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James Henry - 2014-10-03
I have Aquired 4 Phantom Tetras,and after about 3 Days one of the Females has started Swimming Head down,can anyone please tell me if this is normal or has this fish got a health problem?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-08
    The odd swimming angle is likely the result of a swim bladder malady. It could simply be bloat from over-feeding or feeding dry flake food absorbing water in the fishes stomach and expanding, or possibly constipation. But it could also be the result of another problem, see swim bladder disease here, on the  Fish Diseases and Treatments page (scroll down just a bit) and it gives you some things to consider.
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Klaus - 2012-10-20
I have 2 knifefish (in the same tank mind you) and I've been wondering would I be able to put some Angelfish in with them I'm also interested in clown loaches, any advice?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-20
    In a large tank itshould be fine.
  • mrbob - 2014-10-03
    The angels will become dinner should be housed with other large non aggressive fish.
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Samantha T - 2008-01-27
I have bred zig zag eels, though it happened quite by accident. They had four sessions or so of babies within a month and a half period or so.
The female was rounder in the mid section but definately shorter then my male. They are very caring and were seen teaching their young to hunt blood worms in the substrate.
Some of the pieces of the puzzle to help them along was an Indian almond leaf added, and the blue light to make it seem like moonlight (the IAL was added to start conditioning my halfmoon betta male also in the tank). Also, I had gone against a lot of people's advice and had bought the second zig zag with too small a tank, the lack of space turned out to never be an issue, and the fry and parents thrived. Unfortunately my female died a few months ago (she was having some issues, almost looked like she was laboring and got something stuck, no other signs of injury or sickness, plus the tank was/is healthy). Her young and mate protected her body as I tried to remove it. They noticed her gone, as well as the fry as I had to start selling them off as they got bigger. The tank is only a 30 gallon... I thought I'd share my beginner's luck.

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  • Kevin Satterfield - 2014-10-02
    I have a few eels in my tank and have been putting together accounts of eels breeding. Please contact me at kevinsatterfield7@gmail.com
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Jeff Oliver - 2008-01-24
I do breed these deer. Anyone interested can email me at: envenomated03@yahoo.com

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  • miegen - 2010-03-15
    hi im not that interested in deer breeding im just wondering where the muntjac deer comes from?
  • Dave B - 2010-03-15
    Originally they came from Southeast Asia and China. They have been introduced to England as well as Florida more recently.
  • Jeff - 2010-03-30
    How much do they cost and are they legal in Montana?
  • Lee Tomlinson - 2010-04-18
    Hi Jeff,

    I'm interested in farming deer (small hold).

    Would you be interested in giving me some advice?

    lf.tomlinson@btinternet.com
  • greg - 2010-04-24
    What is your price for a female deer?
  • Giulio Ledda - 2010-10-13
    Hello
    Interested in a pair of deer, would like to know when they are available, price and location. Thanks.
  • Coral Zack - 2010-12-28
    I am very interested in getting a pair of them, if you could either e-mail me at coral_zack@yahoo.com or give me a call at 231-873-1242. Thanks so much.
  • Rick - 2011-01-15
    We are Interested in a Munjac deer if you could sent more info. What would be the cost if a Munjac deer? We live in Atlanta ga and would love to acquire a Munjac deer as a pet.
  • Pam Grant - 2011-02-22
    Are you located near Jacksonville, FL?
  • Patti - 2011-03-29
    I am just starting to look at the muntjac deer. Can you give me some idea about what a female would cost so I have some idea when I am looking. THANKS
  • Sam Hagen - 2011-12-13
    Hi Jeff,
    So what is your opinion on deer as pets and what are your prices?
    Thank You,
    Sam Hagen
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sabina - 2014-07-01
I bought one yesterday but it doesn't want to eat....what to do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    He will only eat live foods, perhaps try mixing up the offerings... feeder fish one day, worms another.
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Terry - 2014-09-29
i have a rose hair tarantula and for about a week has been under a rock in the cage. I can see thru the bottom of the glass an see my tarantula but she is not moving. Do they have to be on there backs when molting? She is right side up and do not want to disturb her if she is molting.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    Yes, they will flip onto their backs to molt. By its behavior, it may be getting ready for a molt soon.
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Christiana Moore - 2014-09-30
Hi my name is Christiana I found a baby tortoise in the backyard of my job it's probably no bigger than 3inches. I've kept it for 2 days now but I'm scared that I may kill it not having the proper care. I want to keep it so bad. I have it in one of those big plastic rectangle bowl tops with a medium rock and a few patches of lettuce on the side. I let it swim and soak in my bathtub (of course deeply sanitizing afterwards) but I really want to keep it please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    Wow that's exciting Christiana, what a wonderful pet. Besides all the care information on this page up above, you can also check out the article on Selecting & Caring for Your Turtle or Tortoise. Wishing you both the best!
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Colin - 2006-10-08
Frontosa juvies aren't neccesarily expensive. I get mine for around 7 dollars at about an inch long. But once they start growing their price goes up exponentially. 3-4 inchers can be up to 50 bucks, commonly. It also depends on what area the frontosas are from. The different color morphs can be more/less expensive. So its really kind of luck of the draw. But they are a very cool fish, and I would suggest that if you find some for a good price and have the capacity to keep them, then it would be worthwhile. Just don't keep them long term in anything under 125 gallons.

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  • Tricia Tilley - 2014-05-30
    Hi I know frontosas like different perimeter water. Hard. But to be honest I think they are a pretty hardy cichlids. I have mixed my fronts with angels. Kribenses also now have them with my golden severums and firemouths with no problems. They don't fight, they aren't aggressive towards others. I love my pups. But I also have a spare 125 litre tank which now I have put sand and stones in so I will be putting them into that tank soon as it would be nice to see to see them in my living room and not in my bedroom. But I think they are beautiful, I have 4 and they are still young. But one is getting the hump coming as the rest just look like females at the moment. But when venting them the one with the hump looks like a female. So I'm not sure. They say closer the holes the females and further the holes the males. But in that case I have 4 females. But one is getting the hump and they are only about 3 to 4 inches long the biggest one is the one with a hump coming. So that's got to be male. 😯
  • David Melrose - 2014-09-30
    Sexing can be difficult up until an egg or two has been popped. Females have one hole larger than the other. Males are both the same size. Young females also looks the same size so only when an egg or two has popped can you truly tell by venting. Hope this helps in your sexing1
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-02
Can a an African Brown Knife live in a tank 21 inches tall,12 inches wide and 34 inches long?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    As an adult that would really be too small, your dimensions are about a 35 gallon tank and they should have a minimum of 55 gallons. Also the adult can be about 12' in length, so it wouldn't offer much room for it to navigate.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-02
    Ok,it can live in there until it's about 6 inches and then i'll move it to a 55.
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Patti - 2014-09-30
I'm so upset, my red devil is sick and I can't get him to stay from being at a 45 degree angel at the top left corner of the 75 gallon tank. He has white stuff on him and is loosing a big scale on his side now. This is going on for days. I Hv been doing water changes 2times a day and putting metiflex in his tank with stress coat and salt. Do I just wait and pray ? He is 9 years old and I love him. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    I'm so sorry to hear about your Red Devil. Your fish is could be suffering from ich (protozoan), Columnaris (bacterial infection), or fungus. All of these have white spotting. Ich looks more like being sprinkled with salt with Columnaris being cottony like patches. It usually affects the mouth area, but can also be a lesion near the dorsal fin. Fungus attacks are cottony patches that follow a parasitic or bacterial problem. I'm guessing there may be a bacterial problem going on, as scale protrusion is essentially a bacterial infection.

    You need to medicate your fish. Melafix is great in helping with slight problems, but stronger treatments are needed when a disease is prominent. You can check out the Fish disease and treatment page for more info. Even if you determine it is ich, at this point you probably also want to get a medication that will treat both bacteria and fungal infections as well.
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