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One discus fish bullying the other discus

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 ...
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Did my catfish kill my betta

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 ...
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Can I put newborn platies with neon tetras?

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 ...
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How can I get a guppy out from beneath an under gravel filter?

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 ...
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How can I get a guppy out from beneath an under gravel filter?

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 ...
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What is the best cold-water fish to control a baby guppy population?

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 °F (21 to 24 °C). I wouldn't think the newts or ...
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Underwater dry zone for planted aquarium

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 ...
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Can snails and betta fish cohabitate?

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 ...
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Do betta fish attack snails?

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 ...
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Mixing African cichlids with goldfish

Goldfish are in the carp family and are coldwater fish, they thrive in temperatures from 15 - 25 °C. Goldfish handle water temperatures above 25 °C poorly, so they are not a good ...
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Aquaponics: lobsters, clams, oysters and tilapia all in the same tank?

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 ...
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Aquaponics: lobsters, clams, oysters and tilapia all in the same tank?

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 ...
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My guppy & betta fish ignore cucumber

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 ...
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Does medicating an entire tank harm healthy fish?

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,...
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Feeding mashed green peas to discus

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 ...
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Help with Fishless Cycling with Live Plants

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 ...
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How do you breed Daphnia to feed to aquarium fish?

You don't really have to do anything special, especially considering Daphnia aren't really anything exotic (you can find them in many ponds etc.) depending on where you live. A very minimalistic ...
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What fish can I put with my Betta?

There are a 2 main reasons why a betta can become aggressive to other fish: Visual apperance In general, a betta will only be aggressive to other fish if he thinks they are 'competition'. This can ...
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Red Cherry Shrimp tank mates

I've got a very similar setup as you have: 180 litre tank 11 Panda corries 17 Cardinal Tetras 4 big platy & some little ones (2 Platy Hawii, 2 'mixed') Cherry shrimp I chose the platy's because ...
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Can I keep crayfish and guppy fish together in a tank?

There are many different types of aquarium crayfish, that have different levels of activity, aggression, size, and feeding habits, as well as different individual personalities, so its hard to say ...
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Growing a baby betta with other fish in the tank

Individual bettas are unique, so you should keep an eye on him on the first days anyway. You never know. Typically, a baby will not be aggressive, I have seen many very small bettas kept in community ...
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How to feed a Pleco in a community tank?

I had a similar situation before, and added a simple "shelter" to tuck the Pleco food under. Most fish, and I suspect bettas as well, wont bother swimming under a low structure on the ...
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My guppy & betta fish ignore cucumber

In the video you can see a catfish and I think the cucumber is primary for him since they are vegetarians. Bettas are predominant carnivorous (insects, larvae) so they will not eat cucumber. For ...
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Can I put a red tailed shark and 2 three-spot gourami in a 55 gallon tank?

Short answer: Yes! Long answer below Species selection (length, difficulty of care): Red tailed shark (4", intermediate) are semi-aggressive. Blue gourami (6", easy) are peaceful. Hatchets: ...
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Can I put any other fish in with a male betta?

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 ...
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Does stability comprise a pH buffer?

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 ...
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Does stability comprise a pH buffer?

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. ...
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Mollies with Bettas?

Betta can be housed with various other fish but in your case, you're short on space. 20L (5 gal) is about what is recommended for only a betta. Various sources seem to place the min tank requirement ...
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Pretty, bright, unusual and active fish acquisition advice for kids

First of all: Nice that you want to get your daughter some fish and even more awesome that you're not going the cheap route of grabbing some bland (and in the end unhealthy) gold fish glass or betta ...
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White dots appearing on the drift wood surface

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, ...
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