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Fish: old zebrafish, newly pregnant, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, gallon tank: Hi Kristi, Unfortunately, zebrafish do not get pregnant as such. They are egg layers. It is possible that she is full of eggs that she will lay, which might hatch if the other zebrafish is a male and he fertilizes them, but she won t give birth to live...

Fish: My orange zebra cichlid, cichlid research, bright orange
cichlid research, bright orange, zebra: Hi Tammy, Many cichlids change color as they get older. Some get more intense in color, and some get less intense. In some cases the color change is permanent and in other cases it isn t. In the case of an orange zebra, it is usually permanent. ...

Fish: my oscar, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, cichlids: Hi Susan, Oscars (like many cichlids) often change color as they mature. He/she is nesting because he/she remains eternally hopefully that a mate could be coming by at any moment. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: oscar bleeding out her gills, cichlid research, lakisha
cichlid research, lakisha, gills: Hi Lakisha, I have never heard of this before. Is she alone in the tank or could another fish have attacked her? Sadly, I don t think that there is anything that you can do about it. I m very sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: oscars, poor water quality, lake fish
poor water quality, lake fish, gallon tank: Damian, Have you tested your water? This sounds like a bad case of poor water quality. Do a 60-70 percent water change straight away, and from now on start doing water changes more frequently. Also, make sure you have a large enough tank. Oscars grow quite...

Fish: PH for Tropheus, cichlid research, fish supplier
cichlid research, fish supplier, feed the fish: Hi Matthew, First, take out the bogwood, that will make your water more acidic. Getting the coral sand was a good move. That should do the trick of holding the pH up near 8 or so. It should do so within days. Feeding your fish 3-5 times a day...

Fish: Platty Fish, pregnant platys, cichlid research
pregnant platys, cichlid research, types of fish: Hi Laura, That is an excellent question and the phenomenon even has a name: it is called growth depensation. It is a common trait of most fish. The reason for it exactly is unknown. What we suspect is that it has to do with slight differences in the offspring...

Fish: Platy Fry, anal fins, having babies
anal fins, having babies, gallon tank: Hello Monica, Platies are live bearing fish that can stay in pregnancy for up to one month. It is very possible you had some fry that you didn t know about before the other fish died. They normally have all their babies at once, and the fry are very good...

Fish: Platy fry in a medicated tank?, Fry
Fry: Sarah, The fry would be better off in an uncycled, unheated tank than in a tank being treated with antibiotics and sick fish. Set up a ten gallon tank in a warm room (75 degrees F will be fine) and give them plenty of hiding places and they will be fine...

Fish: Please Help My Sick Black Moor!, white fungus bacteria
white fungus bacteria: Raul, I recommend keeping him in the sick tank - very good idea - and keep a close eye on him for the next week. Start treating with LifeGaurd - a remedy that cures a number of diseases while being safe for fish who are not sick as well, and do small frequent...

Fish: Please help my goldfish, swim bladder, old tank
swim bladder, old tank, tank water: Hi Janice, The lump on your Goldfish s head was Lymphocystis - sometimes fish die from it, others make quick, mysterious recoveries. It is currently suffering from Swim-bladder trouble. This condition is usually restricted to deep-bodied fish (like Goldfish)...

Fish: Plecostomus ?cataract?, fish tuberculosis, cloudy eye
fish tuberculosis, cloudy eye, oodinium: Hi Liz, This could be a case of Cloudy Eye. However armoured catfish very rarely fall ill and I d expect your other fish to have fallen victim before your Plec. A 4.5 year old Plec is a plec in it s prime so it s really really odd that he s the one thats...

Fish: Puffers, Puffer
Puffer: Hello Ryan, Unfortunately the answer to your second question is no. Puffers are very territorial and aggressive, and they have powerful teeth. While young, they may nip off fins and tails, once they get larger they will kill and/or eat any other fish in your...

Fish: parasites, aquarium salt, water tank
aquarium salt, water tank, scab: Richard, Go right away to your local pet shop and get coppersafe. It is a great medicine for parasites. It stays in your water for 30 days which is great considering some parasites take about 3...

Fish: parasites, cichlid research, aquarium salt
cichlid research, aquarium salt, routine water: Hi Sam, How often do you do water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. Also be sure that you are not overfeeding the fish. Give them only the food that they will eat right away, never give them food to eat later...

Fish: pissy betta, cichlid research, male betta
cichlid research, male betta, tank mates: Hi Laura, I guess you need to look at it from his perspective. He has 10 gallons of water and he really doesn t want to share it. This is perfectly normal for a betta. They are highly territorial. This is partly why they are so colorful. A male displays...

Fish: pond, cichlid research, citronella oil
cichlid research, citronella oil, large pond: Hi Kime, How large a pond is it? If it is a large pond, I wouldn t do anything. If it is a small pond, I would change a bunch of water. Is there an oil slick on the surface? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: pregnant beta fish, beta fish, females
beta fish, females, eggs: Hello Mandi, It is doubtful that she is pregnant, as bettas are egglayers, and the females constantly carry eggs no matter what. Most likely she is overeating, or possibly the beginning of a disease. Clean out the tank more often, cut back on how much you...

Fish: pregnant ciclid, cichlid research, ciclid
cichlid research, ciclid, male fish: Hi Chad, Yes, she is holding eggs but if they haven t been fertilized by now, it is too late -- they need to be fertilized within seconds or being laid. Unfortunately, males of other species will fertilize the eggs. This is unfortunate because the...

Fish: pregnant placostamus, plecostomus catfish, cichlid research
plecostomus catfish, cichlid research, egg layers: Hi Tracy, Sometimes a plecostomus will just eat alot, but in that case, the swelling will go down in a day or so. More likely the fish, unfortunately, has some sort of intestinal infection. If you can, try to get it to eat some thawed frozen peas. Many...

Fish: puffer fish compatibility, green spotted puffer, archer fish
green spotted puffer, archer fish, tank mates: They need bigger fish(preferably brackish)that are peaceful so they don t tick off their aggressive tank mate. Good ones are like monos, scats, archer fish, and knight gobies. NO live bearers. They are dinner for them. No tetras. Maybe try some rams or gouramis....

Fish: R.I.P. Betta - Turq, fish dropsy, poor water quality
fish dropsy, poor water quality, male betta: Hello Victoria, A large belly can mean one of three things - overfeeding, which is a common killer for beginner fish. Dropsy, which is a disease where the stomach fills with liquid until the scales begin to pop out and the fish dies. Dropsy is most commonly...

Fish: Ramirez Cichlids, cichlid research, dwarf cichlid
cichlid research, dwarf cichlid, kribensis: Hi Chris, No your male is not being overly aggressive. He doesn t want another male ram around. I would strongly suggest not putting another ram in there but rather go with some other species, such as a butterfly cichlids (Anomalochromis thomasi) from...

Fish: Red Cap Oranda, red cap oranda, black moors
red cap oranda, black moors, toxic ammonia: When a tank is first set-up it goes through a period where it becomes extremely toxic to fish. Hardy common goldfish can survive through this period providing regular water changes are provided. Goldfish such as the Red Cap Oranda are extremely fragile and...

Fish: Red Chief: Betta, survival mechanism, animal practice
survival mechanism, animal practice, betta: Hi Kassidy, Sorry, but I really don t have much to go off of here. What I can tell you is, you need a larger tank. Those mini tanks they sell are just really too small for any fish. You should have at least one gallon for your betta, nothing smaller. And...

Fish: Rocks for aquariums, mild solution, melanochromis
mild solution, melanochromis, cichlids: Thomas, Both of these rocks work very well in an aquarium. If you decide to use them bleach in a mild solution 1/4 cup for 5 gallons. After they soak rinse well and let dry for 24 hours to let...

Fish: Rummy nose bullies, cichlid research, rummy nose
cichlid research, rummy nose, gallon tank: Hi Ali, Tetras in general don t protect their eggs (with a very few exceptions) so that isn t likely the problem. While fish are often labelled as docile or non-aggressive I really don t like that. Any fish can be more or less docile or aggressive...

Fish: A Runt Goldfish, oxygen exchange, oxygen deprivation
oxygen exchange, oxygen deprivation, velvet disease: Hi Keefe, Very strange, it could be an oxygen factor. Goldfish are paricularly prone to oxygen deprivation. The surface water should be kept constantly churning to promote optimum oxygen exchange. The problem with modern tanks is they have a tendency to...

Fish: ramirez bump, corydora catfish, nuchal hump
corydora catfish, nuchal hump, stress zyme: Hi Chris, That is hard to say without a picture. If it is an actual distinct little bump, then that is not good. If it is a general swelling of the forehead region into a hump as opposed to a distinct bump then that is okay. Many male cichlids develop...

Fish: red betta fish, bubble nest, betta fish
bubble nest, betta fish, fungus: Its his next actually! Hes ready to mate so he decided to make a bubble nest for the eggs when he breeds with the female. Its all natural don t worry about it, all it tells you is that hes eager for a mate but he can live without one and he may beat the female...

Fish: Sad goldfish, litre tank, gallon tank
litre tank, gallon tank, new tank: Hello Nicola, Yes you have given me quite a bit of information, and thanks for that. I have bad news though, a six gallon tank (25 liters) isn t going to cut it for your goldfish. Yes, it does stress them out to be moved around a bit, that s why we recommend...

Fish: Science Experiment, fiddler crab, water evaporation
fiddler crab, water evaporation, brown algae: Kayla, Honestly, I am a huge animal and fish lover, and do not approve of experimentation on any animal. But I can tell you they most likely will not survive. Cleaning a tank is not simply a matter or making it look nice, there are harmful and toxic chemicals...

Fish: Sea Monkeys a food source?, neon tetras, brine shrimp
neon tetras, brine shrimp, sea monkeys: Hi Lance, You can certainly feed your fish Sea monkeys. Cultures are easy to get going and they provide an excellent resource for live food. All you will need to do is assure that all live food is fit and healthy before it is fed to your fish. So that...

Fish: Setting up the tank..., feeder goldfish, partial water changes
feeder goldfish, partial water changes, oscar tank: Hi Lynn and Jeremy, Yes a 20 gallon tank is waaaay too small for oscars, let alone three of them. An over the back filter is fine. There are many different kinds of filters and each has its pros and cons. Whichever kind you use, be sure to keep...

Fish: Shibunkin, live daphnia, bladder problem
live daphnia, bladder problem, swim bladder: Hi Sharlyn, Hmm...I would say internal worms but if the infection was serious then he would become emaciated around the heart area, whilst his abdomen would swell. I think this is probably a mild case of constipation. Goldfish don t have a stomach therefore...

Fish: Sick black tetra, cichlid research, distinct boundaries
cichlid research, distinct boundaries, algae eater: Hi Michelle, Hmmm.. I was thinking it might be nerve damage but that would cause a whole section of the fish to go black, e.g., the front right side. The fact that it is not on both sides tells me that it isn t a normal color change, such as when the...

Fish: Sick Goldfish, sick goldfish, community tank
sick goldfish, community tank, goldfish: Hi Helen, It is highly likely that your new fish has brought in a disease. New fish can harbour disease such as Columnaris etc if they are not quarantined properly before introduction into the community tank. I ve just had a long running battle with...

Fish: Sick goldfish, shubunkin goldfish, sick goldfish
shubunkin goldfish, sick goldfish, antibiotic ampicillin: Hey Hannah! There s no sharp plants or rocks in the tank right? Goldfish are so clumsy they swim right into things and hurt themselves, lol. If that s the case, just wait for it to heal. Popeye is only from two things: injury, and sickness. Popeye isn...

Fish: Sick Parrot Fish, body fungus, ammonia level
body fungus, ammonia level, maracyn: Hey Warren! They way they are acting and look seems to be a bacteria infection, probably by Flavobacterium columnare (Columnaris). However, do the fish flick against anything or shake? You want to be sure it s not ich. Ich s annoying. I would start treating...

Fish: Sick platy, baby brine shrimp, inch fish
baby brine shrimp, inch fish, fish flakes: Hi Jenny, Are the guppies acting aggressively towards the platy? I ask because the symptoms you describe sound like a fish that is being beaten up, not a fish which is necessarily sick. Consider putting it in an isolation chamber (even a large plastic...

Fish: Sick Tiger Oscar, gallon fish tank, cichlid research
gallon fish tank, cichlid research, tiger oscar: Hi Carolyn, Hmmm... I just want to be sure about something. Using the siphon to take out water is not the same as actually using it to clean the gravel. Do you specifically clean the gravel with the siphon (this is really important)? There is...

Fish: Sickly, comet goldfish, oxygen starvation
comet goldfish, oxygen starvation, toxic ammonia: Hi Sammie, Goldfish need regular water changes to prevent toxic ammonia building up. Goldfish urine is virtually pure ammonia and their faeces rot down to produce ammonia. If the tank you have set-up for them is a new set-up then the ammonia will peak naturally...

Fish: Smelly water, eheim canister filter, cichlid research
eheim canister filter, cichlid research, population explosions: Hi Gail, The problem is everything that you describe above. It takes awhile (about 6 weeks) for a new tank to cycle . During that time, the various bacteria that actually keep a tank clean and in balance are going through rapid population explosions trying...

Fish: Strange Betta Behavior, natural antibiotic, blood worms
natural antibiotic, blood worms, male betta: Kelly, It is really abit soon to tell. He may be getting use to his new environment he may not. In a tank that small it needs to be kept very clean. Especially if you are feeding him big. Just...

Fish: Strange goldfish behavior, natural antibiotic, maracyn
natural antibiotic, maracyn, gallon tank: Hannah, First lets get rid of the popeye. You are going to have to do a 30% water change. Go get marycin 2. Treat your water. Don t forget to take your filter carbon out. Treat for 7 days this...

Fish: sailfin pleco, Pleco and goldfish
Pleco and goldfish: I would definitely recommend the latter choice of the ram and the bichir. While you may have had outstanding luck in the past with goldfish and plecos, both of these fish together need an enormously large tank, since both of these types of fish grow large,...

Fish: the sex, Betta care
Betta care: Hello Amanda, You can find a lot of books in pet stores about betta care, as well as great information online. You should have a two gallon tank or larger, a thermometer and a tank heater (you can buy small one for 2 gallons and up at Petco and sometimes...

Fish: sick Betta, broad spectrum antibiotic, brine shrimp
broad spectrum antibiotic, brine shrimp, litre tank: Raouf, Since he is in a tank with other fish I would put him into a smaller isolation tank. It sounds like he has a swimbladder infection. I would medicate him because it sounds pretty bad. Use...

Fish: sick betta?or getting old?, little tiny pieces, bladder disorder
little tiny pieces, bladder disorder, aquarium salt: Hi Jacci, You ve given me a very thorough picture of the situation which is very helpful, unfortunately, I don t see anything that you are doing wrong. It sounds like he is getting old. If he had a swim bladder disorder he would have a lot of difficulty...

Fish: sick convict, cichlid research, classroom aquarium
cichlid research, classroom aquarium, curved shape: Hi Johanna, Is it possible that he scraped himself on a rock or something else in the tank? The good news is that if it is just a few missing scales, they will grow back. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: sick gold fish., partial water change, fake plants
partial water change, fake plants, gold fish: Hi Rob, this is a difficult question to answer as I m not there myself to see. It may be an internal infection or parasitic problem. Perhaps certain parts of your water chemistry is diffrent then before and he may not survive the adjustment because of shock...

Fish: sick goldfish, sick goldfish, fancy goldfish
sick goldfish, fancy goldfish, fin rot: Hi Helen King, Don t keep changing his water, especially if it is untreated tap water. Things like Chlorine etc will begin to effect his defence against the bacteria attacking him. I m a little stumped by this. That doesn t sound good but I d have more...

Fish: sucker fish / algae, feeder fish, nitrate levels
feeder fish, nitrate levels, tank light: Hi Sylvie, The tank is taking on a slimy appearance due to algae. Try limiting the amount of time the light is left on to 8 hours a day maximum. Also, keep the tank out of the way of direct sunlight and test the phosphate and nitrate levels. A corydoras...

Fish: sucker fish and shrmp, freshwater shrimps, sucker fish
freshwater shrimps, sucker fish, meaty foods: Hi Sadie Jo, First off cool name you ve got there, I like that one. Anyway, I haven t got a clue what Walmart sell because I m British. However, I assume that this is a small blue shrimp (or similar) and some kind of armoured catfish. Armoured Catfish...

Fish: Tank & Fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, platties: Hi Shane, There is no absolute rule as to how many fish can live in a particular -sized tank. It depends on many things, such as the type of fish, the amount of structure in the tank, the kind of filtration, etc. That said, it sounds to me like you are...

Fish: Thick mucusy water, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, thick mucus: Hi Mandy, There is something seriously wrong with either your water or your fish tank, not your fish. When you changed the water, did you use a gravel siphon to clean the gravel? If not, you should. Also, how large is the tank? You should be doing...

Fish: Think fish has been attacked, slime layer, flake food
slime layer, flake food, ventral fins: Hi Fleur, the Goldfish certainly aren t to blame here. It is virtually unheard of for them to be aggressive or territorial although they can be boisterous when food is present. I think it s likely that the fish was pulled into the filter. This is a...

Fish: Traumatized Beta, cichlid research, mid way
cichlid research, mid way, gills: Hi Cindy, Time will tell. The fish is definitely traumatized and anything you do will add to the trauma. I would leave it alone and hopefully it will recover. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: no tail chiclid, tank mates, talking about death
tank mates, talking about death, day before yesterday: I do not know if there is another fish in with him but he may have been attacked by his tank mates if they are in there. If he does not have tank mates it may be that he does not feel safe and you should add more plants and a background, another thing is the...

Fish: tank cleaning, gal tank, anything but water
gal tank, anything but water, dechlorinator: Danielle, First when you clean your tank you should be siphoning not breaking your whole tank down.If you go to your local petshop and get a syphon they are pretty cheap. They should be able to...

Fish: my tiger barb is extreamly fat all at once, cichlid research, tiger barbs
cichlid research, tiger barbs, tiger barb: Hi Glenn, You are probably right, most if not all will get eaten; that is why fish like barbs lay so many eggs -- most don t make it. The alternative is to take out all the other fish. Or, just let things happen and see what happens. I feel that too...

Fish: tropical aquarium, tiger barbs, neon tetras
tiger barbs, neon tetras, types of fishes: The tank your deciding sounds large enough however I am unsure as I am used to gallons. Your fantail tank is 4 gallons. This is what you can place in the tank. Fish: Top dwelling:Angelfish 1-2(can be semi aggressive) Mid dwelling:groumis(1-2(depends on...

Fish: Having trouble with keeping any goldfish, fantail goldfish, goldfish expert
fantail goldfish, goldfish expert, litre tank: Hi Andrea, I wouldn t feel like a failure mate. Goldfish aren t exactly the easiest fish to get started with and the fact they still give them away at fairs is beyond belief. I ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to get started and if it goes wrong...

Fish: Using the Sun to Light a Salt Water Reef Tank, salt water reef, reef tanks
salt water reef, reef tanks, reef tank: Brian, Actually as soon as I saw you had a follow up question , I thought I needed to research this more.Knowledge gained is never wasted. Give me a day or two and I will get back to you..........Tin...

Fish: upside down goldfish, fancy goldfish, salt dip
fancy goldfish, salt dip, pop eye: hi Heather, Your goldfish is currently suffering from a condition known as Swimbladder Disorder. Unfortunately there is no known cure for this condition. However, it s not all bad as SWD is often confused with Constipation; which is also common in Goldfish....

Fish: vacation food/ black ghost knife, black ghost knife, cichlid research
black ghost knife, cichlid research, brine shrimp: Hi S., Personally I never use the vacation food tablets. Your best option is to get someone to feed your fish once in the middle of the week. If you can t do that, just don t feed it for a week. DO NOT put in a lot of food before you go to tide him...

Fish: White Eggs, pvc tubing, question thanks
pvc tubing, question thanks, angelfish: Belinda, I am sorry your eggs didn t make it... what you have sticking out is a fungus....... Try again.... this time out a a piece of slate or a piece of pvc tubing in there maybe you will have...

Fish: Yellow labs and cross breeding, cichlid research, community tank
cichlid research, community tank, blue dolphin: Hi Rebecca, Pretty much any of the male mouthbrooder cichlids in the tank could be the father (or possibly more than one of them), so it definitely looks like the kids are hybrids. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Zebra Danios, zebra danios eggs, egg eaters
zebra danios eggs, egg eaters, blobs: Hi Erika, Zebra Danios eggs look like tiny blobs of see-through jelly. However, Danios are notorious egg-eaters and will literally eat the eggs as they fall from the mother. If you suspect one is pregnant it is best to move her into a breeding tank,...

Fish: Zebra Danios, marble chips, fry food
marble chips, fry food, powdered egg: Erika, Zebras are egg scatters, so marble or marble chips would be a good idea. A long, thin tank (normally referred to as breeder tanks) is best for the spawning. You don t want to fill it up all the way with water, around 3-6 inches of water is best. They...

Fish: My 2 goldfish friends., partial water changes, aquarium salt
partial water changes, aquarium salt, kind of fish: Hello Catherine, To begin with, moving around these fish so much tends to stress them out. You want to do partial water changes only - every time you move them out and then stick them in completely new water it shocks their systems. Not to mention by draining...

Fish: Adding One Guppy, african dwarf frogs, neon tetra disease
african dwarf frogs, neon tetra disease, neon tetras: Hello Ashley! I would not recommend an guppy, because african dwarf frogs love long flowing things. The long beautiful tails of the guppy would be too hard to resist to the frog, and they would likely be eaten. I can also take a shot at your neons. ...

Fish: African Cichlids, nitrates nitrites, cichlid research
nitrates nitrites, cichlid research, african cichlids: Hi Ann Marie, The big problem you will have when a tank with that many fish heats up is lack of oxygen in the water. Do you have a good airstone bubbling away in there? Lack of air will cause all sorts of other stress related problems -- Ron...

Fish: Ahli cichlids, sponge filters, water chemistry
sponge filters, water chemistry, gallon tank: You may have acclimated them wrong, or they may have been bad at the store. Also, sponge filters are kind of obsolete, and don t do much. It would be a better idea to get a HOB or a canister. Also, look for a rating double the size of your tank. If your...

Fish: Angel fish question, cichlid research, angel fish
cichlid research, angel fish, fish question: Hi Amy, Actually the aggression is the first sign that they are starting to think about breeding. Like all cichlids, angelfish become territorial when they breed and it takes aggression to make and hold a territory. When you say that they are large...

Fish: Angelfish, cichlid research, bladder problem
cichlid research, bladder problem, swim bladder: Hi Sonia, Sadly it sounds like it has a severe swim bladder problem. Unfortunately, I don t know of anything that you can do about that. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: adding fish, south american dragon goby, bala sharks
south american dragon goby, bala sharks, 30 gallon tank: Hello! First off, you should have cycled your tank before adding fish. Do a little research on Aquarium Cycling . This means that you will have to do 50% water changes every other day for the next month. Take the sharks back to the place you bought...

Fish: african cichlid & white egg, bumblebee cichlid, cichlid research
bumblebee cichlid, cichlid research, african cichlid: Hi Nicole, Hmm... it could be an egg but in general it takes a cichlid only a few seconds to lay an egg. Unfortunately, it could also be a sign of intestinal parasites. Is there just one? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: aggresive oscars, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, fish pellets: Hi Melany, There is no way to tell the sexes of oscars so your guess is as good as any. Aggression is a very normal part of oscar life. They fight. It is hard to say whether the lip will heal perfectly or not -- that depends on the extent of the...

Fish: agressive plecostomus?, fantail goldfish, gallon tank
fantail goldfish, gallon tank, adult size: Hello Lindsey! That is just him telling the goldfish to stay out of his territory. Plecos lack the ability to do any real harm to fish (no teeth you see), so I wouldn t worry about it. However, I have to point out that goldfish are coldwater, and plecos...

Fish: An ailment I can't figure out! (I've searched), honey gourami, gallon community tank
honey gourami, gallon community tank, poor water quality: Water changes, water changes, and more water changes. Your water change schedule is the single most important thing you will ever do with your tank. Ammonia is caused by fish waste, over time, your tank develops beneficial bacteria that turn this ammonia...

Fish: albino oscars, cichlid research, nitrate level
cichlid research, nitrate level, water changes: Hi Adam, Yes it could easily affect them. You need to do more water changes. You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep your oscars healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: angelfish babies, cichlid research, algae eaters
cichlid research, algae eaters, angelfish: Hi Kim, That depends. If the angelfish babies are on a leaf then they will probably be okay. If they are on a rock or the side of the tank that an algae eater can easily get to, then they are at risk. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Sinking Betta, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, fin rot: Hi Julzy, It sounds like what we call fin rot . Most cases of fin rot really are not fin rot but rather are the result of biting by another fish. However, you say that there are no other fish in the tank, so it really might be fin rot. There are medications...

Fish: aquarium water temp for goldfish, goldfish, too hot
goldfish, too hot, warm: Hey Tomcat. I was at a complete loss here, so I asked one of my very best friend s... This is HER expert advice, not mine ^_^ I d reduce the feedings to every other or every third day, and clean the water at least weekly, maybe twice a week. Open the...

Fish: Baby Cichlids, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, fish stores: Hi Gabrielle, I would feed them frozen baby brine shrimp. You can get this at most fish stores. When the babies are really small (the first few weeks), I don t clean the tank. After that, the kids are pretty good at avoiding a siphon, though you...

Fish: My Balck molly, black molly, tank water
black molly, tank water, water changes: Hello! She is definetely pregnant. I would keep her alone if you want the fry to survive. Make sure her tank water is pristine. 25% water changes every other day minimum. If she is very fat it shouldn t be more than 2 weeks before she has her baby,...

Fish: Beta, good luck jack, salmon color
good luck jack, salmon color, pink salmon: Hey again Mark! I know what you mean now. I was a bit confused. My Betta, Bertie I called him! lived to 4 which is a bit over average for a betta and he had protruding eyes or bugged out whereas my female Julie ( I am very random with names!!! ) did...

Fish: Beta Fish, cichlid research, intestinal parasites
cichlid research, intestinal parasites, beta fish: Hi D., That is hard to say. It could be a sign of intestinal parasites. If it was clearish and there was a stringy part and then a lumpy part, be concerned. One home remedy for this sort of thing, that I have not tried, but many people recommend,...

Fish: Beta fish, stress coat, gallon fish
stress coat, gallon fish, beta fish: Now when you say aPI Stress Coat, it does remove chlorine and chloramines both, right? One pellet every other day is not going to be enough. You should be feeding him two or three pellets, throughout the day, every day. Although some people also like to fast...

Fish: Beta fish sick, fish struggle, swim bladder
fish struggle, swim bladder, beta fish: Is he able to get to the surface(don t know where, exactly the plants are)? He needs to be able to breath at the surface. 72 is a little bit too cold for him... It may be that Buddy is just sensitive to cooler temperatures, and this is bothering him. ...

Fish: Betta Breeding, baby brine shrimp, microworm cultures
baby brine shrimp, microworm cultures, good luck jack: hey dustin Put in her in the tank and take her out once she releases the eggs as the male will get very aggressive. If you have a sponge filter just leave it on, it won t harm the fry. The plants won t really help feeding the fry, try using infusoria...

Fish: Betta is fiestier than usual, red streaks, bubble nest
red streaks, bubble nest, betta fish: He s probably fine. It sounds like he may be chasing his reflection. Is he flared when doing this? If so, it s a good bet. You can try putting something around the tank to take the reflection away and see if that puts a stop to it. But make sure you...

Fish: Betta fish, beta fish, wedding reception
beta fish, wedding reception, centerpiece: Hey Kaci Wow! that would look really nice but i have a few reasons why you shouldn t. 1.Fish can be disturbed by sound so your betta would get really agitated. 2.If people are going on to be dancing, a accident could knock the bowl, tipping out the...

Fish: Betta's and goldfish, betta, tropical fish
betta, tropical fish, goldfish: Hello Kim - I wouldn t risk it. Bettas are peaceful with other species, but most goldfish produce so much ammonia it would be harmful to the betta s health. Also, V-tailed goldfish will bite the betta s fins, while the betta will likely bite the fins of...

Fish: My Betta not making a Bubble Nest, goldfish bowl, bubble nest
goldfish bowl, bubble nest, bloodfin: Hey Perdita Bettas need a heater!!!!!! Get a heater and heat the tank so the temperature is between 77 and 81 degrees. That will make bloodfin happier.keep them in different tanks and when the bubble nest has been made and the female looks plump,...

Fish: Betta Problem, good luck jack, bubble nest
good luck jack, bubble nest, answer asap: hey Dustin, bettas do fight so i wouldn t put her back in. If you really want to, get another female and put her in with the male for a few hours, it is common for the males to beat the female up. Or put both females in so his attention his divided...

Fish: Betta's/Siamese Fighters, freeze dried blood worms, cichlid research
freeze dried blood worms, cichlid research, siamese fighters: Hi Jane, Think of it from the fish s point of view. They have suddenly been moved to a whole new world. It often takes them days or even a week or more to start to feel good enough to eat. Offer them just a tiny bit of food at first so that the rotting...

Fish: Betta tail turning brown, betta, fin rot
betta, fin rot, black fins: its me again, the one with the new betta with tail turning golden/brown color..no fungus. I forgot to mention, no other fish, cant see himself, just hubby and I and we are at work all day-not much activity....BUT cat can get up and see so maybe the cause...

Fish: Bettas, betta care lifespan
betta care lifespan: Generally between 2and 3 years, but I have seen them live for 7 years. The better they are taken care of, the longer they will live. Anything under 2 years means the fish was unhealthy. For more information on betta care, check out some of these websites...

Fish: Black Fin Sharks, algea eater, whisper filter
algea eater, whisper filter, black fin sharks: Those sharks should be in at least a 150 gallon tank. There growth is stunted, and as a result they are very vunerable to every disease. The other will not live long. There is no cure except get a bigger tank, they will always have disease. Also, flushing...

Fish: Bleeding tail fin, red, bump
red, bump, fin: Hello Netty, I m doing some mad research for you, as goldfish aren t exactly my forte. But what I ve come up with so far doesn t seem to bad. Since your fish seems to be ok, other than the spot, I m wondering if perhaps filtration and water condition...

Fish: Bleeing Cichlid, cichlid research, african cichlid
cichlid research, african cichlid, water change: Hi Amanda, Time will tell. Often it takes a few days after a fight for the full extent of the damage to appear. Now it is just a matter if he is strong enough to heal. On the plus side, cichlids are remarkable resilient and can heal some incredible...

Fish: Blood red parrot behavior, cichlid research, topfin
cichlid research, topfin, parrot behavior: Hi Donna, Keep in mind that blood parrot cichlids are manmade hybrids so in many cases the eggs are infertile and none of them hatch. You should consider yourself lucky that some did. As for the bubble retrieving behavior, I have heard of this...

Fish: The Boss (big angelfish), cichlid research, gold ones
cichlid research, gold ones, melafix: Hi Arya, Two tiny white spots are not a fungal infection. I would stop treating with anything and do lots of water changes, as in a 25% water change today, another tommorrow and maybe a third change the next day. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Breeding, high protein meals, blood worms
high protein meals, blood worms, horizontal stripes: The female having the horizontal bars is probably indicative of her nervousness at the male. She may just be a skittish fish. If she s too nervous, it won t do well to attempt to breed her, I d look into purchasing a more bold female. You don t want one...

Fish: Bronze Fan swimming head down, swim bladder disorder, water changes
swim bladder disorder, water changes, birth defect: Hello Mere! It is a swim bladder disorder. Part birth defect, part too small a tank, and partly caused by deteriorating water quality. Up your water changes to make sure your tank is a clean as possible. Feed him his normal diet, mixed with about 25%...

Fish: Brown worms in oscar tank, cichlid research, gravel vacuum
cichlid research, gravel vacuum, oscar tank: Hi Ben, In general the worms are not really a problem but they suggest that too much uneaten food is getting down to the bottom of the tank, where the worms are feeding on it and mutliplying. Is this a possibility? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Brown worms in my tank, feeder goldfish, gravel vacuum
feeder goldfish, gravel vacuum, filter gravel: These worms are called hydras, created by overfeeding. They are harmless, yet a little unsightly. Make sure all the food gets eaten, and do a little more water changes. I d step up to 25 gallon once a week or 15 gallons twice a week. The latter being...

Fish: baby sword tail, sword tail fish, baby brine shrimp
sword tail fish, baby brine shrimp, good luck jack: Hey anna Congrats on the baby! Right place in another tank or a bowl anything bigger than a 2 gallon and put a filter and the water from the current tank. Put plants in and make it feel cosy. Then feed it three times a day with crushed flake or baby...

Fish: bait fish dying, excessive mucus production, young parasites
excessive mucus production, young parasites, fathead minnows: Hey again Dee The fish could be inbreeding which could be the cause. Yes you should be doing 25% weekly water changea and using a gravel cleaner. Without water changes,fish will die so this is a good reason why they are dying. As you have lots of...

Fish: bala shark, bala shark, blood worms
bala shark, blood worms, new aquarium: Try feeding Hikari Bio-gold pellets as a staple, with frozen brine or blood worms. The best thing to entice him to get at first would be either frozen tubifex, or live earthworms. Cut it into appropriate sizes. But do not feed earthworm more than once. ...

Fish: my beta might be sick., cichlid research, good bacteria
cichlid research, good bacteria, fish tank: Hi Jeanie, The stuff you add in (the chemical) is not chlorine but rather chlorine remover. Chlorine is deadly to fish. You need to add the chlorine remover anytime you put new water in the tank that has chlorine in it, which includes most city water...

Fish: betta aggression, betta, guppy
betta, guppy, illness: Hi There Katie, Thanks for taking the time to ask a question! I m sure your fish appreciate it. Now, the problem I think you re having is definately agression. The betta, used to being alone, is feeling threatened by the new addition to his tank....

Fish: betta fish, baby brine shrimp, male bettas
baby brine shrimp, male bettas, color strains: Ok! Well, why do you want to breed your fish? Is it for your experience? Do your fish have desirable traits that should be continued? Easy check list: 1. Is the pair over a year old (they are about 6-8 months when they are at the pet shop)? You don t...

Fish: betta fish, male bettas, solitary creatures
male bettas, solitary creatures, females: Hello Michael! Bettas are solitary creatures. The only time they should be mixed with females is in tanks over 20 gallons, both male and female should be added at the same time, or the females first, never the male first, and there should be at least 3...

Fish: betta fish, male bettas, paradise gouramis
male bettas, paradise gouramis, degrees celsius: Hey Michael Male Bettas are very aggressive so expect this. Take her out and when the male has built a bubble nest on the surface the female is plump and full of eggs, put her in for an hour or two every day until they spawn. Also raise the temperature...

Fish: betta fish, male bettas, fish
male bettas, fish, tank: Hi Michael, You need to make sure the tank has LOTS of places for her to hide so that she can come out when SHE is ready. You cannot force her to breed. You can only give her the OPPORTUNITY to breed. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: betta fish, betta, breeding
betta, breeding: Bettas are not called Siamese Fighting Fish for nothing. You have to let them see each other in separate tanks first and determine whether they are responding correctly to each other before just sticking them in a tank together and hoping they ll spawn and...

Fish: is my betta full of eggs, brine shrimp, good luck jack
brine shrimp, good luck jack, flat tank: Hey Amber She may be too young or the male be pestering her too much. I keep my bettas all seperated and only put them together for and hour or two a week when i want to breed them. Keep feeding her the variety of foods your feeding her. And keep...

Fish: betta is sick, betta, fin rot
betta, fin rot, black fins: Hi Darrin, thanks for taking the time to ask a question! White spots on the fins are probably ich, although generally they re not limited to a single area... If the white spots are raised and all over his body, accompanied by clamping fins and listlessness,...

Fish: bettas, coppersafe, community tank
coppersafe, community tank, betta: Fernando, It sounds like she has a fungus. I would medicate with coppersafe. If your carbon in your filter is more than 3 days old you don t need to remove it.It will not hurt your other fish. It...

Fish: One of my bettas wont flair up when he sees himself or another one of my betas, blowing bubbles, bubble nest
blowing bubbles, bubble nest, gills: Simple answer, all fish have personalities. This is a proven scientific fact, not just my own observation. He is just more peaceful in nature than the other bettas, but that doesn t mean you can ever mix them in the same tank. These bubbles are called...

Fish: black mollies, black mollies, gravel tank
black mollies, gravel tank, exact species: wow, there are a dozen different things you should be worrying about, forget gender for now. 1) Mollies are freshwater, goldfish are not. They should NEVER be mixed. 2) Mollies like brackish water, goldfish do not. They also should NEVER be mixed. ...

Fish: black moor lost an eye, goldfish tank, black moors
goldfish tank, black moors, fancy goldfish: Hello Norman! Wow, that is unfortunate. If he is still swimming fine, I would advise you to do exactly what you said. Isolate him, and add melafix. Provide the utmost perfect water quality in the quarentine tank until it looks like he is getting better....

Fish: blood red parrot fish, blood red parrot fish, red parrot fish
blood red parrot fish, red parrot fish, cichlid research: Hi Chanel, These sound like typical fish bruises that should heal if the fish is left alone. Keep an eye on things to make sure that the larger fish is not attacking the smaller one. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: blue acara compatability, neon tetras, cichlid research
neon tetras, cichlid research, handsome fish: Hi Leland, I can t say for sure but I strongly suspect the blue acara will be fine with the discus and the corys. I would be a little more concerned about the neon tetras; the acara might be interested in chasing them. If the tank has lots of plants...

Fish: Catfish Dying, feeder fish, internal parasite
feeder fish, internal parasite, gal tank: Saying he is a catfish is not a good enough description for me to really help you. There are hundreds of catfish commonly kept in aquaria. It could also be those feeder fish. Never give any fish a feeder that wasn t quarentined properly. 9 out of 10 times...

Fish: Cichlids, cichlid research, community tank
cichlid research, community tank, e g west: Hi Jason, I don t know which species they would be called a dwarf Malawi cichlid ??? There are dwarf cichlids from lots of places, e.g., West Africa, South America but I can t think of any from Malawi. In general, cichlids are not good members of a...

Fish: Cloudy Water, fishless cycling, fish one
fishless cycling, fish one, new tank: Hello Neil! Now, cloudy water can be caused by many things. However, cloudy water is most commonly a result of nitrites and ammonia in an uncycled tank. For this, I am going to assume that either A) This is a new tank B) You have recently added a large...

Fish: Convict Fish Laying on side and not simming., convict fish, cichlid research
convict fish, cichlid research, bladder disease: Hi Holly, Unfortunately I don t think that there is anything that you can do. I have seen this before and once it starts, it never gets better. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Creamsicle Molly, long periods of time, black fish
long periods of time, black fish, orange fish: Hello Melissa! Right now, your tank is definitely a case for animal cruelty, there are so just many things wrong with it. Take these fish back to where you bought them, they will not survive long. In no particular order- 1) Goldfish are coldwater,...

Fish: Cyclid Treatment, cichlid research, melafix
cichlid research, melafix, new tank: Hi Wendy, Often when a cichlid gets in a fight (as this fish has), it takes a few days for the full extent of the damage to show itself. The good news is that most cichlids are pretty tough and can heal some really remarkable wounds. Give him time and...

Fish: Cycling!, cichlid research, cardinal tetras
cichlid research, cardinal tetras, dwarf gouramis: Hi Jack, Start with the guppies and then put in the platties about a week later. After a couple of weeks you can add in some of the other fish. Be sure to do regular weekly 25% water changes each and every week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: cichlid behavior, cichlid research, dance two
cichlid research, dance two, fish: Hi Jennifer, This behavior is also called carouselling . Basically, it is one form of fighting. It is a good form of fighting in that no one gets hurt but you should still keep an eye on things in case one of the fish gets the upper hand. At that...

Fish: cichlid fry, hybrid babies, cichlid research
hybrid babies, cichlid research, species of fish: Hi Madison, That is a tough one. The problem is that now you have some hybrid babies and the question is what to do with them. If you decide to keep them, it is absolutely essential that you never give them away to anyone else or to a store or anything...

Fish: ciclid, cichlid research, flesh wounds
cichlid research, flesh wounds, dorsal fins: Hi Venny, Fungus looks like white, cottony fluffy stuff growing out of the wound. The length of time it takes for the fin to grow back depends on the extent of the damage. If it was minor damage, it could take a few weeks. If it was major damage it...

Fish: ciclid, cichlid research, bloated stomach
cichlid research, bloated stomach, tap water: Hi Brenda, Unfortunately once a cichlid is swimming upside down there is really nothing you can do for it. Sadly, I have never seen a cichlid recover from that state. Sorry. As for the white things, that is very hard to say. My suggestion would...

Fish: Mbuna cichlids, litre tank, l tank
litre tank, l tank, community tank: With mbunas it is easier to distinguish sexes by egg spots. If they have less than four its a girl! And if it has more than four spots then its a boy. I think males are a little less colorful and a bit smaller but its easier to tell by the number spots....

Fish: Dalmation Molly, good luck jack, cory cats
good luck jack, cory cats, hey mary: Hey again Mary! Do a 50% water change. Then wait a week with the molly in the tank. Then get a trio of cory cats. Then after about a week, add a pair of platies, or a shoal of 5 tetras or another molly,and you will have a nice community. Good Luck...

Fish: Death of our fish, pond plants, fish
pond plants, fish: Hey Lauren Sorry about the loss of your fish. There could be a chance the plants killed your fish. Did the other pond have fish in? If they did a infection could have gone onto the plants then onto your fish. Take the plants out just incase. Hope this...

Fish: Distilled water, gallon aquarium, happy fish
gallon aquarium, happy fish, water conditioner: Hello! Distilled water isn t taking away his minerals, but it is taking away his acidity. Distilled water is a little lower in pH that what bettas would prefer. Just use normal old tap water, but condition it. If you go to your local pet store you should...

Fish: Dropsy disease, yellow balloon, dropsy disease
yellow balloon, dropsy disease, yep: Yep, it is dropsy. You can t really cure dropsy, only prevent it. There are some things you can do, but they are VERY expensive, and only work 10% of the time. Just keep the water VERY clean, and maybe it will clear up. Nothing to do really but wait....

Fish: Dropsy disease, dropsy disease, good luck jack
dropsy disease, good luck jack, octozin: Hey Jayesh Take him out and put him in a hostipal tank. Interpet #9 Anti Internal Bacteria and Waterlife s Octozin are good remedies and these could help him. Also a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon will be benficial. Good Luck! ...

Fish: Dwarf Gourami Breeding?!, dwarf gouramis, blue dwarf gourami
dwarf gouramis, blue dwarf gourami, bubble nest: Congrats! They are breeding! There is nothing you can do really to save the eggs. Fish parents are like human parents, they need to learn. Often the first breeding doesn t go too well, your lucky that the male is actually noticing the eggs, usually at...

Fish: dalmation molly, poor water quality, fish enthusiasts
poor water quality, fish enthusiasts, keeping tropical fish: Your welcome! Yes, poor water quality causes white spot (ich), eye cloud, and a lack of breeding. If your mollies are NOT breeding, you have serious water quality issues. Mine breed non-stop and at any given time I will have 300 of them in my fry tank....

Fish: discus fish - help!!, pigeon blood, gallon aquarium
pigeon blood, gallon aquarium, fish tank: Hi Josh, The father has to be in the tank. The eggs are fertilized externally after they are laid. The fact that there are eggs is no guarantee that they were fertilized. Watch and see if they develop and hatch. If so, then they were fertilized....

Fish: Fantail Goldfish Pregnancy, swim bladder disorder, poor water quality
swim bladder disorder, poor water quality, fish body: No pictures are needed. Your fish will not last long in that size tank. They all have something called Swim Bladder Disorder. Is is caused by poor water quality and too small a tank. Fish have an organ that is filled with air. When there are too many...

Fish: Female betta in aquarium, 10 gallon aquarium, tank floor
10 gallon aquarium, tank floor, tropical community: Hello Briana! Short answer yes, long answer no. It is suitable, but it is not ideal. Agression comes with age, and as she gets older she will get even more agressive. Keep a close eye on her, if she does any serious damage to a fish, separate her because...

Fish: Female betta laying eggs, large bowel, solo female
large bowel, solo female, bowel movements: Females develop eggs when they are well fed. I ve personally never noticed one release her eggs before, but have seen my females plump up and prepare to breed. I m sure they must release their eggs, but as I ve never kept a solo female, I ve never had eggs...

Fish: Female Guppys look like they are pregnant, but..., zebra danio, good luck jack
zebra danio, good luck jack, pregnancy period: Hey Cecilia Are you sure your females aren t males? Females would have given birth 3 or 4 time by now. I think you either have young males or your female are just barren or infertile. As you have a large tank, try getting 3 or 4 more female guppy...

Fish: Firemouth Cichlids, cichlid research, fin rot
cichlid research, fin rot, gal tank: Hi Judy, No it won t turn into fin rot but the parents will probably continue to attack the other fish. The best thing to do would be to make sure that there are tons of plants/wood/rock etc so the non-parents have a place to hide and heal. -- Ron...

Fish: Fish, fish question, hardy fish
fish question, hardy fish, coldwater fish: Well tom You will need a heater a light and a filter. The tank will need to be set up for at least a week. Then the easiest fish to start with are tetras or danios. These are very hardy fish and are useful if you need to cycle your tank. After these...

Fish: Fish, rummy nose, tropical fish
rummy nose, tropical fish, wondering what type: Hey Mandy! Well you have much better variety of choice with tropical fish. Right Number 1: Do you have a heater? Tropical fish need a temperature of at 25 degrees. Goldfish are normally sick because of the way they are sold. Tropical fish are much...

Fish: Fish Dying, fresh water fish, black tetra
fresh water fish, black tetra, true fish: 50% water changes every week, or 25% twice a week. MINIMUM. Your filter should be at least 400gph. The silver dollars need schools of 5, but your tank is too small to do that so you re stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one. Same with the...

Fish: Fish dying, sunburst platy, golden gourami
sunburst platy, golden gourami, dwarf gourami: No, the problem is not just the water changes. I was just saying that your water changes could be better. The problem is the lack of schools for the schooling fish, and the agression caused by the betta. The betta is your main problem. I would find another...

Fish: Fish Identification, male guppies, mosquito fish
male guppies, mosquito fish, kinds of fishes: Hi Thomas, That is an excellent question. Basically guppies and mosquitofish look an aweful lot alike, until you get down to actually counting scales and fine details of fin rays. Mosquitofish often have a teardrop black (sometimes faint) marking...

Fish: Fish question, venustus cichlid, fish question
venustus cichlid, fish question, kenyi: Hey Thomas, Yeah that s going to be a problem later down the road. You have awhile till that point though. Depending on how much you feed, what, and how big he is now, you have around a year. When he gets to be the same size, things will all change. He...

Fish: Fishh tank!, ghost fish, 50 gallon tank
ghost fish, 50 gallon tank, fish book: Hey Jack! First off, congrats on doing well on GCSE s! Good job! Congrats on getting a fish tank too! You couldn t have asked for something better. I m biased though, heheheh. Well with a 50 gallon you have a HUGE range of choices. It mainly depends...

Fish: oscar pH, volts, oscars
Fish: oscar pH, volts, oscars, tank

Fish: red devil fish, stress coat, open wounds
Fish: red devil fish, stress coat, open wounds, eliminator

Fish: my fantail fish, fantail fish, good luck jack
fantail fish, good luck jack, little brother: Hey Beth! He probably died of ammonia poisoning. Did you cycle the tank? Did you use de-chlorinator in the tank? How big is the tank? If it was too small, then the fish would have been cramped. Get a large tank ( unless you don t have one )...

Fish: Getting a feamle betta, cherry barbs, good luck jack
cherry barbs, good luck jack, fish aquarium: Hey Shirley Adding three females normally work better. They are rarely aggressive but if they are, their anger can be divided between the three of them not onto the other community fish. I am glad to see a fish owner with a large tank. I suggest...

Fish: feed snails other insects to my cichlids?, central american cichlids, cichlid research
central american cichlids, cichlid research, garden snails: Hi Carl, Personally I would not feed garden snails to my fishes. Garden snails have some impressive amounts of slime in them and when they die, they tend to REALLY pollute the water. Earthworms, on the other hand, are great fish food. -- Ron ...

Fish: My female is scared of the Male Betta, male bettas, male betta
male bettas, male betta, bubble nest: Hey Perdita! Well male Bettas are very aggressive so thats why he is chasing her away. Take her out for a day and let the male calm down then out her back in and leave her there for a maximum of two hours incase she does spawn ands he attacks her as...

Fish: fin rot?, jungle fungus, fungus spores
jungle fungus, fungus spores, fish fungus: Hey Jocelyn, I think it could be a fungal disease.As you say he has ulcer type lumps, fungal disease normally displays cotton wool ball type lump so this could be what you think are the ulcers. Fish fungus is caused by fungus species such as Saprolegnia....

Fish: about my fish, pet store employees, fish section
pet store employees, fish section, new tank: Hello Charrise! Your tank is uncycled. All fish will die in an uncycled tank. I never trust the pet store employees. Many of them are right, but some of them have no idea. See, the big chains will just hire someone because they know about dogs, or can...

Fish: fish, cichlid research, fish question
cichlid research, fish question, kind of fish: Hi Holly, Opening its mouth usually indicates a lack of oxygen, which can be caused by not having a proper airstone in the tank. It can also be caused if the water is warmer than that kind of fish would like. Warm water holds less oxygen than cold water....

Fish: fish, cichlid research, wrong medicine
cichlid research, wrong medicine, follow ups: Hi Holly, You can t just treat a fish and make it better. You need to know what is wrong with it in the first place or treating it with the wrong medicine could easily kill it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: fish, female fish, question pool
female fish, question pool, stomch: hey kylie I noticed your question in the question pool and thought i would help you out. If it is a guppy, molly, swordtail or platy then it could be pregnant. If not then it could be a female fish full with eggs or just a big fish! Hope this...

Fish: fish death, peacock cichlid, cichlid research
peacock cichlid, cichlid research, blood worms: Hi Erica, Many people believe that blood worms are too high in protein for peacocks and suggest feeding them sparingly. So, I guess the answer is yes , it could be due to bloodworms. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: fish illness, fish, constipation
fish, constipation, swim bladder: Hi There! Ok first... Goldfish are very messy fish, and release a lot of ammonia into the water. They can also get very large - some of the fancy types with bodies as large as softballs! So a bowl, while seemingly large enough for young goldfish, is actually...

Fish: my fish keep dying, how to take care of fish, dying
how to take care of fish, dying: Hello there, Believe it or not, fish are not that easy to care for. When you set up a tank, you are not only adding fish to your home, but playing god by creating a mini eco-system right inside your house. You have to balance things as close to nature as...

Fish: my fish keep dying, gold fish, gallon tank
gold fish, gallon tank, poor water: Your tank is not cycled. Do some research online on Aquarium Cycling. There is too much for me to type up on this. Most fish will die when put in an uncycled tank. As for the green stuff, it is called Algae. It is caused by poor water conditions....ie,...

Fish: my fish are very sick, i need answers asap :(, cichlid research, gross lake
cichlid research, gross lake, petsmart: Hi Kristen, Personally I don t use any carbon for any of the 100+ aquaria that I maintain. The value of carbon is debatable because it can essentially fill up very quickly and after that it doesn t do anything. You should not have filter sludge....

Fish: fish tank beginner, starting new tank, tank basics
starting new tank, tank basics, new fish tank: Hello Alison. You are making a fantastic decision by researching your project BEFORE you start. So many people just hop in to it blind and then cannot figure out why their fish keep dying. Rather then me sit here and type all of this out, I am going...

Fish: fishies, tiger barbs, tiger barb
tiger barbs, tiger barb, community tank: Hello! Tiger barbs are the most agressive cyprinids you ll ever see. They are not community fish, and should only ever be kept in a community tank despite what the fish store employees tell you (they are trying to sell a product, they ll tell you anything)....

Fish: fungus on goldfish, cichlid research, fin rot
cichlid research, fin rot, top fin: Hi Neda, Most cases of fin rot are actually the result of one fish chewing on the fins of another. The best solution is isolation of the fish to stop the attacks, as you have done. The chemical I use for fungus is called Paragon II, but it is...

Fish: Gold fish breeding, goldfish breeding, little rounder
goldfish breeding, little rounder, triangle shape: Hello! They usually breed in the spring through summer, in the fall too sometimes but it is rarer. There doesn t have to be plants but there should be anyways. It s hard to tell from the surface. But you should be able to see er a little rounder and...

Fish: Goldfish, oranda goldfish, mouth fungus
oranda goldfish, mouth fungus, flake food: Hey Tammy I think he has mouthrot!This is caused by a bacterium, Flexibacter Columnaris. The symptoms of this disease are typically erosion of the mouth, commonly associated with a fungal like growth, which is in fact colonies of the column-like bacteria....

Fish: Goldfish red gills and breast fin roots, poor water quality, antibiotic tetracycline
poor water quality, antibiotic tetracycline, hospital tank: Hello! Well, your water may be fine but there is more to disease than water quality. Your fish will be stunted in a small tank, that means their bones will not grow properly. This opens up a whole new way for bacteria to infect your fish, even in perfect...

Fish: Goldfish Trauma, goldfish tank, fish jump
goldfish tank, fish jump, goldfish: He should be fine. Fish jump all the time, you just don t often see it. Sometimes they ll smack their heads on the hood. I ve had fish survive 5 or 6 feet drops no problem. If he will not get up in a day or two, then you should be concerned, but likely...

Fish: Green terror suicide, cichlid research, goldfish and guppies
cichlid research, goldfish and guppies, green terror: Hi Mark, Sadly fish will jump if given the opportunity. The remarkable thing is how small a hole they can fit through. I lost an 8 inch black belt just the other day when he found a little hole and went over the wall . Your best protection is a well-fitting...

Fish: One Guppy, african dwarf frogs, neon tetras
african dwarf frogs, neon tetras, black neon: He is nervous. He doesn t have any of his buddies to watch his back for him , and her was just moved from one tank to another with completely different water and decor. Buy a few more guppies of the same sex, add some more hiding places and some stress coat,...

Fish: gold fish lumps, pearlscale goldfish, gold fish
pearlscale goldfish, gold fish, lumps: Hello Narelle - You may have a pearlscale goldfish. Pearlscales are a special type of goldfish that have raised up scales along their bodies. Your fish could be mixed with a pearlscale, which would result in fewer raised scales than a purebred. Here...

Fish: goldfish, keeping goldfish, small tank
keeping goldfish, small tank, purple spots: Hello! First of all, I am assuming that the goldfish is in a bowl or other small tank. Which means it won t be living long. If not, please correct me. (By small tank I mean less than 2 feet in length) You see.......it used to be assumed that goldfish...

Fish: goldfish, aquarium salt, ph adjuster
aquarium salt, ph adjuster, gallon tank: Hello! He will not last long in that tank, and the only thing to do is get a bigger one. 30 gallon at least. They are small now but they WILL grow. Also, do NOT use pH adjuster ever under any circumstances. That stuff is intended for saltwater and should...

Fish: goldfish, good luck jack, gallon tank
good luck jack, gallon tank, chlorinator: Hey Lad Goldfish should never be put in a bowl. 20 gallon tank minimum! They probably died of ammonia poisoning and i bet when you changed the water you didn t add de-chlorinator or treat the water before you added it either. research your fish so...

Fish: goldfish, ammonia nitrate, frequent water changes
ammonia nitrate, frequent water changes, good luck jack: Hey Ana what size tank do you have? You should have at least 10 gallon per goldfish so you should have a 20 gallon. If not, it maybe a thing to think about in the upcoming weeks as your goldfish are going to triple in size. The temperature should...

Fish: goldfish, goldfish, tank
goldfish, tank, breeding: Unfortunately that tank is way too small for two goldfish. They will grow (if they live that long) to be 6 inches each, and they are very large bodied. You need to have at least a thirty gallon to support two large goldfish. They may seem small now, but they...

Fish: my goldfish is acting strangely, comet goldfish, sinking fish
comet goldfish, sinking fish, good luck jack: Hey Faith Your tank is too small for starters! Goldfish should have at least 10 gallon to themselves #so you will need a 30 gallon. Fish are very dirty fish so thats why they need a big tank to accommodate them. Is Pumpkin smaller? She may not...

Fish: My goldfish changes colors!, poor lighting, water change
poor lighting, water change, heating water: Hmm. That doesn t make much sense to me. Goldfish kept in the dark tend to turn white, rather than black. Could you please tell me the size of tank, occupants, filtration, heating, water change and feeding schedule, additives in the tank, and a better...

Fish: goldfish pregnancy, epsom salts, pregnant goldfish
epsom salts, pregnant goldfish, bladder disorder: So... goldfish aren t livebearers. They lay eggs, and there is no real pregnancy involved. Unfortunately, your fish wasn t expecting little ones, but showing signs of bloat. The floating you see could be swim bladder disorder. The swim bladder is an organ...

Fish: guppies, tropical fish tank, algae eaters
tropical fish tank, algae eaters, male guppies: Steve, There is nothing wrong with your guppies. They are what we call top swimmers. As your tank cycles down remember add fish slowly. You can put all kinds off tetras and a couple cory catfish...

Fish: guppy, bent spine, guppies
bent spine, guppies: Hi Melinda! I have had guppies for almost my whole life, and found that when the females get older, they will sometimes developed curved spines. here is something i managed to find on the Internet: DEFICIENCY DISEASES Except for vitamin D deficiency,...

Fish: HELP!!!, cichlid research, gill flukes
cichlid research, gill flukes, lack of oxygen: Hi Ann Marie, 82 is not really too hot. I doubt if temperature is really the problem. Heavy breathing can be caused by lack of oxygen but it can also be caused by a lot of activity, for example, if there is a fish in there that is chasing everybody all...

Fish: HELP!FISH IS IN NEED OF URGENT HELP!!!!!!, poor water quality, water quality issues
poor water quality, water quality issues, fancy goldfish: What do you not get about him being stressed? Let me try and put things in perspective for you. Goldfish are long lived. There is no reason your goldfish should not be living at LEAST 20 years. Goldfish have even lived around 40 years, and if you are...

Fish: Help!!! Something's wrong with my Betta!, female betta fish, aquarium salt
female betta fish, aquarium salt, bladder disease: Hello! There are 3 things that you are doing very wrong. 1) Salt. Salt is BAD! Do not let any employee tell you it is good. Salt is good as a cure for disease, so people assume that it can also prevent disease. This is not true. If you take medicine...

Fish: Hetaers, cold water fish, poor water quality
cold water fish, poor water quality, feeder fish: Goldfish are cold water fish, they can live at virtually any temperature. 65-74 is ideal. That really big thing you were talking about is called swim bladder. It is caused, like you said, by poor water quality. 50% water changes at least twice a week in...

Fish: HHHEEELLLPPP!!!!!!, butterfly fish, sea cucumber
butterfly fish, sea cucumber, gal tank: Jairaya/ It sounds like he has a bacterial infection. (swimbladder infection) If all your water tests are comeing out ok such as ammonia especially, then go get Maracyn plus. It is safe for your...

Fish: HI, free aquarium, fish forum
free aquarium, fish forum, e book: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/index.php This is a fish forum. Copy and paste into your browser, and then download the free aquarium e-book. Also, if you register make sure to put NickFish under who you were reffered by. I can not type...

Fish: Can you help figure out what is wrong with my fish?, green tiger barbs, siamese algae eater
green tiger barbs, siamese algae eater, tiger barb: Hello! Green tiger barbs are EXACTLY the same as normal tigers, the only difference is the color. Like if you were wearing red, and your twin was wearing blue. Everything is the same but the color. I would bring them up to at least 10, but preferably...

Fish: help, my red parrot fish are stressed out!, red parrot fish, cichlid research
red parrot fish, cichlid research, partial water changes: Hi Sherry, How large is the tank and how many fish do you have in it? Have you been doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep the tank in good shape. Have you been doing...

Fish: hi, cichlid research, neon tetras
cichlid research, neon tetras, egg layers: Hi Dean, You cannot ever be sure a fish is pregnant but mollies basically get larger in the belly region when they are pregnant. Neon tetras are egg layers, so they do not get pregnant as such. They are also extremely difficult/unlikely to breed...

Fish: hi, betta, breeding
betta, breeding: Hello Nikki, First - please don t type in caps next time - it will make it much easier to read and concentrate on your question. Generally you do not want to just throw a male and female betta into a tank together - you are lucky they have not killed each...

Fish: huge goldfish, speedy reply, fish tank
speedy reply, fish tank, 10 gallon tank: Hey again Mary, well poor Erica is a bit crowed in your tank, goldfish need a minimum of 20 gallons to them selves so I suggest now get her a bigger tank or place her in a pond where she will be much happier. And yes you are right, it is probably her...

Fish: humming sound in impeller, filter humming
filter humming: This is not really my area of expertise - when it comes to the filters I usually have someone else put them together for me. Some are very simple, such as the under gravel filters, and others are fairly complicated, such as most canister filters. I do know...

Fish: ICK!!, cichlid aquarium, coppersafe
cichlid aquarium, coppersafe, fish tank: Erica, You have a parasite in your tank. Run don t walk to your pet shop and get some coppersafe. This will take care of ick and parasites. The rubbing is a sure sign of a parasite...this is...

Fish: identifying baby goldfish, mosquito fish, baby fish
mosquito fish, baby fish, blue heron: Hey! Well first off, get rid of that blue heiring if you haven t already! Let your dog outside, get a bebe gun, or cover the pond until he stops coming back. If your goldfish were of breeding size (which varies depending on what kind was in there), it...

Fish: illness?, keeping goldfish, average lifespan
keeping goldfish, average lifespan, shark cave: Why won t ti live long? Let me quickly put things in perspective for you. Anything over 4ppm of ammonia, nothing can survive, not even bacteria. Goldfish are ammonia factories, and the ammonia in there must be over 2ppm. This ammonia is slowly burning...

Fish: injured goldfish, aquarium salt, stress coat
aquarium salt, stress coat, salt stress: Hey matt! Its fine if you do that, although simply moving it into a separate bowl with an anti-bacterial medication should work just fine, depending on how deep and serious the cut is. Goldfish are hardy so he should be fine. But taking all the precautions...

Fish: introducing new oscars, cichlid research, gallon tank
cichlid research, gallon tank, oscars: Hi Ryan, It all depends on how large a tank it is and how much structure (rock/wood/plants) there are in the tank. Keep in mind that oscars are not social fish -- they basically don t like each other. I would never keep more than 2 oscars in anything...

Fish: Jack Dempsey, cichlid research, time ron
cichlid research, time ron, jack dempsey: Hi Jenny, Are the eggs going dark? They should. The darkness is the little embryo forming inside. They should hatch very soon. If they are going white, that means that they weren t fertilized correctly and that might explain the chasing. In any...

Fish: Jack Dempsey cichlid behavior, prospective mates, tankmate
prospective mates, tankmate, gal tank: Hi Leslie, They sound like a pair just starting to think about breeding. Yawning is perfectly normal -- all fishes do it. The lip locking is common to both courting and fighting. Basically, with biparental cichlids like these, the two prospective...

Fish: JellyBean Cichlid, cichlid research, external fertilization
cichlid research, external fertilization, 20 gallon tank: Hi Julianna, Jellybean eggs require external fertilization by a male so while she may lay them (this is not unusual and it doesn t hurt her) the eggs can t hatch because they haven t been fertilized. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Jumpy goldfish, 30 gallon tank, new tanks
30 gallon tank, new tanks, frequent occasions: Hey again Anna, Wow! Your tanks are way to small, I suggest getting a 30 gallon tank which is around 140 litres. Then all your goldfish can go together. I have three goldfish in a 30 gallon with 7 leopard danios, danios are great fish to put in with...

Fish: jack dempsey had babies, cichlid research, mom dad
cichlid research, mom dad, gallon tank: Hi Shannon, Well, the babies are at risk as long as they are small enough to be eaten by the fish on the other side of the barrier. It could take several months for them to grow large enough to be more or less free of danger. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: jugar chichilds, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, flake food: Hi Laura, The good news is that you know now that you definitely have a boy and a girl because the eggs have hatched successfully. Not all cichlids are great parents and sometimes it takes them a number of tries to get it right. If you really want...

Fish: jugar fish, jaguar cichlid, cichlid research
jaguar cichlid, cichlid research, woody guthrie: Hi Deborah, There is a jaguar cichlid, Cichlasoma managuensis, but it comes from southern Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica. It seems pretty unlikely to me that Woody Guthrie would be talking about that fish. I haven t heard of any other fish...

Fish: Live Plants and Bettas, betta, toxins
betta, toxins, roots: Hey Ashli It depends on what kind of Ivy you are thinking of. The poisonous one will be leaking toxins into the water all day! But there are other types of Ivy that will not hurt them like the really long ones that you can find along the river bank or...

Fish: landscape, silver plated candelabra, gold coins
silver plated candelabra, gold coins, daphna: Hey Daphna, I do not normally place these objects in my tanks as i would think they would rust. To have healthy fish i would avoid putting them in the water, but if your do not want to put fish in then it should be fine but they might rust! Thanks...

Fish: lumpy goldfish, good luck jack, fish host
good luck jack, fish host, protozoan parasites: Hey Narelle I think your fish has White Spot. White Spot is a protozoan infection caused in freshwater by Ichthyophthirius species and in salt water by Cryptocaryon species. These protozoan parasites spend part of their life cycle embedded in the skin...

Fish: Male Betta, Betta
Betta: Hello Karen! This bloating could be caused by one of two things. 1) Overfeeding. Sometimes fish s metabolisms can slow down for now reason, and you need to adjust your feeding schedule to make room for this. Feed a little less for a while. 2) Constipation...

Fish: Male female ratio, partial water change, male female ratio
partial water change, male female ratio, platys: Hello! With platies you should get 1 male for every 2 females, but it is not always needed. It is a good idea though. However, with guppies you MUST get 3 females to every male, or no females at all. Guppies are nice but they sure can be annoying little...

Fish: Mixing Fish, black neon tetra, corner tank
black neon tetra, corner tank, fish section: Hello Lana! Glad to see you are upgrading, that tank is much too small to really have fun with! First question- I will not know how many of each species can be placed in the tank until we decide exactly on the particular species. Your tetras need to...

Fish: I'm worried about my fish., poor water quality, melafix
poor water quality, melafix, water changes: Hi Kali. It is hard for me to answer your question because you not specific enough. But i have found a site that may be useful to you. http://www.bettatalk.com/betta_diseases.htm Look through and read about these illnesses and see if they match what your...

Fish: mating behaviour of flowerhorn, cichlid research, flower horn
cichlid research, flower horn, flowerhorn: Hi Gangadhar, When they are locking lips is courtship. For the actual mating, the female lays a row of eggs on a hard surface like a rock or the bottom of the aquarium. After she lays about 5 or 10 rows, the male will come along and fertilize them. Then...

Fish: mixing fish, 30 gallon tank, cichlid research
30 gallon tank, cichlid research, male bettas: Hi Alberta, Actually I would be more concerned about having two male bettas in the same tank. Generally, they fight and I would not recommend doing this in less than a 30+ gallon tank. The goby should be fine. The bettas will probably ignore him....

Fish: Nemo is sick (Oscar), gallon tank, hith
gallon tank, hith, inlaws: Hi Cindy, When you treated him for parasites, ick and fungus, did he actually have those things? You have to very careful with fish medicines. They are very powerful and most of them can really hurt a fish (and make them stop eating) as much as make a...

Fish: New Fish Intro into a tank where fish died, mickey and minnie, feeder fish
mickey and minnie, feeder fish, fake plants: Let me say that first you are a GREAT fish keeper-- you look up on the fish, you do all you can for the fish to be happy and healthy, you ask questions, you named your fish (Ok, so that s just something I think everyone should do, heheheh). You cared about...

Fish: New Oscar Antisocial, cichlid research, tree root
cichlid research, tree root, fertilisation: Hi Karleigh, Unfortunately that fish is waaay too small to be carrying eggs. Keep in mind that an adult oscar is about 12 inches long or larger. They sometimes breed at about 6 to 8 inches. What you have there is a baby and he is just frightened. Give...

Fish: New Tank!, fish, tank
fish, tank, compatibility: Thanks a lot for asking me a question, Jack! Automatically, I want to suggest a betta for your 30g, but I m a betta girl, through and through. They love large tanks with things like livebearers and skittish tetras to boss around, but gouramis aren t always...

Fish: new born chiclids in tank with bigger ones, chiclids, baby fish
chiclids, baby fish, fry food: Hello John! The parents should protect most of the baby fish. Cichlids are great parents, and there isn t much you need to do. It would be a good idea to crush up some pellets or flakes, and let them sink down to the baby fish though. Or buy fry...

Fish: My new Fish, new tank, nitrite
new tank, nitrite, ammonia: Hey Caitlyn If you wash anything, you will disturb the tank and restart the cycle( where ammonia, nitartes and nitrite are involved.) I could spend ages telling you about the cycle but this website will give you more info. http://www.firsttankguide.net/cycle.php...

Fish: Oscar Staying on bottom or aquarium, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, feeder fish: Hi Jane, There really are no perfect levels for nitrate and nitrite. The main problem with worrying about those levels is that the kits are notoriously inaccurate and people often don t read them right anyways. I would not focus on those values, but rather...

Fish: osacr just layed eggs, baby brine shrimp, good luck jack
baby brine shrimp, good luck jack, carrie ann: Hey Carrie ann well the best thing you can do is take the eggs out by scooping them into a cup and place them in another tank and feed them crushed flakes or infusoria or baby brine shrimp. But remember there could be over 200 eggs and if they all do survive...

Fish: oscar, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, white worms: Hi Michelle, Are they more like little tiny wiggling white worms? If so, that indciates that there are too many free nutrients in the water. This is common with oscars because they eat a lot and they are messy eaters. The solution is to do regular...

Fish: oscar eating rocks, cichlid research, world cichlids
cichlid research, world cichlids, partial water changes: Hi Suz, First, eating rocks is quite normal for oscars and most new world cichlids in general so that isn t likely the problem. A pH of 8 is a little high for new world cichlids. However, cloudy water isn t a lack of bacteria, it is an excess...

Fish: is my oscar fish dying, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, water changes: Hi Colleen, The fact that his gills were sticking out suggests that something is wrong with the water. Are you doing regular water changes? You should be changing 25% of his water once a week, every week. Feeding him twice a day is quite...

Fish: oscar pH, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, feeder fish: Hi Chrissy, There are two key things you need to know to keep an oscar happy and healthy. First, never feed it feeder fish. These almost always carry diseases like ick which transfer to the oscar and kill it. I get emails every week from people who...

Fish: oscars, frequent water changes, bio filtration
frequent water changes, bio filtration, black shark: Hello! It is simply not possible to add anymore fish. Many say that oscars get too big for 4ft tanks even by themselves, however I say that they can be kept in these tanks as long as there is plenty of filtration and frequent water changes. I would not...

Fish: Pacu with some weird eye thing, tiger barb, whisper filter
tiger barb, whisper filter, gal tank: The pacu is in such a small tank that he will always have disease, and the only thing you can do about it is get a bigger tank. Pacus need 250 gallons minimum for a single fish. Also, you should be doing 50% water changes every week, or 25% twice a...

Fish: Painted Turtle in Koi Pond, feeder fish, painted turtle
feeder fish, painted turtle, painted turtles: Hi Kenny! This is just some info on the turtles diets. Young Painted turtles are mostly carnivorous, eating lots of insect type foods including: crickets, larvae, worms, beetles and maggots. They will also eat snails, crayfish, leeches, and small fish. As...

Fish: Platies, spare tank, main tank
spare tank, main tank, infusoria: My male platies kept harrassing a certain female and she gave birth the next day so she could be pregnant and she probaly is if you say she is really big. If you want the young to survive then scoop them out into a spare tank and feed them on crushed flakes...

Fish: Platies, platy, pregnant
platy, pregnant, fry: 1. Gestation in platies lasts anywhere between 4 - 6 weeks. 2. Platies may produce anywhere between 10 and 100fry. 3. Before birth, she should be isolated into a breeding box , a contraption that floats in your tank and has a special bottom to keep mum...

Fish: Pleco/Convict fungus, cichlid research, white fungus
cichlid research, white fungus, plecos: Hi Aren, Are you sure that this is a fungus on the catfish and not just bristles? Bristlenose catfishes get anemone-like bristles all around the mouth. Males get more bristles than females. Can you send me a photo? Send it to the email below. ...

Fish: pangasius catfish, frequent water changes, cherry barbs
frequent water changes, cherry barbs, rosy barbs: Hey Mandeep. Pangasius catfish can grow to over four feet in length, so i would recommend rehoming them both. also they should be kept in groups of 5 or more as they are schooling, so this why they are shy. But for their happiness consider and 150 ...

Fish: my parrot ciclid, feeder fish, cichlid research
feeder fish, cichlid research, parrot fish: Hi Mackenzy, Sadly, many many fish die because people feed them feeder fish. All too often feeder fish carry various diseases that trasmit to your fish and kill them. I recommend that you NEVER feed with feeder fish. Unfortunately, there is little...

Fish: pesky parasites!, fish, guppies
fish, guppies, parasites: Thanks for asking a question, Sam, your fish will appreciate your getting them help, and you ll be able to enjoy your tank more when you don t have to worry about these parasites. Now, I don t have much experience with parasites myself, as I ve never had...

Fish: ph balance, ph buffers, saltwater tanks
ph buffers, saltwater tanks, ph balancer: This is a very big mistake of beginners- Do NOT attempt adjust your pH under any circumstances. Those pH buffers were meant for saltwater tanks. But then people started buying them for freshwater and now the companies are starting to label them for freshwater....

Fish: Do my platies really need all this?, small tank, platies
small tank, platies, gallon tank: Hello! 1) Yes, they will be overcome with disease if you don t. Growth will be stunted, regardless of water quality. 2) That is good until you get a bigger tank 3)+4) Air pumps are useless. Replace it with a filter. You can get an AquqClear hand-on...

Fish: platy fish, mickey mouse platy, fish question
mickey mouse platy, fish question, bright orange: Gestation period is about a month. It differs greatly from fish to fish, there is no way to tell for sure. If you put her in the breeder too early, she will abort the pregnancy. The best thing is to put her in about a day before. There is no way to tell...

Fish: platy frys, fry, fish food
fry, fish food: If you have another tank handy, it would be much better to have a tank just for the fry. That way you can lower the water level (no more than 6 inches of water is needed for baby fish - you want less pressure on them when they are so small, and you want them...

Fish: plecostumus, warm water fish, aquarium heater
warm water fish, aquarium heater, fish tanks: While leaving the pleco to see if he s ill, I d get another aquarium heater and gradually warm the temperature to what it is in the other tank. If possible, use the same brand of heater. Find out what the temperature in the colder tank is now, and increase...

Fish: my poor betta!!, epsom salts, swim bladder
epsom salts, swim bladder, fish wastes: Well first and foremost, let s stop feeding for a few days... At least three is my recommendation. Then blanch some frozen peas(briefly boil them so they re about half cooked), and skin them. It should have a crumbly texture, so you can just crumble it on...

Fish: pregnant or not pregnant guppies, baby brine shrimp, pregnant guppies
baby brine shrimp, pregnant guppies, good luck jack: Hey Anthony well the gravid spot will get darker as the pregnancy progresses. The females will grow into a square shape but your females may not be at that stage or they be big and you think they are pregnant but if they have the gravid spot, they are...

Fish: prgant fish, cichlid research, kind of fish
cichlid research, kind of fish, kinds of fish: Hi Joann, Basically pregnant fish put on a lot of weight. However, only a very few kinds of fish get pregnant, most are egg layers. The egg layers can put on a little weight before laying eggs, but they then lay their eggs which must be fertilized immediately...

Fish: problematic tank!!!!, zebra danios, neon tetras
zebra danios, neon tetras, random fish: Hello Jackie, No matter what, whenever you start out a new tank there will be some losses. So it s not entirely unusual to lose one or two fish. However, in this situation you happen to have a few fish who are not part of the pack, and this can make them...

Fish: Red cap oranda goldfish, oranda, swimming
oranda, swimming, upside: Oranda goldfish have natural growths on their heads. This is called a wen. I would be more worried about why your other goldfish is swimming upside down. That is not normal, and is a very real sign that there is an issue. Most likely a swim bladder problem,...

Fish: Red Oscars, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, angel fish: Hi Mike, This can be a tricky thing with oscars because oscars normally lie down from time to time -- it is part of their hunting strategy. Are you doing regular weekly partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week,...

Fish: Red Spots on Goldfish, poor water quality, quality goldfish
poor water quality, quality goldfish, keeping goldfish: It s called specimecia, and disease caused by poor water quality. Goldfish should be in tanks no less than 20-30 gallons, and even then you should be doing water changes twice a week. In that size tank the goldfish WILL die, he WILL not live long, and...

Fish: Rope Fish, broad spectrum antibiotic, rope fish
broad spectrum antibiotic, rope fish, last tank: Audrey, Melafix is great ...that is what I would have suggested,but since he is not healing well I think we should attack it with tetracycline. This is another broad spectrum antibiotic. They are...

Fish: red devil, red devil fish, fresh water fish
red devil fish, fresh water fish, cichlid research: Hi Connie, There are many many reasons why a red devil might turn pale. They use color to communicate. Most likely he is still not comfortable in his new home. It may take many weeks for him to get comfortable. Is he swimming about, or is he...

Fish: red devil, brine shrimp, red devil
brine shrimp, red devil, rockwork: Relating to what? Food? Environment? Color is dominated by feeding. The best stuff to feed is Hikari cichlid staple, Hikari bio-gold+ or New Life Spectrum. That in addition to earthworms once a month, brine shrimp once a week, bloodworms once a week, and...

Fish: red devil fish, red devil fish, cichlid research
red devil fish, cichlid research, fish question: Hi CM, The fuzzy white stuff is fungus and it is a secondary infection in the wound. A product such as Fungus Eliminator is a good way to go. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: red fantail goldfish, fantail goldfish, iceberg lettuce
fantail goldfish, iceberg lettuce, slight difference: Hey Marc it is virtually impossible to sex goldfish, but there is a slight difference, the males should have dark spots on their gills. or they look enflamed. Yes Goldfish especially like romaine lettuce not iceberg lettuce which contains nothing nutritious...

Fish: red lump on head of goldfish, lump on head, sure what type
lump on head, sure what type, pfk: Hey Kayleigh, Well the lump could be a part of your goldfish s anatomy as it could be an oranda or a lionhead. Go on : http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/show_article.php?article_id=48 For more info on the fancy varities of Goldfish....

Fish: red spots?!, active one, colouring
active one, colouring, comet: Well done for giving them treatment. The red spots maybe the colouring of the fish as i cant t see it myself. If you are worried, seperate them and put the fish with red spots in another tank and see how it goes from there. If she starts to improve them...

Fish: Salvani Cichlid, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, fish stores: Hi Firefox, I would leave the parents with the babies. By and large they are great parents. When the kids become free-swimming, feed them frozen baby brine shrimp which you can get at most fish stores. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Scale problem with Clementine, juwel tank, black moor
juwel tank, black moor, main tank: Sorry to hear she is not getting better, often fish do not recover from this disease. Whether or not you get antibiotics is up to you. Sometimes they don t even work, and if you are this far along in the dropsy stage I doubt it can do anything. Might be...

Fish: Schooloing fish, zebra danios, cherry barbs
zebra danios, cherry barbs, schooling fish: Hey katie Well you could have a shoal of 12 tetras ( neon, black neon, glowlight, lemon) and a shoal of 6 or 8 cherry barbs. You could also try a group of 6 corydoras catfish, they school on the tank floor nicely. Try a trio of clown or khuli...

Fish: Set up new tank!, starter fish, beginner fish
starter fish, beginner fish, liveaquaria: Hello Joseph! Before you put in any fish, you will need to cycle your tank. Here s some quick info on cycling (copy and paste into browser). http://www.worldcichlids.com/faqs/cycling.html There are other articles, just type in aquarium cycling...

Fish: Setting up Cichlid tank, ammonia levels, cichlid research
ammonia levels, cichlid research, new tanks: Hi Mark, There is no absolute best way to start a tank. In your case, since you already have a good working tank, I would take half the water from that tank, put it in the new tank and you will be pretty much ready do to go. That is what we do when we...

Fish: Sexes in chiclids, african chiclids, sucker fish
african chiclids, sucker fish, parrot fish: Hello Louis! Sorry, but the info you have given is not enough to answer the question. I can think of dozens of yellow and black africans, a dozens of parrot fish, and hundreds of sucker fish. They all have difference ways of being sexed. I will need...

Fish: Silver Dollars; Bala Sharks; and Roseline Sharks, poor water quality, bala sharks
poor water quality, bala sharks, bala shark: These bubbles are called ich. They are caused by poor water quality. You should be doing 50% water changes once a week or 25% twice a week. They can also be caused by stress. Judging by them amount of fish you have in your tank....your tank should be at...

Fish: Simple goldfish question....., ammonia levels, water changes
ammonia levels, water changes, gills: Hello Annie - It depends on how long he was exposed to the ammonia and how high the levels were. pH is also a factor. Red gills are a serious sign, but sometimes fish can return to normal. Most fish can stand ammonia levels up to 1 ppm without permanent...

Fish: Sketchy fish assortment?, bala sharks, odd assortment
bala sharks, odd assortment, angel fish: What do you mean by how much is too much? As in tank size? Well that all depends on who you are personally. Ideally you should get a 250 gallon tank. But when you get to that size it is more than just throwing a filter and a heater in and calling it good....

Fish: Spotted Scat Diseases, marine tank, tsp
marine tank, tsp, corals: Fisherman, I am so glad you put him into you marine tank. I have one I moved him to salt from my brakish tank a couple yrs ago. It sounds like he has ick.If he is brushing up against things like...

Fish: Swinbladder, epsom salts, swim bladder
epsom salts, swim bladder, fishs: Hello! I would never use a swim bladder belt, in my opinion something like that would never work and I would not recommend using it. You are doing everything right, continue with what you are doing and keep your water pristine. You can take them to...

Fish: Swollen Eye, cichlid research, colored bubble
cichlid research, colored bubble, swollen eye: Hi Melissa, Female bettas naturally have short fins. Only males have long fins. Bettas are air breathers, so it is normal for them to go to the surface to breathe. The white bubble over the eye is not good. Are there other fish in the tank? ...

Fish: severums, cichlid research, anal fins
cichlid research, anal fins, different shape: Hi Jennifer, The answer is that you cannot. They do not have any external markings that tell you which sex they are, what we call dimorphic . Rather, severums are what we call monomorphic meaning that both sexes look the same. There are some differences...

Fish: sick Black Moor, black moor, gallon aquarium
black moor, gallon aquarium, stress coat: There can t be a more obvious answer to this question than this- Goldfish are COLDWATER fish, tetras, platies, and mollies are TROPICAL fish. You will always have problems if you mix them, and there is nothing you can do about it except give them separate...

Fish: sick betta, fake flowers, small tank
fake flowers, small tank, gallon tank: In such as small tank, they can not get excersize. He has become too weak to really do much. It won t kill him, but he likely won t be jumping around anymore. Part of it is just getting old. When there are no predators in the tank no need to move around...

Fish: sick betta, male betta, blood worm
male betta, blood worm, solitary creatures: Hello! Bettas are solitary creatures, they get stressed when in a tank with other fish. You could set up a 5 gallon for him for under $30, and he would be much happier in there. And remember- 50% water changes every week, or 25% twice a week. ...

Fish: sick bristle nose, bristle nose, protective scales
bristle nose, protective scales, bristlenose catfish: Hello! Unfortunetly, there is not much you can do when catfish get parasitic infections. For example, with other fish you can just add salt. You can never add salt with bristlenoses. Bristlenose and other catfish are scaleless fish. In other words, instead...

Fish: sick gold gourami, gourami, bump
gourami, bump, sick: There is simply not enough details for me to help you in the way you d like to be helped. How large is the tank, what is your feeding and cleaning routine, how many other fish do you have in the tank and what kind, how old is the tank, etc. The best i can...

Fish: sideways swimming beta, good luck jack, aquarium salt
good luck jack, aquarium salt, adomen: Swimbladder disease causes the adomen to squish together which makes the fish float on the top. The pea (make sure you peel it fed it just the inside) acts like a fibre laxitive and de-clogs the inside of the fish. Hopefully he has healed and good luck!...

Fish: slime on tank walls., algae eaters, cory cats
algae eaters, cory cats, tank walls: Hey Ron I think your stocking is partly to blame. The goldfish rule is 10 gallon per goldfish so this is where you could be going wrong. I would just keep maybe even one never mind six in a 15 but don t worry, many people make this mistake. Get a 45 or...

Fish: strange bump, cichlid research, male betta
cichlid research, male betta, anotomy: Hi Mary, Sadly I suspect that it is some form of tumor which wouldn t be surprising given that a 3 year old betta is pretty old. You must have taken good care of him for him to live that long. As far as I know, there isn t anything you can do about the...

Fish: strange tetra behaviour, cichlid research, cherry barbs
cichlid research, cherry barbs, zebra danios: Hi Kenny, Unfortunately that doesn t sound good. It sounds like he s losing control of his ability to regulate balance. There isn t anything that you can do about that. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: something swimming in tank, cichlid research, green terror
cichlid research, green terror, sperm: Hi Nichole, It sounds like some sort of nematode worm or something like that. It probably isn t a good thing to have. You should remove it and get rid of it. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Tropical Fish Compatibility, gallon aquarium, schooling fish
gallon aquarium, schooling fish, silver tips: Hello! In the wild, angelfish eat tetras as a main source of food. They shouldn t really be mixed in aquaria unless you get a small variety of angel and a large variety of tetra. The serpaes are good but the silvers may not. Also, you kinda HAVE to add...

Fish: tankmate for our Oscar, Oscar Tank mates snowflake eel
Oscar Tank mates snowflake eel: Hello Kristi! First off, I would like to say that I am very pleased to have read your question. So many people are keeping oscars in smaller tanks these days, but you have lots of room to work in there! Now, on to your question! No, a snow eel could...

Fish: my tetra seems paralysed, flashing
flashing: They are doing exactly what you said - flashing. That s the term we use when fish are trying to scratch themselves on the rocks/decor or whatever else. The most common cause is Parasites. These can be brought in by plants and other fish, and can even grow...

Fish: tiger barb disease, tiger barbs, poor water quality
tiger barbs, poor water quality, mouth fungus: Hello Lori! Yes, I have heard of this disease, and I am very surprised that you have not. It is easily one of the most common freshwater fish diseases, probably second next to ich, and it easily curable if caught early. It is called columnaris, or mouth...

Fish: Upper mouth collapse on Goldfish, mouth fungus, good luck jack
mouth fungus, good luck jack, flexibacter columnaris: Hey again Evelyn Right, I think it could be mouth fungus then if it looks like that. This is caused by a bacterium, Flexibacter Columnaris. The symptoms of this disease are typically erosion of the mouth, commonly associated with a fungal like growth,...

Fish: unsure about betta condition, horizontal stripes, vertical stripes
horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, swollen belly: Treatments don t work 100% of the time, and if a treatment doesn t work it doesn t mean she doesn t have that disease. Just keep your water quality good, change it twice a week with a good condtioner, and feed washed shelled peas for a few days in combination...

Fish: vacation care, beta fish, vacation care
beta fish, vacation care, betta: Hey Jodi Your betta should be fine without food for 5 days, fish can survive without food for up to two weeks! If you want to give him something to eat, you can buy these vacation feeders, it is a block that dissolvs everyday and the bits feed the fish...

Fish: Water in Betta Tanks, betta tanks, hardy fish
betta tanks, hardy fish, fish care: Your tank is not cycled. You WANT to have nitrates, because when you have nitrates you have no ammonia. Here s a nice link, that explains the basics of cycling. Just copy and paste into your browser. http://www.aquatic-hobbyist.com/profiles/misc/fishcycling.html...

Fish: Weak Betta, labyrinth fish, gallon tank
labyrinth fish, gallon tank, nearby window: The personalities change as the grow older, nothing to worry about until he stops eating. Also, take out the air stone, there is no point! Bettas are labyrinth fish, which means they can breathe pure air right out of the surface through a modified lung....

Fish: weird catfish, rosy barbs, giant danios
rosy barbs, giant danios, algae eaters: Just because water is clear, doesn t mean it is clean. Actually, deadly bacteria can actually make water clearer, so if you don t change the water and it is super clear, you re in a very bad situation. There are many things fatally wrong with your tank,...

Fish: weird catfish, cichlid research, rosy barbs
cichlid research, rosy barbs, giant danios: Hi Mandeep, That doesn t sound unusual at all. Catfish normally sit still on the bottom of the tank. It would be much more unusual for them to keep swimming. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: weird catfish, synodontis eupterus, rosy barbs
synodontis eupterus, rosy barbs, iridescent shark: Without knowing exactly what type of pangasius cat you ve got, I ve done research on Pangasius hypophthalmus, also known as the Iridescent Shark. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/catfish/pangasius.php -- a link to a semi-informative website that includes...

Fish: white spots on goldfish, Goldfish ick ich
Goldfish ick ich: Hello Carly, These white spots are a very common disease known as Ick, or Ich. Ich is easily treatable when caught early on. Go to your local pet store and ask for an ich treatment. Seachem s Super Ick Cure is my favourite. However, Ich is caused...

Fish: Two year old goldfish, oranda goldfish, blood blister
oranda goldfish, blood blister, goldfish: Is it an oranda goldfish? If so, that is just part of his normal coloration. Look up some pics of oranda goldfish on the web, see if any of the bumps look like yours. Also, you may want to report the fair, I doubt anybody will do anything but giving...

Fish: 2 fishs (one betta) in one tank, betta fish, male betta
betta fish, male betta, cherry barbs: Hey Rosey Your tank is way too small! I would get a 29 gallon immediately then you could have the plecostamus in but you shouldn t really keep a betta in a bowl that size! If you got the 29 gallon you could start a small community such as the pleco,...

Fish: 2 goldfish question, black moor goldfish, poor water quality
black moor goldfish, poor water quality, nitrate levels: LOL, toxic substance. Amazing what kind of answers these people will come up with to avoid a question. It sounds like plain old poor water quality. Your ammonia and nitrite may be fine, but your testing for the wrong thing there, you should be concerned...

Fish: Adding Salt to Freshwater Aquarium, african dwarf frog, freshwater fish tank
african dwarf frog, freshwater fish tank, upsidedown catfish: Hi Casey, Personally I never add salt to a freshwater fish tank. If the fish has ick, I strongly suggest you use Rid-Ich or Quik-Cure or one of the other ick treatments. However, be careful, you may have to temporarily house the catfish elsewhere because...

Fish: Adult Black Veil Angelfish, lymphocystis, lympho
lymphocystis, lympho, tumor: Hi Bruce; It could be just scar tissue on the ribs of the fins, but it could also be a virus known as lymphocystis . It causes pearly or cauliflower-like nodules or tumors to form on fins and sometimes on the face and gills affecting breathing and feeding....

Fish: African Cichlid Aggression, african cichlid tank, cichlid research
african cichlid tank, cichlid research, 2 females: Hi Christina, An important component of the answer depends on how much structure you have in the tank. If you have very little structure (plants, wood, rock, etc), then the single fish will try to monopolize the whole thing. If you have more structure,...

Fish: African Cichlids, spotted puffer fish, albino clawed frog
spotted puffer fish, albino clawed frog, cichlid research: Hi Scott, I am glad that you asked first. While puffers are wonderfully interesting fish, they do not belong in a tank with other fish. A puffer has a very powerful and sharp beak and it will eat your other fish. Puffers are surprisingly fast when they...

Fish: African cichlids, cichlid research, lake tanganyika
cichlid research, lake tanganyika, water parameters: Hi Peter, The julie is from Lake Tanganyika while the electric yellow is from Lake Malawi so technically they would prefer slightly different water parameters, but the difference is small. The key to keeping fish together is less whether they are...

Fish: Afrocan Chclids, african chiclids, cichlid research
african chiclids, cichlid research, convict cichlids: Hi Paul, I wouldn t judge African cichlids by your experience so far. When they are healthy, they are very bold. NEVER feed any fish with feeder fish. Just before answering your question this evening, I had to answer yet another question from...

Fish: Albino red oscar, cichlid research, fish tank
cichlid research, fish tank, red devil: Hi Stephanie, Unfortunately many pet stores will not take large red devils for precisely the reason you want to get rid of him -- they don t play well with others. You might try something like craigslist. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Algae Eater!, cichlid research, gold nugget
cichlid research, gold nugget, pleco: Hi Wayne, Get a gold nugget pleco. They are beautiful, don t get over about 6 inches and can eat algae like a lawn mower. The only downside is that they cost between $30-$50 and up for a little one. They are wonderful characters. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Angelfish and Mollies problems, dalmatian mollies, dwarf gourami
dalmatian mollies, dwarf gourami, algae eaters: Hi Mark; Angels aren t as hardy as they used to be. Also, sometimes fish are already sick or have unseen problems when you buy them and the stress of going to a new home just pushes them over the edge. If they are larger angels and becoming sexually mature,...

Fish: african chiclids laid eggs, african chiclids, cichlid research
african chiclids, cichlid research, fish tank: Hi Melissa, If you can catch the one holding the eggs, you can put it into a small tank of its own until it releases the kids (the whole process takes about 3 weeks). A divider seldom works because fish are really good at getting around dividers,...

Fish: aggressive guppy behavior, male guppies, gallon tank
male guppies, gallon tank, guppy: Hey Amanda Yes it is normal! Male guppies shouldn t be kept in anything smaller than a 20 gallon unless there is one. Male guppies are fighters and nip each others fins. I have 4 male guppies in a 30 gallon but i have 10 females to keep them occupied...

Fish: albino cat fish, cichlid research, cat fish
cichlid research, cat fish, gallon tank: Hi Terry, I don t think treating with chemicals is the way to go. You need to go more water changes. I recommend 25% once a week, every week to keep fish happy and healthy in the long term. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: angelfish, cichlid research, angel fish
cichlid research, angel fish, community tank: Hi Jerry, float bladder ? Do you mean swim bladder? Most fish, including angel fish, have a swim bladder. It is an organ that allows them to maintain their position in the water column without swimming. It can become infected, but if that happens...

Fish: Beta Fish, fish, white
fish, white, fins: Hello Jaydee, Either he has fin rot, which is generally triggered by poor water quality - or another fish is attacking him. Please take the time to do a water test, and also spend some time supervising the fish to see if anyone is not playing nice, then write...

Fish: Beta Fish, burnt fish
burnt fish: Hello Connie, The poor thing! Well, I m not sure there is much you can do for him except keep him as stress free as possible for the next few days. Why you were running hot water - I don t know, but I don t recommend taking that risk again. You might consider...

Fish: Beta and pellet eating, cichlid research, pellets
cichlid research, pellets, security reasons: Hi Paula, The system does not give me people s addresses (for security reasons) so I can t give you Kris s address. Have you tried soaking the pellets first? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Betas mating, spawn, bettas
spawn, bettas, breeding: It has nothing to do with days. It all has to do with whether or not she is of age (they must be very young), whether she is attracted to the male in the tank next to her, and whether the male is ready to mate as well. She would develop black lines in her...

Fish: Betta, frequent water changes, blowing bubbles
frequent water changes, blowing bubbles, breeding bettas: The filter is not needed per se, but it is a good idea. However, if you do not have a filter make sure you are keeping up on your water changes. The only reason they do not use filters when breeding bettas, is because bettas make bubble nests and lay their...

Fish: Betta - bloat, good luck jack, bacteria species
good luck jack, bacteria species, internal parasite: Hey Tracey Unless your Betta isn t a girl then it must have a internal parasite. These diseases are caused by a variety of bacteria species, e.g. Pseudomonas flourescens, Aeromonas hydrophila and Virio marinium. Internal bacterial infections spread throughout...

Fish: My Betta Fish, poor water quality, water quality test
poor water quality, water quality test, fish fins: Hey Kendra It could be poisoned water. There are several causes for this type of health problems: Poor water quality, i.e., high or low pH, high ammonia/nitrite levels. Untreated tap water containing chlorine or heavy metals (copper) Medications....

Fish: Betta may be sick, gal container, chris robbins
gal container, chris robbins, water changes: Hi Paula; Bettas live to be about 2 to 2.5 years. Some can live up to 5 years but it s pretty rare. When you first buy them in the stores they are already almost a year old so if you gave had him for a year or so he is an old guy now. You are doing great...

Fish: Betta Tank Environment, cichlid research, freshaquarium
cichlid research, freshaquarium, ter: Hi Ter, Yes, that was written by someone else. Personally, I don t think a betta should ever be kept in a vase, with or without plants. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Betta Tank Environment, male bettas, cichlid research
male bettas, cichlid research, silk plants: Hi Ter, Hmm... I think you have me mixed up with someone else. I do not recall ever saying that it is better not to have plants in with a betta. In fact, I think it is a great idea to have plants in with a betta, whether the plants are live or silk or...

Fish: is my Black Molly Ballon pregnant?..., black molly, boxy shape
black molly, boxy shape, bushy plants: Hi Dragos; I really can t tell by the pictures but if there were males in the tank with her where you bought her, she is most likely pregnant by now. Balloon mollies have such a rounded body shape it can be very difficult to tell how far along they are...

Fish: Blood parrot, blood parrot, bolivian rams
blood parrot, bolivian rams, parrots: They will not go in your tank. Blood parrots are cichlids, and big ones at that. They can easily reach 8 and more. I would not keep one in anything less than a 40 gallon. Maybe you would like to try another kind of cichlid. Bolivian rams are very...

Fish: Breeding, breeding, platys
breeding, platys, platy: I suggest first you get at least a thirty gallon tank to be the main tank, and a second, smaller tank - preferably ten gallons - for the fry to grow up in while they re small enough to be eaten. You will need to make sure you have more females than males,...

Fish: Breeding Leopard Danios, cichlid research, isolation booth
cichlid research, isolation booth, zebra danios: Hi Adam, I have never bred leopard danios. I have bred zebra danios pretty much as you describe in your message. You are right that a stressed fish won t breed. Females are fatter. How large is your breeding box ? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Breeding Leopard Danios, isolation tanks, isolation booth
isolation tanks, isolation booth, zebra danios: Adam, Stop stressing them out. Go out and buy a bunch of marbles for the bottom of your tank. Get more than 2 fish. The male of this species is slimmer than the ready to breed female. Let them...

Fish: Breeding Leopard Danios, isolation booth, zebra danios
isolation booth, zebra danios, 10 gallon tank: The best way to breed zebra danios is to get a 10 gallon tank, and fill it with 7 or 8 danios. Then just let them pair off and breed. You can make a little cage at the bottom or even use marbles as substrate. You want to make it so the other fish can not...

Fish: Breeding mollies, live brine shrimp, specialty food
live brine shrimp, specialty food, gestation: I can not tell how much time if left without a pic, but the gestation is usually about 5 weeks from start to finish. The breeder cage will work for a bit. Either or works. I find crushed flakes works just as good as specialty food, and I have raised...

Fish: baby fish, fry, breeding
fry, breeding, size: Once they are large enough not to be eaten by the other fish, they can go back in with the adults. Keep in mind - you should have them in their own separate TANK, NOT a breeding net. I never recommend those to anyone - they stress out the fish, and don t allow...

Fish: baby fish, sunburst platy, frequent water changes
sunburst platy, frequent water changes, ghost cat: Hi Braden; It s either the sunburst platy or the molly, as they are livebearers. There is really no way to know which until the babies mature. Make frequent water changes of 25% several times a week to help them grow very fast, vaccuming the gravel at least...

Fish: balloon mollies + dalmatian mollies???, interbreed, mollies
interbreed, mollies, balloon: Hi Shelby; Mollies are all the same fish, just different colors and body shapes. Kind of like how dogs have certain specific breeds but you can have mixed breeds too. So... all your mollies can indeed have babies together. Good luck! At Your Service;...

Fish: beneficial bottled bacteria for fish, cichlid research, bio spira
cichlid research, bio spira, species of fishes: Hi Sherryl, There is no point in adding beneficial bacteria to pond, particularly one that has been around for any period of time (weeks). Fish are fish is not true. There are huge differences between different species of fishes. -- Ron...

Fish: beta fish sick, internal parasite, beta fish
internal parasite, beta fish, new medicines: Hey Mariliz If your fish s stomach is swollen then it has a internal parasite. Internal bacterial infections spread throughout the fish s tissue and internal organs. Symptoms vary, depending on the acuteness of the disease. In some cases the fish will...

Fish: bett, bacteria species, new medicines
bacteria species, new medicines, internal organs: Hey lori It sounds like popeye which is caused by internal bacteria. These diseases are caused by a variety of bacteria species, e.g. Pseudomonas flourescens, Aeromonas hydrophila and Virio marinium. Internal bacterial infections spread throughout the...

Fish: betta, bettas
bettas: What size tank do you have her in, what temperature is it kept at, and have you been using tap water conditioner? I never go less than two gallons for a betta, and prefer at least 5 gallons. The bigger the better, always. Betta s are tropical fish, and their...

Fish: My betta, male betta, stress hormones
male betta, stress hormones, chris robbins: Hi Charley; It could be from some dust or mineral deposits you missed when you cleaned it out to use it again. It happens sometimes and it doesn t take much for it to make the water ugly. It could even be from your new fish because he was stressed and putting...

Fish: who does my betta get along with?, 30 gallon tank, corydoras catfish
30 gallon tank, corydoras catfish, neon tetras: Hello Shelly! Good move taking him out, that was a disaster tank. The bubbles are normal, don t worry about them! It s a good sign, and it means he is happy. Bettas lay their eggs in bubble nests. The male blows the bubbles, and the female lays the...

Fish: my betta fish is not eating and it only reaches up for oxygen, slime coat, aquarium salt
slime coat, aquarium salt, bladder disease: Hello Norma, I have actually answered many questions like this, and each time it takes me about 20 minutes to write. Though you are able to search through already answered questions, I will just go ahead and copy and paste an answer from one of my previous...

Fish: betta issue, male bettas, google search
male bettas, google search, turtle food: Hi Kenny; I can t recommend feeding turtle pellets to your betta even though he may eat them. Betta food has the nutrients your fish needs and turtle food doesn t. I wouldn t recommend betta food for turtles either. They just have different requirements....

Fish: bettas, good luck jack, rust color
good luck jack, rust color, bladder disease: Hey Mrs Cooper Well Glory should be in a 5 gallon tank or bigger. Also he should have a heater! Try those things and also if he is on his side, try giving him the inside of a pea. this helps to cure swim bladder disease which he probably has if he...

Fish: which is better?, java moss, aquarium fish
java moss, aquarium fish, plastic plants: http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=768 Pretty good prices here. I don t really go on any online stores too often, reason being I m dept. manager at my pet store so I can order myself anything when I need it. That is the only...

Fish: my black ghost knife fish ..., black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish
black ghost knife fish, ghost knife fish, black ghost knife: Hi JP; The tank is just overcrowded and too small. He may need a different food too. BGK need live food such as worms and shrimp, and tiny fish if/when he s big. He is probably stressed also from the tank being biologically unbalanced. A weekly water change...

Fish: black moor, bulging eye, chris robbins
bulging eye, chris robbins, popeye: Hi Melanie; It sounds like he has developed a condition known as Popeye . There are many different possible causes. Here is a page about it and what you can do to help him. It s a betta site but the disease is the same; http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/popeye.php...

Fish: blood parrots, second tank, chris robbins
second tank, chris robbins, parrots: Hi Patricia; Parrots grow to be 8 to 10 inches long so two of them need more room than a 26 gallon to establish territory. They shouldn t be kept in anything smaller than a 50 gallon or so really. They are messy fish that require a lot of filtration too....

Fish: can you breed mollies with guppies, male guppies, chris robbins
male guppies, chris robbins, hiding places: Hi Inspectora; Your male guppies will probably not be interested in the female mollies. Sometimes they are, but not usually. They are in the same family but different types. I hope your tank is very large to accommodate so many guppies too. Each guppy needs...

Fish: breeding and being able to tell male mollies from female, male sex organ, pregnant mollies
male sex organ, pregnant mollies, txstate edu: You re very welcome! It is impossible to tell how far along she is without a pic, but I can tell you that the gestation period is usually 4-6 weeks. She will release all the babies in 30min-4 hours. There are a ton of variables, and it is impossible to...

Fish: breeding and being able to tell males from females, two females, chris robbins
two females, chris robbins, fish tank: Hi Braden; The key to sexing mollies is in their bottom rear fin, called the anal fin . Female mollies anal fin is fanned out. In males it is pointed. Below is a link to photos of male and female platies, cousins to mollies and sexed the same way. The...

Fish: breeding my chinese algae eaters, chinese algae eaters, new tanks
chinese algae eaters, new tanks, chris robbins: Hi Mytes; I have found no information on sexing and breeding chinese algae eaters. Apparently aquarium breeding happens only accidentally so even expert aquarists don t know how to intentionally breed them. Here is a web page about one aquarist s experience;...

Fish: breeding guppies, good luck jack, 2 females
good luck jack, 2 females, four months: Hey There! Have you just got males left? Or is it just females? It is impossible to stop guppies from breeding, so find out whats sex they are and make sure you have minimum 2 females to every male. Check your parameters, these could have changed...

Fish: Carmen not eating, carmen miranda, exact temperature
carmen miranda, exact temperature, tubifex: When she spits out her food she is saying she does not like it. Try different foods with her. Frozen tubifex or slices of orange are rarely turned down by fish. It is preferred to do 25% weekly, but you can do 50% of course, as long as the water you are...

Fish: Cichlid Behaviors, african cichlids, cichlid research
african cichlids, cichlid research, rock plants: HI Michelle, In cichlids, fin rot is a consequence of being attacked or abrasion against hard rough surfaces. Think of it like a bruise -- you don t catch a bruise, it show up as the result of banging your leg on something. You need to arrange...

Fish: Cichlids, cichlid research, kenyi
cichlid research, kenyi, clay pot: Hi Amanda, The sooner you move those fish to a larger tank the better. The fact that the larger one has started moving gravel around means that he is setting up a territory and when he gets into that, the tank will not be big enough for the other fish...

Fish: Cichlids, cichlid research, convict cichlids
cichlid research, convict cichlids, parrot fish: Hi Katrina, The key to keeping different fish together is the amount of structure (wood, rock, plants) in the tank. This more than anything determines how many fish can live in a tank. As far as specific species, you might try things like convict...

Fish: Cloudy Eyes, jump, maroxy
jump, maroxy, maracyn: Hi Krysta; I m so sorry you lost your gourami! That can happen when fish are moved to a new environment. They get nervous and sometimes a bit jumpy while exploring their surroundings. They can even get confused when the lights go out. That s a shame. ...

Fish: Comet Goldfish with dropsy, dropsy, epsom
dropsy, epsom, maracyn: Hi Nick; The prognosis isn t good in dropsy because there are so many possible causes, most not curable unfortunately. Here is a web page about it that tells the dosage of epsom salt to use too; http://www.goldfishinfo.com/ailment1.htm#dropsy It is...

Fish: Constipated Sevrum?, daphnia, flake
daphnia, flake, poop: Feed him a diet of washed and shelled peas, and frozen daphnia for the next 2 or 3 days. After that stop feeding him for another 3 or 4 days. The resume to original diet, feeding washed and shelled peas weekly. Do not over feed on the shrimp. ...

Fish: Convict Fry, baby brine shrimp, 7 oscars
baby brine shrimp, 7 oscars, good luck jack: Hey Vickie If they have gone dark and the are four days old, they are just about to hatch a minute now. They might all hatch and only a handful will survuve. Feed them on small baby brine shrimp or infusoria, i feed these to all my baby fish. As...

Fish: Couple of guppy questions, apple snail, dead fish
apple snail, dead fish, guppies: Hey Bill If they look like they are fit to biurt then yes, indeed move them! If she looked thin, she probably did give birth and the red cords give it away aswell. I am so sorry for your loss! Snails will eat the occasional dead fish so she was dead...

Fish: calico fantail fish, fantail fish, good luck jack
fantail fish, good luck jack, fish bowl: Hey Sue! Bowls are goldfish killers! You cant really fit an airsotne in, and the ammonia from the fish s waste will kill them as it is such a small bowl and an airstone just won t do! Try getting a 20 gallon not a thirty. 20 gallons are big enough....

Fish: chiclid breeding, cichlid research, silver sharks
cichlid research, silver sharks, lake malawi: Hi Mustafa, It does sound like they are courting. Most blue cichlids come from Lake Malawi, and these are all female mouthbrooders. That means that after the female lays the eggs, she takes them into her mouth where she keeps them for several weeks....

Fish: cichlid tank temp/ color change, yellow fins, tank temp
yellow fins, tank temp, cichlid research: Hi Christina, The biggest problem with warmer water in that range, i.e., around 84, is not the heat, but the decrease in oxygen. If you make sure that you have a good airstone working all the time (in addition to any filter you might have), that higher...

Fish: cichlids, cichlid research, small tank
cichlid research, small tank, mum and dad: Hi Nicole, Convicts are very tough fish and he can likely recover from this. If you can, isolate him in another small tank and treat him with one of the anti-fungal medicines (I use Paragon II but there are many out there) and he should pull through....

Fish: cleaning up a dirty bowl, black moor, poor fish
black moor, poor fish, dirty water: Brackish means a salt/freshwater mix. Yes you can buy spring water and clean the tank however make sure the water is defiantly pure and that you use no chemicals of any sort when cleaning the bowl. Just put him in a plastic bag with the water hes been kept...

Fish: community, freshwater fish tank, cichlid research
freshwater fish tank, cichlid research, pimafix: Hi Km, Sorry but I have no way of knowing about the potency of Pimafix after it expires. The fact that it was made of natural ingredients or not has absolutely no bearing on whether it will retain its potency with time. In other words, the dealer was making...

Fish: community tank, natural eggs, community tank
natural eggs, community tank, pimafix: Your tank is not cycled. Copy and paste this link into your browser to learn about aquarium cycling. http://www.firsttankguide.net/cycle.php You must do 30% water change every other day for the next little while, until your ammonia is 0 and your nitrates...

Fish: cory fish in small tank, cory cats, gal tank
cory cats, gal tank, small tank: Sorry, misread the question. It s ok, just keep waiting. Without a heater it may take longer. If there is still nothing in 2 weeks, add a half teaspoon of dark brown sugar. It feeds the nitrifying bacteria. A rarely employed cycling technique, the main...

Fish: corydora with injured mouth, neon tetras, cory cats
neon tetras, cory cats, happy fish: Hello Michele! There are two things that can destroy a cories sensitive mouth, nitrates, and, like you said, sharp gravel. I would start doing more water changes. 25% twice a week is the minimum. If it is 40 at the top it could be as high as 100 low...

Fish: My Dead Goldfish, poor water quality, dead goldfish
poor water quality, dead goldfish, bladder disease: Short answer. Fish only float to the top when they die of swim bladder disease, caused by poor water quality. When fish die of any other cause they sink. You should be alarmed if they float to the top because it means something is very wrong with your tank....

Fish: Depression?, feeder goldfish, cichlid research
feeder goldfish, cichlid research, serious things: Hi Stacy, There could be some depression involved but there may also be some other more serious things. Depression would not cause him to lean to the left. I strongly recommend that you never again feed your oscar with feeder goldfish. Feeder goldfish...

Fish: Disease of pleco, aquarium heater, gallon tank
aquarium heater, gallon tank, fishing line: Hi CeeAnn; He probably injured himself somehow. Unless it s reddish or fuzzy like it s infected, he s probably healing up and it has now left a callous (thickened patch of tissue). Or, it could be a blister from rubbing against the aquarium heater....

Fish: Dying Beta Fish, beta fish, garbage disposal
beta fish, garbage disposal, change water: He is likely dying of old age, not much you can do about it. He is very old. Keep his water very clean, water changes at least twice a week, if not more, and make sure he eats a bit. Don t stress him too much (ie, water change water not the same temperature...

Fish: dalmation molly fish, male sex organ, molly fish
male sex organ, molly fish, txstate edu: Look for the gonodopodium, the male sex organ. It looks like a backward facing anal tail. The female doesn t have this, she just has an anal fin resembling a fan. http://www.bio.txstate.edu/~gabor/caito/f2.jpg Top is female, bottom is male. -Nic...

Fish: dead clown pleco, cichlid research, dead clown
cichlid research, dead clown, clown fish: Hi Notelling, I really, really, really doubt that eating a bad cucumber was the problem. In fact, I would be amazed if that was the problem. It is possible that if the cucumber rotted in the tank the water became foul and that could kill the fish....

Fish: a depressed black moor?, cichlid research, black moor
cichlid research, black moor, airstone: Hi Greg, Is the water warmer than normal? This can cause this sort of behavior. Do you have a good airstone in the tank? This is particularly important if the water is a little warmer than usual. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: dragon goby, bulge
bulge: A soft bulge is better than a hard bulge, but it sounds as though he has a bad case of SBD. Keep the water immaculate, definitely invest in water test kits (liquid not test strips, they re not quite as accurate) if you haven t done so already. Try feeding...

Fish: Too early?, platy, momma
platy, momma, fry: In my experience, it s best to do it about a week before, however, if she has not had them with you before, I doubt you know when exactly will be the time . You kind of get used to it after it happens a few times and you can keep track of it on the calendar....

Fish: Fan tail goldfish help needed please, fish, dying
fish, dying, small: Hello Jo, Your biggest problem is the fact that the tank is simply too small. The bigger the tank, the better - and the easier it is to keep your fish happy and healthy. You never say what kind of fish, so I don t know what exactly it is that you re putting...

Fish: Female Betta getting black-tinted scales, scale loss, hole in the head
scale loss, hole in the head, disease: Hello Susan, The symptoms of Hexamita (hole-in-the-head) are small, white/gray worms crawling out of head region of, most often, Discus fish. Unless the infestation is giant and/or secondary bacterial and fungal infections develop, the condition is not...

Fish: Female Betta Fish, female betta fish, cichlid research
female betta fish, cichlid research, pet store: Hi Holly, Females may not fight as often as males, but there is no reason why females could not fight. It is also possible that your females are in fact young males (which look identical to females). -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Female Blue Ram, juwel rekord 70, phantom tetras
juwel rekord 70, phantom tetras, pink flesh: 80% of blue rams nowadays are bred in asia. Asian bred rams are injected with hormones that make them colorful at first, but they soon lose their color and die. Chance are, if you paid under $15 for your ram, it is asian bred, and will not live long regardless...

Fish: Fighting Fish in mineral water, slime coat, fish keeper
slime coat, fish keeper, fighting fish: IN the end, it would actually be easier and safer to use tap water. You need to buy tap water conditioner from a local pet store. It doesn t matter which brand - they all do the same thing, although some brands add slime coat replacers as well. One large bottle...

Fish: Filter, frequent water changes, air tube
frequent water changes, air tube, hazey: Hey Tracey! I have the exact same filter! I keep it in, i didn t know what to do but i keep it in the water! Yes the cloudiness mean your tank is cycling, don t add more fish and do frequent water changes, the cloudiness will subside. Hope this helps...

Fish: My Fish, siamese fish, bladder disorder
siamese fish, bladder disorder, little fishes: Hey Jaz! Fish do this when they aren t feeling very well. What you want to rule out is that your water that is hurting them. Change your fish s water. If nothing improves with in a few hours, you know your little fishes aren t feeling very well becuase...

Fish: Fish, calico fantail goldfish, koi goldfish
calico fantail goldfish, koi goldfish, family cyprinidae: Hi Jenny; It s pretty blurry but I can tell they are all either goldfish or koi. Goldfish and Koi are both in the same fish family, cyprinidae or basically carp. I can t see the tail or the mouth very well to say for sure which yours is. If he has a...

Fish: Fish, fantail goldfish, maracyn two
fantail goldfish, maracyn two, general good health: Hi Emma; There are many possible causes, infection, tumor, and intestinal blockage are a few but most are not treatable I m afraid. We can treat for constipation and infection and see what happens. Try withholding food from the fish for a couple of days...

Fish: Fish, cichlid research, fish question
cichlid research, fish question, egg layers: Hi Jordyn, Goldfish are egg layers so they don t get pregnant as such. If she were about to lay eggs she would get larger but not REALLY fat. Is she still swimming properly? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Fish Food, dalmatian molly fish, blood worms
dalmatian molly fish, blood worms, poor fish: I usually recommend Omega One Tropical Flakes, they have the absolute best ingredients. Make sure when you feed your fish flakes, that you crush up the flakes as tiny as possible, and only feed about 2 small pinches per day. It s easy to accidentally overfeed...

Fish: Fused upper lip, white cloud minnows, lunch time
white cloud minnows, lunch time, water change: Hey again Evelyn! oh no! i am so sorry, we do get attached to these fish. I don t think it was your water change, you should be doing 25% water changes weekly anyway, but don t worry now. If your tank is big enough, why don t you add another goldfish...

Fish: Fuzzy goldfish, fuzzy, disease
fuzzy, disease, goldfish: Hello Kathy - this is not Nick but I thought I d answer your question for you since it has been sitting there for a while. The issue you are describing sounds like a fungus problem. Is the goldfish the only one in it s tank, and how large is your tank? Also,...

Fish: African Cichlids, green spotted puffer, platties
Fish: African Cichlids, green spotted puffer, platties, snails

Fish: fry of fantail goldfish, goldfish, carp
Fish: fry of fantail goldfish, goldfish, carp, neighbour

Fish: fan tailed fish scared?, good luck jack, gallon tank
good luck jack, gallon tank, doing my thing: Hey tina! Goldfish can bully smaller fish which is the case with your fish. There are 5 against one which doesn t sound fair on him. I would get a 10 gallon and keep him in there on his own. If he gets better after a few weeks, try getting another...

Fish: fancy tailed fish, chris robbins, goldfish
chris robbins, goldfish, several times: Hi Mary; It s quite normal for goldfish to change color most of their lives while they grow. Some change several times and lose or gain different colored markings. We never know for sure what a baby goldfish will grow up to look like until it happens. ...

Fish: Can I feed Rolly Pollies to my fish?, roly polys, wood lice
roly polys, wood lice, whisper filter: Ha! That s very funny and very coincidental, because just today I thought the exact same thing!! Tried it, fish didn t like it. Even if they did eat it, Wood Lice (the correct term for your roly polys ) are mostly bone and shell, no nutritional value....

Fish: fighting fish, fish diseases, stomach area
fish diseases, stomach area, fighting fish: Hey Dustin Your fish could be full with eggs if it is a female as they have duller bodies and are easy to see into. It could possibly be a disease but i would need a better description. Go on this website and match your fish s symptons with the ones...

Fish: fish, dead goldfish, good luck jack
dead goldfish, good luck jack, fish host: Hey Susan Your fish have white spot. This is a parasite. These parasites spend part of their life cycle embedded in the skin of fish, feeding the tissue and body fluid. This on-fish stage is enclosed in a white cyst, which gives the classical (white...

Fish: fish, bushy plants, chris robbins
bushy plants, chris robbins, gubby: Hi Kaitlyn; Congratulations! All the babies need is plenty of fresh clean water and a little tiny sprinkle of food 3 to 5 times a day. Change 25% of the tank water at least twice a week to help keep them healthy and help them grow fast. Vacuum the gravel...

Fish: Why did my fish die?, lionhead, fantail
lionhead, fantail, tank size: Hi Neil; The tank is just too small for goldfish I m afraid. Just for one goldfish to thrive it needs about 40 liters (approx. 10 gallons) all to itself, at minimum. It is a common myth that goldfish can live in small tanks or bowls. They just can t live...

Fish: My fish are dying rapidly, fish tank, turquios
fish tank, turquios, textbook case: Tuberculosis. It is a fatal and untreatable disease, your fish are showing all the symptoms. Textbook case. There is nothing you can really do. You can just wait and let them die naturally or euthinize them in boiling water. WARNING!!! Tuberculosis...

Fish: fish feeding., pleco feeding
pleco feeding: Don t worry too much about the pleco. I have a pleco that started out tiny (about 2 1/2 long) who is now about 21 long. YES, 21 , lol. He looks like a dinosaur. Feed your fish as you normally would. Your pleco will have plenty of scraps on the bottom....

Fish: is my fish pregnant or what?, fantail gold fish, gills
fantail gold fish, gills, buoyancy: Hey there! She might be full with eggs but not pregnant. It sounds that she has swimbladder disease which is cause by the organs inside to cramp up and this affects the fish s buoyancy and this makes it float. Try feeding it the inside of a Pea and...

Fish: my fish is sick!, cichlid research, bloated fish
cichlid research, bloated fish, jack dempsey: Hi Brandon, Unfortunately it may be that he is getting near the end of his life. There is nothing you can really do for a highly bloated fish. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: fishes, frozen brine shrimp, tank parameters
frozen brine shrimp, tank parameters, water parameters: They can all be kept together. You will need at least a 200 gallon tank. Parameters aren t a big issue. Just cycle your tank and do twice weekly water changes. They will kill each other if they breed in a community style tank. They can breed if you separate...

Fish: fry of fantail goldfish, cichlid research, water hyacinths
cichlid research, water hyacinths, water iris: Hi Susan, Unfortunately I am not an expert on fantail genetics so I can t tell you how many genes or what kind of genes control those characteristics. Sorry. The best way to protect the young is to have lots and lots of plants in there so the kids...

Fish: fuzzy angel fish eggs., cichlid research, fish eggs
cichlid research, fish eggs, angel fish: Hi Tim, The white fuzz is often called a fungus, though technically it is a water mold. In any case, it indicates that the eggs were not fertilized correctly and unfortunately will not hatch. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: Goldfish, goldfish, ammonia
goldfish, ammonia, nitrate: Hi Joel; There were just too many fish added at one time. Whenever new fish are added to a tank, toxic ammonia spikes up until the beneficial bacteria can grow larger colonies to consume it and compensate for the new bio-load . The fishes gills are being...

Fish: Goldfish abnormality, goldfish, bowl
goldfish, bowl, ammonia: Hi David; I m going to be very blunt here but I do hope you will take my advice in same spirit it is given; out of concern for your fish. I sincerely hope you will hear me out. Your fish is flirting with disaster on many levels here... He needs a tank...

Fish: Goldfish/red underneath, good luck jack, fancy tails
good luck jack, fancy tails, old tank: Hey again Susan If they are eating then thats a good sign. I think they just need a little more time to settle down. It is like when you get a new fish, it eats fine but rests on the bottom as it needs to settle down then a few weeks later it is fine,...

Fish: Goldfish and tap water, local water supply, fish birds
local water supply, fish birds, aquarium water: Tap water is horrible for any living thing-- fish, birds, dogs, people, etc. While aging your water helps, it only gets rid of chlorine. In tap water, there s also toxic chloramines The only way to remove them is with chemicals. Not many people talk about...

Fish: Gray on Beta Fish, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish: Hi Marilyn, It s hard to say but it just may be a sign of age. Bettas don t normally live very long. Color change over time is also very normal for bettas. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: gold fish problem, poor water quality, fish problem
poor water quality, fish problem, blood worms: Copy and paste this into your browser to learn about cycling. ALL fish tanks should be cycled before fish are added. http://www.firsttankguide.net/cycle.php Specemicia can t really be treated, just prevented. Increase water changes to every other day...

Fish: goldfish, gallon tanks, aquaplus
gallon tanks, aquaplus, gallon tank: Hello Heather! It is specemicia, or ammonia poisoning. Goldfish produce waste, and this waste produces ammonia, ammonia is an extremely toxic substance and will kill fish very quick. The only way to get rid of ammonia is through water changes. Goldfish...

Fish: goldfish, siamese algae eaters, goldfish flakes
siamese algae eaters, goldfish flakes, flake food: Hey Kim, The pellet food won t hurt them. Commercial fish food are formulated very similarly. They don t make really any difference in formulas. A low ash flake food is best though. Ash is the bones, scales, tails, etc, parts of the fish and scrimp ground...

Fish: my new tank, poor water quality, goldfish tank
poor water quality, goldfish tank, betta splendens: You can put more in the tank now that you have it. Cycle your tank first and then we ll talk about what you like. What you put in depends on what kinds of fish you like. You can try and give your goldfish away, a pet store may take him if he looks in good...

Fish: my goldfish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, angel fish: Hi Krysta, It is very hard for me to say why they died. Have you been doing regular partial water changes? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. Have you been doing that? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: goldfish's fins, fin and tail rot, tank syndrome
fin and tail rot, tank syndrome, small tank: Hi Kelli; It s fin and tail rot. There are many possible causes and since you didn t give me any info about your tank and fish I can t really tell why it s happening, I can only give you a few hints. It could be ammonia poisoning burning the fins from overfeeding,...

Fish: Help choosing new cichlids, synodontis catfish, pseudotropheus saulosi
synodontis catfish, pseudotropheus saulosi, african cichlid: Hi Mary, Unfortunately, what you want isn t quite possible. Mouthbrooders don t really come as pairs, at least any of the ones you are ever likely to see. The East African mouthbrooders are typically one male with multiple females. For that same reason,...

Fish: help!!, good luck jack, water changes
good luck jack, water changes, goldfish: Hey Jenny You shouldn t keep a goldfish in a bowl, they should be in a 10 gallon minimum. She is probably suffering from ammonia poisoning, she is probably dieng, there isn t much more your can do, apart from doing rapid water changes, and save up for...

Fish: IMPORTANT: my Black Moor is sick!, black moor, gallon tank
black moor, gallon tank, tap water: Hey! Don t be ashamed of getting your fish from Walmart. That s where I got my black moors and a few of my goldies. :) They re cheaper than everyone else and not always really bad. First, a goldfish sluggish is the first sign he s sick. Change his water...

Fish: illness, beata fish, body fungus
beata fish, body fungus, dirty tank: That s a few diseases at the same time. Swim bladder is the reason he is always floating. The swollen eye is either popeye or eye cloud, or maybe a combination of the two. And the discolored scales would be either specemicia or body fungus. This...

Fish: injured coldwater minnow, trauma injury, water changes
trauma injury, water changes, little chance: With an injury like that there is little chance of survival, it can happen though. Leave him along, perform twice weekly water changes, and hope for the best. You can cover the filter intake with an aquarium sponge or a piece of panty hose if you want to...

Fish: Kadango cichlids, cichlid research, magical age
cichlid research, magical age, borleyi: Hi Bob, I am not sure I understand the situation. Are there other Kadango males or just other male cichlids? There is no magical age that they change colors. It depends on their social status. For example, if he never feels dominant, a male might...

Fish: keeping goldfish in a cattle water trough, trough, mosquito
trough, mosquito, goldfish: Hi Brady; It s a common practice here too (California). Mosquitoes love it here. But, luckily for us, goldfish love mosquito larvae. ;-) There are several possibilities for such sudden death. The most common cause of death in newly added fish is shock....

Fish: what kind of fish?, identify, profile
identify, profile, identity: Hi Stephanie; There are many possibilities and without a body shape, fin and tail style, mouth shape, etc. it might be difficult to pin down. If you could get a photo of your fish and upload it to a free image hosting site such as photobucket.com, send...

Fish: Listless Male betta, ammonia nitrate, gravel plants
ammonia nitrate, gravel plants, male betta: Hey Caren When you do water changes, do a 25% change but don t clean the gravel, decorations etc as this wipes out good bacteria and restarts the cycling process which can take weeks! Do water tests on ammonia, nitrate etc and meet their standards, then...

Fish: large comet, cichlid research, blue heron
cichlid research, blue heron, relative position: Hi Gigi, It is hard to say from here without actually seeing the fish, but are the spots symmetrical, i.e., is the spot on one side in the exact same relative position as the spot on the other side? If so, then it is unlikely to be disease or injury. ...

Fish: How long?, vent area, java moss
vent area, java moss, gestation period: Perfect. Now make sure her water stays clean, and provide PLENTY of hiding places. Remember, the mother can and will eat the fry if she gets hungry, so make sure they have places to hide. At least 1/3 of the tank should be so densely planted that you can...

Fish: lump?, fungus spores, fish fungus
fungus spores, fish fungus, fungus species: hey Hannah It sounds like a type of fungus. Fish fungus is caused by fungus species such as Saprolegnia. Fungus spores are present in all freshwater aquaria. A disease outbreak is usually a secondary infection of an area of the fish s skin or gill barrier...

Fish: lumps on bets fish, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, lumps: Hi Dwain, Hmm... can you describe the lumps in more detail please? Are they possibly parasites stuck on the body? Or, are they smooth lumps such that those scales are lifted up? In the latter case, it could be a tumor. Unfortunately there is nothing...

Fish: Male Betta behavior, bettas in same tank, divider
bettas in same tank, divider, divided: I don t recommend it for several reasons. One being that yes, I do beleive it causes them stress, due to the fact that for the most part they will constantly be on guard, worrying that the other fish might try to steal it s territory . (Which is reasonable...

Fish: Molly, long periods of time, aquarium world
long periods of time, aquarium world, gallon tank: The one thing you have to remember is that the aquarium world is constantly changing. Those pamplets were typed up YEARS ago, and very much has changed back then. Just 10 years ago, it was assumed that nitrate was completely harmless, and that you could have...

Fish: Moving cichlids, flower horn cichlid, cichlid research
flower horn cichlid, cichlid research, fish tanks: Hi Kendra, I ve done similar trips and I just put the fish in buckets or a cooler and drive them. You can get little bait box bubbler air pumps that run on 2 D cells at most fishing stores and some pet stores. A little bubbling every few hours should...

Fish: Moving cross country with two Betas, labyrinth fish, gorgeous colors
labyrinth fish, gorgeous colors, bright salmon: Hey Mark! Right i would get hold of a cooler box and put the tank water in that and put the fish in. Put plants in to keep the fish calm. As they are labyrinth fish, they can survive with out a filter so don t worry about filtration. Just keep calm and...

Fish: male and female platty's, chris robbins, fish store
chris robbins, fish store, hiding places: Hi Nancy; Since the aggressive male s attention seems to be focussed on the weaker male he may even still do it after adding more females. You could try, but if the mean one keeps it up you should take one of the males back to the fish store. Provide more...

Fish: mate for sucker fish, sucker fish, fish question
sucker fish, fish question, pleco: Still not good enough. I can think of dozens of fish off the top of my head that could look like that. The only thing I can really tell is that it is probably a pleco. I need a pic, a name, a scientific name, or a pic on the internet of a fish that look...

Fish: My molly is pregnant?, 2 females, 10 gallon tank
2 females, 10 gallon tank, water changes: If there is a male in the tank, she is pregnant. Here s a pregnant one (copy and paste into your browser)- http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/4404_aquarium_022_1.jpg Also, your tank is not cycled, so you will have to be doing 25% water changes every...

Fish: molly & tetra sick, ppm chlorine, brine shrimp
ppm chlorine, brine shrimp, tank temp: Hi Pal; Your water is very good. I wish I could get others to be as diligent about maintenance as you are. Good job! Sometimes antibiotics in the water just aren t effective because the problem is too deep. I would try feeding a medicated food for bacterial...

Fish: mout brooding cichlids, cichlid research, anal fin
cichlid research, anal fin, hi mike: Hi Mike, Sometimes female mouthbrooders will spawn even if there isn t a male in the tank. In those cases, she will carry the eggs for a while but then eventually eat them because the eggs cannot be fertilized. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Need Help with my tank, gallon tank, testtube
gallon tank, testtube, water changes: You are right, the ammo lock is probably throwing it off. Yes, you did overstock the tank too soon, but no reversing that. 35% is not too much. When the tank cycles you can do 25% twice a week instead. You can tell a tank has started cycling when...

Fish: New beta fish, cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, hi lauren: Hi Lauren, That is often what betta fish do. They don t typically swim around alot. He will likely swim more when he gets used to the new tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: New fish, cherry barbs, phantom tetras
cherry barbs, phantom tetras, black phantom: Hello Richard! No, I wouldn t say you are overstocked. Your current stocking looks great, very good fish choices. As for what to add. There are really no mixed schools. Each individual schooling for should have an absolute minimum of 3 other fish of...

Fish: New fish, dwarf gouramis, phantom tetras
dwarf gouramis, phantom tetras, cherry barbs: Decide on which pair you like better - the gouramis or the platies. Both have the potential to be aggressive, I would recommend instead a pair of sparkling pygmy gouramis, or perhaps three of four small rasboras. You don t need to add four more large fish...

Fish: Nitrite levels, sponge filters, sponge filter
sponge filters, sponge filter, algae eaters: Hi Vickie; Power heads could be used on either one but not for a tank with oscars. Undergravel and sponge filters are not adequate for them and will become useless very quickly because of the massive wastes that oscars produce. You need a power filter or...

Fish: neon and guppies dying because of zebra?, zebra danio, cichlid research
zebra danio, cichlid research, neon tetras: Hi Jerry, You are correct in that a zebra danio is no threat to the other fish. Temperature above 35 in the water would be close to lethal for most fish. Did the water actually hit 35? The key to dealing with warm water is to ensure that there is...

Fish: new fish dead red blisters now other fish red gills, red blotches, aquarium salt
red blotches, aquarium salt, yellow fish: Hi Tracey; Make a 25% to 50% water change every day until they feel better and also add aquarium salt. Your fish store should have some. Follow the instructions for dosage on the label. Nitrite poisoning causes the fishes blood chemistry to change so their...

Fish: my new fish peaches, black moor, good luck jack
black moor, good luck jack, internal parasite: Hey Herb black Moor aren t pregnant, most fish arem t, but if they look big they could just be full with eggs. if it is a baby, then wait a month or so to see, if it does become bigger, it must have an internal parasite but if it stays the same it must...

Fish: My new oscars..., cichlid research, gravel vacuum
cichlid research, gravel vacuum, aquarium center: Hi Matt, We call that behavior flashing . A little flashing is okay. If they are doing it all the time, it COULD be a sign of skin parasites like ick. So, keep an eye on things and particularly watch out for ick (tiny white dots on the fish, usually...

Fish: My new oscars..., wheat flour, fish formula
wheat flour, fish formula, pellet food: Hi Matt, Very sorry for the delay in responding; I was out of the state for a bit there. In general, you should not have to switch up their diet. I feed my fish the same food (TetraCichlid flakes or sticks) every day and they do fine. The...

Fish: Is this normal?, cichlid research, platy
cichlid research, platy, mariel: Hi Mariel, That is an excellent question and I don t know the answer. Sorry. It wouldn t surprise me if the spot was larger on one side than the other. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Oscar, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, males and females: Hi Gabriel, Unfortunately, you can t identify the sex of your oscar. Oscars are what we call monomorphic meaning that males and females look the same. Two individual oscars may differ in color or pattern or shape slightly, but those differences are not...

Fish: Oscar emergency!, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, stress coat: Hi Tamara, There is hope. The key issue is if the eyes dried out. If the eyes dry out, there is no hope. But, when a fish goes out of water for awhile, it forms a protective white coating over its eyes. If you catch him at that stage -- as you did...

Fish: Oscar Fish, sexing oscars
sexing oscars: Hi Gabriel; I wish I could help but oscars have no reliable external sexual differences. Some breeders say they can tell but usually in their own stock because they have already witnessed them spawning. You can see the female lay eggs and then the male...

Fish: Overfed!, excess food, water change
excess food, water change, daphnia: Hello Gaynor - First you ll want to fast them for three or so days. During this time, you can offer them skinned peas (1/2 to 1 whole pea per fish per day) or small amounts of daphnia if you can get find them. This will help to get the food out of their...

Fish: my oscar fish, pout, oscar
pout, oscar, laying: Hi Matt; Pouting is what many of us call it and it s very normal behavior for oscars that are moved into a new environment. They really aren t pouting, just trying to adjust. It s just kind of an affectionate term used by those of us who understand and...

Fish: oscar fish, cichlid research, oscar fish
cichlid research, oscar fish, sexes: Hi Don, Actually there is no way to tell a male from a female oscar. They are what we call monomorphic meaning that there are no distinguishing characters between the sexes. The only exception is at spawning time when their breeding tubes appear for...

Fish: My oscar fish is sick, oscar fish, maracyn
oscar fish, maracyn, water change: Carlos, Go get some Maracyn. It is great for pop eye. Dose you tank for the 7 days than a 25% water change. Take your carbon out of your filter while you are medicating.New carbon with your water...

Fish: oscars fighting, cichlid research, tank rock
cichlid research, tank rock, osar: Hi Mike, How large is the tank? Oscars are highly territorial so each is trying to claim the tank as his own territory. One solution if the tank is large enough is to put enough stuff in the tank (rock, wood, plants) to essentially create two...

Fish: Pearlscale goldfish bladder, frozen brine shrimp, quartz pebbles
frozen brine shrimp, quartz pebbles, fancy goldfish: Hi Nancy-Jean; I think you ve probably done everything you can do for her, and a great job I must say. The problem is in her breeding and it was exacerbated by her previous owner s abuse and abandonment. Fancy goldfish that have rounder body shapes often...

Fish: Pointy tail on baby mollies, balloon molly, balloon mollies
balloon molly, balloon mollies, molly black: It sounds to me like a birth defect. I have been looking but there s nothing about a molly with a caudal(tail)fin pointy from what I have or can find. See how they turn out! The variations of fish we have now are all really just birth defects people found...

Fish: Pregnant guppy and dead guppies., pregnant guppy, good luck jack
pregnant guppy, good luck jack, baby fish: Hey Teli 1.They should have a dark black spot by her anal fin 2.The black spot could be the babies, how big is it? Is it just one big spot, or lots of spots all over the body? 3.It is probably due to giving birth! 4.They are probably males, just keep...

Fish: pacu floatingup side down, poor water quality, aquarium salt
poor water quality, aquarium salt, bladder disease: Sounds like swim bladder disease, caused by stress, poor water quality....and I m guessing too small a tank. Increase water changes to 25% every other day, add a little aquarium salt and feed him washed, shelled peas. Out of curiousity...what size tank...

Fish: pink cichlids, cichlid research, 20 gallon tank
cichlid research, 20 gallon tank, cichlids: Hi Linda, Cleaning the tank will mess things up but you will be amazed how quickly they get it back to the way they want it. When you clean a tank, you do NOT take everything out. You should use a gravel siphon to clean the gravel and you should remove...

Fish: platies, african dwarf frogs, albino corydoras
african dwarf frogs, albino corydoras, zebra danios: Hey again Bownie The bubble wall will help a lot ! Well done! if they seem happy then keep them there! Remember the water changes weekly, they are the key to the fish s survival. If you have any more questions, don t hesitate to ask :) Jac...

Fish: pleco fry, cichlid research, water changes
cichlid research, water changes, melinda: Hi Melinda, Actually I can t remember exactly which kind of worm they are. Basically, they indicate that there are a lot of free nutrients in the water. In general, this means that either you are overfeeding or need to do more water changes. If you adjust...

Fish: My poor fish, 30 gallon tank, feeder fish
30 gallon tank, feeder fish, rosie red: Hi Marci; Poor guys. I m sot sure what it could be. If you could get a picture of them, maybe in a little tank water inside a plastic bag or something, I could take a look. Upload your photo to a free image hosting site such as photobucket.com and send...

Fish: pregnant betta, betta fish, female bettas
betta fish, female bettas, bubble nest: Hi Emily; Bettas are egglayers so they don t really get pregnant . Female Bettas grow eggs inside even without a male around. The eggs are fertilized by the male as the eggs are laid. The male actually curls his body around her to kind of squeeze the...

Fish: pregnant guppy, pregnant guppy, premature births
pregnant guppy, premature births, stages of pregnancy: Hey Genoa Your guppy can go two to six weeks between births. Your guppy got pregnant the day she gave birth so she is probably in the late stages of pregnancy! I doubt the two were premature, just the other babies got eaten! Hope this helps and...

Fish: pregnant molly, cichlid research, pregnant molly
cichlid research, pregnant molly, pregnant mollies: Hi Braden, A pregnant molly looks pretty round, i.e., it is very obvious when she is pregnant. In other words, if you aren t sure that she is pregnant, she likely isn t. Once she is obviously pregnant, put her in a breeder box. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: pregnit afrikin oscers, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, africon: Hi Jamin, Oscars are from South American, not Africa and they don t get pregnant as such. They are egg layers. The female lays her eggs on a hard surface, such as a rock or the bottom of the tank, and the male fertilizes them there. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: prego fish, pregnant fish, red spots on pregnant fish
pregnant fish, red spots on pregnant fish: Hi. Without seeing a picture of what you are talking about, I don t feel comfortalbe in answering your question. HOWEVER....guppies do not just have 1 fry, they have MANY MANY fry. If the little red dots appear to be inside of her, these would be eggs...

Fish: question on Mollys and breeding, molly fish, establishing dominance
molly fish, establishing dominance, good luck jack: Hey Lori Mollies don t fight, they are probably establishing dominance. mating might start with a certain fish with a long fin underneath its belly, a extended anal fin called a gonopodium which is the male, chasing another fish which would be the female....

Fish: Can a Red Oranda eat a Neon Tetra, neon tetras, oranda fish
neon tetras, oranda fish, neon tetra: All fish will eat a fish that fits in its mouth. If the neons are smaller than the fish s mouth, they may be eaten. However it is more likely the fish just died, and the pleco ( vacuum fish ) ate its remains. Tetras are tropical, goldfish are coldwater,...

Fish: Red spot, rep spot, goldfish
rep spot, goldfish, four: Before I say anything else - you must get a larger tank. 50 liters, for four goldfish? It s pretty much impossible that they won t develop diseases. Each goldfish is supposed to grow up to at least 6 inches long, and about 4 or 5 inches around. They eat a...

Fish: Is it really hard?, comet goldfish, keeping goldfish
comet goldfish, keeping goldfish, how to take care of goldfish: Hi April; If goldfish have plenty of room, good filtration, 25% of their water is changed weekly, and aren t overcrowded or overfed they can pretty simple. Goldfish can be difficult to care for if they aren t set up properly. So, get started off right and...

Fish: red headed goldfish, fish diseases, uk fish
fish diseases, uk fish, goldfish: Hey Lee It sounds as though your goldfish has swimbladder disease. http://www.aquatics-online.co.uk/fish_diseases.htm Scroll down on that website page above and find the bit on swimbladder. Treatments are on there. Good Luck and hope this helps...

Fish: red top chiclid, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, chiclid: Hi Nancy, They can get to the 4 to 6 inch zone over time. They can breed when they are around 3 inches or so. The weekly partial water changes are the way to do. Incidentally, the more water changes you do, the faster they grow. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Sick Beta, epsom salts, maracyn two
epsom salts, maracyn two, kidney failure: Hi Daryl; Poor guy. Dropsy is actually a symptom of an underlying disease, usually kidney failure. The problem with dropsy and body swelling in general is that there are so many possible causes and most are not curable. Maracyn-Two treats bacterial infection...

Fish: Sick German Blue Ram, cichlid research, water parameters
cichlid research, water parameters, correct orientation: Hi Ken, Unfortunately that doesn t sound good. I have never seen a fish recover from that kind of paralysis. It sounds like she has some nerve damage in the back end of her body. Sorry. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: South American Puffer, frozen brine shrimp, colomesus asellus
frozen brine shrimp, colomesus asellus, south american puffer: Hi Andy; South American Puffers, also known as the Amazon Puffer, scientifically as Colomesus asellus , are freshwater puffers that can tolerate some salt. He probably needs to be moved back to a tank with lower salt content. You might want to double check...

Fish: Stressed Chinese Algae Eater?, gravel vacuum, algae wafers
gravel vacuum, algae wafers, tank levels: Hello! That isn t really a true sign of serious stress. However, it would be a good idea to put him in a larger tank. They should really have at least 20 or 30 gallon tanks. Short answer to a long question I know, but it s pretty simple like that....

Fish: Swim bladder problem., cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, bladder problem: Hi Dawn, Are you feeding your oscars with live feeder fish? If so, that is most likely the problem. I strongly recommend that people NEVER feed their fish with feeder fish because all too often the feeders carry various diseases which easily kill fish...

Fish: Swollen discolored Betta King Fish, betta care, bloated
betta care, bloated, swim bladder: There s a lot of things you can do to fix this situation, and a lot of things that you aren t doing that you should be that will make your betta much healthier and give him a chance to live much longer. First of all, waiting until his water looks dirty...

Fish: i have a very sick goldfish., water quality problem, sick goldfish
water quality problem, sick goldfish, fish sink: Hi Sara; It sounds like swim bladder failure or possibly a nervous system disorder. The swim bladder is an internal organ below the spine that controls buoyancy. Some fish sink to the bottom and can t float up when the swim bladder fails, some float on...

Fish: sick Neon, neons, deadly disease
neons, deadly disease, platy: It is called Ich . A deadly disease if not treated, it will spread to every fish in the tank. You can buy many ich treatments at your local pet store. My favourite is API Super Ick Cure . Just follow the instructions on the bottle, and act quickly....

Fish: sick oscar, feeder fish, cichlid research
feeder fish, cichlid research, ghost shrimp: Hi Tammy, I m very sad to hear this. Unfortunately I hear it all too often. Yes the feeder fish could have caused this. Never feed fish with feeder fish. All too often they carry various parasites that quickly transfer to an oscar. There...

Fish: sick roseline sharks, poor water quality, frequent water changes
poor water quality, frequent water changes, tank light: Smaller, frequent water changes are preferred, however if all your levels are 0 then it is like I said, and your tank is not cycled. Ideally, you should have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrate, but at least 5 nitrate. If you have all 0s there is something wrong with...

Fish: sick roseline sharks, cichlid research, tank light
cichlid research, tank light, gallon tank: Hi Matt, You are right that a 10 gallon tank is too small. Bright light is a problem for many fish. Many fish would much prefer much more subdued lighting. Basically, in bright light, many fish feel vulnerable to predators such as other fish and...

Fish: sick roseline sharks, oxygen water, tank light
oxygen water, tank light, tall plants: Hi Matt; My first thought is the tank may still be in the break-in period but if the water tests show no ammonia or nitrites it is probably already done. Some tanks go through it pretty fast. I think the problem is you are changing too much water at one...

Fish: How to stop breeding, freshwater tank, hiding places
freshwater tank, hiding places, genders: Nothing you can do about it, except do not mix genders. They can not change genders (only swordtails can), so if you have all females or all males you are fine. Either way, most of the fry will be eaten, and they are a very good source of protein. The...

Fish: styrofoam in a fish tank, styrofoam
styrofoam: It s very possible it will deteriorate over time, and become toxic to your fish. I definitely don t recommend it in any case. Use a different material, or consider just using store bought decor. You might also look online through sites of people who have created...

Fish: styrofoam in a fish tank, fresh water fish, tropical fresh water fish
fresh water fish, tropical fresh water fish, fish tank: It will likely start to deteriorate after the first year or so, and thus affecting the pH to some degree. It will probably raise it a few points, as well as giving off a toxic substance that is bad for the fish. I would not use it, there are better alternatives....