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Customer Comments

I just unpacked my cichlids and they look great.  They are healthy and swimming around in their new environment.  Kudos to the suggestions on the bio filter and reduced amount of gravel.
I have had aquariums for several years and I feel more informed now than ever, thanks to you and your website.  Looking forward to ordering more fish from you.
Rob S.
Reply. Hello Rob. Thank you for your email. We're glad to read that you have more confidence. We enjoyed seeing the picture, shown just below, of your aquarium with the African Cichlids, that you just got from us.
picture of Rob's Aquarium.

Customer Comments

Love your website. So much valuable information to be absorbed. But, I would like to dispel 2 myths:
1. Goldfish cannot be kept for long periods in a small bowl with no filtration.
Fact: My little fantail goldfish lived happily in a 1.5-gallon round terrarium for 8 years. When the water was changed, it was 100%. Wanda languished nearby in a coffee cup while the old water went down the drain, the gravel was thoroughly cleaned, and dechlor and new water were added with careful attention to temperature.
There is an old Chinese proverb, 'You can judge the character of a man by the longevity of his goldfish.'
2.  Neon tetras must be housed with other small fish.
Fact: My neons live in peaceful harmony with highfin serpae tetras, blueberry tetras, a dwarf cinnamon gourami, a solitary longfin zebra danio, a male lyretail molly, and a rainbow shark named Maximus. As you might expect, Max is tank boss and considers it his self-appointed duty to keep everyone else in line. Despite the occasional chase, the neons are the ONLY ones never bothered by any others in my 20-gallon tank! They just paddle about and seem impervious to the shenanigans going on elsewhere.
I also had 3 tiger barbs at one time, but have since given them to my grandson. When they were in the tank, the neons paid them no attention and vice versa. Would like to get some more tiger barbs; they are like inquisitive children and so entertaining. Sometimes I wonder if they don't suffer from an undeserved bad reputation. And when you speak of  fin nipping (though I apparently didn't have that problem), is it simply an annoyance, or hazardous to the health?
Jane H.
Reply. Hello Jane. Thank you for your interesting comments about your first hand observations, but ...

(1) Most Goldfish do not do well in a container with only 1.5-gallons of water. Small Goldfish up to about 2" need about 5-gallons of water.

Larger goldfish need at least 10-gallons of water. Click here for more Goldfish. Click here for more about cool water aquariums.

(2) Most aquarists will have problems, if they change more than 20% of the water on one day. It's better to change 20% of the water twice a week.

(3) Neon Tetras rarely do well with the fish you listed. Neon Tetras do well with smaller tank mates.

Click here for more about Neon Tetras and good tank mates for Neons.

(4) One Tiger Barb will usually nip on other fish. A few Tiger Barbs will often nip on other fish.

A group with six or more Tiger Barbs will do less nipping. The nips start our being harmless but eventually do harm the fish being nipped.


Customer Comments

Hello, I got my package yesterday morning, and put them into the freshly cleaned, and water changed 55 gallon tank, and followed your instructions on putting them into the new tank.
The 6 Swordtails are very, very nice looking fish, with one of the females a deep colored, and very beautiful. I also love the 4 Gouramis, as they are relaxed and do not to be afraid of anything ... they just mosie around the tank showing off their colors.
These were both excellent additions to the 6 Bala Sharks I had in the tank. Something that happened however is a concern, and I wanted your opinion on it.
After I put the fish in, and everything looked good, I went to work (Hate leaving my new pets!) and when I came home it seemed like my Balas just were not themselves, and were much more mellow, and less active then they have been the past few days (I've had them for 5 days now) and I noticed two of them had developed ick, but the spots were Very small, and only on the top fin, and a little on their back. They didn't swim as much as they did before.
I immediately began your procedure to cure it, and this morning it seems to be better. None of the new fish show any indication of any stress or disease. My question is could the introduction of the 10 new fish to the tank have caused a little stress on the Balas to the point they developed ick?
The balas are all smaller (1.5-1.75 inches). I'll do a partial water change tonite as well and hope they are all better tomorrow ... and how long does it take to cure ick when you see the first signs of it, and treat immediately?
-Paul C.
Brentwood TN 37027
Reply. Hello Paul. Thank you for your quick and detailed report about the fish we shipped to you.

We were pleased to read that you followed our advice to clean your aquarium and freshen the water before you got fish from us.

We keep the fish in our aquariums in very fresh water by changing 5% to 10% of the water each day.

We were also pleased to read that you carefully watched your fish after receiving them, and you also watched the fish that you already had in your aquarium. This is very important.

It is very common for new fish especially Bala Sharks to develop ich a few days after putting them in a new aquarium. Your Balas showed some ich spots five days after you got them.

It is also true that adding more fish, such as the Swordtails and Gouramis that you got from us, can slightly increase the likelihood of the other fish, like your Balas, getting ick.

That is exactly why we recommend always giving your aquarium all six steps of the Recommended Treatment, just after you add new fish.

Click here for the details about the Recommended Treatment.

Now, finally to answer your question. Ick in fish is something like the flu in people, and like the flu, ick varies in duration and in severity.

If you repeat the Recommended Treatment each day, as explained at the above link, you will minimize the duration and severity of the ick that your Balas have and lessen the likelihood that your other fish will get ick.

Incidentally, Bala Sharks less than 2" long are very fragile and that is why we do not sell Balas smaller than 2".

Thanks again for your reply.


Customer Comments

Hi its me Mark again,I want to ask you a very important question about my angelfish.
I had two 6year old angelfish but after i moved my kribs i got 2 babies and they looked real healthy when i got them , but now my angelfish are looking worse than ive ever seen them.
One of them, my black one, always stays in the very back of the tank in the bottom with his fins clamped and hes breathing hard and hes also really jumpy. the ph and ammonia is fine but now my other angelfish, the striped one, has his fins clamped, has a hard time staying afloat, breaths hard and both of them look like they have a serious disease along with the babies,
But my beta in there looks perfectly normal along with my twig catfishes. Please help me find a cure.
Reply. Hello again Mark. You wrote that your Angels have clamped fins which is one of the Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here for more about those Signs

Whenever any of your fish show any of these Signs, you should immediately give your fish the six steps of the Recommended Treatment. Click here for the complete details about the Recommended Treatment.

On one hand, both Kribensis and Angels are Cichlids which
makes it more likely that the Kribs may have infected your Angels with something.

On the other hand Kribs and Angels are rather distant relatives which makes it less likely that the Kribs infected your Angels.

Bettas and Twig Catfish are even more distant relatives of the Kribs, so it's even less likely that they could be infected by something from the Kribs.

In any case, I suggest that you immediately give your fish the Recommended Treatment.

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Customer Comments

Photo by Brian Nelson
I don't know if you are the proper person to contact with this question but I need help diagnosing a fish disease that my mono has.  It is pinkish in color and has a cotton candy appearance on the side of his body.  The fish exhibits no signs of a sickness.  His appetite is fine and he is swimming normally.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I have attached a photo of him.
Brian N.
Orland Park, IL 60462
Reply. Hello Brian, looking at the photo of your Monodactylus argenteus, I can see the pink sore on its side.

This pink sore is an example of item "#4. Red or White Sores" on the list of Signs of Stress and Disease.

Click here to read the entire list of the Signs of Stress and Disease in fish.

I suggest that you immediately give your fish all six steps of the Recommended Treatment.

Click here for the details about the Recommended Treatment, which should greatly help your Mono. recover.

Incidentally, sores like the one on your fish occur more frequently on a fish that lives in an aquarium without a BIO-Wheel filter and with too much gravel.

Click here for more information about Monos., including a beautiful picture of a healthy Mono. and information about the correct amount of gravel and the right type of aquarium filter for this fish.

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