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Fish: betta fish, blood worms, tank light
blood worms, tank light, uneaten food: Michael, Some Betta s are shyer than others. There really isn t anything to treat him with since he isn t showing signs of illness. I have a Double-tail male that is doing the same thing. I have suggestions to help him become easy with you again. Continue...

Fish: my betta fish, fish pellets, penn plax
fish pellets, penn plax, beta fish: Juliette, First off, the tank he is in is way too small. Betta s, especially older ones, like their water at a steady 82 degrees. When the water temp fluctuates, the fish can get sick. I would say Dante is around 3 to 3 and 1/2 years old. It sounds like...

Fish: betta fish issues, african dwarf frogs, african dwarf frog
african dwarf frogs, african dwarf frog, moon tail: Christina, Oh ok i got it. When he is bloated, it is most likely swim bladder disease. When he gets that, fast him for 2 days. On the third day get a frozen pea. Toss it in hot water to defrost it and cook it. Take the skin off and trow it away. DO NOT...

Fish: betta shredded fins, angel fish, gallon tank
angel fish, gallon tank, nippers: Hi Susan. Well depending on what type of tetras you have, the other fish are most likely the culprit to the problem. A lot of tetra will become fin nippers if they are not kept in a school. I recently had to move a few fish to different tanks to accommodate...

Fish: bristlenose, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, fish: Hi Brendon, Chasing is perfectly normal. Like many fish, bristlenoses can be territorial. You can t really stop it. The more structure (wood, etc) in the tank, the less likely it is to occur. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Change in behaviour in goldfish, hospital tank, strange pattern
hospital tank, strange pattern, garden pond: Hello Karen, You are concerned about one of your fish, It looks like? I m not sure you need to be alarmed. What I mean is, I have two Koi s & one Goldfish. All three of them do that all day long. Thats pretty normal behavior if you ask me. If you...

Fish: i cant figure out whats wrong with my betta, food pellets, bladder disease
food pellets, bladder disease, cold weather: Kristin, If you want him happy, get him out of the bowl. NO Betta should be in any kind of bowl. Betta s do not like filters so he doesn t need one. He should be in a tank no less then 2.5 gallons where a 5 gallon is best. HE NEEDS A HEATER NOW. They are...

Fish: Which catfish?, delicate fish, aquatic plants
delicate fish, aquatic plants, 36g: Quan, I would do the Otocinclus. This would probably more suitable to your smaller aquarium. These are found in South America and the Andes. Like any aquarium, these guys like the water to be very clean and healthy, and they do best in groups of 3 or more...

Fish: My cichlid isn't himself, cichlid research, exact kind
cichlid research, exact kind, vertical bands: Hi Stephanie, Hmm... by any chance does he have a swollen mouth, i.e., does it look like he has something in his mouth and occasionally he mumbles by sort of churning it around in there? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: My congo tetra disappeared....
Hello, Sorry to hear about your loss. I would bet the fish jumped. I know you said it couldn t but sometimes my 13 arowana manages to jump through the 1.5 gap between the tank and the lid... that s covered with 2 layers of screen door mesh. Since he is...

Fish: Dying baby molly, swim bladder, bladder disease
swim bladder, bladder disease, oxygen depletion: Layla, It is very important that we figure out what type of fish you have. All fish need different types of food and water PH and feeding. I have enclosed a site that shows Platties and Mollies. Take a look at it and let me know what she/he looks...

Fish: dawf jelly bean convict fish, convict fish, cichlid research
convict fish, cichlid research, egg layers: Hi Bridget, Jelly Bean parrot cichlids are egg layers. People dye them all sorts of colors. Take a look here: http://cichlidresearch.com/parrot.html -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Electric Blue Johanni Cichlids, electric blue johanni, cichlid research
electric blue johanni, cichlid research, males and females: Hi Virginia, The problem is that there are several fish sold as electric blue johanni. The true johanni, namely Melanochromis johanni, has blue males and yellow/orange females. The other johannis have blue males and females. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Equipment, sunshine state, hint hint
sunshine state, hint hint, new question: My lil follower lol. I am in the sunshine state, Fl. same time zone I m pretty sure. Now you see what I mean about the site being real particular! My name is Jon, that s fine if you wish. I prefer marineland products. When it comes to filtration, I prefer...

Fish: electric yellow, blood worms, fin rot
blood worms, fin rot, human brain: Mark, I am at a loss here. I need other information. What other fish are in the tank with him? What else are you feeding him? What are the water perimeters? You are right with no blood worms for that fish. They have a really hard time digesting them. Is...

Fish: Fellow Canadian needs advice on 75 gallon
Hey Paula, You have two options for your angelfish. Either keep 3 females, or 2 females and 1 male. Just make sure you don t keep 2 males and 1 female or else it might not have the best outcome. Also 3 males might be a problem since an alpha male might have...

Fish: Female betta is acting strange, crowntail betta, nitrates and nitrites
crowntail betta, nitrates and nitrites, swimming laps: BettaLover, You mentioned a container. I am hoping she is in a tank no lees than 2.5 gallon, but a 5 gallon is best. You also didn t mention a heater. Betta s need warm water, since they are tropical fish. Set the heater to 82 degrees. If the water is...

Fish: First time fish eggs in our aquarium, fish eggs, aquarium glass
fish eggs, aquarium glass, glass wall: I would not recommend you gather the eggs up at this point. Depending on what type of fish you have that spawned, they could just be in airfilled sacks which will more than likely burst upon contact with an instrument used to gather them and move them. I would...

Fish: Fish, snail friend, small tank
snail friend, small tank, gallon tank: Livie, It is best to keep male Betta s by themselves. The tank is not big enough for more than one fish. If you add a snail, it won t be long until its Betta dinner. With him in such a small tank, its easy to do water changes. Make sure you change his...

Fish: Fishmom Guilt - give away or keep?, feeder goldfish, 10 gallon tank
feeder goldfish, 10 gallon tank, outdoor pond: Llana, your bigger goldfish AND the other one may be just a little to crammed in a 5 gallon tank. If they were both a little smaller it would be perfect especially because it is filtered. Although you can get by with the both of them in that tank because of...

Fish: MY FLOWER HORN IS NOT WELL.. :-(, flower horn fish, cichlid research
flower horn fish, cichlid research, epsom salts: Hi Jignesh, Unfortunately that does not sound good. It sounds like he has some sort of intestinal blockage. Many people recommend trying to get your fish to eat some thawed frozen peas for this problem. It has a way of clearing the intestine. Some people...

Fish: Forgot to ask this in a follow-up, female dwarf gourami, labyrinth fish
female dwarf gourami, labyrinth fish, community tank: Paula, I would start with the small tetras first. That way when the larger fish get added, the tetra s have established their territory and will not be bothered by the new fish. Remember, some fish are nice and others are bullies, so it is a learn as you...

Fish: i cant figure out whats wrong with my betta, gallon tanks, cold weather
Fish: i cant figure out whats wrong with my betta, gallon tanks, cold weather, tank

Fish: Electric Blue Johanni Cichlids, orange
Fish: Electric Blue Johanni Cichlids, orange

Fish: Fishmom Guilt - give away or keep?, fresh water fish, maintenance pets
Fish: Fishmom Guilt - give away or keep?, fresh water fish, maintenance pets, gal tank

Fish: Goldfish, waste producers, water parameters
Fish: Goldfish, waste producers, water parameters, gal tank

Fish: Goldfish, slime coat, something in the water
Fish: Goldfish, slime coat, something in the water, kordon

Fish: sick betta, gal tank, betta
Fish: sick betta, gal tank, betta, tropical fish

Fish: feeding problems, live brine shrimp, dwarf cichlid
live brine shrimp, dwarf cichlid, cichlid research: Hi Sasuke, Give the fish some time. Moving a fish can be very traumatic and many fish respond by not eating for several days or even a week or more. Eventually it will start eating. If it were me, I would keep trying with live brine shrimp because the...

Fish: fish, ammonia level, nitrates and nitrites
ammonia level, nitrates and nitrites, fish question: Jeeva, Yes you add the 8 drops from bottle one then 8 drops of bottle 2. then cap the tube and invert it a few times then wait. If it stays yellow then there is no ammonia in the water. If it starts to turn orange then you have ammonia. Please test for...

Fish: fish, ammonia level, ammonia nh3
ammonia level, ammonia nh3, fish question: Hey Jeeva, I found out exactly what you are doing wrong. For Ammonia there are two bottles you use. First you use Bottle #1 by adding 8 drops, then right about that, you use 8 drops of Bottle #2. Finally, u shake for 5 seconds very fast and wait. If you didn...

Fish: fish indentification, midas cichlid, cichlid research
midas cichlid, cichlid research, kind of fish: Hi Meghan, They are called blood parrot cichlids. Cichlids are a large family of freshwater fishes found in Central and South America, Africa and a tiny bit of Asia. Oscars are a type of cichlid. The blood parrot is actually a man-made hybrid that was...

Fish: flowerhorn fish, flowerhorn fish, good luck
flowerhorn fish, good luck, diseases: Vandana, I am not sure what is wrong but I have included a very good website. Take a look at it and see if your fish has any of these diseases and then follow the instructions. Good luck. http://www.mujestic.com/flowerhorns_sickness__diseases_and_preventio...

Fish: fluffy brown growth and sudden deaths, fish lives, gallon aquarium
fish lives, gallon aquarium, colorful fish: Jen, it sounds like what you have is an outbreak of Silica Algae. Algae can live in the lowest amount of light, and can sometimes appear to be absent when tested. One main reason why this type of algae grows as it does is from high amounts of nitrite. It sounds...

Fish: fresh-water fish, broad spectrum antibiotic, fresh water fish
broad spectrum antibiotic, fresh water fish, white strands: Richard, it sounds as if your goldfish has a parasitic disease, possibly some kind of worm or leech. The swelling could be injury sites and or a fungus which opened sores that parasites invaded. If it is with other fish, I would remove it into a hospital tank....

Fish: Goldfish, frequent water changes, maintaining a fish tank
frequent water changes, maintaining a fish tank, proper filtration: Well, during cycling, you need to change the water as often as necessary to maintain low levels of nitrate and nitrite levels, every 2 days or so if ytour readings indicate unsafe levels. If not, then probably every 2 weeks. Once cycling is complete, I d say...

Fish: Goldfish, broad spectrum antibiotic, aggressive fish
broad spectrum antibiotic, aggressive fish, little hole: You can try to purchase maracyn medications which is a broad spectrum antibiotic. This medicine has always proven effective for me and I would recommend it to anyone. The melafix should have helped though, curious. It is quite old though, give it a try and...

Fish: Goldfish not eating, broad spectrum antibiotic, anchor worms
broad spectrum antibiotic, anchor worms, fish sicknesses: Clara, it sounds like the fish could have an internal infection of some sort. Purchase a broad spectrum antibiotic such as Maracyn, this is what I always use for my fish sicknesses and it has always worked. The Nitrite levels in the tank could be at a lethal...

Fish: Goldfish maybe ill?!?, black moor, gal tank
black moor, gal tank, gallon tank: What you are describing is picture perfect signs of parasitic and also bacterial infections. You needed maracyn 2 and maracide or maroxy to cure these. Chances are, the fish had either parasites or bacterial infection before it was noticed. Then, by treating...

Fish: Goldfish with swollen abdomen, but appears well, swollen abdomen, little fish
swollen abdomen, little fish, biological filter: Monique, first of all I would like to apologize for taking so long to respond. Your fish could either have an internal bacterial infection which can be treated. It could also be normal depending on what type of goldfish you have. Your goldfish could also be...

Fish: goldfish, broad spectrum antibiotic, fantail goldfish
broad spectrum antibiotic, fantail goldfish, tank syndrome: Yes they could very well be sick and or shocked from going into a new tank. Have you added any additives to the water to remove chlorines and chloramines from it? Fish cannot live in water that contains chlorine. There are alot of things that fish need to...

Fish: goldfish, gal tank, water tests
gal tank, water tests, water changes: Charlie, I would do a water test and see if the ammonia, nitrates or nitrites are spiked. When you replace the media in your filter, do you rinse it with water before you add it to the tank? Or do you just rinse the filter and put it back in? Do the water...

Fish: Humanely euthanize a crayfish?
Hello, I personally am not a big crayfish person, but when I do catch them I ether use them to go fishing, or quarantine them for a few weeks and feed them to my stingrays. Because I do this, I do not need to Euthanize them, but more importantly, why euthanize...

Fish: i hav two flowerhorns, flowerhorns, flowerhorn
flowerhorns, flowerhorn, lumps: Gavin, there are basically 4 strands of which flowerhorns were bred from, 3egular, @earl scale, /olden, and faders. About 15 or so total exist. These fish are very aggressice and territorial as are other cichlids. They should not be kept together in an aquarium,...

Fish: help me please.
Hello, I am sorry to go against what you have been told, but angelfish need at least a 20 gallon tank to do well in my experience. I am also sorry to inform you that your test results are wrong. With 3 angelfish (which happen to be very messy animals) in...

Fish: Not a homework question, homework question, homework research
homework question, homework research, egg layers: Tiffany, I understand your frustration and concern. This was the first time I had used the homework button. I didn t think it would take away the ability for me to type a response as well, my apologies please. I simply wanted to give you a message that inferred...

Fish: Injured betta, tank heater, betta fish
tank heater, betta fish, water temp: Heather, How hot is hot water? It might be shock. Set his tank heater to 82 degrees, but if you don t have you need to get one. If you have a heater set lower gradually raise the temp no higher than 84 degrees. Make sure it is done gradually, maybe one...

Fish: Any information about crayfish?
Hello, The biggest one I ve caught is about 6 long, but they almost never get that big even in the wild. In terms of pet store vs. wild, check the legal aspects. Some places you are not allowed to do that, but you are where I live in the U.S., they can...

Fish: Would like to keep a coldwater crayfish, 10 gallon tank, tank size
10 gallon tank, tank size, cool spot: Sorry for taking so long to respond, I haven t been receiving email notification of questions like i m supposed to. Your 10 gallon tank will be fine. Freshwater crayfish, I haven t seen them get bigger than maybe 4 inches where im from so, taking that into...

Fish: what kind of catfish for a 36g tank, algae eaters, aquarium plant
algae eaters, aquarium plant, algae wafers: Hey quan, 1)the most it will grow is under 2 inches 2)They eat vegetables so im assuming so? 3)Food made for algae eaters. If not, then supplement with a vegetable-based flake or wafer food. 4)Don t think so 5)They should since they re algae eaters. ...

Fish: LOSING FISH HELP!!, cichlid research, water catfish
cichlid research, water catfish, shovel nose: Hi Dylan, It is more likely aggression than a parasite. Also, when a fish dies, and particularly a large fish, it is really important that you change about 25% of the water. Fish rot quickly and can rapidly foul the water. Catfish are particularly toxic...

Fish: Lump On Oscar's Side(s), cichlid research, oscar tank
cichlid research, oscar tank, bio wheels: Hi Greg, The lump COULD be from loose gravel -- oscars will eat lots of things -- but I would be surprised if that was the cause. Does the lump get larger and smaller with time or is it pretty constant? It could be many things: a tumor, blocked...

Fish: leech?, white worms, tank water
white worms, tank water, leech: Hi there, I had a similar questions someone asked me not too long ago. It sounds like you have planaria in your tank. If you are able to view my past questions and answers, do so and view the question and answer from Jimmy. Its heading is white worms in tank....

Fish: leopard sailfin, south american cichlids, cichlid research
south american cichlids, cichlid research, tank mates: Hi Brendon, Most plecos will suck on other fish if the the pleco is starving. This happens because people think that the pleco will just eat algae, which isn t true. Plecos need to be feed, just like any other fish. I use algae wafers for my plecos. ...

Fish: leopard sailfin, slime coat, tank mates
slime coat, tank mates, slow fish: hello, Yes, the places are notorious for sucking the slime coat off large, slow fish, like rays and discus. I have noticed this behavior goes away over time however, I see little places doing that all the time and i have never seen an adult do it. You...

Fish: little white spots, air bubbles, fred meyer
air bubbles, fred meyer, piranhas: Dear Nichole, It sounds like your Lil ones, sorry thats what I call My Fish. Anyway back to your concern. It sounds like they have Ick. Almost 100% sure that is what is going on. Dont panic. What you need to do is go to your local Pet store,Walmart,Fred...

Fish: long vacation issue, sick fish, house sitter
sick fish, house sitter, waterlilly: Pat, They need 25% water changes every week even with a filter. If you get the 5 gallon then that means 1 and a quarter gallons will have to be replaced every week. You are quite possibly the ONLY person I will say this too. He would be better off in the...

Fish: Midas Cichlid questions, midas cichlid, cichlid research
midas cichlid, cichlid research, common pleco: Hi Mallory, A midas will be perfectly happy by himself. A pleco will also go well in there. He can definitely break the thermometer. He should not be able to break the glass of a tank that size. I have kept hundreds of midas cichlids as part of my research...

Fish: Mollies and platties, serpae tetra, tank mates
serpae tetra, tank mates, baby fish: No problem, I m always happy to help. I will suggest you do research on ph levels especially for the type of fish you have and the harm of ph levels not being persistant. It is very unhealthy and bad for ph levels to fluctuate. Most fish can adapt very easily...

Fish: Mopani Wood in 36g bowfront tank, aquarium water, petco
aquarium water, petco, shelly: Dear Quan, Thank you for contacting me. I really do appreciate it. In response to your question? Yes the wood will rot if kept in the aquarium for too long. It will also change the color of the aquarium water. Thank you, ...

Fish: I NEED HELP!, fish tank, fish store
fish tank, fish store, first fish: Stacey, When you added the new water did you condition it to remove the chlorine? Some people do not know that they have to remove chlorine from their water before adding it to the tank. Also, the water coming into the tank has to be the same temp as...

Fish: New Fish Care Giver- Multiple concerns, broad spectrum antibiotic, zebra danio
broad spectrum antibiotic, zebra danio, partial water changes: Maria,I would first like to point out that you don t have to make awater changes weekly unless the water parameters are at a dangerous level for fish, such as high nitrite or nitrate levels. Once the water has cycled, you really once need to do partial water...

Fish: new Apistogramma cacacatoids sp?, tiny females, good eyesight
tiny females, good eyesight, hole in the head disease: Hi Margi, I think the fish you have is Apistogramma cacutoides. It comes from South America. Unfortunately you will not readily find books that talk about that fish. They are in the Baensch Atlas, but that is a rather expensive and hard-to-get volume....

Fish: Does this number of fish sound ok for 29 gallon?, cories, fishless cycle
cories, fishless cycle, gourami: I think you should be ok with those in the tank. Like you said about the surface area rather than 1 per gallon. I would do 6 guppies, 6 cories and dwafr gourami. You just dont want to over crowd the tank. This will cause major health problems if not tended...

Fish: Oscar with bulging eye and white fungus, maracyn 2, white fungus
maracyn 2, white fungus, fungus infection: Jon, you need to go to a pet store immediately and purchase Maracyn 2, and Coppersafe, which is also made by maracyn brand medication. Ick cure will not help what your oscar as. I don t know what size tank you have it in but I recommend downsizing if possible...

Fish: oranda, cichlid research, aquarium salt
cichlid research, aquarium salt, fish stores: Hi Sandy, He has probably started eating by now. At first, after a fish has been moved, they are often very reluctant to eat. This is understandable considering that moving from one tank to another is likely highly traumatic. The reason people suggest...

Fish: oscar and bichir, dinosaur eel, drift wood
dinosaur eel, drift wood, fish tank: Well, really it depends on the sizes of each of them. Both are aggressive and will eat what ever will fit in their mouth, although, the oscars will eventually become a bully and will probably kill the dinosaur eel. I think you may get away with it for a while...

Fish: Paratilapia polleni, swim bladder, swim bladder, sponge filter
swim bladder, sponge filter, water parameters: Hi Judy, It is really hard to say what is going on. He might simply not like the change from his traditional home. Many large cichlids react that way. Stress cannot really damage the swim bladder directly. It sounds more like he does not want to...

Fish: Parrot head injuryed by tank decoration, cichlid research, parrot head
cichlid research, parrot head, head fish: Hi Barbara, Actually I do not recommend doing anything. Fish are very good at healing themselves. The most important thing is that the water in the tank be clean, and the filter working properly. If those conditions are met and the tank is in good shape,...

Fish: Poor little moor, broad spectrum antibiotic, body fungus
broad spectrum antibiotic, body fungus, black moor: Hi JeAnna, it sounds as if your fish has a parasitic infection. This as well as other parasitic infections, body fungus, bacterial and internal infections can be treated and cured by administering a broad spectrum antibiotic. I would highly recommend that...

Fish: PROBLEM WITH MY AROWANA
Naresh, I m sorry but I cannot completely understand your question. I am willing to guess that you fish is displaying an awkward behavior that is probably a side effect of the aquariums water parameters being at unsafe levels. By this I mean you should purchase...

Fish: parrotfish, cichlid research, parrot fish
cichlid research, parrot fish, ron c: Hi Sheila, Often those spots are the results of fighting. They are in essence bruises . Do you see any aggression going on between your fish? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: my poor baby betta boy - standing on tail, food pellets, room mate
food pellets, room mate, vertical angle: Jo, Glad to hear he is doing a little better. I was also thinking maybe he has been injured. All we can do now is give him time to get better. They are very strong fish and hopefully in a week or so he will be almost as good as new. Continue doing what...

Fish: pop eye and swollen belly gold severum, gravel vacuum, cichlid research
gravel vacuum, cichlid research, cichlid tank: Hi Sudhir, That seems very peculiar given the extent of cleaning and filtration that you are doing. Are there other fishes in the tank that might be attacking your severum? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page ...

Fish: pregnant molly fish, molly fish, pregnant molly
molly fish, pregnant molly, dalmation mollies: Kaci, if all you have in the tank if mollies, you shouldnt have to remove the fry or females. They normally wont eat the fry, even the males, so that shouldnt be a concern. After a 3-4 week gestations period, they usually have the fry after about 4-6 weeks....

Fish: Question re: Bettas & What fish for 10 gal. aquarium, fancy goldfish, aquarium salt
fancy goldfish, aquarium salt, gal tank: Paula, I am happy that they are in a 10 gallon tank. Most people think they can be in small bowls. Most of what you are doing is awesome. I would however clean the tank every week not every 2 weeks. Even though there is a filter, they still need to be...

Fish: Sick Goldfish, sick goldfish, flake food
sick goldfish, flake food, pets at home: Christine, Your fish is gasping because there is not enough oxygen in the water. Goldfish should never be raised in bowls. They have no stomach so they are constantly producing waste that is quickly turned into ammonia. Goldfish can live to be 25 years...

Fish: sick betta, peace lily, medication doses
peace lily, medication doses, coppersafe: Hi kelley, everything you say you have done is great and will aid in its recovery. However, I don t know who said you need a filter to use maracyn brand medication? Maracyn is one antibiotic that doesn t require you to remove carbon out of the filter if you...

Fish: sick saratoga, water need, ph level
water need, ph level, matter what kind: This could be caused by a ph level being to high or to low. Normally, fish shake and appear stressed when the ph level is not in a safe range. These are pretty big fish, so im assuming its either a small younger saratoga or you have it in some kind of big...

Fish: How does this sound for an aquarium?, male dwarf, cories
male dwarf, cories, gallon tank: Paula, Yes you can mix the cories that will be fine. As far as the rest of the tank residents it all sounds pretty good to me. That is a perfect amount of fish, you might be able to add 4 more tetras to the mix but would not add anymore than that. Remember...

Fish: swollen butt/ possible worm, tiger oscar, red tiger
tiger oscar, red tiger, advance stages: Josh, Yes I would have to agree with you on this one. If your fish is eating you can try medicated food. Get one that says it helps with parasites. If that doesn t work, then you can try Levamisol. You might have to go to a vet to get it but it works really...

Fish: My Tanks, bala sharks, cardinal tetras
bala sharks, cardinal tetras, tiger barbs: Patrick, One Koi Angel needs 30 gallons of water by itself. You want 2 so they need a 60 gallon aquarium all to themselves. One Bala can be housed in a 50 gallon tank. You want 4, so they need 200 gallons just for them. You have to remember that when you...

Fish: My Tanks, cardinal tetras, bala sharks
cardinal tetras, bala sharks, tiger barbs: Hi Patrick, I think the new combinations sound pretty good. You can probably put some zebra danios in the 20 gallon as well. I do not think that will cause any overcrowding. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: My Tanks, bala sharks, bala shark
bala sharks, bala shark, tank mates: Absolutely, I don t advertise it on the other areas just because we have to submit all of our info again etc etc. Its a pain to sum it up. I can answer anythin my friend. I have recently purchased 2 55 gal tanks, and unfortunatley a new filter for one due...

Fish: My Tanks, bala sharks, cardinal tetras
bala sharks, cardinal tetras, tiger barbs: Hi, Sounds cool, but you have a few problems. The 55 would be way too aggressive and the small fish would get eaten. With the 20, speeking from a bad experience ether go with 0 tiger barbs or 10+, they kill everything and then each other if they re alone...

Fish: Tiger Oscar behaviour, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, rock plants: Hi Jennifer, Yes, it is normal but it also suggests that life is not going to be calm in that tank. By the way, 20cm is still a small oscar. An adult oscar is more like 30-40cm. Oscars are fascinating fish but they do not play well with others, including...

Fish: Types of non-aggressive fish, dwarf gouramis, fancy goldfish
dwarf gouramis, fancy goldfish, good color combination: Well Paula, the combination of fish you mentioned will go together great. I ve never seen an aggressive platy as I have them myself. You can get tetras that are quite harder though. Scissor tail rasboras are perfect, I have 3. If you are looking for a good...

Fish: tropical fish, siamese fighting fish, fighter fish
siamese fighting fish, fighter fish, parrot fish: I think you should just leave your Betta alone in his tank. They seem to do just fine that way. Not to sound stuck up or anything but I want to correct you one thing. Their actually Siamese Fighting Fish. People make that mistake all the time. I apoligize....

Fish: white dots on surface of water?, protein skimmer, protein skimmers
protein skimmer, protein skimmers, reef tanks: They re wastes in the form of proteins. That s actually why reef tanks need protein skimmers, to take that off the surface and remove it. I am not going to recommen going out and buying a protein skimmer because they are very expensive and you simply don...

Fish: white dots on surface of water?, dots, wikipedia
dots, wikipedia, good luck: Hello Brendon, the most common thing I have found associated with your description is what is called Planaria. The best description of this that I can give you is this link I will post on wikipedia. Good luck. IF you have any other questions that I can help...

Fish: white sots on the surface of the water?, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, sots: Hi Brendon, Is your filter working correctly? The filter should move the water in the tank so that the surface water is not sitting still. It is typically only when the surface sits still that you can get those little white spots, which are often bits...

Fish: Air Bubbles, betta fish, swim bladder
betta fish, swim bladder, hospital tank: Peyton, Sounds like swim bladder. No need to worry it is normally taken care of and the fish will be ok. What do you mean by air bubbles and wanting to stop them? Below you will find instructions on how to help him with his swim bladder. Make sure your...

Fish: Apisto Cacatuoides Orange Flash, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, yolk sac: Hi Kevin, When cichlids hatch, they turn into wrigglers . Wrigglers cannot swim. They feed off their yolk sac for about 4 days. At that point, they finish the yolk, and rise up in the water column and swim. It is also at that point that they begin eating...

Fish: Baby Neons, tank syndrome, new tank
tank syndrome, new tank, water additive: Dear Joyce, Are you buying your Fish from Walmart? If so, that is what your problem is. If not, you should go to your local pet store & purchase new tank syndrome It is a water additive. It reduces fish loss in a new tank. Thank you for contacting...

Fish: Bete Fish, hospital tank, bubble nest
hospital tank, bubble nest, baby fish: Dear Eugene, Is your Betta blowing a bubble nest? They say when your Betta is ready he will blow a bubble nest. If not, thats okay. You add a Female to the tank. They will fight. When you add your Female then he will definately blow a nest now....

Fish: Betta Fin Rot Help!, crowntail betta, fish illnesses
crowntail betta, fish illnesses, happy fish: Amy, That is a lot of different medications and although you didn t give them to him all at once, it is doing more harm than good. Fish are small and cannot handle a lot of different medications. If you have a filter with him, the carbon needs to be...

Fish: Betta Fish, gallon tank, tank water
gallon tank, tank water, small fish: Hello Steven, I know exactly what your going through! I was buying atleast three Betta s a week until I finally got it right. I have a Betta that will be one year old next week. I do want you to know that it isnt your fault. So please do not...

Fish: Betta fish, neon tetras, brine shrimp
neon tetras, brine shrimp, epsom salt: Elizabeth, It is hard to tell without a picture of your Betta. Sometimes our fish has a problem that we just don t know why. You said he has a lot of live plants, but does he have anything else in there with him? It could be that he injured himself on...

Fish: Betta and water conditioner, gallon tank, awesome water
gallon tank, awesome water, tank water: Deni, It sounds like she has what s called clamped fins. There are a couple reasons why a fish gets it. She could be suffering from a bacterial infection, or she is stress. I am going with the last one. Betta s can get stressed very quickly. With the...

Fish: Bettas, Platys and guppies, betta tanks, gallon tanks
betta tanks, gallon tanks, gallon tank: Tricia, Yea, unfortunately pet store personnel do not know too much about fish. A fish-less cycle works better than a fish cycle and here is why. If you have fish in the tank while cycling, it will take longer because you will be adding ammonia to the...

Fish: Black moors, black moors, fancy goldfish
black moors, fancy goldfish, hospital tank: Angie, Yes remove it from that tank and place it in the hospital tank as soon as possible. Once in the hospital tank you can treat it with the same medication you are treating them with now. Make sure you are doing 25% weekly water changes as goldfish...

Fish: Bloated, upside down cichlid, brine shrimp, swim bladder
brine shrimp, swim bladder, bloodworms: IT SOUNDS AS IF IT IS SUFFERING FROM INGESTING AIR INTO ITS SWIM BLADDER WHILE EATING OFF THE TOP OF THE WATER. THE PEAS AND BLOODWORMS ARE GOOD, BUT IS IT EATING THEM AT THE TOP STILL? GET SINKING FOOD TO HELP AND ADD BRINE SHRIMP TO ITS DIET. FAST THE FISH...

Fish: Blood Parrot Cichild, blood parrot fish, cichlid research
blood parrot fish, cichlid research, hearty eaters: Hi Barbara, Hmm... You should be cleaning the tank more often than once in 3 weeks. In fact, you should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep your fish happy and healthy. I strongly urge you to do some water changes immediately....

Fish: betta fish, female betta fish, gallon tank
female betta fish, gallon tank, begginning: Brittnee, The half gallon tank is not a suitable home for one Betta let alone 2. They have to be in nothing less the 2.5 gallons each. They also need a heater since they are tropical fish. Your fish are going to die if you don t get them a bigger home...

Fish: betta gills, protozoan parasites, betta fish
protozoan parasites, betta fish, gallon tank: Martin, There are a few problems. Your Betta is cold. He is a tropical fish and needs his water to be between 80 and 82 degrees. Never knock on an aquarium. It is very loud to them and they will stress if done often. What are his water readings. If he...

Fish: black convicts, cichlid research, black convicts
cichlid research, black convicts, ron c: Hi Doug, Hmm... that doesn t sound good. They could have been attacked by other fish. Alternatively, it could be a sign that your water is not in good shape. Are you doing regular weekly water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a...

Fish: I bought a fresh water fish ?, firemouth cichlid, fresh water fish
firemouth cichlid, fresh water fish, cichlid research: Hi Bob, Fish like firemouth cichlids in general do not get along well with other fish, particularly in a smaller tank. The plecostomus should be fine, provided it has some places to hide. In general, the more hiding places there are in a tank, the less...

Fish: A Catfish I purchased., cichlid research, catfishes
cichlid research, catfishes, ron c: Hi Ruben, One of the really cool things about catfishes is that there are so many kinds (3000+ species). Unfortunately, that makes it really challenging to identify one just from a photo. Sorry. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Cycling my new 36g bowfront tank, live aquatic plants, hospital tank
live aquatic plants, hospital tank, fish tank: Quan, Cycling take 2 to 3 weeks. During this time you are setting up the filter. The dechlorinater that you are using is a good product, and no you do not need to add any other chemical to the tank. Continue testing the water and if for 3 days in a...

Fish: caring of goldfish, little pieces, goldfish
little pieces, goldfish, dyeing: Well, I think it sounds as if your fish has ingested too much air. You should try to feed your fish a food which sinks. Fast the fish for a day a week and see if the problem gets better. This is a common problem with goldfish and is why I do not prefer them...

Fish: cichlid oscars, cichlid research, intestinal parasites
cichlid research, intestinal parasites, ron c: Hi Matt, I have never heard of a jevy oscar. In any case, white stringy feces are a very bad sign. They tell us that your oscar has intestinal parasites. If he is still eating, you might try feeding him with thawed frozen peas. This has a way of clearing...

Fish: cichlids, broad spectrum antibiotic, fungus
broad spectrum antibiotic, fungus, fins: I m not sure what you mean by spots? If you mean white spots than it could be ich or a protozoan fungus or disease. These all can be treated by using a broad spectrum antibiotic. I use and recommend Maracyn brand medication. Has always worked and I m certain...

Fish: cichlids babies, smallfry, 10 gallon tank
smallfry, 10 gallon tank, mum and dad: Jennifer, Congratulations on the new fry. Before I can help you I need a little more information from you. How many fry do yo have? How big is the other tank? How many Cichlids do you have in the other tank? How big are the fry now? Why are you going...

Fish: cloudy tank... Oscar scales patchy and white, cichlid research, algae eaters
cichlid research, algae eaters, gouramis: Hi Bobby, I think something got messed up in your message because it says that your oscars are an inch long. I suspect that they are longer, particularly if one of them has started moving gravel. A tank becomes cloudy because of a bloom of bacteria....

Fish: DISCUS dark not eating + white cotton in tank, tank divider, cardinal tetras
tank divider, cardinal tetras, ghost knifefish: JC, it sounds like you are taking the proper care of your tanks. Remember though that adding new filter media kinda starts the cycle over in a way. The beneficial bacteria live in the filter media as well as throughout the water and thrive off of the stuff...

Fish: Eye Cloud?, aquarium salt, swim bladder
aquarium salt, swim bladder, sick fish: Megan, I am not saying to test the PH i am saying to test for ammonia and nitrites and nitrates. I am not concerned with the PH. Putting him in a larger tank is not the problem he is having. He is suffering from the water you have him in. You cannot...

Fish: eating habbits, malawi cichlids, cichlid research
malawi cichlids, cichlid research, tiger barbs: Hi Bob, Definitely feed them during the day. Fishes like the blood parrot and Malawi cichlids will sleep at night, given the chance. They do not feed at night. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Feeding enough, and injuries, feeder goldfish, automatic feeder
feeder goldfish, automatic feeder, signs of stress: Well, without hesitation, i am willing to bet that you have an unsafe ammonia, and nitrite spike in your aquarium water. This will definitely kill off all of your fish without and signs of sickness. I would urge you to test the water quality before doing anything...

Fish: Female betta laying eggs?, female betta fish, male betta
female betta fish, male betta, pectoral fins: Bailey, Thank you for the nice picture. I am going to say something I don t think you want to hear. I believe your female Betta is in fact a male. I have one that was supposed to be female and it turned out the store was wrong. I am saying this because...

Fish: Fish depression, blank expression, cat fish
blank expression, cat fish, anti depressants: Hi, It s fantastic you care so much about your fish. Most catfish that get that size are ether ambush predators or normally nocturnal. I would be he is not depressed, and the medication has the potential to hurt him. I have a few catfish like him, 2 act...

Fish: Fish dying, fish tanks, fish tank
fish tanks, fish tank, common denominator: The gravel in the aquarium is a huge no no, and depending on what type of rocks were put in there from the garden, that too can cause a big problem. Only certain rocks are beneficial in fish tanks and not harmful. Slate Granite and quartz are all good aquarium...

Fish: Fish rubbing gravel, fresh water fish, male guppies
fresh water fish, male guppies, sponge filters: Tom. Being that you mentioned the fish have ich, many times fish scrape against an object when they have an external fungus, parasite or ich. It sounds as if you treated the problem well even performed water changes, that was great. One thing I have to ask...

Fish: Fish stock for 36g bowfront tank, australian rainbowfish, lake kutubu
australian rainbowfish, lake kutubu, mopani wood: Quan, the fish you have mentioned above are great community fish. I wouldn t recommend you put that many in that size of tank. Do not put them in all at once either. This will send your safe water conditions out of whack to fast and may result in loss of fish....

Fish: Female betta laying eggs?, betta, fish
Fish: Female betta laying eggs?, betta, fish

Fish: feeding tiger and albino oscars, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, feeder fish: Hi Phillip, Guppies would make excellent oscar food, but only if they are healthy (as they would be if you raise them yourself). The problems come when people buy feeder goldfish and feed those to their oscars. Feeder goldfish are notorious for carrying...

Fish: filter, sponge filter, medium tank
sponge filter, medium tank, internal filter: Hi, Yes, that is a sponge filter with a power head a supposed to an air stone. These are much more effective but defeat the purpose for me because they can be dangerous to fry. The sponge is a lot more ridged than it looks, and they have guards so they...

Fish: fish, gallon tank, water change
gallon tank, water change, ammonia: Jeeva, It takes 2 to 3 weeks for a tank to cycle. If you are getting ammonia and nitrite reading, then it is not safe for fish. When you test for a few days in a row with no reading of the 2 chemicals, then it is safe for fish. Make sure you test for ammonia...

Fish: fish, ammonia levels, hardy fish
ammonia levels, hardy fish, nitrite levels: Well, first of all I would like to mention that the ammonia levels are a little high. It should be around .02. The nitrite levels are toxic right now. They should be way under that reading at a safe level being under .5 If everything goes as planned and you...

Fish: fish, broad spectrum antibiotics, adequate nutrition
broad spectrum antibiotics, adequate nutrition, healthy environment: This could be from an injury. If there are other fish in the tank, it couldve been caused by one of them. It could be cause from the fish rubbing or. Scratching on something against something. This could open your fish up to diseases and or fungus. And parasites....

Fish: fish, gallon aquarium, oxgen
gallon aquarium, oxgen, airpump: Jeeva, The best way to go is to get an air pump the same size as the tank. The smallest you should put in is the 12-25 gallon, but would most likely be better if you can get one the next size up. It is always better to go up than to go down. Hope this...

Fish: fish, gallon aquarium, air pumps
gallon aquarium, air pumps, oxgen: You will be fine with the smallest air pump there is. The pumps are priced higher for bigger tanks at the store but this is a joke! The smaller pump will do fine. What you will accomplish by adding more oxygen to the water is a better exchange and mixtures...

Fish: fish, cichlid research, gallon aquarium
cichlid research, gallon aquarium, oxgen: Hi Jeeva, Personally, I would purchase the larger air pump. You can never have too much air in a fish tank, i.e., there is no problem with having more air, while there is a problem with having too little. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: fish, smart location, dead fish
smart location, dead fish, tank water: Hi, I typically wouldn t recommend keeping a betta with other fish, but there are definitely many people who have had it work out very well. I see two possibilities, one being the betta attacking them (doubtful they d kill a place, and they d be really chewed...

Fish: fish help!, new tank, water conditioner
new tank, water conditioner, water change: Sorry to hear about this, The fish should be fine in the bowl, just do a 40% water change every day with conditioned water, make sure the bowl is warm enough, and get them in a new tank asap. Make sure it is a tank made for fish, not reptiles. You might want...

Fish: fish stuck in fish mouth, feeder fish, coy fish
feeder fish, coy fish, dead fish: Dear April, Remove the fish from the Koi s mouth immediately. I had a similiar issue w/ my Koi last year. He had a rock stuck in his mouth. I had 2 remove the rock at once. thank you for contacting me. ...

Fish: can these fish be together in one tank, violet goby, starter fish
violet goby, starter fish, bottom tank: Hi, I thinknthe red devil will be too aggressive, and rays are really terrible starer fish, I m sorry to say. Teacup rays get over 30 pounds and I haven t seen even a pup do well in a tank that size. A violet goby would be ok, but they do best with live food,...

Fish: Glofish seeming to die for no reason, ammonia nitrate, ghost shrimp
ammonia nitrate, ghost shrimp, delicate fish: Sammi, Sorry to hear you are having problems. When you test the water, are you doing it or are you taking the water to your local fish store to have them test it? Is the water being tested with test strips or the liquid water testing kit? Is your heater...

Fish: Glofish, ammonia nitrate, cichlid research
ammonia nitrate, cichlid research, ghost shrimp: Hi Sammi, That is really hard to diagnose. You are right that the one probably died and then got stuck (that is the usual situation). It sounds like the fish might not have been overly healthy to begin with. Did you get them from a reputable fish store?...

Fish: Goldfish in a 30 gallon tank, comet goldfish, 30 gallon tank
comet goldfish, 30 gallon tank, bubbler: Adelaida, No, unfortunately you should not add any more fish to the tank. It is a bit over crowed as of now. Goldfish are very messy and produce a lot of waste that is then turned to ammonia. One goldfish should be housed in nothing smaller that a...

Fish: Goldfish, fin and tail rot, aquarium salt
fin and tail rot, aquarium salt, gold fish: Jessica, The question of the use of aquarium salt in a fresh water tank has been ask by many. It is a personal choice of the hobbiest, but one that I do not use. I only use salt when there is a problem with my fish. Some experts say that it helps to add...

Fish: Goldfish maybe ill?!?, black moor, gal tank
black moor, gal tank, gallon tank: Water conditioners should only be used when adding tap water to the tank most commonly to remove chlorine. I set up a 55 gallon tank and one time I had an outbreak of the same situation. I had to change almost 50 % of the water daily for almost a week before...

Fish: Goldfish with Swimblatter problem, swim bladder, hospital tank
swim bladder, hospital tank, sick fish: Monica, The first problem is the fish is in a bowl. Unless the bowl is at least 20 gallons, it is too small. In such a small bowl, water changes need to be done daily with goldfish. Since they don t have a stomach, everything they eat comes right back...

Fish: Guppy explosion, guppies, water change
guppies, water change, guppy: Shrutesh, Your pond is not large enough to house any large fish. I would suggest trying to get all the guppies out with a net. You will have to remove any plats you have in the pond to make it easier to get the fish out. If you want to have fish in the...

Fish: Guppy explosion, guppies, delayed response
guppies, delayed response, computer issues: I would say that you probably wont be able to stop the breeding unless the conditions of their environment were not in the favor of their natural spawning conditions. You could of course remove them continuously but that wont stop them just lower the population....

Fish: Guppy explosion, cichlid research, guppies
cichlid research, guppies, ron c: Hi Shrutesh, Your guppies are doing what guppies do best, namely breed. There really isn t anything you can do to make them stop breeding. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: gold fish fins breaking, cold water fish, fish fins
cold water fish, fish fins, size tank: Adnan Not sure how small your tank is but I can tell you it is over crowded. Goldfish are cold water fish and angels are warm water. The tank is not suitable for the fish you have in it. Goldfish are also very messy fish and pollute the water. Anytime...

Fish: goldfish, gallon fish tank, slow swimmers
gallon fish tank, slow swimmers, voracious eater: Tracy, Yes, it does sound like Dropsy, but unfortunately there is no cure. I can however tell you why he got Dropsy. Goldfish, just one, needs to be in a 20 gallon filtered tank. 1 gallon is not even close to being an appropriate house. Here s why. Goldfish...

Fish: guppies, stomach virus, bacteria infection
stomach virus, bacteria infection, adult female: Yes it sounds like a bacteria infection, especially if it is sluggish. Maracyn two will do the job if used as directed. I use this each time I have a sickness. The fish could also be holding eggs in her stomach and not releasing them for some reason, stress...

Fish: Identifying Betta depression, size tank, fin rot
size tank, fin rot, absolute lack: Brittaney, The smallest size tank that a Betta can live in is 2.5 gallons. If he is in anything smaller than yes his tank is too small. The first thing you should do is get him a heater. He is a tropical fish and needs warmth now more then before since...

Fish: Jack Dempsey, cichlid research, wood rocks
cichlid research, wood rocks, severum: Hi Larry, Be sure that your tank has lots of structure , namely wood, rocks, plants etc such that the Jack Dempsey has a place to hide when it feels the need. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: JELLYBEAN CICHLID, swim bladder, bladder problem
swim bladder, bladder problem, cichlid research: Hi Paul, Hmm... that is really hard to say. It could be an age related thing. It could also be a swim-bladder problem, though swim-bladder problems typically result in the opposite effect, namely the fish floating and not being able to sink. Unfortunately...

Fish: Kribensis, cichlid research, kribs
cichlid research, kribs, 10 gallon tank: Hi Ruan, Personally I hate snails so I wouldn t use them. They are very difficult to get rid of once they are established in a tank. If you want the kribensis to be successful, I would not put any algae eater in the tank. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Kribs, kribensis, snails
kribensis, snails, algae: Hello again Ruan. You will be safe with pretty much any type algae eater you want. It all depends on which type you want in the aquarium to enhance the view of the aquarium. The kribensis don t really get too big although they arte aggressive. They will usually...

Fish: koi carp and tank mates, tank mates, israeli koi
tank mates, israeli koi, pond fish: Adam, Since the goldfish are doing well together, you should remove the koi. Koi are actually a pond fish therefore require a large tank. I suggest at least a 50 gallon for the Koi alone as they...

Fish: at a lost, neon tetra, hospital tank
neon tetra, hospital tank, community tank: Don, Unfortunately, sometimes we don t know why our fish die. It sounds like everything in the tank is very good so maybe the crayfish was old or just had something that didn t show. As far as the neons, sometimes you get them sick. Since they are really...

Fish: Malachite Green, aquaclear 50, sick fish
aquaclear 50, sick fish, community tank: Dear Ash, When a fish is sick in a community tank it is best that you take the sick fish out of the tank & put him in the Hospital . The Hospital is a tank w/ the sick fish all by himself. One that you can medicate. You do not want to get your healthy...

Fish: Is My Molly Pregnant??????, cichlid research, lucy one
cichlid research, lucy one, fish breeder: Hi Lucy, It is very possible that she gave birth. The good news is that she will get pregnant again (mollies can store sperm, so she doesn t even have to mate again). She can make a number of batches after having mated just once. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Neon tetras getting sick., neon tetras, malachite green
neon tetras, malachite green, fungus cure: Hi Bec, That is a puzzler. Like you I would have assumed that it would be soft and therefore was a fungus. So frankly I have no idea. I have not seen that before. Sorry. BTW, I do not think the pH is a problem, particularly for tetras. The Amazon,...

Fish: Oscar patchy white scales and cloudy tank, signs of stress, tank size
signs of stress, tank size, water changes: Bobby, The number one problem is you have too many fish in that tank. The filter is unable to filter the water of all its toxins. The minimum tank size for one Oscar is 50 gallons. The best thing you can do is either upgrade the tank, or get the Oscars...

Fish: Pregnant Glowfish, baby brine shrimp, glo fish
baby brine shrimp, glo fish, glass marbles: Morgan, For starters, the 5 gallon tank is too small. I suggest you purchase 10 gallon breeding tank for the pregnant glo-fish, her mate and the fry. In order for your fry to survive it would be a good idea to place 2 inches of glass marbles on the bottom...

Fish: red devil hyper?, red devil cichlid, cichlid research
red devil cichlid, cichlid research, fish days: Hi Javier, Digging is perfectly normal for your fish. That is a good sign. He will eat when he feels hungry. It often takes a fish days or even a week or more to get used to a new tank. Be sure not to let uneaten food remain in the tank. It will rot...

Fish: rolling guppy, crooked spine, proper diet
crooked spine, proper diet, feel pain: The crooked spine could be from a couple of different things such as a malnutrition. Make certain that you maintain healthy water in the tank with safe parameters. Make sure that your fish are gettin the right amounts of food and proper diet. This could also...

Fish: Getting Started with a 110gal tank, gallon fish tank, fish aquariums
gallon fish tank, fish aquariums, aggressive fish: Hello, thats a good sized tank to start with. As for your stocking, how many fish and when you can add the depends 100% on what type. Do you have any specific ones in mind? Also, is there any reason why you want aggressive fish? Those can complicate things...

Fish: Does this setup look ok for a beginner?, firemouth cichlid, craig slist
firemouth cichlid, craig slist, 30 gallon tank: Hi Merilee, That tank looks to be about a 20 gallon tank, though it might be a 29 gallon. The cichlid appears to be a firemouth cichlid. You are correct that if it were an oscar it would need a much larger tank. A firemouth would be fine in that tank....

Fish: MY TETRAS Keep dying., types of fishes, sponge filter
types of fishes, sponge filter, baby fish: Abilesh, You are grossly over populated. Why do you have a sponge filter in the tank? Do you have fry(baby fish)? What are the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate readings. I am thinking they are suffering from either ammonia poisoning or nitrite poisoning....

Fish: Tiger Oscar chilid, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, plecostomus: Hi Justin, The fins MIGHT grow back. It depends on how extensive the damage was. If just the frilly material of the fin was damaged, that grows back relatively quickly and easily. If the actual hard parts (the spines) were damaged, they might not grow...

Fish: Tiger Oscar Training, tiger oscar, tank mates
tiger oscar, tank mates, playing soccer: Hi, A better question is what can t you teach your fish to do. I have taught fish to do things as simple as swimming through a hoop to as advanced as (sort of) playing soccer and identifying their names and the names of their tank mates on a sheet of paper...

Fish: Titanium Flower Horn, cichlid research, food pellets
cichlid research, food pellets, flower horn: Hi Vincent, That feeding problem is rather unusual. You might try soaking the food in water first so that it isn t one big hard mass in his stomach. The hump is an indicator of how the fish feels, so if he doesn t feel well, it is not surprising...

Fish: Tumor on Betta?, pair of tweezers, sick fish
pair of tweezers, sick fish, tinypic: Dana, You do have a very sick fish. It could be a boil and if that is what it is it will go away on its own. Sometimes they get growths that are unexplainable. In looking at the pictures, he looks very thin. If you look at him from above, do his scales...

Fish: Urgent - Fish are really sick, store fish, fish department
store fish, fish department, triple sulfa: Hello, I am very sorry to hear of your losses. About the gray slime: similar brown slime is very common in that type of filter, but grey is very unusual. I would be willing to be its a combination of bacteria and sediment. Don t worry, the bacteria wont...

Fish: Whats best for my aquarium?, black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish
black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish, whiptail catfish: Hi, That s a Fantastic book. I use that one the most out of all of mine. Anyways, those would all work. I have kept discus in a 35 gallon tank, but it can be quite hard to do in a tank that small if you have not owned discus before. Have you? Forgive me...

Fish: white spot on goldfish, goldfish, pigment
goldfish, pigment, water quality: Ellen, it sounds as if the fish just has an injury from something. Doesn t sound like a disease at this point but could easily allow a disease to be acquired. Just monitor the water quality and make sure its healthy and upon the first sign of sickness, if...

Fish: Yellow and black globs on Plecostomus fins, marine fish, 10 gallon tank
marine fish, 10 gallon tank, globs: The only thing I can think of is a viral disease called Lymphocyctis which cannot be cured. If you go to wikipedia.com and search it you will gather lots more info. Out of all the types of freshwater and marine fish I ve had, I ve never had any of my fish...

Fish: 2 new small fantail goldfish, 30 gallon tank, fantail goldfish
30 gallon tank, fantail goldfish, 10 gallon tank: Kimberly, To house 2 fantail goldfish the needs to be no smaller than 30 gallons. One needs 20 gallons with 10 gallons more per fish. Just make sure you are doing water changes often due to the fantail waste production. Goldfish produce quite a bit of...

Fish: my 30 gallon, african dwarf frog, cichlid research
african dwarf frog, cichlid research, 30 gallon tank: Hi Steven, If you put two firemouths or two convicts in a tank, assuming you have one of each sex, then the dynamics of the tank will change dramatically. Breeding pairs of convicts or firemouths are very intolerant of any other fish in their tank, and...

Fish: my 30 gallon tank, african dwarf frog, 30 gallon tank
african dwarf frog, 30 gallon tank, rainbow shark: Well, as I mentioned in the first answer, the ram, which I did not recommend to add with the angel, will probably be most of the problem as you have already slightly seen. The only way to effectively STOP bullying is remove the aggressor. Otherwise a bigger...

Fish: 32 gallon is what i have, central american cichlids, jack dempsy
central american cichlids, jack dempsy, blue acara: Well the Blue Acara is a very colorful, semi-aggressive fish, that natively lives in a tropical climate and prefer water with a pH of 6.5-8.0, a water hardness of 25° dGH, and a water temperature of 72–86 *F. They are found in central and south america and...

Fish: AFFECTS OF PROPANE STOVE ON BETA, dwarf frogs, fish problems
dwarf frogs, fish problems, propane heater: Hi Kathi, Unfortunately the photos didn t get attached. It is HIGHLY unlikely that the propane has anything to do with the fish problems. You would be having major health issues long before the fish if it was the propane. One of the sad realities...

Fish: African Cichlid with swollen anus, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, swollen anus: Hi Anthony, It could be a female that has just laid eggs, but if that was the case, she would have a mouthful of eggs (I assume that she does not, or you would have mentioned it). More likely she has some sort of intestinal infection. One home remedy...

Fish: Algae eater, fresh water aquarium, snails
fresh water aquarium, snails, algae: Well, honestly, It really depends on what you like and prefer. Really any algae eater will be very efficient. I want to add that snails will do a great job in there as well. They are also awesome to watch. 2 or 3 would do great. I have a couple myself in a...

Fish: My Aquarium, pregnant molly, molly white
pregnant molly, molly white, black molly: Hi, There aren t many people who (surprisingly) now how to tell this. Your pregnant Molly has a gravid spot, aka the black area near the vent. When she is about to give birth, she will hid, and that black spot will become slightly triangle shaped. Best...

Fish: aggression or disease?, zebra danios, serpae tetra
zebra danios, serpae tetra, caudal fins: It sounds like you ARE doing everything just fine. I do think that the tetras are nipping, given the information you provided. I too have had problems in the past with the serpae tetras. You may have more males then females and that would lead to aggression...

Fish: angel fish eggs dying, cichlid research, fish eggs
cichlid research, fish eggs, angel fish: Hi Dianne, It sounds like the male might not be doing his thing, hence the eggs are not being fertilized, so they turn white and the parents eat them. There isn t really anything you can do to make the male fertilize them, other than getting another male....

Fish: angelfish problems, angel fish, harmful bacteria
angel fish, harmful bacteria, gal tank: Laura, When starting up a new tank it is very important that you cycle it first. This takes 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, there are no fish in the tank. It is very important to check your water as well. Make sure it is a liquid testing kit and not...

Fish: Beta Fish Lump, beta fish, cysts
beta fish, cysts, pellets: Elsie, Sometimes they get cysts and we don t know why. Most of them heal up on their own and don t need any medicine or help from us. As long as he looks good, is eating and acting as usual there isn t anything you can do. Just keep an eye on him and...

Fish: Betta Fish, beta fish, pellets
beta fish, pellets, fins: Shanissa, First off sometimes males have that white spot. Boy have very long fins and tail where the females is a lot shorter. Their stomach is as big as their eye so feeding 3 times a day it too much. Depending on the brand, you should give him 2 to...

Fish: Betta Fish-Eating Habbits, brine shrimp, blood worms
brine shrimp, blood worms, christmas eve: Melisa, It is common for fish to spit out their food. Sometimes they do it to make the pieces smaller. Since you didn t mention what it is you are feeding him I cannot say for sure. As long as he looks good and is putting it in his mouth he is getting...

Fish: Betta Fish Problem, fish problem, sponge filter
fish problem, sponge filter, rectangular tank: Debbie, First off that fish needs to be in something bigger. It is not good to keep ANYTHING in something so small. Even through you are letting the water sit out for 24 hours you still need to add a conditioner to the water. Please DO NOT put that much...

Fish: Betta illness, brine shrimp, bladder disease
brine shrimp, bladder disease, blood worms: Lori, Sorry if this will be a ramble but I try to get important information out if I am having the same problem with one of my fish. I currently have 10 adult fish and a few fry of different ages. Recently I have noticed the same problem with 2 of my...

Fish: Betta....tumor???, salt baths, water bath
salt baths, water bath, question thanks: Samantha, If the tumor is from an injury, the salt water will help. Salt water could prevent infection from setting in and it can also prevent parasites as well. Salt seams to work for almost any ailment a fish can get. If you don t think it will...

Fish: Bug Eyed Molly, poor water quality, molly 3
poor water quality, molly 3, hospital tank: Randy, Remove the fish with pop eye and place it in your hospital tank. Do not add any salt to the tank that is housing the frog. Make sure whatever medication you use that you follow all the directions. Veering off just a little can be harmful to your...

Fish: beta fins dont look too good, small tank, fin rot
small tank, fin rot, water changes: Kendra, The biggest problem I see is that he is in too small of a tank. They can be in nothing less that 2.5 gallons. Another problem is the room temp. They are tropical fish and need the water to be between 80 and 82 degrees at all times. With him in...

Fish: betta fish, fish diseases, fish question
fish diseases, fish question, size tank: Cierra, The first problem is the tank size. Betta s do not belong in anything smaller than 2.5 gallons where a 5 gallon tank is better. Second problem is Betta s are tropical fish and need a heater. Where the light does warm the water, when it is turned...

Fish: betta fish, fish diseases, bacterial infection
fish diseases, bacterial infection, betta fish: This could be very true! No doubt about it. ALthough, it could also be the signs of a bacterial infection, which could be much more serious. It can be treated using Mardel brand medication, called maracyn. I wouldnt use any other brand of medication, they...

Fish: my betta fish, aquarium salt, fin rot
aquarium salt, fin rot, physical signs: Tammy, I am glad you have a heater now. 60 degrees is way too cold for him. set the heater between 80 and 82 degrees and you should see his color come back. I have 12 Betta s and none of them have salt in the water. I use salt as a medication when they...

Fish: betta fish, male bettas, gallon tanks
male bettas, gallon tanks, male betta: Deon, First off the Betta is never happy in a bowl. Whoever told you they don t like or need a lot of space could not be more wrong. Please put them all in their own 5 gallon tanks. I do not agree that they are happy in the bowls. If you want to use bowls,...

Fish: black moor fish keep dying overnight, litre tank, black moor fish
litre tank, black moor fish, fish stock: And that could very well be too. Not too long ago, I started up another 55 gallon tank in my home, and I cannot tell you how many angelfish i went through. Everything was right for them to thrive but, they would die off within a few days. I questioned the...

Fish: Chicilid tank, cichlid research, chiclids
cichlid research, chiclids, green algae: Hi Melissa, The green (algae) in the water is not a problem for the fish at all. In fact, many fish eat the algae. When you say all of your fish have been dying, is there one (large one) that has not? Could it be that he is terrorizing the new...

Fish: Cichlid, cichlid research, green terrors
cichlid research, green terrors, green terror: Hi Steven, That should be okay for now but will get harder as the green terror gets larger and starts to claim more of the tank. Green terrors can get quite large (8+ inches). -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Cichlid Fry Switching, new parents, fry
new parents, fry, offspring: Hello, I have never heard of people trying it, so I tried it myself a few times. 90% of the time, the new parents eat they fry, but the other times they actually station the fry around their own, probably so their offspring are in less danger than the new...

Fish: Cichlid Parents adopting, cichlid parents, cichlid research
cichlid parents, cichlid research, cichlid species: Hi Eric, There have been experiments to that effect. The answer is that it depends . In general, parents might adopt fry that are smaller than their own. In very rare cases a parent without fry might adopt fry but the typical response to being presented...

Fish: Comets in indoor 'pond', eheim canister filter, comet goldfish
eheim canister filter, comet goldfish, water quality issues: Well, as I said, it all depends on what you want. At full growth they can reach that size. If the aquarium is filtered proper and you intend on maintaining it a little more ythan usual, than sure you can add more. All on what you want to do. Even if you...

Fish: Cycling problem??, zebra danios, partial water changes
zebra danios, partial water changes, brown algae: Wes, I pulled this question out of the question pool. I hope this answer reaches you. Straight to the point, typically if ammonia is present, you may have a increase is Nitrite reading. This isn t ALWAYS true. You said that you had brown algae growing which...

Fish: cichlid, cichlid research, possibility that everything
cichlid research, possibility that everything, gal tank: Hi Susan, There are lots of possible reasons, ranging from the water is not in the best of shape to the possibility that everything is great so the cichlid is feeling really good and wants to breed, but has no partner. It is pretty hard for me to say...

Fish: DANIOS,TETRAS,AND GUPPIES, male betta, zebra danios
male betta, zebra danios, tequila sunrise: Margaret, First off, when you say small how small. The tank size if very important in helping someone stock it. All tank need to go through a 2 week cycle period. During this time the tank is void of all fish. This is a must do to bacteria blooms that...

Fish: Discus, african cichlid tank, good luck man
african cichlid tank, good luck man, delicate fish: YES, DISCUS ARE VERY SENSITIVE! They require a more than average filtration system due to the requirement to have perfect water so to speak. It must be clean and clear. I am surprised you have the angel and beta together. But just be watchful for the discus...

Fish: Discus and Co2, cichlid research, fish keeper
cichlid research, fish keeper, fish fish: Hi Katharina, I am not quite sure by what you mean when you say before I begin breeding, I ll have a school of discus . As with most cichlids, the best way to get a pair is to start with six individuals and let them choose partners. They absolutely...

Fish: Discus and Elephant Nose Fish??????, elephant nose fish, brine shrimp
elephant nose fish, brine shrimp, elephantnose fish: First of all, I apologize for the delayed response, holidays are here! Anyway, you are asking about the elephant nose. Its basic requirement would be about a 50 gallon tank. If you have a 60, you re good to go! Its normal adult size is around 9 . Its care...

Fish: maybe dwarf cichlids are not for me, electric blue dempsy, dwarf cichlids
electric blue dempsy, dwarf cichlids, spots on the chin: Yes you may contact me anytime you have any questions or concerns. I wouldn t say that they aren t for you. I would say for you to just start out by getting a variety of african cichlids. They are very hardy and there are sooooo many different ones to choose...

Fish: external parasites on betta, cichlid research, external parasite
cichlid research, external parasite, square vase: Hi Pam, I doubt if it is an external parasite. That would be highly unusual. Are you sure that that isn t just one of his feces coming out? Is it beige, or cloudy white, perhaps with lumps in it? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Fan Tail, broad spectrum antibiotics, poor water quality
broad spectrum antibiotics, poor water quality, maracide: When is the last time you checked the water quality in the tank? I would recommend you check it. There are easy to use test strips that are called QUICK DIP test strips. After you determine whether the water is healthy or not, make any adjustments necessary....

Fish: Fat Goldfish.. Problem???, feeder fish, flake food
feeder fish, flake food, beneficial bacteria: Supplement foods are, well, a supplement added to a fish s diet to maintain a natural balance of what it would actually eat if not in captive. It is a food given in addition to its normal food you give it. Instead of just eating regular old same ole thing...

Fish: Feeding Oscars peas, bite size pieces, jack dempseys
bite size pieces, jack dempseys, peas carrots: Denise Yes you can feed your fish peas. Always cook them and remove the outer shell. Do not feed the shell to your fish because they cannot digest them. Then when it is cool, cut it up in bite size pieces and feed them toy our fish. I would not feed them...

Fish: Fish Care, cichlid research, elephant nose
cichlid research, elephant nose, gallon aquarium: Hi Patrick, Hmm.... the key to keeping a fish like an elephant nose is that it needs a lot of places to hide. They are secretive fish and absolutely must have places to hang out hidden from all other fish. Your pleco similarly really wants places to...

Fish: Fish in danger! :(, glass catfish, community aquarium
glass catfish, community aquarium, zebra danio: Well. I don t know why they would tell you to not change water. That s the main thing to do to lower the nitrite and nitrate levels. You must do this!!!!!! The nitrite are the most fatal so be sure to do water changes until it is at a safe reading. That is...

Fish: Discus and Co2, breeding fish, hunch
Fish: Discus and Co2, breeding fish, hunch, discus

Fish: my tank is still occupied, temperament, mistake
Fish: my tank is still occupied, temperament, mistake

Fish: My fantail goldfish might have fungus, zebra danio, fantail goldfish
zebra danio, fantail goldfish, neon tetras: Darliz, I am glad to hear your fantail is doing better. As for your new question, your tropical fish like to be in water between 80 and 82 degrees. The fantail needs to be in much colder water. It would be in the best interest for your fantail to move...

Fish: A few Questions, hilliard darby high school, cichlid research
hilliard darby high school, cichlid research, human digestive system: Hi Michael, You can answer #1 by looking at fish food containers. They all differ. #2. There is really no answer to this question. All vitamins and minerals are important to some extent. Which is MOST important isn t really a reasonable question....

Fish: fish, aquarium hood, fish tank
aquarium hood, fish tank, 10 gallon tank: Jeeva, as far as the temperature, depending on what type of fish you have, it is at a good setting. For the Problem with water bubbling out of the tank, most lights have a glass between the lights which prevents that problem. Although I dfo have a 10 gallon...

Fish: fish, cichlid research, aquarium hood
cichlid research, aquarium hood, tiny bubbles: Hi Jeeva, I do not understand what is going on. Is your airstone bubbling too violently? An airstone is supposed to make gentle tiny bubbles, not big gushes of water. There is no reason to have water splashing up and soaking your aquarium bulb; in fact,...

Fish: why is my fish dying?, frozen brine shrimp, goldfish questions
frozen brine shrimp, goldfish questions, gold fish: Hi, The reason I don t like goldfish questions is the problems are always due to tank size, inbreeding, or poor quality aquaculture techniques. shrek is small because of genetics, and possibly stunted growth. These would also account for the black stuff....

Fish: why is my fish dying?, goldfish flakes, kind of fish
goldfish flakes, kind of fish, mass production: Danielle, Thank you for supplying me with a picture. No for the bad news. Sometimes the mass production of fish tend to start to give no so healthy fish. To me it looks like tumors which there is no cure for. Do you give him more than one flake to eat...

Fish: Is my fish sick?, comet goldfish, maracyn two
comet goldfish, maracyn two, nitrate levels: You are. Very welcome. Just remember the best way to remove the nitrite and balance the cycle back out is to de partial water changes daily until that is at a safe level. Sometimes those chemicals just temporarily mask the problem. It may not visibly appear...

Fish: fishes, bloodfin tetra, gourmi
bloodfin tetra, gourmi, vacumm: Jeeva, The answer to the vacuum question is yes. Even though you have a filter in the tank it will still need weekly cleaning. As for the water being clear, ammonia nitrites and nitrate are colorless. Even if the water looks good it could contain high...

Fish: fishes, bloodfin tetra, partial water changes
bloodfin tetra, partial water changes, gourmi: Yes you do need to vacuum the gravel occasionally. Even if the water quality is perfect, you should still perform partial water changes monthly. In doing this, if you vacuum the gravel as your means of removing the water for the change then you complete this...

Fish: fishes, cichlid research, gravel vacuum
cichlid research, gravel vacuum, bloodfin tetra: Hi Jeeva, I strongly recommend that you get and use a gravel vacuum. 24 is a great temperature. You still have to do a water change of 25% once a week, and replace that water plus any water that has evaporated. As for other fishes,...

Fish: flowerhorn fish, red dragon flowerhorn, flake food
red dragon flowerhorn, flake food, live shrimp: Charlotte, f he is scraping himself then he must have parasites. You might not be able to see them yet. Get a medication that will help him with that and make sure you follow the directions on the bottle. Remove him from main tank and put him in your...

Fish: flowernhorn with weird eye fungus, fin and tail rot, cichlid research
fin and tail rot, cichlid research, epsom salt: Hi Am, A six gallon tank is much too small for a 4 inch fish. While medicines are sometimes useful, in most cases, we rely on the natural health of the fish to combat most problems. A 4 inch fish in a 6 gallon tank will simply produce too much waste for...

Fish: too frequent water changes, freshwater community fish, frequent water changes
freshwater community fish, frequent water changes, cichlid tank: Well, wellwater normally has a high content of nitrite in it which is found when ammonia is present so that doesn t surprise me that the ammonia reading was at an unsafe level. One thing you have to remember is that you need ammonia to be present so that beneficial...

Fish: Gold Fish keep on dying, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, gold fish: Hi Godfrey, When you say you changed the water , did you change all the water? You should really only change 25% at a time, 50% maximum. If you change more than that, you upset the balance of microorganisms in the water. That could cause the symptoms...

Fish: Goldfish behaviour, first fish, gallon tank
first fish, gallon tank, tank size: Ashley, It is very important that you get that fish out asap. Keep the water level low enough so that he can t jump out. If he does, put some kind of lid on it. They are trying to get the pecking order and that is why he is being picked on, but if you...

Fish: Goldfish dying, cichlid research, water reed
cichlid research, water reed, water lily: Hi Neil, Green water just means that the water is full of algae. Algae itself is of no harm to fish (in fact, many fish eat it). But, the water turning green suddenly indicates that there is a large amount of excess nutrients in the water (algae need...

Fish: goldfish, feeder fish, little carnival
feeder fish, little carnival, hospital tank: Cindy, first of all, you have to remember that the majority of the employees working at the pet store are just, at work . Most of them have no idea about fish. Sorry but its true! I believe you are talking about Melafix. I have never heard of mylofix. I never...

Fish: my goldfish, physical signs, gallon tank
physical signs, gallon tank, uneaten food: Jen Since there are no physical signs of illness there is nothing to treat for. Make sure you are doing 25% water changes every week and removing any uneaten food. You can try adding an air stone to the tank. This will add extra oxygen to the water. Keep...

Fish: Are gouramis a burrowing fish?, dwarf gourami, ghost shrimp
dwarf gourami, ghost shrimp, t burrow: Michael, I too ran into the same problem about 2 months ago when I added 2 dwarf gouramis and mysteriously, after about 3 weeks, one disappeared. I thought I was loosing it. I came to the conclusion that the snails and crab had eaten it after it died, because...

Fish: green severum, poor water quality, hole in the head disease
poor water quality, hole in the head disease, educated guess: Sandra, Without a picture I can only give an educated guess on what the problem is. It sounds like a disease called Hole in the head disease. There are a lot of experts that guess on what causes it, but most say poor water quality along with the wrong...

Fish: Half-dead fish, broad spectrum antibiotic, dead fish
broad spectrum antibiotic, dead fish, bottomfeeder: Yes it doesnt look good at all. Good choice to quarantine it. It appears to me that it has been suffering from an internal disease. Probably a bacterial infection. These sometimes go unnoticed until its took, as it looks according to the picture. If you feel...

Fish: Help, my fish is ill!, maroxy, question pool
maroxy, question pool, cotton wool: Caitlin, I took this question from the question pool to answer it. it sounds like it has parasites or Protozoan. Probably velvet. This can be easily treated by using Mardel brand medication. I recommend you use maracyn or maracyn 2 as well as maroxy or maride....

Fish: Help required, bite size pieces, swim bladder
bite size pieces, swim bladder, bladder disease: Mitch, Sounds like swim bladder disease. Fast him for 2 days. On the third day get a few frozen peas and drop them in hot water. This will defrost the peas and blanch them. When they have cooled down, remove the outer shell and throw it away. DO NOT feed...

Fish: high nitrites during tank cycling, epsom salt, aquarium salt
epsom salt, aquarium salt, gallon tank: Denise, Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to speed things up regardless of what pet store employees will tell you. All you end up doing is adding chemicals to the tank. Since you think you are almost through, then the water changes is all I...

Fish: hole in head, poor water quality, hole in head
poor water quality, hole in head, hole in the head disease: Jay, Unfortunately I have no idea if the other fish will die but we will try to keep that from happening. I have included an awesome website about hole in the head disease in Oscars. HITH is curable and 100% preventable. It is very important that you have...

Fish: hornfish, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, goldfish: Hi Bitihotra, If by hornfish you mean flowerhorns, the problem will be that the flowerhorns will likely kill your goldfish as the flowerhorns grow larger. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Illness?, dark coloration, camallanus
dark coloration, camallanus, tiger oscar: Yes it could be related to the Camallanus. Did you treat it for the recommended amount of time? What medication did you use. IT doesnt mean that it is, just could be related. I cant see the fish so you have to make the call? If its being normal, thats a great...

Fish: Injured male beta, oddly bent, fish pets, delicate fish
fish pets, delicate fish, water changes: Inna, It sounds like his back was injured during the move. The Betta is a very delicate fish and not sure how your kids got to the fish. Put him in your hospital and lower the water level so that he can get air. Most of these injuries do not get better....

Fish: My Jewel Cichlid, jewel cichlid, slate rock
jewel cichlid, slate rock, digging holes: Hi John, The shaking is a sign of courtship and/or aggression. It is often how a male cichlid attempts to tell a female cichlid that he is interested. A male of one species of cichlid an also use it on a male of another species of cichlid to tell him...

Fish: Kribensis cichlid, new tanks, new tank
new tanks, new tank, fry: Yes you got! I do understand you completely. If I didn t I would ask you again. You must always let the water temp be the same. I would recommend you take water from whatever tank they are in now to put in the one that you are moving them too. Then of course...

Fish: Odd lumps, neon tetras, neon tetra
neon tetras, neon tetra, aquarium salt: It sounds like the neon tetra had a parasitic outbreak. Melafix in my opinion, doesn t meet the needs of the aaverage quariast. I would recommend maracyn and maracyn 2. It is made by mardel. Although, you can probably buy a dozen neon tetras for the cost to...

Fish: My Oranda has troubles swimming., hospital tank, fish tank
hospital tank, fish tank, physical signs: Sophie, When you say you have them in a large tank i am hoping you mean one that is no less than 75 gallons. If they are in anything smaller I suggest you get a bigger one. Goldfish are very messy and need a lot of swimming room. Is she eating the pea...

Fish: orange parrot fish, parrot fish, fish one
parrot fish, fish one, red devil: Kylee, Since you didn t mention if the fish is ill I will assume it is ok other than the color change. As you might know, these are hybrid fish. One of the fish bred to get them is a red devil. That fish is known to change colors as it matures and is...

Fish: oscar fish, fresh water fish, fish question
fresh water fish, fish question, oscar fish: Suraj, Ok, before you put them in your tank did you cycle it for 3 weeks first? Probably not. Are these Osacrs in at least a 130 gallon tank? Probably not. Oscars have a wide tolerance of water quality range, but too often suffer from metabolite accumulation...

Fish: oscar fish, oscar fish, gal tank
oscar fish, gal tank, water temp: Jason, I am thinking either a normal color change or ammonia poisoning. Since you say the water is good then I am going towards a color change. Oscars are one of the breeds of fish that do change their color. They will even change colors with their mood....

Fish: PH and KH, tiger oscars, red tigers
tiger oscars, red tigers, cichlid research: Hi Salvador, Hmm.... if anything, oscars prefer acidic water so I m not sure what is going on. Also, if you are only hanging 25 gallons a month, you need to be done substantially more water changes. As a general rule, I recommend changing 25% of...

Fish: Pink/Whitish Convict fish, convict fish, bite size pieces
convict fish, bite size pieces, swim bladder: Diane, If he is on his side, then it sounds like swim bladder disease. The swim bladder is what gives our fish the buoyancy and their capability to swim and keep upright. When there is a problem, the will start swimming sideways and at times upside...

Fish: Another Pleco died last night, zebra danios, gal tank
zebra danios, gal tank, platies: Christel, The first problem I see is, you should have cleaned out the used gravel and decorations before putting them in. Here s why: if there was a problem with them before...you have now just introduced that problem to your new tank. Here s why I don t...

Fish: parrot head, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, fish one: Hi Colleen, It is hard to say whether the fish was sick first and then the blue cichlid started attacking it or the other way around, but unfortunately the outcome is the same -- you really need to separate those fish one way or another. Medication is...

Fish: pink convicts with ich, pink convicts, cichlid research
pink convicts, cichlid research, ron c: Hi James, You really need to use a proper ich cure (something with copper in it). Salt alone won t really do it. And yes, you need to remove the carbon, otherwise the carbon will just remove the ich cure before it can do anything. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Can I put a pleco in my baby turtle's tank?, baby turtle, natural habitats
baby turtle, natural habitats, gallon tank: Sounds like your doin a great job. The pleco would be just fine and the turtle will too, especially so being that they both would be in a 40 gallon tank. They occupy the same bodies of fresh water in the wild in their natural habitats. Everything will be fine....

Fish: problem with my dwarf blue gourami, blue gouramis, blue gourami
blue gouramis, blue gourami, maracide: It sounds like it has a bacterial infection which has caused its spleen to become enlarged and makes it not be able to swim upright. There is a disease that is quite common in angelfish and gouramis that is almost like an autoimmune deficiency. I can t remember...

Fish: Re: betta heater?, auto heater, tank heaters
auto heater, tank heaters, cold place: I do not have any real recommendations other than the tetra brand auto heater, but if you really don t want that, You can keep the bowl in a warm (not hot) place. I live in a very cold place, it s currently a scorching 3*F with wind and snow so in tank heaters...

Fish: Red growth on Black Skirt Tetra's face, room temperature water, lemon fish
room temperature water, lemon fish, lemon tetra: Paige, It is hard for me to help you without a picture. If you can attach one to this question that would be great. As for the tank, you are very over crowded. With the fish you have in there now you need a minimum size tank of 60 gallons. The lemon...

Fish: Red and Tiger Oscar, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, gallon tank: Hi Don, Unfortunately that is much too small of a tank for an oscar, let alone two of them. Left as is, one of them is going to be killed very soon. BTW, they are much too young and small to be mating, though it might look that way. In cichlids, courtship...

Fish: red eye, aquarium salt, medicine bottle
aquarium salt, medicine bottle, bacterial infection: Danny, If its on the eye itself, it could be a mote that some fish get and is usually harmless. If it is raised off the eye are the eye is puffy it could be a bacterial infection. if is the latter try dosing the tank with aquarium salt and QuickCure....

Fish: my red parrot cichlid laid eggs, red parrot cichlid, cichlid research
red parrot cichlid, cichlid research, feeder goldfish: Hi Michelle, It is not uncommon for female cichlids to lay eggs even if there is no male present. Because there is no male to fertilize them, the eggs will not develop and will typically go white after 3 or 4 days. The female will usually take care of...

Fish: resistant goldfish disease, goldfish disease, little buggers
goldfish disease, little buggers, aquarium store: Treena, Well first off the tank is too small. One goldfish needs 20 gallons just for him and each added fish needs 10 gallons. They need to be in nothing less than a 50 gallon tank. Since the tank is so small you should be doing 25% weekly water changes....

Fish: Sick Betta Fish, fish question, betta fish
fish question, betta fish, physical signs: Paige, No problem. I would rather people keep asking questions then to just do it. The easiest way to do this is, if the smaller container can float in the bigger one, then do that. Let him float in there for awhile until the water in his container is...

Fish: Sick Blood Parrot Emergency!!, eheim canister filter, cichlid research
eheim canister filter, cichlid research, stress coat: Hi Elicia, Unfortunately it just might be that he is getting old... particularly if none of the other fish show any symptoms of discomfort. If it were my tank, I would do a couple of extra 25% water changes just to make sure that water is in tip-top...

Fish: Sucky Fish with white fuzz, 30 gallon tank, maracyn 2
30 gallon tank, maracyn 2, hospital tank: Tammie, I personally am sorry to say that I have never seen a Plecostomus (algae eater), have this issue. I do know that the armor strong skin/scaling that they have is very hard to disturb. They do however obtain the same types of diseases as normal fish...

Fish: Swordtail, small tank, swordtails
small tank, swordtails, gallon tank: Swordtails should be kept in a minimum of a 20 gallon tank. Be sure to provide an open area for swimming with plenty of plants. Keep the temperature above 72 degrees. I don’t recommended you to keep 2 males in one tank. There is a hierarchy between Swordtails...

Fish: sick betta, gallon glass aquarium, ventral fins
gallon glass aquarium, ventral fins, intelligent fish: Gypsy, Sorry to hear Fiona is not well. Let s see if we can get her healthy again. I will try to answer you in the same order as your letter so not to confuse you or myself. 1. 1 gallon glass tank. I had no idea they sold glass tanks that small...

Fish: sick betta, gallon glass aquarium, ventral fins
gallon glass aquarium, ventral fins, intelligent fish: Hi Nancy, The trouble with ick is that it is a rather intense disease. Basically the little white spots are the cysts (shells) of the parasite. They sit on the body of the fish and there is no chemical in the world that can affect them. They eventually...

Fish: My sick betta, frequent water changes, micro organisms
frequent water changes, micro organisms, physical signs: Eric, This first thing I would do is lower the water level so that he doesn t have that far to go to get air. He does need to go to the surface to get the much needed oxygen. Make sure he has a heater set between 80 and 82 degrees. He is tropical and...

Fish: sick goldfish. what should i do, cold water fish, sick goldfish
cold water fish, sick goldfish, gravel vacuum: Amelia, Before addressing your sick goldfish, I must tell you, there is another problem with your tank. Comets are a cold water fish and sword tails require a heater set at 82 degrees!! You must separate these fish and purchase another tank and a heater....

Fish: sick oscar, cichlid research, litre tank
cichlid research, litre tank, japanese koi: Hi Nivashni, Unfortunately it doesn t sound good for your oscar. I strongly suggest that you do more water changes. If it were me, I would change 25% of the water every day for the next 3 days or so. Then I would look carefully to see if the other oscar...

Fish: sick oscar maybe, mosquito fish, fake plants
mosquito fish, fake plants, bloodworms: Hi Melissa This sounds like normal Oscar behavior to me. Some Oscars are a lot more aggressive than others. I have one Oscar that behaves in the same manner that yours is. He runs around the tank and splashes the water, especially at feeding time. When...

Fish: Tongue Fish and Aquarium snails, aquarium snails, cichlid research
aquarium snails, cichlid research, kinds of fishes: Hi George, Unfortunately tongue fish can refer to many very different kinds of fishes. The kind that I am familiar with are flatfishes. Is that what you mean? They MIGHT be okay with the cichlids but i would not guarantee it. It will depend a lot on...

Fish: my tank is still occupied, convict cichlid, cold water temperatures
convict cichlid, cold water temperatures, changing hues: Well, the crayfish, crawdad, etc, whatever you want to call it, is pretty much just a small version of a lobster. They like small currents, and are usually found in streams and brooks in the wild. Great addition to the aquarium. It probably won t mess with...

Fish: my tank is still occupied, zebra danio, african cichlids
zebra danio, african cichlids, horseface loach: Yes the cichlids are african. I have no reason to change the set up. Its perfect.if I did change it I would transfer the saltwater fish to it and the cichlids to my 30. And really any other tropical fish would work. As long as its not aggressive itl work with...

Fish: thank you, 30 gallon aquarium, stand decor
30 gallon aquarium, stand decor, fish tanks: Hey, ya, petco does allow you to order any kind of fish. Just be sure to examine real good before you actually pay for it. They don t require you to buy so don t let em fool you. Anyway there should be 4 videos on youtube now of my tanks I still have up n...

Fish: My turtle, kind of fish, winter season
kind of fish, winter season, turtle: Shashank, Unfortunately you have not given me enough information to answer the question. Please give me the following: 1.What kind of turtle is it? 2.What kind of tank is he in? 3.Is he the only thing in the tank or do you have any fish in the tank....

Fish: Water, diamond tetras, bubble eyed goldfish
diamond tetras, bubble eyed goldfish, partial water change: I believe the original question was about how to completely clean the tank. Well, for starters, find something that will safely contain the fish while you are cleaning the tank. It can be anything. Once the fiss are removed, empty out the water however is...

Fish: Water in beta fish bowl, beta fish, fish bowl
beta fish, fish bowl, tap water: Trish, Yes tap water is ok to use with the Betta. Remember that you have to add a water conditioner to his water every time. This will remove the chlorine and other toxins from the bowl water. But, Betta s do not belong in bowls. He needs to be in nothing...

Fish: Water lilies and fish, pebbles and marbles, ghost shrimp
pebbles and marbles, ghost shrimp, pregnant mollies: Laura, Congratulations on your new Betta. Some Betta s have a large mouth. He might not be eating because he is in a new home. Continue to offer him food removing what he doesn t eat in 5 minutes. Make sure he has a heater. Betta s will not eat or swim...

Fish: 2 Pregnant Angelfish?, plastic egg, eating babies
plastic egg, eating babies, egg crate: Hi Donna, Breeding Angels is lots of observation. They are Cichlids, and when they couple off, the Angel will couple with just one Angel. He will never spawn two females. The way they do this, is they grab each other by the mouth, and waltz all over the...

Fish: 240 gallon and 90 gallon, jaguar cichlid, red bellied piranhas
jaguar cichlid, red bellied piranhas, red bellied pirahnas: Hi Thomas, Peacock Bass will grow to 26 inches, sometimes to 29 inches and need 90 gallons of water each. The Jaguar cichlid can grow to 20 inches and they too need big tanks, and would need 90 gallons of water each. The Red Bay Snooks also reaches 20 inches...

Fish: 300 Gallon, peacock bass, size tank
peacock bass, size tank, foot print: Hi, Currently, I d say no, but that depends on the foot print. Fish, especially those types, will let you know when they are overcrowded. As long as they are healthy and leave eachother alone most of the time, they are fine. If they stop eating or don t appear...

Fish: 37 cube stocking, brichardi cichlid, african cichlids
brichardi cichlid, african cichlids, alkaline water: Hi Bradley, I would not consider keeping bricardi cichlids in anything under 50 gallons of water. African cichlids need at least a tank this size, and bigger. They need alkaline water, and lots of rocky formation, and overturned pots. This takes up lots...

Fish: African Cichlids in 55 gallon tank, african cichlids, green terror
african cichlids, green terror, tank house: Hi Surge, You are very welcome. I would say you are at your limit, maybe two more, but make sure they do not grow very big, some african cichlids grow very big. Remember to switch your decor around once you see that they are getting too comfortable with...

Fish: African cichlids are dying!, african cichilds, african cichlid
african cichilds, african cichlid, african cichlids: Hi Luis, Check your water quickly for oxygen. They seem to be lacking oxygen. Make sure you have lots of water movement in your tank. Let the water from your filter splash water down to the water in your tank. Leave a space between your tank, and filter....

Fish: Algea Eater, shrimp pellets, algae eaters
shrimp pellets, algae eaters, algae wafers: Hi Brandy, Since he is eating, it is a good sign. Do not remove him. It could be that he is stressed. A pleco is very shy. He needs lots of hiding places, rocks, overturned pots, and driftwood. All plecos need driftwood. Check you PH to see if it isn...

Fish: Angel fish discolouration, congo tetras, marble angel
congo tetras, marble angel, angel fish: Hi, The water is perfect. Cichlids, discus and angel fish especially, can vary their color based off of mood if it s not water quality or tankmates bugging them. Does you tank happen to have a bright light, loud filter, high foot traffic by it, in a room...

Fish: Angelfish, tiger barbs, shrimp pellets
tiger barbs, shrimp pellets, angel fish: Hi Ryan, Angel fish will not get alone with tiger barbs. Tiger barbs will nip the fins off the angel fish, and any other fish. Catfish, Angels and tiger Barbs, will not dig up plants. Feed the corys well, with sinking wafers, and shrimp pellets. Lynd...

Fish: Angelfish tank buddys!, dwarf gouramis, sword plants
dwarf gouramis, sword plants, tank mates: Hi! You could put in 2 Angel fish, two Parrot fish, a school of rainbow fish, at least 5 rainbows, 5-6 Cory catfish, 3 botia clown fish, two Pearl Gouramis ( buy the gouramis the same sex so that you have no problems) one pleco. The Parrot fish grow quite...

Fish: Anglefish, brine shrimp, angel fish
brine shrimp, angel fish, stress coat: Hello, Angel fish live in acidic to neutral water. Ph should be somewhere between 6.8 and 7.0. They need 10 gallons of water each. This means one angel, 10 gallons, 2 angels, 20 gallons, and so on. They must be fed a variety of food. A good quality pellet,...

Fish: african cichilds are dying!!, african cichilds, cichlid research
african cichilds, cichlid research, african cichlid: Hi Luis, Is one of the other fish chasing the smaller fish incessantly? Also, have you been doing regular weekly water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week, to keep your fish happy and healthy. -- Ron C. ...

Fish: african mbuna, nooks and crannies, cichlid research
nooks and crannies, cichlid research, plastic plants: Hi Bradley, You can put mbuna in there, the number is going to depend on how much structure you have in the tank. If the tank is largely open space, you will only be able to put a couple of fish in there. If the tank is full of rocks and maybe plastic...

Fish: angel fish, cichlid research, tiger barbs
cichlid research, tiger barbs, tank mates: Hi Ryan, Angelfish are cichlids. They are cichlids that come from South America. Personally, I would not keep barbs with angelfish because barbs come from Southeast Asia and I do not like to mix fish from different areas. Catfishes make good tank mates...

Fish: angelfish fry, baby brine shrimp, freshwater angelfish
baby brine shrimp, freshwater angelfish, fish flakes: You should feed them Baby brine shrimp, and black worms 1-2 times a week. It is best to feed them Baby brine shrimp for the first week they are born, then introduce them to black worms, but keep feeding them baby brine shrimp as their main diet, until they...

Fish: Behaviour, cichlid research, kind of fish
cichlid research, kind of fish, ron c: Hi Catherine, That is very hard to say, e.g., you didn t tell me what kind of fish it is. In general, though, I would suggest that what you are seeing is the result of deteriorating water conditions. You should be changing 25% of the water in the tank,...

Fish: Ben - Blue Gourami, blue gourami, cloudy eye
blue gourami, cloudy eye, silk plant: Your very welcome Julzy. I remember Ben, and I m so sorry he is blind in both eyes. Sometimes it is very difficult to pinpoint exactly what happened to him. Do the best you can to help him along. He may get use to the space he has. I hope so. Lynd...

Fish: My Betta, betta fish, swim bladder
betta fish, swim bladder, cook one: Hi Taylor, If he was eating, he shouldn t have died. I would think maybe a drop in temperature, or heart failure. Normally a betta who eats is not sick. You say you put the pea next to him with his food. This is too much food to feed at the same time....

Fish: Betta(Please answer right away), aquarium salt, bladder disease
aquarium salt, bladder disease, water chemistry: Hi, Bettas prefer the light of day, and should never have a bright light over them. This will stress her more. Bring the temperature up to 82 very slowly. One degree every two days. Fungus cure will not cure her. It is not strong enough to cure your...

Fish: Betta fish- heater?, college dorm, fish tank
college dorm, fish tank, gallon tank: Hello, You must get a heater. Bettas are tropical fish, and live in 80-82 degree water. Under this temperature the betta is cold, and will get sick. Fluctuating water is also very bad for fish. When bringing up the temperature for a fish, you must do...

Fish: Betta food, baby brine shrimp, frozen brine shrimp
baby brine shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, baby shrimp: Hi Nick, Here is a list of food the bettas should have: Betta Pellets ( a very good food for bettas) Betta Flakes Plankton Flakes Daphnia ( This food is very important as it helps the betta with his digestive system.) Bloodworms given as a treat, one...

Fish: Betta lump, external parasites, bladder disease
external parasites, bladder disease, good appetite: Hi Jen, Lumps are impossible to diagnose. They could be anywhere from a tumor to a boil, much like we have. The only way to be certain is to see a vet. Never squeeze a lump, as this would be extremely painful to your betta. Let it be, bettas live a long...

Fish: Black Moor Goldfish, black moor goldfish, black moors
black moor goldfish, black moors, small tank: Hi Kale, Actually I did see that paragraph. My answer still applies. The trouble is that when a fish is in a small bowl, many, many different bad things can happen and it is not so simple to say exactly what is causing what. Basically if you keep a fish...

Fish: Blue Lobster or Crayfish, cichlid research, blue lobster
cichlid research, blue lobster, long tank: Hi Jamie, They live completely under the water, i.e., they do not need any land to crawl out on. In fact, they would die rather quickly out of the water because they breathe through gills that need to be wet. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Breeding bettas, baby brine shrimp, breeding bettas
baby brine shrimp, breeding bettas, gallon tank: Hi Carrie, Breeding bettas is not easy. You must read about how to go about it. It would be too long for me to write, and explain this all to you. I can only tell you the basics, but you must read up on them, and before you try to breed them you must have...

Fish: Breeding Platy, cichlid research, subtle vibrations
cichlid research, subtle vibrations, water sprite: Hi Matt, Putting her in the 3 gallon tank is a good idea. Putting the tank in the dark is not necessary, nor will it really help protect the babies. Fish have a thing called a lateral line which allows them to detect subtle vibrations in the water, so...

Fish: Bristlenose Catfish Fighting Injuries, cichlid research, fin rot
cichlid research, fin rot, time ron: Hi Leigh, Personally, I would not put any medications in with young catfish. Catfish are extraordinarily sensitive to medications. I think your best move would be to isolate the injured male in another tank, or even a bucket of water, if need be, to give...

Fish: Bristlenose catfish, cichlid research, algae wafers
cichlid research, algae wafers, bristlenose catfish: Hi Brendon, Pieces of driftwood would make a bristlenose catfish feel right at home. You can feed them sinking algae wafers. You might also try giving them pieces of zucchini squash, just be sure to remove any uneaten squash before it rots. -- Ron...

Fish: banjo cat fish, banjo catfish, angel fish
banjo catfish, angel fish, 10 gallon tank: Hi, Banjo catfish should have a tank of atleast 29 gallons with clean water, good food and hiding places. he should do fine with an angelfish. I need to change what i have posted about homemade CO2. I was using it recently and I was un aware that the tubing...

Fish: my betta, bumps and lumps, betta fish
bumps and lumps, betta fish, brown scales: Hi Christine, Bumps, and Lumps are impossible to diagnose. Maybe a vet would be able to help you. Most of the time lumps, or bumps are tumors, or boils. Bettas can live a long time with tumors that are not cancerous. If it is a boil, it will come to a...

Fish: My betta, fish vendors, bladder disease
fish vendors, bladder disease, swim bladder: Surely your pet store must have some medication to help you with SBD. Furan-2 could also help. Meanwhile, be careful not to overfeed him if he should begin to eat. There is nothing else you can do. You must find him medication, or this disease will lead...

Fish: betta behavior, aquarium salt, different kinds of fish
aquarium salt, different kinds of fish, gallon tanks: Hi Stephanie, Bettas should be kept in 5 gallon tanks, and there water should be around 80-82 degrees. Under this temperature the Betta is cold, which could be a reason why he is wedging in a corner. When bringing home a betta, we all know the little sadistic...

Fish: betta breeding, breeding bettas, brine shrimp
breeding bettas, brine shrimp, gallon tank: Hi Crystal, Breeding bettas is not easy. I will give you some information, but cannot write everything down here. Your female must be pregnant. You know this when she is chubby, and has a little white dot near her anal fin. You then prepare a 5 gallon...

Fish: betta developed lump on head, mouth is distorted, lumps and bumps, clove oil
lumps and bumps, clove oil, lump on head: Hi Jen, Lumps, and bumps are almost impossible to diagnose. It may be a tumor, or maybe even a boil. Never try to squeeze it has it will be painful, and would cause death. Some bettas will live a long time with tumors. It is much like us. If it is a boil,...

Fish: betta fish, bladder disease, tank 80
bladder disease, tank 80, beta fish: Hi Kallie, Clenched fins indicate parasites. Bettas who do not eat means they are sick. Treat him with Quick Cure Follow the direction of the bottle, and be careful not to overdose. Bettas kept in small bowls, tanks, or vases, will eventually get sick....

Fish: betta fish, bite size pieces, brine shrimp
bite size pieces, brine shrimp, swim bladder: Hi Kelly, He seems to be showing symptoms of Swim Bladder Disease. Swim bladder is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. A betta should have a varied diet. Here is a list of food the betta should have: Betta Pellets Betta flakes Plankton Flakes Daphnia...

Fish: betta- muscle spasms?, stress coat, male betta
stress coat, male betta, aquaplus: HI KatieIt s He must be miserable in a small bowl. Bettas need space. They should have a 5 gallon heated tank. Keeping them in small bowls, tanks, and vases, will only lead to stress, and sickness. In his habitat the betta may live in shallow water,...

Fish: My betta may have tail rot!, fungus diseases, aquarium salt
fungus diseases, aquarium salt, little fish: Hi Jenny, Your little fish has fungus. Buy Tetracycline, follow the directions on the package, and be careful not to overdose. You must buy this medication as soon as possible since this disease quickly eats away at fish, and will cause death. Add a little...

Fish: betta tank and companions, siamese fighting fish, female bettas
siamese fighting fish, female bettas, neon tetras: Hi Shawna, Never put female bettas in with a male betta. Bettas are loners, and as you know, Siamese fighting fish. Males or females will not mix. They will kill each other. Just the sight of each other brings them stress, and stress fish get sick. Females...

Fish: bichir fish, frozen shrimp, living fossils
frozen shrimp, living fossils, fish question: Hi, Glad to help. I recommend thawed but raw, deshelled, and in bite sized pieces even though he d try to eat the whole thing if you let him. One thing I forgot to mention was make sure the shrimp are not seasoned or have preservatives. They can stunt a fishes...

Fish: black fin shark, water tempature, cichlid research
water tempature, cichlid research, black fin shark: Hi Kia, A black fin shark is not really a shark at all, but actually it is a type of barb. They come from Southeast Asia. You can feed them regular fish flake food, once a day. The temperature should be around 80oF. You should change 25% of the water...

Fish: black moor goldfish, cichlid research, black moor goldfish
cichlid research, black moor goldfish, ron c: Hi Kathy, A fish should never shed . This is often a sign of ick. Ick is treatable. There are many medicines such as Quik-Cure or Rid-Ich that will do the job. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: blood parrots just laid eggs! dont know what to do, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, algea eater: Hi Katie, Actually, if they hatch, the parents will become very protective and I would worry more about the parents removing the tetras. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: breeding betta fish, baby brine shrimp, breeding betta fish
baby brine shrimp, breeding betta fish, breeding bettas: Hi Nikki, First you must make sure that the little female is pregnant. Breeding bettas is not easy. You must read about how to go about it. It would be too long for me to write, and explain this all to you. I can only tell you the basics, but you must...

Fish: breeding bettas, brine shrimp, male betta
brine shrimp, male betta, bubble nest: She is very fat. This could indicate that she is also constipated. Feed her the pea as mentioned above. Sometimes bettas do not get along. Most of the time it is because the male is too young. Do not try to force a spawn. The female will eventually drop...

Fish: Chasing male platys, cichlid research, platys
cichlid research, platys, platy: Hi Lucy, This is perfectly normal. The last things a male platy wants to see in HIS tank, is another male platy. The only way to really stop this is to separate them. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: convict cichlid eggs, cichlid eggs, water chemistry
cichlid eggs, water chemistry, nitrites: Hi Melissa, Changing their home may have affected them, but do not worry, they will spawn again. Another reason could be that your water chemistry in their new home isn t the same as the one they were in. Make sure that you have zero ammonia, zero nitrites,...

Fish: Distressed gourami, aquarium salt, cichlid research
aquarium salt, cichlid research, cloudy eye: Hi Tammy, Unfortunately that is really hard to say. Doing the water changes is good. BTW, I never use aquarium salt. Your fish (gouramis and tetras) come from water with NO salt content so I cannot see any advantage to adding salt to the water. ...

Fish: Feeding, cichlid research, brine shrimp
cichlid research, brine shrimp, partial water changes: Hi Bill, Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. Issues with feeding are one of the first signs of deteriorating water quality. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Feeding plecos while on vacation, mechanical feeder, algae wafers
mechanical feeder, algae wafers, cory cats: Hi Larry, That is a problem when leaving fish for such a long time. You could ask your pet store to keep him for you. This would be best if they could. I m quite sure they wouldn t mind doing this, as a pleco is no problem to keep. Buy him his wafers,...

Fish: Fish will no teat, cichlid research, intestinal infection
cichlid research, intestinal infection, ron c: Hi Itzik, The stringy poop strongly suggests that she has an intestinal infection. There are medications that claim to treat this sort of thing, but odds of success are not great. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: Flicking, jack dempsey cichlids, convict fish
jack dempsey cichlids, convict fish, convict cichlid: Hi Thomas, Fish will flick a little without there being anything wrong, i.e. if a fish does it once or twice that is nothing to worry about. It is when you see them doing it over and over that you should get concerned. In fact, some fishes flick as...

Fish: Flower Horn is Critical, red dragon flower horn, cichlid research
red dragon flower horn, cichlid research, gallon tank: Hi Hunaid, Have you been doing regular weekly water changes? You need to change 25% of the water once a week, every week, to keep your fish healthy. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: gold piranha, piranha, 20g
Fish: gold piranha, piranha, 20g

Fish: My fancy golfish, bladder disease, fancy fish
bladder disease, fancy fish, fish tank: Hi Larissa, Sadly he doesn t sound like a very healthy little fellow and that is unlikely to improve. Yes it is possible for fish to become partially paralyzed. As for swim bladder disease, that is a very nonspecific thing. Basically it is a name for a...

Fish: female red jewel has a large round abscess on tail, 20 gallon tank, melafix
20 gallon tank, melafix, water changes: Hi Rhonda, A growth is very difficult to diagnose. It may be a tumor, or a boil, much like we have. If it is a boil, it will come to a head on it s own. Never try to squeeze a growth, and this would be extremely painful, and would cause death. Since you...

Fish: fire eel + oscar, fire eel, brine shrimp
fire eel, brine shrimp, turkey baster: Hi Eli, Fire eels are usually peaceful fish. The fire eel is not for beginners, but if you really want one, care should be taken so that your tank is set up properly. You must have a sandy bottom, as they dig in the sand. Do not use gravel as the fire...

Fish: my fish., bala sharks, bala shark
bala sharks, bala shark, plastic aquarium: Hi, Take the fish and gently net them and put them in a plastic aquarium bag that is about 1/4 filled with water from their tank. Put the fish in it. Tie the top of the bag up with a rubber band, make sure to leave about 1/2 of the bag full of air. Float...

Fish: My fish in my freshwater tank keep dying?, water clarifier, ammonia levels
water clarifier, ammonia levels, freshwater tank: Hi Niki, The fact that your water is cloudy coming out of the tank is not very encouraging (do you drink that stuff?). Here is what I suggest. Clean the tank. Be sure that you never use any soap or anything even like soap or hand lotion near a fish tank....

Fish: My fish keep dying!!, water clarifier, ammonia levels
water clarifier, ammonia levels, keeping fish: Hi Niki, I am sorry for the delay in responding; I was out of the country. The key to a fish tank is not to change too much, too quickly. There is also not a lot of need to add all sorts of chemicals to a tank (I seldom add anything to my tanks, and...

Fish: fish loss, cichlid research, tiger barbs
cichlid research, tiger barbs, red tail sharks: Hi Rhonda, I am surprised that the pet store let you buy that many fish at the start. That is very irresponsible of them. When you start a new tank, start with one or two fish. Feed them once a day, lightly. As they eat, they will produce waste....

Fish: fresh water aquarium problem, fresh water aquarium, cichlid research
fresh water aquarium, cichlid research, artificial plants: Hi Rich, You are vastly overfeeding the tank. There should not be any flakes lying on the bottom ever. Only feed the fish what they will eat right away (as in within a minute at most). Uneaten food quickly rots and grows fungus (which is what you are seeing)....

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, fantail goldfish
cichlid research, fantail goldfish, 10 gallon tank: Hi Callie, It could be that she is getting older, but it could also be that one of the other fish has been picking on her. Keep an eye on things in the tank. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Goldfish On Bottom Of Tank, cichlid research, black moor
cichlid research, black moor, water change: Hi Maddison, Unfortunately that doesn t look good. You said you did a 25% water change -- I assume that you do these regularly? You should be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week, to keep him happy and healthy. Have you been doing that?...

Fish: Gormi Fish, platty fish, cichlid research
platty fish, cichlid research, ron c: Hi Sheila, I suspect you mean gourami ? The best thing you can do is to separate the fish (as you said you would). This will give the injured fish a chance to heal. Fish can often recover from injuries on their own provided that the source of the injury...

Fish: Green Severum, green severum, cichlid research
green severum, cichlid research, ron c: Hi Sylvia, When you say 10% on a regular basis , how regular is that? Ideally you would be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. If you don t do that, the water quality can slowly decline and that could easily explain his behaviour. If...

Fish: Green terror Cichlids, green terror, oscar fish
green terror, oscar fish, dark colour: Hi, Cichlids are naturally like that. They also care for each other, and will almost never actually kill each other. I have a story about oscar fish doing something similar that always amazes even the most experienced aquarists if you want to hear it. If...

Fish: Green terror Cichlids, bristlenose catfish, cichlid research
bristlenose catfish, cichlid research, java moss: Hi Brendon, Java moss would be great for the fry to hide in. As for providing oxygen, I wouldn t say yes or no. While it is true that plants provide oxygen during the day, at night they suck it back up, so in general, never count on plants to provide...

Fish: Green terror Cichlids, green terror cichlid, cichlid research
green terror cichlid, cichlid research, ron c: Hi Brendon, You need to add a lot of structure to the tank, i.e., things like wood, rock and/or plants to break up the space and give her a place to hide. Otherwise, he will just keep doing that forever. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Growth on side of Parrot Fish, cancerous cell growth, cichlid research
cancerous cell growth, cichlid research, pimafix: Hi Melinda, If it is a tumor (which is very likely) I do not see how Pimafix can do anything about it. Tumors are the result of cancerous cell growth. If we could fix cancer with Pimafix, people would use it. We don t. As with most cancers, there isn...

Fish: garbage bags?, cichlid research, garbage bags
cichlid research, garbage bags, harmful chemicals: Hi Derick, I always keep a Rubbermaid tub around, just in case. Get a new one, and rinse it a bunch of times and then set it aside as your emergency tank . Resist the urge to put other stuff in it, or if you can t resist that urge, put fish-related supplies...

Fish: gold piranha, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, piranha: Hi Ian, That is why they are called piranhas. They don t play well with others. I can t think of anything that would do well in there. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: goldfish question, fancytail goldfish, cichlid research
fancytail goldfish, cichlid research, fish diseases: Hi Jose, It looks like a tumor, i.e., a cancerous growth. This isn t likely contagious but there really isn t anything you can do about it either. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: green terrors, cichlid research, green terror
cichlid research, green terror, ron c: Hi Patrick, Lip locking between two fish can mean many things. If it is a male and female, it is a form a courtship. They do it to test each other out when they are thinking about breeding. If it is two males lip locking, they do it to establish territories...

Fish: High nitrates, excessive algea, clown loaches, bristlenose pleco
clown loaches, bristlenose pleco, nitrate remover: Hi Amber, I don t have a good answer for you. In general, you can really reduce algae growth by simply reducing the length of time the light is on, but the hair algae is something else. I have the same problem in one of my tanks and I agree that it...

Fish: hard water scale, razor blade, white vinegar
razor blade, white vinegar, little tank: Hi Ryan; It depends on where the buildup is. If it s inside the tank below the rim and your tank is glass (not plastic) you can use a single edge razor blade scraper. Just don t cut into the sealant at the joints. And most of all, work carefully and don...

Fish: Ick in tank, dwarf gourami, second tank
dwarf gourami, second tank, rasbora fish: Hi, The bichir are tough. Don t worry about him. What I do to treat ich is turn the temperature up slowly to 82F and if that doesn t kill the ich in a day or two, do a water change. is that still doesn t work, get a really simple nox ich type of medicine,...

Fish: identification, cichlid research, species of fishes
cichlid research, species of fishes, fish one: Hi Kathie, Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), there are thousands of different species of fishes (over 28,000 in fact). Is there any chance you could send me a photo? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Jack Dempsey?, cichlid research, central american cichlids
cichlid research, central american cichlids, personality behavior: Hi Emily, From that picture, he could be a young Jack Dempsey. Keep in mind that there are many Central American cichlids that look rather similar when they are young. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Jellybean Parrothead Fish, parrot fish, gallon tank
parrot fish, gallon tank, two females: Hi Francine, Parrot fish need big tanks. Four parrot fish would need at least a 50 gallon tank which as cycled. I m sorry to tell you, that parrot fish will not survive very long in a 6 gallon tank, which as not been cycled, and is extremely too small for...

Fish: jack Dempsey, cichlid research, jack dempsey
cichlid research, jack dempsey, ron c: Hi Jimmy, A female Jack Dempsey CAN lay eggs every three weeks or so if she wants. Whether she will do that or not depends on many, many things. Typically if she is already guarding fry, that will slow down her likelihood of laying another batch of eggs....

Fish: jack demsey, jack demsey, territorial fish
jack demsey, territorial fish, gallon tank: Hi! The Jack Dempsey is omnivorous, and should have high quality food, such as pellets, flakes, and frozen fish that you buy at the market. The fish must be frozen, and they must come from rivers, and lakes, and never from salt water lakes. You break of...

Fish: King Betta in the bottom of the tank, ammonia level, nylon stockings
ammonia level, nylon stockings, sea shells: Hi Luiz, Your PH is much too low. Add sea shells or crushed coral to your tank. Do this slowly, as bringing up the PH too quickly would be deadly. Buy a small bag of crushed coral, and rinse it well. Buy white nylon stockings, and make a bag. Put one...

Fish: Laying sideways, bladder disease, type fish
bladder disease, type fish, lack of oxygen: Hi Lindsey, He may have swim bladder disease. This disease begins with constipation, and if left untreated will lead to dropsy. He should have a good quality vegetable flake, spirulina flakes, and veggie pellets added to his diet. He should also have blanched...

Fish: Leopard Crabs, cichlid research, gal tank
cichlid research, gal tank, ron c: Hi Kerri, Sorry but I have absolutely no experience with leopard crabs. Sorry. I would be cautious because crabs have claws for a reason and they can catch fish. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Lump now Hole...?, cichlid research, red bellied piranhas
cichlid research, red bellied piranhas, water parameters: Hi Stephen, If it was a parasite, it has come out now so there likely isn t any need to cure him. The big issue now is whether the hole will heal up. Keep an eye on it. There is a danger of fungus infecting it. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Male Betta, brine shrimp, male betta
brine shrimp, male betta, bladder disease: Hi Lori, When a betta gets sick, he will stop eating. Since he is eating well, I cannot say at this time if there is something wrong with him. If he stops eating, and his condition gets worse, then it could be something wrong with him internally. It could...

Fish: Are my Molly's Fighting or Playing?, dalmation mollies, cichlid research
dalmation mollies, cichlid research, small tank: Hi Bryan, Putting two male mollies in a small tank is pretty much asking them to fight, which is what is happening. The only solution is to either remove one, or add lots more structure (such as plants) to help break up the space. The water changes...

Fish: Molly Fish - Chasing...?, molly fish, fish tanks
molly fish, fish tanks, mollies: Hi Julzy, Probably the best thing you can do is put a lot more plants and/or wood in the tank. That will break up the space and reduce the opportunities for aggression. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Mystery Deaths, cichlid research, mystery deaths
cichlid research, mystery deaths, apple snail: Hi Calla, Unfortunately that is really hard to diagnose. If it were me, I would slow down on the feeding -- feed them only once a day -- and keep up the water changes. Maybe even do a few extra water changes. I would not add any salt to the tank -- I...

Fish: New Betta Fish owner- concerned and confused, betta fish, flake food
betta fish, flake food, blood worms: Hi Niki, Since his tank is not cycled, you must do 100% water changes weekly. This is very important. Feed him 2-3 times a day in small amounts. Two pellets, or three bloodworms for one meal. His tummy is the size of his eye, and we must always remember...

Fish: New fish owner, apple snail, african frog
apple snail, african frog, schooling fish: Hi Lindsay, I will be very truthful with you Lindsay. I know you will not like this answer, but no fish can live happily in a two gallon tank. It is too small for schooling fish, and most small fish are schooling fish. You could however have an African...

Fish: Opinion on fish, convict cichlids, fish question
convict cichlids, fish question, hardy fish: Hi Michele, Black Phantom Tetras should get along as long as they are in groups of 6 of more. They are usually peaceful fish. When kept in groups, they will chase each other. These fish may nip other fish if they are not kept in groups. Of course, sometimes...

Fish: Oscar cloudy inside eye, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, ron c: Hi Fran, Given that he is the only fish in the tank, banging his eye on something is a very likely explanation. The solution would be to give it time to heal. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar fish not happy, feeder fish, earth worms
feeder fish, earth worms, blood worm: Hi David, Oscars must have big tanks. One Oscar needs 65 gallons of water all to himself to be healthy, and happy. Two Oscars you must double this, and so on. You did not mention the size of your tank, so I do not know how you are keeping him. Oscars...

Fish: Oscars, gallon fish tank, feeder goldfish
gallon fish tank, feeder goldfish, cory cats: Hi Alice, Oscars need big tanks in order to be happy, and healthy. They actually need 65 gallons or more, but you could get away with 50 gallons as long as you put in just one Oscar. Two Oscars would need a 120 gallon tank. Oscars kept in crowded tanks...

Fish: Oscars looking sick, bio spira, oscar tank
bio spira, oscar tank, change asap: Hi, It has been more than long enough for the filter bacteria, and bio spara is pretty much useless. You have an amonia/ nitrite problem. 4 Oscars would be pushing it size wise in a 70 gallon aquarium because they are big, messy fish. Do a 50% water change...

Fish: oscar fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, ron c: Hi Travis, It could be normal color change or it could indicate a little bit of damage due to abrasion. I wouldn t worry about it, but keep an eye on things. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: my oscar fish is not acting normal, feeder fish, intestinal parasite
feeder fish, intestinal parasite, oscar fish: Hi, First off, only feed guppies and goldfish if you quarantine them first. They are full of deadly parasites. Continue useing the medicine and keep the lights off, as i have found this helps a fish fight disease and rest. I m not sure if I read this right,...

Fish: oscar fishes?, cichlid research, fish tanks
cichlid research, fish tanks, little fish: Hi Valerie, I am curious how you know that the one is a female and the other a male? Oscars have no visible signs of their sex, so you cannot tell what sex they are by looking at them. Oscars sometimes lie on the bottom as just part of what they...

Fish: oscars, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, time ive: Hi Anna, In cichlids like oscars, courting and fighting look exactly the same. The only difference is the outcome. If they are fighting, it will continue until one gives up (or loses badly). If it is courting, one day they will suddenly stop doing that,...

Fish: Pacu, cichlid research, peacock bass
cichlid research, peacock bass, beta carotene: Hi Thomas, Fish color is a product of many things, including age, diet and how the fish feels. For instance, many fishes color-up when they are interested in breeding. I have never heard of feeding a fish carrots -- they might be hard to digest...

Fish: Piranha, red bellied piranha, aquarium fish
red bellied piranha, aquarium fish, 20 gallon tank: Hi, If you were getting 4 red bellied piranha, you d probable be ok an a 20 gallon tank for about 4 months. There is no such thing as a tank too big for a fish, so get the biggest tank you can fit and afford. Personally, I like black piranhas the most because...

Fish: Platy fish being pregnant, cichlid research, main tank
cichlid research, main tank, ron c: Hi Lucy, They don t give you any clear indication. They just give birth. As for what you should do, that depends on what you want to do. You could just let her give birth in the tank. Only the fastest and strongest babies will survive -- those that find...

Fish: Please help!, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, bluto: Hi Christy, The regular weekly water changes are a very good way to go. I don t know about the natural foods idea. I don t see any value in doing or not doing that. The big thing to be careful of is that there is no uneaten food sitting in the tank....

Fish: Pop-eye, poor water quality, water quality issues
poor water quality, water quality issues, stress coat: Hi, I m really sorry to hear about the fish. I know how sad it is to see such an amazing animal suffer like that. Betta fish are extremely tough and can recover from nearly anything quite well. The thing I would like to point out is pop eye is generally...

Fish: Pregnant Molly Fish, cichlid research, molly fish
cichlid research, molly fish, pregnant molly: Hi Gina, Here s the cool thing about many livebearers: you don t need a male present! Many of them can store sperm, so your females may have mated quite awhile ago (before you got her) and can keep producing broods even though you don t have a male present....

Fish: Problem with electric yellow, cichlid research, airstone
cichlid research, airstone, dead fish: Hi Leisa, After the fish died, did you do a lot of water changes? If not, you should. I would change 25% of the water now, then do the same thing on each of the next three days to see if that doesn t help perk up your fish. Dead fish put a lot of bad stuff...

Fish: pH Drops with Water Changes, cichlid research, microbe lift
cichlid research, microbe lift, stress zyme: Hi Brenda, Hmmm... that is mysterious. I am unsure as to why you are adding salt to the tank. Neither the angels nor catfish will benefit from that at all -- quite the opposite. In fact, I would not add any of those things. I would add only what you...

Fish: Filter, cichlid research, sword plants
cichlid research, sword plants, aquarium plant: Hi Amit, You can t really argue whether biosponges are better or worse than bioballs. It depends on the number and size of each. Either is good. Far more importantly, having six oscars in a tank is asking for trouble. Oscars produce a ton of...

Fish: Recent Attitude, swim bladder, bladder problem
swim bladder, bladder problem, bladder disease: Hi Bryan, The bubbles you are seeing are the betta s nest. A healthy betta blows a nest. This is normal, but if he still keeps to the bottom of the bowl, and his tummy is swollen, this is a sign of constipation. Constipation leads to Swim Bladder Disease,...

Fish: how to recognize flower horn is male or female, cichlid research, flower horn
cichlid research, flower horn, ron c: Hi Nikhil, There is no perfect way to tell male from female flowerhorns. Males are going to be more robust and carry their weight more in the chest and less in the belly, but telling the sex of these takes a fair bit of experience. Both sexes can grow...

Fish: rescued mistreated betta fish - help please, fish equipment, good bacteria
fish equipment, good bacteria, silk plant: Hi Marybeth, Bless you heart for trying to save this little betta from a sure death. These places should not be allowed to sell fish, as they know nothing about them, and most do not care. Unfortunately there are no laws to help prevent this, and it just...

Fish: Sick Beta, beta fish, gallon tank
beta fish, gallon tank, filter light: Hi Michele, That is hard to say. Moving him to larger quarters was a good idea. You didn t by any chance use any soap at any point (that would explain his behavior)? He needs a temperature up near about 80oF or he will get very lethargic and dull-colored....

Fish: Sick Betta, moby dick, pelvic fins
moby dick, pelvic fins, stress coat: Hi The betta has gone through a lot. First he is shipped here in small, small bags about one inch long, and one inch wide with hardly enough water to survive. Many of them die in the shipment. Then they are tossed into these small cups without checking...

Fish: Sick Cichlid tank, salt water tank, hidey holes
salt water tank, hidey holes, cichlid tank: Hi Jessica, The only thing that can do this is poor water quality. Your ammonia must be zero, your nitrites zero, and your nitrates must be low. When scales are missing it is caused by ammonia burn. Also, I do not know what other fish you have in your...

Fish: Sick catfish, iridescent shark, pictus catfish
iridescent shark, pictus catfish, afraid this time: Hi Gustavo, This seems to be a very bad case of fin, and tail rot, also fungus. You must treat the tank, since this disease is catching. Buy Tetracycline as quickly as possible, follow the directions on the package, and be careful not to overdose. Before...

Fish: Sick cichlid, malawi bloat, african cichlid
malawi bloat, african cichlid, tropheus species: Hi Peter, Cichlids from Lake Malawi often get a disease called Lake Malawi Bloat. The Tropheus species from Lake Tanganiyka, also often get these disease. It is caused by a parasite, accompanied by a bacterial infection. This disease is often fatal....

Fish: Sick Dovii Fish, dovii cichlid, 30 gallon tank
dovii cichlid, 30 gallon tank, mouth fungus: Hi Erick, Sadly, the most likely cause of those symptoms displayed by your dovii would be attacks by one of the other fish. Any of the other cichlids could be attacking him. Is that a possibility? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Sick Gourami, fish illness, blue dwarf
fish illness, blue dwarf, dwarf gourami: It is impossible to force a fish to eat. If he is not eating, it is because he is sick. Keep treating him, and hopefully he will eventually get better, and eat. Swim Bladder takes time, and many fish do not get better if the disease was not caught in time....

Fish: Sick Green Spotted Puffer fish, frozen brine shrimp, cichlid research
frozen brine shrimp, cichlid research, green spotted puffer fish: Hi Linda, You need to give him time. It is very normal for a fish not to eat anything for days or even weeks after being moved to a new tank. Be absolutely sure that you do not leave uneaten food to accumulate (and rot) in the tank. That WILL make him...

Fish: South American-Red Tiger Cichlid/Oscar, cichlid research, mr peabody
cichlid research, mr peabody, aqua art: Hi Tonya, The good news is that he will likely heal, given time. It is important to change the water in an aquarium, but you need to do it gradually. You should never change more than 50% of the water at once, and in general, I recommend changing...

Fish: Strange Behavior, jack dempsey cichlid, cichlid research
jack dempsey cichlid, cichlid research, first signs: Hi Emily, Erratic swimming is often one of the first signs of deteriorating water quality. Have you been doing regular weekly water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week every week. Also, be sure that you are not overfeeding him...

Fish: Sudden Death, bristle nose, black moors
bristle nose, black moors, ammonia level: Hi Silvia, Sometimes a female Molly will be overly aggressive if there are more males than females in a tank. There should be at least 3 females to a male. It could also be from lack of space. Mollies need lots of room to swim. Feeding them live food...

Fish: Sudden Death, black moor gold fish, cichlid research
black moor gold fish, cichlid research, brine shrimp: Hi Silvia, I would not count out the angelfish as attacking other fish. A male angelfish can be quite aggressive under certain circumstances. Discus can also do some damage. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: sick beta, bumps and lumps, swimming fins
bumps and lumps, swimming fins, coppersafe: Hi Virginia, It is quite impossible that your betta has Hole in the Head. In all my years of breeding, and keeping bettas, I have never heard of a betta getting this disease. It usually attacks bigger fish, such as Oscars, Discus, etc. Hole in the head...

Fish: Edward- sick betta fish, blood worms, fish question
blood worms, fish question, new rocks: Hi! You are very welcome, and I am pleased to know he is on his way to recovery. A filter does not mean a cycled tank. A cycled tank means that you have cycled your water so that it has no ammonia, no nitrites, and nitrates must be low. I believe that...

Fish: sick catfish, angel fish are fine, cichlid research, angel fish
cichlid research, angel fish, stress coat: Hi Karyn, That is hard to say but my first guess would be to suggest that maybe the angelfish attacked the catfish. Is that a possibility? Are there lots of hiding places for the catfish? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: stocking new fish tank soon!!, clown loaches, gold gourami
clown loaches, gold gourami, blue gourami: Hi, That would be fine, however I wouldn t put too many more fish in that tank, as clown loaches can get quite big and are very messy fish. I would keep no more than 3 clown loach, 2 sharks, 3-4 angelfish, and 3 gourami. I think a blue ram might get eaten...

Fish: can a suckerfish go with goldfish, cichlid research, plecostomus catfish
cichlid research, plecostomus catfish, physical reason: Hi Stephen, Yes and no. There is no physical reason why not, but keep in mind that suckerfish (I assume you mean a plecostomus catfish) are tropical and really prefer a water temperature up near 80oF whereas goldfish do not like the water that warm (it...

Fish: swollen stomach, cichlid research, swollen stomach
cichlid research, swollen stomach, flower horn: Hi Vaibhav, What did you feed him before the problem? Also, are you doing regular weekly water changes? You should be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week, to keep him happy and healthy. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Tank and Fish Advice, fish as pets, fish advice
fish as pets, fish advice, breeding mollies: Hi, Air pumps are good. You can turn it off, but I leave mine on 24/7. You could surely get a bigger filter, but that would start the nitrogen cycle over again, and may kill more of your fish in the process. The fish you have (minus the tetra) will breed...

Fish: tank mates, blue channel catfish, snowball pleco
blue channel catfish, snowball pleco, common pleco: Hi, That sounds good to me, exempt for the koi and the filter. Koi generally do better in cold water, and those are all tropical or subtropical fish. The fluval x5 would be fine, but aren t they for 800 gallon tanks? or am i thinking of a different one.......

Fish: tiger oscars, tiger oscars, gallon tank
tiger oscars, gallon tank, eating habits: Hi, The tank is fine gallon wise, but the average 75 gal. is way too boxy. I recommend a longer tank for oscars. This is essential because there is enough territory. That is the issue your facing, lack of enough territory for both fish. The larger tank will...

Fish: White Sand, cichlid research, river bottoms
cichlid research, river bottoms, bacteria growth: Hi Jonathon, The biggest problem with really fine sand is that it can get compacted. That creates problems because organic stuff in the sand will rot and that puts little bubbles of gas in the sand which is not good. If you have any cichlids in the tank,...

Fish: white clouds and bettas, white cloud mountain, cherry barbs
white cloud mountain, cherry barbs, ghost shrimp: How cute! Keep them in the same tank as they would need another tank with the same water conditions as the one they are now in. This would mean a cycled tank, which would be impossible to start one right now, as it would take up to 4-5 weeks to cycle one....

Fish: white cotton on Oscar fin, cichlid research, fungal treatments
cichlid research, fungal treatments, oscar white: Hi Fran, You could try the Maracyn. I notice also that he has some hole in the head. Be careful that you are not overfeeding him such that food ends up rotting in the water. Unfortunately, oscars are notoriously messy eaters. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: 7yr old goldfish with ich, cichlid research, poor fella
cichlid research, poor fella, water change: Hi Kathy, It takes a while to treat ich. Ich is a parasite that goes through a weeklong or so life cycle and it takes at least that long to treat and cure it. Be patient and continue with your treatments. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Adding fish into a tank, little water, mail
little water, mail, 15 minutes: Hi Thomas, First you let the bad float for about 10 minutes. Then you empty a bit of the water in the bag in the sink, or if you are not sure, in a pail. Then you add water from your tank to the bag, letting it float another 10 minutes. Do this three or...

Fish: African Cichlid, acei cichlid, ehiem
acei cichlid, ehiem, gallon tank: Hi Sergio, The Acei Cichlid does not like bright lighted tanks. This could be a reason. Also you need lots of hiding places, overturned pots, and the PH should be between 7.6-8.0. Changing your decor may help. By this I mean moving your rocks around so...

Fish: African Cichlid behavior, cichlid aquarium, cichlid behavior
cichlid aquarium, cichlid behavior, african cichlid: Hi, It is quite difficult for me to say what is happening. It could be that the males are fighting over a female which is why there should always be more females than males. When one is stronger, it can kill another, which could be the reason why the other...

Fish: Air pumps, cichlid research, airline tubing
cichlid research, airline tubing, airstone: Hi Brendon, You attach a piece of airline tubing about a foot long to the pump, attach the other end to the check valve. Then put another piece of airline tubing from the check valve to the airstone and put the airstone in the tank. -- Ron C. ...

Fish: Airstones, cichlid research, oxygen exchange
cichlid research, oxygen exchange, airstone: Hi Brendon, They might push it around. I used to have a large wolf cichlid that would get really angry at the airstone in his tank. He used to attack it because it kept bubbling at him. There is no problem with that. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Amonia, good bacteria, corys
good bacteria, corys, gallon tank: Hi Michele, For now, leave your water alone, until you are sure the test results were good. If you are doing 25% water changes every week, there is no reason for your tank to have ammonia. You can also buy these small test kits, especially ammonia, and...

Fish: My Angel Fish is Hurting, tiger barb, shrimp pellets
tiger barb, shrimp pellets, angel fish: Hi Jacinta, First, I would like to mention that if your tiger barb is with the betta, watch that the barb doesn t bite at the betta s fins. These two fish do not belong together. It is an accident waiting to happen. When a pleco starts to suck on fish,...

Fish: Angelfish Fin Rot, fin and tail rot, fish stress
fin and tail rot, fish stress, aquarium salt: You will have to treat the whole tank, unless you have a cycled tank ready for your Angel fish. Stress can cause fin, and tail rot, as well as poor diet. Make sure that your quarantine tank is cycled, and that it has the same chemistry as the water he is...

Fish: Arowana, cichlid research, silver arowana
cichlid research, silver arowana, jardini arowana: Hi Thomas, I see no reason why you could not keep two arrawanas together other than that you would need a very large tank. For a single arrawana, I recommend at least a 100 gallon tank. For two, I would suggest something around 200 gallons. -- Ron...

Fish: Arowana, silver arowana, jardini arowana
silver arowana, jardini arowana, gallon tank: Hi Thomas, I do not think their would be a problem, but you would need a 500 gallon tank. These fish grow very big, up to 48 inches. They need lots of room to swim. You must also think of the cost of food, and a good filter, which is very expensive. ...

Fish: advice on algae eaters, cichlid research, sword plants
cichlid research, sword plants, algae eaters: Hi Michelle, You could go with either, but do not expect the fish to completely take care of algae. Every aquarium has algae. It is a normal part of every aquatic system and is found in every healthy aquarium. Do not attempt to create a sterile aquarium...

Fish: my angel fish, i think it has a swim bladder disorder!, swim bladder disorder, angel fish
swim bladder disorder, angel fish, idea what kind: Hi, the best thing you can do is keep the lights off, the water clean, and try to find some swimbladder medication at the pet store. Angel fish are an unusual type of cichlid, closely related to discus. Other cichlids, such as the one you were given, are...

Fish: Beta floating, frozen brine shrimp, bladder disease
frozen brine shrimp, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hi Chelsea, This could be a sign of Swim Bladder Disease. This disease is caused by poor diet, and overfeeding. The betta gets constipated, which often goes unnoticed, and leads to SBD. If left untreated, it will lead to Dropsy to which there is no cure....

Fish: My Betta, cichlid research, little fish
cichlid research, little fish, time ron: Hi Emily, No there is nothing wrong with him. Many fish do not eat for several days or even a week or more after they have been moved. Give him time. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: My Betta, silk plant, gallon tank
silk plant, gallon tank, degree water: Hi Lisa Bettas should be in 5 gallon heated tanks. This means they should have a thermostat (Heater) Never heat the bettas water with a lamp. Bettas are tropical fish, and should be in 80-82 degree water. Under this temperature, the betta is cold, and...

Fish: Betta has a bent spine., genetic problem, extreme pain
genetic problem, extreme pain, deformities: Hi, Bettas suffer from many deformities. I rescued on that had a similar condition about a year ago, and he s still alive. Many people have told me it s more humane to put him down, but I couldn t do it unless the fish was obviously in extreme pain. Basically,...

Fish: Betta bleeding, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, three months: Hi Ashlee, That is very peculiar. Perhaps he bashed it on something? Unfortunately I don t know of anything you can do about it, i.e., it will just have to stop on its own, i.e., you are better not to try to handle him or anything like that because that...

Fish: Betta eating his own tail, frozen brine shrimp, aquarium salt
frozen brine shrimp, aquarium salt, blood worms: If you use Melafix, use half the dosage, as a full dose could kill your pet. Melafix is too strong for bettas, so half the dosage would be okay. Bettafix is the same as Melafix, but made for bettas. It has the same ingredients but is less strong. You may...

Fish: Betta Fish, frozen brine shrimp, siamese fighting fish
frozen brine shrimp, siamese fighting fish, goldfish flakes: Hi, Never, ever put a female betta, and a male together. They could kill each other. They are Siamese fighting fish. The betta whether male or female must never be together in the same tank. I can imagine just how terrified the little female must have...

Fish: Betta Fish, cichlid research, tank mates
cichlid research, tank mates, corydoras catfish: Hi Ann, I see no reason whatsoever to feed a betta with raw meat of any kind. Why would you want to do that? I personally never keep snails -- they quickly become a pest. And I don t keep shrimp because my fish eat them. If you want a small...

Fish: Betta Fish Care..., aquarium salt, beta fish
aquarium salt, beta fish, 10 gallon tank: Hi Annette, Try to find Kordon Ich Attack. This medication will cure ick, as well as fungus, and other diseases. Since it is organic, it will not harm your fish, and this product is just great! Follow the directions, and be careful not to overdose....

Fish: Betta Fish Death!, fin and tail rot, male fish
fin and tail rot, male fish, stress coat: Hi Yusuf, This indicates poor water conditions. Your friend must check his water to make sure he has no ammonia, or nitrites in his water. When fish lose their tails it is called Fin, and Tail Rot which happens when the water is unclean, and when you...

Fish: Betta Fish Help, stress coat, sick fish
stress coat, sick fish, water conditioner: Hi Chris, When a betta has white fuzzy stuff, it is fungus. Fungus is caused by poor water conditions. A bettas water should be changed completely 1-2-3 times a week depending on the size of his tank, always using a good water conditioner such as stress...

Fish: Betta Fish Tank Mates, dwarf frogs, neon tetras
dwarf frogs, neon tetras, apple snails: Hi Jessica, Healthy male bettas blow a nest, this is natural. Depending on the size of your tank, most bettas get along with platys, cory catfish ( corys must be kept in groups) Neon tetras ( must be kept in groups) Ottos, Apple snails, Ghost shrimp, dwarf...

Fish: Betta fish, salt water fish, aquarium salt
salt water fish, aquarium salt, dear little soul: Hi Mintu, Dear little soul, she is really hanging on, and wants to live. Quick cure should have gotten rid of the ich, however, continual use of this product is not recommended. There is a product on the market called Kordon Ich Attack It is for fresh,...

Fish: Betta fish - Aquarium?, yoyo loaches, fish aquarium
yoyo loaches, fish aquarium, kuhli loach: Hi Julzy Of course I remember you :) Your Betta should be fine with the Gourami and the Mollies. The Gourami might be more of an aggressor than the Betta in that tank. I have a red Betta in a 15 gallon with a Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami, 2 Black Mollies,...

Fish: My Betta fish's behavior, glass tank, betta fish
glass tank, betta fish, little castle: Hi Gabby, You can leave a Betta without food for a few days, this will not affect him. When you say pebbles, do you mean seashells or rocks? If you have put in seashells, do a complete water change, and remove the pebbles as they make the water too alkaline...

Fish: Betta fish care, tank mates, aquarium salt
tank mates, aquarium salt, gallon tanks: Hi again Ann, I would like you to change all of his water, using your water conditioner, and remove the shell. Shells make the water too alkaline for the betta. Five gallon tanks can be found at Walmart or Zellers for a cheaper price than the pet stores....

Fish: Betta "Ich" (Please answer right away), male betta, water changes
male betta, water changes, birthmark: Hi Henry, Since your betta is eating, and acting normal, for the moment I would not worry too much about it. If he starts darting around the tank, or rubbing against things in the tank, then this would not be normal. It could be just a pimple, or a birthmark,...

Fish: Betta "Ich" (Please answer right away), aquarium salt, heater tank
aquarium salt, heater tank, tank floor: Hello, Read up on ick, as it would take too much space for me to write all of this down here for you. Google it. If he had lots of spots, and they looked yellowish to brownish, like dusting powder, then it could be velvet. Take a flashlight, and look...

Fish: Betta (Vacation), g tank, sunlight lamp
g tank, sunlight lamp, sick fish: Hi Quanz, 7 day betta feeders will pollute your water. Bettas are fussy eaters, and most will not eat this. It would be much better for your bettas if a family member or friend went in to feed them once everyday or once every two days. Tell them to feed...

Fish: Betta (Vacation), bettas fish, pet shop owner
bettas fish, pet shop owner, g tank: Hi Hery, You must find someone, or your betta will get very sick, and most likely die. Maybe you could call a service where they go, who look after cats, and dogs. You may find someone there who would help. You could ask your pet shop owner if he knows...

Fish: Black moors, cichlid research, black moors
cichlid research, black moors, fish eggs: Hi Jason, The eggs are small spheres about 1 mm in diameter and basically clear. They are not laid in a cluster but would be scattered all over. The sac like thing is not likely fish eggs. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Bluebelle the Betta Fish, female betta fish, fish question
female betta fish, fish question, fish image: Hi Meggie, You are very welcome. With bettas, it is always a throw of the dice. The other three females may get along, I cannot guarantee this, it depends on their personalities, and each betta has a different personality. Watch them closely, and if you...

Fish: Breeding Sailfin Mollies, pregnant molly, nylon stockings
pregnant molly, nylon stockings, little fishes: Hi Rob, It may happen that the female is sterile. You should really have 2 other females with the male. This is because the male will always harass the female, and she will become very tired, and weak. Your PH is low for mollies. They thrive in alkaline...

Fish: Brine shrimp(betta food), live brine shrimp, wheat flour
live brine shrimp, wheat flour, silk plant: Hi James, This question is too long for me to answer here. Google Growing Adult Brine Shrimp and you will find all the information you need. You could also look up Breeding Brine Shrimp. I wish I could answer your question in full, but this would take...

Fish: behaviour change, ammonia level, angel fish
ammonia level, angel fish, fish flakes: Hi Karen, Ammonia, and nitrites if present in your water will kill all of your fish. You must have your water checked at the pet store, or buy these test kits. They are always handy to have, and should be number one in your fish cabinet. I would also like...

Fish: My betta, fish vendors, bladder disease
fish vendors, bladder disease, swim bladder: Surely your pet store must have some medication to help you with SBD. Furan-2 could also help. Meanwhile, be careful not to overfeed him if he should begin to eat. There is nothing else you can do. You must find him medication, or this disease will lead...

Fish: betta, bite size pieces, swim bladder
bite size pieces, swim bladder, bladder disease: Hi Mintu, Bettas are very difficult to cure in one gallon tanks. Bettas should be in heated 5 gallon tanks with a silk plant they can rest on, and a toy they can go through. Bettas are tropical fish, and need to be in 80-82 degree stable water. When heating...

Fish: betta with beginnings of fungus.., poor water quality, aquarium decorations
poor water quality, aquarium decorations, bladder disease: Hi Samantha, The most important thing you can do for a fish is give him good clean water. That means putting him in a large enough tank (at least a 10 gallon) and changing 25% of his water once a week, EVERY week. If you don t do that, bad things happen...

Fish: betta fish, fish question, sick fish
fish question, sick fish, fish department: Hi Mintu, White patches indicate fungus, buy Tetracycline and follow the directions on the package. Be careful not to overdose. White cottony patches is fungus. Fungus eats away at a fish very quickly. Change all the water in her tank, and treat her...

Fish: betta fish companions, cichlid research, ron c
cichlid research, ron c, betta fish: Hi Kaity, A betta does not need a companion. They are perfectly happy to be alone. If you want him to have a companion, then an algae eater is probably a good choice. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: My betta fish is sick, sick fish, betta fish
sick fish, betta fish, silk plant: Heating water with lamps, and lights is a big No No. This will only stress the betta, and make him more sick. Lamps, and lights, cause the water to fluctuate, and fluctuating water is very bad for fish. He needs a heater, (Thermostat) to keep his water...

Fish: bloated stomach and eyes in Oscar, bloated stomach, fish store
bloated stomach, fish store, black oscar: Hi Nicole, Your little friend has Popeye This is mostly caused by poor water conditions, and injury. Poor diet may also be a cause, a lack of vitamin A. It could also be caused by fluid build up behind the eye, but this is rare. You must treat him as...

Fish: breeding gouramis, cichlid research, dwarf gouramis
cichlid research, dwarf gouramis, kissing gouramis: Hi Christina, I m sorry to hear that. It could have been any of the other fish. The idea that some fish are peaceful and others aggressive just because of what species they are is a common misconception. Behavior depends on many things. Partly it...

Fish: Catfish Information, cichlid research, african cichlids
cichlid research, african cichlids, fish store: Hi Jennifer, He is not a sturgeon but I cannot tell you which kind of catfish he is. There are almost 3000 different species of catfish. Did you get him locally or did you get him in a fish store? -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Cichlid, 20 gallon tank, dwarf cichlid
20 gallon tank, dwarf cichlid, internal organs: Hi Jake, An Oscar needs at least 60 gallons of water all to himself. Two Oscars, you must double this, and so on. An Oscar kept in a 20 gallon tank will eventually die. His growth will be stunted, and his internal organs will have no place to grow. Oscars...

Fish: Cichlid compatibility, jack dempseys, south american cichlids
jack dempseys, south american cichlids, colorful species: Hi Darshan, South American Cichlids, and African Cichlids do not mix. African Cichlids are more aggressive, and need lots of hiding places such as rocky formations, and overturned pots. Their water must be alkaline, and you must have three females to one...

Fish: Cichlid compatibility, cichlid research, colorful species
cichlid research, colorful species, gallon tank: Hi Darshan, All cichlids are definitely NOT compatible with each other. I generally only put East African with East African and Central American with Central American. In fact, by and large, I keep different species separate. No cichlid does not require...

Fish: Cichlid issue, kenyi cichlid, gallon tank
kenyi cichlid, gallon tank, hi doug: Hi Doug, Kenyi s have been bred so much with other mbunas, that you never know for sure if you have a pure Kenyi, or one that as been interbred, unless you know the breeder. With African cichlids, you can never be absolutely sure. Kenyi s are aggressive,...

Fish: Cichlid issue, mbuna cichlids, cichlid research
mbuna cichlids, cichlid research, filtration unit: Hi Doug, A 10 gallon tank is not much space for Malawi cichlids. As soon as they start getting any larger there will likely be trouble in a tank that size. Whether they will be safe in the larger tank is another question. If you have added a lot of structure,...

Fish: My Columbian Catfish, cichlid research, java fern
cichlid research, java fern, specific gravity: Hi Alex, I think you need to do more water changes. In general, I recommend that you change 25% of the water in the tank once a week, every week. I suggest you start doing that and see if the fish perk up. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Compatibility, acrylic aquarium, duck bill
acrylic aquarium, duck bill, nicaraguense: Hi, I really like your choices, and I think it sounds like a great tank, but I actually had one question for you. Do you have all those fish in a tank currently? I didn t think a scat or frontosa could tolerate the water conditions of the other fish and visa...

Fish: Compatibility, cichlasoma nicaraguense, cichlid research
cichlasoma nicaraguense, cichlid research, texas cichlid: Hi Rick, Male frontosa are heavier built and have a larger nuchal hump. Also, you should be able to vent them pretty easily. Males have a smaller vent while the female has a larger vent. As for compatibility, I really think that mixing the frontosa...

Fish: Convict Fries, baby brine shrimp, convict cichlid
baby brine shrimp, convict cichlid, external fertilization: Hi Rizwan, Convicts are egg layers with external fertilization, meaning that the male has to be present when she lays the eggs, or they will not be fertilized. You can remove the parents at that point, but I recommend against it. It takes a lot...

Fish: Corydoras, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, tiny microorganisms: Hi Rachel, If they have a little dot inside, then it sounds like they are developing. They should hatch in the next day or so. The challenge with young corydoras is feeding them. They are very small. You might try frozen baby brine shrimp, but in many...

Fish: cichlid, convict cichlid, female convict
convict cichlid, female convict, acra: The one on the bottom is an albino (not true albino, the name just hints towards the white color) female convict cichlid (which are naturally black or grey) and the one on top could be one of 3 or 4 or the thousands of cichlid species. I believe it is a...

Fish: cichlid ca/sa, cichlid research, blue acara
cichlid research, blue acara, kind of fish: Hi Dionne, It is definitely a new world cichlid but it could be one of many different species ranging from one of the Aequidens species (like a blue acara) to the Gymnogeophagus species. There are many dozens of similar looking species. The trouble is...

Fish: colors, guppy fish, many different reasons
guppy fish, many different reasons, adult fish: Hi Jeff Yes, of course they can change colors as they grow. As with any living creature, many changes occur while reaching maturity. Fish, even adult fish, can change colors for many different reasons. The main reason adult fish change colors is to blend...

Fish: convict fish, convict fish, cichlid research
convict fish, cichlid research, male convicts: Hi Dianna, There is a very slight possibility that this might happen in extremely rare cases, but in general, they don t change; however, their color patterns might change so people think that the fish has changed sex. In general, females have orange...

Fish: cycling, rena xp3, cichlid research
rena xp3, cichlid research, gallon aquarium: Hi Don, Moving gravel and water from an established tank is how we often quick-start new tanks, i.e., yes, that would work. I wouldn t put a ton of fish in the new tank right away, but by and large it should be good to go. As for whether 5 is too high...

Fish: Dalmation Lyretail Behavior, cichlid research, female dalmatian
cichlid research, female dalmatian, community tank: Hi Jayson, Hmm... I m sorry to hear that. Clearly something went very wrong, likely during the birthing process, but I doubt that she broke her back. I don t think that is possible. The backbone of a fish is very strong and there is nothing for a fish...

Fish: Dead fish., glo fish, glow fish
glo fish, glow fish, neon tetras: Hi Whitney, Your tank must cycle before putting any fish in it. To cycle a tank, you buy a used sponge from your pet store, do not rinse it under the tap, and squeeze out the access water, and add it to your filter letting the water run over it. A handful...

Fish: Distressed fish after water change, fancy goldfish, black moor
fancy goldfish, black moor, chemical values: Hi Paul, I do not understand the part where you say ...when introduced to the aquarium . This suggests to me that you are removing the fish when you do water changes? You shouldn t do that. You should remove 25% of the water, ideally using a gravel...

Fish: Dwarf Gourami, cichlid research, tiger barb
cichlid research, tiger barb, fish tank: Hi Caroline, It could be old age, but it also could be the tiger barb attacking the gourami. It is doubtful if it was caused by the water change. That said, I prefer to stick to changing only 25% of the water at a time to avoid creating too much of a disruption....

Fish: discus, cichlid research, side stance
cichlid research, side stance, natural behaviour: Hi Silvia, I think you are a bit of a glutton for punishment by getting more discus, considering your water :) Discus plague is an interesting phenomenon. I have not seen any scientific research on it so I don t know what it really is. Some...

Fish: electric yellow cichlids, clown loach, cichlid research
clown loach, cichlid research, bottom feeder: Hi Amy, You do not need to have a bottom feeder. There are catfish called synodontis catfish that come from East Africa that can handle high pH and alkaline water (and you are right: that is not a good environment for a clown loach). -- Ron C. ...

Fish: elephant nose fish, elephant nose fish, cichlid research
elephant nose fish, cichlid research, gallon tank: Hi Mags, You need to put a lot more structure in the tank. For instance, if you are going to have four elephant noses in the tank, you need AT LEAST four bells , one for each. You cannot expect them to share one. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Females chasing females, sunburst wag, 10 gallon tank, water test
10 gallon tank, water test, wags: Hi Richard The store clerk was correct, 2-3 females to one male. The chasing thing is fairly normal, especially in smaller tanks. They are being territorial. I doubt the one female is trying to claim the male for herself, males usually mate with more than...

Fish: Fish Identification and Information, feeder fish, fish feeder
feeder fish, fish feeder, cichlid fish: Hi Jennifer, He is a cichlid fish from Central America. He is often called a jaguar cichlid. His scientific name is Parachromis managuense, though you may see older names around (Cichlasoma managuense or Nandopsis managuense). You are right that he is...

Fish: Flowerhorn, cichlid research, chest region
cichlid research, chest region, ron c: Hi Abhishek, There is no easy way to tell males from females. Females carry more of their weight in the belly region and males carry in more in the chest region, but you need to have seen LOTS (many dozens) of them before you can get good at telling the...

Fish: Fungus in aquarium filter and in tank, fresh water fish tank, fresh water fish
fresh water fish tank, fresh water fish, bala sharks: Hi Stephanie, You can t get rid of it by putting some chemical in the tank or something like that. All you can do is to not put in excess food, and properly use an aquarium vaccuum when you do your weekly 25% water change. If you do those things, it...

Fish: my oscar fish; choking, needle nose, spines
Fish: my oscar fish; choking, needle nose, spines, midas

Fish: fish, gold fish, fish tank
gold fish, fish tank, goldfish: Hi, Goldfish are one of the few fish that do not have a stomach, meaning food passes through them in about 10 minutes, so they are always hungry. It is best to only feed them small amounts 2-4 times a day. Goldfish, when they are growing, have sort of......

Fish: my fish, cichlid research, deffence
cichlid research, deffence, splash water: Hi Jay J., It sounds like they are thinking about laying eggs. That is why they are moving all that gravel. When a pair of oscars starts thinking about breeding, they test each other by lip locking. This is a test of strength and determination. If it...

Fish: fish identification, australian rainbow fish melanotaenia, rainbow fish
australian rainbow fish melanotaenia, rainbow fish, aquarium fish: Hi Kim, This is an Australian Rainbow Fish ( Melanotaenia fluviatilis ) They are peacful fish, and should be kept in groups of six. Their are many beautiful rainbow fish, and they will all mix, so it really doesn t matter which ones you buy, but they...

Fish: all my fish keep dying!!, angel fish, sucker fish
angel fish, sucker fish, good bacteria: Hello, You must cycle a tank before adding fish. To cycle a tank, you must buy a used sponge from your pet store, and put it into your filter. A used sponge is full of good bacteria that fish need to survive. Squeeze out the access water, and put the sponge...

Fish: My fish, Orlando (again), bladder disease, betta
bladder disease, betta, tiny pieces: Hi Gabby, Bettas rarely eat at the bottom of a tank. They usually eat at the top, but I guess there must be some exceptions since Orlando will eat at the bottom. I do not know the reason why. He should have variation in his diet. Betta flakes are good,...

Fish: flowerhorn 2 mnths old, flower horn fish, cichlid research
flower horn fish, cichlid research, flake food: Hi Shankar, You need to be patient. Eventually it will eat. Personally, I use TetraMin flake food and TetraCichlid sticks for my cichlids. -- Ron C. rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...