Acquired: Fish / pet store
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Posted Jun 11, 2015
These guys thrive in a community setting in a very large tank. Often, those little bowls are used for goldfish, but they are cruel for all fish, especially goldfish. Put them in a big tank of their own kind, or a bunch of species, and they will thrive. They do produce highly toxic feces, though, so best of a handful of algae eaters and/or a very strong filter. They are not picky eaters at all, so whatever you are feeding the other fish will work find for them. I have found that they learn quickly and are highly interactive with their humans. I had a couple that would stare me down until I gave in and fed them, some would flip around and do tricks to show off and try to earn their food, though some did seem disinterested. You can overfeed them, though, as they seem to lack the 'I am full’ portion of the brain receptors. All in all, though, if you have a big tank, these guys make amazing additions to any community setting. Just no bowl and no solitude. I cannot stress that enough.