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Fishnerd2000 - 2014-04-08
I'm wondering if anyone knows exactly what fish can go with my two tomato clowns, they are very calm and never hurt any of my other fish I used to have. In fact I used to have a blue devil damsel and an assorted damsel and a black belly trigger and the two tomato clowns and nothing bad happened except my trigger killed the damsels. But nothing else bad happened. To this day I have the two tomato clowns, a snowflake eel probably about 9-10in long, and an African Red Starfish and my clowns swim next to my eel lots of time during feeding time and during the day. Thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    These clownfish are rather territorial and can be aggressive (especially if there is an anemone present - which you say there is not so that wouldn't apply to you). They actually get along with most other marine fish except other species of clownfish. Don't add any other species of clowns or they will most likely fight! Also, make sure that you don't put fish in that are big enough to eat your clowns either! You could try angelfish, wrasses, tangs, or many other types. Do not add dottybacks however.
  • Fishnerd2000 - 2014-04-13
    Ok thanks.
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Wilson - 2014-03-12
Okay well I have a 100 gal fish tank with a 7-8 in tiger Oscar and a breeding pair of jaguar cichlids, a gar and a convict and a red tail catfish. The Oscar ran the tank until about a few days ago I started to see that the Oscar was acting different. He didn't swim much anymore which he was very active before. The male jaguar and he will flare out at each other, never fight but now the Oscar is just acting terrified. Should I get rid of the female jaguar to calm Jim down? Or what should I do? Also my baby Jack Dempsey which was active at all times stop being active? What's going on? :/

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm, maybe your tankmates are just starting to become more aggressive and territorial. As they get older and/or ready to mate they sometimes will become more aggressive. It might be a good idea to remove the one jaguar cichlid and see how the other fish react. Maybe that will change the dynamics of the tank in a positive way. Are there plenty of hiding places as well? I would make sure there are lots of plants and other distractions where the fish can go.
  • Bryan - 2014-04-11
    Your tank is WAY overstocked. An Oscar, gar, and red tail catfish are going to get HUGE.
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Lynn - 2011-12-08
Help! I have a mixed breed Bengal cat, 2 yrs old. She is a good cat and very beautiful. Her Dad was a neighbor tom but her Mom is a pure breed Bengal. Here in Vermont, she starts getting bored not wanting to go out. I also have a very gentle domestic 4 year old cat. When the bengal is bored, she constantly attacks my domestic cat to play but she hurts. I try to play with her but she doesn't sheath her claws and scratches and bites - the cat and me! She isn't mean, just very rough. Any ideas on how to keep her occupied and/or how to teach her to play gentle? I have all kinds of toys, long feathered chasers, squeaky mice, balls, scratching posts, etc, but she will jump beyond the toy to my hands and arms. I even got a 'glove' with long fingers and bells to play with and she leaps above the glove to my arm and hand and bites and scratches me. Both my domestic cat and myself would appreciate any ideas on how to keep her tame and occupied during the snowy winter months as well as improving her gentleness with play. Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-08
    I would de claw the cat and us the cat spayed or neutered.
  • Jared - 2012-01-14
    I had a wild bobcat tabby mix when I was younger who acted the same way. While having the Bengal de-clawed may stop her from scratching the fire out of you, it won't stop her from biting. The best thing I found for my wild mixed fuzzball was a medium sized stuffed animal. He would knock that thing around the house for hours. After he was done rough housing he would curl up on my lap to nap and purr for the rest of the evening.
  • Cassandra Johnson - 2012-01-25
    I have an f2 Bengal female that is a year old and unaltered with a full set of little daggers (ie claws). In any event, she was a bit aggressive and elusive when I first brought her home, however she has established herself as the dominant cat in the household (I have 2 domestics and the 1 bengal). I had to wrap her in a blanket and use the pedipaws pet nail filer on her nails every couple weeks when I first got her due to her need to sharpen them to the finest of points. The blanket was to keep me from getting torn to shreds as it took a bit for her to get used to the nail filer. I have cut too far with nail clippers before, so I have been filing kitty claws since. My girl bit me a couple times when I first got her as well, however I bit her back and she hasn't bitten me in the last five months (I've had her for 7 months now). I have done this in the past with random stray cats that I've rescued and socialized for others. You don't bite them hard, and you want to make sure its on the ear so you are out of biting range and don't get a mouthful of fur. Just apply some pressure as a warning; no bruising or drawing blood. They understand biting with a little pressure as a warning. I use water in spray bottles to establish off limit zones (kitchen table and counters). It seems to work well enough... although I am sure my cats are on the counter when they know I am not looking. As for the play issue, I have two male neutered cats (a 1.5 yr old and a 2.5 yr old). Both are declawed in the front as well. I got my bengal to help save my older cat from the newer one as he is a spaz. My girl is energetic, but she has the boys to run around, a lazer pointer to chase, tons of kitty toys, and there are nightly drag races up and down my hallway. Cats are pretty intelligent, and will figure out the source of movement so I have found the glove toys ineffective with my domestic boys and have it dangling from elastic that I sewed onto it. I can toss it and pull it so you get the chase with the distance to flee the claws. If you can't deal with the biting, you may need to find a trainer or alter her to see if that solves your problem. I also don't lock my cats up at night. I know the people I got my Bengal from caged her up at night in a 5 X 8 bathroom at night or a travel kennel. She wasn't socialized too well, so I expected bad behavior from her when I got her. She gets grumpy with the boys sometimes, but she is not hurting them and pulls her claws. I use pounce kitty treats to reinforce good behavior as well as lavishing attention on all the kitties while I am studying. I don't know if this has come of help soon enough, hopefully you find it helpful. This also works for ferrel cats to be socialized.
  • Helene - 2012-02-02
    I have a similar problem with my female bengal. I also have an old Maine Coon who is the most mellow cat I've ever owned, and when Miss Mauli gets bored she will 'entice' him to play by beating the daylights out of him. No blood drawn but it is sad to hear him scream like a girl. Try a laser pointer with your Bengal, they love movement and should chase it non-stop. Also you might put a couple inches of water in your bathtub or a basin and float a ping pong ball or a couple ice cubes in it. Bengals tend to be fascinated with water and things that float. My cat used to throw her toys in the toilet before I trained that behavior out of her. Also they get bored with the same toys after a week or so, so put the old toys away occasionaly and then bring them out one at time to restimulate interest. The more you entertain and challenge your Bengal intellectually the happier they and you will be in the long run. Good luck!
  • Sharon - 2012-04-19
    What is with the guy suggesting getting a cat declawed? That is the worse thing you could do. Please research the internet for yourself. Other than that, your bengal requires MUCH attention from YOU, the owner. They love their people. You can play with them with toys such as Da Bird, a cat tree for them to climb on, etc. It sounds like your bengal isn't stimulated enough and will resort to this kind of playing. Bengals are smart. Try putting your bengal in a seperate room with his own litter box, toys and food when he goes after your other kitty. Leave him in the room for a couple of hours each time he does this. This will also give your other kitty time to destress from the attack and spend one on one time with you.
  • Sharon - 2014-03-17
    Actually, I changed my mind. Declawing a cat is probably the best thing if it's an indoor cat. I don't actually even own a cat. I have 4 dogs and I thought it would be fun to troll all the cat owners. Here I espouse the evils of declawing and on other sites I lament breeding animals on purpose while so many animals die in shelters.
  • Dan - 2014-04-11
    I have two Bengals and one calico. It was a rough time. The cats settled score.
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Chris Baker - 2009-07-21
Im one of these people that have let tropical fish take over my life, I live for my fish. I take a particular interest in catfish. I've been reading the comments on Pangasius, this fish should not be sold in pet shops to people who do not realise their full potential. I have a tank measuring 9x3x3.5 and a 20,000 litre heated pond in the conservatory. My largest pangasius in nearly 3 feet long and weighs approx 26lbs. I have 6 in total, they were all cast offs from people who could no longer keep them due to size. In my opinion any animal,(whatever it is) that you buy, you should be able to look after it for the whole of its life. A lot of catfish like Pangasius, Shovel nose, Red tails, Giraffe cats, there's too many to list, but these are frequently available at fish stores from 2" to 6" and look lovely. But they won't tell you, you have a monster on your hands, some like Red Tails will eat most your tank when you get it home. I decided I wanted to KEEP these beautiful fish, so I bought and Built some huge tanks to be able to enjoy them for all their lives. (Recommend building as it's cheaper). If your not prepared to do this then just steer clear, don't waste yor time or money. Above all always research any fish your not sure about before you purchase it. Any fish I see or am offered for whatever reason, if I don't know details about it, I will always go and find out for myself and not take other peoples word for it. I suggest everyone does this. Also, people will tell you their max size in the wild. They seldom reach wild sizes in captivity, that doesn't mean a 6 foot Catfish will only grow 6 inches, it'll probably get to around 3.5 feet, so a little common sense is needed. Happy Fish Keeping.

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  • Paul Bishop - 2014-04-07
    Hi, I have got a Pangasius Catfish. I was told it would grow to within the size of my tank which is 80 Ltrs. But it is now too big and must be re-homed. I agree pet shops should be better informed and not sell these fish unless people are aware of the size tank they require. I am currently looking to find a suitable home for it...
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maria tapia - 2014-04-10
Hi, I've had my nanday bird for around a year. She has always been happy and playful. Not that long ago she started acting weird. She has been avoiding me. She has two cages, one for sleep and one for day time. She has been spending a lot of time in her 'bedroom'. She also bit me and she really has never bitten me before. Every time I try to spend time with her she just seems so sad. I don't know what's wrong with her. Can you please help me?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    How old is she? My first thought is maybe she is sexually maturing and is going into a breeding cycle. Some birds seem to completely change personalities when they are going through that. My other thought is that maybe she is lonely. Are you gone a lot of the day? It's possible she is just craving more attention.
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Kyle Murphy - 2014-01-29
I have electric blue Johnnie what's the difference between males and female

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-30
    Gosh, the easiest way to answer that is to see the Sex: Sexual differences section up above.
  • zoran - 2014-04-10
    Small problem, my red zebra sired with johannii electric blue, as it is possible,  and what will be the problem of any fish that will hatch?
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Anonymous - 2013-07-23
I plan on getting a baby appaloosa but I'm only 13 and have to pay for it myself. I'm so happy except I don't want to pay so much for something I may not enjoy. Would someone please tell me if this is the right choice or if I should go for something else!?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Appaloosas can have good temperaments. It depends! Other good horses are Quarter Horses and Paint Horses.
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-07
    definately how lucky. it is a once in a life time oportunity for a 13 year old, im 13 but im getting an appaloosa next year when i am 14.
  • bob ahaha - 2014-04-11
    I have one they're so cool very, good at pole bending get one it's cool!
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Raleigh - 2014-04-11
I have a pacu fish but it won't eat. Can someone tell me why not?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    How long as that been going on? Is it showing any other symptoms of illness? I would keep an eye on it. In the meantime, check all the water parameters (water quality and temperature) and make sure they are appropriate. Also do a partial water change if it has been a while since the last one.
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Melissa - 2014-04-11
My husband and I have a friend staying with us due to divorce. It's okay HE IS GREAT, EX NOT SO MUCH. Anyhow, he is working out of town this week and this is my first time with his dog. My family also has a cocker/poodle who is 10 yrs old. She is also still peppy for her age. My pup tries to share toys and all which is great. But I was wondering, how do I help Lo Lo stop having gas? Also, would like to know how to make Lo Lo feel more comfortable in the house. I also have an 8 yr old child who loves them both. Any answers about the situation would be great because the dogs are so cute together. But want new pup to be feeling safe.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    What type of food are you feeding him? Just changing to a higher quality food type can help improve gas. To help him feel more comfortable, just give him time! If he's already playing with your other dog and your child, he is probably well on his way to feeling comfortable! :)
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abdul rafhay - 2014-02-25
I have a pure white pair of finches. The female laid 3 eggs and began to incubate but stopped incubating after a week. The pair sits outside the nest rather than either of them sitting on the eggs. What is the problem with them? What should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    There's a few reasons why zebra finches won't sit on eggs. The first is because they are 'duds', and the parents will know if they are. Another is if you actually have two females, where one is laying eggs and the other 'acting' male, and in this case the eggs will be infertile. And another reason is simply that some times the parents don’t even know enough to sit on the eggs yet, so they won’t. Usually that happens with the first clutch or two, then they begin to get better. But not always, there are occasions where the parents never get the hang of it, so in that case the eggs have to be incubated by the keeper.
  • Lydia Ottinger - 2014-04-08
    I have a male and female zebra finch, they laid 5 eggs, they have been good about sitting on them but today they both were out for awhile, is that normal?
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