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Ron Coleman

I am an expert on cichlid fishes, particularly New World cichlids. My broader expertise includes the behavior, ecology and reproduction of fishes in general. (I am NOT an expert on Goldfish). Please do not use abbreviations, such as "my GT has a swollen eye" because I don't know what a "GT" is. The more clearly you can explain your question, the better chance I have of understanding what it is that you seek. I keep fishes both as a scientist and as a hobbyist and I currently maintain about 140 aquariums.

Richard Hight

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I own and maintain several freshwater aquariums from 2 to 180 gallon. I can answer most questions about freshwater aquariums, including setup, cycling, maintenance, compatible tank mates, feeding. Moving? I've moved fish both across town and across the country and can help you get your little aquatic friends to their new home safely. I know and have experience with most freshwater community fish, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids. I don't answer questions about Goldfish or keeping Goldfish with Tropical Fish. I also don't answer questions about keeping crustaceans (shrimp, snails, crabs etc) with Tropical Fish, nor questions about saltwater fish or aquariums. I'm not available to answer questions on weekends, this is when I do maintenance on my own tanks.

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2014-12-10 gold fish ill?:

Hi Doreen,    Unfortunately I am not an expert on goldfish. For other fishes, that sometimes represents damage caused by being bitten by another fish. It could also be small parasites. The parasite which

2014-12-04 Aggressive Plecostomus/Ancistrus:

Hi Nikky    In both images you provided, the Pleco that is closest to the cave is the Lemon Drop, and the one closest to the camera is the Calico.    Unfortunately, male plecos are aggressive, especially

2014-12-02 very sick goldfish:

Hi Verity,     Unfortunately I do not know much about goldfish. It certainly appears like your fish has some sort of intestinal infection.  In some places, there are medications which you can purchase

2014-12-02 My Well Water:

Hi Miriam,     Any well water could have heavy metals but I would hope that they would be at very low levels and not have any significant effect on your fish (or you for that matter, assuming that you

2014-11-28 gold fish food:

Hi Mahesh,     I do not recommend using "holiday food". Often it merely rots in the tank.  The best thing is to have someone feed them every few days.  Absolutely do not put EXTRA food in the tank before

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