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Fish: Something is the matter with my betta?, fish store, betta
fish store, betta, shelly: Hi Shelly, If this just started he probaly has a disease. Or if there are other fish in the tank he could of got in a fight and is tired. But that is very strange. Try cleaning his tank every week your water might be cloudy. And check your pH it should be...

Fish: mean fish, black moor, black moors
black moor, black moors, little holes: Hello again DeAnna- Don t worry about your little guy turning gold, it s perfectly normal and happens to most black moors once they mature. As for little holes in his fins, I couldn t say - Are there any decorations he may be getting snagged on? Hope...

Fish: medicating ciclids., cichlid research, ciclids
cichlid research, ciclids, gill flukes: Hi Rachel, Unfortunately, I don t know what your short forms mean... multis could be all sorts of cichlids (there are many cichlids with multi in the name . Same with prazi and goldies . Why do you think they need a fluke treatment? Gill...

Fish: medication, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, tail rot: Hi Debra, Are you sure it is tail rot? Are there any other equally sized or larger fish in the tank? If so, it is most likely that one of them has been biting the fish with the tail rot . Actual tail rot on a cichlid is EXTREMELY rare (I think I have...

Fish: mickey mouse fish breedinggestation, highschool classroom, fish tank
highschool classroom, fish tank, mickey mouse: Hello Highschool, hhmmm, mollies and platies can not breed. As far as i know the only breed of fish called a micky mouse is a platy, and i researched on the internet about it and found nothing. Perhaps your feeding them too much? Mollies i know just breed...

Fish: mickey mouse tetra, freeze dried blood worms, ventral fin
freeze dried blood worms, ventral fin, generic answer: Hi Sandra. I think you may be talking about a Mickey Mouse Platy not a Tetra. They can hold fry for 30+ days and if conditions are not correct, they can hold on to them even longer. You do not tell me what other fish you have in the tank (besides the...

Fish: midas breeding, midas cichlid, cichlid forum
midas cichlid, cichlid forum, central american cichlids: Good morning, Rick, thank you for your question. You will need a male to spawn with your female Midas cichlid. By the time you read this question, the eggs are no longer going to be viable. Don t despair - when she is ready to breed again, and you are ready...

Fish: midas cichlid, tail fins, first fish
tail fins, first fish, firemouth: Hi Nicolle, First, that advice wasn t good advice. If you put another midas in with your first fish and he doesn t mate with it, he will kill it (which is what he tried to do to your little guy). The good news is that if the little guy is still swimming...

Fish: midas not eating, cichlid research, new tank
cichlid research, new tank, bloodworm: Hi Jamie, It can take a while (a week is not unusual) for a fish like a midas to get used to a new tank. The important thing is to offer it food, but remove the food after a few minutes if the fish doesn t eat it. Otherwise, the uneaten food will pollute...

Fish: a misty tank, 10 gallon aquarium, 30 gallon tank
10 gallon aquarium, 30 gallon tank, fish tank: Hey joanna. goldfish are very messy fish. how are u getting the water out? i would suggest vacuuming the water out because its not only removing waste and old food from the gravel , but removing the dirty water at the same time. Also, i would clean the whole...

Fish: mixing fish, gold fish, tank mates
gold fish, tank mates, tropical tank: Hello Ian, Yes I ve seen gold fish mixed with many other fish, however I personally wouldn t recommend it. Gold fish and koi mix well together, being both are capable of colder temperatures, and outdoor weather. Koi are generally much larger, fancier,...

Fish: mixing fishes, male betta, beta fish
male betta, beta fish, water qualities: Hi, No. Bettas are tropical fish, so need warmer temperatures and different water qualities to goldfish, which are coldwater fish. They would not appreciate being in a tank together, and the Betta would probably kill the goldfish, as he would think it was...

Fish: My mollie has black specks on her body, parasitic worms, apatite
parasitic worms, apatite, mollie: Hi, This is called Black Spot disease, parasitic worms that cover the body of the fish and fins, which drop off after around 6 days, breed, and quickly multiply in numbers. The young worms will then swim onto the fish, and the process will begin again. A...

Fish: mollie ?disease, black molly, spirulina algae
black molly, spirulina algae, shredded carrots: Hi Elizabeth; It s probably feces. It sounds like your molly is simply constipated. A very long fecal string indicates a lack of fiber in the diet. In all fish it should disintegrate at less than 1/2 inch. Mollies really need greens and other veggies in...

Fish: mollie fish eye problem, mollie fish, goldfish tank
mollie fish, goldfish tank, food fish: Hi Ashlie; I really don t think there is much you can do. There are diseases that cause the inside of a fish s eye to collapse. Bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral are all possible but they are rare. It s very possible that your goldfish are sucking...

Fish: mollie/platy behavior, tank mates, adult females
tank mates, adult females, signs of stress: Hi John; Sometimes fish try to escape other more aggressive tank mates by going to the top. Have they been chased by any other fish? Are there too many males? There should be two females for every male so the females don t get stressed. Or, maybe they...

Fish: my mollies, livebearing fish, long term health
livebearing fish, long term health, size tank: Hi Melissa; Make a 25% water change right away to hopefully help it feel better. Mollies and other livebearing fish require very clean water. A weekly 25% change is necessary for their long term health. What size tank is it? How long had it been set...

Fish: mollies, females
females: Hi Ryan, It is very possible that they are pregnant and yes you might consider putting them in net breeders (separate ones for each) in case they give birth. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Reseach Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: ? about mollies, clown loaches, epsom salts
clown loaches, epsom salts, water vacuum: Hi Michelle, thanks for writing back today. I am glad to hear you have a 55 gallon! That is considered by many to be an ideal size for a startup tank. I wish I had enough space to keep one myself, since a tank like that provides plenty of surface area (it...

Fish: mollies, baby brine shrimp, water test kits
baby brine shrimp, water test kits, poor water quality: Hi. If possible I would, as soon as they are born, move fry into the breeding net. There will be many more. The strange behaviour is probably caused by poor water quality, so I suggest buying water test kits for nitrite, ammonia and nitrate. The ammonia and...

Fish: mollies, baby brine shrimp, flake food
baby brine shrimp, flake food, main tank: Hi, Firstly, your tank has not been cycled, so high levels of ammonia and nitrite are probably present in the tank, which could easily kill all your babies. You cannot sex the babies until they are older. The females (at their full size) will be larger...

Fish: mollies, sick with something, chris robbins
sick with something, chris robbins, dropsy: Hi Becki; She has a condition known as dropsy . It isn t a disease but is a symptom of something else going on internally. It s very difficult to pin down the cause to find an effective treatment too. Here is more info to check out the possibilities; ...

Fish: mollies, chris robbins, mom and dad
chris robbins, mom and dad, males and females: Hi Shari; Some male mollies just prefer certain females, especially if they are the same color type. They may even have grown up together and be siblings. I know it s weird but fish don t really care about that. Males are males and females are females to...

Fish: mollies, cichlid research, baby fish
cichlid research, baby fish, outdoor ponds: Hi Bob, If you are thinking of this as a money making venture, you might want to rethink it. Here s why. Your fish store might sell a molly for $3 but that isn t what they pay for it. Most stores will pay well under a dollar for that fish. The profit...

Fish: mollies with apple snail, apple snail, silver mollies
apple snail, silver mollies, neon tetra: A 6 Gallon tank is rather small for Mollies, so it would be a lot better if you rehomed them and bought another 5 or 6 Neons, as they are shoaling fish. The Neons prefer acidic water, so they will not take well so mroe alkaline water (IE a higher pH). You...

Fish: mollies and bettas, 10 gallon tank, mollies
10 gallon tank, mollies, small fish: no, because mollies can get to at least 6 inches and some catfish get huge also. Depending on what kind of algae eater you have their are some that get 18 inches and even larger so i would suggest getting a 45 gallon tank and then you could have the bettas...

Fish: mollies with bulging eyes, water test kit, water quality issues
water test kit, water quality issues, black molly: Good afternoon Athena, Mollies can be kept in brackish or even full marine conditions, as long as they are given a proper acclimation. Petsmart loads up their tanks with salt as Walmart does, it hardens them a little and makes them less susceptible to...

Fish: mollies chasing each other, 30 gallon tank, little fella
30 gallon tank, little fella, chris robbins: Hi Scott; Sounds like you have a very persistent male who really likes that female! You may need more females like her so he doesn t wear her down. She could get sick and die. I would get 2 or 3 more just to keep his attention spread out a bit. He s a...

Fish: mollies swimming virtical, hydrocotyle verticillata, spirulina algae
hydrocotyle verticillata, spirulina algae, brine shrimp: Hi Gary; It could be as simple as constipation or could be as serious as dropsy. Hopefully it s just a digestive problem so try a diet change first. Offer cooked and peeled peas, romaine lettuce, cucumber slices, cooked green beans, thawed frozed brine...

Fish: mollies and swordtails, male betta, black molly
male betta, black molly, tank syndrome: Hi Michelle; Swords and mollies do go together fine, but they have to be in a large enough aquarium. They need a minimum of a 10 gallon tank. You really need to take these fish back to the store. I m so sorry you were misinformed about what fish you could...

Fish: mollies, rollins family, tank syndrome
rollins family, tank syndrome, aquarium salt: Hello Rollins Family! If your tank has been set up with fish in it for less than 8 weeks, you need to make some water changes. This is necessary so your fish can survive the break-in period the tank is in. Remove 25% of the water and replace it with fresh...

Fish: molly, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, tank temperature: Hi, Mollies are tropical fish and like water of around 26 Degrees Celsius, and goldfish and black moors are coldwater, and like colder water. They are never happy together, so you should choose one or the other to keep. If you keep the Mollies you will need...

Fish: my molly, degrees celsius, tank temperature
degrees celsius, tank temperature, fish shop: Hi, This is a classic symptom of white-spot (also known as ich). It is unusually fatal. Raise the tank temperature gradually to 29 degrees Celsius, and buy some sort of white-spot treatment from your local fish shop. Do 40 percent water changes every 3 -...

Fish: molly baby, cichlid research, black molly
cichlid research, black molly, angel fish: Hi Brad, You may find that the adult mollies regard the babies as potential food so you might want to separate them into another tank until they get a little larger. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: molly behaviour, female betta fish, female fish
female betta fish, female fish, fish behavior: Hello Sandy- This sounds like your fish are either establishing a hierarchy or going through a mating ritual (most likely the former.) Female fish, when kept together, sometimes fight to see who is the alpha. The behavior you are seeing sounds a lot...

Fish: molly fish, molly fish, neon tetra
molly fish, neon tetra, chris robbins: Hi Tatum; I m not sure what you mean by her skit used to be down... Could you please clarify? I do know your tank is VERY overstocked. A 5 gallon tank is big enough for only 5 fish that stay an inch or smaller as adults. Except for the neon and the...

Fish: molly fish size and breeding, molly fish, water sprite
molly fish, water sprite, baby mollies: Hi Sam; Molly mothers and fathers will eat the babies. They should be separated until too big to fit in the parents mouths, or just provide plenty of hiding places for the babies. They really like live plants such as anacharis (elodea), cabomba, hornwort,...

Fish: molly fish, molly fish, fish shops
molly fish, fish shops, water changes: Hi, Do you know the water stats of the water? Such as ammonia, nitrite, nitrate etc? They are very important to understanding what s wrong with a fish. You can buy test kits at fish shops usually. The ammonia and nitrite should both be 0.0, as they are...

Fish: molly fry, cichlid research, partial water change
cichlid research, partial water change, black molly: Hi Kristyn, Yes, clean the dead fish out of the net breeder. Yes, you were right to put her in the net breeder and then to put her back in the main tank. She is likely done giving birth to this batch but keep an eye on her and she may have another...

Fish: molly fry, main tank, chris robbins
main tank, chris robbins, hi chris: Hi Sharron; What a great idea! I ll have to remember the pantyhose over the box filter trick for future reference. I m glad to hear they are growing and doing well. Once they are about 3 times their birth size or too big to go in the mouths of your...

Fish: molly help!, 30 gallon tank, maracyn two
30 gallon tank, maracyn two, swim bladder: Hi Jean; It sounds like a swim bladder problem. The swim bladder is an organ inside the fish below the spine that controls buoyancy. Sometimes a change of diet helps because the digestive system is close to the swim bladder. When a fish becomes constipated...

Fish: molly mother, baby brine shrimp, flake food
baby brine shrimp, flake food, black molly: Hi, Mollies do not lay eggs. They are livebearers, so they give birth to live young. He is displaying to the female, and wants to breed with her. This is normal, but you will probably end up with another batch of fry (babies) very soon. They are prolific...

Fish: my molly is pregnant, flake food, happy fish
flake food, happy fish, types of fish: Hello Tasha, YAY! PREGNANT FEMALE!!! :) Anyway you should keep her in the breeder net until she has the fry or also known as (baby mollies). Take her out right after she has the fry or she will eat them all. Keep feeding her like you normaly would if she...

Fish: molly is spinning uncontrolably, protozoan parasite, chris robbins
protozoan parasite, chris robbins, whirling disease: Hi Crystal; I haven t found any information that indicates that it does transmit to humans but it might be good to do your own internet search to find out more. Throw away the live plants when it is time. They usually don t survive the bleaching. They...

Fish: why does my molly do this, frozen brine shrimp, balloon molly
frozen brine shrimp, balloon molly, molly fish: Good evening Buddy, thank you for your question. This sounds like spawning behavior, in this case your female is the more assertive of the pair. Livebearers never seem to stop attempting to, er, bear live! Nothing to worry about, except perhaps wondering...

Fish: mollys, cichlid research, dalmation
cichlid research, dalmation, little baby: Hi Maggie, Is there any chance that what you are seeing come out of the female molly are little baby mollies? Mollies give birth to live young. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: mollys, gonopodium, males and females
gonopodium, males and females, mollies: If she looks like she is going to blow up, then she s more then likely pregnant. If by chance she s bloated or fat looking and her scales are sticking out kind of like a pinecone, then she is sick. Usually you can look at the Mollies and see that the females...

Fish: mollys, triangular fin, gonopodium
triangular fin, gonopodium, bellies: There are actually a couple of ways to tell the difference between male and female mollies. The first is easy, if she s pregnant: She s the big fat one. :) If all their bellies look about the same, here s how you tell. Watch them for a little while, concentrating...

Fish: My moms beta is ating sick!!!! What do i do??, aquarium salt, external stimuli
aquarium salt, external stimuli, melafix: Hello Jessica- Sorry to hear about your mom s betta - There are a few things you can try to hopefully get him back to normal. First, try warming up the water to about 80 F. Secondly, add a dose of Melafix, to hopefully stimulate his metabolism. Aquarium...

Fish: moonlight has no appetite, frozen brine shrimp, blowing bubbles
frozen brine shrimp, blowing bubbles, chris robbins: Hi Nic; He may just need more time to adjust. Feed him the same food his previous owner fed him so he gets what he is used to. If you already do that, try instead some frozen brine shrimp or frozen bloodworms. They are more aromatic and tend to entice them...

Fish: moor eye white spot, fish ailments, ph readings
fish ailments, ph readings, black moor: Hi there john. The thing about fish ailments, is that alot of things come with a white spot. Does it look fuzzy or? Does it look like a fungus? or is it just a little white spot? Is there more than one white spot all over his or the other fishes body? ...

Fish: how do I move my fish, feeder goldfish, nitrite levels
feeder goldfish, nitrite levels, pet goldfish: Hi Allison; Fish really aren t that hard to move. Especially for the fairly short distance you are going. I ve moved some pretty big fish (two 20 inch Pacu) about the same distance. Here is a link to a page that tells you in detail what to do; http://www.bestfish.com/moving.html...

Fish: moving a fish tank, styrofoam coolers, fish tank
styrofoam coolers, fish tank, stress coat: Hi Leah; That s good, it will not be so hard then. When you leave the old house, empty the fish tank as the very last thing you do. Then, make sure the tank is the very first thing set up when you get there. Put some tank water into a clean very large...

Fish: moving from il. to tx. what about my fish?, cichlid research, bait buckets
cichlid research, bait buckets, plastic plants: Hi Sabrina, You can definitely take them with you in the car. It isn t that hard. Putting them in the Rubbermaid tub would work very well. Put some holes in the lid and put the lid on the tub so that water doesn t splash. If you have some plastic...

Fish: moving my oscar, osccar, airstone
osccar, airstone, water change: First of all, i see two problems that need to be adressed. 1.) Your oscar is in WAY too small of a tank. You need at LEAST 55 gallons for one osccar and no tankmates. You also need massive filtraton, and an agressive water change schedule. 2.) When ever...

Fish: moving my tank, cichlid research, bucket with a lid
cichlid research, bucket with a lid, gallon tank: Hi Candace, You could leave a little water in the tank, but that is going to put way too much stress on you. The easiest thing to do is to catch all the fish, put them in a bucket (e.g., a 5 gallon bucket with a lid with some holes in it) half filled...

Fish: moving, chris robbins, cichlids
chris robbins, cichlids, moving across the country: Hi Eric; It is very difficult to move fish that far and keep them alive that long. I highly recommend selling the fish and get new ones when you reach your new home and get the tank set up again. Here is an article about it to help you decide; http://www.atlasworldgroup.com/howto/aquarium.html...

Fish: multiple betta questions, aqua culture, gal tank
aqua culture, gal tank, salt bath: Hi Melissa; Poor Merlin. He s really had a tough time lately. He probably was pooping eventually and you couldn t see it because it dissolved in the water. That s a good thing. The reason I think so is because if he couldn t pass his waste for so long he...

Fish: Nasty tan worm-like thing, cichlid research, apple snails
cichlid research, apple snails, fish parasites: Hi Ellen, Interesting. I ve never seen that particular thing before so I can t really say what it is. I wouldn t worry about it a whole lot. There are many, many small creatures in a typical aquarium. Most people just never notice them. -- Ron...

Fish: Native Fish, native fishes, gallon aquarium
native fishes, gallon aquarium, native fish: Hi Tim; I really don t know much at all about native fishes kept as pets. Piranhas aren t a fish I know much about keeping either. They are illegal to possess and sell in my state (California). Here is a page with a list of links that may help you with...

Fish: I NEED HELP ASAP, partial water change, water chemicals
partial water change, water chemicals, size tank: Hi Stephanie; You didn t give me much information here but I will do my best until you can tell me more; If you just changed it in the last day or two, the fish may be in shock, or they are being poisoned by tap water chemicals. The best you can do is...

Fish: MY NEW TANK, fish tank, new tank
fish tank, new tank, gallon tank: Hi, first off you should not be putting more than 6-7 inches of fish in the tank, next you should get gravel for the bottom and fake or real plants to put in, depending on the type of fish you want to get you may need an air stone.THats about it.THANKS...

Fish: Need filter advice for 1.5 Gal aquarium, partial water changes, tank syndrome
partial water changes, tank syndrome, adult fish: Hi Janis; A tank that small really can t house more than one danio safely, even with a filter. The safe population limit for all filtered tanks is one inch of adult fish per gallon. Your fish are going to grow and danios get 1.5 to 3 inches long. Here is...

Fish: Need more fish, cory cats, community tank
cory cats, community tank, kind of fish: Hi Manda; I apologize for not getting to your question sooner. I have four children and three of them graduated this year. My twin girls from jr. high and my son from high school. so, I ve been pretty busy! Wait for the tank to fully break in before...

Fish: I Need Your Help, cichlid research, flowerhorn
cichlid research, flowerhorn, something red: Hi Carl, It almost certainly is exactly what you thought it was: prolapsed material from inside the fish (either the oviduct or possibly part of the intestine). As far as I know, there really isn t anything you can do about that. On the positive side,...

Fish: I Need Help ASAP!, cichlid research, kind of fish
cichlid research, kind of fish, kinds of fish: Hi Tracey, What kind of fish do you have? Many kinds of fish don t eat their eggs, they are in fact, excellent parents. If you don t have any males in there, a female can lay eggs but they just won t be fertilized so they won t ever hatch....

Fish: Need Help Ron A.S.A.P. I have a sick Oscar, stress zyme, cichlid research
stress zyme, cichlid research, texas chiclid: Hi Mario, It takes several days to a week or more to clear up ick so you have to stick with it. Basically, ick is a parasite that has two stages to its life. The one stage is a cyst which is the little white blob thing that you see on a fish. Nothing...

Fish: Neon's, colorful presence, fish tag
colorful presence, fish tag, peaceful fish: Hello, You could have Leopard Cories instead of a dwarf variety, you will probably just have to have 1 or 2 less because they re bigger. A pictus catfish is another good idea, but you would probably have to get just 1 or 2 of them, but no cories. Blue Rams...

Fish: Neon Tetra, neon tetra disease, neon tetras
neon tetra disease, neon tetras, feeder fish: Christian, Is your tank heated. Most of the fish you have except the catfish depending on the type it is and the goldfish need it. You have alot of fish in a tank that small. I fear you are going to have problems...

Fish: Neon Tetras, neon tetra, neon tetras
neon tetra, neon tetras, tank conditions: Hey Carl, No, i never got an answer i was happy with, however, i did dig and do tons of research. I found several causes for my situation which might match yours. For starters, a school of 6 neon tetra may actually be too small. Its recommended 6 or more....

Fish: Neon Tetras, neon tetras, fish bowls
neon tetras, fish bowls, tank syndrome: Hi Michael; The tank is too new for more than one fish. Once it has been up and running with fish in it for 6 to 8 weeks it will be fully ready to accomodate a few more. Here is my article on new tanks that explains what is happening and how to handle it;...

Fish: Neon tetra behavior, neon tetra, neon tetras
neon tetra, neon tetras, peaceful fish: Hey Dave! Just a quick check up on you, and your tetra. Have things settled in your tank? or are things progressing as they were before? Just remember, you can feel free to ask a follow up, or a new question any time and I ll do my best to get back to...

Fish: Neon tetra's, neon tetra disease, neon tetras
neon tetra disease, neon tetras, frequent water changes: Good afternoon, Kat, thank you for your question. It does sounds like your neon tetra is carrying eggs. Out of a school of 9, it is likely there is a mated pair. You can test your water to make sure everything is in check, nitrates should be under 20 ppm...

Fish: Neon tetras, neon tetras, neon tank
neon tetras, neon tank, automatic feeder: Good evening Dan, thank you for your question. I can briefly answer your questions, however I recommend you do further reading by following the links at the end of this message. A neon tank sounds like fun! I have kept cardinals and neons together before,...

Fish: New 30 gallon hex tank, neon tetras, dwarf gouramis
neon tetras, dwarf gouramis, cherry barbs: Hi Sarah; Platies, swordtails, cory cats, cherry barbs (avoid other barbs, they re aggressive), and rasboras are all good starter fish. Only add one inch of fish for every ten gallons to get the cycling accomplished. This means you only want 3 fish to start...

Fish: New 55 Gallon, Fish keep dying, midas cichlid, plecostomos
midas cichlid, plecostomos, daily basis: GET RID OF SOME FISH AS FAST AS YOU CAN! You are EXTREMELY overstocked. You should only put 1 oscar with NO tankmates in a 55 gallon tank, let alone all of the other SA cichlids. It is impossible for your levels to check it out, because i dont belive...

Fish: New Aquarium, blue gourami, tiger barb
blue gourami, tiger barb, angel fish: Hi Maria; Now THAT S a good manager! I am so happy to hear they did the right thing for you and your fish. The goldfish will be fine, but unfortunately they get so big and are so messy that they are the complete the population of a 10 gallon tank. They...

Fish: New Aquarium, cichlid research, new aquarium
cichlid research, new aquarium, gallon aquarium: Hi Nick, The filter HAS to run all the time. It is no good if you turn it off and on because the way a filter works is partly mechanically (literally pulling solid stuff out of the water) but equally importantly, by biological action. Basically, certain...

Fish: New Aquarium - Fish Dying!, ammonia levels, aquarium fish
ammonia levels, aquarium fish, new aquarium: Hi Fiona, When you fed them three times, did they eat all the food? You should only feed fish as much food as they eat right away. Never put in food for them to eat later . It just rots and spoils the water. Something still seems very peculiar...

Fish: New Aquarium, goldfish tank, partial water changes
goldfish tank, partial water changes, ammonia level: Hi Heather; You will need to mke some partial water changes to keep the ammonia from killing your fish. Remove 25% of the water and replace it with fresh water. You may have to do this daily for awhile until the ammonia starts to go down on it s own. ...

Fish: New aquarium and ammonia/nitrite levels, 10 gallon aquarium, partial water changes
10 gallon aquarium, partial water changes, fish advice: Hi Bela; You want a little ammonia in there during the break-in so the beneficial bacteria have something to feed on. A level of .25 to .50 is okay and only slightly stresses the fish. Your goal during this time is not to get it to zero , just low. The...

Fish: New aquarium setup and fish, tiger barbs, stomach flu
tiger barbs, stomach flu, aquarium setup: Hi Scott; So sorry to have delayed answering your questions. I was very sick with the stomach flu for the last day or so. Finally feeling more human today. Thanks for your patience. Make a weekly water change of 25% to 50%. Vacuum the gravel in the tank...

Fish: New Beta, betta fish, muscle deterioration
betta fish, muscle deterioration, beta fish: Nicole, Betta Fish should be kept in a 5 gallon tank which is properly filtered and heated. Despite the myths, Betta Fish can and will suffer muscle deterioration in anything smaller. They will also live longer and happier lives in a 5+ gallons. But...

Fish: My New Beta, tank syndrome, stress coat
tank syndrome, stress coat, new tanks: Hi Aaron; The tank with a heater and filter is a great idea! Bettas really need that. Use a water conditioner like Stress Coat, Prime or NovAqua. They are all good. For food, get pellets like BettaMin or some other one made just for them. They all seem...

Fish: New Betta with black eyes, gallon tank, bettas
gallon tank, bettas, eye disease: Hello- Black eyes are normal for bettas, as long as New Dot s eyes are not milky or cloudy, you ve got nothing to worry about. You can shine a flashlight on his eyes to check for cloudiness, if you spot anything fishy, add some fresh clean water to...

Fish: My New Betta Fish, rice paddies, betta fish
rice paddies, betta fish, solitary lives: Hi Conecia, Good job on buying a larger tank - he should be a lot happier. What temperature is your water? If it is under 79 degrees at any time, try buying a 25watt aquarium heater. They work wonders for perking up fish. Hope this helps! Prue...

Fish: New Betta won't eat/acting weird, nervous nellies, brine shrimp
nervous nellies, brine shrimp, long periods of time: Hi Courtenay; The first thing to do is get that excess food out of there. After 3 days it can cause the water to be toxic. You might want to change all the water and it will help her feel better. Remember to use a good water conditioner and the new water...

Fish: New Bettas, aquarium filtration, surface skimmers
aquarium filtration, surface skimmers, surface skimmer: You are worrying too much. Female Betta s are pretty hardy and can handle a lot. You can just use normal water conditioner in the tank and it doesn t matter what filter you use, but to keep on the cheaper side i would just get a normal filter. Just like any...

Fish: New Bettas, stress zyme, brine shrimp
stress zyme, brine shrimp, glass marbles: Hi Tracy; There are some bettas that seem to do okay at fairly low temps for awhile, but not in the long run. Most bettas kept in water under 72 get lethargic, won t eat and die in a short period of time. They are seriously predisposed to disease when stressed...

Fish: New Blue Scale Oranda, partial water changes, aquarium salt
partial water changes, aquarium salt, chris robbins: Hi Marcel; I would still check the nitrites before treating with anything. Even with the water changes it could be elevated. Nitrites will continue to rise until the system is biologically balanced again. That s why continued testing and additional water...

Fish: New behavior, Breeding Cichlids?, cichlid research, digging holes
cichlid research, digging holes, green terror: Hi Steph, Actually, if they are electric yellows, the female is a mouthbrooder, meaning that she will lay an egg on the ground, the male will fertilize it and then she will immediately pick it up in her mouth to incubate it. They continue this until she...

Fish: New betta with colunmaris and septicemia?, dorsal fins, anal fins
dorsal fins, anal fins, water parameters: Hi Catherine; Poor guy. It definitely looks like a bacterial infection. I would use Kanamycin, or Maracyn Two if you can t get Kanamycin. They are both antibiotics that absorb into the fish as well as treating the outside. Clean his water every day so...

Fish: New betta, beta fish, sesame seeds
beta fish, sesame seeds, t drain: Well they do sounds a lot like eggs she might lay them, but they won t hatch because their isn t a male in the tank. Don t put a male betta in the tank because the male will usally kill the female and maybe eat the eggs! I hope everything goes well. Please...

Fish: New Fish first timer, inch fish, fish store
inch fish, fish store, kind of fish: Hi Zach; Oops. If your tank is only a one-gallon, they are suffering from lack of oxygen and waste toxins. A one gallon tank can only support a one-inch fish, and that s if it has a filter and the fish is at it s adult size so it will not grow bigger. Yours...

Fish: New Fish Owner!! HELP!!!, fancy goldfish, male betta
fancy goldfish, male betta, fish tank: Hi Brandy; Poor guy. He needs a regular tank with a good filter. As you now know, goldfish just can t get enough oxygen in a fish bowl. They are very messy fish that get very big too. If he survives, your little guy is going to grow to be 6 to 8 inches...

Fish: New Fish Tank, fish molly, tank syndrome
fish molly, tank syndrome, fish tank: Hi Kim; You are doing everything right in keeping those guys healthy while the tank breaks in. Don t try to alter the pH with chemicals. Chemical treatment of pH causes a rolercoaster effect and is more harmful to the fish than letting them get used to...

Fish: New Fish Tank, jack dempsy, cichlid research
jack dempsy, cichlid research, fish tank: Hi Joe, That isn t unusual for an oscar to do, particularly when introduced to a new tank. It will take time, possibly weeks, for him to get used to his new home. Yes, changing 25% of the water once a week, EVERY week is a great plan for keeping...

Fish: New fish, tank syndrome, fish reference
tank syndrome, fish reference, fish waste: Hi Deborah; Your new fish need a regular fish tank with a filter. If they are goldfish you will need a 10 gallon or larger just to start them out. They are very messy and big fish that need plenty of room. They live to be 10 or more years and get 6 to 8...

Fish: New fish, beneficial bacteria, fish bowl
beneficial bacteria, fish bowl, worman: Hello Ben- I would recommend rinsing the tank with hot water a few times, and briefly wiping the sides and bottom. Don t scrape the bowl clean, however, as it can have beneficial bacteria growing on it that are helpful for keeping fish healthy. Hope...

Fish: New fish, neon tetras, beginner fish
neon tetras, beginner fish, fish tank: Good afternoon, Garrett! Thanks for your question. I am awfully glad to hear that you are cycling your tank! A 35 gallon would be room enough for a shoal of neon tetras. A dozen or more would give you the best effect - these are very shy, skittish fish...

Fish: New fish owner, hexagon fish tank, feeder goldfish
hexagon fish tank, feeder goldfish, cichlid research: Hi Bobby, Are you aware that an adult oscar is 12-16 inches long? A 40 gallon tank is barely enough for one oscar, and not nearly enough space for two. The best way to do the weekly water change is to use a gravel vaccuum to clean the bottom of...

Fish: New fish, viatamins, freshwater fish
viatamins, freshwater fish, bole: Hi, you must definallely buy them a bole with definate live real plants wich will give them cover algee to feed on and assentil natural viatamins, for their survival.Then buy them normal freshwater fish food and crunch a little bit up very, very well crunched,...

Fish: New food making my sick ill, omega one, pet mart
omega one, pet mart, kc mo: Hi Janis, The symptoms you have described sound like swimbladder disorder, an issue where the air filled sac in a fishes abdomen swells because of a knock, bad water quality, or in your case what sounds like a change in diet. I would let the fish fast...

Fish: New Goldfish Sitting on Tank Bottom, ammonia levels, tank bottom
ammonia levels, tank bottom, internal filter: It can be fright or it can be a sign that you purchaed an unhealthy fish. treat you tank with anti parasite soultion and watch the koi closley over the days. also try other foods, ask the shop what they were feeding their koi and ask them if their supplier...

Fish: New with Gouramis, guppy fry, blue gourami
guppy fry, blue gourami, sucker fish: Good evening Melissa, thank you for your question. If you have already tested your water and have determined that ammonia and nitrites are 0 ppm, with nitrates under 20 ppm, then we will assume that the affected gourami exhibits a bacterial infection, not...

Fish: New Lion Head Goldfish, lionhead goldfish, beta fish
lionhead goldfish, beta fish, happy fish: Hi Mychelle; Oops! A Lionhead Goldfish needs a regular tank of 10 gallons or more to survive very long. Get one with a good filter, but no heater is needed. They are also pretty messy fish, unlike a betta. They also need a good food made specially for...

Fish: New Molly Fry, local fish stores, store fish
local fish stores, store fish, gallon aquarium: Hi Kaela; You would have to ask PetSmart about it. If they won t take them you could ask local fish stores that are not big companies like that. The little privately owned stores are more likely to take them. You may have to donate them though because...

Fish: New Molly Owner, 10 gallon aquarium, tank syndrome
10 gallon aquarium, tank syndrome, first fish: Hi Gina; They are stressed from New tank Syndrome . It s an excellent idea to stop feeding them for a couple of days. Even a week will not hurt them. Fish can go for 2 or 3 weeks with no food at all. It keeps the waste toxins down to cut back when there...

Fish: New and Old, shubunkin goldfish, pet store owner
shubunkin goldfish, pet store owner, aquarium salt: Hello Krystal- Just a tip, try Melafix to help re-grow the injured fin; it s a miracle worker! Combined with aquarium salt, it will help prevent any infection, though you sound like you ve got the situation under control. As for introducing the two fish,...

Fish: New Pet for daughter, silicone sealant, fish store
silicone sealant, fish store, razor blade: Hi Lori; If you want only cold water fish like guppies or goldfish you won t need a heater, but get a filter. The fish really need it to do well. It is easier for you to clean with one too. The tank would have to be emptied once a week or more without one....

Fish: New Tank, fish bowls, tank syndrome
fish bowls, tank syndrome, nitrifying bacteria: Hi Daniel; That s a nice size for a tank. I wish I had room for one. The best fish to start the break-in period are those you want to keep in there later. Start with one to two inches for every ten gallons and don t add any more for 6 to 8 weeks. This would...

Fish: New Tank and 2 Mollies, stress zyme, first fish
stress zyme, first fish, new tank: Ok i would put the heater to 77 degrees farenheit and put an external filter on the back of your tank. Also i am not sure how big a 10 gallon UK tank is in U.S. gallons so if you could tell me that i could give you an answer on your next fish. They are just...

Fish: New Tank, aquarium salt, new tank
aquarium salt, new tank, chris robbins: Hi Paula; Just make 25% water changes until the nitrites stay down. Even every day isn t too much. It just lowers the nitrites so the fish can tolerate them. Don t vacuum the gravel though. It disturbs the beneficial bacteria balance too soon. Wait until...

Fish: New Tank., hardy fish, white clouds
hardy fish, white clouds, new tank: Since its a new tank I d start with some hardy fish(like the clouds) Here are some choices Mollys-really cool, they can have fresh Or salt water Plattys-bassic idea of a fish Swordtails-platty with a long tail Guppies-can be fancy or plain gouramis-they...

Fish: New Tank with High PH, hardy aquarium fish, bala sharks
hardy aquarium fish, bala sharks, black fin sharks: Hi Benjamin; What a shame you were so misled by the pet store. They were interested in a sale and just love it when people don t know how to get started. Those sharks actually need a larger tank right now. They are a very hyper species and will bash themselves...

Fish: New Tank issues, cichlid research, gold fish
cichlid research, gold fish, new tank: Hi Scott, It could be that the new fish introduced some Ick into the tank. Ick looks like tiny white dots -- sort of like the fish was coated in icing sugar. If it is ick, you need to treat it right away. There are many medicines that treat ick, e.g.,...

Fish: New Tank/Nitrogen Cycle...am I doing this right?, comet goldfish, ammonia levels
comet goldfish, ammonia levels, nitrogen cycle: Hi Anna-Marie; Good for you in getting a proper place for this fish! The symptoms you described are very common during the break-in. He doesn t eat because he is feeling ill from the toxins. Don t feed him for 3 or 4 days. He is fine for over a week...

Fish: New Tank Problem, cichlid research, bala shark
cichlid research, bala shark, tiger barb: Hi Debbie, Keep up the water changes. It sounds like your tank is going through the normal cycling process. IT should be fin but don t add any more fish for awhile and be careful not to overfeed. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: New Tank User, cold water fish, black moors
cold water fish, black moors, nitrite levels: Hi Sanam; I am so glad they are doing well. After the break-in, rinse the filter sponge in a container of aquarium water. Squeeze it a few times and replace the water if it is especially dirty. This will help get the waste out but most of the bacteria will...

Fish: New Tank, sucker fish, pleco fish
sucker fish, pleco fish, fish tank: Hi, it is very imporatant to keep you filter on all night and never turn it off,i have had my tank 10 years and never turned mine off accept when i washe it.It is also o.k. if the goldfish nudg each other it is also better to get a pleco fish in other words...

Fish: New tank, dwarf gouramis, litre tank
dwarf gouramis, litre tank, ammonia nh3: Hi Kerri; Water changes, yes. Filter pad changes, no. If you replace the filter pads you are removing the beneficial bacteria that is trying to develop. This beneficial bacteria will eventually consume the toxins that make the fish sick during the break-in...

Fish: New tank, gallon fish tank, fish fish
gallon fish tank, fish fish, type fish: Hi Dawn, Oscars are usually sold as juveniles. The majority of people who purchase them don t realize their mature size is 12-14 and they can live over a decade. I just wanted to give you a heads up, even a Great Dane is a puppy at one time... If chlorine...

Fish: New tank, flake food, hardy fish
flake food, hardy fish, new tanks: Hi Cheryl; Cloudiness is quite normal for a new tank. The cloudiness may come and go for the 6 to 8 week break-in period as it stabilizes. Mollies are not very hardy for new tanks because toxins can get pretty high during that time. Normally they do well...

Fish: New tank a bit of a mess all round!!!, viable medicine, aquarium salt
viable medicine, aquarium salt, clown loaches: Hi Karl; Thanks for the compliment! I m glad the article helped you. The fish store will not want the fish back if they are sick so you should treat the white spot and make 25% water changes every day to get the toxins down to a level the fish can handle...

Fish: New tank conditions, nitrite levels, ammonia levels
nitrite levels, ammonia levels, starter fish: Good evening Jeff, thank you for your question. Wow, that s awfully high ammonia levels for your guppies to be in - they do not appear to be bothered? I am not sure if you purchased the guppies to be starter fish, but if you intend on keeping the guppies,...

Fish: New tank...dead fish, tank syndrome, high as a kite
tank syndrome, high as a kite, tank chemical: Alicia, Number one you never cycle a tank that small with live bacteria. You are introducing it in perfect amounts with the fish you are adding. You should add them slowly a couple at a time. Neons wouldn...

Fish: New tank and fish, female bettas, male betta
female bettas, male betta, tank syndrome: Hi Viia; Male guppies would be seen as another male betta. Those pretty tails are easy targets! You might want to start the tank with a couple of danios or a platy instead. Here is my article on new tanks to refresh your memory about that whole crazy...

Fish: New tank,pregnant marble molly, water parameters, main tank
water parameters, main tank, new tank: Hi, Firstly, before putting fish in a tank you need to cycle the tank, which takes around 4 weeks usually. This is done to make sure the nitrite and ammonia are constantly at 0.0, as it is poisonous, and ensure the filter can cope with the waste in the tank....

Fish: New tank problems, nitrite levels, decorative plants
nitrite levels, decorative plants, air bubbles: Hi Basil; Poor guys. Goldfish get too big for that size of a tank and it s also new. It s going through the break-in period. Toxins rise to lethal levels when too many fish are in there to get it started. Make a 75% water change right away and take the...

Fish: New tank set up?, nessler reagent, ammonia test
nessler reagent, ammonia test, ammonia level: Hi Kelly; There may be too much waste in the system too soon. Feed lightly for awhile until it stabilizes. Only feed what the fish will eat from all areas of the tank in less than 3 or 4 minutes once a day. Leftovers anywhere will elevate ammonia. The tank...

Fish: New tank syndrome?, bio spira, ammonia levels
bio spira, ammonia levels, tank syndrome: Donna, You are trying to keep a tropical tank in a tank that is too small. Number one theses guys need to be heated if they are in your tank. Everything will go high at first that is normal. This is the...

Fish: New tank syndrome, partial water changes, ammonia levels
partial water changes, ammonia levels, coral limestone: Hi Nicole; You can make a 25% water change every day until the ammonia begins to stay at a tolerable level. Ammonia will still show up until the bacteria can develop enough, so it may not begin to go down for a week or so. You don t want to eliminate the...

Fish: New tank, fish bowls, tank syndrome
fish bowls, tank syndrome, new tank: Hi Andy; Just transfer them over by floating them in the new tank with old tank water for 10 minutes. Net the fish from the bag after 10 minutes and gently release them into the tank. Throw out the old water in the bag. Don t add it to the new tank. It...

Fish: New tiger oscar, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, hi chris: Hi Chris, They are a little bit in shock. This is normal considering that they have just been moved from where they were to a brand new environment that is completely unfamiliar. Give them some time. It might take them several weeks to start to feel at...

Fish: New World Chiclid Tank mates, gallon fish tank, bala shark
gallon fish tank, bala shark, tank mates: Hi Thomas, My preference would be for a pair of each; however, if you get a pair, they are eventually going to try to spawn (which I think is the best part) but which will make the tank a little more complicated at times. It s up to you. -- Ron ...

Fish: Newbie needs direction, mineral stains, razor blade
mineral stains, razor blade, gallon aquarium: Hi Robin; The residue you see is probably just mineral deposits. They shouldn t cause a problem. If the tank is glass you can scrape it with a razor blade. (be careful and don t cut the sealant) If it is a plastic tank you can t scrape it or you will have...

Fish: What do I do Next?, cichlid research, red wag platy
cichlid research, red wag platy, incubator: Hi Brandi, The babies will just pop out. The problem is that the mother and any other fish in the tank will see the babies as food. So, many people isolate the mother until after she gives birth. It s hard for me to say when she will give birth...

Fish: Niece's fish: matted fins, sc gamecocks, gallon aquarium
sc gamecocks, gallon aquarium, odd symptoms: Rebecca, Let me do some research on this topic. I will get back to you within 2-3 days. These are odd symptoms and I have heard many different variations on the types of illness it could be. Once I get a positive answer, I ll send you another message. ...

Fish: Nitrate, fish mineral, mineral salts
fish mineral, mineral salts, earth elements: Hey Garrett! That s wonderful that your nitrites are down to zero. Your cycle really is *holds fingers apart a 1/2 inch* that close to being done. Did you add the Cycle? Perhaps that is why your nitrates came down and nitrites disappeared within a day....

Fish: Nitrate level problems, ammonia level, nitrite levels
ammonia level, nitrite levels, nitrate level: Hi Martin; They just need a bigger tank. Goldfish are deep-bodied messy fish that require lots of room to thrive and grow. They get to be 6 to 8 inches long and live to be more than 10 years old if allowed the space. I would get a 20 gallon for the...

Fish: Nitrate and nitrite problems, ammonia nitrate, baby guppies
ammonia nitrate, baby guppies, nitrite levels: Gravel should do nothing to the nitrate and nitrite so those knuckleheads saying that are out of their minds. You should always though rinse your gravel in order to avoid coloring on other things. Do water changes and get a bio wheel and continue the use of...

Fish: Nitrate/PH question, fish deaths, ph water
fish deaths, ph water, mollies: Good evening Sarah, thank you for your question. I m really surprised that none of the pet stores were able to shed some light on your problem. Quite simply, you are not changing enough water, and as a result, your nitrates are way too high. In a cycled,...

Fish: Nitrate, panda oranda, nitrate no3
panda oranda, nitrate no3, aquarium salt: Hi Deanna; I am assuming it s actually nitrIte (NO2) your tank has. NitrAte (NO3) comes after the nitrite goes down and is not nearly as toxic. They are commonly misspelled and misunderstood. Nitrate is the end result of the biological process and is one...

Fish: Nitrates high.. more filtration??, saltwater aquarists, nitrate level
saltwater aquarists, nitrate level, bio wheels: Hi again, Alessa! While it may be true that adding more fish helped spike your nitrate level, I would also investigate inside of your filters. Break them down and clean them inside, because when you moved around all of that decor - if you took my advice...

Fish: Nitrite levels, mickey mouse platy, ammonia level
mickey mouse platy, ammonia level, nitrogen cycle: Hi Nicole; Sounds like it s progressing just fine. The ammonia has dropped and now nitrites are rising. Nitrites will continue to rise as the ammonia-eating bacteria eats ammonia up and put out nitrite. Ammonia consuming bacteria seems to be mature now....

Fish: Nitrites and Nitrates, nitrite levels, nitrate levels
nitrite levels, nitrate levels, tank syndrome: Hi there! You re on day six of cycling today, is that right? Here s what I would do. Today or tomorrow, add the Cycle to your tank and monitor the results. Don t do any water changes yet, and I ll tell you why. As your nitrites drop to nearly zero, you will...

Fish: Nitrites and Nitrates, stress coat, chris robbins
stress coat, chris robbins, water changes: Hi Ken! It s progressing right along! I would just let it ride for a few more days and see how it goes. If the fish start to look stressed then you could make a water change or two, but small ones. The nitrites need to stay up enough that the nitrate making...

Fish: Nitrites/PH/Alkalinity won't come down!, ph alkalinity, clown loach
ph alkalinity, clown loach, neon tetras: Good afternoon Sharon, thank you for your question. First off, stop using those chemicals! I am sorry if the LFS recommended it to you, often times staff members are not very knowledgeable and/or trained just to sell you things. This is entirely the wrong...

Fish: Nitrogen cycle, nitrite levels, tank syndrome
nitrite levels, tank syndrome, nitrogen cycle: Hi John; It will be a week or so before you see ammonia rise, but rise it will! Especially with so many fish to start it out. There really should only be a total of 3 inches of fish to start your 30 gallon, but hopefully they will be okay as long as you...

Fish: Norm is dying!, surface dwellers, bettas
surface dwellers, bettas, gills: Hi, This is perfectly normal for Bettas, as they are surface dwellers, and like to raise their mouths to the surface f the water to breath. Bettas also like to display, so once a day, for 5 to 10 minutes, put a mirror at his tank. He will flare up at it,...

Fish: need more acid, google image search, google search
google image search, google search, jungle test: Hi Wes; How long has the tank been set up? If it has been less than 8 weeks it hasn t broken in yet. I will include my article on new tanks at the end of my letter just in case. It will help you get through the toughest part. It is important not to mess...

Fish: need answers, oscar tank, freshwater tanks
oscar tank, freshwater tanks, tiger oscar: Hi Dillon; A 30 gallon isn t going to be nearly large enough even for just one oscar. Get him at least a 50 gallon. Also, don t get an undergravel filter for your bigger tank. Just get a good strong power or canister filter. Oscars break the tubes off of...

Fish: need help, nitrite levels, nitrate levels
nitrite levels, nitrate levels, tank syndrome: Hi Spike; If your new tank has more than one inch of fish per 10 gallons you will have to take some back to the store, or make a 25% water change every single day for the next month to hopefully keep them alive. It will get started growing beneficial bacteria...

Fish: I need help, water quality problem, ammonia nh3
water quality problem, ammonia nh3, fish store: Hi Ailene; It sounds like a water quality problem. Tattered fins, black spots and lethargy are all signs of ammonia and/or nitrite poisoning. Change 25% of his water and take a sample of the tank water and have it tested at the fish store. If there is any...

Fish: i need help, size tank, chris robbins
size tank, chris robbins, kind of fish: Hi Jacolbi; I need more info from you..... What kind of fish? How many? How big? What size tank do you gave them in? What is the water temperature? How long has the tank been set up? How often do you make water changes? What do you feed them? Are...

Fish: i need some help, tank divider, tiger oscar
tank divider, tiger oscar, g tank: Hey, no problem! Just be careful, oscars typically need larger areas to swim, so dividing your tank will work as a temporary solution. After a few weeks of being in the same tank, and seeing each other, try and let them mix again. The extra room to swim around...

Fish: need help, brine shrimp, sick fish
brine shrimp, sick fish, new tank: You need to find out if that friend wash the tank with soap. If she did, you need to find a new tank because the chemical is slowly killing your fish. What type of food were you originally feeding him? Try Freeze Dried bloodworms or brine shrimp. Betta love...

Fish: I need help desperately ...please!, fish tank, water conditioner
fish tank, water conditioner, solid wastes: Tania, If the fish are goldfish it is ok not to have a heater. If not they need a heater. Your cloud is caused by bacteria growing in your tank. Its ok this is necessary for the well being of your fish....

Fish: I need help please!, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, fish stores: Hi Rob, Have you been doing regular partial water changes? I would start by changing 25% of the water today and then doing the same thing for about 3 days running. That should perk them up. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: need help soon, e mail address, suckermouth
e mail address, suckermouth, fish care: it sounds like they may have been poisoned by something in the water. If you changed the water and they still aren t better, it could be your tap water. I d buy some testing strips and test your water for its PH balance and ammonia. Do you notice any other...

Fish: need help, united arab emirates, cichlid research
united arab emirates, cichlid research, fish world: Hi Linda, {Actually this is Ron.} Assuming the temperature is good (roughly 75oF or so), then check to make sure there is adequate air in the tank. Are the fish breathing hard (i.e., pumping their gills in and out)? Is that one goldfish being...

Fish: I need a yellow fish, central american cichlids, tin foil barb
central american cichlids, tin foil barb, cichlid research: Hi Charles, I can t think of any solid yellow new world cichlids but there are some with lots of yellow. For example, Cichlasoma salvini has a lot of yellow. How large is your tank? Many of the Central American cichlids can be quite territorial and...

Fish: needing info, gallon fish tank, cichlid research
gallon fish tank, cichlid research, 30 gallon tank: Hi Carlos, Structure will definitely not stunt their growth. You can add pretty much as much structure as you want and they will appreciate it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: neighbor's guppie, cichlid research, fish doctor
cichlid research, fish doctor, guppy: Hi Nefertiti, Oh dear.. you have a big problem on your hands. First, replacing the guppy. I strongly suggest you not even try to replace the guppy with one that looks like it because unless the girl is only 2 or 3 years old, she will easily tell...

Fish: neon behavior, cichlid research, male bettas
cichlid research, male bettas, schooling fish: Hi Michelle, Hmmm... neons are pretty delicate. I would never put them with a male betta. Male bettas are highly territorial and that s why he attacked the neon. Neons, like many tetras, are schooling fish and like to live in groups, the larger...

Fish: neon fish, fish bowls, tank syndrome
fish bowls, tank syndrome, nitrifying bacteria: Hi Cinnamon; If the spots look like salt specks, this is ich. Go to your local fish store for a remedy. If they are more like patches, it is either a bacterial or fungal infection, or the fish are suffering from the effects of new tank syndrome . Here...

Fish: neon sunburst moon platy, male betta, gallon tank
male betta, gallon tank, bottom edge: Good evening Stephanie, thank you for your question. I commend you for keeping your betta in a proper tank instead of a bowl. Hopefully it is filtered, heated - I bet it is. The real problem is that this is a mighty small home for your betta, and when you...

Fish: neon tetra fishes, neon tetra, tropicalfishcentre
neon tetra, tropicalfishcentre, message board area: Hi. I am glad you re enjoying fishkeeping. A filter needs to be cycled before fish go into it, but since fish are now in it, you have to take things slowly. I recommend you buy some test kits, for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. The ammonia and nitrite are...

Fish: neon tetras, neon tetra disease, fatal neon
neon tetra disease, fatal neon, neon tetras: hey blake. Faded color could come from something as harmless as stress, to the fatal neon tetra disease. Neon tetra disease slowly attracts the fish internally, and they will become listless and separate themselves from the group. they fade because they get...

Fish: my neon tetras is sick, neon tetras, neon tetra
neon tetras, neon tetra, strain of bacteria: Hi Ivana; Poor guy. It sounds like tail rot. It is caused by a certain strain of bacteria. They will need an antibiotic to treat it. Maracyn Two or Tetracycline are the best ones to use. It is contagious so you should treat all the fish. If the little...

Fish: neon tetras, female betta fish, black moors
female betta fish, black moors, different type of fish: Hello Kellie- Sorry to hear about your little guys! The algae eater was not the problem, it was probably something environmental. Did you spray perfume in the same room as the tank? Many fish die suddenly when things like perfumes and other aerosols dissolve...

Fish: neons in six gallon with tail spots, neon tetras, nitrite levels
neon tetras, nitrite levels, tank syndrome: Hi Lori; I ve seen spots like that on my fishes tails from time to time. It was usually a wound healing if it turned out not to be ick. They have been through a very tough time too. The break-in period can cause irritations and injuries on the fish. New...

Fish: My new 9 year old fish named Peanut Butter, bio spira, fantail goldfish
bio spira, fantail goldfish, ammonia level: Hi Lindy; Make a 50% water change right away to help lower the toxins. You can do a 25% to 50% change daily as needed to keep them from hurting him so much. You don t want to eliminate them, just lower them. The new bacteria colonies need something to feed...

Fish: new africian cichlids, corydoras catfish, shrimp pellets
corydoras catfish, shrimp pellets, cichlid research: Hi Mary, The number of fish you can put in a tank depends partly on the size of the tank, but also on the complexity of the tank, i.e,. the amount of rock, wood, plants etc that break up the space. The more complex the tank, the more fish you can put...

Fish: A new aquarium, ammonia nitrate, new aquarium
ammonia nitrate, new aquarium, whole lot of things: Hi Anthony, Well, 5 Gallons is very small and 6 fish is actually probably too much depending on what sort of fish they are. Is it a tropical or coldwater tank? If you have a heater it probably is. What sort of fish do you have? If it is a coldwater tank,...

Fish: My new aquarium..looks great, BUT, orange fish, angle fish
orange fish, angle fish, angel fish: Hi Richard; The tank was probably started out with WAY too many fish. You only want to have one fish for every ten gallons of tank water for the first 6 to 8 weeks. This is to allow the fish to survive the break-in period. Right now, there are so many toxins...

Fish: new aquarium/sick fish?, black molly, new aquarium
black molly, new aquarium, sick fish: Hi Tracy; Wow! Prolific little gals aren t they? Watch the guppy and if she still seems bloated , follow the instructions I gave with the previous answer a few minutes ago. Hopefully, she is just trying to recover from having babies, but may need some...

Fish: new aquarium, silvery sheen, new aquarium
silvery sheen, new aquarium, black molly: Hi Tracy; Congratulations! Sure are cute, aren t they? If you keep doing plenty of water changes, the group of fish you have should be fine until the system cycles and the babies get big enough to get them new homes. It does help if you add live plants...

Fish: new baby, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, fish feeder: Hi Mike, All oscars are actually the same species, they just differ a little in color. The color distinctions are purely human designations. The most important thing is NOT to feed it feeder fish. Feeder fish carry all sorts of diseases and every...

Fish: new baby fish in the tank, cichlid research, baby fish
cichlid research, baby fish, luisa: Hi Luisa, If they are guppies, you will need to take the babies out, otherwise the other fish will eat them. Guppies do not take care of their kids after birth (some other fish do, but guppies do not). -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: new baby fish, black mollies, tank syndrome
black mollies, tank syndrome, male guppies: Hi J Aherne; How cute! I hope he is still alive so you can grow him up. There are special breeder nets you can hang on the inside of the tank to protect the baby. It allows oxygen circulation and temperature control without actually being with the other...

Fish: new baby mollies, baby mollies, 4 x4
baby mollies, 4 x4, fish fish: Hi Steve; Babies! Congratulations! You will have to upgrade to a much larger tank to keep those little fellas alive. Each molly needs one to two gallons of water per fish. Otherwise, the babies will not grow to their full potential. Make lots of water changes,...

Fish: my new beta fish, flake food, nitrate levels
flake food, nitrate levels, beta fish: Hi, Firstly, I recommend you join http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/tfc/ as it is a very friendly, reliable website. Fishkeeping is not as easy as a lot of people think it is. Bettas cannot live in a bowl, so make sure he has a tank bigger than 5 UK Gallons....

Fish: new beta fish, i think he might be sick., fish pellets, aqua aqua
fish pellets, aqua aqua, blood worm: Hi Anne; If the temperature in the room is under 75f that could be the problem. Bettas need warm water. When they are breeding they like it up to 85f. They like it high when they are sick too. Put his bowl in a warmer area if he is too cool. Don t add warmer...

Fish: new beta fish, temperature fluctuation, beta fish
temperature fluctuation, beta fish, tank kit: Good evening Karina, thanks for your question. It is difficult to have stable conditions in half a gallon of water. Strict maintenance is going to be your best friend, but unfortunately since it is winter it is going to be difficult to keep your betta suitably...

Fish: my new beta, screen dividers, gallon heater
screen dividers, gallon heater, fish tanks: Hello Chase- Funny you should ask this question - I just bought a 20 gallon tank and divided it up for my five bettas. My setup is something like this: 20 gallon (long) tank 5 sections 4 home-made screen dividers (I used a screen-door kit for them)...

Fish: What is my new betta doing??, little fella, weird habit
little fella, weird habit, charcoal filter: Hi Michelle; He sounds like a pretty feisty little fella! For whatever reason he just likes to rest there. It might be the spot where the water moves slowest too. That s where they usually build their nests. He will probably get stronger as time goes by...

Fish: new betta, brine shrimp, maracyn two
brine shrimp, maracyn two, blood worms: Karmen, This is an early sign of fin rot. Head to your nearest pet store and buy an antibiotic called Maracyn Two. As for food, try switching to freeze dried blood worms - Betta tend to like those more and you can give him a variety between blood worms...

Fish: new betta for daughter, flake food, tank light
flake food, tank light, tank kit: Hello Daniel- Be sure that you are ready to treat this betta as a family pet rather than an item. Bettas, if taken care of, can live for three to five years - pretty long for a fish. They have quite a personality, but if no one bonds with the betta, it...

Fish: new betta - picky eater?, frozen brine shrimp, blood worms
frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, bubble nest: Hi Amber; I wouldn t worry too much yet. He still seems healthy and bettas can live just fine for 3 weeks or more without any food at all. Building a nest is a very good sign. He may have been overfed at the fish store and just isn t hungry. If he goes...

Fish: new betta tank, frequent water changes, whisper filter
frequent water changes, whisper filter, rectangular tank: Hi Ally; I think there is still something wrong with the thermometer in your tank. Get a brand new one. The least accurate are the stick-on color coded kind. The most accurate are the digital kind, but they can be expensive. Get the old-fashioned skinny...

Fish: My new betta wont eat., betta fish, pet store
betta fish, pet store, pellets: Give him time to adjust. He may be eating it off the bottom after you leave. Give him another day or 2 and if you don t see any improvement, get back to me and we can work on it from there. Bettas sometimes are picky and take a little longer to adjust then...

Fish: new betta, plastic milk jug, rice paddies
plastic milk jug, rice paddies, rice paddy: Hi Liz, Sorry if I m getting to you too late, I hope I m not! The water the bettas come in, if the pet stores do it wrong (as they often do), is a deep blue color because of a chemical called methylene blue. It s a disease preventative and cure, mostly...

Fish: my new bettas have white spots, aquarium salt, new tank
aquarium salt, new tank, melafix: Hello Kate- I am assuming by default that your bettas are either all female in one tank, or all male in a divided tank. Never keep two or more males together without something separating them, or they ll kill each other, as you probably know. The white...

Fish: new black convict fry, convict fry, black convict
convict fry, black convict, flake food: Hi Tammy; The parents may eat the babies when they get bigger or when they lay eggs again. There really isn t much you can do about it since you can t get them another tank for awhile. Unless you know someone else that wants them you are kind of stuck....

Fish: new black moore, ammonia nitrate, new tank
ammonia nitrate, new tank, temperature measurements: Hello James- What temperature is the water in the tank? It seems to me that the water may be too cold and that s what s making your fish so lethargic. Also, make sure you are using a water conditioner (like Tetrasafe) each time you add new water to the...

Fish: new chiclids, central american cichlids, african cichlids
central american cichlids, african cichlids, chiclids: Good morning, Cody, thank you for your question. To get a better idea of what is going on, I need a little more information. How many gallons is your tank, and how long has it been set up? As you probably know, a Jack Dempsey gets to be about 10 inches...

Fish: new to cichlids, african cichlid tank, aggresive fish
african cichlid tank, aggresive fish, african cichlids: Hi Bill, Most african cichlids requrie a large tank. The more aggresive fish the bigger the tank you will need. The best choice whould be to get eletric yellows. They only get 5 in. and they are not aggresive and they probaly wont destroy your plants. With...

Fish: new convict cichlid babies, convict cichlid, cichlid research
convict cichlid, cichlid research, flower pot: Hi Anne, It is wonderful to watch, isn t it... I ve seen it hundreds of times in my research but I still love it every single time. You can either leave them in the tank or remove them. The reality is that most will not survive; that is why the...

Fish: Two new Dwarf Gouramis, bumblebee catfish, dwarf gouramis
bumblebee catfish, dwarf gouramis, dwarf gourami: Hello again Rob- Bottom dwellers, like Raphael catfish or bumblebee catfish, will get along fine. They don t swim too much, so they shouldn t get in the way of the gourami. Small, slow moving fish like guppies should be avoided. Hope this is useful!...

Fish: my new fantail, swim bladder, fish reference
swim bladder, fish reference, chris robbins: Hi Lauren; He is definitely not having fun I m afraid. He is having a problem with his swim bladder. The swim bladder is an organ inside him below his spine that controls buoyancy. When it isn t working properly your fish will have trouble keeping upright...

Fish: My two new fish., male guppies, care and concern
male guppies, care and concern, tetras: So glad to hear this story had a happy ending! Thank you for your care and concern, withour your efforts these fish would have almost certainly been goners. I wish everyone could be so conscientious an aquarist. Enjoy the holiday and feel free to write back...

Fish: new to the fish experience, 30 gallon tank, neon tetras
30 gallon tank, neon tetras, volunteer expert: Chris has been unable to answer your question due to computer failure. You can ask another volunteer expert or post your question on the forum at our sister site About.com in the freshwater aquarium section. There are many knowledgable members there that should...

Fish: i am a new fish owner, upside down catfish, ghost shrimp
upside down catfish, ghost shrimp, sucker fish: Hey Megan, I don t really see much conflict in the assortment, I d make sure the eels have lots of room to hide, and i m surprised the cats are daring enough to chase them. Be sure not to over feed, and to keep your water healthy, or else things will become...

Fish: Is my new fish pregnant???, cichlid research, signs of pregnancy
cichlid research, signs of pregnancy, fish store: Hi Nikita, Female mollies are almost always pregnant because of the cool way that they reproduce. A female molly only has to mate with a male once and then she can store the sperm and use it for many batches of babies. So, odds are, your female is pregnant....

Fish: new fish for tank, cichlid research, dwarf gourami
cichlid research, dwarf gourami, cardinal tetras: Hi Quin, A pair will become aggressive if they have kids but they are relatively small and other fish should (no guarantee) be okay if your tank has a reasonable number of plants, wood, rock, etc. You could also go with only one sex and that would...

Fish: new fish for tank, diamond tetras, dwarf gourami
diamond tetras, dwarf gourami, glowlight tetras: Hi Quin; Actually your tank is pretty well-stocked. A 29 gallon can handle safely up to about 30 inches of fish. If none of your fish were over an inch as adults you could could count each as one . But, you have to calculate population based on the future...

Fish: new fish tank of chiclids, cichlid research, bala shark
cichlid research, bala shark, chiclids: Hi Angela, They might be okay. I wouldn t add too many more fish; it sounds like a full house already. Be sure that you have lots of structure (wood, rock, plants) in the tank to break up the space so that everyone has a spot or two to call their own....

Fish: We have a new fish tank and its a 55 gallon tank, black mollys, north hollywood california
black mollys, north hollywood california, bala sharks: Well, Randy, I m guessing that you have just set this tank up since you mentioned, New Tank Syndrome . What that ususually refers to is the build up of ammonia because the biological filter is not yet working. In order to compensate for that I d recommend...

Fish: new fish/tank, black moor, old tank
black moor, old tank, fish tank: Hello Lori- Cycling can take 2-3 weeks in large tanks, possibly shorter if you are using a bacteria such as Cycle to help the process along. Watch their behavior, and if they show red gills and are gasping for air at the top/bottom of the tank, change...

Fish: new fish, chinese algae eaters, tiger barbs
chinese algae eaters, tiger barbs, tinfoil barbs: Hi Russ; How about some guppies? The males are pretty even if the females are kind of plain looking. They are live bearing so the kids will get a real kick out of seeing the babies appear. Get at least 2 females per male, but you only want one or two fish...

Fish: new fishtank, frequent water changes, tank syndrome
frequent water changes, tank syndrome, nitrogencycle: Good evening Linda, thank you for your question. The problem you are experiencing has a name, although it is not a disease. It s called New Tank Syndrome. It goes like this: you buy a new fish tank. Unaware of the cycling process that needs to take place,...

Fish: new fresh water pond, fresh water pond, polywogs
fresh water pond, polywogs, pond questions: Hi Jon; I don t usually answer pond questions, but I will try. You may have had an unwelcome visitor to your pond! There are many animals, (birds, turtles, large frogs, racoons, cats) that will come to ponds and eat the tadpoles and the fish. That seems...

Fish: new goldfish concerns, black moor, aquarium salt
black moor, aquarium salt, beneficial bacteria: Hi again Lori! Aww you ve got a shy little guy on your hands! I think another fish would definitely make him more confident. If you d like, you can go with a Black Moor as a tank mate (one of my personal favorites!) They ll swim together and if the Black...

Fish: new goldfish concerns, lionhead goldfish, gold snail
lionhead goldfish, gold snail, swim bladder: Hi Lori! Next time you run to the store, here s a list of things you should pick up. 1. - The MOST important thing! Pick up a product that will treat your tap water. You need something that will remove the chlorine and other chemicals. Look for Proquatics...

Fish: new goldfish owner, fish lice, black moors
fish lice, black moors, black moor: The size of a tank needed for two goldfish, by the time they are done growing is about 30-40 gallons. Goldfish typically can grow up to 7-8 inches and are incredibly (INCREDIBLY) messy fish. I don t tend to deal with them much because I don t like 2x a week...

Fish: new goldfish won't eat, tank syndrome, aquarium filter
tank syndrome, aquarium filter, small tank: Hi Amy; He may be in shock, as you suggested. I hope he is eating by now since it took me a couple of days to answer your question. Sorry about that. Been spending time with my family this weekend. Just keep him calm and make sure you use a water conditioner...

Fish: new Jack Dempsey, jack dempsey cichlid, cichlid research
jack dempsey cichlid, cichlid research, fish flakes: Hi Rachel, Keep trying. It may take him days or even a week or more before he wants to eat the new food. Be sure to remove any uneaten food from his tank, otherwise it will rot and that will foul the water. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: new koi owner, butterfly koi, raising fish
butterfly koi, raising fish, filtration system: Wow, I really get grumpy when people selling koi misrepresent stuff just to make a sale! Let me take the last part of your question first. The Japanese have established a system of growth and sizes on a yearly basis... 1st year - under 7 inches 2nd...

Fish: new milly just had babies, molly fish, aquarium water
molly fish, aquarium water, black molly: Hi Belinda; Yep, the other fish love to eat babies. It is said that mollies eat babies much less frequently than other livebearers, but they can and will if given the chance. Whatever container they are moved to must be with a filter and heater. They will...

Fish: is my new oscar happy?, artifical plants, first fish
artifical plants, first fish, little heart: Hi Dawn, I can t say whether he is happy -- that gets pretty deep into metaphysics, the meaning of life and all that, but it sounds like he is doing well. The swimming up and down is perfectly fine and normal. Typically he is trying to say pay...

Fish: My new oscars, keeping fish, fishless cycle
keeping fish, fishless cycle, internal filter: Hi, Oscars are very ambitious for a new fishkeeper, so you may encounter some problems. It is not easy keeping fish, especially large fish such as Oscars. Firstly, the tank needs to be over 300 litres. You must be aware they will grow to 12 to 13 inches at...

Fish: new to oscars, feeder goldfish, bala sharks
feeder goldfish, bala sharks, tiger oscar: Hi Sara, Oscars take a while to get used to a new home. Young oscars can be rather sensitive but give them time. The bad news is that once the oscars are doing well, they will grow quickly and that s when you ll have problems. Oscars are predators....

Fish: new platy owner, partial water changes, adult fish
partial water changes, adult fish, kind of fish: Hi Jen; Sounds like they may be getting romantic again already. If you only have one female in there it would be a good idea to get an extra one or two if your tank is big enough for all of the adults as well as the babies. The female can become worn...

Fish: new pleco, romaine lettuce, omega one
romaine lettuce, omega one, pelets: Good evening Matt, thank you for your question. This is a common problem with goldfish - they re little piggies, aren t they? They only need to eat as much as their eye mass daily, but will happily eat 10x this amount! They may leave the pellets alone,...

Fish: I have some new questions about cichlids., cichlid research, cyrtocara moorii
cichlid research, cyrtocara moorii, malawi cichlids: Hi Robyn, In general, Malawi cichlids like peacocks and haps tend to be harem spawning fish. What that means is that a male attempts to control a territory and a group of females. As such, putting more than one adult male of one of those species in a...

Fish: new rock, cichlid tank, lava rock
cichlid tank, lava rock, minuts: Hi, it would be a great idea to boil some water an d poor it onto the rock, then rice it and lit it soak in freshwater for about 15 minuts.Once these steps are compleat scrub rock with takle salt or sea salt for 5 minuts and then rise the rock, once all this...

Fish: new sturgeon with a bent back, home aquariums, peacock bass
home aquariums, peacock bass, fish stores: Hi Anthony; That sounds pretty bad I m afraid. Once they start acting like that they don t usually make it. It would be best not to get another one though. Fish stores should not sell them for home aquariums because they actually need lakes and large ponds...

Fish: new tank, cold water fish, tropical tanks
cold water fish, tropical tanks, hardy fish: Hello Sean- 1. It really depends on what fish you like and how much work and equipment you re willing to put into the tank. Tropical fish require heaters, and need their temperatures to be meticulously monitored. However, they can be more colorful and unique...

Fish: new tank, aquarium set, beneficial bacteria
aquarium set, beneficial bacteria, chris robbins: Hi Sean; You need just the regular bottled non-sudsing ammonia from the grocery store or hardware store cleaning aisle. Get one that is just plain clear ammonia with no scent, no detergent or other additives. Here is a good web page that explains all...

Fish: new tank, feeder fish, bubble wands
feeder fish, bubble wands, airline tubing: Good afternoon Haley, thank you for your question. A frog as a feeder fish? I take it you mean that the guppies, goldfish and shrimp are going to be feeders. To answer your question, an air pump does just that - it pumps air. You need to get some airline...

Fish: new tank, fish tank, new tank
fish tank, new tank, harmful chemicals: Never just put plain tap water in your tank their are harmful chemicals that can kill your fish. You need to start putting a water declorinater in the tank with the new water. To uncloud the tank i would use Jungles Cloud Clear and that should make it clear...

Fish: i have a new tank, starter fish, stress coat
starter fish, stress coat, harmful chemicals: No, you can t put them in without putting stress coat in their first it removes harmful chemicals from the water so your fish won t die. Also what fish are you going to put in the tank? what size is the tank? Do you have a filter? DO you have a heater? ...

Fish: new tank, bio spira, fish tank
bio spira, fish tank, dechlorinator: Sean, my friend, nearly all of the answers to your questions can be found in the websites I have linked you to. I suspect you are young, so I will reply to your questions briefly. You need to at least skim the material I suggest to you... Bio-Spira is the...

Fish: new tank, nitrite levels, aquarium set
nitrite levels, aquarium set, fish tanks: Hi, A fishless cycle is definitely best for a beginner, so I think you ve made the right choice instead of cycling with fish. The best place to go for information is http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/tfc/ as there are many people willing to help you with...

Fish: new tank, frequent water changes, aquarium set
frequent water changes, aquarium set, moderate quantities: Hey Sean, to start off, if you plan to keep any live animals in that tank, i HIGHLY recommend you pick a different source of ammonia. putting ammonia into a tank and jumpstarting the cycling process with that plan can have 3 disastrous effects. First,...

Fish: new tank, aquarium set, new tank
aquarium set, new tank, togeter: Hello Sean- I don t see a problem with your method of adding Cycle along with the ammonia (they should work together - I use Cycle on my tanks and haven t had trouble.) However, you ll want to leave your filter intact during the process so bacteria can...

Fish: new tank, cichlid research, aquarium set
cichlid research, aquarium set, good bacteria: Hi Sean, Yes it does lose the bacteria when you replace the carbon. But hopefully by then the tank is well established with good bacteria everywhere such that when you replace the carbon, the new carbon is quickly colonized by bacteria from elsewhere...

Fish: new tank, adding freshwater fish, chris robb, fish chart
chris robb, fish chart, tank syndrome: Hi Kelly; New tanks should have only one inch of fish per 10 gallons. There are quite a few in there. I m so sorry this has happened to you. Make a 25% water change to help the fish feel better. It lowers New Tank Syndrome toxins. Do 25% changes for two...

Fish: new tank for betta, fish bowls, surface agitation
fish bowls, surface agitation, eclipse systems: Good evening Rhonda, thank you for your question. And thank you for asking! I always love to see a person doing research ahead of purchase. Most people tend to put the cart before the horse, so to speak. The Eclipse systems are very attractive systems....

Fish: new tank set up, ammonia level, fish feeders
ammonia level, fish feeders, little tank: Hi Linda; Yes, there are way too many fish in that little tank. A 5 gallon really isn t even big enough to keep even one goldfish healthy for very long. Goldfish are pretty tolerant of ammonia so they just have t gotten sick from it yet. Test the ammonia...

Fish: new tank...sick fish, rocks and gravel, detergent residue
rocks and gravel, detergent residue, white vinegar: Hi Josie; Could something toxic like soap or cleaner have gotten into the tank? These are very toxic, even in small trace amounts. It would explain the foam and the burned eyes and skin too. Take everything apart and rinse, rinse, rinse. You can even...

Fish: new tank stocking, harlequin rasboras, american tank
harlequin rasboras, american tank, gal tank: Good evening Kari, thank you for your question. No worries! You are actually on the right track here. I have a 29 gallon community/South American tank right now that is a bit overstocked, and I am really enjoying the dynamic of the tank. I have 2 Columbian...

Fish: "new tank" syndrome", gallon fish tank, cocktail shrimp
gallon fish tank, cocktail shrimp, ammonia levels: Good morning Carlos, thank you for your question. I hope you don t have any fish in there right now, it doesn t sound like you do. White cloudy water is caused by a bacterial bloom. I suspect that the bacteria starter is the culprit. Many bacterial starters...

Fish: new tank water quality, bala sharks, nitrite levels
bala sharks, nitrite levels, ammonia levels: Hi Camilla; Make a 25% water change today and keep doing them 2 or 3 times a week to keep the ammonia under control and avoid fish death. You really have too many starter fish in there though. You should have a maximum of one inch of fish per 10 gallons...

Fish: new tank, cichlid research, new tank
cichlid research, new tank, 10 gallon tank: Hi Vinny, Rinse it wout with water MANY times and it should be okay. You can put a half dozen or so with no problem. As for the heater, I haven t used one of those; however, the heater is a very important piece of equipment and I use only brands...

Fish: our new tetra, gallon aquarium, fish one
gallon aquarium, fish one, intestinal blockage: Hello Brandy- It sounds like your new fish has some sort of intestinal blockage. Try feeding it a pea to help dislodge anything that may be stopping up your fish s system. Skin the pea and cut it in half or in thirds, and drop it into the tank - It s fine...

Fish: My new zebras, zebra danios, zebra danio
zebra danios, zebra danio, neon tetra: Hi Garrett, That s ok. One neon tetra will be fine in there. What I would do is when you get ready to add more fish (in a week or so) make your next fish more neon tetras. They really like to be together in a group. Add 3 or 4 more and watch how they shoal...

Fish: newbie, golden apple snail, male convicts
golden apple snail, male convicts, lava rock: Hello Bridget, I m sorry your cichlids aren t getting along too well! I can t say I have a definite solution for you, but I do have a few suggestions. First of all, I would only use Mela Fix for the fraying of the fins. Using Mela and Pima Fix together...

Fish: newly hatched fry, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, female convicts: Hi Kim, Congratulations! In my opinion, your best move would be to remove the convicts and leave the jewel parents with the fry in the big tank. Feed the fry with frozen baby brine shrimp. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: nighttime viewing, chris robbins, total darkness
chris robbins, total darkness, aquarium: Hi August; It does bother them to turn on the light from total darkness and could possibly scare them enough injure themselves. What I usually do is turn on a light in the room for a few minutes first. Then it isn t quite such a shock. Do the same when...

Fish: nitates and nitrites removal, comet goldfish, partial water changes
comet goldfish, partial water changes, massive population: Hi Cathy; In a healthy tank there should be no nitrItes present at all once it has finished it s initial cycling period. If your tank is less than 8 weeks old and/or you tend to overfeed (most of us do sometimes) the nitrites will be elevated. Partial water...

Fish: nitrite levels, aquarium salt, salt concentration
aquarium salt, salt concentration, gal tank: Hi SPD; Keep making daily 25% water changes until the nitrite goes down and stays there. The fish cannot absorb oxygen properly with so much nitrite present. It changes their blood chemistry. To make the nitrite less toxic, add one teaspoon of aquarium...

Fish: i got a cat fish and a oscar is that ok, cichlid research, cat fish
cichlid research, cat fish, good chance: Hi Nicole, Unfortunately there is a very good chance that they oscar will eat the catfish. I can almost guarantee it. It might not be today or tommorrow, but eventually it will happen. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: nostril growth on my black skirt tetra, fish louse, chris robbins
fish louse, chris robbins, water changes: Hi Joshua; It could just be a mole or something. Unless it looks infected there really isn t much you can do. Infection is usually red (bacterial), white or grey (fungal). Just keep the environment healthy with weekly 25% water changes and gravel vacuuming...

Fish: nursing back a fish out of water, aquarium salt, fish store
aquarium salt, fish store, question members: Good morning Heidi, thank you for your question. Members of the carp family are remarkably resilient. As long as their gills are moist they can obtain oxygen directly from the air. Were its fins and tail stuck to the floor? Aquarium salt would be the...

Fish: O Crap my fish are dead, 10 gallon aquarium, cichlid research
10 gallon aquarium, cichlid research, gallon tank: Hi Chris, Despite what most people think, goldfish are actually a rather difficult fish to keep alive. They need cool water. It is unlikely that they died from the filter -- they just ended up there. Twelve fish in a 10 gallon tank is a lot of fish by...

Fish: Odd Gourami, blue gouramis, pale cells
blue gouramis, pale cells, photoreceptor cells: Hello again- Ah! It s a blue gourami - I thought it may have been an opaline gourami like my boys. In that case, just flip-flop what I said about front and back orientation (and in this case, his photoreceptors would be stuck in the on position rather...

Fish: Odd Water Anomaly, crowntail betta, gallon fish tank
crowntail betta, gallon fish tank, java moss: Well this happens because their isn t enough water movement i would put a powerhead in the tank or a filter if you don t already have one. Once you have done what i told you tell me what the results are. With the water changes you only want to do weekly water...

Fish: How much and how Often should Coy Fish be Fed, coy fish, gallon pond
coy fish, gallon pond, tetra pond: Luis, My goodness! That s quite a large pond! The general rule is never to feed them more than what they can eat between 3-5 minutes twice a day. Feeding them more can often result in over feeding which can kill them, so I suggest just feeding them what...

Fish: Old age or sick beta?, poor fella, chris robbins
poor fella, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Jesse; Poor fella sounds like he is old, as you said. They live to be anywhere from 2 to 3 usually. They are about a year old when we buy them so he could be about 3 or older. You ve done a great job taking care of him all this time. Keep his water level...

Fish: My Old Beta, bubble nest, finding food
bubble nest, finding food, water changes: Gil, At 3.5 years old, this could just simply be a sign of old aging. It does sound like your fish is slowly loosing his sight when you describe his eyes. However, if he is still making bubbles for a bubble nest he is still quite content with his home and...

Fish: Old fish Tony with eye problem., chris robbins, fish forum
chris robbins, fish forum, freshwater fish: Hi Heidi; Poor Tony. You might try putting a light on his bowl or lay a heating pad on one side of his bowl to raise the temperature. (Just be careful that your heat source doesn t get wet!) Some bettas can live to be 4 or 5 so if he can get the temperature...

Fish: Old Goldfish, oldest goldfish, waste water quality
oldest goldfish, waste water quality, feeder fish: Hi Amy; He s actually not that old. Goldfish live to be twenty years old so he s basically still a youngster. The oldest goldfish Tish lived to be 43 years. If it s cataracts, it can be a sign of old age but can also be genetic or from environmental...

Fish: Oncology Lab Zebrafish Tank Problems, nitrates and nitrites, chemistry levels
nitrates and nitrites, chemistry levels, oncology laboratory: Hi Geoffrey; There are just too many fish for the little tank to handle. The recommended population for any tank with small fish like those guys is one inch per gallon. However, it is possible to have as heavy a load as 2 inches per gallon, especially with...

Fish: What is Opal doing??? I wonder(really), first aid kit, internal parasites
first aid kit, internal parasites, water change: well, if ur Opal shows no symptoms, its weird that its acting sick, so i did some research. heres what i found! GENERAL INFO: Sometimes a betta will act sick but not exhibits any symptoms. He could either have internal parasites, or some mild bacterial...

Fish: Opaline Gourami question, light element, old tank
light element, old tank, last element: Hi It looks to me that they are under stress , they are new to the tank and they did not consider it their home yet , may be they moved a lot , just give them time , feed them well , consider the light element , one wat for one gallon , light time should...

Fish: Oranda, maracyn 2, red veins
maracyn 2, red veins, chris robbins: Hi Heather; It might be good to make a water change of 25%. Fresh water boosts the immune system. If the spot is caused by a bacterial infection it might be inside of his body. The melafix is a great product for external problems, but I don t think it is...

Fish: Oranda Bullies, white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows
white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows, cichlid research: Hi Nicole, Not really. Your fish are territorial and they will remain that way. As they got larger and older, they will get more territorial. I don t suggest adding any more fish. The only long term solution is to get a much larger tank. --...

Fish: Oranda bleeding from gill, ammonia levels, common myth
ammonia levels, common myth, small tank: Hi Barbara; Poor thing. Gill bleeding in goldfish is from stress and/or ammonia poisoning. Ammonia burns the gills and they will bleed easily. It causes the fish to suffocate. In an established tank the ammonia should always be zero . If there is any presence...

Fish: Oranda and Dropsy!, comet goldfish, epsom salts
comet goldfish, epsom salts, maracyn 2: Hi Amy; Make a series of water changes to lower the ammonia. Replace 25% of the water every day for 3 or 4 days. Keep using the Maracyn 2 , just add it after you change water for that day. Ammonia removers help a bit, but don t really remove it....

Fish: Oranda with Dropsy!, comet goldfish, epsom salts
comet goldfish, epsom salts, maracyn two: Hello Amy- Though dropsy is very difficult to cure, it has been done. Continue treating your little guy with antibiotics, and if you want, you can add some Epsom salts to help the swelling go down. Be sure to use Epsom salts, and not table or aquarium salt....

Fish: Oranda Fish, cold water fish, frequent water changes
cold water fish, frequent water changes, brine shrimp: Hi Marie; It could be a simple case of constipation. Stop feeding them for a couple of days and then feed peeled green peas. Feed the peas for about 3 days. Once they are doing better you can resume feeding regular foods, but keep feeding peas and other...

Fish: Oranda fish, bladder problems, bladder infection
bladder problems, bladder infection, fish tank: Hello Ian. Yes, it does sound like swim bladder. Do they look fat? If they look fat, it could be bloat. I will give you the treatments for both. SWIM BLADDER INFECTION~ Do NOT feed them for a week to ten days. Also, using sinking food HIGHLY decreases...

Fish: Oranda fish, egg yolk, egg layers
egg yolk, egg layers, baby fish: Hi AJA, If you don t want your fish to have babies, don t do anything. Just leave them alone (They will just eat their eggs). If you are looking forward to having little baby fish, seperate the couple from the other fish. Goldfish are egg layers, so...

Fish: Oranda goldfish, tea trees, swim bladder
tea trees, swim bladder, bladder infection: Rashmi, You are lucky you have an egg baring female or it is very hared to sex you goldies. She sounds like she has a swim bladder infection. You should treat with a mild and all natural antibiotic Melafix....

Fish: Oranda headgrowth falling off, fancy goldfish, aquarium salt
fancy goldfish, aquarium salt, fish tank: Hello P - I ve heard of orandas losing their top knots before, and it seems to just happen randomly, even if the water conditions are fine. The black spots, however, are usually a sign of infection, like fin and body rot. Perhaps a slight infection...

Fish: Oranda Red cap fish concerning, melafix, red cap
melafix, red cap, water changes: Hey Gigi! There are multiple causes of this. The most likely one is stress. Since you only bought him a week ago, he s probably stressed from the change. Also, make sure that if you have a heater, you turn it down or off. Goldfish do much better in room temp....

Fish: Oranda with Red spot under chin, neon tetras, anchor worm
neon tetras, anchor worm, little tanks: Hi Annalisa; It may be an anchor worm. Here is a site with a photo of an infected fish; http://tinyurl.com/fxk43 The Bi-Orb is just not suitable for goldfish. I have read the literature that comes with those units and was surprised at the lack of...

Fish: Oranda sick??? Sits on Bottom, random dots, fatface
random dots, fatface, gallon tank: Hi Nadine; There s really no way to tell if FatFace is a he or she. Well, we know it s one or the other, but until it is time to breed you just can t tell. He sounds like a normal goldfish to me. They move around sometimes and rest sometimes. Any dots...

Fish: Oranda Trouble Vol. 2, hydrogen peroxide, epsom salt
hydrogen peroxide, epsom salt, salt baths: Hi Lynne; Sounds like you have done everything right so far. You are probably right about the spots being from netting. It happens sometimes. I wouldn t treat for parasites anymore. Don t worry about nitrate since you are keeping up with weekly changes....

Fish: Oranda Trouble Vol.3, symptoms of tuberculosis, good appetite
symptoms of tuberculosis, good appetite, hospital tank: Hi Lynne; Wow, poor thing. Here is a link to an informative article about TB. It discusses treatment options and symptoms; http://www.4qd.org/Aqua/disease/tb.html I hope she gets better. You have sure done a great job in trying to help her get well....

Fish: Oranda Trouble (she's worse), high nitrate, hospital tank
high nitrate, hospital tank, lack of appetite: Hi Lynne; You might want to make a 25% water change for 3 days in a row and see if that perks her up until we can figure out what s going on. Do another one tomorrow too. I didn t see a test result listed for nitrate. If it is above 40ppm she could be weak...

Fish: More Oranda Trouble, dark patches, medicated food
dark patches, medicated food, chris robbins: Hi Lynne; It sounds like you are doing everything possible. Just keep up with water changes and the medicated food as recommended on the package. It s possible she has cancer or something. Wish I could help more. I just don t have any more ideas. You might...

Fish: Oranda trouble, food pellets, rock fishing
food pellets, rock fishing, chris robbins: Hi Lynne; It might help to draw her attention to the bottom of the tank after eating. Drop a few peeled peas in the tank. Or, put in a piece of romaine lettuce weighted down with a rock. Fishing line or rubber bands will hold them. Greens are okay to be...

Fish: Oranda wen cont., chow hound, nitrogen cycle
chow hound, nitrogen cycle, hole in head: Hi Paula, Using the salt treatment to eradicate ich is stressful for the affected fishes - we re talking the upper limits of salt that are tolerable for them. The sullen behavior and lack of appetite is not unusual, but the white stringy feces and heavy...

Fish: Oranda, tank syndrome, fish expert
tank syndrome, fish expert, bottom feeder: Hi Wendy; The problems your fish have been experiencing are probably from New Tank Syndrome , which is the period of 6 to 8 weeks after the first fish are added. The black is the result of the toxin build-up that has burned them during that time. They...

Fish: Orandas, fancy goldfish, starter fish
fancy goldfish, starter fish, aquarium salt: Hi Kerry; Parasites and other sicknesses have some of the same symptoms as poisoning and burning by new tank syndrome toxins. If they aren t really sick, using medications right now will only harm them further by causing more irritation and burning. To...

Fish: Orandas, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, lack of oxygen: Hi Sara, Have you been doing regular partial water changes? You should be changing about 20% of her water once a week, every week. At this time of year, as the temperatures heat up, you might also check that her water isn t getting too warm. ...

Fish: Orandas, fancy goldfish, manicure scissors
fancy goldfish, manicure scissors, fish store: Hi Tissi; The hood or wen of an oranda can be trimmed but in my opinion it is surgery that should be done under sedation by a veterinarian. I can t recommend for the average fish hobbyist do this kind of surgery on their own without professional guidance....

Fish: Orandas are bleeding, maracyn two, red streaks
maracyn two, red streaks, hospital tank: Hey Amy, The red streaks are from an internal infection, and need to be treated immediately with maracyn-two. The sooner you start the fish on maracyn-two, the more likely you are to save them. The melafix wont help once the infection starts, it s only...

Fish: Orandas are bleeding, red streaks, aquarium salt
red streaks, aquarium salt, hospital tank: Hi Amy; It sounds like a bacterial infection. A 20 gallon with two big 5 inch orandas is actually just big enough for the two. Toxins may have risen since the new ones were added and the smaller ones just couldn t tolerate it. They became stressed and then...

Fish: Orandas - sick?, algae killer, swim bladder
algae killer, swim bladder, water lettuce: Hello Bob- I apologize in advance, I don t have much experience with pond setups. However, this swimming problem probably stems from a swim bladder anomaly - Most commonly this is caused when the fish gets bloated and the stomach presses on the swim bladder....

Fish: Orandas Wen being eaten?, black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish
black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish, black ghost knife: Hi Naz; I did forget to tell you the angel could be a problem too. They are cichlids and can get very aggressive. I m glad you were watching and figured that one out on your own. Keep in mind that the knife is nocturnal so he could be picking on them...

Fish: Orandas, fish forum, chris robbins
fish forum, chris robbins, water chemistry: Hi Martin; Poor guys.....If I could get a bit more info, maybe we can isolate some possible causes; How many fish do you usually keep in the tank? How big are they? What is the temperature? Are there other fish in the tank? How often do you make...

Fish: Orange Coloration on our Goldfish, orange coloration, water quality problems
orange coloration, water quality problems, colored streaks: Hi Daniel; Redness usually indicates bacterial infection. Make the water change and then use a product from your fish store called Maracyn-Two . Follow the instructions on the package. You can also use aquarium salt to help fight the infection further...

Fish: Orange marks, coldwater fish, orange fish
coldwater fish, orange fish, air bubbles: Hi Nicola; I know goldfish will change colors over time and they are coldwater fish. They can change color for much of their lives. If he starts to act sick it may be a developing bacterial infection. You didn t mention what size tank they are in but goldfish...

Fish: Orange Parrotfish, cichlid research, bala shark
cichlid research, bala shark, diamond shark: Hi Karen, First, fish generally don t get lonely. Aggression is usually a sign of territoriality and often is a sign that a fish is doing very well, i.e., the opposite of something being wrong. It may not have been overfeeding that killed the diamond...

Fish: Organisms I can't get rid of in tank, deadly mixture, ammonia levels
deadly mixture, ammonia levels, first fish: Hi Therese; Don t bother with the organisms. They aren t harming your fish. I get them in my 55 gallon when I overfeed. They feed on excess nutrients in the water. Cut back on food and change 50% of the tank water once a week and they will disappear. Maybe...

Fish: OSCAR FISH BEHAVIOR, high protein diet, feeder fish
high protein diet, feeder fish, oscar fish: No, you should not be concerned oscars are very tame animals once they get use to their owners. He is hiding becuase he is new to the surroundings and is scared, but once he gets used to you the oscar will eat right from your hand and love to be around you....

Fish: OSCARS, south american cichlids, blood red parrot fish
south american cichlids, blood red parrot fish, red parrot fish: Margie, I hope you have a big tank. They are going to grow. You can put other south american cichlids with him like dempseys, blood red parrot fish, green terrors, firemouths. Oscars are like puppy dogs...

Fish: OSCARS, puppy dogs, cichlid family
puppy dogs, cichlid family, nitrogen cycle: Phil, I am surprised you have had luck keeping them with no stable ecosystem. If this works for you great. Without you gravel you have no bacteria layer to eat the wastes. Your tank has never went through...

Fish: OSCARS, cichlid research, oscars
cichlid research, oscars, tommorrow: Hi Jesse, Oscars are wonderful, interesting fish but they don t play well with other fish. Basically, if you put other fish in the tank, the oscars will eventually eat the other fish. It might not happen today or tommorrow, but one day, the other fish...

Fish: My Oscar, cichlid research, frequent water changes
cichlid research, frequent water changes, white worms: Hi LaToya, It is nice to hear of someone keeping oscars in a large tank -- I can too many emails from people trying to stuff oscars into tiny little aquariums. The little white worms indicate that you need to do more, and/or more frequent, water...

Fish: Oscar, cichlid research, cichlids
cichlid research, cichlids, oscars: Hi Sharon, Oscars are wonderful and interesting fish but they are also top predators. Basically an oscar will eventually eat anything and everything that can fit in its mouth. An adult oscar is 12 to 16 inches long and so that includes most of the fish...

Fish: Oscar, feeder fish, cichlid research
feeder fish, cichlid research, first fish: Hi Justin, I never use live feeder fish and I do not recommend using them. Many feeder fish carry all sorts of diseases and every week I get emails from people whose oscars are dying from a disease the fish caught from a feeder. If you want to keep...

Fish: Oscar, cichlid research, average life span
cichlid research, average life span, oscars: Hi Justin, You really can t put other fish in with an oscar. An oscar will eat anything that will fit in its mouth. Fish grow more slowly if kept in a substandard-sized tank. This is very unhealthy for the fish. Oscars can live up to almost...

Fish: Oscar, fish lice, brine shrimp
fish lice, brine shrimp, feeder fish: Hey Allen, Oscars are strange fish. They are a type of cichlid, and thus need to be treated as such. Live foods are healthy, but cannot be used as a constant diet. Omnivorous creatures need to have variety. Aside from nutrition, perhaps the addition...

Fish: Oscar, baby brine shrimp, water parameters
baby brine shrimp, water parameters, chris robbins: Hi Todd; It is normal for fish to forage, but not normal for us to feed so much that there are leftovers. Your baby oscars are actually much too large for baby brine shrimp anyway. It s used for newborn fish. There should never be food leftover anywhere...

Fish: Oscar, feeder fish, cichlid research
feeder fish, cichlid research, fish feeder: Hi Daniel, In my opinion, one feeder fish is one too many. You should never feed an oscar with live feeder fish. Feeder fish are notorious for carrying various diseases, most notably a disease called ick, which easily transfers to your oscar. Every week...

Fish: Oscar, tin foil barbs, cichlid research
tin foil barbs, cichlid research, feeder fish: Hi Terry, Unfortunately it could be all sorts of things. I strongly discourage you from feeding your oscar with feeder fish. Feeder fish carry all sorts of diseases and this is likely where your oscar got his problem. Changing water monthly is not...

Fish: Oscar, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, chichlids: Hi April, Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes? You need to be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. If the cloudiness is in both eyes, as opposed to one, this is often a sign of poor water conditions. Water changes are...

Fish: Oscar, cichlid research, lathargic
cichlid research, lathargic, hi lee: Hi Lee, First, how did it get the gash? Was it bitten by another fish? With reference to water quality, you should be changing about 20% of the water in an oscar s tank every week. Are you doing that? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar, red bellied pacu, cichlid research
red bellied pacu, cichlid research, black fin shark: Hi Lewis, A 2 gallon tank is very little space for an oscar. He will be okay for a few weeks but not for much longer. Do NOT buy any more tankmates. There are NO compatible fish that go with oscars. When oscars are small, they tend to be easily attacked...

Fish: Oscar, chris robbins, fish forum
chris robbins, fish forum, freshwater fish: Hi Twyla; I m so glad she is better! They have a better chance of getting along if they are closer to the same size. He might try to eat her right now. (Yikes!) What I would do is cut back a bit on feeding the bigger one and feed the smaller one more...

Fish: Oscar, partial water changes, cichlid research
partial water changes, cichlid research, melafix: Hi Shannon, I don t think salt would do any good, and it might do harm. The best thing you can do is regular partial water changes. For an oscar you need to be changing 25% of the water once a week, EVERY week. I know you said you were doing the water...

Fish: Oscar, cichlid research, oscar tank
cichlid research, oscar tank, tiny bacteria: Hi Kathryn, I suggest you do a couple more 25% water changes, one every other day for a few days. Also, add a product called Accu-Clear (or a similar thing). How these products work is that that they clump up the tiny bacteria such that your filter can...

Fish: Oscar, cichlid research, oscars
cichlid research, oscars, fish: Hi Chris, Oscars can be lazy at times, particularly when they are new to a tank. Give him time to get more accustomed to his new environment. As for the fuzzy lump, are there other fish in the tank that might be attacking him? -- Ron ...

Fish: Oscar, chris robbins, water chemistry
chris robbins, water chemistry, stress level: Hi Kassie; Oscars and other cichlids will darken or lighten according to their mood, weather, water conditions, stress level, etc. You might want to check the temperature as well as the water chemistry. If the tank is new, it may be going through the break-in...

Fish: Oscar, broad spectrum antibiotic, bio filtration
broad spectrum antibiotic, bio filtration, chemical filtration: Good afternoon Brandy, thank you for your question. The ailments you speak of are likely environmental. You could treat with a broad spectrum antibiotic, but without a hospital tank this would do more harm than good. Likely, water quality is the issue....

Fish: Oscar acting weird!, feeder fish, pleco
feeder fish, pleco, gallon tank: Hi Sabrina, It does sound like it. Unfortuately, you have a bit of a race going on in your tank. Basically the medicine will start working on the ick, but it takes a few days for it to have a strong effect. In the meantime, the ick continues to attack...

Fish: Oscar Behavior, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, feeder fish: Hi Melanie, How large a tank are these fish in? The twitching could indicate parasites. Do they try to rub against the bottom of the tank or against a rock. If so, that often indicates an external parasite like ick. Have you been feeding...

Fish: Oscar Behavior, cichlid research, tissue loss
cichlid research, tissue loss, water changes: Hi Steve, How often are you doing water changes? With oscars, you need to change 25% of the water once a week, every week and be sure not to overfeed them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar with Bloat?, tank mates, chris robbins
tank mates, chris robbins, yo yos: Hi Joy; What kind of food do you feed him? How much and how often do you feed? How often are you making water changes? How big is he and how old is he? What is the water temperature? Are his scales sticking out like a pinecone? Does he get in fights...

Fish: Oscar Bloated Belly, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, bloated belly: Hi Steven, I assume that the water in the tank is in good shape, i.e., you do regular partial water changes? With oscars you need to be changing at least 20-25% of the water once a week, every week to keep them healthy. Less than that and they tend to...

Fish: Oscar Breeding, cichlid research, breeding fish
cichlid research, breeding fish, gallon tank: Hi Terry, Oscars don t need anything too special; mostly you need several large tanks. An adult oscar needs at least a 55 gallon tank and a pair should be in something larger (e.g., a 70 gallon tank). You need all the regular fish keeping equipment (filters,...

Fish: Oscar Breeding, cichlid research, money coins
cichlid research, money coins, metal coins: Hi Jen, Unfortunately there can be things causing extreme bloating and none of them are good. Generally bloating indicates an intestinal problem. So, you need to clear the fish s digestive tract. I have never tried this, but I have heard that people...

Fish: Oscar behavior, black oscar, natural habitat
black oscar, natural habitat, high hopes: Hi Chad, My guess is that your fish is stressed out.There are certain types of things you can buy to help with stress at your local peet store. Also you might want to look up details about its natural habitat and make your fish as wild as you can. ...

Fish: Oscar behavioral symptoms, tiger oscars, cichlid research
tiger oscars, cichlid research, red tigers: Hi Christina, No you didn t do too much. Oscars can take large water changes and in fact, it is good for them because they pollute the water so much. Could it be that your tank is getting too warm with the hot weather all across the nation? Be...

Fish: Oscar behaviour strange (?), cichlid research, red tiger
cichlid research, red tiger, sleepers: Hi Adrian, This is very normal behaviour for a fish. The best solution is to put a small light in the room such that it never goes completely dark. Otherwise, the fish is acting exactly the way you would act if you were asleep in a completely dark room...

Fish: Oscar breeding, cichlid research, plastic plants
cichlid research, plastic plants, gallon tank: Hi Melissa, If you start with six and a pair forms you need to either give away or sell the other four, or set up another tank. When they pair up it is actually very obvious. They will start to hang out side by side all the time and will defend...

Fish: Oscar Ciclid, cichlid research, intelligent fish
cichlid research, intelligent fish, ciclids: Hi Sara, It is quite common for new fish to be out of sorts for a few days or even a week or more when you first put them in a tank. Let s hope that is what is going on here. 80 degrees is perfect. Be sure that there is an air supply in the tank...

Fish: Oscar Compatibility!, cichlid research, oscars
cichlid research, oscars, compatibility: Hi Jose, Oscars are wonderful and interesting fish but they don t play well with other fish. Basically, an oscar will eat anything that it can fit in its mouth. It might not do it today or tomorrow, but in the long term, you can count on it. I wouldn...

Fish: Oscar care, tiger oscars, fancy guppies
tiger oscars, fancy guppies, brine shrimp: Hey Susan, First off, let me start by saying Nicole Putnam, another expert on this site, is a FAR better oscar and cichlid resource. She s fabulous when it comes to these warm water creatures, where I am just a learner (from her too, i might add!) ...

Fish: Oscar condition, feeder fish, nitrite levels
feeder fish, nitrite levels, oscar fish: Hi Demi; The stress of moving will definately cause fish to stop eating. Three days sounds pretty normal. It is not healthy to feed live feeder fish to oscars. Feeder fish are often kept in very dirty and overcrowded conditions. That s why they re cheap....

Fish: Oscar Diseases, medicated food, lateral lines
medicated food, lateral lines, hole in the head: Lisa, Your Oscar has 2 problems going on right now. He has hole in the head and a fungus. There is alot of different info on what causes hole in the head. It is probably not a parasite. Your Oscar has...

Fish: Oscar Eating Question, cichlid research, oscar tank
cichlid research, oscar tank, pectoral fins: HI Blake, Yes you should be concerned but there isn t anything you can do about it. The catfish has strong spines in its dorsal fin and pectoral fins (the fins on the top and side) and these are going to keep it lodged in place until it basically breaks...

Fish: Oscar Eye Concern, aquarium salt, size tank
aquarium salt, size tank, chris robbins: Hi Blake; He s experiencing the effects of the high nitrites. Make a 50% water change to help relieve it. Monitor the nitrites and keep making daily changes until they start to go down on their own and stay there. Even in an established tank you can get...

Fish: Oscar has eatin a largeish stone!?, cichlid research, river rocks
cichlid research, river rocks, gofer: Hi Dave, That is a tough one. I think you are basically going to have to wait it out. The odds of successfully doing surgery to remove it and then sewing him back up are very low and I don t know if you could even find a vet willing to try. -- Ron...

Fish: Oscar not eating, stomach ache, blood worms
stomach ache, blood worms, cichlid research: Hi Blair, It is not a good idea to feed your oscar with goldfish. They almost always carry nasty parasites which infect the oscar. This is likely why your oscar is not eating, in essence he has a stomach ache. Unfortunately, there isn t much you can do...

Fish: Oscar not eating, gallon tank, canister filter
gallon tank, canister filter, uneaten food: Hi Becky; Do daily water changes of 25% for the next few days to get the toxins down to a more tolerable level. Hopefully he will start eating again soon. Strangely enough, I think the problem may be with cleaning the filter too often. It should be left...

Fish: Oscar's eyes just don't look right, chris robbins, gallon tank
chris robbins, gallon tank, freshwater fish: Hi Twyla; Watch to be sure his eyes aren t beginning to protrude. This would indicate pressure from infection or a tumor or something. If you could get a picture of him with a digital camera and post it on the freshwater fish board I could take a look....

Fish: Oscar Feeding, cichlid research, endless problems
cichlid research, endless problems, gallon tank: Hi Austin, You feed him as much as he will eat right then. So, for instance try giving him about 5 pellets. If he eats that immediately, then give him a couple more. If he doesn t eat them right away, don t feed him anything more that day. -- Ron...

Fish: Oscar Fish, jack dempsy, cichlid research
jack dempsy, cichlid research, black shark: Hi Michelle, Honestly, I think you are asking for trouble. You would be amazed at how large a fish an oscar can eat. An oscar will try to eat anything which can even remotely fit in its mouth, even if the whole body won t fit. There are lots of pictures...

Fish: Oscar Fish, oscar fish, sorry ive
oscar fish, sorry ive, oscars: Hello Nia, im so sorry to say this but, i tryed to look everywhere on the internet for a reason your oscar is doing this, because i have never heard of an oscar doing this before, but i cant find anything, im really sorry. Ive heard of oscars try to jump...

Fish: Oscar Fish, genital papilla, cichlid research
genital papilla, cichlid research, partial water changes: Hi Tyler, An adult oscar is between 12 and 16 inches in length roughly. They can get that large in a couple of years or less if kept in a large tank with weekly partial water changes. You should be changing 25% of the water is his tank once a week, every...

Fish: Oscar Fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, feces: Hi Jessica, Unfortuntely it is really difficult to tell the difference between a fish that is bloated and one that is full of eggs. Is she still eating? If she is still eating and producing feces, that is a very good sign that she isn t bloated and...

Fish: Oscar Fish, tiger oscars, courtship ritual
tiger oscars, courtship ritual, oscar fish: Hi Ryan; Oscars fight that way but their courtship ritual is the same. The only way to know is how it turns out. If they spawn, it was breeding behavior. If not, they will keep fighting and no breeding will commence. Oscars cannot be sexed by looking at...

Fish: Oscar Fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, oscars: Hi Derek, Oscars don t get pregnant as such, they lay eggs on the ground outside the body. So, you would see the eggs on a rock. The male fertilizes them on the rock. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar Food, feeder goldfish, feeder fish
feeder goldfish, feeder fish, algae wafers: Hi Bobbie, Most any kind of worm is perfectly fine (and a great food). I doubt if an oscar will eat fruit. It wouldn t hurt it if it did. You can try algae wafers -- I have large cichlids that like those. You might try slices of zucchini...

Fish: Oscar feeding, blood worms, oscar fish
blood worms, oscar fish, fish size: well try feeding the oscar beefheart or Omega one super color pellets get the large size pellet if you can and they should eat those. This is what i do i put the foods in front of the filter waterfall so they go down in to the water instead of just floa...

Fish: Oscar fights, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, hole in the head: Hi Brandon, Anything that will fit in an oscar s mouth will end up there eventually, so only consider fish at least as large as an oscar. Most people find that the only tankmates that last with oscars are other oscars (and those not always or even...

Fish: Oscar fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, rock plants: Hi Karie, The cloudy eye and cloudyness around his mouth indicate that he has been fighting (and losing the fights) with another fish, likely the other oscar. You do not need any antibiotics and definitely you do not need any salt in the tank. You...

Fish: Oscar fish, cichlid research, nitrite levels
cichlid research, nitrite levels, nitrate level: Hi Jamie, Water changes will help. You are right about the fat belly -- it doesn t sound good. It could be that your fish has some sort of intestinal blockage. I have never tried this, but I have heard of people feeding their oscars thawed frozen peas...

Fish: Oscar fish, cichlid research, community aquarium
cichlid research, community aquarium, oscar fish: Hi Dylan, In the long term, you really can t add anything to that tank. Oscars are highly predatory fish and they are good at what they do. Basically, an oscar will eat anything small enough to fit in its mouth. It might not do it today or tommorrow, but...

Fish: Oscar fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, oscar fish: Hi LaQuisha, How is the water quality in the tank? Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? For an oscar, you need to be changing about 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep him happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar fish behaviour and sex type, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, fish behaviour: Hi Lee, It sounds like you have a pair of oscars that are just about to lay eggs. Definitely do NOT remove the rock! Let them do their thing. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Oscar fish with clout?, ammonia level, air fish
ammonia level, air fish, oscar fish: Hi Sandy; He may be suffering from the effects of elevated toxins. Make a water change right away. I would remove 25% of the water and vacuum the gravel. Do it again every day until there is no crud in the gravel and the nitrites are down to zero . Check...

Fish: Oscar fish Hole in the head, poor water quality, cichlid research
poor water quality, cichlid research, oscar fish hole in the head: Hi Tina, Are you doing regular partial water changes? You need to be changing 20-25% of the water in an oscar tank once a week, every week for it to stay healthy. The medicines only really treat the symptoms. The cause of the problem is generally poor...

Fish: My Oscar fish shake their tails and lip lock, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, flat rocks: Hi Lee, Put in the catfish food after the tank is dark (e.g., at night) and he will have a much better chance of getting it. Oscars can t see in the dark very well, but the catfish uses his sense of smell and in fact would prefer to eat in the dark in...

Fish: Oscar fish, red belly pacu, super petz
red belly pacu, super petz, white fungus: Hi Angee; They may have injured their eyes and/or there was a toxin spike that burned them. It is best not to change the filter at the same time you make water changes or vacuum the gravel. It can cause a mini-break-in period and that s when the toxins...

Fish: My Oscar fishies, baby brine shrimp, high protein diet
baby brine shrimp, high protein diet, oscar fish: Ok first off all you will need a big tank like a 75 gallon tank at the very least. This is good news the vibrating tails means that they are a pair and are going to have fry. When the fry start swimming feed them baby brine shrimp. Also many people by these...

Fish: Oscar Gender, cichlid research, shape size
cichlid research, shape size, oscars: Hi Diane, Basically, you can t. Male and female oscars look very much alike. They are what we call monomorphic meaning that there are no telltale differences between them in shape, size, color, etc. The only time you really can tell them apart...

Fish: Oscar with HITH, feeder fish, frozen cubes
feeder fish, frozen cubes, fish hole: Hi Jierna, I am glad that you are working on the water quality, in the end that will be the most important thing. The temp is good. I don t see the value of adding salt to her tank. Here is a suggestion that you might think about: sometimes...

Fish: Oscar HITH, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, aquarium salt: Hi Blake, I m not sure why you add the salt? That would seem to hurt, not help. Oscars come from pure freshwater; i.e., there is no salt in their water at all. When he spits out the food, do you remove that? Or does that accumulate in the tank?...

Fish: Oscar--Hole in the Head, cichlid research, water changes
cichlid research, water changes, hole in the head: Hi Larry, The remedy is much more regular water changes. Oscars are very susceptible to nitrogen in their water. To top it off they eat a lot, produce a lot of waste and are generally messy eaters all of which puts more nitrogen in the water. So, you...

Fish: Oscar & Hole in the Head, cichlid research, gravel plants
cichlid research, gravel plants, partial water changes: Hi Molly, Hole in the head looks like little round indentations in the head. They start out about the size of a pinhead and get progressively larger. The best way to avoid hole in the head is by doing regular weekly partial water changes (20-25% of the...

Fish: Oscar in hiding, frozen brine shrimp, aggressive fish
frozen brine shrimp, aggressive fish, gal tank: Hi Meno; He s being terrorized in a tank that is way too small for so many aggressive fish. A ten gallon is even too small for that many if they are nice fish! You need the new bigger tank for them immediately. Those convicts are the meanest fish around...

Fish: Oscar with hole in the head disease, nitrite levels, hole in the head disease
nitrite levels, hole in the head disease, plecko: Hi Carolyn; He may be irritated by the lesions on his head and the swimming erratically helps his itching or whatever he is feeling. Poor guy. It s also possible he has outgrown the tank. Nervous swimming and bolting like that can be a sign of frustration....

Fish: Oscar/Jardini ..good tankmates?, jardini arowana, cichlid research
jardini arowana, cichlid research, tiger oscar: HI Rob, That is definitely not fine in a 20gallon tank. You will very likely end up with a dead arrowana. In the 125 gallon tank it would be much more possible that it might work. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: Oscar jumped out of tank, aquarium salt, fish tanks
aquarium salt, fish tanks, chris robbins: Hi Twyla; Poor guy. Keep his water very clean to help ward off infection. Replace 25% of the water every day for the next 3 days. It reduces the number of bacteria that could infect his wounds. You could also add aquarium salt and melafix. Follow the instructions...

Fish: Oscar laying eggs, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, cat fish: Hi Ben, There isn t much you can do. If she does actually lay eggs, they can t hatch because there isn t a male in the tank to fertilized them. However, at least you will know that you definitely have a female. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar - lethargic behavior, ammonia levels, tank syndrome
ammonia levels, tank syndrome, aquarium salt: Hi Brad; The tank is very new so it undoubtedly has a high level of ammonia in it from New Tank Syndrome . Ammonia burns the skin, eyes, fins and gills. His twitching, or tick is a reaction to that. Make a 25% water change every day for the next 3 or...

Fish: Oscar is lethargic and not eating, feeder fish, little creatures
feeder fish, little creatures, new tank: Hi Michael, Sorry for the delay in responding; I thought I sent an answer but evidentally it got lost in the system. The presence of large numbers of small invertebrates generally indicate that there is a lot of excess nutrients in the water. Water...

Fish: Oscar light, oscar light, fish store
oscar light, fish store, chris robbins: Hi Jose; I just use a good fluorescent tube from the local fish store that says it s good for bringing out the natural colors of my fish. Avoid the less expensive shop light bulbs. They don t have the proper spectrum and tend to wash out the colors. Here...

Fish: My Oscar has a lip blister, and white on his scales, jack dempsy, pleko
jack dempsy, pleko, chris robbins: Hi Lisa; See if they improve once it s daylight and they have time to adjust and wake up . If they don t look or act any better, make a 25% water change. Be sure the new water is the same temperature as the old water and use a water conditioner. You might...

Fish: Oscar loses appetite, shrimp pellets, fish book
shrimp pellets, fish book, gallon tank: Hi Susan, You are right, I am frowning (about the size of the oscar relative to the tank). However, you are doing a lot of water changes, which is very good but surely must be getting tiring? What concerns me is that with that much fish in that...

Fish: Oscar missing some of tail - dying, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, couple of days: Hi Phoebe, It is possible that his tail was damaged before you got him -- sometimes it takes a few days for the damage to show. If this was the case, then he would start healing after a few days and the tail damage would disappear. If the tail keeps getting...

Fish: Is my Oscar Pregnant, jack dempsy, cichlid research
jack dempsy, cichlid research, having some sort: Hi Sandy, I m not sure which fish you are worried about, the oscars or the Jack Dempsey. In any case, neither oscars nor Jack Dempseys get pregnant as such. Instead, they lay their eggs on the ground or on another hard surface. Sometimes, a female of...

Fish: Oscar with pitting/missing scales on head, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, tiger oscar: Hi Marsha, Are you doing regular water changes? You need to be changing 25% of the water in his tank once a week, every week to prevent that pitting. Also, don t ever feed him goldfish again. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Oscar problem, cichlid research, fish medications
cichlid research, fish medications, aquarium fish: Hi Gene, If it really is a tumor, then typical aquarium fish medications are not going to do anything, just as aspirin or antibiotics don t cure cancer in humans. It is possible that it is more of a blister type reaction, in which case, over time it...

Fish: My Oscar is really sick!, tank syndrome, hospital tank
tank syndrome, hospital tank, chris robbins: Hi Trina; He s just had quite a hard time hasn t he? Poor guy. I m glad he has you to care for him. The most immediate problem is that he may be experiencing the effects of new tank syndrome. I would immediately make a 25% water change and do the same...

Fish: Oscar's, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, turkey baster: Hi Stephanie, It is possible that you have two females and that the eggs are not fertile. In the absence of a male, two females will often lay eggs. Because there is no male to fertilize the eggs, the eggs cannot develop and they start to die. At that...

Fish: Oscar sick, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, parasite infection: Hi David, The problem is that the fish with white stringy feces has an intestinal parasite infection likely brought on by the feeder fish. You should never feed oscars with feeder fish. Feeders carry all sorts of diseases which readily transmit to and...

Fish: Oscar is slow, cichlid research, pellets
cichlid research, pellets, oscars: Hi Tony, You have to be patient. Oscars are very intelligent and sensitive fish and moving is very traumatic for them. It may take him days or even several weeks to start to feel comfortable in his new home. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar stopped eating, meal worms, beneficial bacteria
meal worms, beneficial bacteria, air bubbles: Hi Annie; Make a water change right away. Replace 25% and test the water for ammonia and nitrite. Changing the filters all at once can cause a spike of one or both of these toxins. The filter pads have beneficial bacteria in them that keep toxins under...

Fish: Oscar swelling, cichlid research, left eye
cichlid research, left eye, albino: Hi Kaleigh, Sorry for the delay in responding; I was out of the country for a week and just got back this evening. Worse yet, there isn t much of use that I can tell you. Sadly, when a fish swells up like that there is really nothing that you can do as...

Fish: Oscar swiming at top of tank!, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, family joke: Hi Laurie, Assuming that you have some sort of filter on the tank to move the water around, air shouldn t be a problem. It is always a good idea to have an airstone in a tank but actually in a tank that size, if there is only one fish, it would be pretty...

Fish: Oscar swimming nose first!, feeder fish, stress coat
feeder fish, stress coat, gal tank: Hi Jenny, Unfortunately I don t think that there is anything you (or even a vet can do) if it is a severe swim bladder problem. I have heard of a vet taking a needle and drawing air out of the swim bladder, but this was only a short-term solution and...

Fish: Oscar tank, ammonia test, oscar tank
ammonia test, oscar tank, bleach solution: Hi Katie; Oscars are terrific fish. I hope you can make it work out for them. The soap may have soaked into the sealant. You can rinse, rinse, rinse and use a mild bleach solution to help get rid of it, but I can t guarantee that it will work. Some hobbyists...

Fish: My Oscar tiger fish skin flaking of, tiger fish, aquarium salt
tiger fish, aquarium salt, fish stores: Hi Tony; Oscars are very territorial and can really harm each other if they decide they want the other fish to go away . It sounds like he has a bacterial infection from the injuries in fighting. Keep the water very clean by changing 25% at least once...

Fish: Oscar Wont Eat, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, fish feeder: Hi Timothy, First, never feed your oscar with live feeder fish. Feeder fish carry all sorts of parasites and sooner or later your oscar will catch something and die. I get emails every week detailing exactly that. Second, it is very normal for an...

Fish: Oscar @ Work, cichlid research, side fins
cichlid research, side fins, gal tank: Hi Kevin, It sounds like he has a bad case of a disease called ich. The first thing to do is to change a lot of the water (about 50%). Then get some ick medicine in there quickly -- today. Keep doing large water changes for several days. There...

Fish: Oscar won't eat, rainbow shark, clown pleco
rainbow shark, clown pleco, ammonia level: Hi Ed, Plecos don t really do cleaning -- that is mostly a myth. What they do do, however, is love to eat zucchini. Get a zucchini squash, slice it into quarters lengthwise and put one slice in the tank (I usually attach it to a rock with a rubber band)....

Fish: Oscar won't eat, rainbow shark, clown pleco
rainbow shark, clown pleco, ammonia level: Hi Ed; Check the level of nitrates in the water. (NitrAtes and not nitrItes, they are different) High nitrates keep fish from growing. More frequent water changes will correct it. If they aren t elevated, he may just be stunted from some genetic problem....

Fish: My Oscar, cichlid research, frequent water changes
cichlid research, frequent water changes, gold fish: Hi Stuart, It s very hard to say. I can tell you that you need to do a lot more frequent water changes. For an oscar in a 55 gallon tank, you need to be changing about 20% of the water every week to keep him healthy or he will get hole in the head (which...

Fish: Oscars, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research
30 gallon tank, cichlid research, grown adult: Hi Gary, A full grown adult oscar is 15 inches long. I don t think oscars are a great option for a 30 gallon tank unless you plan on getting a larger tank as the fish mature (in about a year). -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, gal tank
cichlid research, gal tank, gallon tank: Hi Bonnie, 69 is way too low. A minimum of about 74, but 80 would be better. Your bigger problem is that an oscar won t fit in a 20 gallon tank for long. An adult oscar is 12 to 16 inches in length and if treated right, they can reach that size in a...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, beneficial bacteria: Hi Joe, Keep up what you are doing and yes, vaccuum when you change water -- you don t have to worry about removing too many bacteria when you vaccuum a tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, courtship
cichlid research, courtship, oscars: Hi Diana, It can be a sign of courtship, but it can also be a sign of fighting. It is very difficult to say with oscars and by the way, you can t tell a male oscar from a female one, they look identical. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, hi amy: Hi Amy, That is very serious and yes you should be worried. It could be one of two things. Either it is the result of fighting and what you are seeing is the scale pockets underneath where the scales should be, in which case you need to separate out that...

Fish: My Oscars, cichlid research, frequent water changes
cichlid research, frequent water changes, white fungus: Hi Tabatha, Sorry about that. I think I left out an important connection. Basically, not all individuals are equally immune to stress. So, in a stressed environment (such as one where ammonia is building up), rather than every fish getting affected equally,...

Fish: Oscars, dorsal fin, oscars
dorsal fin, oscars, albino: Hello, If the oscars are the same age and gave been kept in the same tank together most of there lives, then you should be able to tell by looking at the fins. The males fins are larger than that of the females, which are smaller. Another way to tell by...

Fish: Oscars, feeder goldfish, black moors
feeder goldfish, black moors, algae wafers: Good morning. Thank you so much for asking BEFORE you bought the fish, because the answer is a definite NO! Oscars are routinely fed feeder goldfish. While I do not approve of this practice at all (!) it does clearly demonstrate how goldfish such as black...

Fish: Oscars, feeder goldfish, playing russian roulette
feeder goldfish, playing russian roulette, african cichlids: Good morning, Derek, thank you for your question. Your tank is probably not entirely finished cycling yet. It can take a while! Larger tanks take longer to cycle, in my experience. Test your water with a test kit; if you don t have one of your own yet,...

Fish: Oscars, partial water changes, quick responce
partial water changes, quick responce, tank syndrome: Hi Mike; The tank may go through a mini break-in period because it was moved. The beneficial bacteria that lives in the gravel and filter will be stressed out and some will die. This means toxins like ammonia and nitrite may rise because the needed bacteria...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, litre tank
cichlid research, litre tank, oscar tank: Hi Chris, For an oscar tank, the best thing is large pieces of driftwood. I strongly recommend buying the pet store wood even though it is very expensive, rather than just putting in wood you find on the beach. You can put some large plastic plants in...

Fish: Oscars, tiger oscars, pacu fish
tiger oscars, pacu fish, new tank: Ok the answer to your questions is no you should not put another oscar in with your current oscars. The chances of him living are small because if your oscars are bigger then the one you would buy it would be eaten. The only thing i would add to the new tank...

Fish: Oscars, red bellied piranhas, tiger oscar
red bellied piranhas, tiger oscar, cichlid research: Hi Diana, Fish don t get bored. You should feed them fish food. For an oscar, get cichlid pellets or sticks and feed them that. Loud music won t have any effect on them. You can t tell male from female oscars -- the two sexes look the same, which is...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, male tiger: Hi Sherie, Breeding large cichlids is always risky. Fortunately cichlids are remarkably tough fish and even large wounds can heal. You need to decide if they have stopped damaging each other. If so, leave them alone. If they are still fighting, you...

Fish: Other Fish, red belly piranha, tiger musky
red belly piranha, tiger musky, gallon aquarium: Hi Tim, I disagree with the pet store owner about the piranhas in a 55 gallon tank living a full life. They will live in there, but they won t reach their full size. Same with fish like black crappie in smaller tanks. An adult black crappie is over a...

Fish: Oscars, chris robbins, fish forum
chris robbins, fish forum, seaclear: Hi Guy; There are many experts who think it is possible to sex oscars, but I have never bred oscars myself. Here are some web sites that might be able to give you some insight on them though; http://www.cichlidfish.com/oscars/oscars.htm http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/breeding/Taylor_Oscars.html...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, fin control
cichlid research, fin control, black oscar: Hi Greg, A 10 gallon tank is very small for oscars. You need to get something substantially larger. An oscar can grow to its adult size of over a foot in a little over a year. Are you doing regular water changes, as in 25% of the water each and...

Fish: Oscars, cichlid research, aquarist
cichlid research, aquarist, oscars: Hi Paul, Oscars don t become pregnant as such (i.e., give birth to live babies). A female oscar will lay eggs on a hard substrate such as a rock or the bottom of the tank, and the male will fertilize them there. What makes all of this tricky for the...

Fish: Oscars, size tanks, kinds of fish
size tanks, kinds of fish, chris robbins: Hi Collin; In terms of items , do you mean other fish? You are already at a disadvantage I m afraid. The tank is far too small for oscars so you can t put anything else in there either. They are soon going to need a 55 gallon tank in just a few months...

Fish: Oscars, tiger oscars, cichlid research
tiger oscars, cichlid research, foot tank: HI Sharna, The problem is that they need to be cleaned much more often. Oscars eat a lot and they are messy eaters. That puts a lot of organic stuff in the water. Even with two filters, you still need to change 25% of their water once a week, EVERY week...

Fish: Oscars acting odd, cichlid research, gold fish
cichlid research, gold fish, gallon tank: Hi Tristan, The oscars are probably full. Plus they are probably pretty scared at being moved from one tank to another. Give them some time to adjust. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscars behavior, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, oscars: Hi Peter, My guess is that you have only had these oscars a short time (maybe a few weeks or so?) It takes them awhile to get used to you (that could take a month or more) but once they do, they will be much more active. It is important that...

Fish: Oscars and Convicts, convict cichlids, cichlid research
convict cichlids, cichlid research, tiger oscar: Hi Rudi, It depends on the exact sizes of the fish involved. If the oscar is relatively small and the convicts decide to breed, they are going to harass (and possibly even kill) the oscar. However, once the oscar grows larger, he or she is going to eat...

Fish: Oscars Dempseys and Cichlids, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, tropical fish: Hi Scott, Oscars are actually a species of cichlid. Oscars are wonderfully interesting fish but they don t play well with others. Basically, an oscars role in life is to eat things, and an oscar is very good at what it does. So, if you put an...

Fish: My Oscars will not eat, oscar fish, new tanks
oscar fish, new tanks, chris robbins: Hi Lumbria; It may take a couple of days or more for new fish to start eating. It s very hard on them to go to a new home and have to get used to their new surroundings. Be sure they have a large enough tank to live in too. Oscars need at least a 55 gallon...

Fish: My Oscars eyes are not right, cichlid research, pinky ring
cichlid research, pinky ring, filtration system: Hi Twyla, Popeye isn t so much a disease as a symptom. Lots of things can cause popeye. When you say that you change out the water do you mean that you change ALL the water? That is not a good idea. It would be much better to change part of...

Fish: My Oscars fins are turning black, excess ammonia, size tank
excess ammonia, size tank, chris robbins: Hi Mel; I would suspect either a natural color change or ammonia burns. Oscars are very messy guys and it s easy for them to create a lot of waste leading to excess ammonia in the water. Keep his water very clean and test for ammonia. If it is zero it...

Fish: Oscars and gold nugget plecos, gold nugget pleco, gloria gold
gold nugget pleco, gloria gold, gold nuggets: Hi Gloria, Get a zucchini squash and slice it lengthwise into four quarters. Then using elastic bands, attach these pieces to heavy objects in the tank, e.g., a rock, or a piece of wood -- otherwise the zucchini will float. Once they discover it, you...

Fish: Oscars and hole in the head, bala shark, jewel cichlid
bala shark, jewel cichlid, ammonia levels: Hi Ron, Try cutting back on the food a little. An oscar should be just a little lean, not thin, but not heavy. They should always be very eager to eat. Hole in the head seldom clears up completely, but what you want to do is to at least stop...

Fish: Oscars with hole-in-the-head, frequent water changes, oscar tank
frequent water changes, oscar tank, ciclid: Hi Jason, No one is 100% sure what causes hole in the head but it is most often associated with imperfect water conditions. With oscars you really need to be do once a week water changes as you are doing now (I recommend about 25% at a time) plus you...

Fish: Oscars hole in the head, ron coleman, hole in the head disease
ron coleman, hole in the head disease, chris robbins: Hi Sherry; There are several causes and many possible treatments for HITH so it would be hard for me to pin it down in your particular situation. I will give you some good web pages to check out and the profile page of a volunteer cichlid expert that can...

Fish: Oscars and plants, bala sharks, fire eel
bala sharks, fire eel, fish plants: Gouramis are extrememly territorial, and it is very hard to keep them together without deadly fights. If you insist on keeping your gouramis, i suggest that you get a TON of fake/live plants. What that accomplishes, is, there will be so many plants, they arent...

Fish: Oscars, tank syndrome, aquarium salt
tank syndrome, aquarium salt, aquarium filter: Hi Rebecca; This is from new tank syndrome . Toxins like nitrite and ammonia are building up and burning their skin and gills. Make another water change of 25% and add aquarium salt to the tank. One teaspoon per gallon is a good dose. Salt helps them tolerate...

Fish: My Otto, hey nicole, ottos
hey nicole, ottos, correct spelling: Hi Garrett, Ottos in dealer s tanks are seldom given their own food the way plecos are. When you choose them, make sure they are robust. In the dealer s tanks, they always tend to look pale, but since they are usually pressed against the glass, you can...

Fish: Outdoor FW Aq & pH, dry spells, miami beach fl
dry spells, miami beach fl, gallon tanks: Hi Luis; It might work. You will have to monitor the pH and hardness as time goes by to be sure it doesn t get out of control. Be sure to use smooth pieces to avoid your fish being injured. Freshwater fish aren t accustomed to the very sharp/abrasive surfaces...

Fish: Outdoor Pond Fish, mosquito larva, cichlid research
mosquito larva, cichlid research, three ponds: Hi Mary, It might help but there is no guarantee. Do you have pumps in the ponds to circulate the water? Mosquitos do best in still (stagnant) water so moving the water, such as might be done by a small fountain, can help alot. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Overcrowded tank?, african dwarf frog, ghost shrimp
african dwarf frog, ghost shrimp, dwarf gourami: Hey Janelle, If your tank had been set up for a long time, this setup wouldnt be a problem. The problem lies in your tank s bacteria. There are good bacteria that need to grow in your tank s substrate and filter media that process ammonia into nitrite and...

Fish: Overdose, white distilled vinegar, methylene blue
white distilled vinegar, methylene blue, bleach solution: Good morning Faye, thank you for your question. Yikes. Dark blue water? If Methylene blue is what was used (considered to be a very safe medication) and your office tank is glass, your seams will be stained permanently. If it s acrylic, it will need a thorough...

Fish: Overfed Betta - Can I save him?, precious companion, epsom salt
precious companion, epsom salt, little fella: Hi Kim; Poor little fella! Get his bowl to a warm spot to help him digest better. Bettas do well at up to a temperature of 85 degrees fahrenheit so 80 or 82 is good. This will increase his metabolism. Also give him epsom salt baths in a separate container....

Fish: Overfed fish, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, pencil eraser: Hi Kevin, Keep doing water changes (50% at a time if you can) for several days. That should remove most of the damaging material. In the future, it is always best to tell feeders that underfeeding is far better than overfeeding. In fact, if you are...

Fish: Overfeeding accident, chris robbins, green peas
chris robbins, green peas, tiny bits: Hi Shawn; Just let him digest and don t feed him again until his belly is smaller and you can see that he has had bowel movements. If he doesn t go after a day or two you may have to try giving him tiny bits of green peas. Feed no other foods until he...

Fish: Oversize Pacus, giant aquarium, online auction sites
giant aquarium, online auction sites, chris robbins: Hi Again! I found another possibility for you; http://www.hoobly.com/0/112/95283.html Still looking for a good place for him; Chris Robbins *************************************** Hi Frank; I wish had some encouraging words for you but as...

Fish: Overweight Fighting Fish, betta food, male guppies
betta food, male guppies, rainbow shark: Hi Destiny, It doesn t sound like a problem so much as you have a betta that likes to eat. Given the choice between betta food and the tropical flake food, which is likely much richer, he s going for the dessert. So, gradually try to slim him down. ...

Fish: Oxygen in aquarium, cichlid research, oxygen intake
cichlid research, oxygen intake, gill cover: Hi K.A., A 35 gallon tank is waaaaayyy too small for a 14inch oscar. He needs to be in something at least twice that size. Is he pumping his gills, i.e., moving his gill cover away from the body and back again alot, i.e., it looks sort of like panting...

Fish: my ocar is looking sick, size tank, chris robbins
size tank, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Leslie; I need a lot more information if I am to help your fish; What size tank do you have? How long has the tank been set up? How often do you change water? How big is the oscar? Are there other fish in the tank? What are they and what size?...

Fish: ocar, cichlid research, frequent water changes
cichlid research, frequent water changes, sucker fish: Hi Cheryl, I don t understand why you would want to get the alkaline level up -- oscars come from acidic waters in South America. You shouldn t be adding any salt either. There is absolutely no salt in their natural waters. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: ocean fish, cichlid research, ocean fish
cichlid research, ocean fish, deep in the ocean: Hi Olivia, Excellent question. No they do not. The reason things, like submarines, get crushed is because they try to maintain a different pressure inside than outside. As you go deeper, the outside pressure grows tremendously. Really deep water...

Fish: odd neon tetra, neon tetras, living in the tank
neon tetras, living in the tank, neon tetra: hello Ellen! yes some fiash have a tendensy to to that and trick people? i have had one fish that had had that same behaviour and i was worried about it. all i did was leave it for a while and it was okay after a few weeks...sometimes when you buy fish it...

Fish: Another odd question, secret goal, physics teacher
secret goal, physics teacher, catastrophic failures: Hi Darryl; I m glad the hillstreams are working out. They are a nice looking little fish. I don t think guppies could ever be big enough to avoid being picked at by barbs. Fish that tend to nip fins just love those nice flowing tails. It isn t the victim...

Fish: how often do i feed my oscars?, cichlid research, oscars
cichlid research, oscars, temptation: Hi Serina, Yes, they will be fine. Avoid the temptation to give them a lot of food on Friday to tide them over. Just feed them normally on Friday and normally on Monday. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: oily betta water, cichlid research, ghost shrimp
cichlid research, ghost shrimp, flake food: Hi Sara, Hmmm... it must either be coming from the pellets or something in the air. Let s hope it isn t the latter because you are breathing the same air. Actually, one other possibility... do you have an air pump hooked up to the tank? Their...

Fish: am i doing ok???, algae fish, zebra fish
algae fish, zebra fish, happy plants: Hi Matt; It sounds okay, a bit crowded though. Just avoid overfeeding and keep the tank clean and they will probably be okay. The shark may get territorial and nippy with your other fish as he grows to adult size too. If he does, they will all need...

Fish: old betta, cichlid research, betta
cichlid research, betta, type of food: Hi Mandy, Sadly it does sound like he is at the end of his trail. 3 1/2 years is a LONG time for a betta. Betta males generally do the live fast/die young thing so he is well into old age. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: one old fish is dying--what to do about the other, poor fella, chris robbins
poor fella, chris robbins, goldfish: Hi Ellen; Poor fella. He s lived a good life with you. I would wait and see how the other fish reacts. If you try to add another one he may not like the intrusion, or he may be weak in his old age and not defend himself against a younger one. See if...

Fish: why are my older fish dying w/ new ones in tank?, goldfish flakes, baby shrimp
goldfish flakes, baby shrimp, gold fish: Hi Laura; I think overcrowding and not enough water changes is the problem. Goldfish are very messy and deep-bodied fish that need plenty of room to make their mess in. Since they didn t get very big after having them alone 2 years is an indication of not...

Fish: opaque film on my beta, poor fella, glass marbles
poor fella, glass marbles, beta male: Hi Natalie; He is quite an old fella! They usually live to be 3 at the most. You are doing a great job caring for him. He has what I call Betta Fungus . The only remedy that night help is a product called Betta Max by Aquatronics. At his age his immune...

Fish: open mouth betta, maracyn two, food particles
maracyn two, food particles, gal tank: Hi Pauline; Poor guy. You re doing great keeping his water clean and he is obviously feeling okay otherwise since he still wants to eat. I think there are two possibilities. He has a rock stuck in there, or there is swelling from something. Sometimes...

Fish: open white sore on betta fish, cichlid research, betta fish
cichlid research, betta fish: Hi Jean, Is the betta in with any other fish, i.e., could this be the result of being bitten by another fish? If so, then the most important thing to do would be to isolate the betta. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: opened gills on Koi fish, oxygen saturation, lack of oxygen
oxygen saturation, lack of oxygen, gill disease: Aloha James! It sounds like they are having difficulty breathing. Lack of oxygen in the water can be one cause. There are tests available to measure the oxygen saturation of your tank water. Check the other water chemistry also. Elevated toxins like...

Fish: oranda color, chris robbins, outdoor pond
chris robbins, outdoor pond, spring and summer: Hi Cindi; White must be the color he is genetically programmed to be as an adult. Goldfish often change color several times over the course of their lives. Sometimes with very surprising results! As long as he is healthy and doing well I wouldn t worry....

Fish: My oranda has another fish stuck in its mouth, hotlips houlihan, aggressive fish
hotlips houlihan, aggressive fish, oranda: Hi Melissa, I would go ahead and try to get her out of there. Try twisting it as you pull. If you can get it out, just wait and see what happens. Let me know how it goes, as this is probobly the most interesting question that i have had to answer as...

Fish: oranda goldfish, frequent water changes, albino frog
frequent water changes, albino frog, dwarf frogs: Ashley, As your Oranda grows it gives off more wastes.They are a very strong ammonia which I am sure you already know. That is probably why everything your putting with him is dying. Unfortunately the dwarf...

Fish: oranda goldfish problem, partial water changes, aquarium fish
partial water changes, aquarium fish, fish diseases: Hi Darryl. It sounds to me like you have a parasitic infection going on. It also sounds like the blue grey oranda might have dropsy. You might want to check out this link for info on how to TRY to treat it. Unfortunately, most of the time they get to this...

Fish: My oranda has a lump on his abdomen, internal parasites, swim bladder
internal parasites, swim bladder, hospital tank: Hey Louise, things do sound kinda like an abnormal growth or tumor. If it changes to a red color, or looks like a red sore, then treat for internal parasites. You could have interpreted SBD for parasites, and should adjust your treatments accordingly. ...

Fish: oranda wen cont., sick fish, carbon cartridge
sick fish, carbon cartridge, bubble wall: Good evening Paula, thank you for your question. Sometimes appreciable changes in the shape of the wen are merely genetic - nothing to do about them. This sounds worrying, however. Are you following this protocol for ich? http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/ich.php...

Fish: orandas, partial water changes, tank syndrome
partial water changes, tank syndrome, nitrate levels: Hi Lee; It sounds like new tank syndrome. If the tank has been set up for less than 8 weeks there we raised levels of ammonia right now (from fish waste) and then nitrite (not nitrate, it s different) in a couple of weeks or less. To help the fish, make...

Fish: my orandas, cold water fish, stress zyme
cold water fish, stress zyme, fancy goldfish: Hi Elaine; The tank probably went through a mini break-in period when it was moved. This will cause toxins to rise and the fish get injuries and burns from it. The new water chemistry was probably a contributor too, but there wasn t anything else you could...

Fish: orange ryukin turning black, tank syndrome, ryukin
tank syndrome, ryukin, fish forum: Hi Louise; The black is damaged tissue caused by ammonia and/or nitrite burns from New Tank Syndrome in the first 6 to 8 weeks after you set up your tank. When the tank was going through that period it burned the fish. The black shows up a while after...

Fish: orb fish tanks, 30 gallon tank, tank shape
30 gallon tank, tank shape, water ripples: hey gayle, just as a laugh, wouldnt refraction of light via water ripples do the same thing? should we turn off our filters? no... The light will be a problem regardless of tank shape, thats why we avoid windows, and bright light sources. the biOrb system...

Fish: osacr attacking aquarium glass, cichlid research, aquarium glass
cichlid research, aquarium glass, territorial fish: Hi Dustin, This is quite normal for an oscar. It could be because they have laid eggs, but it would be quite normal even if they hadn t laid eggs. Oscars are highly territorial fish. There is no way to tell male from female oscars -- they are...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, white stains
cichlid research, white stains, tiger oscar: Hi David, Hmm... I m not sure what you mean by stains ? Are these patches of white on the side of the body? If so, that could be damaged scales or a fungus. How large are these stains? Are there other fish in the tank with this fish and how long...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, lower jaw
cichlid research, lower jaw, oscars: Hi Ria, Cichlids like oscars often do damage to their mouths but the good news is that they seem to recover remarkably well. Was he in a fight with another fish? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, males and females
cichlid research, males and females, cool thing: Hi Kal, That s the cool thing... you can t really. Oscars are what we call monomorphic meaning that males and females do not differ. There are slight differences between individuals but those differences don t correspond to whether a fish is male or female....

Fish: my oscar, ammonia levels, tank syndrome
ammonia levels, tank syndrome, little tank: Hi Scharman; The tank is just way too small for him. Ammonia from his waste and respiration is burning his skin, eyes and gills so he isn t feeling well. Ammonia levels will rise to very harmful levels right now from New Tank Syndrome too. Being such a...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, ron coleman
cichlid research, ron coleman, bladder infections: Hi Kelly, I am not quite sure about your question. All oscars have a swim bladder. A swim bladder is a sac of air in the body that helps a fish maintain its buoyancy in the water without swimming. Sometimes a fish will have problems with its swim bladder,...

Fish: oscar, chris robbins, cichlids
chris robbins, cichlids, roomie: Hi Katoyah; It s just his nature. Oscars are very aggressive and territorial cichlids, and yours is just exceptionally so. He will have to remain alone unless you can find a match for his extreme personality. Be prepared to move a new roomie out if you...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, angel fish
cichlid research, angel fish, gold fish: Hi Amanda, You didn t answer my question about structure in the tank. Having a lot of structure is the only way to reduce the amount of fighting. The only other solution is to remove one of the fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: my oscar..., cichlid research, fish attack
cichlid research, fish attack, tank: Hi Simpson, Is there another fish in the tank, perhaps a fish that is attacking him when you aren t watching? Most often, fish attack other fish in the eye, making it go cloudy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: oscar, ping pong ball, hole in head
ping pong ball, hole in head, disese: Hello Tammi, I think it would be fine for him to have a ping pong ball in there but wash it thoughroly and watch him for the first few minutes, if he attemnts to swallow it take it out, if he just plays with it it should be fine. As for the holes i dont know,...

Fish: oscar, quick responce, joe fish
quick responce, joe fish, chris robbins: Hi Joe; Fish are inactive when the lights are out because they can t see. Oscars just find a place to take a nap until the lights come on again. As long as he acts fine otherwise it isn t anything to worry over. The lights are just for us to see them. Unless...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, water parameters: Hi Helen, This is a tricky issue with oscars. Sometimes perfectly healthy oscars will do this. It is part of their hunting strategy. They lie on the bottom and wait for a small fish to come close, then they jump up and inhale it. On the opposite...

Fish: my oscar, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, feeder fish: Hi Melissa, Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes? You need to be changing about 25% of the water once a week every week. Don t feed him feeder fish. Feeder fish often carry all sorts of parasites that easily infect an oscar -- I...

Fish: oscar, water test kit, foot tank
water test kit, foot tank, blackwaters: Good evening Karen, thank you for your question. The first thing to do is check the water quality. Use a liquid water test kit to make sure that ammonia and nitrite presence is undetectable. Nitrates should be below 20 ppm. I notice you are checking the...

Fish: oscar, oxygen content, airstone
oxygen content, airstone, powerhead: Good morning Kris, thank you for your question. Your oscar can adapt to a wide range of temperatures, from 72 degrees to 78 degrees. I keep my tropicals at a compromise, about 76 degrees. The higher the temperature of the water, the lower the dissolved...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, little pieces: Hi Deber, Sometimes the disease known as ick shows up as bits of slime coming off of the fish -- the reason is that the ick parasites bother the fish s skin and so the fish exudes slime to get rid of the parasites. Have you been feeding your oscar...

Fish: my oscar, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, species change: Hi Zack, If he is otherwise healthy looking, i.e., not all emaciated and he is still swimming properly and eating, then there is absolutely no reason to put him to sleep. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: oscar, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, fish hatch: Hi Mat, It could be tommorrow or it could be months. It s entirely up to them. The eggs take about 4 days to hatch. If you do get babies, then feed them frozen baby brine shrimp. The parents are fine with what you have been feeding them....

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, gal tank: Hi Debbie, A 30 gallon is not going to be big enough in the long term. An adult oscar is 16 inches long so he would really need a 50 gallon tank (or even a little larger). An oscar can live well into his teens if well cared for. Soft water is what...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, feather fin
cichlid research, feather fin, firemouth: Hi Joe, He will continue to grow, though it will take a while. Do not add more fishes -- he will just eat them. When you have a large oscar in a tank, that is pretty much all you can keep in the tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, feeder fish: Hi Jason, Hmm.. to be honest it doesn t sound good. When you clean his water, are you using a gravel siphon and cleaning the gravel as well? That can help alot. If he makes no progress at all, consider using a product called Clout. Basically...

Fish: my oscar, live brine shrimp, cichlid research
live brine shrimp, cichlid research, blood worms: Hi Stacey, Fish take in and spit out food to taste it. They often do this with new, unfamiliar food or if they aren t feeling well. I suggest you get some live brine shrimp and feed him a LITTLE of that. It is soft and most fish love the movements...

Fish: my oscar, cichlid research, oscars
cichlid research, oscars, herd: Hi Sony, The advice you heard is completely backward. You definitely need to change the water and fast. You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep them healthy. AccuClear won t help this problem at all. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, belly bottom
cichlid research, belly bottom, egg layers: Hi Iqbal, Oscars don t get pregnant as such; they are egg layers. It could be that the one with the lump is a female that is getting ready to lay a batch of eggs. Time will tell. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: about my oscar, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, dew worms: Hi Julie, Don t feed him feeder fish. Feeder goldfish carry all sorts of diseases and eventually he will catch one from them. I can t tell you how many oscars die all the time from eating feeder goldfish. Dew worms and crickets are great if he...

Fish: oscar, biological balance, chris robbins
biological balance, chris robbins, new lighting: Hi Paul; They might be fighting since the environment is new. Lighting in the room and objects are all at a different angle now. You might want to check the ammonia and nitrite. With having to drain the tank and refill it, that may have upset the biological...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, fun toys
cichlid research, fun toys, earthworms: Hi Mat, Crickets and/or earthworms are great. Just be sure that if the oscars don t eat them, you remove the bodies right away -- you don t want that stuff rotting in the tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: oscar, antibiotics for flu, orange pill
antibiotics for flu, orange pill, water changes: Hi Lisa, I m very sorry to hear about your oscar. I have no idea what was in the orange pills. The problem is complex. Basically, many people just want to solve a problem (either for their fish or themselves by taking a pill) and so pet stores become...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, hi mary
cichlid research, hi mary, cichlids: Hi Mary, Fighting and color change are normal for cichlids. How large are the oscars and how large is the tank? I assume that you have a good filter and the water is about 80oF. Also, you should be changing about 25% of the water once a week, every...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, good bacteria
cichlid research, good bacteria, purple spot: Hi Betty, Hmm... I m still not clear... you shouldn t be changing all the water at one time. The trouble with doing that is that not only does it get rid of the bad stuff, but it also gets rid of the good stuff, namely good bacteria which the tank needs...

Fish: oscar acting weird, tiger oscar, mood rings
tiger oscar, mood rings, oscars: Oscars are like mood rings and sometimes change colors like if he is bright he is happy and if his colors are dull he is sad. For the tail moving like crazy and the mouth opens and stuff my oscar does that alot to. If their is a female oscar in the tank or...

Fish: oscar babies, cichlid research, pectoral fins
cichlid research, pectoral fins, airstone: Hi Dallas, If the eggs are in a jar, then you definitely need an airstone in that jar or the eggs will die. Normally, the parent fans the eggs with its pectoral fins so if the parent can t get to the eggs, you need to provide a substitute to get oxygen...

Fish: oscar babies, cichlid research, kathy ellis
cichlid research, kathy ellis, hole in the middle: Hi Kathy, If they are eggs they should look sort of like jelly-filled donuts, i.e. tire-shaped but with no hole in the middle. They would be about 2 mm across and there would probably be many, many hundreds of them, laid on a hard flat surface such as...

Fish: oscar behavior, cichlid research, filter screens
cichlid research, filter screens, gal tank: Hi Tommy, Yes it is nesting and it could be either a male or a female. If it is a male, it is simply getting ready in case a female happens to come on by (fish are eternally hopeful). If it is a female, there is a small chance that it will lay eggs on...

Fish: oscar behavior, cichlid research, oscar tank
cichlid research, oscar tank, fish behavior: Hi Darron, Oscars twitch when they are displaying at each other. It could be fighting or it could be courting. Time will tell. BTW, you need to change 25% of the water once a week, every week, in an oscar tank to keep them healthy in the long...