parrot Fish included, and will attack anything that gets into their territory. Think of it this way, fish have their bubbles just like we do. We...

Fish: Sudden Dead Fantail Goldfish, charcoal tank, fantail goldfish
charcoal tank, fantail goldfish, contrary to popular belief: Hi Karen, Your taste in fish is truly superb, Minnows are brilliant fish that sometimes get referred to as the poor man s Neon Tetra, but trust me they re much more than that. Right, rosey reds are really popular amongst freshwater aquarists because...

Fish: Swollen Green Terror, peacock cichlids, clown loaches
peacock cichlids, clown loaches, shrimp pellets: Hi Brian, I have never tried the epsom salt thing but I hear of others using it. If you are going to do that, then definitely get a small hospital tank to try it in. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: my science fair, cichlid research, betta fish
cichlid research, betta fish, science fair: Hi Gabbie, I am unclear about your question. I realize that you are going to write a report, but are you going to actually do an experiment with a betta fish? Are you going to actually see what happens if you change the food? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: sick Angel, pictus catfish, blue gourami
pictus catfish, blue gourami, common pleco: Hi Katie, It certainly sounds to me like the other fish have been attacking your angel. The fact that the angel is larger doesn t make much difference. The red gills on the previous one suggests that it might have had some sort of gill infection,...

Fish: sick Angel, pictus catfish, blue gourami
pictus catfish, blue gourami, common pleco: Hi Katie, First of all, let me start off by saying I m sorry you are going through this, and I really do hope that your Angel makes it. It takes a lot of work to keep a tank and everything living in it running properly and kept healthy. You may or may not...

Fish: sick albino oscar, cichlid research, epsom salt
cichlid research, epsom salt, internal parasites: Hi Pahoua, I would keep up with the treatments and hope for the best. If it is internal parasites, one thing that works for some people is to get him to eat some thawed frozen peas. They help clear out the digestive tract. You can try that. --...

Fish: sick beta, poor water quality, beta fish
poor water quality, beta fish, water changes: Hello Andrea, I m sorry to tell you that your fish almost positively has dropsy. You might be able to treat him using tetracycline, though dropsy is almost always fatal. You may have been overfeeding him just a bit, instead you might do 2 pellets early...

Fish: sick beta, micro worms, aquarium salt
micro worms, aquarium salt, blood worms: Hello Andrea, Try feeding him blood worms. If that won t work, see if you can find micro worms or liquid fish food and he should be able to eat that. Remember a fish can go for a long time without eating, so he shouldn t starve after a few days if you can...

Fish: sick betta-fin rot and ich?, betta fin rot, slime coat
betta fin rot, slime coat, complete cleanup: Hi Linda, It seems as though this all stems from changing to a new filter. This is entirely possible, since a lot of your beneficial bacteria usually lives in your filter. When you suddenly take it out, you deplete your biological filter greatly, and this...

Fish: sick fish?, cichlid research, african cichlids
cichlid research, african cichlids, fish question: Hi S., If you put 3 African cichlids in a 2.5 gallon tank, that is likely your problem right there -- one of them likely killed the other and will likely kill the third. Many fish, including cichlids, are territorial and they need a certain amount of...

Fish: sick fish, algea eater, black moors
algea eater, black moors, nitrates and nitrites: Dear Ashley, I had no intention of being rude, and I m sorry that it came off that way. I am honestly just trying to help you, but in order to do that you have to hear some things that may come off as rude. So I apologize, but if you HAD done some studying,...

Fish: sick fish, algea eater, black moors
algea eater, black moors, algae eaters: Hey Ashley, Well first, goldfish are messy fish that get big. I mean comet and common goldfish get up to 18 inches. That s over a foot! That s almost as long as your ten gallon itself. Moors get large too. You will have to upgrade to a bigger tank eventually....

Fish: sick fish, cichlid research, fish medication
cichlid research, fish medication, fish question: Hi Ashley, Unfortunately, ick is never gone. It is always present at very low levels in any water but tends only to become a problem when fish are sick or stresed. It also becomes a big problem if you add a fish to the tank and that fish has a lot of ick...

Fish: sick fishes, algea eater, cichlid research
algea eater, cichlid research, black moors: Hi Ashley, Unfortunately it looks like they have ick. Where did you get the fish from? Ick is a disease that often attacks goldfish and other fish. You can get treatments for it: I use one called Rid-Ich. There are others, such as Quik-Cure, etc....

Fish: my sick fishie, ammonia test, maroxy
ammonia test, maroxy, coppersafe: Hi Stephanie; You re very welcome! The water changes are probably enough for now so as long as he seems okay you can stop medicating. You can put the carbon and ammonia inserts back in now too. If he seems to get worse you might want to treat for internal...

Fish: sick Jack Dempsey, cichlid research, tank inhabitants
cichlid research, tank inhabitants, jack dempsey: Hi Al, You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep the tank inhabitants happy and healthy. Other than that, I would strongly suspect that the oscar is actually bullying him. These sorts of things can be difficult to observe...

Fish: snails, apple snails, chris robbins
apple snails, chris robbins, walmart: Hi Kat; It sounds like you have Apple Snails. Sometimes they don t come out of their shells for awhile, especially when they get a new home. They need a bigger home too. Each one needs at least 2 gallons of water to live in. They are basically pooping...

Fish: Got stuck!, female bettas, maturation period
female bettas, maturation period, ammonia levels: Hi Tisha, Is this a newly set-up aquarium?? When first set-up tanks go through a maturation period. During this time they are extremely dangerous to livestock and it is possible that your fish has fallen victim to New Tank Syndrome. New Tank Syndrome...

Fish: Tank, gallon fish tank, jewel aquarium
gallon fish tank, jewel aquarium, siamese fighter: Hey Josh, Well, if it is not the filter media itself, it may actually be your lighting. Some lighting brings out the vivid chloroplast coloring in plants, and perhaps you have a light that brings out the green in your plants and thus giving your water a green...

Fish: Tank, gallon fish tank, jewel aquarium
gallon fish tank, jewel aquarium, siamese fighter: Hi Josh, Your filter sounds fine. Algae is basically a product of food and light. Be sure that you are not putting in more food than the fish are eating right away and put the light on a timer so that it is on less and the algae in the water will go away....

Fish: Tank, gallon fish tank, jewel aquarium
gallon fish tank, jewel aquarium, siamese fighter: Hi Josh, Tannin would turn the tank water brown rather than green so this is definitely down to algae floating round the tank. You re obviously an experienced aquarist so I won t patronise you with light tricks etc, basically algae thrives on excess...

Fish: My Tank Stock ([un] suitable?), sunburst platy, xiphophorus maculatus
sunburst platy, xiphophorus maculatus, corydoras paleatus: Hello Giovanni, A 20 gallon tank is fine for those fish. Just make sure you do a 20% water change every 2 or 3 weeks with de-chlorinated water, and you should be fine. Vacuum the gravel when you do the water changes and you should have a great aquarium....

Fish: Treating Ick with Ick Clear, dwarf gouramis, partial water changes
dwarf gouramis, partial water changes, oxygen saturation: Hi Julie; Sorry, I forgot to actually answer that part of your question. The instructions say to give one dose and another 24 hours later if necessary, but make a water change before dose #2. I guess that means only two doses are recommended. The problem...

Fish: Trying to get answer..., cichlid research, algae eater
cichlid research, algae eater, melissa: Hi Melissa, Algae needs two things to grow -- food and light. If you reduce those, it won t grow nearly as quickly. Do you have a light on over the tank? If so, is it on a timer. If so, reduce the time that it is on. As for the food, be sure that...

Fish: tail bite, south american cichlids, cichlid research
south american cichlids, cichlid research, african cichlid: Hi Liz, I would not put any Central or South American cichlids in there (e.g., green terror or convict). I would stick with East African cichlids. Adding structure is the key. The fish need hiding places to get out of the way. With cichlids, they...

Fish: tank home, shredded carrots, sprouting seeds
shredded carrots, sprouting seeds, chris robbins: Hi Andre; Plants are healthy for aquariums but Goldfish are very hard on plants. Especially the new shoots if they are very young plants or sprouting seeds and bulbs so they may not grow. You might want to grow them in a separate tank to get them stronger...

Fish: tank issues, guppy fry, male guppies
guppy fry, male guppies, algae eater: Hi Dave, Hmm.. that is puzzling. Some things to consider: gravel. Have you used a different type of gravel in this tank, something that might have a toxin in it? I assume that no soap came in contact with this tank or the biowheel. When the...

Fish: A tank of all male balloon molly, balloon molly, female fish
balloon molly, female fish, best bet: Hi Azusa, Every fish is going to be different, so it s really hard to tell until you actually try it. I d say your best bet is to experiment and see what works out. You may end up with all females in one tank and all males in the other. Although if you have...

Fish: tank mates, tiger barbs, tank mates
tiger barbs, tank mates, angel fish: Hello there Pam, Don t worry - anyone can learn how to keep a freshwater community tank - but there is quite a bit lo learn and it will take some effort. First off, here are a few tricks and tips to go by so that you don t have so many losses. Keep community...