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A lot of pet stores - particularly those dedicated to aquariums - will happily take unwanted fish off your hands. So if that ends up the case, and you can't put them in another tank, call around and see if any stores will take them. Often the fish just end up getting resold by the store. I've heard some stores may even give you store credit towards the ...


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Amano shrimp are good tank mates for community fish. They'll ignore your fish altogether. And they eat algae 24x7, which never hurts. Amano shrimp require brackish water for breeding, so won't breed in most tanks. This also makes them difficult to find. Cherry shrimp (and their color varieties) will also be no threat to your fish. But, they are very ...


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Neons and black skirt tetras* are both easy-going fish, so you won't have much problem with them being aggressive to newcomers. As long as anything you add isn't highly predatory/aggressive and isn't too huge, they'll probably play nice. (Bear in mind that if one fish can fit another into its mouth, it probably will at some point.) One thing that I'm not ...


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I have kept all kinds of tetras: cardinal tetras; rummy-nose tetras; balloon red eye tetras; penguin tetras with neons; black neons without any problem. Apart from the tetra species, you can keep harlequin rasboras, nerite snails and Amano shrimps as well.


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Most male bettas will fight with anything that even remotely resembles another male in finnage or coloration. Some will attack any fish indiscriminately, regardless of its appearance. It is inherently risky to house bettas with other fish. Some bettas are too aggressive to be kept with any species, and many community species will damage the finnage of a ...


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Going by your pictures, no, you can't combine these fish. Please don't take this the wrong way: these tanks are much too small for the animals in them, and have inadequate filtration. Giant gouramis get huge, bigger than some cats and dogs -- you're looking at a fish that needs several hundred gallons of water. The other tank already has too many huge, ...


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Short answer: Maybe. Bettas are often kept in community tanks. Care should be taken to avoid particularly brightly coloured or long-finned fish as this can increase the risk of aggression from the betta. Also, bettas should never be kept with other anabantoids (labyrinth fish) as aggression is nearly guaranteed between such species. Known fin-nippers should ...


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I have to strongly suggest taking these fish back to the store. I've kept discus for many years and bred discus in the past for roughly a decade. I can say with almost complete certainty that these fish are not going to survive and certainly are not going to achieve anything close to their potential in size and vibrancy. Juvenile discus are handedly the ...


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Many schooling tetras squabble quite a bit among themselves: the attack sounds more like a fairly typical 'charge and intimidate' move rather than real aggression, and it might not even be connected to the swimming behavior. Unless you're seeing actual injury result from it (most likely along the fins, scales, or eyes), it's not a big problem. You'll ...


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Unfortunately, as cool of an idea as this is, it won't work for vampire crabs. I don't have experience with fiddler crabs, but according to the PawNation website, they could possibly work with this setup (along with some other species). Although I would still recommend researching any specific species that you're looking at getting, just to be sure. The ...


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Neon tetras will attempt to eat these. I've kept neon tetras with shrimp and they would often pursue the baby shrimp. Luckily for the shrimp, they're pretty fast and hard to see so the fish would rarely get them. Whilst the fry will attempt to hide or run away continuously from the tetras if chased, it will probably either end with the fry being too ...


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This article has several good suggestions for potential betta tankmates. It also mentions: Please remember that the ideas below are suggestions. Your betta may get along just fine with all of these new tankmates, or he might kill and eat them. Every betta is different, and these are just general guidelines. It sounds like your betta is potentially ...


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The catfish we have in home aquariums, are generally docile, and non predatory. They cannot chase non catfish fish as they basically are not great swimmers. What happens is that, the aquarium catfish need meaty, i.e. protein containing diet as they grow older. In case they do not get this protein from whatever food they eat, algae, and leftover fish food, ...


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Firstly, I don't know about the sucker, but the guppies are not cold water fish. You really need to get a heater and keep the water in the low-mid 70s. I wouldn't think the newts or the sucker would like it either, but I won't say different, since I don't know for sure. As far a controlling babies, you have a couple of options. One is to remove the females. ...


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Does your under gravel filter system have two uplift tubes? Image courtesy of Wikipedia I would try completely uncovering one of the tubes while reversing the powerhead flow on the other. The ambient current should provide sufficient opportunity for the guppy to swim up the other uplift tube and out into the tank. You may have to give it a bit of time. ...


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Next time you are doing a partial water change, take your discharge hose and siphon your water up through the uplift tube. That should provide enough suction to effectively "vacuum" up that little guy into your waste water. The bigger the hose, the better because the faster water flow will increase your chances of catching him. It may take a few tries, but ...


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If you are doing aquaponics and you have to clean your tank, you are not doing it right. You should have an ammonia and nitrogen cycle going. I have two ponds, one on the top of my hillside and one on the bottom. I've had a permaculture food forest going for about 7 years now. I have a couple different species of fish in the top larger pond. That pond ...


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This question is a bit like asking "Why does Sally like Pizza" and thus I'm a bit reluctant to answer it as all animals have their own personalities. Nevertheless, it's likely that your fish is stressed, or just a psychopath. You say your school size is 8, while usually a minimum of 6 is recommended for schooling fish, after living in a large school at the ...


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From my experience raw cucumber is often too hard/unattractive for aquarium fishes and snails, especially if they're unused to it. Put about 2 or 3cm of water in a pan or small pot. Boil the water and put 0.5cm thick slices of cucumber inside it (should be mostly covered by water, so not too many). Remove any seeds before, the fishes won't be able to eat ...


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I've gone through two snails with my betta over the last few years. I've never seen the betta care about the snail's presence. I would think the snail probably died of natural causes. I don't think snails are as robust as bettas!


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I've found peas to be extremely beneficial in relieving constipation in my aquarium fish. They have a laxative effect and help to prevent blockages which could form as a result of feeding only flakes or high protein diets. Most fish will eat peas and other vegetables. I've even incorporated peas into my own home made fish foods as a staple. There's a few ...


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Just leave it for a month or so. More than likely you will get some decaying material from the plants which will naturally kick-start the cycle. If you put food in there at all, it will absolutely kick-start a cycle as well, just don't add any more, you'll foul up the water too much at this point. Some observations, I'm assuming you're using the test strips....


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I have had plenty of bettas and have always housed them separately. They are not the type of fish you would want to tank with other fish. Now if you are wanting to house them with other fish, make sure they are not the same species or colorful at all. Also a good way to test how your betta would react to being put in a tank with other fish is to get two ...


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Speaking towards the tilapia, there species is chyclids. These fish generally have a strong pecking order, and any fish in with them that is not used to a pecking order tends to get pecked, a lot! I had some tilapia in my aquaponics system and as they grew they even pecked and ate each other. I cannot talk towards clams or oysters, and I thought lobsters ...


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You are correct about stability, has nothing to do with pH whatsoever. First of, you need to figure out what the actual pH of the tank is. Test strips are notoriously inaccurate. Even a cheap API test kit should be much better than a strip. If you have a good local fish shop, take a sample of water to them and see what they test it as. You also need to get ...


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Stability establishes bacterial colonies, meant to aid in the breakdown of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates (source). Tanks that have a problem in them or are neglected will gain a lot of nitrates. This also causes the pH to go down. The point of Stability is to lower your nitrates and allow your pH to come back up. This is part of the solution, but there are ...


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We tried putting a male betta in a community tank once. We were concerned that the betta would start attacking the other fish, so we kept a close eye on it. Instead, the opposite happened: the betta went to the corner of the tank at the top, and didn't really swim around much at all. It looked very uncomfortable around the other fish. I don't know what the ...


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Snails would be good. They don't do much, but it adds to the authenticity of the tank. They are good for eating algae as well. They usually require a different diet from the rest of your fish, such as shrimp or veggie chips. You will have to be careful with adding snails, because some breeds of fish will eat the snails. I have had snails in the past, and ...


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So most driftwoods are boiled down or treated at some point to be safe for all types of aquariums and terrariums. When dried out and then placed back into water, marine or fresh a fungus can grow, sounds hard to believe that sterilization will lead to fungal growth but it's true. It'll start as white tiny docs, then patches, then spread to a fuzzy like film. ...


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As you've already pointed out, the best course of action is to quarantine the fish. If you really can't do this then you'll need to tread carefully with medicines if you have any invertebrates (snails, shrimp) or fish without scales (Bristlenose Catfish, Loaches etc). Ultimately, this comes down to reading the label of the medicine. There is such a ...


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