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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It's amazing how diverse the Asian countrys are. The number of religions alone is astonishing.
  5. 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.
  6. I agree with the above advice. Keep the tank the way you have it and leave the comet in it, don't put it in a bowl or 10g. Comets can grow pretty big if you take good care of them. For example *Not my fish, wish it was though
  7. 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.
  8. I agree with blue, not only will it stress the fish but a move that often between different water sources (with different temps and chemical makeup) would be bad for their health.
  9. Yeah, that makes sense. I have hard time telling them apart. Holding it up to the light seems to help, eventually I can usually figure it out but not without some eye strain.
  10. If the fish is only 1.5" than a 10g should not stunt it. Tank size won't stunt a fish, water quality will. If you keep up with water chages you're fish will not get stunted. How often do you do water changes? What is your filtration and water quality like? What do you feed it? Young fish should get plenty to eat, several times a day and less as they get older. It could be that yours is just a slow grower, they do go through growth spurts. I have two ryunkins I have had for a year in the same tank. They get the same diet and treatment but one is double the size of the other. It varies. Larger fish can get stunted though, keep an eye on your fish when it gets larger. Once the fish reaches the 6" mark you will have to be religious about water changes otherwise your water quality will be compromised and the fish may stunt and get sick. It's not impossable to keep a goldfish in a 10g but it can be difficult once they get full grown. As for the 20g tank being out of the question, it does not need to be that way. I know you're space is limited but a 10g tank is 20" long...a 20g tall is 24", that's only a 4" difference. The big difference is in how tall the tank is, a 20g tall is 17" tall and a 10g is 12". A 20g tall is also only 2" wider, it's almost like having two 10g on top of eatchother. Though the floor space is not much different in the 20g tall the extra gallons really helps a lot. You won't have to do as many water changes or worry about stunting your fish. EDIT: I should also add that stunting a fish is not easy, you would have to REALLY be neglecting the fish for that to happen.
  11. You're telling me it's alright to keep an 18" fish in a 24" tank? Or a 12" fish? Or even a 10" or 8" fish? Sorry, I cannot except that as responsable fishkeeping. Commons can grow over 8" no problem. Some fancy goldfish can reach 8", most are I admit smaller, but they can easily grow to 6". A 10g is only 20" long.
  12. Emotions are difficult to convey over the internet. You cannot see my body language, hear my voice or attach what I am feeling to my text. It may come off as rude to you, I am not trying to be rude though. It's all about interpretaion. I don't know how else to say what I am saying. It's a debate, it is the nature of debates to generate emotion. I am just defending my position. If I wanted to be rude, you would know it. Also, I like to think I come off a little less strongly when I give advice to people seking it. I have yet to get a complaint to the best of my knowledge.
  13. Yes but we are also suggesting a smaller tanksize than the fish actually needs. Just like you would not tell someone a 75g is alright for a channel catfish or koi we should not tell people a 20g is alright for a common goldfish.
  14. I check my water before water changes. Take my oscar tank for example, I try to keep the nitrates below 20 ppm. I check it before I change the water. If it's higher than 20ppm then I change more water and then do more water changes.
  15. Just shake it again before you sue it again for the right amount of time. Nothing's been messed up inside the bottle that cannot be shaken up again.
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