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Ron Coleman

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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

U.S.
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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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2015-01-25 Betta fish fin rot/fin loss:

Hi Alyssa    My guess is he broke his fin on décor in the tank. His other fins look healthy so I don't think it is fin rot. Along with taking the ship out, make sure there is nothing else in the tank that

2015-01-13 oscar fish:

Hi Derek,       Oscars can and will eat just about anything that is at all smaller than them.  That is just what they do.  You are best to keep oscars alone, in my opinion.     -- Ron Coleman     rcoleman@cichlidresearch

2015-01-10 Acara:

Hi Thomas    The Blue Acara is generally peaceful with other fish of similar size, but can get territorial at feeding time and when breeding.    Angelfish would work with a Blue Acara as long as the Angels

2015-01-10 Electric Blue Acara:

Hi Thomas,    I suggest you add some tetras to the tank, not the angels. The gouramis might work. I have no experience with the Denison Barb.     -- Ron C.     rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com     Cichlid

2015-01-05 Very constipated bet fish:

Hi Cathy,     The white stringy poop indicates that he has an intestinal infection. You might try the epsom salt bath to try to "clear him out". Don't worry if he doesn't eat for a while; fish can go a

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