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Customer Comments

Can any fish live comfortably in 90 degree F water? I have an "empty" 5.5 gal tank in my water dragon's vivarium, but it gets sort of hot due to his basking requirements. (Drops to 75 @ night.)
Steve E.
Reply. Hello Steve. 90 degrees F. is very hot for Tropical Fish. The amount of oxygen dissolved in the water is greatly reduced at this temperature.

The temperature swing from 90 to 75 degrees each day is quite a bit too.

I know that there are Desert Pupfish that live in small ponds of water in the deserts of California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

These fish can easily tolerate water at 90 degrees F., but most fish cannot.

I have visited the desert many times, and it was interesting to watch the Pupfish with their gills pumping very fast.

They do this to pump lots of water through their gills and extract the small amount of oxygen in that water.

In other words, the water contains very little oxygen, so the Pupfish must pump lots of water to get the oxygen they need.


Customer Comments

hi .. i have read through your web page and its very helpfull .. i am having a little problem with one of my female molly. she is very large compared to my other mollies in my thank. i have 4 females and one male .. but i am now keeping my pregnant molly in a jar with lots of plants because i am afraid of the other fish eating the babies ..
but the molly isnt having her babies .. could you suggest a reason for this .. am i doing the wrong thing my putting her in a jar .. and if she has them in the jar will she eat some of them. i am afraid of this because my guppie had a few babies but she had them for lunch .. so i didnt get to keep the babies
please mail me
Reply. Hello Jets. I appreciate your complimentary comment. Thank you.

Click here to read what I wrote about breeding Mollies and raising the babies, where I recommend putting the female Mollie in a Net Breeder, and raising the babies in the the Net Breeder until they have doubled in length.

Click here to read about three things you can do to encourage your female Molly to release her babies.


Customer Comments

First of all I would like to congratulate you for the loads of information you have on this site, it has give me a lot of information which I can use to look after my fish . My aquarium is 3 feet * 1.5 ft * 1.5ft  and holds about 270 gallons . 90% of my fish are goldfish with a few Tetras, Sharks and Gouramies .
As per the instructions given in your site that goldfish require cooler waters than most Tropical Fish i reduced the temp from 28 degs C to 26 degs C, the result was that all gold fish went down to the bottom and hid themselves behind the stones and other decor in the aqua .
They behaved like they are totally lifeless, stopped eating etc .When i enquired with my local pet store I was told that the water was too cold for the fish and was advised to increase the temp to 30degs C . Well I did that and the fish are back to life . Request you to please advise if it is ok to maintain a temp of 30degs C ,will it be harmful for my fish .
thanks best regards
Reply. Hello Mayank. I appreciate your complimentary comment. Thank you. 30 degrees C. is 86 degrees F., and this is too warm for most fish and much too warm for Goldfish.

So there must be some other coincidental reason that the Goldfish went down to the bottom of the aquarium.

Click here to read about how to keep fish in Cool Water Aquariums. I hope you find some information on that helps you.


Customer Comments

Hello, Thanks for your reply. Could you tell me how many black bars are on the BODY of the gold siamese tiger fish (Datnoides) - excluding the one through the eyes and the indistinct ones near the tail.
There seems to be two species, one with five bars and the other with 3 bars. I'm looking for the 3 bar variety. Also are there discounts for buying several of these tiger fish. Your reply is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Reply. Hello Luke. There are at least two species of Datnioides. One is Datnioides microlepis, and the other is Datnioides quadrifasciatus.

Click here to go to a web page in thus website where there are pictures of both species. Incidentally, the name quadrifasciatus means four vertical bars.


Customer Comments

Hi, I just got a Black Moor goldfish today while he seemed really healthy on the way home and when we first put him in his bowl he now seems a little less active which makes me nervous. I also got a orange goldfish today who is very active while the Black Moor seems to stop swimming just moving his fins a little but then starts up again a few minutes later.
I don't know if this is normal or not. I hope it is because I love animals and have already formed an attachment to the Black Moor and the Goldfish. I don't know if you guys can help but I sure hope you try. It also seems the Black Moor becomes more active when the lights are turned off I don't know if this is very charcteristic of them as I have had not had much to do with fish until today. I want to thank you for taking the time to read my letter and hopefully trying to help me with my question.
While I know your reply will only be on what knoweldge you have and not on what a vet would say if they actually saw the fish, I would just really appreaciate an honest oppinion and effort as soon as possible if you can so I can either put my mind at rest if this is normal or take the action I need in order to help my Black Moor.
Thank you very much .....
Reply. Hello Chrystal. The inactivity of your Black Moor is a Sign of Stress and Disease. The water in your aquarium may have shocked the Black Moor. Perhaps your water is warmer or the chemistry is different.

You should immediately give your Black Moor the Recommended Treatment, and repeat that treatment everyday until your new Black Moor is more active.

Click here to read about the six steps of the Recommended Treatment.


Customer Comments

I am getting ready to start an aquarium. I plan on putting quite a bit of money in it. I really like Goldfish and the black moors. So that will be the basic components of my aquarium. I am planning on buying at least a 50-gallon tank, but would like a 75 gallon tank. How many fish can I fit in each?
So, I have looked at many different filters. The one that I have liked the most is The Emperor 400 with BIO-Wheels by Marineland. Will it do the job for a 75 gallon tank, or should I buy 2? I will probably also get an air tube across the back.
2nd, I liked the Blue Crayfish from your website. Will it do well with fancy goldfish? If not, what do you suggest for compatible critters in such a large tank? I want mostly goldfish, but I would like a few different fish as well for variety. What other fish could I put with my goldfish if any?
Can I put live plants with goldfish and all these critters. Or will they destroy them? Thanks so much. I will recommend your site to all. It has been great.
Andy S.
Mount Vernon OH 43050
Reply. Hello Andy. The Emperor 400 should be capable of filtering an aquarium containing up to 80-gallons of water. So you should start with one Emperor 400 filter on your aquarium.

I recommend you get one nice Fancy Goldfish and take very good care of it.

Click here for more information about how to keep fish a Cool Water Aquarium.

Use your finger tips and eyes to test your water each day. If the water quality is very good after three weeks, get another nice compatible Goldfish.

Keep repeating this process of testing you water, waiting three weeks, if the water quality is good add another Goldfish.

Click here for information about using your finger tips and eyes to test the water quality.

Click here for more information about keeping a compatible group of Goldfish, where you will also read that I have kept White Clouds with my Goldfish for many years.

I am not sure that a Blue Lobster will be compatible with your Goldfish.

Live plants make an aquarium more complicated.

I suggest you wait until you know your new aquarium has stabilized and then consider adding Java Ferns and Aponogetons, which are the two very hardy plants, that your Goldfish probably will not eat.

Click here to see our list of plants which includes Java Ferns and Aponogetons.

I appreciate your complimentary comment. Thank you.


Customer Comments

The label on Quickcure says to take the carbon out of your filter before you add the Quickcure.  Is this necessary?  My other question is about Aquarium Salt.  Can you add the salt directly into the tank, or do you need to add it in a bucket of new water you are adding for a water change?  I hope my new fish arrive today.
Jan F.
Reply. Hello Jan. Yes the label on Quick Cure does say to remove the filter pad containing carbon from your filter before you add Quick Cure.

You should put the filter pad containing the carbon back in the filter after about one hour.

If the carbon is in the filter, it will absorb the Quick Cure and may make the treatment less effective.


Customer Comments

Hi folks:
Well, my wife read your section about a small outdoor "tub pond" with a fancy goldfish and decided this was just the thing for my birthday as a stress reliever. So I read over the description of the tub pond on your website and have just a couple of questions.
The tub my wife bought for me is more "pot" shaped (that is, it has more surface area at the top than the bottom) and is well lined---clearly meant for fishy business. It contains 33 gallons of water (less than I had thought!).
I know that I can put that thin layer of cultured gravel (which I can buy from you, I think---how much?), and after a few days, one small fancy goldfish (the red and white pond comets are nice, but then so are shubukins). I wondered if I could add a filter and pump of some kind so that I could keep two or three (no more!) goldfish. It would be nice to add some plants, as well.
But I wonder if the system is too small for all that? There are pumps and filters for huge ponds, but I haven't seen any for these kind of "barrel ponds." Can you point me in the right direction?
My wife and I dream of a koi pond someday, and this will be a nice start---I know that koi need more space, oxygen, and cleanliness than can be provided in this 33 gallon pot, right?
Mark M.,
Los Angeles
Reply. Hello again Mark. I've gotten way behind in answering these email. Please accept my apology. Yes you need the gravel in the bottom of your plastic pond.

You can use new store bought gravel that is labeled for use in aquariums, then add about two Tablespoons of cultured gravel.

Cultured gravel is aquarium gravel that has been in a healthy aquarium for a while, so the beneficial bacteria have grown on the surfaces of the gravel.

Click here for more about cultured gravel.

I like ponds without equipment and just a few fish. I've never had a pond with a filter.

But I've already read your other email with comments about the pond filter your wife adapted from a Penguin 170.

I'll bet there are some other folks that would like to read a description and maybe see a picture of that filter.

Last weekend I spent some time just relaxing by a Koi Pond with seven Koi and a beautiful natural water fall. I predict you get your Koi pond and enjoy it.


Customer Comments

Hi again ...
I sent this message a week ago, but I guess it got lost. If you are too busy to answer, that is okay too. You are in business, after all. I own a 6 gallon Eclipse tank (comes as a package). I would like to set it up at work as a "tension reliever." I know that a 6 gallons tank is very small, and that small tanks are much tougher to maintain than larger ones.
But space is an issue (and my Eclipse tank was a gift, besides). Do you have any suggestions of tropical "single fish" (or maybe two) that could be kept in this sort of set up? I would prefer fish that are colorful, hardy, and have interesting behaviors (even coming to the surface to be fed is great).
You have such a wealth of knowledge (= experience) that I trust your judgement.
Your site is the greatest!
Best regards,
Mark M.
Reply. Hello again Mark. One fish that is pretty, hardy, interesting, and will fit nicely in a 6-gallon aquarium.

I'm think about a Male Dwarf Gourami, which are available in solid red, nearly solid blue, and a mixture of red and blue.

Click here for more about Dwarf Gouramis.

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Customer Comments

Hi again: This whole aquarium business is catching! Here are two unrelated questions, if you have time:
1. My wife read your website, and constructed a 35 gallon "barrel" type pond in my backyard.
She also adapted a Penguin 170 BIO-Wheel filter to the pond (her tinkering amazed me!), which certainly keeps the water in good shape and provides a lovely "waterfall" effect.
For the past week and a half, we have had 6 white cloud minnows and ghost shrimp in the pond, to "age" its bio-filter capacity. I expect to move those little fellas out soon to make way for larger inhabitants. My wife desperately wants to keep two koi in this barrel pond. I understand that the koi will grow too large for this environment eventually.
Would it be possible to keep two very small koi in this pond for a year or two---the idea being that we would construct a larger (500 - 1000 gallon) pond during that period? I ask because you do mention keeping koi in a cold water aquarium for a period of time before moving to a pond.
I would guess that two pond goldfish would be perfect, and I am looking for such pond goldfish with "koi like" patterns---my wife loves the "gold odon" koi while I am fond of red and white and black koi. But my wife is pretty firm about koi. She trusts your advice and comments.
2. How would three freshwater dwarf puffers do in an Eclipse 6 tank? Are any scavengers needed for this kind of set up, and if so, what kind (obviously, ghost shrimp would not work!)? These little guys are delightful to watch, and such a tank would be very interesting and relaxing.
Mark M.
Reply. Hello again Mark. I see Koi for sale in various pet stores, and I notice that the ones under about 4" usually look weak.

I recommend that you examine the Koi very carefully, before you buy them. It may be difficult to find small healthy Koi with nice patterns that are less than 4".

You may end up buying Koi more than 4" long, and two of them might create too large an increase of fish waste for your BIO-Wheel filter.

So I recommend that you get only one Koi. Test the pond water each day using the tips of your fingers and eyes.

If the water quality test very good after three weeks, then add another Koi to your small pond.

Click here for more information about how to test the water with your finger tips and your eyes.

You asked about keeping Koi in a Cool Water Aquarium, and a number of people have reported to me that they have done just that, and that it was fun to get to know their young Koi in a large Cool Water Aquarium, before moving them outside to a pond.

The best advice I can give you is to constantly test your water using your finger tips and eyes, as long as the water quality continues to be very high, you can add another fish.

If the water quality is not so good, then don't add another fish and take action to improve the quality of the water. Some day when you fish have grown much bigger, they will need a bigger pond.

Fresh Water Dwarf Puffers (FWDP) are less quarrelsome than other Puffer Fish that I know of, but they still quarrel, and a 6 gallon aquarium seems too small for them.

I recommend that you put them in at least a 29-gallon aquarium. One FWDP would probably do well in a 6 gallon aquarium, but it might bother other fish in that aquarium.


Customer Comments

I just wanted to say "thanks" for answering all of my questions --- along with everyone else's! I *know* how long that kind of things takes, and I wanted you to know that lots of people ... me especially ... appreciate it very much.
Mark M.
Reply. Hello again Mark. Let me apologize again for the long delay in answering your email. Thank you for your patience and for your friendly comments.

Customer Comments

My Co worker has a male beta fish. in a vase with a lily on top ... she takes good care of her fish. today she was gettin ready to feed (Grace) and we noticed that behind its front two fins ... the long ones that hang from the front there was a brownish, redish, blackish substance (very large) coming out of the fish. (basically from where it goes to the bathroom). Please help ... what do we do ...
Louise B.
Reply. Hello. I recommend that the Betta immediately gets the Recommended Treatment.

Click here for all six steps of the Recommended Treatment.


Customer Comments

Hi, I recently visited my local pet-store and I was looking to buy a crab. The pet store fish guy told me that I wouldn't be able to put a red-claw with my danios, clouds and gouramis I was disappointed but I got a cory cat and 2 mystery snails instead. But I was wondering what you guys thought about that - or could I get a crab now, would he eat my snails and other fish?
thanks alot
Reply. Hello.

Click here to go to the page about Crabs in this website. Read the paragraph titled "Compatibility" on that page where it says,

"These small Crabs seem to be too slow to catch most fish. The Crabs wave their claws at fish but don't ever seem to catch a fish, unless the fish is sick and crashed on the bottom."

In my opinion a Crab would be compatible with Danios, White Clouds, and Gouramis. But a Crab may not be compatible with the Snails that you just ought.

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