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Fish: My oscar is in very poor condition, cichlid research, tiny grains
cichlid research, tiny grains, gallon tank: Hi Pankaj, Is the fish covered in little white spots that look like tiny grains of icing sugar? (That is what ick looks like). If they have ick, then you need to treat them with an ick medicine like Quik-Cure or Rid-Ick. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: My oscar Tank, south american cichlids, cichlid research
south american cichlids, cichlid research, african cichlids: Hi Robert, Severums are cichlids as well. There are two problems to deal with here. First, oscars are highly predatory when they get larger. Basically, an oscar will eat ANY fish that it can fit in its mouth. The second issue concerns water types....

Fish: My oscar Tank, south american cichlids, african cichlids
south american cichlids, african cichlids, acidic waters: Hi Robert, I have no idea how to calculate a 7 foot by 3 foot by 3 foot tank...however I do know that one Oscar needs at least 66 gallons of water to himself in order to be healthy, and happy...2 Oscars you must double that..120 gallons..and so on. I do...

Fish: Paradise Gourami's, paradise gourami, cory cats
paradise gourami, cory cats, aquarium salt: Hi Megan; It could possibly be the other gourami hassling them, or the water temperature...or the combination of both. Gouramis of all types usually don t tolerate each other very well and you may have an exceptionally aggressive female opaline. They can...

Fish: Please identify this fish, african cichlid, ron coleman
african cichlid, ron coleman, chris robbins: Hi Pankaj Atre; It looks like some type of albino African cichlid. I really don t know which one, there are many. You might ask Ron Coleman. Here s his profile page; http://www.allexperts.com/ep/1472-21527/Fish/Ron-Coleman.htm At Your Service; Chris...

Fish: Please identify this fish, afican cichlids, lake tanganyika
afican cichlids, lake tanganyika, clay pots: Hello, These fish are African Cichlids. I have never heard of the Moonlight Cichlids, and would not take a chance on giving a name to these fish. Many African Cichlids look the same when young, but change as they get older. You should ask the vendor their...

Fish: Pop Eye, broad spectrum antibiotic, poor water quality
broad spectrum antibiotic, poor water quality, knick knack: Hello, Popeye is caused by poor water quality. Popeye is a bacterial infection, and should be treated with a broad spectrum antibiotic. The medication to use is Penicillin or Amoxycillin or Maracyn 2 Popeye, is a sign that you are not keeping his...

Fish: Possible inflammation on Angel fish, fish fins, ammonia level
fish fins, ammonia level, angel fish: Hello, Do not wait very long because ammonia will kill your fish. Do a water change now, as I am sure you have ammonia in your water. That was way too many fish for a 28 gallon! One goldfish needs 10 gallons just for himself, Angel Fish too...Diet, and...

Fish: Possible Swim Bladder Infection?, flame dwarf gourami, balloon molly
flame dwarf gourami, balloon molly, gravel vacuum: Hi Hayley; The best chance your little gourami has is to move him out to a separate hospital tank. Make it at least 3 gallons with a bubbler and keep it in a warm place or add a heater. Fill it with 75% water from the main tank and 25% fresh conditioned...

Fish: Pregnant cichlid, cichlid research, epsom salts
cichlid research, epsom salts, gal tank: Hi Joe, Unfortunately it isn t pregnant; it is most likely quite sick, with some sort of intestinal problem. Such things are very hard to treat. I have not tried it, but others suggest treating with Epsom salts. You might search the web to see what you...

Fish: Pregnant Guppy, pregnant guppy, google search
pregnant guppy, google search, female pairs: Your tank is not cycled!! Do a google search on aquarium cycling. You will need to do daily water changes every day for the next 3 weeks or so, but do not touch the gravel or filter during these water changes. Research BEFORE buying your fish, a pregnant...

Fish: Pregnant guppy and platy, pregnant guppy, pregnant platy
pregnant guppy, pregnant platy, algae eaters: Hi Cantis; Ich has to be treated right away. It will get out of hand very quickly if it is allowed to reproduce. Fancy guppies and platies will both do okay at a water temperature of about 72f. To treat ich it must be raised to at least 80f, 82f is...

Fish: Pregnant Platy fish?, cichlid research, platy fish
cichlid research, platy fish, moust: Hi Chea, Many of the livebearers can interbreed, however, that may not be the reason your fish might be pregnant. Another little trick is that many of the livebearing females can store sperm. So, she may have mated months ago with a male and might still...

Fish: Puffer Fish, zebra danio, tiny parasite
zebra danio, tiny parasite, frozen bloodworms: 1) Yes the danios will work, not the best method but it will work. Keep the danios in there for a full month before you introduce the puffer, and make sure to feed the danios plenty. 2)I would personally go for the Congo Puffer, only because they are more...

Fish: peas, balloon mollies, old turtle
balloon mollies, old turtle, leftover bits: Hi Wajid, Goldfish only with goldfish. Get another tank for the turtle. Mollies are tropical fish and need heaters of 76-80 F while goldfish need temps of 64-70 F. To feed peas you simply thaw a fresh pea (if it s frozen) pull off the shell and feed...

Fish: pet goldfish, cichlid research, fantail goldfish
cichlid research, fantail goldfish, pet goldfish: Hi Penny, It is hard to say. Many goldfish are already sick when you buy them, that is why I do not recommend that people buy goldfish. It is also possible that one of the other goldfish is bothering the unhappy one. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: a picture of my beta, aquarium salt, gallon tanks
aquarium salt, gallon tanks, bettas: Hi Jamie, Thank you for posting a picture of your little betta. I love the blue bettas! He is young, which is a good thing. He doesn t look well. He was probably not well kept at the pet store where you bought him. When a betta doesn t eat, it is because...

Fish: piranha fish, cichlid research, piranha fish
cichlid research, piranha fish, partial water changes: Hi Kara, Have you had these fish long? Many fish can gain and loose color as their mood changes, so the fact that they are paler doesn t necessarily mean that something terrible will happen (though it could). Are you doing regular weekly partial...

Fish: planing to keep discus, partial water changes, sword plants
partial water changes, sword plants, rummy nose: Hi Kop, Your tank is probably not done cycling at 3 weeks and should have no fish in it. Fish are extremely sensitive to the toxic ammonia and nitrite during the cycling process and this will kill any fish. I don t see it listed but you should test your...

Fish: planted aquarium, 30 gallon aquarium, cichlid research
30 gallon aquarium, cichlid research, plant substrate: Hi Alex, If you are interested in doing plants in a serious way, then you should strongly consider getting the best substrate. Of course that will mean investing more at this point, but you will probably enjoy it more in the long run. It is also much...

Fish: please ready quickly!, white hairs, stress and illness
white hairs, stress and illness, tank conditions: Hi Kathy, I pulled your question out of the question pool. Is your betta in at least a 5 gallon tank? Heated? Filtered? He needs all three of these things. Anything less causes stress and illness. A hairy white patch is fungus. This is common...

Fish: please ready quickly!, white hairs, degree water
white hairs, degree water, tropical fish: Hello, You should check the temperature of the Betta s water to make sure it is the same temperature as it was before. Guessing at the temperature is not good, and a few degrees lower of higher than he had before you changed the water could kill him. ...

Fish: plec problem, cichlid research, quality filter
cichlid research, quality filter, tracie: Hi Tracie, In general, you should change 25% of the water in your tank once a week, every week. I do not understand a light that also puts a form of oxygen around the tank . Can you please explain? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: pleco changing colors, 30 gallon tank, molly fish
30 gallon tank, molly fish, shark fish: Hi Amanda, If you did not cycle the tank before you added the fish then the fish are dying from the nitrogen cycling process that takes place in all newly set up tanks. It s always advisable (and less work, and less frustration and doesn t take as long)...

Fish: plecostumas fish, cichlid research, gal tank
cichlid research, gal tank, intestinal infection: Hi Shawn, Unfortunately, I strongly suspect that your plecostomus is not laying eggs, but rather is very sick with some sort of intestinal infection. Sadly, such things are very difficult to treat. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: possible pregnant tetra?, cichlid research, epsom salts
cichlid research, epsom salts, external fertilization: Hi Brandon, A tetra can t actually be pregnant as such because they are egg layers with external fertilization. Your fish could be a female that is ripening some eggs in preparation to lay them, but that usually only takes a few days. It is also possible,...

Fish: pregenant guppys, fish guppy, guppy fish
fish guppy, guppy fish, neon fish: Hi Hannah; It s hard to say when they could be born. Sometimes they have a few at a time and you don t notice because there can be different litters inside one mother. You just have to wait and see. About 4 days before birthing, most mothers will hide more...

Fish: problem of 2 fish types, frozen brine shrimp, angel fish
frozen brine shrimp, angel fish, ammonia test: Hello You must not mix swordtails, guppies or Mollies with Angel Fish. The beautiful long fins on the Angel Fish is an attraction to these fish. They will nip at the fins of the Angel Fish, and eventually your Angel Fish will get sick as they are stressed....

Fish: proper feeding for my new jack dempsey, cichlid research, omega one
cichlid research, omega one, jack dempsey: Hi Scott, That sounds about right, except that I would only give him 5-7 pellets once a day at first. Be sure not to leave food in there that he doesn t eat. For the first few weeks, he will likely be reluctant to eat because of the new environment and...

Fish: protozoa in fish tank, 20 gallon aquariums, cichlid research
20 gallon aquariums, cichlid research, sterile environments: Hi Shanna, As you have found out, any healthy aquarium will have a whole spectrum of different creatures in the water. For the most part, this is perfectly fine. If there are too many of some of these, it can be a problem, but on the other hand, having...

Fish: one more question..., breeding bettas, male betta
breeding bettas, male betta, gallon tank: Never, ever put a female betta in with a male, they would kill each other. Breeding Bettas, is a whole other experience, you would need three tanks, one for the fry, one for the male betta, and one for the female. You have to put the spawning pair into a...

Fish: Ram Compatibility, dalmation mollies, zebra danios
dalmation mollies, zebra danios, cichlid research: Hi April, Given that it is a densely planted tank of reasonable size (60 gallons) I suspect that you will be okay to add a pair of rams. Personally I would go with the Bolivian rams or regular rams (I am not a fan of the captive-produced color strains...

Fish: Is my RED Devil dying ?, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research
30 gallon tank, cichlid research, red devil: Hi Dave, It sounds like he is getting old. The best thing you can do is to make sure that he has very good water and you can do this by changing 25% of his water once a week, every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Red cap fish, cichlid research, gold fish
cichlid research, gold fish, cap gold: Hi Nicky, Well, basically the one fish is chasing the other fish to death. The one that is being chased is getting more and more stressed and that is causing the bloating and all the other problems. You really need to separate those fish. -- Ron ...

Fish: Red wag cross Swordtail/Platy female..., aquarium salt, gonopodium
aquarium salt, gonopodium, full tank: Hello, Females have no swordtails, and no gonopodium. ( a gonopodium is a penis - like organ) The males tend to occupy the top of the tank, while the females are usually found closer to the bottom. Aquarium salt must be added to the aquarium. If you...

Fish: is Rudolph blind, tank mates, aquarium salt
tank mates, aquarium salt, 20 gallon tank: Hi Danielle, Comet has fungus, which is odd since you keep your tank very clean. You will have to cure him with an anti-fungus treatment that you will find at the Pet Store. Maracyn, Maracyn2, are good to remove fungus. Poor Comet, this disease is eating...

Fish: re: Betta fish health, stress coat, fish health
stress coat, fish health, harmful chemicals: Hi Jenna, A bowl? Bowls are not suitable for any live aquaria. Nothing. A betta requires a minimum of a 5 gallon, filtered, heated tank. This is the only environment that will allow them to be happy, healthy and live the 5-7 year life span that they...

Fish: red devil fish, red devil fish, bladder disease
red devil fish, bladder disease, water chemistry: Hi Teresa, Make sure that your water chemistry is safe, free of ammonia, and nitrates. You could try feeding him a cooked frozen peas. Remove the first layer, and cut into small pieces. He may have swim bladder disease, and this would help to clean out...

Fish: my red parrot fish is turning white, from the belly up., red parrot fish, cichlid research
red parrot fish, cichlid research, partial water changes: Hi Sarah, Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? If not, you need to. You should change 25% of the water, once a week, every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: S.O.S, flake food, internal parasites
flake food, internal parasites, water parameters: Hi Shaz, Bent spines are usually the signs of either fish TB or internal parasites. Because the fish recovered it may have been parasites as fish with TB that aren t treated with a human strength anti-tuberculosis anti-biotic will die, although I m shocked...

Fish: Setting up a New Tank, gravel plants, cocktail shrimp
gravel plants, cocktail shrimp, aquatic frogs: Hi Ashley, The Petsmart employee doesn t surprise me, this is typical. I would skip the loaches. You have cory cats that will occupy the bottom and most loaches can be semi-aggressive and can get very large and like to be in school and you ll vastly...

Fish: Sick Beta - Fin Rot?, fin and tail rot, knick knack
fin and tail rot, knick knack, aquarium salt: Hi Susan, A Betta in a one gallon bowl is very hard to treat. Maracyn, Maracyn2, Tetracycline are all good medication for fin, and tail rot. You will have to ask the store Manager for the exact dosage for your betta, as I can t give you the right dosage...

Fish: Sick Betta, male betta, bladder disease
male betta, bladder disease, water chemistry: Hello, From the symptoms you are giving me, your betta has Swim Bladder Disease, and the ragged fins could be due to stress. Stress usually affects fish when their water chemistry is not right. Swim Bladder is caused by poor diet, overeating which leads...

Fish: Sick Betta Fish, fungus disease, aquarium salt
fungus disease, aquarium salt, blood worms: Hi Maryann, Your Betta should have been looked after a month ago. Bettas go down very fast. He has Swim Bladder along with a fungus disease. I don t know what size tank the fish is in, but Bettas do need water changes every week, with a good conditioner....

Fish: Sick Betta Fish, blood worm, bladder problems
blood worm, bladder problems, blood worms: Hi Jennifer, Don t bring the water up quickly. One degree every two days. Bringing the water up too fast would be dangerous to your Betta. Maracyn2 is a good antibiotic, and should help him. I think that now you have to see a vet to buy Kanamycin or Tetracycline...

Fish: Sick Black Moor :(, sick fish, black moor
sick fish, black moor, top fin: Hi Vanessa; Water changes definitely need to be done more often but that isn t the most urgent problem for your little friends. Their tank is far too small for them and it s also now going through a break-in period after changing all the water out. It is...

Fish: Sick Dalmatian Molly?, internal parasite, molly 3
internal parasite, molly 3, red worms: Hi Shelley, Try to google Callamanus worms . It s an internal parasite that causes red worms to hang out of the anus at the advanced stages. They are very hard to treat and extremely contagious. The recommended treatment is Panacur but sometimes it...

Fish: Sick fish, brine shrimp, bladder disease
brine shrimp, bladder disease, angel fish: Hi Heather, Your problem is the water, and too many fish for a 15 gallon tank. Forget about the antibiotic, this is not the problem. First you must do water changes to get the ammonia, and nitrates out of your water. This is one problem. Change 50% of...

Fish: Sick fish, 30 gallon tank, dwarf gourami
30 gallon tank, dwarf gourami, nitrite levels: Hi Victoria, A bowl? Absolutely no aquaria can safely live in a bowl - nothing. A dwarf gourami REQUIRES a minimum of a 10 gallon tank with a filter and a heater. These are tropical fish and require a steady, warm temp. If it s not a dwarf species it...

Fish: Sick Molly, side fins, aggressive fish
side fins, aggressive fish, gal tank: Hi Lisa; It s hard to say what could be wrong if there aren t any physical symptoms other than some kind of paralysis. We can t see inside the fish to know. It may even have been injured somehow. Fish can be injured from being startled and bang into objects...

Fish: Sick Oscar, intelligent fish, oscar tank
intelligent fish, oscar tank, angel fish: Hello, I will start by telling you that one Oscar needs at least a 66 -75 gallon tank to be comfortable. Two Oscars, you must double that 120 gallons. You have 3 plecos, and one angel fish, and two Oscars in a tank that is way too small to house these...

Fish: Sick Sick Oscar, cichlid research, passive behavior
cichlid research, passive behavior, gallon tank: Hi Twyla, That is not ick. I recommend that you change 25% of the water in the tank immediately and then do the same again once a day for the next 3 days. Be sure that you use a gravel siphon when you change the water, to seriously clean the gravel...

Fish: Silver Molly, swim bladder, shredded carrots
swim bladder, shredded carrots, chris robbins: Hi Cyri; It sounds like her swim bladder has failed. Sometimes it s related to constipation so feed her more fiber to help her digestion. Try feeding veggies such as peeled peas, cooked shredded carrots, cucumber, and squash. There are also other causes...

Fish: Silver mollie acting very weird, .......... :-(, tank mates, rubbermaid container
tank mates, rubbermaid container, aquarium salt: Hi Brenda, It s extremely important for me to know how long your tank has been set up and who the tank mates are. This helps me determine the problem and the appropriate solution. Without knowing these things it s a shot in the dark. Also, what are your...

Fish: Sneaky goldfish, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, fosh: Hi Danielle, Bless you kind heart. This little fish will surely grow to be a beautiful fish. People like that should never work in a Pet Store...makes me wonder about the owner. I would tell him. That s nice that you have a bigger tank! I m sure Splasher...

Fish: Species compatibility, cichlid research, pike cichlid
cichlid research, pike cichlid, fish store: Hi Mike, Pikes are tricky to identify. They change tremendously in appearance from juveniles to adults, so basically you have to wait. I wouldn t put a pike in with an oscar. It is very likely that the oscar will at some point attempt to eat...

Fish: Starting up freshwater tank in rural area (well water), salt pellets, ammonia level
salt pellets, ammonia level, delivery of drinking water: The treated one, and add Stress Coat or AquaPlus to it. The untreated one wouldn t be good for fish. Very hard water, which is untreated would not be a good choice. The water would be very alkaline, and no filter system could make it safe. Sorry I didn...

Fish: Stocking, bristle nose pleco, tropheus duboisi
bristle nose pleco, tropheus duboisi, tropheus moorii: Hi Shaun, I see no problem with the Pseudotropheus Estherai, or the Cynotilapia Afra Cobwe, but do see a probem with Mudskippers, and Mystery Snails. Pleco s you might have a problem as they like neutral water, and an african tank must be alkaline. If you...

Fish: Stocking ideas, black moor goldfish, rena xp3
black moor goldfish, rena xp3, driftwood pieces: Hi Craig, Ah, ha, I get it now. For some reason I assumed you were transferring everyone over. If you are leaving the Angels, Endlers, BN and cories in the 75 I would definitely add a few more cories to make at least 6. This will close to max you out...

Fish: Strange Betta Behavior, knick knack, information on betta fish
knick knack, information on betta fish, aquarium salt: Hi Cherish, It could be a bacterial infection, it could also be parasites. It could be that he is stressed, and it could be his water conditions. He should be in clean water, treated with Stress Coat or AquaPlus every time you change the water. There...

Fish: Suckerfish, 30 gallon tank, parasitic infestations
30 gallon tank, parasitic infestations, sucker fish: Hi Applejacks, It s hard to say. If bloating is the only ailment you can try simply holding off on foods for a few days to purge the system and see if this helps. No other symptoms? Lethargy? Scales sticking up? Bumps, lumps, spots? Is it possible...

Fish: shibunkin fish died, fancy goldfish, l tank
fancy goldfish, l tank, new tank: Hi Sharon, There are a couple of notable issues here. First, you should never, ever keep larger single tailed goldfish like comets and shubunkins with fancy goldfish like fantails. Eventually the single tails will get much larger and aggressive with the...

Fish: sick african cichlid, high protein foods, high protein food
high protein foods, high protein food, african cichlid: Hi Donna, I believe that your little momma fish has dropsy. What causes Dropsy? I don t think anyone knows for sure. Diet, and clean water play a role in this disease. It is an internal bacterial disease that attacks the liver, and internal organs....

Fish: One sick angelfish, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research
30 gallon tank, cichlid research, maracyn 2: Hi Ann Marie, Unfortunately, it sounds like your angel has a swim-bladder problem. These things are really hard to treat. I recently knew an angel that lasted many, many months with exactly the same symptoms, but sadly it never got better. You can...

Fish: Very sick Bubblegum parrot fish, cichlid research, silver doller
cichlid research, silver doller, gal tank: Hi Jennifer, It doesn t sound very good for Walter. He is likely getting very old and things are accumulating that he cannot fight any longer. Popeye isn t a disease per se, but rather a symptom that can be caused by many things. Unfortunately I cannot...

Fish: sick beta, filtration unit, blood worms
filtration unit, blood worms, bettas: Hi Kathryn, I hate to tell you this, but if you can take the tank back, try to. Bettas need a low water current and the tetra power filter is too powerful for him. Or, see if there is a setting on there to turn it down to low. Some of the filters will...

Fish: sick beta, super walmart, walmart
super walmart, walmart, seachem: Kathryn, Good, sounds like he s doing better. Once he s completely back to himself you ll see what a difference the bigger, heated and filtered tank will make. If you have any other questions or if anything changes let me know. Thanks! Good luck:)...

Fish: sick betta :(, knick knack, aquarium salt
knick knack, aquarium salt, tank temperature: Hi Alexnova, I m sorry your little betta is sick. It is due to overfeeding. Try giving him the pea treatment. Cook a frozen pea until it is well cooked, and tender. Remove the outer layer, and cut it into tiny pieces. Feed the pieces to your betta one...

Fish: sick fancy goldfish, water quality results, fancy goldfish
water quality results, fancy goldfish, silly fish: Hi Holly, I pulled your question out of the pool. Have you tested your water for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates? 99% if the time anytime your fish has an ailment it s directly related to the water quality results of these tests. You should always have...

Fish: sick oscar, dry pellets, ammonia level
dry pellets, ammonia level, nitrate level: Hello Ok, I thought you had just bought him. It sounds like he could have Swim Bladder Disease. This is caused by poor diet, overfeeding, which leads to constipation, then Swim Bladder. Cook frozen peas until they are tender. Remove the outer layer, and...

Fish: sick oscar, cichlid research, long periods of time
cichlid research, long periods of time, tiger oscar: Hi Will, When you say that you have been doing water changes , how much and how often have you been changing? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week, to keep him happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: sick platys and mollies, clear tank, small fish
clear tank, small fish, platys: Hi Georgine, Was the tank cycled before the fish were added? Did you add all 7 original fish at once? It is imperative that no fish be added to a tank that hasn t completed the cycling process. Even once cycled, only 2-3 small fish at a time, let the...

Fish: sick red devil, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research
30 gallon tank, cichlid research, aquarium salt: Hi Linda, The pH should not affect him unless it goes really weird like 6 or 8.5. 7.6 is fine. It is possible that he is getting old. It is also likely that a 30 gallon tank just isn t large enough for him. The only solution, if you must keep him...

Fish: What size should my new fish tank be? Could I put it in front of the window?, african dwarf frogs, betta fish
african dwarf frogs, betta fish, aquarium fish: Hi Sharon, You, unfortunately, are on the verge of disaster here with these fish. A 5 gallon tank cannot safely house anything except for one betta fish or a duo of african dwarf frogs. The tank is so over-loaded that there is a horrific back up of ammonia...

Fish: sleeping fish, cichlid research, goldfish expert
cichlid research, goldfish expert, swim bladder: Hi Joyce, It would be best if you did water changes before it gets to that point. You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week, to keep your fish happy and healthy. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: stocking aquarium, peaceful community fish, zebra danios
peaceful community fish, zebra danios, aquaclear filters: Hi Carrie, Good for you, fishless cycling! And I like the AquaClear filters, they work wonderfully. Once your ammonia and nitrites are 0 and nitrates 5-20 ppm you are ready to start stocking. Be careful to only add 2-3 fish at a time, let the bioload...

Fish: sucker fish, slime coat, fish tanks
slime coat, fish tanks, g tank: Brandy, I pulled your question from the question pool. Plecos are notorious for sucking the slime coat off of a goldfish leaving them exposed to parasitic and bacterial infections. Plus, goldfish are coldwater fish and most plecos are tropical and require...

Fish: sudden death, neon tetras, cichlid research
neon tetras, cichlid research, siamese fighter: Hi Ruth, Do you an airstone in the tank? If not, you need one. It sounds like what happened is what I call a death cascade . Basically, the tank is stressed for some reason, e.g., not enough air, and one fish dies. A dying fish dramatically...

Fish: Telescope Gold fish that is 2 yrs old stopped eating, stress zyme, air bubbles
stress zyme, air bubbles, tank lid: Hi Linda, As long as his ammonia is 0 and nitrites are 0 and nitrates are 5-20 ppm the water is good. He could be stressed as a result of the Quick Cure (meds are harsh on fish although sometimes necessary) and the new home. Stress causes illness too....

Fish: Telescope Goldfish, 20 gallon tank, poor fish
20 gallon tank, poor fish, dark blood: Hi Chelsie, I m happy that you are trying to help this poor fish but at the same time I really wish that you would have done some research before purchasing this goldfish and a bowl . I think it should be illegal for pet stores to be allowed to sell bowls....

Fish: Testing for Aquarium, thnx alot, water changes
thnx alot, water changes, seachem: Hi Tai, You should never have any nitrite, it s 50% as lethal as ammonia so your tank is still cycling. Nitrates shouldn t be over 20 ppm. Either you aren t doing enough water changes, the tank is overstocked or the fish are being overfed. Make sure...

Fish: Tetras and Danios, african dwarf frogs, crowntail betta
african dwarf frogs, crowntail betta, neon tetras: Hi Tim, This question was out there in the question pool. 5 gallons, honestly, is not large enough for either neon tetras or danios. I know a lot of people that won t put zebra danios in anything less than a 20 gallon long and this is because they really...

Fish: tank issues, water test kit, fancy guppies
water test kit, fancy guppies, fish tank: Hello, There must be ammonia or nitrates in your water. Have you let your tank cycle? Before adding fish to a tank, you must let the water cycle. This may take 3 weeks before you put any fish in it. You let your aquarium run, and then you check to see...

Fish: i think my betta is pregnant, male bettas, male betta
male bettas, male betta, bladder disease: Hello, Do you see a white dot, on her tummy. Look carefully, she should have a little white dot. This is her ovipositor. It is small, and should be sticking out just a little bit. You could put her in with the male, but this is very tricky, and if you...

Fish: tigar oscar, feeder fish, bladder disease
feeder fish, bladder disease, rosery: Hi Miriam, An Oscar needs room to swim, so I m guessing you have a big tank, as he will need at least 60 gallons to himself when full grown. He needs a varied diet. Oscar pellets are very good for him because they have vitamins that Oscar s need. He should...

Fish: tiger barbs 10 gal. and pleco?, tiger barbs, tank mates
tiger barbs, tank mates, rubbermaid container: Hi Yasmin, I wouldn t add anything else to your tank. 10 gallons isn t lare enough to safely support the bioload of what you have, depending on the species of pleco. Some stay small and only grow to 4-5 inches, some get to 2 feet long and in this case...

Fish: tiger oscars, oscar feeder fish, sucker fish
oscar feeder fish, sucker fish, tiger oscar: Hello, When starting a new tank, you must wait at least one month before putting any fish in it. If your 20 gallon tank is still running, put your Oscar back in the 20 gallon...if not, you might lose your Oscar. What you should do now is go the Pet Store,...

Fish: tin foil barbs, tin foil barbs, central american cichlids
tin foil barbs, central american cichlids, cichlid research: Hi Catherine, You might consider some of the Central American cichlids. There are many to choose from. Jack Dempseys or Texas cichlids are two you might consider. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: troical fish, baby brine shrimp, black widdows
baby brine shrimp, black widdows, baby angels: Hi Margaret; The eggs and/or babies don t have much of a chance in a community tank. If they aren t picked off during the day your plecostamus will get them at night. If you want to raise baby angels you will have to get a separate breeder tank for your...

Fish: tropical sordtail, cichlid research, sord fish
cichlid research, sord fish, superfoetation: Hi Charles, That is actually a tricky question. Many of the livebearers do some weird things, such as using stored sperm so a female can get pregnant even if there is no male around. Also, some of them do what is known as superfoetation which means...

Fish: Unhealthy Fish..., fish problems, kind of fish
fish problems, kind of fish, water tests: Hi Meagan, It s ultra important that I know what kind of fish it is before I would be able to advise you properly. Can you take a picture and attach it? Or you can go to www.liveaquaria.com in the freshwater section and try and identify it by picture....

Fish: White Oscars, feeder goldfish, feeder fish
feeder goldfish, feeder fish, cichlid research: Hi Justin, You said you change the water every other , but you left out the next word. Was it day? week? or month? Ideally you should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. Deteriorating water conditions can lead to shyness. Is that...

Fish: White Spots on Fish, white spots on fish, aquarium salt
white spots on fish, aquarium salt, coppersafe: Hi Maddy This is Ich, a parasite common to fish. Fortunately, I ve never had Ich in any of my aquariums. Here is a link to help you understand what it is and how to treat it. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=16+2160&aid=2421 Only thing I...

Fish: Worried about my beta fish, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, fish bowl: Hi Kathy, It is hard for me to say without actually seeing it but is sounds rather strange. Bettas do not make any sort of cocoon and when they lay eggs, they don t look like that. If your betta sloughed off a layer of skin, that would indicate that the...

Fish: Wounded Betta Fish, cichlid research, fingernails
cichlid research, fingernails, belinda: Hi Belinda, That is hard to answer. If it were just the frilly part of the tail, that can grow back (much like fingernails on a person can grow back). If, however, the base of the harder parts (the rays) were damaged, they are unlikely to grow back. ...

Fish: whats wrong with my fish?, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, orange fish: Hi Candy, The long brownish string is perfectly fine. The fact that he floats sideways is not. Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week, to keep him happy and healthy....

Fish: what went wrong?, fish keeper, bottom fish
fish keeper, bottom fish, fish tank: Hi Danielle, What good news, that this person is no longer working at the pet store. You have to know about fish, and love them to work in the fish section. I m sure this new lady will do a great job. Sooner or later, people who don t have it in them leave,...

Fish: something is wrong with my beta!, stress coat, melafix
stress coat, melafix, tank temperature: Hi Jessie, You have overfed your betta, and now he is having a reaction to this. I would try treating him with Melafix. When a Betta gets sick, and is in a one gallon tank, it is very hard if not impossible to cure him. Maybe the Melafix will help him...

Fish: 1 oscar not eating as much, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, red tiger: Hi Josh, I do not understand what you mean by left the tank running over night for them . It is essential that the tank be running all the time, i.e., the heater and filters. You must not turn off the filter at night or anything like that. There...

Fish: African Chichlid, african cichlids, chichlid
african cichlids, chichlid, black patches: Hi Clara, I don t think it was he cold, because the temperature must have gone down slowly. You may have brought the temperature up too quickly. When bringing up the temperature, we must do this very slowly. One degree each day until you reach the right...

Fish: African Cichlids, african cichlid tank, stressed fish
african cichlid tank, stressed fish, kenyi: Hello, I m sorry to tell you that your tank is overstocked. Overstocked tanks bring stress to fish, and stress fish will get sick. Ick is always present in the water, and will attack weak, or stressed fish. To keep African Cichlids, you must have at least...

Fish: Afrrican cichlids, keeping african cichlids, nitrate levels
keeping african cichlids, nitrate levels, fish store: Hi Kelle, This is a mystery to me. It may be that you had a virus, some kind of bad bacteria in your tank. Do water changes of 25% every week, this is so important...apart from this, I really have no idea what happened in your tank. I m sorry, I cannot...

Fish: Algae, sailfin pleco, brown algae
sailfin pleco, brown algae, danios: algea will always grow where there is light and water, its not bad for the fish, just unnatratcive...sailfin plecos will eat all aglea, i have a 55gallon tank too and have 1 sailfin pleco and 6 otto s which are brilliant for algea, if you get enough they will...

Fish: Angel fish eggs, brine shrimp hatchery, baby brine shrimp
brine shrimp hatchery, baby brine shrimp, 30 gallon tank: Hi Diane, A 5 gallon tank is really too small to raise fry. They will not last long in a 5 gallon tank. I would go with a 30 gallon tank or bigger if you have many fry. Daily water changes are a must after they are free swimming. Fry need to be fed 4...

Fish: Aquarium heater, aquarium heater, aquarium heaters
aquarium heater, aquarium heaters, degree water: Hi Liane, I always use heaters in my tanks. When you first put your heater into the water, let the heater stand there for a half an hour before connecting it. Then bring it up so that it will bring the temperature up one degree. Stop it when your water...

Fish: Aquarium Salt, zebra danios, zebra danio
zebra danios, zebra danio, shrimp pellets: Hello, It is good to add salt with Bettas, but seeing as he will be in a 5 gallon tank, this means that you will have to change his water completely once a week, so I see no need for a snail. Bettas must have water changes, and must be kept in very clean...

Fish: Battle Weary Female, female bettas, male bettas
female bettas, male bettas, aggressive fish: Hi Michael, A fish does not understand punishment. It is up to us to see that they are healthy, and happy, and give them the environment they should have. We take them out of their homes, so it is only right to give them the best home we can. Female bettas...

Fish: Beta Fish, betta tanks, fish specialist
betta tanks, fish specialist, silk plant: Hi Sharon, A betta should never be kept in small bowls, see his reflection, or cold water. He is a tropical fish, and is cold under 80 degree temperature. He needs a regular 5 gallon tank, never heated with a light. Bettas do not like lights, they prefer...

Fish: Beta Fish, neon tetras, beta fish
neon tetras, beta fish, bristlenose: Hi Tiffany, Treat them with Tetracycline. Since they are fighting, a nip from another fish will eventually turn into fungus. I do not recommend keeping females together in a tank. Females are like males, and never get along. There will always be one...

Fish: Beta won't eat, cichlid research, uneaten food
cichlid research, uneaten food, all sorts: Hi Beth, I would give him time and keep trying. Just be sure not to leave any uneaten food in the tank -- it will rot and cause all sorts of problems. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Betta acting strangely, bladder disease, stress coat
bladder disease, stress coat, gallon tank: Hi Cindy, I m sorry for your loss. I know how we get attached to our bettas, it is always love at first site, so I understand. When bettas get sick, they sometimes go down very quickly, so at the first sign, we must try to find out what is wrong. The first...

Fish: Betta Behavior, swim bladder, little phoenix
swim bladder, little phoenix, bladder disease: Hi Caitlyn, It is difficult for me to know if there is something wrong, but usually a betta who eats well, is not sick. Bettas love to lie on leaves, especially a silk plant with long leaves. If he is swimming around normally, and just lies on his side,...

Fish: Betta big tummy, female betta fish, brine shrimp
female betta fish, brine shrimp, antibiotic tetracycline: Hi Anna, She may have Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding which causes constipation, then SBD. Try feeding her a cooked frozen pea with the outer layer removed. Cut the pea into tiny pieces, and feed them to her one...

Fish: Betta,Clamped Fins, Listless then Darts, Sinks to bottom of tank., brine shrimp, blood worm
brine shrimp, blood worm, dark copper: Hi Candice, Clamped fins indicate parasites. I would treat her with coppersafe. I would also like to mention that bettas are tropical fish, and need 82 degree water, and 5 gallon tanks to live a healthy, happy life, no matter their size. Their temperature...

Fish: Betta died what to do with other fish in tank?, fungus infection, fish size
fungus infection, fish size, water chemistry: Hi Jennifer, Your betta had fungus. This is due to poor water conditions. Bettas get fungus when the water they are kept in is not clean which is why their water should be changed often. When kept alone in a 5 gallon tank, all the water should be changed...

Fish: Betta Fish Behavior, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, fish behavior: Hi Jennifer, This sounds like Swim Bladder Disease. Swim Bladder is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. This leads to constipation which often goes unnoticed, then Swim Bladder Disease. Feed him a cooked frozen pea with the outer layer removed. Cut...

Fish: Betta Fish not swimming, beta fish, gallon tank
beta fish, gallon tank, water changes: sounds like he is dying, unlike what people say bettas do actually need a heater and a filter and atleast a 5 gallon tank, if by them selves...if you dont have these then your fish was doomed from the start, atleast you sound like you give regular water changes,...

Fish: Betta fish may have air pocket/bubble?, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, gallon tank: Hi Beth, When you say What about an air bubble do you mean that he might have an air bubble inside? Fish like bettas have a swim bladder that they can fill with air to help them regulate their buoyancy. Sometimes a fish will get an infection of the...

Fish: Betta fish constipation, epsom salt bath, brine shrimp
epsom salt bath, brine shrimp, epsom salt: Hi Chrissy, Swim Bladder is due to constipation, overfeeding, and poor diet. Feed him a cooked frozen pea with the outer layer removed, and cut into tiny pieces. Feed the pieces to your betta one piece at a time. Do not feed him anything else for 2 days....

Fish: Betta fish and heat lamp?, heat lamp, betta fish
heat lamp, betta fish, thermostats: Hi Alyssa, No, a heat lamp would only make your water fluctuate, and Bettas stress with these lamps. Bettas prefer the light of day, and do not do well with lights shining on them all the time. Stressed fish get sick. The only right way is to buy a thermostat,...

Fish: Betta fish sick, maracyn 2, aquarium salt
maracyn 2, aquarium salt, caudal fins: Hi Again, Now it is more clear. Do not worry about your water, it is fine. Do water changes every week of 25% to keep your water chemistry always safe. When parasites attack a fish, it is usually because a fish is weak, or has another disease. He may...

Fish: Betta male and female, bubble nest, male betta
bubble nest, male betta, mating ritual: it is a mating ritual, the male will chase the female and sometimes the female attacks him, anyway he will make a bubble nest at the surface of the water, but its never a good idea to keep males with females unless breeding, to do that you want to keep them...

Fish: Betta with pop-eye and wont eat., peace lily, pop eye
peace lily, pop eye, proper water: Hi Christina, It is difficult to know the reason why a fish gets popeye. The treatment I would recommend would be Marycin, and Marycin-2 combined. Change his water completely every 2 days, and do water changes everyday. Feed him lightly, do not overfeed...2...

Fish: Betta with Swim Bladder Disease or something worse?, nitrates nitrites, brine shrimp
nitrates nitrites, brine shrimp, turkey baster: Hello, Missy must be treated quickly. Overfeeding, and poor diet lead to constipation, then to Swim Bladder, and if left untreated this disease will lead to dropsy. Dropsy is very difficult to cure if not impossible. Missy should have one pea a week, and...

Fish: My Betta has stopped eating his pellets., freshwater snail, little bulge
freshwater snail, little bulge, bowel problem: Hi Tracy, If you changed all of his water, he is okay. Maybe the betta ate at him, which could have been the reason why your snail died. This could be the reason why he is constipated. Bettas are gluttons which is why we must be careful when feeding them....

Fish: Betta tail problems, fin and tail rot, male bettas
fin and tail rot, male bettas, aquarium salt: Hi! Table salt has iodine in it, and is harmful to fish. Aquarium Salt, or Sea Salt that you find at the Pet store should be used. One teaspoon to five gallons of water. When you change the bettas water, change it completely every week. Split tails indicate...

Fish: Betta who wont eat and possibly has swim bladder disease, epsom salt bath, betta fish
epsom salt bath, betta fish, epsom salt: Hi Sarah The first thing you need to do is stop feeding him pellets. The pellets expand when they are wet and will cause discomfort and constipation. Feed him Tetramin Tropical Flakes and BettaMin Flakes, and Bloodworms about once a week as a treat. This...

Fish: Black Moor Illness, empty sockets, gold fish
empty sockets, gold fish, swimmy: eyes will not grow back no...but i highly doubt they fell out. it may just be a glazing over his eyes... it sounds like he has ick, if so get some treatment at the petstore as ick will kill also he may have velvet, a fungal infection that causes a...

Fish: Bloat with my new African Cichlids in a 55 gallon, african cichlids, male fish
african cichlids, male fish, fish store: Hi Ellie, The problem is that bloat isn t really a disease, it is a set of symptoms, in particular: not eating, and has a large belly. As such, it could be the result of many different things. For instance, it could be that your fish has an intestinal...

Fish: Bloated Beta, female betta fish, aquarium salt
female betta fish, aquarium salt, gallon tanks: Hi! You must treat her with tetracycline as quickly as possible. Do not wait, every second counts. Start the treatment, read the directions on the package, and be careful not to overdose. Sick bettas will not eat. You could try to feed her Daphnia. This...

Fish: Blood Parrot Cichlid Got Beat Up!, blood parrot cichlid, jack dempsey cichlid
blood parrot cichlid, jack dempsey cichlid, cichlid research: Hi Marcie, The fish does not have black spot, nor does it have fin rot. The problem is that the Jack Dempsey tore it apart. You need to separate them immediately or the blood parrot will be killed. The tattered fins and the black spot are all the signs...

Fish: Blue JD and Green terror, green terror, fish fish
green terror, fish fish, aggressive fish: Hi, They do tend to grow very slowly, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch a month. At three inches the Jack gets very aggressive, so does the Green Terror. A 50 gallon tank would be the minimum to house one of these fish. If they do not have the space to grow, their...

Fish: baby fish, cichlid research, baby fish
cichlid research, baby fish, second tank: Hi Ashley, Many stores will take the fish but they won t give you anything for them, i.e., you can t often sell them to the store. You may be able to trade them for some store credit that you can use to buy fish food, etc. As for how old do they have...

Fish: How many balloon mollies?, ammonia levels, good bacteria
ammonia levels, good bacteria, size tank: Hi Allie 4 Balloon Mollies is about the maximum you can keep in a 10 gallon. The odor you are smelling is normal in new tanks and will go away when the tank cycles. Any size tank can take 4-8 weeks to cycle. You are changing too much water though. While...

Fish: balloon molly, balloon molly, black dot
balloon molly, black dot, good luck: yeah i would say she is deffinately pregnant from that pic. some times its hard to see the black dot, i often cant see it, but the sign i found after 10 years where things like not eating, can be from 1 week to 2 days before birth that they will stop eating,...

Fish: beata fish, lettuce leaf, silk plants
lettuce leaf, silk plants, silk plant: Hi Diane, Bettas need to have very clean water. It is not recommended to leave lettuce in a bowl. If your bowl is a 1-2 gallon bowl, his water should be changed twice a week with a good water conditioner. They do like to rest on silk plants with nice leaves....

Fish: bete fish prego, baby brine shrimp, breeding bettas
baby brine shrimp, breeding bettas, bubble nest: Hi Don, I would not keep them together unless you plan on watching them very closely. The male could kill the female. Breeding bettas is no easy task. Never keep them together in the same tank.. She doesn t need the male to lay her eggs, and she must...

Fish: betta, clove oil, kindest thing
clove oil, kindest thing, clove: Hello, Only you know the answer to this question. If you see that your betta is in pain, then you know that the best thing to do is to take him out of this pain by putting him to sleep with clove oil. I don t like to recmomend this, but if your little...

Fish: betta breeding, betta breeding, blood worms
betta breeding, blood worms, eggs: no in the wild they focus so much on the eggs that there is no time for food, he shall be fine, aslong as you get out uneaten food, so it doesnt poison the water, a healthy betta can go weeks without food, especially with eggs, you could try feeding him live...

Fish: betta fin curling- ***NEW QUESTION****, tail bettas, melafix
tail bettas, melafix, vertical stripe: Hi Jessie, After a fish has been sick, he is often weak, and may pick up a parasite. Parasites are always present in water, and attack weak fish. I would recommend coppersafe, and keep it in his water for 30 days. Give him a treatment with Maroxy for 7-10...

Fish: betta fish, natural aquarium, brandy snifter
natural aquarium, brandy snifter, aquarium salt: Hi Susan, You are very welcome. Introduce them to tap water slowly using your usual water. Start by putting 1/4 tap water, then next week when you do a complete water change use 1/2, and so on. This way they will get use to your tap water with no problems....

Fish: betta fish, brine shrimp, aquarium salt
brine shrimp, aquarium salt, poor diet: Hi Joan, The main cause for Swim Bladder is poor diet, and overfeeding. For now you will have to treat him with Kanamycin which is very good for SBD. If you cannot find Kanamycin, treat him with Tetracycline. Do a water change before treatment, and...

Fish: why did my betta fish die?, brine shrimp, aquarium salt
brine shrimp, aquarium salt, stress coat: Hi Anna, I do not know what happened to your betta, but know that when changing a bettas water, you should always put the betta back in with water of the same temperature, always using a good water conditioner such as Stress Coat You can buy a small thermometer...

Fish: betta fish might be dying, desk companion, bladder disease
desk companion, bladder disease, aquarium salt: Hi Debra, I m so sorry for your loss. Knowing how attached we are towards this little fish, I know how hard it is when they go. He has gone to the big aquarium in the sky, his time had come. Bubba, was a well kept betta, and lived a nice life with you....

Fish: My betta fish needs help before it dies of starvation!!!, female betta fish, pecking order
female betta fish, pecking order, fishes: your probably best either seperating them, or buying another female...they do fight, you may not think so, but if there chasing each other they are fighting...also with females there is ALWAYS a pecking order and the top dog or top fish in this case will...

Fish: betta lump, aquarium salt, natural medication
aquarium salt, natural medication, pimple: Hi Anuhea, It is very difficult to diagnose a lump, but if it popped, I would think it was a boil, much the same as we have sometimes. When this happens, we just let it take it s course, and never try to pop it, or squeeze it as this would be terribly painful...

Fish: betta lump, water changes, bettas
water changes, bettas, lumps: Hello, I wish I could tell you, it is nothing serious, but I cannot. This is serious, and what will help her now is water changes, and an antibiotic. Please buy her Tetraycline as soon as possible and keep her water very very clean. Water changes is...

Fish: bettas changing color, two females, bubble nest
two females, bubble nest, dull gray: It has happened to me where a female has changed colour, there doesnt seem to be anything wrong there. but female betts s dont get pregnant, well of course they fill with eggs, but the male will make a bubble nest on the surface of the water and then court...

Fish: black molly, balloon mollies, black molly
balloon mollies, black molly, dalmation: if you can attatch a photo i will be able to tell you if she is pregnant... anyway fish are pregnant for about 4 weeks, nearer birthing they go off there food and someitmes hide alot, that the only signs really...but balloon mollies are fat and rounded...

Fish: Catfish, flake food, channel catfish
flake food, channel catfish, channel cats: Hi John In aquariums, Channel Cats grow 16 to 24 long. In the wild, they will grow to 4 feet long. As far as feeding, feed a variety of foods. Channel Cats love worms and smaller fish. They will also eat any frozen food. Standard flake foods and pellets...

Fish: Cichlid kills new cichlids, cichlid research, cichlid tank
cichlid research, cichlid tank, black fish: Hi Erin, Your two fish have claimed that tank as their territory and it is very likely that if you put other fish in there, they will meet the same end as blue . There isn t really a whole lot you can do about it, other than getting a larger tank. You...

Fish: Convict mating, baby brine shrimp, dorsal fin
baby brine shrimp, dorsal fin, flat rocks: Hi Steven, Convicts are one of the easiest fish to mate. They can start spawning at 1-2 inchs. The difference is the orange belly, and sometimes during a spawn, the male may have an orange belly too. The male s dorsal fin is usually longer, and pointier,...

Fish: Crowntail Beta, sucker fish, angel fish
sucker fish, angel fish, cleaning fish: There is no way you can have anything else... your mesnt to have atleast a 5 gallon tank for a betta, in all truthfulness...and also you would need a heater and filter to add any more fish...your better off getting otto s (ottoclincus) if you want a cleaning...

Fish: cammalanus, worms, fingers
worms, fingers, fish: No i dont think humans can, unless your picking up the fish and licking your fingers, or even eating the fish raw and whole..(im not being sarcastic) ive never heard of a case of humans catching the worms from fish =] good thought though...better to be...

Fish: cichlid compatibility question, black convict cichlid, firemouth cichlid
black convict cichlid, firemouth cichlid, compatibility question: Hi, cichlids are very personable, smart fish as you may know. Because of this, I feel it s impossible for me to tell you the true answer as to what may live with them. You know them better than anyone else does. Go to your petstore and watch the firemouth....

Fish: cichlid eye bleeding, jungle fungus, partial water changes
jungle fungus, partial water changes, fungus treatment: Hi Janis, Unfortunately that sounds very bad. For fungus I use a product called Paragon II. I don t see how salt would help gill function, in fact, exactly the opposite -- salt would hinder gill function in a freshwater fish. Yes, I would do...

Fish: cichlid lathargic, swim bladder, gal tank
swim bladder, gal tank, american cichlid: Hi Kristen, Actually jelly bean parrots are not convicts, nor convict hybrids. They are a manmade fish that derives more from red devils (another Central American cichlid). Anyway, the tipping over behavior is very peculiar and definitely not a good thing....

Fish: compatability, jewel fish, ghost shrimp
jewel fish, ghost shrimp, beta fish: Hi Leslie, I m sorry to say that No the betta, and the jewel will never be able to live together in the same tank. The betta would be killed. The Jewel is a Cichlid, and is very aggressive, and territorial. The betta is no match for this aggressive cichlid....

Fish: compatability, brackish water fish, cichlid research
brackish water fish, cichlid research, cichlid tank: Hi Lori, Unfortunately I do not know the Indiana area very well in terms of fish. There are lots of clubs in Ohio, e.g., many up in the north and Cincinnati in the south. I would not put the moray in with cichlids -- I suspect bad things will happen....

Fish: Our convict cichlid, blood worms, bladder disease
blood worms, bladder disease, stress coat: Hello, He may be constipated. Constipation leads to Swim Bladder Disease, and if not treated quickly it will lead to dropsy, Dropsy is very difficult to cure, if not impossible. This disease is caused by overeating, and poor diet. Vary his diet as much...

Fish: Diesase goldfish, fin rot treatment, sick fish
fin rot treatment, sick fish, fish tank: the white circles sound like ick, you can get ick treatment at the petstore... fin dissappearing could be fin rot, you can also get fin rot treatment.. try cleaning out your tank weekly and do 20% water changes rather than 50% monthly as that will shock...

Fish: Discus Open Wound, hydrogen peroxide, cue tip
hydrogen peroxide, cue tip, main tank: Hi Michael, Poor thing, it looks really bad. Like I mentioned to you before, water changes are sometimes the only way to go, but I would use an antibiotic. I have had success with Tetracycline. It might be best to keep him in another set up tank..but...

Fish: Expire date, bettas, dry food
bettas, dry food, fridge: Hi Kevin, Yes it does. There should be a date on the package of food you bought. Frozen food such as bloodworms should last a year, but dry food in their containers will last for about 3 months if left out in the open. I put mine in the fridge, and take...

Fish: Fantail Goldfish?, balloon mollies, whisper filter
balloon mollies, whisper filter, fantail goldfish: Hi Allie, Sorry for the late response. Your question was sent to the Question Pool and I m working through it to clear some back dated questions. 10 gallons would be sufficient to sustain a single Fantail in the short term. Eventually though I d advise...

Fish: Female betta, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, betta: Hi Paula, It is really hard to say, but one of the main reasons bettas die is that they get old. They do not live very long. A year is a pretty good life for most bettas. You had yours 5 months, but you don t know how old it was when you got it. Old age...

Fish: Fish disease, clown loaches, aquarium salt
clown loaches, aquarium salt, brown algae: Maracyn 2 should work. Do more water changes for the brown algae, siphoning from the bottom, it should help. It is impossible to have an algae free tank, and it is actually a good sign when we do have some. Good filtration, and oxygen will help. Have your...

Fish: Fish Fin Rot, reply asap, fish fin rot
reply asap, fish fin rot, biorb: Hello Ray! it could be ammonia burns, from high ammonia within your tank... it happens because goldfish produce alot of waste, too much for them to handle...and if you have a 30Litre tank you need a filter thats made for a 40Litre tank!... they need...

Fish: Fisthank Problems, gallon fish tank, white cloud fish
gallon fish tank, white cloud fish, 10 gallon fish tank: Hi Paul, You need to change 25% of the water immediately! You then need to do that again tommorrow and again the day after that (this is not the same as changing 75% at once, which will likely kill the fish). After that, you need to get a regular schedule...

Fish: Freshwater fish, breeding platys, bala shark
breeding platys, bala shark, sucker fish: Hi, The bala shark will become aggressive, stressed and soon die in a tank that size as they school and like stingrays and some other fish will not eat in a tank thats too small. I don t know what a wall sucker is. what is the latin name? Could you send...

Fish: Fuzz around my Oscars eyes., poor water quality, eye fungus
poor water quality, eye fungus, water changes: Hi, 25% water changes every other day till it s gone. It s called eye fungus even though it can exist other places on the fish. It s a sine of poor water quality. After it s gone, be sure to do 25% water changes every 2 weeks to help prevent things like...

Fish: Goldfish & Parrot Cichlids, goldfish, aggression
Fish: Goldfish & Parrot Cichlids, goldfish, aggression, bp

Fish: Mbuna/ Peacock, fish, tank
Fish: Mbuna/ Peacock, fish, tank

Fish: Mollie Fish Birthing Behavior, fish problem, babies
Fish: Mollie Fish Birthing Behavior, fish problem, babies, huge bellies

Fish: fantail fish tail fell off, finrot, fish tail
finrot, fish tail, new tank: i would put him another tank so the others dont pick on him, im not sure what it is, but it should grow back if its just a rip or cunk out of the fin, in the new tank, try to use water from the current tank and make it shallow, so he doesnt have to swin up...

Fish: My fantail is sick or dying, partial water change, litre tank
partial water change, litre tank, blackmoores: hmmmm, sounds like swim bladder issues... sorry...how big is your tank? goldfish produce ALOT of waste and need alot of space and a VERY strong filter...say you have a 40 Litre tank...the filter for fantails and all goldfish really should be made for a...

Fish: filtration, lateral line disease, carbon life
lateral line disease, carbon life, dempseys: Hi, I ve heard the myth about carbon and hole-n-head disease. Personally, I think its false, as all living things on this planet are carbon-based. If the aquarium carbon and carbon life is made of are the same, I m not sure. Use it only if you want to. ...

Fish: final, apple snails, male guppies
apple snails, male guppies, long skirt: Hi Alex, No, I m sorry, the betta would not fit in because the Betta would take the male guppies for bettas, and terrible fights would happen. The betta s long skirt would be an attraction for any fish, and the female may fight with the female, or male guppies....

Fish: fish compatibility, electric blue jack dempsey, green terror
electric blue jack dempsey, green terror, territorial fish: Hi Steven, These are very aggressive, and territorial fish. The Manguense may grow faster than the Green Terror, and the Jack Dempsey, bringing trouble in your tank. Personally, I would not keep these aggressive fish together. I would keep only one. ...

Fish: fish senses, fish sense, water particles
fish sense, water particles, sense food: kinda but more like...if a fish was a certain distance away from food, and that food suddenly started swimming away, it would cause the water to move and the fish would know... kinda like when we go swimming, if someones leg goes past us when there swimming,...

Fish: My fish tank, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, algae eaters: Hi Paul, It is a myth that algae eaters keep your tank clean. Yes, they will eat algae but you still need to do all the regular tank maintenance, like regularly cleaning your filter as well as doing regular weekly partial water changes. You need to be...

Fish: fish tank bacteria, minimise stress, 20 gallon tank
minimise stress, 20 gallon tank, fish tank: do you mean it has covered your fish in white spots? if so its ick, get some treatment right away otherwise it will whipe out your tank... to prevebt ick you need to keep the water levels right and minimise stress, also the ick treatment can be added...

Fish: My fish have white spot how can i cure it, fish overcrowding, ammonia level
fish overcrowding, ammonia level, good bacteria: Hi Issac, Your tank must cycle first before you put any fish in it. Ask your pet store for used gravel from an established tank. One handful is enough to add good bacteria to your tank. Let the water run for about one month, with NO fish, adding water...

Fish: floating beta, brine shrimp, stress coat
brine shrimp, stress coat, gallon tank: Hi Matt, First you must never put a betta in cold water, but the same temperature he came in. You can buy a small thermometer at the pet store to know what temperature he came in. Secondly, a betta should be in a 5 gallon tank with a thermostat where you...

Fish: food, blue acara, gold severum
blue acara, gold severum, blood worms: Hi Carrie, The Severum is one of my favourite fish. They are omnivores, and love blanched peas, leafy soft salad, zucchini, and Spinach. They must have a good quality flake, sticks, and pellets. Now, and then you may feed them bloodworms, mealworms, and...

Fish: fresh water fish, fresh water fish, cichlid research
fresh water fish, cichlid research, ammonia level: Hi Dmitry, Hmm... Angelfish and gouramis often have red eyes -- that is a normal thing for them. In fact, with angelfish that often indicates that they are happy and interested in breeding. There are kits available to test water hardness. --...

Fish: GloFish danio fry again!, bristlenose pleco, college dorm room
bristlenose pleco, college dorm room, golden algae: Hi Kelley, The little wriggly things attached to the side are most likely small worms, and not danio hatchlings. Danio hatchlings don t stick to anything and would look like a little blob (the body) with a thin tiny tail wiggling behind it. The presence...

Fish: Golden Dojo, brine shrimp, swim bladder
brine shrimp, swim bladder, bladder disease: Hi Kelli, This sounds like Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding which leads to constipation, and the Swim Bladder. If left untreated it will lead to dropsy which is very difficult to cure, if not impossible. Swim bladder...

Fish: Goldfish fin rot I think, goldfish fin rot, fancy goldfish
goldfish fin rot, fancy goldfish, aquarium salt: Sometimes adding lots of chemicals is much better than worse. The best course of action is to do an immediate 50% water change, replacing with cool dechlorinated water. Also add Aquarium Cycle or another bacterial supplement if you have one, as I think...

Fish: Goldfish with infection, goldfish flakes, 2 quarts
goldfish flakes, 2 quarts, small tank: Sounds like white spot, do not take the fish out and whip it, it is spots attached to the skin, to get them of you are in theory pulling scales off. That tank is too small and he needs a STRONG filter as goldfish poo a lot and too much will kill them. Anyway...

Fish: Goldfish & Parrot Cichlids, tiny tank, having a great time
tiny tank, having a great time, types of fish: well apparently, so i am told, if you put goldfish in a heated tank they growth development speeds up and they die quicker...but not to sure if that true, anyway goldfish dont need a heater but i think if you have one it should be no hotter than 22 degrees...but...

Fish: Green Terror sick, green terror, green terrors
green terror, green terrors, cichlid tank: Hi Sam, As the fish get bigger, the parrots will not continue to rule. The green terror is sick, and fish will pick on a sick fish. You will see as time goes by, but the Oscar will grow one inch every month. I am just telling you what happens to fish when...

Fish: Guppie following and nipping my ballon molly, balloon molly, black balloon
balloon molly, black balloon, mollys: it could be and sounds like it is a male molly, and he is warning him that this is his territory and he wants the female, you could buy the guppy a female friend, and if you dont want babies dont worry, as if you dont purposley remove the babies they will...

Fish: Guppy/Molly/Betta Compatability, male betta, male guppies
male betta, male guppies, 10 gallon tank: Ermmm...a female betta would probably be better but the same will apply...females can sometimes be worse than the males. i would (if you have the room by the end lol) try and get a male betta thats not the same colour as your guppies and see how it goes.....

Fish: goldfish, bladder disease, gold fish
bladder disease, gold fish, google search: Hi, Your first problem is a result of tank size. Gold fish need at least a 20 gallon. Your second problem relates to this too. It s a result of stress from the small environment. The peas and fasting are a good way to temporarily fix the problem. I m...

Fish: goldfish problem, bladder disease, fancy goldfish
bladder disease, fancy goldfish, college of veterinary medicine: SWIM BLADDER DISEASE Symptoms: Erratic Swimming Position Loss of equilibrium Fish will be unable to maintain buoyancy Swim Bladder Disease General Description- Swim bladder disease is a multifactorial illness which primarily affects ornamental...

Fish: goldfish tail and activity, fin rot treatment, black stump
fin rot treatment, black stump, living proof: his tail probably burnt of with all the ammonia in your tank, goldfish produce alot of waste and simply cannot survive in bowls, especially not wothout a strong filter, i know many people probably told you they could, but you have living proof there wrong...

Fish: green tiger barbs, green tiger barbs, fish aquarium
green tiger barbs, fish aquarium, pigmentation: This is normal yeah... lol, i was worried when i saw it too.. it happens to all fish... do you have a heater in your tank? if so the water will stay the right temp. anyway the purpose is for predators...they loose there colour so they blend in with there...

Fish: grey gourmi, antibiotic tetracycline, gourmi
antibiotic tetracycline, gourmi, bladder disease: Hello, He may be constipated, try feeding him a cooked frozen pea with the outer layer removed. Cut the pea into little bite sizes, and feed him nothing else for a day. He must waste. This could be the problem. You must observe him to see. If he begins...

Fish: growing, brine shrimp, feeder fish
brine shrimp, feeder fish, earth worms: Hello, You did not mention the size of your tank. One oscar needs a 55 gallon tank all to himself to grow healthy, and happy. If he is kept in a tank smaller than this, his growth is will be stunted, and his internal organs have no place to grow. He dies...

Fish: Help! My african cichlids are all dying, african cichlids, nitrate levels
african cichlids, nitrate levels, lack of oxygen: Hi Stacy, If your ammonia, and nitrite, nitrates, and PH levels are normal, the only thing I can think of is lack of oxygen. Your filter must splash water back into the tank causing water movement, and adding an air stone would have also helped. For now,...

Fish: help, neon tetras, discus fish
neon tetras, discus fish, gallon tank: Hi Alex, Discus fish must have a 50 gallon tank or more. They prefer to live in groups when they are young, and grow to 7 inches in diameter. These fish need special care. Your water must be soft, with a PH of 6.5-68. It must be decorated with driftwood,...

Fish: help please!!!!, stress zyme, carbon pads
stress zyme, carbon pads, gold fish: Ask your pet store to give you some gravel from an established tank. Do not rinse the gravel. Ask him for enough gravel for both of your tanks. Two nice handfuls of gravel should do. Bring a little canister with you, like a margerine bowl, or a jar, that...

Fish: Ich, bala sharks, aquarium salt
bala sharks, aquarium salt, new aquarium: ive tried turning up the temp. and it has never helped...but you can give it a try..if you add aquarium salt when you tunr up the temp. it is meant to help, but ive never tried, ive always used an ick or white spot curer... the reason they get it after...

Fish: Ideal ammonia, ph, no2, and no3 levels for pacu, dear lynda, ammonia toxicity
dear lynda, ammonia toxicity, good bacteria: Hi Kim, Ammonia must be zero, Nitrites zero, and Nitrates should be low. The best way to cycle would be to buy a used sponge that fits your filter. A used sponge is full of good bacteria that fish need in order to survive. A sponge is good for a very long...

Fish: Info..., white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows
white cloud mountain, white cloud mountain minnows, blue gouramis: Hi, Any water is fine to use as long as t is clean and de-chlorinated, you don t have picky fish in terms of water stats. What are the other dimensions? One of my tanks is 5 X3 X2 . In that they would grow to 30cm, but if it were more like 5 X1 X2 they...

Fish: Jewel cichlid pregnant female sick, two females, cichlids
two females, cichlids, million miles: Hi Jodi, Jewels are usually good parents, and never eat the eggs unless they are fungus, or sterile. If you are sure you have a pair, then they should have their own tank. They will eat their eggs if they are disturbed, or stressed by other fish in the...

Fish: are my jack gona make babys?or do I have 2 boys?, jack dempsey fish, visible teeth
jack dempsey fish, visible teeth, fish fight: Hi Jeff, The lines on the chin do not indicate sex in Jack Dempseys. You can look at the vent (just in front of the anus) but you have to know what to look for and you need quite a bit of experience. It is not simple to tell the sex of a Jack Dempsey....

Fish: Kissing Gourami, water change, petstore
water change, petstore, fungal infection: 12 years old! i would say thats a record =] well done! it could be old age, which is most likely, but he/she could also be ill, he could have a fungal infection, sometimes it effects their eyes, you should go to your petstore and tell them, see what they...

Fish: What kind of fish do I have?, cichlid research, kind of fish
cichlid research, kind of fish, white clouds: Hi Kathleen, It might be a tetra but keep in mind that there are over 1000 different tetras. Can you possibly email me a photo of the fish? Send it to the address below. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Large oscar fish, tiger oscar, cichlid research
tiger oscar, cichlid research, fish question: Hi Heidi, It could be that they are maturing but that generally doesn t result in less activity, quite the opposite. If they were the same sex, they would likely fight until one of them got rid of the other. By the way, oscars will normally lie...

Fish: Lathargic Ciclids, chlorine neutralizer, municipal water supplies
chlorine neutralizer, municipal water supplies, cichlid research: Hi Dave, That is not too many fish. When you put in the water, did you deal with the chlorine? Most municipal water supplies have chlorine in them. You need to use a chlorine neutralizer BEFORE you put the water in the tank. Some municipalities add...

Fish: lake malawi african cichlid 120 gal tank, african cichlid tank, good bacteria
african cichlid tank, good bacteria, lake malawi: Hi Lori, The best way to cycle the tank is to take a used sponge from one of your other tanks. If the tanks are smaller, take two, and put them in the filter which is filtering your 120 gallon tank. You could also add handfuls of gravel from established...

Fish: how long can fish go without water, dead leaves, species of fish
dead leaves, species of fish, gills: well it does depend on the species of fish, but i had a female betta that was in the tank, i had just put the net in to collect dead leaves that were floating around in the tank. i went out to play and she jumped out, i had been gone 2 hours and there she...

Fish: Mbuna aggression, central american cichlids, cichlid research
central american cichlids, cichlid research, texas cichlid: Hi Doug, If you put females in there, his aggression is only going to INCREASE. Now he will really have something to fight for. You might consider adding a LOT more structure (rocks) to the tank to help reduce aggression. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Mold in my plastic beta bowl, plastic bowls, brown algae
plastic bowls, brown algae, blood worms: You are very welcome Gay, I would like to mention when feeding bettas, we must give them small meals, and not one big meal. Maybe you know this, but just incase...the bettas tummy is as big as his eye, so we must be careful when feeding them. They should...

Fish: Mollie Fish Birthing Behavior, signs of impending labor, clown loach
signs of impending labor, clown loach, mollie fish: Yeah everything your doing is fine for the fish, i wouldnt worry about the heater because she will only be in there for a short while and the babies will adjust to the temp. i use a heater thats made for 100L tanks in my 35L tank and it wroks ok, just is...

Fish: Molly fry, cichlid research, water chemistry
cichlid research, water chemistry, mollies: Hi Matt, It is possible that she had more and ate the rest. It is also possible that she only had one this time, but will likely have more in the future. Once mollies are mature they can have babies every few weeks. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: male balloon molly's fighting, balloon molly, happy tank
balloon molly, happy tank, aquarium salt: Hi Skye, When keeping Mollies you must have at least 3 females to one male. Keeping only males will cause fights, and stress to the fish. Your male will continue to pick on the new one you put in until he gets so stressed he will become sick. You must...

Fish: mickey platy, poor water quality, sunburst platy
poor water quality, sunburst platy, pregnant symptoms: Hi, It falls into ether of these two categories: 1)Pregnant Symptoms= Black spot at the back of belly, increasing swelling, strange swimming behavior 2)Disease (swimblader/ dropsey)= swimming sideways, hard breathing, lethargic, scales pine-coning...

Fish: mollies, aquarium salt, fish tank
aquarium salt, fish tank, water changes: it is ick, you can but treatment for it at the petstore, also ive heard of the raise the temp. and add salt but ive never tried it, i always stick to the treatment, to prevent it, dont stress the fish out too much and also i add a tiny bit of treatment when...

Fish: mollies & platys!, dalmation mollies, peaceful fish
dalmation mollies, peaceful fish, water chemistry: hi, that s weird. Mollies may be the one type of fish I don t like. I stay away from them. I do know they are supposed to be peaceful and thrive in a brackish environment. So if the water chemistry is right for them, the platies will die any way. If...

Fish: molly fry, molly fish, gallon tank
molly fish, gallon tank, duhh: well maybe if you actually TOLD me that..rather than a very breif.. help no breeder net don t have any plants except one plastic plant only one tank with no heater what do i do? you keep thinking you won...but i think we both know im right hate is...

Fish: New 170G Set-up, gold severum, bala shark
gold severum, bala shark, bala sharks: Hi! My tube is transparent so I see him all the time. He now eats out of my hand. These fish are gorgeous. It s a shame we can only put one in our tanks! I have him in a transparent tube, and I placed some plants near the tube, at the sides, and a few...

Fish: New Betta, brine shrimp, frozen bloodworms
brine shrimp, frozen bloodworms, aquarium salt: Hi Adam, I m sorry for the delay. For some reason, I am not receiving my questions in my e-mail, there must be something wrong with the site. You must use Aquarium Salt Household salt will not do because it has iodine in it, and it is not fit for fish....

Fish: New guppy tank, nitrates and nitrites, bacteria levels
nitrates and nitrites, bacteria levels, tank light: its not meant to go cloudy...some times it does when too mant fish are added at once as the bacteria get messed up, but since you only added one all seems well... yeah your ok to get more...you could probably have about 6 max in that size tank, but what...

Fish: new tank syndrome problems..., mystery snail, balloon mollies
mystery snail, balloon mollies, ammonia test: Hi Allie, Personally I think you should stay away from goldfish. They are actually not the simplest fish to keep alive and often have enormous problems with disease. There are many other fish that would be very happy in a 10 gallon tank, but a goldfish...

Fish: Office Fish, betta, cubicle
betta, cubicle, type of fish: the only fish i know of that would survive in a bowl would be a betta, you can only keep one, as they are agressive, MALES CANNOT GO WITH MALES =] you should feed them at the week end, but if the fish is healthy it would survive, its just not very fai...

Fish: OSCARS & PLECOS, shrimp pellets, common pleco
shrimp pellets, common pleco, little tummies: Hi Jake, Oscars need a 60 gallon tank all to themselves. One Oscar needs this space to grow. Two Oscars you must double this, and so on. When an Oscar, or any other fish does not have the space he needs, his growth is stunted, his internal organs have...

Fish: Oscar growth!, gallon fish tank, cichlid research
gallon fish tank, cichlid research, peacock eel: Hi Raghu, Unfortunately that tank is far too small for an adult oscar. You need at least a 50 gallon tank. Yes, he has grown, but not as much as he should. After a little over a year, an oscar should be getting up near 10 inches or so. You are going to...

Fish: Oscar odd behavior, cichlid research, time weeks
cichlid research, time weeks, uneaten food: Hi Denice, I would give them time. Oscars can take several weeks to adjust to a move. The good news is that they can go a long time (weeks) without food so don t worry about that. It is critical that you remove any uneaten food and not let it rot or...

Fish: One Oscar Per Tank, cichlid research, predatory fishes
cichlid research, predatory fishes, fish stores: Hi John, It is unfortunate that people think that just because we (people) don t often like to be alone that other organisms are the same way. Oscars are highly predatory fishes. They need to find and eat other fish to survive. If you put two in a tank,...

Fish: oscar lying on the bottom, good bacteria, tiger oscar
good bacteria, tiger oscar, water chemistry: Hi Sam, You must quickly try to find a place to house your Oscar or he will die. A tank needs time to cycle, almost 4 weeks. Right now your water chemistry isn t right. When a tank has cycled, this means no ammonia, no nitrites, and nitrites should be...

Fish: oscars, environmental factors, oscars
environmental factors, oscars, stress: Hi, It s about temperature and stress. Did you acclimate them properly? Did the tank cycle properly? Is the temp consistent and what is the temp? These are the things I need to know to help you. The color change has lots to do with environmental factors...

Fish: oscars color, brine shrimp, feeder fish
brine shrimp, feeder fish, earth worms: Hi Brandi, This is normal, oscars do change colour a little while growing. The more you vary his food, the healthier, and prettier he will be. Here is a list of foods that the Oscar should have: A good quality flake A good quality pellet Frozen veggies...

Fish: Parrot fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, parrot fish: Hi Sue, There is no foolproof way to tell their sex. Have you been doing lots of regular partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of their water once a week, every week to keep them happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Platy, lateral fins, neon tetras
lateral fins, neon tetras, female platys: do water changed less frequently, maybe once a week and about the same amount as you do now, it could be fin rot, but if the fins arent ripped or frayed i d just put it down to nutrition, if you feed the right tropical flakes and give them live foods occasionaly,...

Fish: Plecos, black moors, algae eater
black moors, algae eater, tank syndrome: Hi Joy I m sorry about your Pleco. There are a few problems here that I m going to help you correct. First, what killed your Pleco is the salt you added to the tank. Not commonly realized, but Plecos are a breed of catfish actually. Even the slightest...

Fish: My neons!, shrimp pellets, algae wafers
shrimp pellets, algae wafers, male dalmation: The mollies will love the lettuce too..anyway are you sure your neons arent just dying cos nearly all fish will eat a dead fish s body...but none of those fish i d imagine would pruposly catch one and kill it, they are too fast anyway, they can be quick when...

Fish: Poor Dasher, petstore, awww
petstore, awww, female golden retriever: lol, awww...maybe you could walk with treats? if you have food (if she s food orientated) she might focus more on you than on spinning around? reward her every so often when she s good and not spinning, maybe try it without chance though as he will want...

Fish: Pregnant?, tetra, skirt
tetra, skirt, eggs: tetra lay eggs, the female will swell with eggs whether there is a male or not. tetra eggs are hard to hatch and raise as most of the time if a male fertilizes the eggs after they have been laid, the adults will eat the eggs, also the aquarium light burns...

Fish: Pregnant Mollies, pregnant mollies, main tank
pregnant mollies, main tank, batches: its not a great idea as bigger fry may eat the smaller fry or the adult mother will eat the previouse fry.. but also having 2 batches in one breeding net will kill them...usually about 8 will survive anyway, but i seperate one batch into 2 nets so they...

Fish: Pygmy Angelfish (Cherub) poop hanging, ocellaris clownfish, bladder disease
ocellaris clownfish, bladder disease, bloodworms: Hi Fernando, It is good to feed all fish peas once a week. It helps them clean out their system, and it is a good way to keep them healthy. Cook the peas first for about 2 minutes, and remove the outer layer. Cut the peas into smaller pieces, and feed...

Fish: picking fish., african cichlids, rainbow fish
african cichlids, rainbow fish, angel fish: Yes you can have 4 bosemani rainbows. Swordtails, and platies also. Tiger barbs are a big NO NO in any tank. They nip other fishes tails, and fins. In my book they should be kept in a tank with other nipping fish...or just among themselves. They say if...

Fish: pink convict sick/dying?, convict cichlid, cichlid research
convict cichlid, cichlid research, great fish: Hi Lisa, I strongly suggest you do a 25% water change immediately and then do that again tomorrow and again the day after that. See if that doesn t perk him up. Is he a goner? That is very hard to say. Ascertaining the exact cause of death is...

Fish: platies, gold barbs, tiger barbs
gold barbs, tiger barbs, angel fish: Hi, You can keep all male platies but that makes it miserable for them and they will try and mate with each other and tress eah other out...most fish will eat the fry, they will even eat the fry themselves...so really you an have any fish, i use angel fish...

Fish: Follow -UP :My poor Betta, hospital tank, gallon tank
hospital tank, gallon tank, water change: Hi Zeny, Keep him in 76 degrees, and make sure when you change his water that the temperature is exactly the same. If you see that he did not waste, and that his tummy is still swollen, then you will have to treat him again, but wait one more day. His tummy...

Fish: possible swimbladder issue-nothing working, male betta, bladder disease
male betta, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hello. The only thing you can do now is to try Kanamycin which is very good for Swim Bladder Disease, but it is sometimes hard to find. If you cannot find this medication, buy Tetracycline or Furan-2 Follow the directions on the package, be careful...

Fish: pregnant or sick goldfish?, sick goldfish, huge belly
sick goldfish, huge belly, mating season: if 1 of them is full of eggs, the other fish will chase her to exahuastion for days, they will push her into plants to get her to release her eggs, this happened to me and i had 4 males, not one of them had those white spots on their gills, but the eggs hatched!...

Fish: some problem with my cichlads fish tank, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, beneficial bacteria: Hi Vikesh, The problem is that it takes a while (about 6 weeks) for a tank to fully stabilize (to cycle as we call it). During that time the various beneficial bacteria are building up. It takes time. Until they do, you are likely to experience high...

Fish: protecting fry, zebra danios, ghost shrimp
zebra danios, ghost shrimp, mosquito fish: Hi Linda, I would think that one of your mollies produced the little black guys. Mollies may give birth again, and again after spawning only once. We do not know the male that they spawned with...he could have been black. This would be the only possible...

Fish: one more qu.on heater, aquarium tank, water changes
aquarium tank, water changes, petsmart: Hi Liane, It is just a precaution. Make sure you disconnect it, and leave it time to cool down before you do your water changes. It s safe, fish know not to go near anything that is hot. Remember to bring the temperature up slowly. Check your thermometer...

Fish: red bellied pirahnas, feeder fish, bait store
feeder fish, bait store, frozen fish: Hi Warren, You would need a 200 gallon tank to house 6 red bellies. They must be kept in schools. Feeding mice is not a good idea, in fact it is very cruel. Piranhas should have good quality flakes and pellets when young. As they grow bigger, they should...

Fish: red devil,,,that cannot float, brine shrimp, feeder fish
brine shrimp, feeder fish, fish feeder: Hi Lisa, From what you are telling me, your red devil is showing signs of Swim Bladder Disease. SBD is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. Try to feed him cooked frozen peas with the outer layer removed. Feed him nothing else for a day. He must waste....

Fish: red Jewel Cichlid, ammonia level, nitrate level
ammonia level, nitrate level, black patches: Hi Hassan, I would think that the dark patches are due to your water chemistry. Check you ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate level. Your ammonia level must be zero, your nitrite level must be zero, and your nitrates should be low. Dark patches happen when the...

Fish: red wag platy, last question, wag
last question, wag, alot: if you want the babies to live then put her in the 3 way breeder...but not until the latest as you can as its very stressful for her...the signs of her about to give birth will be, not eating (about 2-3 days before) hiding alot and looking REALLY big...

Fish: Setting up my cichlid tank, african cichlid tank, african cichlids
african cichlid tank, african cichlids, rust color: Hi! Slate is nice, but make sure there are no cutting edges. If you live near a river, you may find beautiful rocks there. I have found gorgeous rocks along the river where I live, but I check them first with PH down, and boil them for 20 minutes, if the...

Fish: Setting Up a Jack Dempsey Aquarium, jack dempseys, home tank
jack dempseys, home tank, nitrogen cycle: Hi Mark, I would like to mention that Jack Dempseys do choose their mate. Once they will be able to spawn, they do what is called the Nuptial Dance They lip lock, and violently dance around the tank. If one is weaker than the other it will be killed...

Fish: Sick Betta, bladder disorder, bladder disease
bladder disorder, bladder disease, gallon tank: Hi Rebecca, First do another water change to remove all the salt from his water. Salt will not help Swim Bladder Disease. Kanamycin is very good for Swim Bladder Disease, but sometimes hard to find. If you cannot find it, buy Tetracycline, or Furan-2....

Fish: Sick Betta, dish soap, bladder disease
dish soap, bladder disease, dechlorinator: Hi Nathan, It sounds like she may have swim bladder disease. Swim Bladder is caused by overfeeding, and poor diet. First the fish is constipated, then Swim Bladder, and if left untreated it will lead to Dropsy which is very difficult to cure if not impossible....

Fish: Sick Betta, aquarium salt, water aquarium
aquarium salt, water aquarium, gal tank: Hello, Clamped fins always indicate parasites. Parasites are always present in our tanks, and attack sick or weak fish. I put aquarium salt in all of my tanks. One teaspoon to 5 gallons of water. Aquarium salt helps with parasites, and stress, so I would...

Fish: Silver Molly, ammonia levels, aquarium fish
ammonia levels, aquarium fish, bacterial colonies: Could be ammonia poisoning... the symptoms of ths are -Fish gasp for breath at the water surface -Purple or red gills -Fish is lethargic -Fins are torn & jagged -Loss of appetite -Fish lays at the bottom of the tank -Fish may appear darker in...

Fish: Silver Shark, chemistry levels, silver sharks
chemistry levels, silver sharks, ammonia level: Hi Mohammad, You must check your water, this is the first thing you must do as the cause could stem from your water chemistry. Your ammonia level must be zero, your nitrites zero, and your nitrates should be low. If your water chemistry is off, you will...

Fish: Silver sharks, silver sharks, aqua safe
silver sharks, aqua safe, good bacteria: Sharks arent very hardy, and the slightest change can kill them... did you have the new tank setup 1 week before you added the fish...and did you add the fish slowly...like 3 fish wait a week 3 more fish...obv. the sharks should have been added last......

Fish: Small Loaches for a Community Tank, clown loaches, corydoras catfish
clown loaches, corydoras catfish, pearl gourami: Hi Myra, I am not very familiar with loaches, but I think you are definitely correct NOT to put clown loaches in that tank. Personally, I lean more towards the smaller catfish, rather than loaches, and there are many, many catfishes out there. ( awesome...

Fish: Stocking a 500 Gallon Monster Tank, tinfoil barbs, neon tetras
tinfoil barbs, neon tetras, eel species: Hi, is 8X3X3 in meters or feet? thats only 200 gallons if those are feet. Your stocking list would work if it is for sure 500 gallons. An eel would be fine. My silver arowana lives peacefully with a school of neon tetras but that s pretty unusual. An...

Fish: Sucker fish, cichlid research, sucker fishes
cichlid research, sucker fishes, sucker fish: Hi Georgie, Sadly that does not sound good. The fact that he hasn t eaten isn t important. Fish can go many days without eating, particularly when they are first put into a new tank. The fact that he is upside down is very bad and likely indicates that...

Fish: Swollen Betta, petstore, mating season
petstore, mating season, betta: change his water and get somegood bacteria for the tank...ou can buy some at your petstore, also starve him for 1-2 days...he wont die of starvation because in the mating season they go weeks without food...let me know how he does...also betta s only live...

Fish: Swollen Betta, brine shrimp, swim bladder
brine shrimp, swim bladder, bladder disease: Hi Joanna, Your Betta appears to have Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is caused by constipation, overfeeding, and poor diet. When left untreated it will lead to Dropsy which is very difficult to cure, if not impossible. Feed your Betta a Frozen cooked...

Fish: set up, tropical fish tank, ammonia level
tropical fish tank, ammonia level, good bacteria: Hi Leanne, You must let your water cycle for about 4-6 weeks before adding a fish to your tank. Add water that has evaporated. To cycle your water properly you will need a used sponge that fits your filter. Buy one at your pet store, do not rinse it, squeeze...

Fish: sick african cichlid, african cichlid, isolation tank
african cichlid, isolation tank, carbonate hardness: It sounds as if it was startled and injured itself while bumping into something in your tank. It is acting as if it may have a concussion. This is not contagious. It is questionable as to if it will survive as it will further injure itself while spinning and...

Fish: sick balloon molly???, balloon mollies, balloon molly
balloon mollies, balloon molly, whisper filter: im sorry about your fish... the other balloon molly...well im pretty sure it sounds like she has given birth, and yeah her and the others probably ate the babies before you realised, but there might be some hiding if your lucky, if you can, its best to...

Fish: sick beta, cichlid research, labyrinth organ
cichlid research, labyrinth organ, oxygen problem: Hi Jessy, The peas are to try to clear her digestive tract, the possible problem being that she has some sort of intestinal blockage, maybe caused by parasites (hence the white poop). I would keep trying with the peas. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: sick betta, fin and tail rot, aquarium salt
fin and tail rot, aquarium salt, personality changes: Hi Chelsey, I can see the picture today, but I cannot see the bulge. His fins are still ragged, which means he still has fin, and tail rot. You must do water changes every two days, and treat with Tetracycline. He may also have internal parasites. I do...

Fish: sick betta?, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, small tank: Hi Karen, Complete water changes with a good conditioner have sometimes healed bettas of different kinds of diseases. I always make sure I try the water changes first before treating them with medication if they ever get sick. Always change all the water...

Fish: sick betta fish, aquarium salt, triple sulfa
aquarium salt, triple sulfa, gallon tanks: Hi Keith, How refreshing to read that you gave your betta a nice home. A five gallon heated tank is perfect for the betta. His water must be changed completely every week, always using a good water conditioner. When a label on the medication package says...

Fish: sick black moor goldfish, black moor goldfish, gallon tank
black moor goldfish, gallon tank, small fish: Sounds like velvet...you can buy treatment for it at the pestore...its a white fungi that grows on the fish, it will kill him if you dont treat it....also do you have a strong filter...preferably one thats too strong for the tank...they are good for all goldfish...ideally...

Fish: Tail biting, halfmoon betta, brine shrimp
halfmoon betta, brine shrimp, long and happy life: Hi Charlotte, Bettas do need heated tanks, and 5 gallon tanks are best. However, we must never bring the temperature up quickly. This must be done slowly, one degree every two days, as bringing up the temperature too fast could be deadly. Bettas are tropical...

Fish: Tank Mates Concern (Pink Gourami, Tiger Barbs, Clown Loach), gold barbs, tiger barbs
gold barbs, tiger barbs, pink kissing gourami: Hi, The gourami is bullied mainly because it s the new fish . It happens lots. Gravel from your old tank will help with the cycle. Blood parrots are weird. they are supposed to be cichlids, but since they re man made, the don t have a group they fit into...

Fish: Tiger Oscars, tiger oscars, cichlid research
tiger oscars, cichlid research, stress zyme: Hi Shawnell, An oscar can go a long time (weeks) without eating. It is far more important to take care of the water conditions. You don t seem to understand: the lying on the bottom and lack of eating is not the problem. The problem is that the water...

Fish: Tiger Oscars, stress zyme, nitrite levels
stress zyme, nitrite levels, intelligent fish: Hi Shawnell, Have you checked your ammonia, and nitrite levels? They should be, and must be zero, or safe. Oscars need big tanks with good filtration. One Oscar needs a 60 gallon tank, two Oscars need 120 gallons, and so on. If they do not have this space,...

Fish: Tropical Cichlids, fresh water fish tank, fresh water fish
fresh water fish tank, fresh water fish, dear lynda: Hi Ajas, First, I must tell you that an Oscar needs a 60 gallon tank all to himself in order to live a happy life, so he would have been in an overcrowded tank if he had lived. When we do not give the right amount of space an Oscar needs, even when small,...

Fish: Tropical Fish, sword tail fish, light burns
sword tail fish, light burns, celcious: are you sure there not guppies as tetra are tiny fish and lay eggs, most of the time the tetra eat the eggs or the aqaurium light burns them...so i dont know what you on about (attatch an image from google of your fish) also you should do a 20% water chnge...

Fish: tank gravel, red tail sharks, ammonia level
red tail sharks, ammonia level, glass rocks: Hi Paula, Sharks grow very big, and need big tanks, some need 100 gallon tanks, and above. The Red Tail shark could live in a 10 gallon tank, but he would have to live alone. Red Tail sharks get very aggressive as they get older, and can terrorize a tank....

Fish: tetras, tank heater, gallon tank
tank heater, gallon tank, aquarium: Hello, idealy you need a bigger tank...but if you get neons...as they stay small, and are pretty...(you need atleast 5 to keep them all happy) you do need a heater and i wouldnt advise not getting one...ive heard (but dont agree) that bettas can survive...

Fish: Wal-Mart sick fish, green spotted puffers, blood worms
green spotted puffers, blood worms, fish tanks: Hi Erica, I agree with you on Walmart. I have yet to meet someone working in the fish department that know something about fish. If your Walmart is anything like ours, the people working there know nothing about keeping aquariums, or the fish in it. Those...

Fish: Water Chemistry, ph test kit, water chemistry
ph test kit, water chemistry, nitrites: Hi! You will find test kits at your Pet store for a small sum. You should have an ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test kit. You should also have a PH test kit. They are easy to use, and they should be number one in your fish cabinet. These kits are important...

Fish: White film in betta tank, small morsel, brine shrimp
small morsel, brine shrimp, aquarium salt: Hi Pamela, A 1.5 gallon tank is very small to house a betta, and a bamboo plant. They actually need a 5 gallon heated tank, that has been heated very slowly. One degree every 2 days to make sure his water is not heated to quickly. Heating a bettas water...

Fish: White Spot on Algae Eater, african chiclids, african chiclid
african chiclids, african chiclid, aquarium salt: Hi Dani, The change may have stressed your fish. Stressed fish are vulnerable to parasites. Did you cycle your tank well enough before adding fish to it? By this I mean, there should have been no ammonia, no nitrites, and nitrates should have been low....

Fish: white, cichlid research, oscars
cichlid research, oscars, fish: Hi Al, Most likely the black and orange one is getting most or all of the food. Is this normal: yes. Is it good for the white one: no. You may need to separate them to make sure that the white gets some reasonable amount of food to grow. If that is...

Fish: Something wrong with Mollies, bladder disease, garden pea
bladder disease, garden pea, petstore: yeah it could be swim bladder disease but best to have your water tested...you can take a sample to the petstore and they should test it for free. also yeah they can eat garden pea s and take off the shells before you feed it too them =] garden peas are...

Fish: yellow cichlid, african ciclids, 30 gallon tank
african ciclids, 30 gallon tank, brine shrimp: Ho Aaron, Black month may be that he is picking up the gravel, make sure, if this is the case, that your gravel is fine, like sand. It could also be that he scraped his mouth, this should go away quickly. Make sure your water chemistry is perfect. This...

Fish: 55 Gallon, jack dempseys, cichlid research
jack dempseys, cichlid research, planted tank: Hi Matt, I would think carefully before doing this. First of all, even a partially full 55 still weighs quite a bit, particularly if it has a bunch of gravel and/or rock in it. Secondly, why do you not want to take out the water? When I move large tanks,...

Fish: Accidentally bought a Red Devil cichlid, red parrot, fish tanks
red parrot, fish tanks, hospital tank: Hi! As you know, blood parrots are quite timid, have no defense, and cannot be mixed with Red Devils. Red Devils are true to there name. Bring it back to the pet store, and give it to the fish Manager, you have no choice. Don t ask for a refund, they...

Fish: Africans, cichlid research, african cichlids
cichlid research, african cichlids, canister type: Hi Charles, It isn t the type of filter per se that is the problem, i.e., lots of people keep African cichlids in tanks with canister filters, so it is likely either a coincidence or the result of some side-effect of the filter change. Did you change...

Fish: Aging, beta fish, tropical tank
beta fish, tropical tank, first job: on average they last about 3 years, not a very long life, but i know that they can live longer is treater very well..but i doubt as long as 7 years.. they are also easy to care for is your tank tropical though? they need a tropical tank, but it doesnt...

Fish: Ammonia Poisoning, gallon fish tank, male guppies
gallon fish tank, male guppies, frequent water changes: Hi Steph, It is largely a myth that you can cycle a tank without fish, unless you know exactly what you are doing. The way I recommend to start a fish tank is with a small number of fish, such as you have. They produce waste and that is what starts the...

Fish: Amonia!, water change, tap water
water change, tap water, new water: Hi Liane, As I mentioned to you in a previous letter, I would not drink the water from your tap. The pipes in your building should be checked. Keep her in bottled water, you have no choice right now. You will have to heat the new water slowly again, and...

Fish: Angel Fish and a Black Ghost Knife, black ghost knife, cichlid research
black ghost knife, cichlid research, angel fish: Hi Kayla, The key to success here would be to have lots of plants and/or wood in the tank to break up the space and provide hiding places. If you have that, I think it might work out -- there are no guarantees in fish-keeping. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Angel fish with large growth, cichlid research, angel fish
cichlid research, angel fish, wet hands: Hi Kathleen, It s really hard to say in this case. It sounds like some sort of tumor. You could try cutting it off. That is probably as good as any other solution. Be sure that you have wet hands when you handle your fish -- dry hands will pull scales...

Fish: Angelfish, cichlid research, blood worm
cichlid research, blood worm, liquifry: Hi Damian, Unfortunately this is a common problem with aquarium strains of angelfish. Sadly because of the way that they have been bred in the hobby, the ability to provide good parental care has largely been bred out of them. Your best bet is to keep trying....

Fish: Angelfish with large growth, upper lip, red streak, angelfish
red streak, angelfish, septicemia: Hi Kathleen, I would not try to cut this off, unless you are sure you can do this. If you try this, make sure your hands are always wet when touching the Angel. This is most likely a tumor, but as long as she is eating, there is no problem. There is no...

Fish: Anorexic Betta, neon tetras, bladder disease
neon tetras, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hi Christie, Your Betta is showing signs of Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. Try feeding him a cooked frozen pea. Remove the outer layer, and cut the pea into small pieces. Feed the pieces to your Betta one at...

Fish: african chichlids, south american cichlids, african chichlids
south american cichlids, african chichlids, african cichlids: Wait and see if his condition gets worse. If your water chemistry is good, there usually isn t anything to worry about, and this will go away on it s own. Adding an air stone would help for oxygen, and always make sure your filter splashes the water back...

Fish: african kenyi cichlid, kenyi cichlid, fin and tail rot
kenyi cichlid, fin and tail rot, maracyn 2: Hi Breaden, Keep your water very clean by doing water changes of 25% every week, and add one teaspoon of diluted aquarium salt to 5 gallons of water in your tank. Make sure you have no ammonia, or nitrites in your water. If you see that the tail is getting...

Fish: angel fish, angel fish, female angel
angel fish, female angel, fish one: Hello, It is impossible to tell the difference between male, and female Angel fish. When they form a couple, they grab each other by the month, and waltz around the aquarium. They let go, and go back, holding each other by the month. This is called the...

Fish: angelfish, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research
30 gallon tank, cichlid research, exact time: Hi Rob, That s a tough question. If you are talking about small angelfish (say about the size of a 50 cent piece) you can put dozens in there. If you are talking about breeding adults, I would put only a single pair in a 30 gallon tank and possibly two...

Fish: angelfish, gallon fish tank, 30 gallon fish tank
gallon fish tank, 30 gallon fish tank, angel fish: Hi Alyssa, Angel fish need at least 10 gallons of water each. In a five gallon tank with neons, the Angel doesn t have the space he needs to be well, and happy. Angels also need 80-82 degree water. They are tropical fish, and do not do well in cooler water....

Fish: aquarium, cichlid research, aquarium store
cichlid research, aquarium store, good bacteria: Hi Amit, I suggest gravel that is about 1/8 in diameter or so. Really fine gravel tends to pack down very tightly and that can be bad. Really large gravel has too many large spaces in it and rotten food will sink down in between. Whatever size gravel...

Fish: Baby Angels, fungus attacks, helpless babies
fungus attacks, helpless babies, angel fish: It is normal for the parents to eat the eggs from their first spawning, and if this happens the female will usually deposit eggs again after just a few weeks If you allow the parent Scalare to accompany their offspring in the aquarium, the parents will...

Fish: Bala Sharks, cichlid research, seachem prime
cichlid research, seachem prime, bala sharks: Hi Darrel, If your water has chlorine in it, then letting it sit 24 hours before using it does the trick. That is what I do for all my tanks. If it has chloramine, then you absolutely have to use one of those products to break up the chloramine molecules....

Fish: My Betta Ares is very sick, gallon glass jar, dwarf frogs
gallon glass jar, dwarf frogs, fungus cure: Hi Amanda, After reading your letter, your betta appears to have velvet. Velvet is a parasite. Clamped fins also indicate he has parasites. I would treat him with coppersafe. Change his water completely, add the medication, and change his water every...

Fish: My Betta is acting strange, bladder disease, college of veterinary medicine
bladder disease, college of veterinary medicine, fancy goldfish: how long have you had your betta? they live very short lives so he may be suffering through old age and it may just be his time to go?? otherwise it sounds like he has swim bladder disease..is usually fatal unless treated SWIM BLADDER DISEASE Symptoms:...

Fish: My Betta, BB, epson salts, swim bladder
epson salts, swim bladder, bladder disease: Hi! You are very welcome, and I will keep my fingers crossed, and say a prayer for him. Treat him for three days, then change all of his water, and continue treating him for another 3 days, and change all of his water again. I hope the little man makes...

Fish: Betta biting his fins, poor fish, bettas
poor fish, bettas, 10 gallon tank: Hi Curtis, If his fins are badly damaged, then it would be best to use an antibiotic. 7.6 is a little high for a betta, but if it is stable, then do not try to fix it with chemicals. Adding driftwood would help bring it down. We all have different ways...

Fish: Betta & Danios, cherry barbs, apple snail
cherry barbs, apple snail, gravel filter: Hi Jarod, I would not consider Danios with the Betta. They are very fast swimming fish, and would be quite stressful for the betta who is slow. When fish are stressed, they get sick, so I wouldn t put danios with a betta. Fish that do well with bettas...

Fish: Why did my Betta Die?, betta food, brine shrimp
betta food, brine shrimp, aquarium salt: Hi Daniel, He was certainly overfed, if your grandma fed him 5-6 pellets at the same time. Here is information on Bettas, and how they should be kept: Bettas should be kept in 5 gallon tanks, and there water should be around 80=82 degrees. When bringing...

Fish: Betta Fish, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, water chemistry: Hi! Your water chemistry is very important. Check to see if your water has ammonia, nitrites, or nitrates, and also check your PH. Ammonia, and nitrites can kill a fish, so you must make sure that your ammonia reads zero, your nitrites zero, and that your...

Fish: Betta Fish, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, gallon tank: Hi Tomisha, Your betta seems to have Swim Bladder Disease. Swim Bladder is caused by constipation which often goes unnoticed. Constipation is due to poor diet, and overfeeding. Bettas must be fed 2-3 times a day in small amounts. 2 pellets, or 2 flakes...

Fish: Betta Fish Lost Color, aquarium salt, fish store
aquarium salt, fish store, color question: Name: DROPSY Symptoms: Big fat belly, not pregnant Huge Swelling of Body Bulging sides and stomach Scales almost popping off Scales may be forced outward Eyes may pop out Dropsy General Description Dropsy is not really a disease. For...

Fish: Betta fish, brine shrimp, sponge filter
brine shrimp, sponge filter, red streaks: Hello, Too much medication is not helping him. Feeding him peas for a long time is also not good for him. He should have one pea a week, along with variation in food. Daphnia should be part of his diet. Feed him in small amounts. Two pellets, or two...

Fish: Betta fish lump, hello fish, betta fish
hello fish, betta fish, lumps: Hello, Fish have lumps much like we do. Most are tumors, and fish may live a long time with tumors if they are not cancerous. If the little female is eating well, and showing no signs of discomfort, then she is okay, and there is nothing to worry about....

Fish: Betta lying on bottom of tank, bladder disease, fish vendors
bladder disease, fish vendors, swim bladder: Hi Elise, Your Betta is showing signs of Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. Feed him a cooked frozen pea. Remove the outer layer, and cut the pea into small pieces. Feed the pieces to your Betta one at a time,...

Fish: Betta tail problems, plastic plants, silk plant
plastic plants, silk plant, neutral water: Hi Jen, Bettas usually bite their tail if they are stressed. He should have a silk plant that you can buy at your pet store for a small sum, and some litte toy that he can go through. Is your PH too high? Betta like neutral water, or somewhere near it....

Fish: Black Blotches, blood parrot fish, poor little fish
blood parrot fish, poor little fish, cichlid research: Hi Cathy, Fish produce ammonia every time you feed them. You need to be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week, to keep your fish happy and healthy. Have you been doing that? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Black Moor Goldfish Sick!, black moor goldfish, symptoms loss of appetite
black moor goldfish, symptoms loss of appetite, mucus layer: ooo that looks bad... does he have these symptoms?? Loss of appetite White spots on mouth, scales, and fins Cottony growth on mouth Fins disintegrate beginning at the edges Looks like a small cotton ball or these?? Small white grains of...

Fish: Bloated angel fish, angel fish, male angel
angel fish, male angel, poor diet: Hi Melanie, He may be constipated. Constipation leads to Swim Bladder, and if left untreated will lead to Dropsy. The cause to constipation is overeating, and poor diet. Try to feed him a cooked frozen pea with the outer layer removed. If he does eat...

Fish: Bloated fish, poor water quality, water quality problems
poor water quality, water quality problems, bloated fish: I would say its deffo Dropsy.. Symptoms: Big fat belly, not pregnant Huge Swelling of Body Bulging sides and stomach Scales almost popping off Scales may be forced outward Eyes may pop out Dropsy General Description: Dropsy is not...

Fish: Blue gourami, cichlid research, 30 gallon tank
cichlid research, 30 gallon tank, blood parrot: Hi Melissa, It could be a swim bladder problem but that doesn t fit the symptoms. The swim bladder really only aids in buoyancy. Unfortunately, a bent spine is often a sign of impending old age in a fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Breeding, cichlid research, fish tanks
cichlid research, fish tanks, baby fish: Hi Amanda, Actually, if the tank contains ONLY males, the aggression will likely be much less. However, if there is even one female in there -- something for the males to fight over -- the aggression will be much greater. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Breeding Bettas, baby brine shrimp, microworm culture
baby brine shrimp, microworm culture, breeding bettas: Hi Alyssa, Breeding bettas is not easy. You must have at least a five gallon tank ready for them. You put the female, and male in this tank at the same time. You must also have many hiding places for the female. The male builds his nest, and the female...

Fish: Build at home stands vs already built stands, fish tank stand, cichlid research
fish tank stand, cichlid research, cross braces: Hi Alex, If someone else puts it together, you are going to pay for the labor of doing that, so that is one of the reasons a pre-built stand costs more. The real comparison though has to consider the quality of the materials, i.e., what kind of wood, how...

Fish: Build at home stands vs already built stands, gallon tank, lots of money
gallon tank, lots of money, varnish: Hi Alex, I would think that the main reason the prebuilt stands are more expensive is because they are ready to put your tank on them right away. Not much work goes into making the prebuilt stands. A few screws, and that s it. I find that they sell these...

Fish: bata, cichlid research, belly area
cichlid research, belly area, fish bowl: Hi Mary, I think you mean a betta ? Unfortunately the bubble sounds like some sort of tumor and there really isn t anything you can do about that. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: betta, gallon tank, pellets
gallon tank, pellets, merry christmas: it would make him happier if you had a plant for him yeah.. do you have a filter and a heater? the pellets...i would feed him about 3-5 pellets a day (depnding on size) but it should say on the packet how much to feed them.. Merry Christmas to you...

Fish: my betta, fish diseases, aquarium salt
fish diseases, aquarium salt, swollen stomach: no problem...and yeah the reason i asked his age was because ive seen it where a betta breeder had bred the male until he is too old, then taken him to the petstore, and the petdtore will usually take it if its healthy (its just a ptofit for them) and they...

Fish: betta, aquarium salt, silk plant
aquarium salt, silk plant, cotton balls: Hi Branden, Change his water completely, and fill your 2 gallon tank to the top. There is no reason to keep the little guy in such little water. Buy a silk plant so he can rest on the leaves. Quick Cure would be my choice for ich, and it has been known...

Fish: betta, aquarium salt, physical signs
aquarium salt, physical signs, gallon tank: Hi Chris, Bettas prefer the light of day, so a soft light should be used, one that is not too bright. Is he in a cycled tank? If not, you will have to change all of his water every 10 days. Adding 2 teaspoons of diluted aquarium salt to his water will...

Fish: betta fish and filter, ammonia level, aquarium kit
ammonia level, aquarium kit, aqua tech: Hello, Usually these heaters hold the temperature well, and you should have no problem. Personally, I prefer the ones that you can adjust. Hagen Aqua Clear 25 watts adjustable thermostats are very good also. There me be others on the market. I m sure...

Fish: betta fish sick, average life span, www google co uk
average life span, www google co uk, bird beak: a male betta s average life span is 3 years..you ve had him for 2years and bearing in mind there usually 6 months before they are sold in petstores..so what ever he has got, he will find it very difficult to recover from, due to his old age, i think the kindest...

Fish: betta fish tank, brine shrimp, aquarium salt
brine shrimp, aquarium salt, gallon aquarium: Hi Kris, This is information on bettas, and how they should be kept: Bettas should be kept in 5 gallon tanks, and there water should be around 78-80 degrees. When bringing home a betta, we all know that the little sadistic cups they are kept in, are not...

Fish: My betta has SBD and is floating on his side :(, epsom salt bath, epsom salt
epsom salt bath, epsom salt, swim bladder: do you have a filter?? SWIM BLADDER DISEASE Symptoms: Erratic Swimming Position Loss of equilibrium Fish will be unable to maintain buoyancy Swim Bladder Disease General Description Swim bladder disease is a multifactorial illness which...

Fish: two betta tanks--only one has film, betta tanks, poor fish
betta tanks, poor fish, gallon tanks: Hello, First I would like to mention that keeping bettas in 3/4 gallon bowls is not right. The bettas may have shallow water in his habitat, but he has lots of room to swim. Information on the betta is not very easy to find, and vendors do not tell the...

Fish: betta water, brine shrimp, aquarium salt
brine shrimp, aquarium salt, bladder disease: Hi Chris, Bless your heart for taking good care of the Betta. The betta is one of the most mistreated fish on the market. Vendors don t care. They are there to make a buck with all of their gadgets for the betta, and couldn t care less. In his habitat,...

Fish: black moor, black moor, paradise fish
black moor, paradise fish, decision one: Hi Sarah, Paradise fish, particularly males, tend to be extremely territoral. I d put money on the fact he s attacking your Black Moor. Paradise tend to be targets for bullying themselves off of other fish due to their long, flowing fins. However, Goldfish...

Fish: blacklight, good bacteria, nitrogen cycle
good bacteria, nitrogen cycle, google: ooooooooo ok, yeah i use one of them and algea still grows but just at a slower rate, which makes it easier for my cleaner fish to eat it... my fish are all eine, my plants are too, but i dont have a normal light aswell just the black light, so im not too...

Fish: blue catfish, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, blue catfish: Hi Bradley, Catfish are egg layers and do not get pregnant as such. It could be that it is a female that is full of eggs that she is about to lay. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: breeding jewel cichlids, firemouth cichlids, convict cichlids
firemouth cichlids, convict cichlids, fry stage: Hi Jayne, Sometimes it just takes a few tries for a pair to get the timing right. The fact that the eggs were white indicates that they were not fertilized correctly by the male. There is another possibility and that is that you don t have a male, just...

Fish: breeding swordtails, fish breed, gal tank
fish breed, gal tank, point thanks: how old are they? usually they look female and then as they get older they look male, and then you know...depending on the fish breed, but can be as long as 6 months... sometime though, males are known to eat males to stop the competition over the female,...

Fish: the building I live in, fin and tail rot, water inspection
fin and tail rot, water inspection, fin rot: Since your tap water showed ammonia, this is why she is getting sick. The best cure for fin, and tail rot when caught in early stages, is to keep her in clean water. Have you checked the PH? Bettas do best around neutral PH 6.5-7.0. Make sure she is always...

Fish: Cichlid disease?, african cichlid tank, distorted shape
african cichlid tank, distorted shape, gill plates: Hello, It is hard for me to tell. The only thing that comes to mind is oxygen. Are they having enough oxygen? Your filter should splash water down into your tank water causing movement all over the tank. Adding an air stone would help circulate the water....

Fish: Cichlid problem, feeder goldfish, feeder fish
feeder goldfish, feeder fish, bladder disease: Hi Kevin, The problem is most likely from feeding them feeder fish. I NEVER feed my fish with feeder fish. The worst are feeder goldfish. They carry all sorts of diseases that can harm or even kill your fish. Never use them. Sadly there is really nothing...

Fish: Cichlids, red dragon flowerhorn, electric blue jack dempsey
red dragon flowerhorn, electric blue jack dempsey, peacock bass: Hi Thomas 1. No you cannot put these fish together. 2. Catfish, Severums, and Silver Dollars should go well with an Oscar. Make sure you buy the Severums and Silver Dollars a little bigger than the Oscar. You should have no problems. 3. This...

Fish: Cichlids, red dragon flowerhorn, cichlid research
red dragon flowerhorn, cichlid research, electric blue jack dempsey: Hi Thomas, I suspect that the oscar will eat the Jack Dempsey sooner or later. It might not be today but I would put money on it happening eventually. Oscars do not play well with other fish. An oscar will eat any fish that can fit in its (very...

Fish: Cloudy fish tank, cloudy fish tank, gallon fish tank
cloudy fish tank, gallon fish tank, good bacteria: If your tap water is hard, and you have sea shells in your tank, then your water should be alkaline. It doesn t make sense to me that your tank water is acidic, unless you are using chemicals to bring down the PH. Chemicals are poison to water because it...

Fish: Comet isn't looking to good, tank water, liquid feed
tank water, liquid feed, loss of balance: what you mean you can see eggs in the tank?? stuck to the plants..are they white? if so they are dead and wont hatch but if they are see through they will hatch so get them out the tank IMMEDIATELY as the adults will eat the eggs..put them in a bucket of...

Fish: Compatible fish, eheim canister filter, firemouth cichlids
eheim canister filter, firemouth cichlids, blood parrot cichlid: Hi Chad, Yes that tank would be large enough. The issue with blood parrot cichlids is that they are not a real fish. They are a manmade fish, created in the lab. Many fish keepers, myself included, feel that people should not be creating new fishes,...

Fish: Convict Babies, cichlid research, main tank
cichlid research, main tank, auratus: Hi Dierell, The kids are probably just a few days old. The parents as you have noticed will fiercely protect them. They will do this for several weeks, if not longer. I typically leave the kids in with the parents for about 3 weeks, then take them out...

Fish: Convict + fire mouth, convict cichlids, split fins
convict cichlids, split fins, firemouth: Hi! Yes, when fish get stressed it brings disease. Convicts have been known to pair off with other fish, unfortunately. When they do this the fry are sterile, and sometimes not as pretty as when they pair with their own. Many of them could be crippled...

Fish: chasing fish, female goldfish, water parameters
female goldfish, water parameters, community tank: Hi Jayne, It s unlikely that it s a male chasing a female. Goldfish are suprisingly difficult to breed. Breeding requires carefully monitored water parameters, temperature and water levels. To be honest I think it s probably the two of them jostling for...

Fish: chubby fishie, fighting fish, fishie
fighting fish, fishie, mating season: hmmm, depends, he could be bloated or constipated, fast him for 24hours then feed him 1 maybe 2 pea s (cooked) then fast him for another 24hours and see if he improves, also yeah feed him a bit less. dont worry fasting will do no harm, they can go upto...

Fish: cichlid behavior, zebra danios, blood parrot
zebra danios, blood parrot, cichlid research: Hi Cathy, The behavior you are seeing is perfectly normal. Give them time. It will likely take them several weeks to feel comfortable in their new home. The zebra danios will not stress them. In fact, ultimately they will eat the zebra danios most likely....

Fish: cleaning out the tank after ick problem, cichlid research, chlorine bleach
cichlid research, chlorine bleach, disease spores: Hi Thomas, In that situation, here is what I do. Anything which is glass or plastic (including the tank itself) gets a wash with chlorine bleach, about a tablespoon per gallon strength. Then wash those things with LOTS of clean water. Then let them...

Fish: clouded eye, cichlid research, pop eye
cichlid research, pop eye, oscars: Hi Jackie, Most likely his clouded eye is the result of biting by one or both of the other oscars. A clouded eye is usually the first sign that fish are fighting. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: cloudy water dying fish, cichlid research, white fungus
cichlid research, white fungus, dee dee: Hi Dee Dee, For most of my tanks I use sponge filters. They are cheap, simple and never need to be replaced. I clean them once a month and they work wonderfully. For tanks with a LOT of fish, I use internal power filters (typically Fluval 3+ or Fluval...

Fish: compatability, cichlid research, dwarf gouramis
cichlid research, dwarf gouramis, zebra danio: Hi Mike, I would keep an eye on the ram and hopefully that will go away. Most cases of fin rot on cichlids are not fin rot at all, but rather the result of one fish biting another. I couldn t tell you about those killis. There are hundreds of...

Fish: coy fish, cichlid research, coy fish
cichlid research, coy fish, hi john: Hi John, Do you mean koi fish, i.e., it looks like a large goldfish? Probably the best fish to keep with a koi is another koi of similar size. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: crayfish, flake food, hiding places
flake food, hiding places, water temperature: Hi Jennie, How long the female carries the eggs for depends on species and water temperature. However, it will be at least four weeks before she releases the young. The female will mother the hatchlets for a short while after birth. I d suggest feeding...

Fish: Dead Fish, cichlid research, dead fish
cichlid research, dead fish, tank: Hi Jason, They shouldn t make you sick unless you eat them. Use a net and you should be fine. Wash the net thoroughly after you are done, and hang it up to dry completely. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Delta Tail Betta Acting Strange, delta tail, dark apartment
delta tail, dark apartment, halogen light: Hello, You seem to be taking good care of Booger. He may be getting older. We never know what age they are when we buy them. If his tummy was swollen I would think Swim Bladder Disease, and treat him with an antibiotic such as Tetracycline or Furan-2...

Fish: Difficult Female Betta, breeding bettas, bubble nest
breeding bettas, bubble nest, gallon tank: Hello, Please do not try to breed bettas before reading up on them. They are not an easy fish to breed, and must never be left together in a tank with no supervision. To breed bettas, you must have at least a five gallon tank with lots of hiding places...

Fish: Dont Know What I Am Missing???Please Help, pet store owner, good bacteria
pet store owner, good bacteria, moonlight gourami: Hi! First, you must let your tank cycle with no fish in it. To do this you buy a used sponge that fits your filter from the pet store. A used sponge is full of good bacteria which fish need to survive. Squeeze out the access water, and put it directly...

Fish: what are they eating?, cichlid research, nitrifying bacteria
cichlid research, nitrifying bacteria, 7 fishes: Hi Alex, I would never put bacteria in an established tank. It won t do anything other than cost you money. The mystery of what the fishes are eating is intriguing. I assume that there isn t someone else who might be feeding the fish without you...

Fish: eye infection in betta fish, long and happy life, fish question
long and happy life, fish question, stress disease: is she bumbing into things at all, does the eye look white? does it have a slime coating?? or could it be this?? POP EYE Symptoms: One or both eyes protrude from the head in an unusual fashion. Symptoms of Stress & Disease Pop Eye General...

Fish: Fantail, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, college of veterinary medicine: SWIM BLADDER DISEASE Symptoms: Erratic Swimming Position Loss of equilibrium Fish will be unable to maintain buoyancy Symptoms of Stress & Disease Swim Bladder Disease General Description Swim bladder disease is a multifactorial illness...

Fish: Fish with red spot/anchor worms, anchor worms, google
anchor worms, google, brain surgery: yeah anchor worms only make one hole..but if you google pics of what anchor worms cause im not sure thats what your fish s problem looks like?? dunno hope your fish is alright and i hope your ok now!! and yep your right, there will always be new stuff...

Fish: Fries, wafers, tiny pieces
wafers, tiny pieces, fry: ermm..well there is only one way that i know of that makes them grow faster..and thats more space...the take forever..(about 4months) to get a reasonable size in the net thing...but ive found ifyou can give thme their own tank, they seem to grow much quicker...

Fish: My fish is going to explode!, days thanks, fish
Fish: My fish is going to explode!, days thanks, fish, vegies

Fish: goldfish mouth stuck shut, goldfish
Fish: goldfish mouth stuck shut, goldfish

Fish: filtration in 15 gallon tank, and number of fish, neon tetras, ghost shrimp
neon tetras, ghost shrimp, gravel filter: erm..the ones i have for all my tanks is a FLUVAL, but i think its worth spending a bit of time browsing them in the petstore to get the best one that you think you could maintain, i clean out mine every month and its usually not that clogged for my 22 Gallon...

Fish: fin rot or bitten fin?, fin and tail rot, pearl gouramis
fin and tail rot, pearl gouramis, dwarf gouramis: Hi Mike, The way your Rams are acting, something in the tank is stressing them. You must find the cause. It could also be because they are sick. Sick fish do not eat. Rams must have the right water for them, or they will die. Fin, and Tail rot is mostly...

Fish: fin rot? + diet question, brine shrimp, aquarium salt
brine shrimp, aquarium salt, fin rot: Hello, Yes, wash everything. Remove the gravel, and wash it well. I use a small pail, and swish the gravel around until the water is clear. Keep rinsing. Remove the scum with paper towels until there is no more left on the walls of the tank. Fluctuating...

Fish: fin rot ram, nitrate test kits, fin and tail rot
nitrate test kits, fin and tail rot, maracyn 2: Hi Mike, Rams are very sensitive to water conditions. Make sure your water is free of ammonia, and nitrites. Fungus usually goes away on its own if the water condition is good. This means, zero ammonia, zero nitrites, and nitrates should be low. If you...

Fish: My fish cannot see!!!, cichlid research, fin rot
cichlid research, fin rot, light and shadows: Hi Gabrielle, Hmm... why do you think that he cannot see his food? He simply might not want to eat it. Have you been doing regular water changes? You should be changing 25% of his water, once a week, EVERY week to keep him happy and healthy. Have...

Fish: fish, african chiclids, feeder fish
african chiclids, feeder fish, dead goldfish: Hi Kris, I ll be honest, I can t condone the use of Feeder Fish as they can pass on disease and parasites. However, Jack Dempsey s will probably need a feeder fish or two every so often to stop them from attacking the other fish in the tank. If your...

Fish: fish died, how to start again, gravel plants, litre tank
gravel plants, litre tank, filter plants: well if you want to keep goldfish you need a pretty large ank, i know goldfish start small but heck do they grow, to make 2 goldfish happy i wouldnt get anyhing LESS than about 60 Litres at a push.. say you got a 60 litre tank you will need a strong filter...

Fish: My fish is going to explode!, zebra plec, plecostomus fish
zebra plec, plecostomus fish, ping pong ball: Hi Kaitlyn, I doubt that your Plec has eaten the missing fish. Plecs are, of course, omnivourous but they don t outwardly hunt prey. The only carnivorous Plectosmus I can think of is L97 (Zebra Plec). I should think the fish died, oxygen left the body and...

Fish: fishes, cichlid research, girl fish
cichlid research, girl fish, species of fish: Hi Christine, Telling a boy from a girl fish depends entirely on which species you are looking at. In some species it is easy: boys might be blue, females might be orange. In other species, boys might have different patterns or markings. But, in some...

Fish: General Questions About Adding Pets, stress zyme, tiger barbs
stress zyme, tiger barbs, mystery snail: Crabs Eat smaller fish (tetra) and need a place to get out of the water, aswell as some species who need salt water..(I wanted a crab) Frogs can get attacked by fish, for example, gourami s and somme species of frog need LARGE tanks as they get big and...

Fish: Gold Fish: abnormal growth on left eye, litre tank, inner flesh
litre tank, inner flesh, gold fish: Hmmm, I see...is it kept in a bowl?? sorry to keepon at you for being wrong, i know you care and you are trying but there is no way she will last long in a bowl without proper care..for 1 goldfish you need about 30 Litres and some people will say more but...

Fish: Goldfish Aquarium, goldfish aquarium, frequent water changes
goldfish aquarium, frequent water changes, vast expanse: Hi Barry, Sorry for the late response. Your question was outsourced into the Question Pool. I m working through it and trying to clear some back dated questions. In answer to your question I d recommend sticking to your usual cycle. EasyBalance will...

Fish: Goldfish/Ryunkin, blood worms, male fish
blood worms, male fish, egg layers: Hi Tracey, You are right to wait to get a larger tank rather than putting them in a 10 gallon tank. Goldfish are egg layers so they do not get pregnant as such. A female will get larger when she is full of eggs. However, you would have to have...

Fish: Good match?, alge eater, goldfish
alge eater, goldfish, enough space: yeah that tank is overcrowded...you cannot keep the goldfish in there..once they grow there insides become to big for there body if they dont have enough space...also goldfish do fine in warm water..they just tend not to live as long..but seriousley..keeping...

Fish: Gourami and rams, dwarf gouramis, bristle nose pleco
dwarf gouramis, bristle nose pleco, zebra danios: Hi Mike, You MIGHT be able to get away with rams and gouramis provided you had a lot of plants in the tank. In general, I do not mix cichlids from different areas, so I would not put African and South American cichlids together, particularly East...

Fish: Growing Mollie fry, breeding mollies, hi lauren
breeding mollies, hi lauren, gallon tank: are they still in the bredding trap thing? those breeding trap things can stunt there growth so they stay small, also happens if the tank is too small..you would be better letting them free but put TONNES of stuff they can hide in, thich plants holey rocks...

Fish: gold fish, keeping goldfish, fish question
keeping goldfish, fish question, paralised: i would say you could keep 10 small ones in there, but it will be too small when the get fully grown =] you should do a 20-25% water change everyweek, or every 2 weeks at the least if your filter is strong.. if your keeping goldfish and have a 40 gallon...

Fish: gold fish problems, college of veterinary medicine, bladder disease
college of veterinary medicine, bladder disease, swim bladder: Name: SWIM BLADDER DISEASE Symptoms: Erratic Swimming Position Loss of equilibrium Fish will be unable to maintain buoyancy Swim Bladder Disease General Description Swim bladder disease is a multifactorial illness which primarily affects ornamental...

Fish: goldfish mouth stuck shut, anti fungal treatment, pair of tweezers
anti fungal treatment, pair of tweezers, opening the mouth: Hi, Safestart is basically a cocktail of the bacteria that builds up in your filter once it is fully cycled. It basically kickstarts your tank so you can introduce livestock immediately. To be honest I ve never encountered any problems with using this type...

Fish: goldfish tank, goldfish tank, aquarium water
goldfish tank, aquarium water, oxygen levels: Hi Karen, One Goldfish needs at least ten gallons to itself. The more water per Goldfish the better. At the moment yours are crammed into a tiny space that they simply aren t used to. Of course, in the pet shops they re in small holding tanks but these...

Fish: gouramis, brine shrimp, gal tank
brine shrimp, gal tank, congrats: sorry, what type of gourami are they?? i know with some species of gourami the female has to be removed but the male cares for them (kinda like betta s) congrats on the babies btw also try and feed them newly hatched brine shrimp (very very very good...

Fish: green terror, cichlid research, green terror
cichlid research, green terror, aggressive fish: Hi John, That very well could be mating behavior. If they are about 3 inches or larger, they can spawn. Green terrors are pretty much monomorphic, meaning that males and females look pretty much the same. They can tell the difference, but people can t....

Fish: green terror lying on the bottom, tin foil barb, jack dempsy
tin foil barb, jack dempsy, cichlid research: Hi Jason, Is she lying on the bottom , i.e., on her side, or is she sitting on the bottom , i.e., upright? They are very different. The first indicates that she is seriously sick. The latter could be all sorts of things -- she might even have eggs on...

Fish: green terrors, cichlid research, green terror
cichlid research, green terror, intestinal infection: Hi Terry, That is hard to say. There are various medications that attempt to treat intestinal infections. And sometimes the fish will get over it by itself. Another approach that some people try is to feed your fish with thawed, frozen peas. As this moves...

Fish: Heater OVERLOAD!! Tank @ 86!!!, clown loach, tiger barbs
clown loach, tiger barbs, cherry barbs: Hi Marcie The only thing you can do at that point is to unplug the heater and let the tank temp drop on it s own. Don t worry, it shouldn t drop more than 2 degrees per hour. Another thing to point out is that the heater should be in the center of the...

Fish: Help!, angel fish, gallon tank
angel fish, gallon tank, water change: all those fish are compatable with angles and bottom feeders temporarily apart from the fry, the angel fish (and other fish) will make a quick snakc out of them...evetually all the babies will either get eaten or die and you will end up with between 0-10,...

Fish: Help with gold fish pregnat, cichlid research, gold fish
cichlid research, gold fish, egg layers: Hi Diderot, Goldfish do not get pregnant as such; they are egg layers. A female may get larger before she gets ready to lay eggs, but then she will spawn the eggs on the gravel or plants. You would need to have a male present at that time to fertilize...

Fish: HI i need help!, fish tiger barbs, cichlid research
fish tiger barbs, cichlid research, tiger fish: Hi Cody, Those would be tiger barbs (which are very different than tiger fish). Tiger barbs are egg layers, i.e., they do not get pregnant as such and do not give birth to live babies. The female lays the eggs on plants and rocks and the male fertilizes...

Fish: heaters, gallon tanks, ambient temp
gallon tanks, ambient temp, petsmart: Hi Liane, I use Aqua Clear submersible heaters in all my tanks, and have had no problem with them. You can set them which I like very much. They may be a little more expensive, but they are worth it. I m not sure if they have 25 watts, but they do have...

Fish: How can I help my floating goldfish?, fungus cure, fungus disease
fungus cure, fungus disease, bladder problems: yeah i think your fungal treatment should treat that, but if you getchance, stop by at a petstore and have a look at some treatments that are made for those symptoms..just so it helps..those are the symptoms of a disease called cotton mouth..here is some treatment...

Fish: help please??, litre tank, ammonia levels
litre tank, ammonia levels, new tank: Hi Darren, The exact ordering is not critical, however, it will work better if you put the wool where it will intercept the incoming water first. It will catch the larger bits of debris. Then put the noodles, then the carbon. Which one is on top depends...

Fish: hi, salt water tank, protein skimmer
salt water tank, protein skimmer, fish store: sorry, i dont know what im talking about when it comes to salt water tanks..im not even going to pretend, but i will say one thing, that applies to all fish...1 hour in a bag is wayyy to long...you need it to be floating for about 10 minutes then start adding...

Fish: Ich, 30 gallon tank, ryukin goldfish
30 gallon tank, ryukin goldfish, aquarium salt: Hi Dawn, When Ich is visible to the naked eye it is called a trophont. It burrows it way under the protective layer over the scales and is completely safe from any treatment that you put in the tank. They tend to thrive at 75-80 and this feeding stage will...

Fish: Inherited large fish & tank, what are they?, cichlid research, amazon river
cichlid research, amazon river, fish tank: Hi Susie, No those are not gouramis. (FYI, gouramis come from Southeast Asia). What you have are called pacus. They come from South America. They are large members of the tetra family, closely related to piranhas. Basically they are vegetarian piranhas....

Fish: Issue with a mini Koi fish, bladder disorder, koi fish
bladder disorder, koi fish, small quantities: Hi Jeff, There are a number of reasons why fish sometimes swim on their sides or upside down. The most common cause of this is Swim-Bladder disorder. The swim bladder is a small duct above the abdomen which improves buoyancy, it inflates and deflates according...

Fish: Jack Dempsey, cichlid research, jack dempsey
cichlid research, jack dempsey, water conditions: Hi Katie, That kind of behavior is often a sign of deteriorating water conditions. You need to change 25% of his water right away and then do the same thing again tomorrow. In general, you should be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week....

Fish: Jack Dempseys, jack dempseys, size tank
jack dempseys, size tank, rock formations: for four you should have at least 75-100+ gal, JDs are aggressive but their temperament is on an individual basis, some are meaner than others, if they grow up together and have a large enough tank to have their own territories they should get along I...

Fish: Jack Dempseys, jack dempseys, violent temper
jack dempseys, violent temper, green terrors: Hi Thomas, One Jack Dempsey needs a 60 gallon tank all to himself, and bigger is better. He is best kept alone. Two Jack Dempsey would need 120 gallons, and three 180, and so on. They must be kept in a big tank at an early age. When kept in tanks too...

Fish: Jack Dempseys, jack dempseys, cichlid research
jack dempseys, cichlid research, size tank: Hi Thomas, I would go with a 55 gallon tank. Anything less and you are going to have problems with aggression as they get older. They will probably be fine until they get to about 4 or 5 inches but past that, things will get dicey. You can increase the...

Fish: jack dempsey and green terror, green terror, aggressive fish
green terror, aggressive fish, selling fish: Hi Jeremy, I m sorry to read that you can no longer keep your 55 gallon tank. Make sure that your 29 gallon tank is cycled, and has good water chemistry before putting a fish in your tank. Keep your old sponge, and put it into your new filter. (If you are...

Fish: kenyi african cichlid, fin and tail rot, african cichlids
fin and tail rot, african cichlids, aquarium salt: Hi! Since you have African Cichlids you don t need to bring it down. They thrive in Alkaline water. 8.1 is fine for them, so do not touch it, as long as it is stable. Have your PH tested at your Pet Store to be sure. Never use chemical to bring down the...

Fish: killis and rams, congo tetras, congo tetra
congo tetras, congo tetra, dwarf gouramis: Hi Mike, Angel fish need 10 gallons of water each, so if you put angel fish in, you are limited. Killifish, I would not recommend. Some are timid, and some are wicked. They can jump out of the smallest hole, and can bite other fish. Bosemani need longer...

Fish: Lethargic older bala shark, bala sharks, bala shark
bala sharks, bala shark, fish diseases: hmmm..sounds nothing like any illnesses...more like old age... here is a website..of all diseases, what causes them and how to treat them (and prevent it) look for your fishes symptoms...im sure you ll get the idea when you click on the link =] i hope...

Fish: Livebearers, which tank?, litre tank, male guppies
litre tank, male guppies, happy fish: sorry i wasnt very clear basically in total you have 39 fish correct??? in the 110 litre put - 20 in the 60 litre put - 12 in the 30 litre put - 7 or numbers close to that, they all will get along and all are simular sizes so dont change those numbers...

Fish: lobster, cichlid research, blue lobster
cichlid research, blue lobster, question thanks: Hi Toni, To be honest, I don t know of anything that would be effective, but does not contain copper. You can keep trying the Pimafix but I don t know if it will do anything. The other option would be to catch the lobster and gently scrape off the fungus....

Fish: Malawi Cichlid problem, cichlid research, water changes
cichlid research, water changes, maintenance schedule: Hi Martyn, Chronic deaths in Malawi fishes are tricky. I have encountered the same thing myself and not come to any great answers. Malachite works if the culprit is ick, but if it were ick, they wouldn t last that long, i.e., they would either die or...

Fish: Malawi cichlid Advice needed !, cichlid research, second tank
cichlid research, second tank, main tank: Hi Corey, You have a choice. You can let the cichlids release their kids in the main tank, in which case a few might survive, or you can try to catch the females and put them in the separate tank to release their kids. The challenge of this is that you...

Fish: Malawi cichlid Advice needed !, brine shrimp, second tank
brine shrimp, second tank, reply thanks: Well as soon as the pair has cleaned off a section of the glass, a piece of wood, or a large leaf to lay their eggs on, spawning will occur. The male is generally aggressive towards the female during that time, so make sure the tank is large enough (at least...

Fish: Malawi cichlids, cichlid research, airstone
cichlid research, airstone, ron c: Hi Corey, If the fish is alone in the tank, I would suspect that you do not have enough oxygen in the water. Do you have an airstone in the tank? If the fish is not alone in the tank, I would strongly suspect that that fish is being chased by other...

Fish: Male Siamese fighting fish, siamese fighting fish, fish question
siamese fighting fish, fish question, bettas: Remove the female, he will kill her...this is not the way to breed of keep bettsa. Sorry you did not like my answer, but too many people think it is easy to breed bettas, and the poor female ends up killed....If you really want to breed bettas, you must...

Fish: Mollie fry feeding, etc., gold barbs, tiger barbs
gold barbs, tiger barbs, brine shrimp: they need to stay in the net until they are as big as the biggest mouth within the tank, otherwise like you say, they will become late night snacks.. i always feed mine crushed flakes and have a good survival rate (not all of them will survive)...but maybe...

Fish: Mollie with red spot, fish diseases, reddish spot
fish diseases, reddish spot, algae eaters: i really dont know what it could be.. fish still have unknown depths, who knew!! it could be ANCHOR WORMS Symptoms: Anchor worms (lernea) can be seen with the naked eye Frequent rubbing or flashing Localised redness Ulcers my appear Inflammation...

Fish: Molly Fish, molly fish, flag fish
molly fish, flag fish, freshwater pond: Im sorry, I didnt know that molly s could be kept in ponds, especially not here in England as our winters would kill them... If your goldfish or Koi are large then they may have eaten them, or if its getting cold they may have died, but I dont know and...

Fish: Molly fry/pregnant, black mollies, main tank
black mollies, main tank, hi lauren: i feed my peas raw..but i think you can cook them, the important thing is you take their shells off cos fish dont/cant eat them as if they try to they usually get stuck in their mouths...if you feed them raw make sure they are tinned pea s as otherwise they...

Fish: Molly giving birth, aquarium salt, boxy shape
aquarium salt, boxy shape, gallon tank: Hi Zach, 4 fish in a 5 gallon tank is too many fish. Mollys need bigger tanks, with alkaline water, and one teaspoon diluted aquarium salt for 2 gallons of water. Mollys need room to swim when giving birth to their fry. They also need cycled tanks. This...

Fish: how does it take the male to finsh making his nest,and be ready and breed?, 5 gallon tank, breeding bettas
5 gallon tank, breeding bettas, hiding places: Yes a 10 gallon is good, but do not leave them without supervision. You know when they are spawning. The male wraps himself around the female holding her tightly, eggs come out of her, and he blows them into the nest. How long the spawn last is anybody...

Fish: My molly had and ate a fry, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, 10 gallon tank: they usually stay near the floor when they are born too early. there orange you say? well i know you have an orange molly, but she might not have given birth, the male you female mated with could have been orange of the parents could have been orange.? ...

Fish: Needlenose Gar, fish diseases, needlenose gar
fish diseases, needlenose gar, thin red line: im not sure this website is about diseases etc...if he s ill tis website will tell you..but maybe do some research on them, it could be a colouration the males get or something? i dont know though..im not too sure what needlenose gar are aorry http://www.fishdeals.com/fish_diseases/stressdisease.shtm...

Fish: Neon tetras and Siamese fighting, siamese fighting fish, neon tetras
siamese fighting fish, neon tetras, fish tank: Hi Geoff, They usually get along, but there is no guarantee. Put the neons in first, and wait a few days, then add the Betta. Make sure your water has cycled before adding fish. This means no ammonia, no nitrites, and nitrates should be low. Hope this...

Fish: New guppy tank, nitrates and nitrites, bacteria levels
nitrates and nitrites, bacteria levels, tank light: its not meant to go cloudy...some times it does when too mant fish are added at once as the bacteria get messed up, but since you only added one all seems well... yeah your ok to get more...you could probably have about 6 max in that size tank, but what...

Fish: New Oscar, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research
30 gallon tank, cichlid research, tiger oscar: Hi Alex, Oscars take a long time to get used to a new tank. It might be days or even weeks before he eats. The key is to offer him a little food, but if he doesn t eat it, remove the food. Rotten food in the tank is the first thing that will kill an oscar....

Fish: Novice Fish Keeper, fish keeper, good tank
fish keeper, good tank, freshwater fish: Hi, There are freshwater fish that can grow over 20 feet long, so not all a suitable for any aquarium. A 100 gallon is a VERY good tank to start with. Fish that fit you re lists 1 and 2: Angelfish, Halfbeaks, Nearly all cichlids, and there are literally...

Fish: new tank, good bacteria, keeping fish
good bacteria, keeping fish, gallon tank: Hi Shawn, I must tell you that a 55 gallon tank is too small for two Oscars. One Oscar needs a minimum of 60 gallons all to himself. two Oscars, you must double this. When keeping fish, we must always calculate the size these fish will grow to before buying...

Fish: Oranda emergency, cichlid research, oranda fish
cichlid research, oranda fish, proper filter: Hi Deboriah, Unfortunately I don t know of anything else you can do either. I assume that you have a proper filter in the tank. Ideally you should also have an airstone in the tank. A 25% water change can only cause problems if there is something wrong...

Fish: Oscar behaviour, cichlid research, mortal enemies
cichlid research, mortal enemies, males and females: Hi Francisco, Male and female oscars are what we call monomorphic, i.e., males and females look the same. Put another way, any differences in the appearance between two fish is not an indication of their sex. So, you can never tell if that fighting is...

Fish: Oscar fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, gallon tank: Hi Justin, Not for long! If the piranhas are small, the oscars will eat them. If the piranhas are large, they will attack the oscars. Either way, it won t end well. It is just a matter of when something will die, not if. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar's, cichlid research, 30 gallon tank
cichlid research, 30 gallon tank, rock plants: Hi Jason, You don t need to do anything. If she hasn t already spawned, she will likely do so in the next few days. As far as taking out the other fish, that is up to you. It depends on how large a tank you have them in. If it was a 30 gallon...

Fish: Oscar wounds, cichlid research, rock plants
cichlid research, rock plants, scratches: Hi Olga, Biggest doesn t always mean that another fish is fighting with him. I would keep an eye on the other fish. Do you have lots of structure in the tank, e.g., wood, rock, plants, etc? More structure will help reduce aggression. -- Ron ...

Fish: open wound below eye,no white fungus, white fungus, melafix
white fungus, melafix, orando: yeah when you seperate them into a smaller section it causes ALOT of stress and alot of the time people have found their fish have died, they think its because of the illness but it is more likely to be through the stress....unless you have a whole nother...

Fish: oscar cichlid, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, growing plants: Hi Alan, It could easily be the lighting. Tropical fish in general do not like bright light. It makes them feel exposed to predators. If you ever get a chance to go swimming in the Amazon where oscars are from, you will find that it is actually rather...

Fish: oscar eggs, water chemistry, water movement
water chemistry, water movement, nitrites: Oscar eggs are a pale tan colour. If they go white, then they will be fungus, and you will lose many fry. The Oscars are excellent parents, and the eggs, and fry should remain with the parents. For now, you may put in methylene blue, but if some of the...

Fish: oscar/peas, rice grains, hypodermic needle
rice grains, hypodermic needle, water change: Hi! Never do that!! That would kill him. He is very constipated. When waste is white it is because he is really really constipated. Feed him more peas, and buy tetracycline. Follow the directions on the package, and he will pull through. Don t forget...

Fish: oscars, size tank, water parameters
size tank, water parameters, toxic water: Hi Shawn, The minimum size tank for two Oscars would be 75 gallons. However, Oscars are notoriously messy fish, turning up the substrate in their hunt for food thus they need religious water changes to keep the tank from becoming toxic. Water parameters...

Fish: Paradise fish wounds not healing, bump on the head, ventral fins
bump on the head, ventral fins, paradise fish: HOLE IN THE HEAD Symptoms: Holes in the Head, Duh Small sores on head Sores Spread Symptoms of Stress & Disease Hole in the Head General Description This is pretty rare. Hole in the Head is a disease of tropical fish. Hole in the Head is...

Fish: Parrot fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, parrot fish: Hi Sue, There is no foolproof way to tell their sex. Have you been doing lots of regular partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of their water once a week, every week to keep them happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Petting Oscar, cichlid research, time and patience
cichlid research, time and patience, bit by bit: Hi Ben, It just takes time and patience. Also, be sure that your hand is wet. You never want to touch a fish with a dry hand because dry skin will pull the protective mucous off of a fish and lead to infections (or worse). -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Protrusion on gourmis, protrusion, poo
protrusion, poo, tetra: sorry, what do you mean by protrusion? also are you sure the long white string isnt poo or its feeler things (sorry forgot the proper name...its early) im not saying i dont beleive you but in the pic it looks like his feeler thing, and im not sure what...

Fish: My pet fish, cichlid research, keeping goldfish
cichlid research, keeping goldfish, pet fish: Hi Jasmine, I strongly recommend against keeping goldfish. They are actually rather tricky to keep, and easily get and spread diseases. There are many, many other fish that are much easier to keep. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: please help, my fish are dying, fancy goldfish, flake food
fancy goldfish, flake food, distinct shape: Hi Kate, I m assuming that these are Goldfish that you are talking about. To be more precise probably Fancy Goldfish. The problem with FG s is that they have been captive bred to look they way they do. Line breeding gives them their distinct shape and finnage....

Fish: maybe pop eye, pop eye, eye infections
pop eye, eye infections, water changes: Hi Jason, Pop-eye can be caused by bacteria or as a result of fighting. Rams tend to be fairly boisterous with one another. The fact that he died without any symptoms suggests that it was as a result of a fight. Pop-eye that is caused by a bacteria usually...

Fish: pregnant fish, kind of fish, tank
kind of fish, tank: Hi Kathie, First and foremost what kind of fish are we talking about here? the fact it has fallen pregnant without your son trying to breed them leads me to believe it s some kind of live-bearer, which would mean you don t have long. Let me know! ...

Fish: pregnant molly, pregnant molly, siamese twin
pregnant molly, siamese twin, little tank: no, i havent heard of this happening before..try adding aqaurium salt NOT TABLE OR ANY HUMAN SALT aqaurium salt (some people out table salt in) this is supposed to sort of relax her and calms her so its easier for her to give birth.. i hope she is ok (also...

Fish: prob in breeding my flowerhorns, sponge filter, flowerhorn
sponge filter, flowerhorn, chanc: Use a divider screen if your cichlids are particularly aggressive. Ensure further that your aquarium contains the proper breeding environment. The water temperature should be around 28C/82F. Equip your aquarium with natural-looking surroundings, such...

Fish: Two Questions, ping pong balls, sized chunk
ping pong balls, sized chunk, gallon tank: how many do you have now? (males) as i said, you could add some females..atleast 2 per male..and that will draw his attention away from the guys onto the girls..helped with me.. he may be nipping that one as he see s that one as the most competition??...

Fish: Two questions...continued..., ping pong balls, sized chunk
ping pong balls, sized chunk, gallon tank: you could still buy females..if you buy another fish such as a gourami, angelfish..molly..anything and they will eat the fry (the guppies will too) but if you have bigger fish then no fry will survive and they get fed =] a varied diet and no fry to worry about...

Fish: Red Empress cichlid died, bala sharks, bala shark
bala sharks, bala shark, deg celcius: I m sorry you have taken this the wrong way. A five foot tank may be only 50 gallons, I cannot guess at the amount of gallons you have. I am here to write on the well being of fish, therefore will advise on fish that go together, and fish that don t. I...

Fish: red oscar behavior, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, water changes: Hi Tom, Have you been doing lots of regular weekly water changes? The kind of behavior you are seeing is often an early sign of degrading water quality. You should be changing 25% of the water, once a week, every week, to keep an oscar happy. And be...

Fish: Saltwater fish who eats and moves rocks, cichlid research, saltwater aquarium
cichlid research, saltwater aquarium, saltwater fish: Hi Christa, I strongly suspect that you have a yellowheaded jawfish. (P.S. There was no picture attached) They come from the Caribbean. They typically make deep burrows down into the gravel and are very busy fish constantly working on maintaining and...

Fish: Sexing firemouth cichlid, firemouth cichlid, cichlid research
firemouth cichlid, cichlid research, arrowana: Hi Nikkita, A 13 arrowana is still a youngster. An adult is over 2 feet, so I doubt if you will get any breeding for quite some time. Plus, I would only consider this in a very large (300+ gallon) tank. As for firemouth cichlids, males are more...

Fish: Sick Betta :(, siamese fighters, air bubbles
siamese fighters, air bubbles, bubble nest: Hi Lyndsey, Siamese Fighters originate from the rice paddy fields in Asia. In their natural habitat they wouldn t have to put up with the current that is generated by most internal filters. It s worth turning your filter down to it s minimum setting and...

Fish: Sick Betta Fish, color scales, aquarium salt
color scales, aquarium salt, stress coat: Hi Christa, One problem is that your betta is in a one gallon bowl, and the water should be changed completely every 4-5 days with a good water conditioner such as Stress coat, or Aquaplus. 25% water changes are for fish in cycled tanks. Right now he is...

Fish: Sick betta, poor water quality, betta fish
poor water quality, betta fish, aquarium salt: Hello, This is not ick, but fungus. Treat him with Tetracycline as soon as possible. Follow the directions on the package, and be careful not to overdose. Add one teaspoon of diluted aquarium salt to his water. (One teaspoon to 5 gallons of water) ...

Fish: Sick Molly help!?, pet food warehouse, dalmatian mollies
pet food warehouse, dalmatian mollies, poor water quality: its sounds as thought it may be too late.. sorry was she like this before you moved her? and also did you use the water from the tank or fresh water when you moved her?? im sorry about the fish, good to hear about the rest doing grand though... i think...

Fish: Silver Molly pregnant?, cichlid research, blue lobster
cichlid research, blue lobster, algae eater: Hi Alex, You can t really tell exactly when she is going to give birth. If she is very fat, I would put her in the breeder. I don t think that is very stressful at all -- I do it all the time with my fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Spots on my goldfish, 10 gallon tank, goldfish
10 gallon tank, goldfish, pimples: ahhh i know what it is!! goldfish are born black, then they usually go orange (i breed them)and the balck grows out so the eventually just the fins are black, then that grows out, anyway while this is going on they get there life time colouration, im think...

Fish: Swim Bladder Disorder possibility?, swim bladder disorder, cichlid research
swim bladder disorder, cichlid research, epsom salt: Hi Marie, That s a tough one. It doesn t sound good but at this point you might as well try the Maracyn. Sadly once a fish stops being able to orient itself, the odds of it recovering are small. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Swordtail age, cichlid research, centimeters
cichlid research, centimeters, aquarium: Hi Brayden, There is no way to age swordtails that I know of. That said, a swordtail that is about 3 cm long is large enough to breed. Give them time, keep their water clean and they will breed eventually. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: saltwater aquarium fish, clown trigger fish, saltwater aquarium fish
clown trigger fish, saltwater aquarium fish, cichlid research: Hi Alaica, The problem with things like popeye is that it can be the result of many different things. That is why there are so many suggested remedies. I have had little success treating it so I can t really tell you my recommendation . Sorry. --...

Fish: sick beta fish, water parasites, slime coat
water parasites, slime coat, stressed fish: Hi Jess, Water changes are good for bettas. A betta in a 2.5 heated gallon tank is okay as long as he has complete water changes every 5 days or so. He should also have a good water conditioner when changing the water such as Stress Coat or AquaPlus....

Fish: sick beta fish, microbe lift, slime coat
microbe lift, slime coat, nitrifying bacteria: Hi! I have no idea why he would sell you microbe-lift for a 2 gallon tank. It just doesn t make sense to me. Please contact another expert as I do not believe that this product is good for a fish in a 2 gallon tank, who s water must be changed completely...

Fish: sick betta, maracyn two, aquarium salt
maracyn two, aquarium salt, kubs: Hi Lil, When heating water for bettas, you must do this very slowly, bringing his temperature up one degree every two days. Bringing up the temperature too quickly could be deadly. A drop in temperature is also deadly. I m not sure you did this. When...

Fish: sick cichlids, ammonia level, water chemistry
ammonia level, water chemistry, water changes: Hi Lois, It sounds like Popeye. Popeye is due to poor water conditions. Before adding fish to your tank, always make sure your ammonia level is zero, your nitrites zero, and your nitrates should be low. Never add too many fish at once. Depending on the...

Fish: sick clown loach, clown loaches, bala sharks
clown loaches, bala sharks, gill fungus: if you treat fish wrongly it can also make them ill so i wouldnt treat them anymore until you know whats wrong.. do you have a smaller tank that you could seperate him into so he doesnt pass anything on? i know they LOVE snails, mine live off of snails,...

Fish: sick firemouth fish, firemouth fish, cichlid research
firemouth fish, cichlid research, intestinal infection: Hi Steven, We call that condition bloat . The trouble with bloat is that it is just a description of the symptoms not an actual disease. Various things could cause bloat. The most likely problem is some sort of intestinal infection, but sadly these sorts...

Fish: sick fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, sick fish: HI Toto, That is hard for me to say, other than to ask if you have been doing regular weekly partial water changes. You need to be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week, to keep him happy and healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: sick goldfish?, sick goldfish, fantail goldfish
sick goldfish, fantail goldfish, fancy goldfish: FIN ROT Symptoms: Fins turn whitish and die back Jagged Fins Fin look like they were ripped off Fish is not eating Symptoms of Stress & Disease Fin Rot General Description Not to hard to cure. Fish usually will live after treatments. Most...

Fish: sick oscar, bladder disease, fancy goldfish
bladder disease, fancy goldfish, epsom salt: SWIM BLADDER DISEASE Symptoms: Erratic Swimming Position Loss of equilibrium Fish will be unable to maintain buoyancy Swim Bladder Disease General Description Swim bladder disease is a multifactorial illness which primarily affects ornamental...

Fish: stocking and getting along??, blue lobster, dwarf gourami
blue lobster, dwarf gourami, blue dwarf: The betta only gets along with a few fish, and is best kept alone. He would not fit in with rainbows, and gouramis...the only fish the betta can be put in with, and there is no guarantee are cory catfish, neons, platys, shrimps, Khuli loaches, minnows, and...

Fish: swollen bottom lip, cichlid research, red bellied pacus
cichlid research, red bellied pacus, lack of oxygen: Hi Dustee, Hmm... that would be very unusual for a lack of oxygen to cause an enlarged lip. The fact that they were all staying at the top of the water suggests that your tank really needed a cleaning. In general, you should be changing 25% of the...

Fish: Tank size, cichlid research, fish store
cichlid research, fish store, gallon tank: Hi Brayden, I think that might be a few too many fish. I would go with 1 male and 3 females in a 10 gallon. You can likely give the babies to a pet store. It is unlikely that they will give you anything for them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Tankmates for my Rasboras, harlequin rasboras, cichlid research
harlequin rasboras, cichlid research, partial water changes: Hi Brianna, Even a new tank should never be foamy. You absolutely need to do those weekly water changes or I suspect all your fish are going to die soon. You can do water changes more frequently than once a week, but you should only change 25% of the...

Fish: Tiny jumping bugs on surface of water in 55 gal. fresh water tank, cichlid research, goldfish and guppies
cichlid research, goldfish and guppies, fish tanks: Hi Laurie, Hmmmm... it is interesting that you have these in both tanks. Perhaps you are overfeeding your fish? Be sure that you are only putting in food for the fish to eat right away. Never put in food for them to eat later . Be sure that you...

Fish: tank mates chiclids, african cichlid tank, south american cichlids
african cichlid tank, south american cichlids, honey gourami: Hi! Cichlids are all territorial, and aggressive. South American Cichlids are less aggressive than African Cichlids, but when they pair off, and have eggs, they guard their eggs, and will fight off any fish that dare go near their fry. Krebensis, and rams...

Fish: temp. changes when changing water, happy as a clam, fishie
happy as a clam, fishie, new water: Hi! Try to change her water as quickly as possible so that there is no drop in temperature. If this is impossible, and the wait is not too long, put her back in at 81 degrees. A little drop, for a little while will not hurt her, but if it is a long wait,...

Fish: tin foil barb, tin foil barb, cichlid research
tin foil barb, cichlid research, old tin: Hi Joe, It may be his time, but I would suggest doing more 25% water changes just in case it is something in the water. It certainly can t hurt. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: tropical schooling fish population in a 10 gallon, tropical fish tank, gallon fish tank
tropical fish tank, gallon fish tank, fish population: Hi Nickesha, It would be way overcrowded. It is better to have less fish because overstocking would bring disease. I know we are easily tempted to add fish to our tanks, but it is better not to when we don t have the required space. Your tank must be lovely...

Fish: Unhappy Betta, african dwarf frogs, crowntail betta
african dwarf frogs, crowntail betta, betta food: Bacterial infections, injury and water quality are the most common problems for Popeye Disease. It is difficult to know the exact reason for Popeye. Water changes are very important. If the situation does not change after water changes, treat with Tetracycline...

Fish: Velvet, poor water quality, african cichlids
poor water quality, african cichlids, aquarium salt: Hi! Velvet is mostly caused by poor water quality. Check your water for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Ammonia must be zero, nitrites zero, and nitrates should be low. You can buy these small test kits at your pet store. Make sure your water chemistry...

Fish: Velvet, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, rocks and gravel: Hi Teresa, It sounds like a disease called ick. Ick can appear slightly different on different fishes but in general looks like a dusting of icing sugar on a fish. It can also manifest itself as patchiness -- this is the result of the fish shedding slime...

Fish: Worried, cichlid research, flake food
cichlid research, flake food, aquarium shop: Hi Thomas, White spot is also called ick . It is a tough customer, but it can be treated. Be sure to continue treatment a full 7 days or else it will come back. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: water and minerals, trace mineral supplement, cichlid research
trace mineral supplement, cichlid research, marine aquariums: Hi Liane, Bettas are not that fussy about water. I use tap water and they spawn for me, in fact, I had a pair spawn just last week. Of course if your tap water is gross (which is sometimes the case in cities), then you need to do something else. Distilled...

Fish: water tests, fresh water fish, carbon filtration
fresh water fish, carbon filtration, reef systems: Hi Liane, We still have another problem. When changing to bottled water, we must make sure that it is pure spring water. Here in Canada, where I live, it is written on the bottle. This is the law. Nothing must be added to this water. I am unfamiliar with...