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  1. Not a good idea, I'm assumeing the pirahna are red bellies? If so you would be hard pressed to keep two in a 55g. Not impossable but very difficult, they can grow anywhere between 8 and even 14". Even if you were willing to do the work it would take to keep two together it still wouln't be a good idea, red bellies need to be kept in larger shoals, with only two one might kill the other. They would also feel less comfortable and act more nervious. Though there is a certain appeal to keeping this fish they also really aren't all that interesting. If you have ever kept silver dollers or any other member of the tetra family that pirahna belong to than you will already know what to expect. Not kept properly they will tend to hide or dart around nerviously. Due to their dietary requirements they would need a lot of tank cleanings, don't forget that your hands would have to enter the water with them to do this. Though bites are rare they do happen and they will hurt.

  2. Females can be pretty aggresive, I had one nearly kill a male once. That's why it's important to keep a lot of individual females in a single tank. Granted, they aren't typically as aggresive as males but they are still fighting fish.

  3. I would get the tank but I would not cycle it with him in it, do afishless cycle. I just lost a betta die to nitrites...they weren't even high nitrites. I had a freshwater clam die on me in my 10g tank and it created a mini-cycle. In a matter of days the nitrites climbed, the betta got ammonia burns and fungus. I ended up killing the betta, he was to far gone to save (thogh I did medicate the tank before I decided to kill him). So to avoid it happening to you I suggest cycleing his tank and keeping him in the vase till it's done.

  4. Compatability is a tricky thing, all fish are individuals and what works for some might not work for others. As for the pleco thing though, I never aggred myself that they make bad tankmates. Most people are just bad pleco owners. Plecos need more than most people provide. A special diet all their own. If not provided with that diet they will take drastic measures and go after goldfish, otherwise most seem to keep to themselves.

  5. Rubbernose and rubberlips are the same, they are also called bulldog plecos. I have one with my goldfish and he hasen't been a problem. Make sure you give him plenty to eat in the form of wafers and fresh veggies, that way he probably won't go after the other fish.

  6. I used to use the freezedried tubifex and recently I used some frozen. I don't know how risky it is to do it but I won't buy them again, most of my fishes didn't like them anyway. There are plenty of other frozen foods out there like brine shrimp, daphnia, plankton, bloodworms, squid and others.

  7. They say that if you keep 5 orange goldfish in a tank it is meant to bring luck. I read that in my Feng Shui book. It didnt mention how big the tank should be which is a bit dissapointing as people may go out and cram 5 GF in a 10 gallon tank :(

    They also recommend a black one in there as well, I cannot remember why. They also suggest arowanas...fish that most people reading a fung shui book probably shouldn't buy.

  8. i live away from home - so when i do go home for xmas - i leave my fish alone for about 10 days or so - i actually dont feed them at all!! poor things - but i hear so many horror stories about weekend feerders and stuff - its easier to let them go a few days without food - i heard that naturally they can go quite a while - even up to 3 weeks without food...someone correct me if i am wrong tho...

    You're right, most fish can go a very long time without food. Humans can go two weeks and fish being cold blooded don't process food like we do. In the wild fish often go long periods without food, particularly when spawning season comes around, migrating or dureing the winter months.

    Don't use the feeder blocks, I have heard so many horror stories about those, people coming home to dead fish and high ammonia levels. Just make sure you feed them a nice decent amount before you go and clean the tank.

  9. I think you're fish will be just fine, in fact I don't think you even need to do as much as you're suggesting. I have gotten fish from the mail and all of them came to me alive, 2 day trip in much smaller volumes of water. Changing the water as often as you're suggesting should get rid of any ammonia, I don't think you will need the chips. Just make sure that when you change the water it is the same temp and everything. Don't feed the fish a couple days before you go, this will cut down on waste and the fish will do just fine. I would move the tropicals seperate from the goldfish if you can though. If you can I would actually suggest useing a cooler for the move, it gives them more space and has a lid and will help maintain the same temperature. If you can find one you might even be able to get a battery powered aerator.

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