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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fish of the Week: Garra Rufa / Doctor Fish

*There is very little information on the internet in regards to how to care for these type fish. The following information that is provided here is to be taken with caution; I have gathered some of this information from the internet as well as gathered data from being a garra rufa owner.
If you find any of this information to be incorrect, please let me know and I will correct it. :)
A.K.A: doctor fish, kangal fish, nibble fish, doctorfishen, reddish log sucker,  cyprinion macrostomus
Type Of Fish: Freshwater
Origin: Turkey
Member of: Cyprinidae
Temperment: Can be an aggressive fish and may attack other fish similar in size or smaller. These fish can be shy in smaller groups. The bigger the group of garra rufa, the more of a pack mentality
Size: 5.9 inches
Aquarium Size: a minimum of ten gallons per garra rufa
Food: Algae wafers, blood worms, sinking pellets, tubifex worms. These little guys have a very high metabolism and are always looking for something to eat. Make sure to provide your garra rufa with a healthy diet.
Life Span: unknown
Aquarium Conditions:
-ph: 7.3
-temp: 78-82°F
Breeding: unknown (There is commercial breeding in which hormones are injected into the female fish.)
Sexing: The females tend to have a rounder belly than the males.
Tank Mates: Other garra rufas. This fish is best kept in groups of five or more garra rufas.
Where To Purchase: These are very hard to come by and may be almost impossible to acquire. If you would like to purchase some, I may be able to acquire some for you. Please contact me and let me know if you would like some. You can e-mail me at

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