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Jgw - 2014-06-15
I have a chinese algae eater for so many years I can't remember exactly how long. 6years ago he was five inches long and I got him when he was tiny. He could be about 15. He lives in a 40 gallon tank with neon tetras, apistogrammas and a clown loach. He and the clown loach cuddle up in the same cave and he gets grumpy and thrashes his tail to make more space but always they go round as a pair. I got in another clown loach to be mates with the other but the original loach only wanted the chinese algae eater. I have had no trouble with the chinese algae eater attacking other fish and he spends his time dashing around with the clown loach, sucking up any algae he finds on leaves or the glass, then hanging on the side watching me. I give them bottom feed tablets and they hoover up any food fallen from the others. Maybe I have been lucky, but he has been a delight and never aggressive, just a bit of a grumpy old man!

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Tamara Hoole - 2014-06-15
My husband and I became the proud owners of 2 white ringneck doves. They are 7 weeks old and we named them Lou & Sue. My question is at what age do they start cooing?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I'm not certain of the age, but I do know that the male will definitely start cooing when he is ready to breed. They are sexually mature and ready to start breeding as early as 6 months of age.
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Gesia Rosenberg - 2012-06-24
I have a beautiful young female Russian Blue that bred with a grey Tabby. Her Kittens are beautiful and are reversed tabbies , silver blue light grey and are reversed tabbies with whithe stripes instead of black or dark stripes. The girls are gorgeous, with all the features of her HER. ONE HAS THE HEAD AND EARS AND SLIM BODY BUT NOT THE PINCH SMILE. THE OTHER HAS THE PINCH SMILE BUT IS TAKING AFTER THE FATHER WITH A ROUNDER HEAD AND STALKIER BODY BUT THE FACE FEATURES AND EVEN THE SOUNDS THEY MAKE WHEN THEY MIAO ARE SPECIFICALY RUSSIAN BLUE. VERY VOCAL LIKE THEIR MOTHER. DO I HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL. CAN THEY BE RECOGNIZED AS SUCH . TO ME THEY ARE AND JUST THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE REVERSETABBIE MARKINGS MAKES THEM VERY DISTINGTIVE. CAN THEY BE SHOWN ANYWHERE. DOES ANY BODY KNOW OR EVEN SOLD AS UNIQUE AS THEY ARE_

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-25
    In order to show a cat, the cat has to be a recognized breed by the ACFA (American Cat Fanciers Association) or the TICA (The International Cat Association).  You would obviously have to be able too reproduce the kittens you have, have the markings, coloring, size etc stablaized to allow rules for points to be established.  This is a complicated and long term endeavor but you can write either organization and ask them and if interested, how you would go about it.
  • gesia Rosenberg - 2012-06-25
    THANKS FOR RESPONDING. IT IS AMAZING HOW STRONG THE RUSSIAN bLUE GENE IS. I WISH REALY WISH THEY COULD BE SHOWN SOMEWHERE. BUT THANKS FOR THE INFO.I DID SEE IN WILKAPEDIA THAT IN UK, AUSTRALIA AND ANOTHER COUNTRY THE SAME MIX ARE RECOGNIZED AS A NEW KIND OF RUSSIAN BLUE. THE rb GENETIC IS AMAZING. lIKE I SAY BEFORE. tHEY ARE ALL RUSSIAN bLUE IN ALL THE WAYS BUT THEIR FANCY COATS.
  • Kris Nehrens - 2013-07-13
    Ms.Gesia Rosenberg, I know this is quite a few years late. But would you have pictures of your 'babies'? Did you sell any kittens? If so, may I ask:How much? And where are you? I'm in VA. 56 years old, been disabled since I was in car crash at 25. I would be interested in some (2?) of your kittens if you ever have more, and the price is right. (I have very little $,but a LOT of love.) Have 2 dogs, but they are 'daddies babies'! I love them, too, just not the same. Thank-you in advance, Kris Behrens
  • helder - 2014-01-11
    We have a female 8 year old Russian and would like to mate her with male Russian I would like to know if in the area of queens new York there is one. We can talk.
  • Patricia constant - 2014-06-15
    I live in Maryland and I have a Russian Blue cat at least that's what I was told. She looks like the cats on your sight..However as much as I love her I need to find her a good home because I have pet allergies and can no longer keep her..If anyone is interested in her please email me at pconstant1202@yahoo.com and let me know I don't want to put her in a shelter. .
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floridafishkeeper - 2014-06-15
I have three of these fish in my 29 gallon amazon blackwater aquarium, along with one panda corydoras. To bring more activity to the tank, I bought a shoal of nine neon tetras. Within an hour of bringing them home, the trio had eaten seven out of nine of the neon tetras. Is this normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    Hey Jake, I answered this below... but here's a re-cap: 'It sounds like, from their point of view, that 'neons are on the menu!' I don't think you will be able to keep these fish together in your current tank, perhaps if you get a bigger tank with lots of plants and hiding places, you may keep them together successfully, but these guys they now see them as lunch.'
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Jason - 2014-06-15
My ACD keeps running away and I'm not sure what to do. I'm pretty sure she needs more excircise. Also she has become very aggressive towards my nieghboors and turning my other dog aggressive. What age does an ACD mellow out?????

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I'm not sure they do mellow out. They were bred as work dogs for herding and they do best if they have a 'job' to do. From what I've heard about them, if they don't have a job or get plenty of exercise everyday, they can begin to display disruptive behaviors. Sounds like your guy needs more activities, which will keep both him and you happy.
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Laura - 2014-06-15
Hi,I have a 3 year old shubunkin who until recently has never been ill. She currently has ich, which I am treating with aquarium salt and treatment - that seems to be improving. Now she seems to have a curved tail and a swollen underneath. Can anyone please advise?

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dr. sughosh bhende - 2013-11-19
I hav a blue masked lovebird pair and they laid 5 eggs. I want to know how many kids will hatch from this clutch? Please help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    If the eggs are fertile, all five should hatch.
  • Al Estrella - 2014-06-16
    how will i know if a love birds fischers is 5 or 6 years old?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    The age of birds is almost impossible to determine, other than as juveniles. Your best bet is to ask the person you got them from what their hatch date was.
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Rachel Thiel - 2014-06-16
My beautiful oranda, Daisy suddenly has two white cotton-like spots over each of her eyes. I love her very much! HELP!!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like she has a fungal infection. See the 'Fungus' info above to learn more and for treatment.
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jerry miller - 2014-06-16
I got a wild caught PFC in '85 when I got out of the navy and started college, It took two years to 'finger train' her, but well worth gaining her trust! playfull, affectionate, smarter than I expected. A true companion, whose 'noise' was welcoming living alone, she literally took away the loneliness in my academic quest. She was with me until thanksgiving 1999, when I had to have her put down at UC Davis Vet. because she was so sick and weak from liver cancer and there was no treatment, it had gone to far. Even in the end she was a 'good bird'. I let the University do the necropsy so that something could be learned (both for myself and help avian medicine) turned out she had Avian Papiloma Virus that created the sores through her liver/GI track that turned cancerous and that being wild caught back then, she could of had it from parents of quarantine process, impossible to say.... I still miss her.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    Sounds like she was a wonderful companion... and you were too:) I understand how you still miss her, but your memories are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Jake - 2014-06-16
I have three of these guys in my 29 gallon blackwater aquarium. To add more color, I purchased a shoal of 9 neon tetras. Within an hour of their introduction, my shoal was down to two neons. The two survivors look stressed and I want to get them into a school again. Any suggestions on how I can stop them from eating neons?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like, from their point of view, that 'neons are on the menu!' I don't think you will be able to keep these fish together in your current tank, perhaps if you get a bigger tank with lots of plants and hiding places, you may keep them together successfully, but these guys they now see them as lunch.
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