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Customer Comments

I have an upsidedown catfish, (I am not sure his scientific name since I have heard there are many kinds, but he is white with brown spots.) which just today I noticed he had these tiny white dots down his body. I know about ick, and I am concerned that this is what it could be, but unlike ick, the spots run down his body in a pattern of 2's (much like they are part of his coloring.) There are not a large amount of spots nor are they in a small, compact area. Are these spots commonly seen on the upsidedown catfish, or should I be concerned? Please get back to me as soon as possible.
Reply. Hello, there is one species of fish called the Upside Down Catfish (UD Cat), which has the scientific name Synodontis nigriventris.

There are many other catfish in the same genus, Synodontis, and most of them swim upside down at least part of the time.

Click here for more information, a picture, and a small video of Upside Down Catfish.

You described the spots on your UD Cat, and I have seen similar spots on UD Cats. I'm not sure what these spots are.

The spots that I saw were all the same size and, as you mentioned, regularly spaced.

Ick is a disease with small white spots, and the ick spots are about the same size as the spots I've seen on UD Cats, but the ick spots are not all the same size, they vary, and ick spots are irregularly spaced on the fish.

So I think the spots on your UD Cat are not ick spots and probably not a disease.

But I would recommend that you carefully observe your UD Cat and all your other fish for other Signs of Stress and Disease.

Are their fins clamped? Are any of your fish rubbing themselves? This is often called glancing.

Be sure your fish are eating well. Little white ick spots are just one Sign of Stress and Disease. Look for other signs too.

Click here for more about the Signs of Stress and Disease.


Customer Comments

thanks for your reply, and I found out yesterday from looking at some more of the same kinds of upside-down catfish, that those tiny white dots are just part of them, and its not a disease or signs of stress. So thankfully there is nothing to worry about ... 
Reply. Hello again, good I'm glad you looked at some UD Cats. That was a good simple idea, but why didn't I think of it and suggest it to you. Thanks for your follow up.

Customer Comments

Hi,  I've a got question to ask.  I bought a male Betta 2 months ago. I had it in a Betta  vase.  He was active and healthy. I recently bought a 4 gal  All-Glass Aquarium. I always use spring water. l put the water in the aquarium and let it set for 24 hours. Before putting him in. This aquarium has a light on top plus a air pump. The light was on for about 4 hours with the air pump going. I turned it off before going to bed.
The next morning he acted fine. Before leaving for work  I turned the light on with no air pump running. After 8 hours of work. I went to feed him. He started acting sick. Did I stress him out when I left  the light on for so long?  I did turn out the light off  then. He acts like he can't breathe. No energy. I hope I didn't kill him. We enjoy watching him. I hope you can help me.
Thanks again!
Lucy K.
Reply. Hello Lucy. Here is the short answer. When you moved your Betta from the vase to the aquarium, there was probably a big change in the water chemistry that shocked the Betta.

Sometimes fish go into immediate shock. Sometimes it takes a few hours and sometimes as long as three days.

I assume that spring water is bottled drinking water, which is good for fish.

But if the water in the vase was a little bit old and stale, and you moved your Betta straight from the vase to the aquarium with all fresh water, the change could have shocked your Betta.

How to avoid this sort of shock? Change 20% of the water in your Betta's vase with the bottled spring water every day for at least 4 days before you move the Betta to the aquarium with all fresh spring water.

Also I would recommend running the aquarium with the spring water for three days before putting in any fish.

You were concerned about the light, I doubt the light was a factor. I noticed you said that you turned it off before going to bed, and I wondered if you were referring to the light or the pump or both.

You should not turn off an air pump or a filter. Always keep them running. If you turn them off, it may quickly change the chemistry in the aquarium.

Of course you may need to turn them off for a few minutes to clean them, but I would say you should avoid turning pumps and filters off for more than one hour.


Customer Comments

hello, I have had what I thought was a dwarf clawed frog for almost three years now in a cute little octagon shaped 2 gal tank. She (I think it's a she because of the extension between the hind legs) is only about 1 1/4 " long, and is solo in this tank. A little few weeks ago, I purchase another dwarf clawed frog, and she ate it! I thought, well, maybe it was just too small ...
a week or so later, I moved her (her name is bogey) to a 10 gal tank with some ghost shrimp ... she ate them too! Although she is small, she has all of the characteristics of a clawed frog, 4 front fingers, no webbing, buggier eyes, all this stuff I've checked out at your site, and at, which is a very cool site as well. Today she ate two feeder goldfish in less than an hour. Is this normal for a dwarf clawed frog, or do I have the other variety of african clawed frog?
Thanks in adv. for your help,
Reply. Hello Karen, thank you for reporting your first hand experiences.

There are widely available types of frogs. The African Dwarf Frog and the African Clawed Frog.

African Dwarf Frogs are very nice and tame little frogs that most people find to be very comical and enjoyable.

But African Clawed Frogs are voracious predators that will eat anything.

You must have an African Clawed Frog, which is illegal in our state to own. So we've never had one or even seen one.

Click here for more about both of these types of frogs.


Customer Comments

how should our 3 fantail goldfish be behaving?  Since bringing them home 2 days ago, they just hover together in a corner at the bottom. We don't even know if they have eaten (no one has seen them eat).
Reply. Hello, it sounds like your fish have crashed, which is what we list as Sign #6 our list of the Signs of Stress and Disease.

Click here to read more about the Signs of Stress and Disease, and scroll down to #6 Crashed on the Bottom.

At this link you will also find a link to the Recommended Treatment.


Customer Comments

hi my name is nick ... i have a oscar and i have a question but first i LOVE your website. i have my oscar in my 10-gallon tank for not i dont really want to move him yet in my 55 becuase it doesnt have water in it my question is if i have my oscar in my 10-gallon tank for about 1-3 months then put him in the the 55 gallon tank will he still grow big to about 8-11" or will he not grow.
glen burnie, maryland
Reply. Hello nick, I could give you better advice, if you'd have told me about how big your Oscar is now.

If your Oscar is less than 3" long, it will probably be OK in your 10-gallon aquarium for a while.

But it will soon need to move into your 55-gallon aquarium, and eventually your Oscar will need a much bigger aquarium that your 55.

Click here for more information about Oscars.


Customer Comments

Hi, i had a figure 8 puffer and he was very healthy, until a few days ago he suddenly died. Befor that he was very good and ate perfectly. I dont know whats wrong.  If you have any ideas, please email me.
Reply. Hello Marco. If I had been there with you, I would have looked at your Puffer. Has it been hurt?

Has it been nipped on its fins by some other fish? Does it have a sore on its body? Can I see any fin rot? I would very carefully look at the Puffer.

I would have looked to see if there were any other dead fish in your aquarium. I would have continued to ask myself questions.

Is there any uneaten food in this aquarium? Is Marco feeding his fish more than they can eat?

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I would have first checked the water quality in your aquarium. Is the water clear? Or is it cloudy? Any foam on the surface? Do bubbles pop immediately? How does the water smell? What color is the water?

Click here for more about testing aquarium water with your eyes and nose.

I would have checked the thermometer to make sure the temperature of the aquarium water was between 78 and 82.

I would have made sure there was some, but not too much, Aquarium Salt in the water. I would have checked the filter to be sure it was running correctly.

I would have checked the other fish in the aquarium to be sure I thought they were all compatible with the Puffer.

Click here for more about Puffer Fish.

I would have carefully checked the other fish in the aquarium with the Puffer to see if any of them have Signs of Stress or Disease.

Click here for more about those Signs.

I'd have looked to see how thick a layer of gravel you have in your aquarium.

Gravel more than 1/4" thick often causes problems. I might have gently stirred a little patch of gravel to see if it's clean.

Click here for more about aquarium gravel.

I would have asked you about all the objects in your aquarium. Were they all labeled and sold for use in aquariums? Are any of them contaminated?

Were your hands clean when you put them in your aquarium? Any soap? Bleach? Cleaners? Axel grease? Bug spray?

Click here to read more about contamination?

I suggest you go through most of the  pages at the links given just above, and see if you can pick up an idea that might be linked to your Puffer's death.


Customer Comments

I have an Eclipes model tank with a carbon filter and a BIO-Wheel. I was just wondering if "Stress Coat" would be filtered out of the water. And if it is, than what, if any, are the benifits of "Stress Coat"?
A. Chow
Bay Area, California 94530
Reply. Hello again, I would guess that the "Stress Coat" would be removed by the activated carbon that is contained in the filter pad that goes in the Eclipse Aquarium Hood.

But I have rarely used "Stress Coat". I hear from lots of people that they use it to relieve fish stress.

I'm trying to think of what I use. I keep it really simple and have only a few items. There is Aquarium Salt and Quick Cure.

Click here to read about them.

I always have some Water Conditioner, that I keep here on-hand to use if a catastrophe strikes my aquarium or small pond, and I need to change most of the water immediately.

Click here for more about Water Conditioner.

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Customer Comments

I am thinking about purchasing a few Dwarf Puffers to put in an aquarium by themselves with various plants. I would imagine that the appeal of puffer fish is to see them do what they are famous for doing ...ballooning up and displaying their spines. I was wondering if puffers in captivity exhibit this behavior very often. Also, do all puffers have spines?
Reply. Hello again Jeremy, the Dwarf Fresh Water Puffers (DFW Puffers) don't need any Aquarium Salt in their water, so you could keep some live plants in the aquarium with these Puffer.

But some Puffers require Aquarium Salt in their water, and most Aquarium Plants will not tolerate as much as salt as those Puffer need.

I have seen many Puffer Fish puff up. When we catch one in a net, it usually rolls around and puffs up.

But this is a sure sign that it is feeling lots of stress, and we try to avoid stressing our fish, so we never catch a Puffer just to watch it puff up.

The DFW Puffers don't have spines on the surface of their bodies like some other types of Puffers have.

But DFW Puffers are not smooth and slimy like most other types of fish. The surface of the skin on DFW Puffers feels like my chin, when I haven't shaved for a day or two. It's just kind of rough.

Click here for more information about Puffers and more about Dwarf Fresh Water Puffers.


Customer Comments

I have a single fantail who has recently grown very plump and has developed a large red spot on her behind under her tail.  Am I correct in assuming that she is going to spawn??  If we get a couple of others before she does can we possibly breed more fish?  Otherwise if she is left alone I know that the eggs will not develope, but will she be all right? Does she need any help to spawn??
Thanks for any advice.
Reply. Hello Michelle, I could give you a better answer, if I know the approximate size of your Fantail.

It's difficult to determine the gender of Fantails by looking at them. You may be right that your fish is a female, but I doubt that I would be sure, even if I looked at it.

Click here for more about Fancy Goldfish including Fantails.

If she is a female, and she does lay eggs, the eggs must be fertilized by a male Goldfish, or they will not develop, as you said.

If there is no male present, she may go ahead and lay her eggs. She won't need your help, and it should not harm her.

Click here for more spawning Fancy Goldfish.

I am concerned about the large red spot you described on her behind under her tail. Maybe I've missed something, but this red spot doesn't sound normal.

I recommend you give your Fantail the Recommended Treatment just in case this red spot is a red sore.

Click here for more about the Recommended Treatment.


Customer Comments

I had a large blue cichlid several years ago before I knew how to properly care for fish. The pet store that sold him to me didn't know what he was for sure but they labeled him a blue cobalt. I have since then don some research and found that he did look a lot like the fish in the pictures.
The question I have is how big do the Lake Malawi Blue Cobalt cichlids get? The fish I had was about 8" long and 3-4 inches tall. I have never seen an african get this big since that fish. Is blue cobalt what I am looking for, or is it something else? I would love to buy another one of these beautiful fish.
Chris T.
Easley SC 29642
Reply. Hello Chris, the fish at the top of this page in the middle of the pictures is a large male Cobalt Blue Zebra that was about 6" long when the picture was taken. Does this look like the fish you had?

I have seen a few larger Cobalt Blue Zebras that were larger than 6", but I've never seen one that was as big as the one you described in your email.

The Cobalt Blue Zebra is from Lake Malawi in East Africa.

Click here to see more of the kinds of African Cichlids we have available.

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