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  1. Strange Behavoir in Obviously sick Bala

    For the past four days it would seem that our bala was going to die. About 4 days ago I noticed our oldest bala (about 4 inches long) swimming upside down and vertical looking like it was going to die. We were sure that by morning he would be gone. The next morning we were surprised to see...
  2. betta Went Into Slow Mode

    I have had a betta for about 4 months and he seems to be going into slow mode. He stays mainly in the corner of the tank (10 gallon) at the very top with his face stuck right into the glass. He was eating but today he doesn't even seem interested in that. I did the tests and here they are...
  3. PH readings

    How important is the PH. I have never tested my PH before. I had two Ottos that died and the lfs checked my water and said that they could not believe how high my PH levels were (I did not get an exact number as they said it was off their charts). I went to another store that told me not to fool...
  4. How long have you had your fish for?

    I am just curious what is the longest that everyone has had their fish for, I was told by a Walmart pet rep that usually they live about a year. She said that it is very uncommon to find someone who has had fish for more than a year. I hope that she is wrong but since the longest I have had...
  5. How can you tell when fish are sick....

    I have seen the obvious fish disease such as Ick, finrot etc. Now I had a bala who looked PERFECT she was eating fine swimming. I got up this AM and she was dead. I had no indication that this would happen...... am I missing something??? I love my balas but I just cannot seem to keep them...
  6. Question for Butterfly

    I saw in your signature that you have a female betta, did you buy this for the purpose of breeding?  Was she difficult to find?  I am thinking of getting a female betta but every fish store that I have been to do not carry the female.
  7. Algae Eater for a 55 gallon tank

    Boy do I need an Algae Eater! I have 3 balas, 3 swordtails and a redtail. Could anyone tell me what algae eater would be the most compatible for my tank? Thank you
  8. Pennies to ward off Ick

    Has anyone heard if this works?  I was told to do this by a friend who used to work in a pet store......  He said to put a handful of pennies in the tank and it will never get ick but what will happen to the fish?
  9. Good advice.... Bad advice

    I was at a local pet shop on the weekend and I was told that the WORSE thing to do to freshwater fish is to add salt. He said that it is not meant for them to live in salt and it could be deadly for them. I told him that I have read all over internet to put salt in the water for Ick. He said...
  10. ICK ICK and MORE ICK!

    2 months ago I got Ick in my 10 gallon tank and I treated the one fish that was in there with medication. I just recently bought a 55 gallon tank and added the redtail from my old tank. I decided to buy more fish. I bought 2 balas and three swordtails. I quarantined them for about 2 days as the...
  11. betta

    I just recently purchased a betta and was hoping to put him in my 55 gallon tank. In this tank I have 1 redtail 3 swordtail and 2 Bala Sharks. I have recently had to quarantine the balas and one of the female swordtails and the betta was in the quarantine tank. They seem to be doing fine...
  12. Silvertip Shark

    Hello! Has anyone heard of a silvertip shark? I think that it is a type of catfish. I have been seraching all day but everything that I find is either someone else asking the same question and not getting an answer or a picture of a VERY large shark which I don't think would fit in a tank...
  13. Tank with Ick Question

    I think that my Red Tail has Ick he is the only one in the tank. Does that mean that the whole tank has ICK. I just noticed it this morning. Could I just put him in a quarantine tank and treat him there? I have carbon in my filter and I am not sure how I would take it out... Any information...
  14. Bala

    Hello everyone, I am a newbie to this board and to the fish world. I started an aquarium about 4 months ago. It is 10 gallons. All of the fish that I have purchased have perished, I presently have a redtail shark that seems to be the most hardy as he is still alive(I have had him for about 3...




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