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Red Bellied Piranha Information

For those who see piranhas as ideal fish for pets, they will likely want to have a red bellied piranha. Their natural habitat is off the Brazilian Coast in the Amazon basin, but if they are treated correctly, they will make good pets and will thrive.

White Spot or Ick Is a Common, But Easily Curable Fish Disease

White spot disease is caused by a parasite called Ichthyophthirius multifilis. This disease is also called Ick or occasionally Ich or Ichy. This disease is easily curable if it is caught early. If is is not treated, it can kill all the fish in your aquarium.

Keeping the Kuhli Loach

The Kuhli Loach, Pangio kuhlii, is a small eel like fish. The Kuhli loach will supposedly grow up to 12 centimetres (4 and a half inches) long, but I have never seen one this big. Most of the ones available are much smaller than this. One of the reasons for this variation is that there are several subspecies of Pangio kuhlii, and the size they grow to varies a lot.

Keeping and Breeding the Black Kuhli Loach

The Black Kuhli Loach, Pangio oblonga, is a close relative of the Kuhi loach. It is believed that in the wild this fish breeds in flooded forests. The forest floor may well have much organic debris from the trees and the baby loaches probably grow amongst these; feeding on the rich animal and vegetable food which would grows in this environment. This fish has been bred in an aquarium.

Breeding the Honey Dwarf Gourami

The Honey Dwarf Gourami is reasonably easy to breed. The male builds a bubble nest and entices the female under it to lay her eggs. The male is the one who looks after the nest and the eggs.

Breeding the Beautiful Dwarf Gourami

Sexing The male Dwarf Gouramis of all the colour variations are brightly coloured, while the females of most colour variations are relatively drab in appearance. However, the Coral Blue Dwarf Gourami is an exception to this in that the Female is also a beautiful Coral Blue colour and is scarcely inferior in colour to the male. The one thing common to all the colour variations is that the males all have some red on them while the females have almost no red.

Keeping the Pearl Gourami in Aquariums

The Pearl Gourami, Trichogaster leeri, is also called the Lace Gourami and the Mosaic Gourami, and sometimes the Red Breasted Gourami. This beautiful fish is native to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. It has been introduced to Colombia, The Philippines and Taiwan.

Dwarf Gourami Iridovirus

Dwarf Gourami Iridovirus kills the Dwarf Gouramis slowly, sometimes taking as long as a year to kill them. The symptoms include wasting of the fish and there is little doubt that before this disease was identified, fish tuberculosis was blamed for some of the deaths from this virus. This virus may have become a problem because of the extensive inbreeding of this fish in Singapore.

Coexisting With Fish and the Environment

"I know that the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." This was said by George W. Bush in Michigan on September the 29th 2000, a bit before the presidential election. This is an important statement by a President not famous for his environmental concerns.

Algae Wafers

I make sure that my fish have a good variety of different food. I certainly give them flakes, but also make a point of giving them food in other forms. One of the many forms that fish food is available is Algae wafers.
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