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Customer Comments

we put in a 125 gal. pond with a smaller pond over it running water down into it. I filled it and let it set 4 days and then put in a snowflake lily and 2 chamelion plants and a cardinal plant and 2 fish.
the water got a little murky when i put the plants in. in about 2 days the water started turning green. i feed the fish every 2 days, just about 6 or 7 pellets. i asked what to do at the place i bought the fish and plants about the green water and they said it needed bacteria so bought something to clear water up, after 3 days it looks greener.
they said it would take about  2 weeks to clear up. i put in a chloride remover before i put fish in. can you tell me what to do? someone told me they had same problem and when they quit feeding the fish their water cleared up. any suggestions?
thank you,
Reply. Hello Linda, the green coloration is caused by algae growing in the water.

Algae is a plant, and it is growing and reproducing in your pond, because there is a lot of plant nutrients dissolved in the the water in your pond.

The best way to reduce the amount of algae is to remove 20% of the water from you pond each day and replace it with fresh tap water from the faucet.

Click here for more details.

You also mentioned cloudy water, which is usually a separate problem. I had the same problem with cloudy water in my small pond in a barrel.

Click here to read about my solution. This website also has an entire page about how to deal with cloudy water.

Click here to go to that page now.


Customer Comments

I have a betta fish in a  vase.  I bought some food that said to feed him only once a day .. which I did and he ate it quickly.  I noticed though, that he's smaller and that his tail is much shorter then it was.  Now I see I'm supposed to feed him till he's no longer eating.  I will adjust that.
Will his tail grow back?  Also, I did my own vase, and instead of gravel I found some blue glass rocks .. should I replace the rocks with gravel?  In a vase, can I keep a few ghost shrimp?  Thanks for all the information you've posted.
Reply. Hello Rachel, we recommend that you feed your Betta a pellet food that is labeled for Betta fish plus a few freeze dried blood worms.

Both of these foods are sold in most stores that sell Betta Fish.

Click here for more about feeding Bettas.

Generally soft tissues like the edge of fins may grow back in time, but bones and spines will not grow back.

Gravel is better than glass because the beneficial bacteria grow better on gravel than on glass.

Click here for more about cultured gravel.

A big fish bowl would be better for your Betta than a vase, and a big vase is better than a small vase. Depending on the size of the vase I would add one or two Ghost Shrimp.

Click here to read more about keeping Bettas in a vase.


Customer Comments

I have four neon tetras in my tank and one of them has had some swelling on it's underside, as if it might be filling with eggs for spawning.  It looks a bit odd, though.  It swells in two distinct  bumps that look as if it's swallowed two bb's.  The swelling comes and goes every day or so, so I thought that it may be laying eggs, but I've  never seen any in the talk any I haven't seen any fry.
Could it be some sort of sickness?  It's been doing it for about a week and a half now, but has no other bahavioral symptoms or eating difficulties.  There has also been a sort of fluffy matter that looks a bit like some sort of fungus that has been showing up in the filter from time to time.
Any insight that you could give would be greatly appreciated.
~Jeremy G.~
Reply. Hello Jeremy, your Neon Tetra might be filling up with eggs and then laying those eggs, but I have never seen a female with two bumps.

More likely these bumps have something to do with your Neons digestive system.

Click here for more information about Neon Tetras and other small Tetras.

Be sure you are feeding your Neons floating flake food and crumbled freeze dried blood worms, which are actually dried mosquito larvae.

Both of these foods are available in most places that sell pet fish.

Click here for more about feeding fish.

The fluffy stuff in your filter is probably bacteria growing on some uneaten food that is being sucked into your filter.

Try moving your filter to the right rear corner of your aquarium. Then feed your fish in the front left corner, as far away from the filter as possible.

Feed your fish a tiny pinch of food with only four or five small flakes. Wait until your fish have eaten every piece of the food, then feed them another tiny pinch.

The goal is to feed your fish well, but to be sure they eat all the food, and there is no uneaten food left in your aquarium. Remove uneaten food with a small net after 10-minutes.


Customer Comments

I was newly introduced to your
fantastic website a week ago, and I am still going through it, as you have sooo many links within links.  I LOVE IT
Anyway, I do not want to appear like a teacher "correcting all the time."  But since I am carefully going through this awesome website, I have come across yet another  typographical error.
I hope you do not mind me pointing these out, but I am taking you up on "your help" section of your website with finding them.
"This one appears at:
"The first paragraph in Reply under Jeremy G's. comments.  The first line. I would recommend you changing the word "qith" with the word "with."
"Keep up the super work!!!!"
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Reply.  Hello Grace, thank you for finding and reporting the typo that you found.

Including a link in your email really made it easy for me to find this page and the typo. I quickly fixed it, and it is gone.

To me every typo detracts from the good communication that we're striving for here on Thanks again for your for your help.

Click here to read more about how to help improve this website.


Customer Comments

Reply. Hello Almedina, lets see 3 cm. is a little bit over 1 inch. Yes there are some fish that spawn when they are only 1 inch long, but Fantails must be bigger than 2 inches, and usually at least 3 inches long before they spawn.

Fantail females lay eggs that must be fertilized by a male Fantail, after the female lays her eggs. Thank you for your complimentary comment.


Customer Comments

Hi & thanks for your past help
I don't have any fish yet, couldn't get the celebese rainbow I was after before ... but now I have the opportunity to make a small pond like the half-barrel setup with a lovely tiny (2") little comet goldfish I saw in a nearby pet shop (ain't bought it yet).  First, I see the 1/4" of gravel in the bottom of the barrel ... did you put anything else in there with the fish?  Like, does it require any plants in the gravel to help make oxygen for the fish to breathe or anything?
Some friends of mine have a tank with just plants (lots of plants, you can't even see the wall behind the tank for the plants!) for aeration and seem to have little snails come in with the new plants (fish eat plants, plants get threadbare, need new plants) all the time and the snails breed to plague proportions so they have to go on monthly snail-exterminating sprees, removing the fish and plants to a bucket and bleaching out (and rinsing) the tank and washing the plants thoroughly.  So I'm reluctant to put plants in there if the fish doesn't need it.  (And any advice for their snail troubles would be nifty too if you have the time!)
Also .. this probably wouldn't become a problem for quite a long time, but how big/old can the fish safely become before needing to be removed to a larger pond or tank?
Reply. Hello again Michelle, I have one fish, water, and a little bit of aquarium gravel in my small pond. There is plenty of oxygen for one fish.

Click here to read more about my little pond in a barrel.

Snails can be an annoying problem, and they often ride in on live plants. If it's a warm water aquarium, the best solution is getting a few Loaches to eat the snails right out of their shells.

Click here for more about Loaches.

Rinsing the aquarium and the plants will not do much to permanently diminish the number snails, because the adult snails have almost surely laid lots of snail eggs, that will quickly hatch and replenish the snail population.

Fish do not need plants in their aquarium, and though live plants are beautiful, they make an aquarium much more complicated.

Click here to see our list of Aquarium Plants that can make your aquarium more beautiful and more complicated. By the way, our plants are almost completely free of Snails.

My Pond Comet was about 3" long last year, when I put it in my pond. It has grown to be about 7" long from the tip of its head to the tip of its tail.

I can tell it still has plenty of room in my pond. How can I tell if it has plenty of room? Because the water quality is very good.

How can I tell if  the water quality is good? I test the water. What do I test the water with? I test the water with my eyes and my nose.

Click here to read more about testing water with your eyes and your nose.

Here is my maintenance schedule for my pond. Twice a week I use my gravel washer to remove 2.5" of water from my pond.

The gravel washer siphons that water off the bottom of my pond, and removes the crude from the gravel.

Click here for more about gravel and washing gravel.

I refill my pond with tap water form the faucet. I don't need to add any water conditioner because I only add 2.5" of tap water to my pond that is about 13" deep, so I'm adding less than 20% tap water.

Click here for more about Water Conditioner.


Customer Comments

Hello, I have recently inherited 2 goldfish, they appear to be Comets, both about 4.5 inches. I actually rescued them from a piranha tank. The piranhas were too small to eat the goldfish and just ended up picking on them. I am setting up a 30-gallon tank for them. They are currently in a 20-gallon tank.
I would like to add a few more fish to the 30-gallon tank, with the goldfish, but I am not sure what other fish would be compatible. I don't want anything too aggressive. I have had many people tell me that I shouldn't keep other fish with goldfish. What do you think? I have not been able to find this sort of information anywhere.
Also, I bought live plants and put them in the 30-gallon tank, and a few weeks later they started sprouting snails. I don't know what kind they are. I know they are not Ramshorn, Apple, or Mystery snails. Should I try to get rid of them, or will they be o.k.?
Thank you,
Seattle, Washington
Reply. Hello Jennifer, Tropical Fish and Goldfish are not really compatible tank mates.

But I have kept White Clouds in my little Pond with my goldfish, and everything went fine, until the water temperature got down to about 50 degrees F.

I watched my White Clouds, and I could that see that 50 degrees was too cold for them.

Click here to read more about that interesting fish episode.

You can keep various critters such as Crabs, Crayfish, and Ghost Shrimp with your Goldfish.

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

Click here for information including some pictures of Aquatic Snails.

Perhaps you'll be able to make up your own mind about whether you want to keep Aquatic Snails in your aquarium, after you've read about them.


Customer Comments

Dear sirs,
I was browsing for some info on Betta and was linked to your website. I must commend you for having a really user-friendly and informative website.
To be frank, I work for a large European airline and am responsible for sales in South East Asia and China. My sales responsibilities are primarily for live animals shipments, in large parts in fact, for live ornamental fishes and we ship lots of live fish every week to Europe, USA and Canada.
However, this is not intended to be a sales call but just a friendly vote of approval on what you guys are doing to propagate good fish-keeping habits and generating useful information for the general public on your website.
I was also particularly positively struck by your conviction to discontinue to carry certain wild-caught species that do not travel too well such as tetras, though commercially it must have been difficult to pass.
Keep up the good work!
Johnnathan Y. 
Reply. Hello Johnnathan, thank you for your email. You made a good point about our decision not to carry certain wild-caught fish that don't ship well.

We made this decision several years ago, because we thought it was the right thing to do for the fish, and in a short amount of time our business began to run much better.

The members of the crew said that they preferred to work for a company that was trying to to the right thing, even when it might be a sacrifice.

Within a few months we could see that the quality of the fish in our facility had greatly improved.

At the same time we were tracking the numbers in our computers, and we could see the numbers were improving too.

Members of our crew were spending less time fixing fish problems and more time preventing fish problems. This gave us more time and energy to focus on other important parts of our business.

Click here to read more about why we don't carry Cardinal Tetras, Coolie Loaches, and other fragile wild-caught fish.

Note added later. Our Cardinal Tetras are now wonderful and tank raised by very skillful fish breeders. Also the wild Coolie Loaches greatly improved and now we carry them from time to time.


Customer Comments

I have come across your website and I like it. It has a lot of very useful info and fish I am very interested in. I am also interested in castles, caves, and other forms of decoration like that. Do you see those items? If so, how much would they be and does you site have a link for them?
Reply. Hello Jason. I like aquarium ornaments too. In the past five days I've been in about a dozen stores that sell fish.

First I looked at their fish, but before I left, I looked at the ornaments, and saw a lot of really nice ornaments. I saw several pieces of artificial driftwood that looked very realistic.

Click here to see a picture of some artificial driftwood.

But we are committed to keeping our focus on the live fish, and we don't want to get distracted by selling ornaments.

But you should be able to find lots of ornaments in most stores that sell pet fish.


Customer Comments

Hello - I was wondering if you have any good scavengers or algae
eaters for an outdoor pond in Los Angeles?  I've been looking for a fish that will help reduce the algae but have had no luck thus far.  Any
Hamp S.
Reply. Hello Hamp, we don't have any good scavengers or algae eating fish for ponds.

But we don't recommend using fish to solve problems with algae growing in a pond. We recommend that algae problems be solved by changing more water.

Do a water change in your pond every day until the algae goes away. By a water change we mean removing 20% of the water from your pond and replacing that water with tap water from the faucet.

Click here for more information about how to get rid of that green stuff.


Customer Comments

Hi - thanks so much for the response. It was really helpful and I'll follow your advice. I have the 'thread' algae, and the fish actually eat a lot of it, so it's not that bad a problem. But I will definitely change water more often.
Thanks again!
Reply. Hello again Hamp, thank you for your reply. Algae can be a good food for many fish.

To much algae is an indicator that your water contains too much dissolved plant nutrient, and that you need to change water more frequently.


Customer Comments

The picture of the blue fish at the top of the page is almost exactly what my fish looked like. His head resembled a pseudotropheous type fish, but his size was puzzlingly large. at the midsection of his belly, he was 3-3.5 inches from his belly to the beginning of his dorsal.
Plus he was almost 8 inches long! He was extremely aggressive, and would eat 10 goldfish at a time when he was hungry. He was also very friendly and would follow your finger on the glass. His name was IBM, and he died when the heater went off at my parents very frigid air conditioned house.
I have never seen anything close to him since. Imagine it, a blue african cichlid as big as a large jack dempsey! Talk about a lot of mean in a small package!!
Well, thanks for your help.
Reply. Hello CT, I've seen thousands of various Pseudotropheus, but I've never seen one as big as your IBM.

Pseudotropheus are from Lake Malawi, where they graze on the rocks, eating a combination of the algae and the very small invertebrate animals that live among the strands of algae.

We feed flake food and pellet food that are rich in vegetable matter to our Pseudotropheus.

We do not recommend feeding goldfish to Pseudotropheus, even though it worked for you, CT.

Pseudotropheus are members of the group of fish that are called Mbunas.

Click here to read more about the beautifully colored Mbunas of Lake Malawi in East Africa.

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