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Christopher Riley - 2012-07-04
OK this got out of control I'm putting mine in a 5 gal fish tank. The pet shop sold mine to me also bought the recommended tatarium but my pink toe webbed it even his water bowl and the tatarium door. I got to move him to a fish tank got ? will it make a new web?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-04
    Yep, they will make other webs - just comes naturally.  They do it to give themselves a protected spot and also to get food.  Sounds like yours might be going to an extreme, does she have a safe place - maybe a hollow log or something for her to hide in and feel protected?  Just a thought but I think the 5 gallon is a good idea. 
  • heather - 2014-03-14
    Humidity and circulation of air. Period. This is what makes slings live. I don't think any info past this is more important! Get a humidity/temp gauge from zoomed 8.99 each. It will save lives.
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Laylovv - 2009-10-31
Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor. If you are extremely experienced then disregard as you know what types can live in harmony. Moors are my favorite:) It makes me ill when I hear "I just bought a new moor goldfish and put him in a bowl" Or " my other fish nip my moor and scare him to the other side of the tank" Or "My moor is in a 3 gallon tank".

These fish CANNOT compete with anyother fish for food. If you think it is funny when your other fish nip at him try putting a pitbull in your bedroom and when ever you try to sleep it bites you. This is what your putting your Moor goldfish through. They are not athletes and their eyesite is poor but they have the best personalities of all fish I have owned. To kill a fish out of ignorance is still your fault. If you have killed more than 2 fish then pick a different hobby. Fish are not for children. If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta. If you do not have the money for a filter that is $20-$30 then go get a betta. If you do not have the money to buy your moor antibiotics or melafix or other remedies when it gets sick then you should not have a fish. MOOR GOLDFISH ARE THE MOST DELICATE FISH. DO NOT GET A MOOR GOLDFISH IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD A FISH BEFORE.

Start with a Betta, or a NON-FANCY Goldfish. Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility.

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  • Mike - 2010-03-02
    "Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor?

    The statement you've made is incorrect: I have a 30 gallon tank with a moor, tele, and dojo loach for the past 5 years and they get along fine, you don't have to house them with just moors as long as your goldies aren't fighting they can be housed with a bunch of different fish excluding aggressive fish as they will nip and bite at them.
  • Paige - 2010-03-16
    "If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta."

    Actually, water for a Betta should be changed more often than a Black Moor Goldfish, depending on the side of the tank. Anything under 1 gallon should have at least a 50% (preferably 100%) water change daily; anything over 1 gallon to five gallons should have a 20-30% water change weekly. Bettas are extremely prone to fin rot from dirty water, and although they are not overly dirty fish, their water does get contaminated fairly quickly.

    Please do not assume that Betta fish are the easiest of fish to care for. Contrary to popular belief, they in fact should not be kept in anything under 1 gallon, because the lack of surface area for them to move around in can cause them to get ill very quickly. Bettas also need a slightly warmer water temperature, from about 70F to 80F. Although Bettas are good for beginners, they can't be completely disregarded when it comes to care. If these small needs are fulfilled, these fish can be great pets that are full of personality :)
  • Ferrell - 2010-04-21
    Thats mean saying that kids cannot take care a black moor I just bought a black moor and my sis bought a shunbunkin yesterday. Today Blackie (black moor) is now the boss of the tank against a shunbunkin. I can change my water in the 2.5L fish tank. This is my first time having a fish and blackie is doing great with Sparkles (shunbunkin)
  • Gabi - 2010-06-21
    Hello Laylovv, I just red your comment about the Moor Goldfish; I got one for my anniversary, and he seems a little bit sick. Like wanting to be under some rocks that I have in my aquarium. And he also is having some strange actions like ''seeing dead'' or laying on his side. I'm so sad, I don't want him to die :/. Can you help me? Is there an antibiotic or a remedy that I can give him? Or do you know why is he doing this weird stuff? Thank you so much
  • Noah - 2010-06-23
    "Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility."

    Although Bettas might be ok in a tank that small, "regular old goldfish" need even more room than fancy goldfish like Black Moores! Common, comet, and shubunkin goldfish need 20 gallons per fish as they can attain a size twice as large as fancy goldfish.
  • betty - 2010-07-26
    I keep and love goldfish as well as bettas. There are many misconceptions that bettas can handle "dirty" water easier. It is very hard on them and I believe just as hard as on a goldfish. If you do want to start with a betta, decide to give it a good life by keeping its water clean and warm. If you decide to go with Moors, {I agree not the best first fish} be very sure they are getting food in their quite small mouths. They can slowly be starving, until one day they are limp and almost unable to respond. They can really have a hard time getting enough food. They need more observation than say Orandas or Lionheads but are wonderful.
  • Leah Macdonald - 2010-08-02
    I started out with 3 moor goldfish and they were fantastic. Two of the three died not long after I got them although they were not particularly healthy from the start as the shop I got them from was not very good. I still have one of the three which has lived quite happily with a fancy goldfish for the last 3 years in a 60L bio-orb tank. I also have another moor in another 60L tank which lives comfortably with 6 white clouds and 2 orandas with absolutely no problems. From my experience they can live well with other types of fish it just depends on the circumstances but I agree that they should not be kept in a bowl or a 3 gallon tank as they do grow quite big. I have one which started out as less than an inch big and is now at 6 inches in just 2 years.
  • jennie - 2013-03-21
    I have my black moore with another fancy gold fish and they r doing good so I don't know were u get ur info but it isn't true
  • Adam - 2013-07-11
    Got a Black Moor today after having goldfish for quite a few years, within a matter of minutes I noticed one of my gold fish chasing and nipping the moor, luckily I have a smaller tank which I have put my gold fish in and left my moor in the 54L tank, quite a character!
  • Jillian - 2014-03-14
    -_- NOT impressed with the Pit Bull comment. I love my Black Moor, but I love my Pit Bull too and I have a real problem with people using these beautiful animals as an example of nastiness and meanness. NOT impressed.
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Powerpa - 2014-03-15
I have a blood parrot. I have had him for over 6 years... He is Very Big and I love him Dearly. His appetite started lessoning for a couple weeks and I kept trying anything new like dry baby shrimp and Krill. Seemed to help. First feed of krill then no more, just sat uneaten. Baby shrimp he liked better. Last weekend I noticed his gill on one side looked like a tear or fungus or something? I used a teaspoon of copper safe and it seemed to look better over night. By the time I came home from work though this redness and tear looking frayed spot looked bad again. So I did a partial water change and the spot fades from bright bloody red to his normal color. I reduced the temp to 70 because I read warm water breeds bacteria and I thought would help... He started jumping and banging his head on the lid... So I put temp up to 74 and still he was banging his head! This jumping up to the roof of his tank he does off and on regularly... Usually at feeding. I know my tank is too small but he lives alone as he is aggressive. Today I noticed his nose has gone yellowy and I am very worried to say the least :( Is his bruising from bumping his head on tank lid or a sign of underlying illness or water quality? Please help :( I do not want to lose my beloved boy. My mother calls him Mick Jagger beccause of his big lips lol I have always called him pinky. His color often goes from bright red to faded pink when persons other than me come in while I am away. But with me he's always a happy loving fish.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like he is unhappy in his environment, and banging around will cause injuries. I suggest getting him a bigger tank, a 55 gallon would be the absolute minimum.
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mia exotic - 2014-03-16
Hi... I own a snake myself... but it's not a Ball Python. Mine is a Retic Python... Been keeping him since he was a baby (1 1/2 months old ) & now he is 11 months... and 6 feet long :)

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vanity - 2014-03-16
I just purchased a female albino corn snake last night. I popped her today to confirm it was in fact a female. I was scared to hurt her and I still am scared that she's gonna die because I popped her. She hides a lot. I've tried avoiding handling. How long should I wait before handling her? Should I just wait till after her first feeding?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It's generally suggested that you wait at least a week before handling a new corn snake, to give it time to acclimate to its new home.
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John - 2011-04-11
I have two Silver arowanas . One is kept in 55 gal tank and is about 4 inches long. The other is kept in a 900 gal indoor pond/aquarium (it's built in) , and is about 13 inches long. Amazing and easy to keep fish although would not reccomend for a novice . The smaller one is kept with a small alligator gar and a small spotted gar along with a raphael catfish and a stinging catfish. The larger one is kept with 16 blood parrot
fish a small shovel nose and two 6 inche red tailed catfish as well as four walking catfish (all of which are legal to keep in my country) . One question - can two different types of arowanas be
kept together? I'm planning on getting a 5 inch pearl arowana which will be kept with the small silver.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    The Animal World article says that 1 Arowana would require a minimum of a 100 gallon tank and you have 2 although the larger is in the 900 gallon tank. Is that where you would put the 4 - when they are approximately a similar size? They are carnivores and I am sure you know what you're doing but these guys get big - almost 50 inches.
  • rajesh dodda - 2014-03-16
    I will explain your question in brief by explaining the fish nature. The most aggressive pet fishes are arowana and flowerhorn. Never try to put a small or big arowana in a fish tank as arowana nature is food only so it swallows into its mouth and eats, whereas flowerhorn interests are to live alone only and in a rare case it may be comfortable with its female flowerhorn of the same size. If flowerhorns and arowanas were put together then the arowanas will be killed by the flowerhorns as flowerhorns eat flesh and don't allow any one of their tank mates whereas arowanas eat flesh but they don't fight with other fishes.
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terry pergram - 2009-01-02
I have been looking for baby ilangi for months! I need them! I want a group of 6. Do you know where i can get some? do you have any? I have kept and bred several different variations of moorii, including chipimbi, polli, yellow kiesers, double cherry spots, and kachese. I will take very good care of them. I know what I'm doing.

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  • samiran roy,india - 2011-09-02
    You can find them at big aquarium stores at relatively low prices.
  • Dr. Papet - 2012-01-03
    I have many of this babys. They are 4 - 7. I'm living in old Germany, but that isn't a problem. I can sent it with DHL24 in narcotic water. If you want it, please send a Mail. Geetings Heinz Papet
  • suresh - 2014-03-17
    I need the blunthead cichlids.
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Mary - 2014-03-17
I have an eight year old female Plum-headed Parakeet that is changing colors to match my male Plum-headed Parakeet. I know she is female because I had her DNA tested as a baby. The male changed colors at two to three years of age. My female has been getting the male colors for the past year! Why would this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Color changes in parrots can be related to illness or a poor diet. Slight shifts in shade or intensity are normal, but a major change to a different color, or small changes along with unusual behavior, can indicate a problem. Your best bet is to take the female to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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Sarah - 2006-03-26
I just got my fantail goldfish. I wanted a calico one but my mom said get the smallest one. The smallest one was tiny compared to the other fish. I picked him out to the lady and she squished him against the aquarium wall when she was try to get him! I felt sorry for the little guy. I brought him home and put him in a 10 gallon. He looked like he was having a party! He was kinda slow and I saw that his scales were ripped off =( atleast i saved him =) He is living well right now, he has the whole tank to himself! He looks like a pebble hes so small! Hes all orange exept for the tip of his fins are white. I named him butterscotch yesterday and today....i dont know why in the heck i picked that name...im going to change it today when i find a good one. Most of the people on here said the names of their fish and so i might copy them...i like the name bubbles, my neon tetras name is that, but im going to keep looking =)

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  • catz - 2010-08-20
    What about Cookie? That's the name of one of my fantail fish!
  • barry - 2011-03-29
    What about mr. wiggles?
  • Whoohoo - 2011-07-03
    Snowdrop
    Gobi
    Sunlight
    Moonshine
    Li'l Baby
    Sweetie Pie
    Desert
    Heatwave
  • April - 2011-07-08
    I had a cat named Butterscotch. I like it!! I called her Bud for short.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    Our once small fantail is named Princess. My 5 year old named her. Princess has doubled in size in the 2 months that we have had her.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    More suggestions:
    Flash
    Jumpy
    Zippity
    DooDa
    Robin
  • Linda - 2014-03-17
    I think Butterscotch is a good name! But here are some of the names I have given my goldfish over the years.. at least the ones I kept a long time: Queenie (lived 8 years), Grumpy (lived 4.5 years), Freckle-Fish (is 2 yrs old), Klaus and Captain Kirk (both are 2), Duckie (is 2), Admimral Ackbar (my son's fish, is 2), my new babies are Shubunkin comets Necco and Smartie. I let my husband name one once and he called it Kurt Russell, lol... Enjoy your goldie... They are the only kind of fish I keep. :)
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Taylor - 2012-04-04
Hi I have a cat. It is just like he likes to scratch things a lot. I want to declaw him but then what if he can't climb on to sofas or stuff like that?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-05
    If you have your cat declawed, he will be perfectly fine cuz he can jump on the sofa, bed etc. He just won't be able to destroy things. If the cat is an outdoor cat - then you might wish to reconsider. If he stays oin the home, on the porch etc - no problem. However, if he is out and about walking the neighborhood, he won't be able to climb trees.
  • Sharon - 2012-04-19
    I DO NOT recommend you declawing your pet cat for several reasons. Scratching is a cat characteristic and if they are unable to do this, they could compensate with fierce biting and you can't vry well pull ther teeth. Declawing a cat could cause elimination issues because their feet can no longer tolerate the feel of the cat litter on their sensitive feet. Declawing a cat could cause behavioral problems since it is an extremely painful procedure, one compared to torture. The first joint of the cat's toes are cut off, not just the claws. It would be as if someone had cut your fingers off at the first joint thus the connection in behavioral issues and declawing. You would never be able to let your cat outside because it would have no way of protecting itself against other animals. As long as your have scratching toys for your cat such as a cat tree and treat them with cat nip on these toys, you should have no problem with the cats claws. The other issue is with declawing, the cat runs a high risk of hemmoraging, (heavy bleeding) at the site of the declaw. Myself personally, I would never put a family member in that kind of pain.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-20
    They do have a laser procedure now and the cat won't actually know the claws are missing!
  • zookeeper - 2012-05-26
    I have 3 cats all declawed, all climb trees with ease, catch mice, chipmunks and even rabbits. They still think they are scratching the furniture, but no damage is done. I live in a rural area. All my declawed cats have lived a long life 16 - 20+ years.
  • Rebecca M - 2012-06-12
    Declawing is a very controversial subject and one some are obsessively vocal about. I had a talk with my Vet and he declaws all of his cats. He says the procedure has come a long way and its no where as painful as it once was. Also how is declawing any different than spay or nuetering? Or in other words, why is it ok to spay and nueter (the cat is put to sleep, cut open, has vital body parts removed, stitched back up and given pain meds) but not okay to declaw a cat that shreds thousands of dollars in furniture and leaves you bloody every time you play with them. I think people who are so adamantly against deckawing will always have a 'soapbox' ready on many subjects. I, personally, me, myself feel it is okay to declaw uour own cat if it will always remain an indoor cat. But everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just dont force yours down my throat.
  • A bengal owner - 2013-11-13
    A cat doesn't need its uterus or testicles to live a happy normal life. However scratching is a natural and important part of a cats life... they use scratching to mark their territory and to climb. Declawing is the same as clipping a bird's wings so it can never fly again. If you declaw a cat you are handicapping it.... like removing a human's fingers. It is sad to see some people (in the US mostly?) still think this procedure is excusable for pathetic reasons. Preventing inappropriate scratching is a matter of training and providing scratchers for kitty. Declawing (Onychectomy) is mutilation and the rest of the world have made it illegal for good reason. No matter how advanced and ''progressed'' this procedure may have become the after effects on a cat's well being, happiness, confidence and behaviour cannot be discounted.
  • Vetta Kay - 2013-11-20
    Taylor Please do not have your cats declawed, it is dangerous. There is a new product that we use on all 6 of our cats called Kitty Caps nails for cats and you get them through Petsmart  either online or in their business. They have different sizes and different colors to choose from. We use pink and purples for our females and blues and reds for the boys. They're so cute... and healthy... they're easy to apply. And they last for weeks. They can't tear your furniture up because the caps are made of soft plastics. Go check them out..    Taylor..if you declaw your cat it will cause different types of damage to his feet. To declaw him they don't remove the nails they cut the toes off.. it will be like you having your fingers cut off at the first knuckle past the finger nails.. and it is extremely painful. It will destroy their paws.. and if they were to ever get out for any reason.. they would never be able to fend for them selves. That is their only protection againt other critters. Anyway please check into the cat caps .. you will be pleased.
  • morons - 2014-03-17
    Soapboxers out in full force here. You guys are full of it... Just like the 'only adopt' soapboxers. All of my cats have been declawed. None of them experience a single problem. I had ONE cat that was not declawed and he shred almost everything. One single cat out of 6 over the years, and he destroys my favorite couch. Everything that he could work his claws on, he did. If you want an indoor cat, and don't want your stuff ripped to shreds, you can disregard the soapboxers, they only want to beat a drum.. And they would love for you to beat it too.
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