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Customer Comments

This may not be the right forum to ask the following question. 35-40 Gal. tank current fish 3 angel, 2 bottom feeders, 1 friendly silver dollar, 2 neat orange active feeders. I know, not to specific but I'm new at this.
I would like to add 1 Cobalt Blue Zebra and 1 Red Zebra. Finally my question. So far I have a rather friendly and compatable community tank and want to keep it. Can I order these two fish and keep things pleasant? or maybe something else (for color)
Florida 33803
Reply. The Cobalt Blue Zebra and the Red Zebra would not be good choices. These fish belong to a group of fish called Mbunas, that are much too aggressive for your other fish.

Click here to read more about Mbunas.

Click here to read a story about a beautiful aquarium full of Mbunas in a restaurant named Giselle's.

Click here to read about Angels and scroll down to the paragraph titled Compatibility, which lists compatible tank mates for your Angel.

Then click here to read about compatible tank mates for your Silver Dollar.

I just clicked on those pages and read that Silver Dollars are listed as good tank mates for Angels, and Angels are listed as good tank mates for Silver Dollars.

So your Angel and your Silver Dollar are compatible, which you already knew.

I also read that Bigger Tetras such as Black Skirts, Serpaes, and Silver Tips, Corydoras Catfish, and Livebearers such as Platies, Swordtails, and Mollies are compatible with your fish.

I also read that Gouramis, Giant Danios, Rainbows, a group of Bala Sharks, and a group of Clown Loaches are also listed as compatible with both Angels and Silver Dollars.

Incidentally, the page about Angelfish recommends keeping one or several Angels, but not just a few.

The page about Silver Dollars recommends keeping a group of at least six Silver Dollars, because they are schooling fish.

This should give you quite a few choices for your aquarium. I hope this has helped you.


Customer Comments

Dear Customer Service,
I was wondering, do you think having SAE and Ottocinclus in the same aquarium is OK. SAE for the 'fuzzy' algae, and 'ottocinclus affinis' for the green algae that sticks to the glass?
Also, while I was looking at your website, I noticed that I could not find submitted feedbacks. I would like to be able to read some of your feedbacks from customers and your responses to them, both Positive and Negative feedbacks.
Precision 2001
Reply. Personally, I have never kept Siamese Algae Eaters (SAE) and Otocinclus (Otos) in the same aquarium, and I try to give advice on this website about things that I have actually done. But I see no reason that it wouldn't work.

Many aquarists think that Plecostomus, or SAE, or Otocinclus or some other fish will solve their algae problem. This is usually not true.

Click here to read more about how to get rid of all types of algae.

Click here to read more about aquarium maintenance.

Whenever you try something new, such as mixing SAE and Otos in the same aquarium, there is a chance some unexpected problem or benefit will occur.

So watch the fish carefully to see how they interact, and let me know what you see.

I have gradually stopped mixing fish from different continents in my aquariums.

The SAE are from Asia, and Otos are from South America, so I would not mix them in my aquariums for purely esthetic reasons.

I occasionally visit SeaWorld's Freshwater Aquarium here in San Diego, and they keep fish from different continents and different habitats in different aquariums. I liked the look, but this is just a personal choice.

I like your idea about having a page showing some of the submitted feedback comments.

I do sprinkle a few of them about here and there, but it would be nice to have a page with a whole bunch of them.

We get many feedback comments each day, and in the last year we've gotten a total of only a dozen or so negative comments.

In particular we've gotten three or four saying no fish should be kept in captivity, and three or four comments criticizing us for mentioning specific brand name manufacturers and retailers.


Customer Comments

I have just started a 4-gal Aquarium for my 4 yr old son but am not sure what fish would be the best for him in this size tank. The tank has a light and a pump. The temperature is around 70-75.
Can you suggest some fish for this tank? I was planning on getting one Betta originally but am not sure after reading all of the information on your site.
Gwen R.

Reply. Either a male or female Betta fish would be fine. Click here for more information about Male Bettas, and here for more about female Bettas.

While many adults seem to prefer an aquarium with a few large fish, children prefer several different types of small animals such as a small fish like White Clouds, a freshwater Crab, a dwarf Frog, a Tadpole, a few Ghost Shrimp, a freshwater Clam, and an Aquatic Snail.

Keep this in mind when you shop for a child. Click here for more about Fish for Kids.

Be sure to help your son learn how to feed the fish.

Click here for more information about feeding fish and a picture of Catherine, when she was 5 and just starting to feed fish.


Customer Comments

It's easy to get around on your website. But I've been trying to find info on my fantail goldfish. I haven't found any pictures on any site I've visited that even closely resemble my fish. It's totally white with solid black eyes. Can you help me?
Marsha H.
Kooskia, Idaho
Reply. Goldfish coloration is extremely varied. You have an uniquely colored Fantail, but it can be maintained just like all other Fantails.

Click here to see two small pictures of Fantails in an aquarium in our facility.

Click here for more about Fantails, Orandas, Telescopes and other Fancy Goldfish.


Customer Comments

I am planning a 55 gallon tank, and it is going to be mostly peacock and hap cichlids. And I want to use an undergravel filter, except I would use a power head to pump water into the undergravel filter, and up through the gravel (in conjunction with a power filter) - is this a good idea to keep the gravel fairly clean and  water of higher quality?
Thank you.
Reply. We have kept, spawned, and raised lots of Peacocks and Haps. In an aquarium with an undergravel filter these fish eventually have many health problems.

The best filter for these fish is a power filter with a BIO-Wheel. The BIO-Wheel is very important.

Click here to read more about filters, and click here to read about BIO-Wheels.

Peacocks and Haps do not need gravel, which is purely cosmetic for your enjoyment. But the gravel will retain particles of fish waste.

Undergravel filters must have at least 1.5" of gravel over them to work correctly.

Even with a reverse flow power head a layer of gravel this thick will make your Peacocks and Haps much more likely to get bloat and other diseases.


Customer Comments

Hello, I've been reading quite a bit about how to breed angels and  I've thought about giving it a try, but how do I know what to look for when I choose a breeding pair?
I'm not even sure how to tell the males from females at this point.
If I were to order from you, could I specify that I want a certain number of males and females? Any info you could pass along would be greatly appreciated.
~Jeremy G.~
Reply. We bred Angels for several years, and we've had many pairs, and produced many thousands of baby Angels.

After a couple of years we were able to look at Angels about 4" tall and pretty accurately spot the males and the females, as confirmed later, when they spawned.

In your reading you probably learned that, when Angels spawn, you can see a tube about the shape of a dull pencil lead that protrudes slightly from the female Angel.

The tube that protrudes from the male Angel is smaller in diameter, and it's quite easy to tell the male from the female with this method, when they spawn.

But it's not easy to tell males from females, except when a male and female are spawning. In fact it takes a couple of years of watching Angels breed.

Our late friend Richard Buttner spawned Angels for many years and said, "I can look at young Angels and usually tell which ones will be males and which ones will be females, but I can't explain how I do it, and it doesn't matter anyway, because they will sort it all out among themselves."

One small problem with this method is that sometimes two female Angels spawn without a male.

The tubes on these females are about the same size, and you can't use this method to tell the male from the female, because there is no male.

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Breeding Angels
You said that you want to get a pair of Angels. The best way to do this is to get about 10 young Angels and put them in an aquarium with about 50-gallons of water. This aquarium should also be at least 18" tall.

Raise the Angels up together. When their bodies about about 1.5" to 2" in diameter, they will pair off, select a territory, and work together to chase the other fish out of their territory.

From a group of 10 Angels, we usually got three or even four pairs. But if you try to purchase a pair of mature Angels, often the pair bond will be lost when you move them.

So we recommend that you get small Angels about 3" tall. Raise them up together and allow them to choose their own mates.


Customer Comments

Hi, I presently have several aquariums, ranging in size of 10-gallon to 100-gallon. At present I use underground filters, but don't seem to have any luck with them. Then I found your website and your advice on that type of filtration. I am going to remove the underground filters and go with either Penguin or Emperor with the bio wheels.
My question is; does the Penguin or Emperor filters need separate pumps for operation or do they have an internal pump? I'm very impressed with the fish you offer. As soon as I can clean up my systems and get proper filtration you can expect an order, probably several.
Jack C.
Reply. Undergravel filters cause lots of problems in fresh water aquariums. We have received many emails from folks telling us that their water quality went from poor to excellent, when they got most or all of the gravel out of their aquarium and switched from an undergravel filter to a power filter with a BIO-Wheel.

Marineland makes both powered and un-powered filters with BIO-Wheels. We recommend the powered filters. The un-powered filters connect to canister filters, which you don't need.

Be sure you carefully wash the gravel in your aquariums, before you remove the gravel, or you will cloud up your aquarium water.

Click here for more about cleaning gravel.

We predict that you'll enjoy your aquariums much more, after you switch from undergravel filters to filters with BIO-Wheels.

Click here for more about BIO-Wheels.

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