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Customer Comments

Reply. Hello, yes you should remove the female. In a nutshell here is how fish farmers breed Tiger Barbs.

First the females and males are kept in separate aquariums, where they are fed well on a variety of nutritious foods including some live food such as live Black Worms.

Click here for more about feeding fish, and here for more information about Black Worms.

When the Tiger Barb females fill with eggs and look plump, the fish farmer carefully puts them in a clean aquarium with a layer of marble on the bottom and adds the males.

The Tiger Barbs usually spawn immediately, and their eggs drop between the marbles, where they can't be eaten.

When the adult Tiger Barbs finish spawning, they are removed. In about 36 hours the Tiger Barb eggs hatch into tiny fry.

Click here for more about Tiger Barbs.


Customer Comments

Keeping 1 betta alive in a 1.5 gallon silly aquarium with grossly ineffective gravel filter and air stone. (  ... package claimed it was 2 gal.) Have killed at least 8 fish (goldfish and white clouds) since 4/26/01.
Earlier visits to your site might have spared some lives. Evem bought a water test kit. The nitrite level gets to the stress level every 3 days. Aspire to 20-29 gal freshwater heated tank very soon. You've convinced me to go with a BIO-Wheel filter. I may even spring for the Eclipse 3. I love the idea of no gravel washing and no air pumps. With very little gravel or no gravel how can you grow plants?
Janice H.
Reply. Hello Janice, I regret reading about your problems about  keeping fish in a Fish Bowl, but fish can be kept successfully in a 1.5-gallon Fish Bowl.

Click here for more information about keeping fish in Fish Bowls, where you can read that we do not recommend keeping Goldfish in Fish Bowls.

You do not need a test kit to test the water quality.

Click here to read about observations you can make and simple tests you can do using your hands, eyes, and nose to determine the quality of the water in your fish bowl or aquarium.

A 29-gallon Aquarium with a filter with a BIO-Wheel and very little gravel is a ideal home for a group of smaller fish.

Click here to read about compatible Groups 1 and 2 for your 29-gallon aquarium.

I've recently answered your question about how to keep plants in an aquarium with a thin layer of gravel.

Please click here to read that answer.


Customer Comments

Hi -
We have been a fan of your website for some time now, and have read lots and lots of great information on fish keeping in general, as well as information specific to our two fish, Furious Styles and Flipmode (a fancy fantail goldfish and fantail goldfish respectively).
We are now very concerned ...
Furious has been with us for about 4 and a half years, first living in a
gallon fishbowl.  Flipmode joined Furious last Christmas in their new home, a Marineland Eclipse 6 acrylic tank.  They have been happy and healthy together ever since.
Recently, though (about the past three or four days), Flipmode has become a bottom dweller.  We read about "Crashing" on your website information page, but do not think that he demonstrated any of the early warning signs of any of the other diseases or problems.
We changed their water last week (probably more than the 20% recommended - more like 40%), but they always seem to bounce right back from that.  In addition, they have 2 live plants that appear to have gotten some algae on them.  I just cleaned their tank at the same time that their water was changed, and vacuumed all of the sediment out of the ? inch of gravel that is on the bottom .... just like I always do.
Flipmode (the regular fantail goldfish) now spends most of his time on the bottom of the tank, does not shimmy or have clamped scales, but does look like he is easily pooped.  My wife thinks that his abdomen looks significantly wider than it has recently ... and we do not know whether Flipmode is a boy or a girl so that has us wondering as well.
Can you help?  Is there anything we can do to make our fishies happy and healthy and active again!?!?
Any information at all would be most sincerely appreciated!
Two proud, but concerned fishy parents
Brad and Denise
Reply. Hello Brad and Denise, Flipmode is crashed and that is a Sign of Stress and Disease.

You should immediately give Flipmode the Recommended Treatment. You do not need to confirm one Sign of Stress and Disease with other such Signs before giving the Recommended Treatment.

As soon as you see a Sign of Stress and Disease, even one sign, give the Recommended Treatment each day until the fish has recovered and shows no such Signs of Stress and Disease.

Click here for more information about the Signs of Stress and Disease, and click here for more information about the Recommended Treatment.


Customer Comments

A month ago my kids won 7 goldfish at a school carnival. We have one left. He lives in a one gal. bowl. Last week my son recieved a male betta as a graduation gift ( head-start). Can I combine them? If so .... a) how large of an aquarium? b)what else should I put in there with them? P.S. The betta also has a one gal. bowl. Neither are heated but both have air stones.(lost 4 goldfish to lack of O2) Help?
A. B.
Roseberg, Oregon
Reply. Hello. Even one Goldfish can't live and survive in a Fish Bowl. Your Goldfish need to live in an aquarium with a filter or in a pond.

Click here for more information about Cool Water Aquariums for Gold Fish and other cold water fish.

Your Betta can live a long life in your 1-gallon Fish Bowl.

Click here for more about keeping fish in Fish Bowls, and click here for more about Bettas.

I said, "Goldfish can't live in a fish Bowl", but that statement is not quite true. I remember meeting a young boy, who told me that his Goldfish had now lived in a Fish Bowl for a year and a half.

I asked this boy about the details, and he said it was a very big Fish Bowl, that he made it a point to feed the Goldfish very little food, and that he change half of the water every day with drinking water.

I asked the boy to show me with his fingers how long the fish was, and the boy held his fingers about two inches apart.

This is very small for a Goldfish that is at least one and a half years old. So the Gold Fish had survived in the bowl with very little food and lots of fresh water, but at the cost of being starved and stunted. Not good!

I talked with the boy for a while about his Gold Fish, and I explained why it's not right to keep an animal, like his Goldfish, in a container that's too small.

I said I realized that he probably didn't know the bowl was too small, and that I didn't want to discourage him, but I strongly recommended that he get an aquarium with at least ten gallons of water and a filter with a BIO-Wheel, so his goldfish would have the right size home.

I recently met a woman who told me that she had a Gold Fish named "Lucky" that has lived for five and a half years in her Fish Bowl.

It was a very similar story. She fed the Goldfish a small amount of food every other day, and she changed some of the water almost every day.

She asked for my advice, and I told her the same thing that I had told the young boy.


Customer Comments

I am looking to purchase a durable "tough", easy maintenance fish or shark that has a long lifespan.  What can you recommend?  I have a five gallon tank so one is all I really need.
Reply. Hello Steve, I recommend a Lemon Yellow Labidochromis caeruleus for your aquarium.

Click here and scroll down to see a picture of this fish. It's very beautiful, durable, and hardy.

It's a member of the Mbuna Group of Cichlids that live among the rocks along the shores of Lake Malawi in East Africa.

Mbunas seem to enjoy living alone in small aquariums. The Lemon Yellow may grow to be about 4" long in a few years, and eventually it may need a 10-gallon aquarium.

Click here to read more about Mbunas.


Customer Comments

When are you going to get new fish, and upgrade everything?
Reply. Hello. Recently we've gotten in several exotic fish that we haven't had for a while.

You might enjoy looking at some of the new pictures.

Click here here to see them.

We don't intend to upgrade everything. We plan to stay with this format and just add a little bit here and there from time to time.

We hope this site helps a few people that like to keep fish.

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Customer Comments

Could I ever get a green puffer to live in freshwater, not brackish water?
Reply. Hello. I'm not sure what you mean by a green Puffer. Many puffers are greenish.

There is one called the Green Spotted Puffer, but it is a brackish water fish and needs Aquarium Salt in it's water.

The Puffer I really like best is the Fresh Water Dwarf Puffer. It does very well in fresh water without any Aquarium Salt added to the water.

It is hardy and mild tempered. It grows to a maximum size of about 1" long. It is golden green with some dark spots. Click here now to see a picture.


Customer Comments

Please advise how to place an order for your Item #9311 Plastic Fish bowl Kit.  I see the price is $13.25 but am interested in the Item #4999 Mostly Black Male Crown Tail Betta and would like to know the cost with this fish.  I also would like to know what the final cost would be and how delivery is made.  I also would like to know how long it takes to receive the order.
Thank you.
Pat W.
Reply. Hello Pat. The Fish Bowl Kit is $13.25 with a regular Betta. If you remove the regular Betta the price is $10.25.

We have very few Black Crown Tail Bettas. The price varies, but they are expensive.

To find out if we have one in our facilities and its price, call us at 1-858-270-1182 between 9AM and 3PM, Monday through Friday, and ask for Josh, who will know what we have and the prices.

There is also one charge of $36.99 for shipping and handling for each order. So you'd pay a total of $10.25 plus $36.99 plus the cost of the Betta.


Customer Comments

Hi, I really like your site. I have found it to be the most informative site about Betta fish. I have only recently started keeping a Betta fish and I had a question that I did not find an answer to on your site.
My male Betta's bowl has floating bubbles at the surface of the water. These come back even after I change his water. I only have the one Betta. Are these bubbles harmful? Why are they there and how can I get rid of them.
Trina G.
Reply. Hello Trina, the bubbles that you see on the surface of the water in your Betta's bowl are produced by your male Betta.

He's building a bubble next, and he hopes he can attract a female Betta to lay her eggs in his nest.

Click here to see a picture of a male and female Betta spawning under a bubble nest.


Customer Comments

I live in Louisville KY.  I have had a Goldfish Pond in the back yard for about 1 year.  I have approximately 800 gallons in the pond.  I currently have 2 Koi of about 12'' and two Goldfish about 6" and 4" in length.  What do you recommend as a capacity for the pond in regards to fish population, and what is your price for a 8" Koi and 2- 6" gold fish assuming you don't feel that (7 fish total) exceeds the ponds capacity.
Russell T.
Reply. Hello Russell, I don't have a lot of experience keeping lots of Koi in a pond.

I have kept a few Koi and a few Goldfish in a large pond, and I never got close to the maximum number of fish I could keep in this pond.

First I recommend you test your pond water in the following way. Wash you hands thoroughly with warm tap water and soap, then completely rinse them off, so there is no soap left on your hands.

Click here for more about washing your hands.

Dip just the tips of your fingers into the water in your pond and move your fingers rapidly back and forth across the surface of the water to produce lots of bubble on the surface of the water.

Stop moving your hands and watch the bubbles. How long does it take all the bubble to pop?

The quicker the bubbles pop the better the quality of your pond water for fish. If the bubbles pop immediately, you can surely add more fish.

If the bubbles last for more than 30 seconds, then your water quality is not so good and you should not add more fish now.

You can also confirm this test by scooping some of the water out of your pond into a clean clear jar.

Look at the water. Does it look clear like tap water. The clearer the water, the better it is for fish.

Next sniff the water in the jar. If it smells foul, or like garlic, or like cigar smoke, then the quality of the water is poor, and you should not add more fish.

If the water smells like good garden soil, then it is good for fish.

Click here or more information about testing water with your eyes and with your nose.

If the quality of the water in your pond is good, then you could add one more 8" Koi or two more 6" Koi to your pond.

On the other hand, if the water quality is not so good, then you should work to improve the water quality, before you add more fish of any kind to your pond.

Click here for information about how to improve the quality of your pond water.

My philosophy is to test the water. If the quality of the water is real good, then I'm pretty sure I can add more fish to the pond.

If the water quality is not so good, then I wouldn't add more fish, but I'd work to improve the quality of the water.

Be sure to wash your hands again, after you finish testing your water to remove any of the bacteria from the pond that got your hands and might not be good for your health or the health of other people that you touch.

The quality and the price of large Koi vary so widely that we are reluctant to quote you a price.

Please call us at 1-858-270-1182 between 9AM and 3PM, Monday through Friday, and ask for Josh, Bruce, or Nevin.

They know what we have in our facilities, what we can get, and the prices of the Koi.

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