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Lana - 2014-05-18
I have an Abyssinian female around 3 years old, her past owner's didn't treat her well. I have had her for a while now and think we have bonded. I would really like to train her to come when I call her name but I don't know how, any tips?:-)

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  • Mariana Jimenez - 2014-06-19
    I live in LA and it's hard for me to find an Abyssinian guinea pig. Any ideas where I can possibly get one?
  • Catalina Davidoiu - 2014-10-02
    Hi, how do you know if she's a female? i have an abyssinian too, and it's 2 months old, and i don't know if its a female or a male. she/he has a rosette on the back that looks like a dress, like a tutu. So can you tell me? please? thanks!
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laure - 2012-09-29
I've had my tiretrack eel for a few months now and I noticed he/she is getting meaner to my other fish. It used to be a super sweet fish but it's just gotten totally agressive. Even when I changed out my tank it was attempting to gnaw on me even though I didn't feel it. It was just very strange. I've started calling him/her my little convict because he/she is just turning into a dreadful jerk. any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    They do eat small fish naturally, and some can get grumpier with age. But I'd start by checking the habitat as it may have to do with the tank being too small and/or not enough hiding places.
  • Lauren - 2012-12-31
    he lives in an 80gal tank with a pacu, angelfish, ghost knifefish, shovelnose cat. hes claimed this big cave all to himself even though hes still semi small. he hasnt reached his full length not by a long shot. idk whats wrong with him but hes made himself clear about his cave, the other fish let him eat first, and hes happy most of the time. i just dont know why he can have such a mean streak. the other fish dont bother him. he really likes to go after the pacu but i think thats because hes shiney. my eel loves shiney things. i had this silver ring on once when i was feeding them and i learned my lesson haha. he almost went ape crazy trying to get to it so i keep it in the aquarium now cuz he liked it so much, but i just dont know whats been gettin into him with his attitude. :/
  • mike - 2014-10-02
    Some fish are more naturally aggressive than their peers. Your fish could just have that aggressive personality. Or it could be a gender/dominance issue. (I've seen this with a buddies cichlid) some times if there are too many of one gender in one tank it may cause a dominance issue, or could be territorial, feeling threatened by habbits of your other fish. Is your tank thin and tall? Or broad and flat? A large tank doesn't always mean a big enough habitat. A 120 gallon tank can be only as much space as a 60 gallon for eels if its too tall.(as eels are bottom fish, they need broader, flatter tanks where other fish need swimming room eels need tank bottom.
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Delores Prostek - 2010-02-26
I have three blood Parrotfish for about five years now and notice that one of them is developing small holes in its forehead between the eyes. They do not seem to be infected but one of them is getting quite deep. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do? I'd certainly appreciate it. The residents of this retirement community really enjoy them. Thanks

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-02-27
    It sounds like you are describing what is called Hole-in-the-head disease or Lateral Line disease. It is usually seen in oscars and other large cichlids. It is not fatal and has been something of a mystery as to the exact cause. Non-optimal water conditions are what is usually cited as the cause. Also a diet that is not varied enough. There are medications which work with varying success rates, but it is usually suggested to improve conditions in order to halt the advance of the disease.
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Spiff - 2009-01-26
Please, I hope nobody reading this decides to stock their tanks like some of the other commenters. 2 of these catfish with any other large fish in a 29gal is too many. 1 bala shark can't live in a 29 gal, let alone the 2 + plecos + synos that one person describes. Once these guys reach adulthood, they really ought to have a 55 gal or bigger to explore. Even if you only have 1.

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  • Mike - 2014-08-17
    My. feather fin is 2yrs old and he is 3-4 inches, he has 5 tank mates that are upside down catfish, in a 30 gallon. Is this adequate or not?
  • Psshh - 2014-08-18
    I have heard much about syno cats needing lots and lots of space. Based on my research and word of mouth, I would agree with Spiff. I personally only keep 1 syno in my 55. His tankmates include malawi mbuna cichlids and he does great! He is 6mns old and currently 4-5 inches in size.
  • Mike - 2014-08-20
    Pertaining to 'my' featherfin length being only 3 in a half inches, is 30galls adequate?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-21
    I'm guessing Mike, that it depends upon how fast your fish grows. As it gets bigger, you'll want to upgrade.
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-21
    He's a little over two years old, 3 in a half inches, with five upside down catfish in a 30 gal. Is this adequate?
  • Mike - 2014-08-24
    ?????
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Hassan Asif - 2014-09-27
hi,

I'm the seller of scorpion weigh more then 40 gram, n i have more then 400+ ..Dealers dont try to contact me plz... i repeat no dealers... Only parties can contact me on my email the_lagend@hotmail.co.uk.

 

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Animal-World info on Boston Terrier
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Laike - 2010-04-24
Yes, my dog is the same. He has urine problems since we got him, it started when the previous owner got him spayed... And he whines in the kennel after I put him back in from being outside. But I love him still.!(Spyder)

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  • ina - 2014-09-27
    Your dog should have been neutered not spayed. That is if your spyder is a boy. Spaying is for the female dogs and cats and neutering would be for their male counterparts. Bostons are very easy to house break. You just have to be consistent.
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Jennifer - 2014-09-27
I have a Malaysian Forest Scorpion and I want to use a heat lamp instead of a heat rock or mat... My question is what wattage do you use? I also read that you can't use anything that emits UV or backlights on scorpions but someone mentioned using a red infrared heat bulb... Help!!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Pet stores carry red bulbs,  usually in the reptile section. Bulb size will depend on how big your terrarium is, as well as the temperature of the room. You will want to get a thermometer to see how hot it's getting after you add a bulb, then either adjust the temperature by getting a lower or hight wattage bulb, or possibly using a timer so you can limit the amount of time the bulb is on/off.
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pat - 2010-02-21
I just love Pumpkin, my maine coon. He is about 6 to 8 yrs old and he is a wonderful loving friend for me and I did decide to keep him in as a house cat because of where I live. He sleeps by me and lays next to me wherever I go. At one time he must have been hurt because of his one rear hip, runs but has a little problem with that hip. But right now I am having a real problem with him not eating and it is mainly the dry food I cannot seem to get him to enjoy and today he came out from sleeping and meowed at me and was telling me that he was hungry. Yes he eats some moist food but I cannot get him to eat a dry food. He drinks some water but not enough I don't think, and of course his stool has not been much. Has urinated quite a bit. You say they are not hard to feed but he is giving me run for my money. Have fed him Friskies and Natural food from a pet store and he does not like any. Is it time to take him to the vet? He is my big orange and white fluffy buddy.

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  • shirley ross - 2010-07-08
    I'm sorry to say that he may possible have kidney disease. If you get him to the vet for test, and he is in early stages, you can continue to have him around for years. Or he could have a tooth problem, and need dental work. Dry food is not good for cats, no matter what has been previously stated. It can cause kidney disease. I know, because my 16 year old has had kidney disease for 6 years, and with careful monitoring.......testing, giving fluids with an i.v. under the skin,( you can easily learn to do it......she is your baby!) proper diet, and many trips to vet, she has held out 6 years past what she was supposed to. He has all the symptoms, drinking a lot of water, not eating, and urinating huge quantities. More goes out than they can drink........that's why the sub q fluids. It's very important to get his bowels moving so that the toxins that normal kidneys would filter. I just stumbled upon this site, so email me if you like.
  • casey Forest - 2014-09-27
    Sounds like a kidney problem how ever I am not a vet.!!!! PLEASE dont wait take him to a vet specaliazing in cats! I also have a maine coon cat a solid 36 lbs. They can have kidney heart or hip problems. Ask your vet to recomend a high QUALITY food. Most grocery store food brands w the exception of Iams is considered kitty junk food. GOOD LUCK a good vet is even better. Casey Forest
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Animal-World info on Bubble Eye Goldfish
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Amanda McMillen - 2014-09-27
Can bubble fish live with out there bubbles, I have one but we just recently noticed that it's bubbles are gone

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Yes they can live without them, often they will grow back after they've been damaged, but they are never the same as they were at the start.
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Ky - 2014-09-28
My pink toe has completely covered her tank in Web and blocked herself off from the water dish, I don't know if I can tear the Web while she's in it because she refuses to come out. She's also not eaten for more than 3 weeks and her abdomen has gotten skinnier, what should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    I would make sure she always access to the water, but the web and not eating can be typical behaviors. Read some of the other comments too, because these behaviors are often discussed.
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