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Customer Comments

Do you ship to uk
Reply. Hello Rob, no we do not ship to the U.K. We do not ship to any addresses outside the U.S., and we apologize if this disappoints you.

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Customer Comments

I was going to do a project in which I would keep Gold gouramis singly in different size fish bowls to see what type of sizes they would grow to. I was told that this fish can live in a bowl and that the tank size determined the size of the fish. Is this information true?
They are labyrith fishes so I assume the part about them living in a bowl is true, but the size being determined by tank size is questionable. Please tell me if this would be possible.
If these fish will not work can you give me examples of what might work. (white clouds, gold fish, or some type of cold water fish perferably) I also was told that gold gouramis could be aggresive and that only one pair could live happly in a ten gallon aquarium.
But your two inch per gallon rule disagrees with that. WHO IS RIGHT? I need an answer. Thank you. By the way, this is the best fish site I have ever seen. The only addition that would help would be a message board like Fish Fanatics one.
Thank you.
Reply. Hello Jordan, click here to go to the page in this website that discusses Gold Gouramis, then scroll down to the paragraph titled "Appropriate Home" on that page, where you can read, "Eventually an aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water, ..."

We do not recommend keeping Gold Gouramis in fish bowls even though they are labyrinth fish. what is a labyrinth fish?

A labyrinth fish has an organ called a labyrinth. A Gold Gourami can take air from the surface of the water into its mouth, and then use its labyrinth organ to absorb the oxygen.

Gouramis and other labyrinth fish have adapted to living in water with low levels of oxygen.

Most of us have heard that fish will stay small in a small aquarium and grow big in a big aquarium. Is this some sort of magic? No.

What happens is that the poor fish in the small aquarium is stunted and can't grow normally. That's why we recommended keeping the Gold Gouramis in a 50-gallon aquarium, where a group of four Gold Gouramis can grow to attain their full size of 6".

You mentioned White Clouds, and they are one of my favorite fish. They are very hardy and tolerate cool water down to about 55 degrees F. They are also very easy to breed.

Click here for more information about White Clouds.

I try to avoid making rules. I believe in developing good judgment. I may have mentioned that there is "a rule of thumb" for beginners that recommends keeping of 1" of fish to 1 gallon of water.

Using this rule of thumb, keep 10 one-inch long fish in a 10-gallon aquarium. But this is just a helpful guideline for beginners to use until they develop good judgment.

All of us here at appreciate the compliment in your email. Thank you.


Customer Comments

I am setting up a 48 gallon tank that my boyfriend built out of plexiglass. I was told I need a heater and pump, as well as a light source. From you website, you indicated I would only need a biowheel for a freshwater tank. I do plan on having gravel so I purchased a gravel vaccuum. Do I need a heater and light source?
Reply. Hello Wendy. No you don't need a pump.

There is a un-powered BIO-Wheel that does require a water pump, but the Penguin 330 Filter would be the right size filter for your size aquarium, and the 330 has its own pump, which is the better than having an un-powered BIO-Wheel filter with a separate pump.

Click here for more about aquarium filters.

Your don't need a light over your aquarium, unless you want a light to see the fish better. Room lights are enough for the fish. But you will need a heater. Have you got one now?

Lets see you have the aquarium. You'll also need a good sturdy aquarium stand, a filter with a BIO-Wheel, an aquarium heater, and a cover so the fish won't jump out.

Click here for more about aquarium equipment.

You'll also need some Flake Food, a thermometer, and a net big enough to catch your biggest fish. I'm running out of ideas. You might want to add some ornaments that are labeled for use in aquariums.

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I hope these comments help you.


Customer Comments

family="SERIF"Do you guys sell betta vases here?
Reply. Hello Debbie, no we don't sell vases. I know they are available in many stores.

If you can't find vases, call a few of the mass merchandise stores and ask them to help you find the vases.

Click here for more about keeping Bettas in vases.


Customer Comments

I had just one snail that snuck in on a plant I bought.  I had the temp up around 80 but after reading your website, I decided to turn it down just a bit to about 77.  But now, I found a dozen baby snails ... what can I do?  And I heard that each plant should be rinsed before putting it in the aquarium ... rinsed in what?  What kills snail eggs?

Reply. Hello Daniel. Lots of other people don't like having lots of small snails in their aquarium.

Puffer Fish will crush the snail shells and eat the snails, but Puffers will often nip other fish, and so a Puffer may solve the snail problem, only to create a bigger problem of nipped fins.

Click here for more about Puffers.

Crayfish will also eat snails, but Crayfish will attack many fish, crabs, shrimp, frogs, and anything else that gets near the bottom of the aquarium.

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Clown Loaches and Yoyo Loaches will both eat lots of snails right out of their shells, and a Loach doesn't usually cause any other problems. So a Loach is the best way to rid most aquariums of snails.

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In the future be very careful, when you buy plants. Before you buy a plant, look around inside the aquarium with the plants for sale.

If you see any snails or even old snail shells, you should pass on the plants. Buy plants from aquariums without snails or snail shells.

Click here to see the list of plants we have for sale.

There are chemicals that will kill snails and snail eggs. For example Snail-a-Cide.

I believe that AquariSol will also kill both snails and snail eggs. But these products are quite strong, and so I recommend the natural method of using a Loach.


Customer Comments

Hey What's up! I Have a 55 gal tank with 15 mixed African Cichlids, two Jack Dempseys, a Black Convict, a Pink Convict and a Green Terror. They all are between 1 to 2 1/2 inches. I Know the Dempseys and Terror will have to be moved eventually. After a month the aggression level has settled down to almost none. Is this too many fish?
I also wanted to add more rocks and slate to form caves. My tank stand is the kind that's open between the stand and tank. How much weight can my tank hold without cracking. Is there a way to evenly distibute the weight?
I visit your sight everyday and find everything from your info on fish to your answers to customers' questions very informative and helpful ... Thank you for reading my letter and feel free to post it on your site. I appreciate any help you can give me.
Reply. Hello Angelo, we have found that many aquarists are too concerned about pH.

Most tap water in the U.S. has a pH of between 7.2 and 7.8, and water in this range is good for keeping the fish that we discuss on this website.

There are other fish that don't do well in water at this pH, and there are some fish that cannot spawn or whose eggs will not hatch in water in this pH range.

All the fish listed on this website at this time will live and grow well in water with a pH of 7.2 to 7.8, and we recommend that you do not attempt to change the pH of your water, if it's in this range.

Yes, you do have too many fish in your aquarium. I suggest that you read the story about the aquarium in Giselle's Restaurant.

Long ago I put a lots of African Cichlids in an aquarium, then removed the smallest and the biggest, and ended up with a nice compatible group of fish, that were all about the same size.

Click here to read more about these fish.

For many years we kept a layer of gravel that was about two or three inches thick in each of our aquariums.

One advantage of the gravel was that when we put rocks in our aquariums, the rocks sat on the gravel and did not sit on the glass bottoms in the aquariums.

The gravel was a nice buffer between the rocks and the glass and prevented the rocks from cracking the glass.

Now we don't have any gravel in any of our aquariums. So the rocks sit right on the glass, and if we pile the rocks up high, the glass bottom might break. Here is how we avoid breaking the glass.

Pile the rocks up on a table, until you've got them arranged just the way you want them. Take the rocks off the top, leaving only the bottom rocks that will sit on the glass.

Get a tube of silicone sealer that is labeled for use in aquariums, carefully turn over the first rock, keep track of the three spots on the bottom of that rock that make contact with the table, and put a nice size gob of silicone sealer on each of those three spots.

Repeat this process by putting a silicone on the bottom of each of the rocks that will make contact with the glass on the bottom of your aquarium.

Let the silicone on the rocks cure for two or three days, then put the rocks in your aquarium so the silicone on the rocks makes contact with the glass on the bottom of your aquarium.

Stack a few rocks on top of these bottom rocks, but don't make the stack too high, or the pressure may still break the glass bottom, and be sure all the rocks are very carefully stacked, so they can't topple over and crack the glass.

If anyone tries this method of putting silicone on rocks, please email me back with your comments.

All of us appreciate your complimentary comment. Thank you.


Customer Comments

I read on your sight that an aquarium with a BIO-Wheel filter shouldn't have more than 1/4-inch gravel. I am keeping plants in my aquarium equiped with a BIO-Wheel filter. I can't put the plants in without more gravel. Do you have any suggestions?
A. Chow
El Cerrito CA 94530
Reply. Hello. I keep plastic plants in my aquariums. A little bit of algae grows on my plastic plants, and they look very natural.

Sometimes I use silicone sealer, that is labeled for use in aquariums, to attach the plastic plants to the glass bottom of the aquarium, then stack a few rocks around the plastic plants.

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To me this arrangement of plastic plants and rocks looks great and minimizes the elbow grease factor, which is good because we have a lot of aquariums.

If you want live plants, you might look for potted aquatic plants. I've seen them for sale in many fish stores.

You might also consider putting your aquatic plants in small pots. Like the small plastic pots or terra cotta pots sold in nurseries.

But it worries me that these pots are not labeled for use in aquariums. I wish there were pots sold with labels that said the pots are safe to use in aquariums.

Anyway, you would just put your plant in the pot and carefully fill the pot with aquarium gravel.

If you try this suggestion and plant your live aquatic plants in pots, please email me back and let me know the results.

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Customer Comments

I would like to get a puffer for my community freshwater aquarium. Will a dwarf puffer terrorize my other fish?  Can I put a figure 8 puffer in my freshwater tank?  What would you suggest?
By the way, I love your site.
Linda P.
Reply. Hello Linda, all of us here appreciate your compliment. Thank you. Before I can answer you question, I need to know which fish you have in your aquarium now.

For example, I would not recommend putting a Puffer of any kind in with Neon Tetras, which are too fragile, nor would I put a Puffer with an Angelfish, which would be an irresistible target for a Puffer to nip on.

But I would recommend putting a Puffer in with Zebra Danios, Tiger Barbs, Rainbow Fish, and a Red Tail or a Rainbow Shark, to name a few fish that swim fast and are usually able to avoid Puffers.

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Customer Comments

Hi there, I was trolling the web for information and maybe you know this. I have a pond with 10 small comets and 2 larger ones. I also have a water fall (artificial rock) which is elevated from the edge of the pond. I also have a rectangular piece of EPDM rubber right under the water wall which drapes into the water. This is so that water from the water fall do not run off under the water fall into the ground.
When I introduced the comets, they did a very curious thing. They tried to swim up the EPDM rubber where the water was running down from. It was as if they were trouts or salmons which do this sort of thing. Do they swim up river or was there a necessity for them to do that ? Just curious.
Reply. Hello Choo, yes many fish try to swim upstream. It is very common for Goldfish to swim and even jump up into flowing water.

We have some large 180-gallon aquariums full of Goldfish, and the water is circulated from each of these aquariums to a large reservoir with a filter, then pumped back into the aquarium through a 1" pipe.

The water spills about 6" from the pipe into the aquarium. The stream of water from the pipe is about 1" to 1.5" in diameter, and the Goldfish will often jump up at the stream of water and sometimes jump out of the aquarium.

Knowing all this, we put a screen over the aquarium, so the Goldfish can't jump out of the aquarium.

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Customer Comments

Thanks very much for the information. Ok. So, they are just the type that likes to jump. I have a galvanized steel mesh (painted black) forming rectangles of 10 X 10cm over my pond. As this won't stop them jumping out, I also have stones at the edges to stop them.
Reply. Hello again Choo, I should have mentioned that fish most are more restless, right after they have been moved to a new aquarium or pond, and that is when they are most likely to jump.

After a few days they relax and are less likely to jump. But they could jump out at any time.


Customer Comments

family="SERIF"How much would a fish bowl kit be with shipping? would shipping be more if I added some other fish? like a school about 6 tetras?
Reply. Hello again Debbie, shipping on every order costs the same amount. At the present time we charge each order $36.99 for shipping, packing, the box, etc.

So you pay for the fish, the bowl, and whatever else you want at the prices shown on our lists, then add $36.99 for shipping.

So if you bought one small fish for a few dollars, you'd pay for that fish plus $36.99. Or if you bought hundreds of fish, you'd pay for those fish, plus $36.99.

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A shipment sent to an address in the state of California will also be charged state sales tax for the fish but not for the shipping charge.

The Fish Bowl Kit is now $13.25, plus Shipping Charges $36.99. Now just add the cost of the 6 Tetras from our list. Your address is not in the State of California, so you do not pay sales tax.

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We presume the 6 Tetras are not going in the fish bowl, because Tetras do not do well in fish bowls. C

lick here for more information about buying Tetras.

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