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  1. Common plecostomus don't need driftwood, don't worry.
  2. Nice oscars, look like commons (they won't keep that pattern). Lets hope they get along
  3. In most cases the answer is no but if you had a very large tank and the goldfish in question were large commons or comets it could work and I have seen it work before. Heck, common goldfish grow larger than oscars.
  4. Crappie are members of the sunfish family, there are two species. They are large for sunfish but still don't grow as large as a common goldfish can. They are generally peacefull in aquaria but will eat smaller fish (goldfish will do the same for that matter). Black crappie White crappie
  5. What kind of goldfish do you have? You may very well be able to keep it. Is there a risk of introduceing a wild disease? Yes, but no more so than introduceing one from the LFS (seriously, wild fish are often better). Like goldfish a cool water habitat is best. Crappie grow large, but if your goldfish are large commons or comets he will not be able to eat them and crappie are not generally aggresive.. The difficult part with crappie is feeding them, they will often only take live or frozen foods, you would also need a rather large tank.
  6. I enjoy fish that hide a lot, makes it extra special when you finally see it. Like spotting a UFO. I turn to my gf and say "LOOK!!!! Ther'es that fish!" and we gather around the tank looking at it.
  7. Insects work, so do earthworms...my goldfish love earthworms. I also feed them frozen bloodworms, brineshrimp, mysis and other once live foods. They will also eat live daphina when smaller. There is not much a goldfish would turn down.
  8. It's fine, your not bugging me. I used to have one of these fish as well, hardly ever saw it though. They will not clean up algae, they are strickly carnivores and not related to plecostomus except in that they are catfish. Bloodworms would be a great food for them, so would other frozen foods, flakes and sinking pellets. They tend to be more active at night so if you find your goldfish are hogging the food feed him when the lights are out. The temp. should be between the upper 70's and 80's. Here is what you can expect him to grow up to look like. Picture from fishbase.org by Kathy Jinkings.
  9. I don't see why not, the striped raphael for the most part keep to itself. They cannot eat a goldfish and grow too large for a goldfish to eat.
  10. Fish size is not determined by tank size. A common can still grow to 18" in a 20g. Chances are the water quality will dwindle, the fish will stress, get deformed and stunted than die a pre-mature death. I don't agree with the 20g rule at all. I don't even think a 55g would work.
  11. They will certianly NOT gnaw off their own fins. If he didn't like the current he would not be next to it. THey also like surface strucre though, if that's the only place he can hover under he will use it. The problem with currents is that bettas are weak and the current can sometimes push them around.
  12. Yeah but there is no way an 18" common could live in a 15-20g tank. I have always HATED that rule with a passion. Seriously, could this live in a 20g?
  13. It's not an eyespot but it is natural. He only has it on that side. Yes, he does have couple scars. Those are all healed up now though, every once in awhile he will do something and hurt himself...it's common with oscars. Typically they just loose a few scales and forget it ever happend.
  14. Depends greatly on the personality of the oscar. I have two together that get along great, some poeple are not so lucky. When young they average around an inch a month until they hit between 7-9" within the first year of life and the onset of sexual maturity (when an oscar's TRUE personality starts to show). After that the grow more slowely and steadly.
  15. Poor diet and poor water quality are what causes it. Oscars are sensitive to Nitrates and they should be kept at 20ppm or lower. Wild oscars don't seem to get it. I imagine with all the inbreeding that has gone on with captive oscars they have a weaker immune system.
  16. Not all plecostomus need driftwood. Rubberlips don't need it, I have had one for wahile now and driftwood is not a part of his diet. As for the "hongkong" pleco, it's not a pleco at all. It's a loach, more closely related to goldfish and otehr cyprinids actually.
  17. Here is a better picture of "The Shredder", I didn't realize the other one was not that good.
  18. Are you saying tropical fish don't sleep? I'm sorry if it comes off as rude but I notice plecos get a bad rap around here. It does not need to be that way. Here is the pleco I used to have, he was an 14" royal panaque. A real beast of a fish named "The Shredder", when you touched him he felt like a thorn bush and he would attack my siphon when I cleaned the tank. As you can see, he is with other fish. Slow and clumsy oscars who he could easily own in the dead of night...or heck, even the day. He never bothered them though, he had a diet rich in cucumber, pumpkin, wafers, driftwood, lettace and tons of other goodies...even rabbit food. My point is, plecos can be kept with other fish if you know how the keep them and sadly few people do. Most people buy them to clean algae and if they are lucky the pleco will get a couple algae wafers a day. A poor diet for a fish that in the wild eats almost constantly. The species does not matter either, everyone talks about commons but a rubberlip, gold nugget, bushynose or whatever is just as likely to suck on the sides of a fish as the common is. The difference is, all the other listed and all the ones recommeded here are small. The common is large, it's not as easy to keep a 12"+ cow of a fish happy. A large pleco cannot get by on leftovers and algae alone, not even algae wafers will do. The smaller ones are more easy to satisfy and thus not as hungry all the time. My advice to the thread author is...put down the sick fish, if it's been sick for over a year it's quality of life is very poor. It is sometimes more humain to put something down than to try to keep it alive. As for the pleco, based on all the info you just heard it's really up to you on what you want to do. If you do not want to put the investment needed to keep such a large hungry fish happy than get rid of it.
  19. Tosakin, these "aggresive" fish are only aggresive because people don't know how to keep them properly. Take tiger barbs for instance. These are schooling fish, if you only keep 3 or 5 you will probably run into trouble. They will get nervious and nasty. Put them in a large enough tank, with a nice sized school and chances are they will ignor all other fish and focus on the members withing their school. As for the BA tetra, I keep some of these and never ran into aggresion, I even kept them with a betta. With that said, certain fish really don't mix. Fat, slow deformed goldfish have no buisness being with tiger barbs.
  20. You should never get a pleco with the mind set that it will clean up the tank or eat algae. You should only get a pleco if you like the species. Most will eat algae, they don't all stop. It's individual prefrence. They don't all suck on other fish either, some will and if they are hungry and you don't feed them you can almost count on it. Plecos need a lot of food, they are constant grazers like cows and if you don't meet their proper dietary needs they will go after other food sources. Algae alone won't hold up a pleco, nether will algae wafers. Feeding them algae wafers is like feeding a human a few slices of bread a day. They need other stuff, boiled veggies are great. Things like cucumber, squash, pumpkin, zuchinni, romain lettace, potatoes and shrimp should all make up a part of these fish's diet. Common plecostomus can be kept with goldfish if you are willing to do the work and provide them with their unique diet. There is a slim risk of them going after goldfish but there is always a risk when mixing fishes of any species.
  21. I believe there is a saltwater section of the site you could use next time. This one is for freshwater tropicals. Mandarin fish are supposed to be pretty difficult to care for mostly because they are sensitive to water quality and are picky eaters. They are bottom feeders and with their tiny mouths it is difficult to feed them. A lot of live rock should help with this because of all the little organisms that live in there for the fish to pick at.
  22. Nice looking oscar and he sure has healed up nice. A lot of people have a hard time getting rid of HITH but you seem to be doing something right. Despite the fact that it's not really all that red Devs is right, it is known as a red oscar. Here is Chef, my red oscar. I'm not trying to hyjack, I post pictures of my oscars every chance I get. It's like showing off pictures of your kids.
  23. Your welcome. In the world of fishkeeping goldfish pretty much are considered coldwater, I don't really like that because it leads people to believe that they cannot survive in warm water, being sub-tropical they can survive both.
  24. Tropical: The tropics are the geographic region of the Earth centered on the equator and limited in latitude by the two tropics: the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical So basically any fish from there is tropical, be it saltwater or freshwater. Goldfish are not coldwater (as many people believe) or tropical, they are sub-tropical based on where they live. Sub-tropical: The latitudinal zone between 23.5? and 34.0? in either hemisphere, bordering the tropical zone. Also can refer to vegetation, organisms, or weather typical of subtropical habitats. biology.usgs.gov/s+t/SNT/noframe/zy198.htm
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