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Mary - 2004-01-15
Hello, I just got my second Parakeet,a Budgie.yesturday. When I first pulled out of the parking space that I was in after buying my keet. He was perched on my finger verry close to the window of my car. Then after 8 minutes, He went to the top of my sterring wheel. It was verry funny. The bird was not afraid of anything. He was first facing oncomming traffic. Then he turned toward me. When I had to make a sharp turn, he started to go down, I had to put him in one of my hands, That was after I put him on the steering when again. He rode there most of the way home, 15 miles away from our home, Then we went to the drive thru at the bank. To get new pet toys. He was again on top of the steering wheel, until we went back home again.... If this were a Story A would call it driving miss tweety...

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  • kelly martin - 2013-03-15
    that sounds like 'driving miss lazy' from a show called thats so raven SUPER :)
  • hailey bjornson - 2013-07-03
    They love company.
  • joe - 2014-02-15
    Are parakeets better left indoors or outdoors don't know if they carry any kind of lice.
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-18
    Cool!
  • Steve - 2014-03-21
    Your are not supposed to keet and drive. It is against the law.
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John Barthel - 2014-03-21
Think my cichlid is a flowerhorn. Aggressive towards anything and everything, but she's a basebreeder, lays clear eggs on rocks, back of the tank. Fish is bigger, 12' softball top to bottom, looking at her from the side about 10' long. I inherited fish from my sister but can't get any info from her, how can I be sure what kind of fish she is?

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Robert Shortridge - 2014-03-21
I have two daffodil brichardi cichlids in a 37 gal tank sold to me as a breeding pair, male about 3' female about 2'. They were very skittish for the first week and the male has started to venture and open up but the female is acting quite strange, starting yesterday staying behind the filter housing rather than in the cave she has been in. The tank is in a high traffic hallway in the house, will this cause them excessive stress? Looking for some enlightenment with these fish. Thank you.

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Animal-World info on Bubble Tip Anemone
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Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-22
Ok I have 55 gal tank with an African star, a snowflake eel, and two tomato clowns. Sadly my anemone died for some reason but I'm wondering if I could get a Niger trigger fish? If not what fish can go with them? I've heard tomato clowns are not nice to other fish but they didn't do CRAP when I had Daniels..... PLEASE HELP ME HERE.

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Justin Dancing Hawk - 2011-09-12
I just got a lovely and HUGE Green Bubble tipped anemone with reddish tips on its tentacles. It's gorgeous and is hosting a small Maroon Clownfish that's absolutely adorable! I've been calling him "Little Red" and come to think of it, that sort of Honors Mr. Red Skelton and that is surely something I am highly pleased to do! He filled my childhood with many hours of delight while my family faithfully watched his show every week without fail! I've been naming my Clownfish after famous clowns. My Tomato Clownfish is named "Emmitt" ( I wasn't sure of the spelling ! LOL! ) after the wonderful Emmitt Kelly. My new Anemone is at least 5 inches. I couldn't tell at first just how big it was because it is in a fake rock that I'm currently trying hard to evict it from so I can return it to the store, since it is a very undesired feature! You can imagine my delight when I discovered I'd just gotten a smoking deal ( $20 bucks !! ) on this huge anemone!! GOD I love Petco!! LOL!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-04-24
    Can a bubble tip anemone(green) fit into a 14G?
  • Thomas Herrick - 2012-10-17
    I wouldn't trust Petco with purchases on live creatures. Since they don't receive DIRECT shipments, the percentage of receiving a creature with certain ailments (I bought a beautiful Coral Beauty Angelfish, only to see the small white dots, that were invariably Marine Ick, on it,) SKYROCKETS. By the time I treated the water, and did hyposalinity treatments, half of my fish were wiped out. As far as anemones go, I haven't had particular issues with any (Condylactis, Green Bubble Tip, Rosebud, and Sebae anemones.) HOWEVER, keep in mind that parasites can often latch on to anemones (even though they provide no nutrition,) until they find themselves being put into your tank. Remain cautious, and try your best to refrain from purchasing live aquaria from CHAIN stores. Other than that, hope your system is doing well.
  • Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-18
    I have two tomato clowns, a bubble tip, and an African red starfish. The clowns had ick and then the ick disappeared and I got them from Petco. I trust them a lot.
  • Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-22
    Though I trust my Pedro in r Eau Claire WI I wouldn't trust shipping though. I would just go to the store make it easy.
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Brianna DiPierro - 2014-03-22
Hey! I have 2 diamond doves that have laid eggs and now I have a brother and sister, from the same litter. What happens if they mate? I don't want them to become sexually active in their cage and have the new babies that have birth defects. Is it bad for them to mate, will anything be wrong with their babies? Thank you!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-22
    Generally you do not need to worry about there being birth defects or anything of that nature with birds of the same family mating. I wouldn't worry about it, unless you just simply don't want more birds!
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Animal-World info on Fish Disease and Treatment
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christina - 2014-03-19
I have a 30+ gallon tank; and have fish with the middle of their body on back to the back tail drooping and swimming funny. I don't see any difference in the way they look; but another fish is getting it so I know there is something wrong. Do I flush the two showing symptoms to save the other fish from exposure? I can't see anything that shows me what this particular thing is; unless it is a disease that I read about that said there is no cure and to flush and clean tank. The fish affected now are some type of tetra half gold body half white color.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like you have a bone and muscle disorder, which can be caused be several things including infections, parasites, injuries, or nutritional imbalances, It is a good idea to quarantine all infected fish to prevent possibly spreading the infection.

    A bone and muscle disorder known as “Broken back disease” is usually caused by a nutritional imbalance. It can occur when the diet is dificient in vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E, and selenium. It is indicated by a bent back, which is typical of a Vitamin C deficiency. For this you can try feeding more greens, algae is a good Vitamin C source, and also try adding vitamin supplements to the diet like Vita-Chem (says Marine Formula on the bottle, but is also for freshwater fish) or Kent Marine-C.

    There are a couple other common bone and muscle disorders, but from your description, it doesn't sound like they are the problem. AND they are both incurable. Neon Tetra Disease is one that aquarists are very familiar with. It is caused by the parasite Pleistophora hyphessobryconis. The muscles degenerate, causing abnormal swimming. It is a non-curable disease, and more common than many aquarists realize. Fish Tuberculosis is another non-curable disease that may deforn a fish, usually developing a curved spine. It is also generally accompanied by wasting away, loss of scales, decoloration and lesions on the body.
  • trish - 2014-03-22
    I'd like to add, do not flush the fish. If the fish must be put down there are much more humane ways of doing so. Look up 'solid gold' on YouTube and look up her video on humane euthanasia of goldfish. Also, getting a food safe clear bin as a sick tank works well. Pick up a cheap bubbler to keep it oxygenated and you are good to go as long as you check toxin levels and do a 40/50% water change weekly.
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kevin - 2014-03-17
I have a 30 gallon tank with two telescopic gold fish and 4 orandas. I came home today and found one of the telescopic had a blood shot eye. I am really concerned as I had these fish a little over two years and am a fairly new fish owner. I don't know what to do... HELP! I should let you know that I do have aquarium ornaments on the tank, which could be the contributing factor. What can I do? The fish is swimming normally, eating normally, just this red eye. Please send me your thoughts.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like your fish has injured itself, these fish are very prone to damage when there are sharp objects or hard ornaments in the tank. Plants are the best decor. You can treat the tank with Melafix, which will help ward off any potential infection and won't cause any problems to the water quality.
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Vickie - 2014-03-19
We adopted a long hair Chi almost a year ago, he was so dirty and matted we shaved him down, it is winter and he still has not filled in. Louie is about 1 1/2 years old and his bark is sometimes a scream. Plus he has green eyes and a very light tan nose? Louie has a bonded sister who we also adopted and she is a pom. They love each other and share a Kennel while we are at work. I have also found that he must eat barley and fish dog food or he will pull his hair off his knees. I guess all I am needing to know is if Louie is normal? We had a pit for 14 years and was an easy to take care of dog.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like your little dog is doing fine. He's eating and I'm assuming his weight is holding. Although the normal size for a Chihuahua is 4 - 6 lbs., some will weigh as little as 2 lbs. when full grown. These little dogs don't each much, and it is often recommended to offer them a small protion of food several times a day. Make sure you offer a quality dog food, the main portion, 40% should be proteins, with the rest rice (barley is fine) and some vegetables. Most suggest chichen, but fish, beef, and lamb are fine too, so if the fish is keeping him from pulling the hair off his knees, great. It may be that he is prone to dry skin, and the oil in the fish is giving him some necessary supplementation. Wishing you all the best with this little fellow, and his buddy pom.
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Animal-World info on Fish Disease and Treatment
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kerri shaw - 2014-02-16
My lionhead goldfish started to get white furry looking patches on his head a few months ago and after a partial water change the white marks disappeared. This happened on numerous occasions however now the white, slimy almost furry looking marks won't go. My fish sits in the corner of his tank continuasly but has no loss of appetite. What is this and what can I do to fix my much loved pet?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    It sounds like your lionhead is acting normal. This may just be the beginnings of his cap. The cap, or 'wen', may show somewhat at about 3 to 4 months, but really starts forming at about a year or two, and gets full by about 2 and 1/2 years.
  • christina - 2014-03-19
    I have a fish guide from a Mardel freshwater fish disease chart; your symptoms bring up a recommendation for using Maracyn-two. It could possibly be a bacterial infection.
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