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PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)1:43    Post subject: Black comets behaving badly... Reply with quote

Evil or Very Mad

I am a relatively new starter. Grabbed a 2 foot by 1 by 1 foot tank last year after being nagged by the wife, bought a dozen fish and stuck them in. The shop keeper offered no advice, so I made my own way. So far, I have not yet lost any. Fish grew too big, upgraded to a 3 by 1.5 by 1 foot tank. Now the comets are driving me mad.

I have 4 black comets. Their growth has outstripped all other varieties, now the biggest is 7 inches, 4 deep, the smallest 4.5 by 2. I have 3 inches of gravel in the bottom, to bury the plants. The comets will bury their heads down to the gills looking for food and have a liking for my plants. In the past year, I have had 17 plants. 4 new ones last Friday (27th August) and they have followed the same pattern. All stripped to the stems, the one suggested to be the toughest went first. I have tried all varieties I can find. What do I do with the fish? Give them their own tank? Put them in a pond? Anything planted is dug up. I have covered with rocks weighing a pound, even 2 pounds. Yet these things still wreck the place. How big will they grow? They started out an inch long. At this rate, I will need a 400 l tank.

Any help, please?
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Joined: 05 Feb 2003
Location: AZ

PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)10:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you say "comets," do you mean the comet goldfish, commonly sold as feeders?
But if you tame me, then we shall need each other....You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
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Location: Houston TX

PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)11:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comets can grow anywhere from 14" to 24". They really need a pond to do well in. Also, they are pretty close to being veggetarians so of course they are eating your plants. They are a coldwater species and don't do well in water over 74 degrees farenheit.
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