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Amy Bannister - 2014-09-09
hi, i was brought 2 telescope eye goldfish the other day in a bowl.. i know thats waayyyy too small for them but the guy in the shop said they'd be fine. I'm looking to upsize for them but really can't stretch to a 10 or 20 gallon tank at the moment. they are only about an inch ling each. will a 15L or 20L be enough for the time being, with a filter and airstone put into it. also could you suggest the best food for them a few people have said sinking pellets but they don't seem to be finding them very well

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Alejandro - 2014-09-09
Hello everyone,about a year and a half I found a Texas brown on my backyard, I figured it because it looks exactly like the one on the picture, except it has darker black legs, but I don't know if its a male or female. When I found it I ran to the store and bought a 10 gallon fish tank and made a pretty decent terrarium, I filled almost 3\4 of it with desert dirt (didn't know if should use sand) for it to dig a burrow, but still I made a big shelter for it, I think the spider is fine, it eats a cricket every week or so and always keep its water dish with fresh water, in a room where the temp is always between 70° and 85°, it loves it, it moves around a lot and is very active at night. It actually just molted, I thought it was dying but it turned out it was molting and finished in about a day; that was 2 weeks ago and I just fed it a cricket, I wanted to let it rest after the molt. So the problem is, the spider is very aggresive, whenever I touch it it will immediately get in a defensive position and raise its front legs, and will bite if touched. I want to know what to do because I want to handle it, I've never done it, but I'm afraid that if it bites me I may drop it and hurt it. Anyone have some advice? I'm also starting to think it may not be comfortable in the terrarium and I'm thinking maybe it is better if I set it free, because it is very aggresive, can you tell me what to do or what I'm doing wrong? This is a wild spider, which I adopted because I was afraid my cat would eat it, as it was in my backyard. Thanks!

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Chris - 2014-09-09
OMG - I am so glad you guys mentioned again and again how picky they are. I went to Petsmart and bought a sampling of all the highest-end dogfoods they offered and finally found one my papihuahua (better than 'chion,' don't you think?) loved, but she quit eating it after a month. She loves people food, though, especially protein bars and popcorn chicken. The only way to insure she eats is to feed her with her bigger sibling, a Westie. Her natural dominance insures she will eat if he is around to keep him from getting it.

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Clayton F - 2010-10-16
I have a three-toed box turtle who when we purchased was said to be bearing eggs she is very large at the rear and is not overfed we have had her for 2-3 months and nothing does she need to go through a hibernation stage or is it best to keep on keepen on? I would appreciate any help. Thanks

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  • Ron Simmons - 2011-04-18
    Do you still have them and if so please email me. My sons would like to have them.
  • Ron Simmons - 2011-04-18
    Do you still have them and if so please email me. My sons would like to have them.
  • alicia - 2011-04-26
    How much do either of You want for them?
  • Sally - 2011-05-19
    Interested in purchasing your box turtles if still available. Thanks! Sally
  • Redfeather54 - 2013-09-02
    A box turtle especially the 3 toed can mate with a male one time and retain the eggs up to 4 years inside her. She releases them as she sees fit. Aren't you glad humans are not like this?
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Fayth - 2014-09-07
My tree frogs stomach is saging and I don't know what that means I had this frog for 6 weeked he has been doing fine I feed him and everything clean his cage every week but I just know saw that his stomach is saging if you know what this is like that pls email me thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-08
    I have only heard of such a thing when a frog is either underweighr or possibly has parasites. You may want to see a herp vet if the problem continues.
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wayne grubbs - 2013-04-01
Does anyone have norwich canaries for sale? Let me know please. Thanks Wayne

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  • Betty wilton - 2014-09-07
    Did you find out where to get norwich canaries?
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Animal-World info on Arapaima
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Bob Lim - 2014-09-08
Arapaima fish also found in Malaysia,South East Asia. An Arapaima fish weighing 80 kg was caught in Kampung Tandop Batin,Mergong, state of Kedah Malaysia on 7 September 2014. Arapaima species was also known to exist in Kenyir lake , Terengganu, Malaysia too. Bob Lim

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-08
    Yes, they have been introduced into Eastern Asia for fishing.
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Anthony - 2014-09-02
My whip scorpion hasnt had much of an appetite at all. It used to a couple crickets once a week but now it wont go near them. It seems like its scared of them or maybe something is wrong. Does anyone know? And if something is wrong how can i get it back to healthy? All the temps and humidity levels are correct btw.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
     Prey size and type can sometimes make a difference for these guys. I've also read this, feed 'Turkistan roaches (slightly smaller than the body length of your whippling). Oriental roach is also preferred. American roach, okay but not as great,' and possibly goblin roaches may work.
  • Anthony - 2014-09-05
    Thank you! Ill try a few of those out
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Tan Hui Chun - 2009-11-26
Hi, I wish to ask some question. How come my red tail catfish easily die? For example, I just buy one today, it die after two or three days? Thanks.

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  • Fishman - 2010-03-26
    All specimens of this fish are wild caught and they don't fair well being shipped if you absolutely have to buy one then buy them from a place with an arrive alive guarantee. Also how big is the tank they're in these are messy fish and a juvenile has a 50 gal minimum but they will grow and they will grow fast it probably got stunted and died or it had parasites when you got it.
  • Nick T. - 2010-07-23
    It could be many things, but it is probably the water temperature or the PH level. The temperature for a Red-Tailed Catfish should remain between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit(21 to 26 degrees Celsius), although it may vary a few degrees either way. The PH level should also remain between 6.5 and 7.5. I hope this has helped some!
  • Josh - 2011-07-18
    No way dude most 55 gallons are 48 inches long, and that is 4 feet and a redtailed catfish can grow 5 feet but grows 3 feet at a minimum 3 feet= 36 inches, that would mean your catfish could not even turn around, not only that but he wouldnt even fit in the tank
  • Jerry j - 2013-03-24
    I have a large redtail catfish about 51/2 inch. I put him in a 125 gallon tank with my blue channel catfish which is about 6/7 inch. But noe my red tail has white spots all over him and he don't really move around much. Wat can I do to save him before its to late
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Jerry, I would raise temp and treat with a little aquarium salt.  Or can treat with ich medication.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-24
    Generally if the spots look like it is sprinkled with salt, then it could be ich, but if they are larger it could be fungus. Be very careful when treating catfish as they are scaleless. They can be treated with pimafix or melafix but should not be treated with potassium permanganate or copper based medications. (Many ich medications have copper, so be sure you check the ingredients before you treat.)  Malachite green or formalin can be used at one half to one fourth the recommended dosage. All medications should be used with caution.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-05
    I had a redtailed shovel nose catfish in a 20 gal for 3 months and he was just fine he is now in a bigger tank and growing
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Animal-World info on Blood Parrot
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Ted - 2014-09-05
Do not buy jelly bean, love heart, or other modified/dyed blood parrots. They have a shorter life expectancy and are often inhumanely modified. (love hearts tails are amputated at a young age, jelly bean and other dyed fish have a shorter life expectancy due to the dye. ) new owners be warned. Do your research.

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