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This big tank which is 3 feet in length is only for Cyprinid (Cyprinidae). The scientific name given here will be in the order like 'Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species'. I had four fishes in it. Two of them are Ikan Jelawat / Sultan Fish / Maroon Shark. Their scientific name is Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Leptobarbus L. hoevenii. The other two fish are Gold Fish now living in a plastic hospital tank. Their scientific name is Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae Carassius C. carassius (Gold Fish Carp, I think). These fishes are very easy to rear.

Cleanliness of the tank is important. Once in a while, my sucker mouth catfish will stay in this big tank to clean the tank. After about a week cleaning the tank, I will put it into a plastic container because I feed it with herbivourous tablet and change the water everyday. This is the way I take care of this sucker mouth fish because before this fish, I had many sucker mouth fish that died after about 2 to 3 months in the big tank. This fish is quite big about 6 inches now (2008Nov).

Fishes need enough space to live well. Cold water fishes need more water space than tropical or warm water fishes. Apart from space and temperature, the minerals in the water is also important. Usually our tap water contains too much chlorine for fishes and this can kill them especially smaller fishes. The fishes will become dizzy, turnover and die. One way of overcoming this is to use overnight water or rain water or water treated with anti-chlorine liquid. I like to use water that is filtered using water filter that we use to connect to the tap. This is effective too.

Apart from chlorine, the 'hardness' of the water, meaning the level of calcium2+ / Ca2+ and magnesium2+ / Mg2+ in the water and the pH of the water are also important. However, these two issues do not affect my fishes. I never check for these minerals and my fishes are quite tolerant of them.

Sultan Fish and Gold Fish are omnivorous fish. So, all of them can eat water plants. In fact, the Sultan Fish can eat quite big water plants. They will eat all the plants that I put inside except the 'Dracaena Look Alike'.
Pink-tail Shark / Sultan Fish (Leptobarbus hoevenii)
'Tan-Tan' and 'Ah Long'

Hospital tank
Small tank

Gold Fish (Carassius carassius)
Sucker Mouth Catfish (Hypostomus sp.)
My Sucker Mouth Fish

Year 2007 About My Big Tank

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