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Anonymous - 2005-01-03
it is so fun to hold it.

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Terry Youmans - 2005-01-03
My Pepper will be 25 years old this March and is as active as the day I got him, there is no slowing him down. He is lovable and funny, not to mention spoiled rotten.

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Tony - 2005-01-02
I have 20 gal tank heavily planted with pigmy sword plant and dense valisneria spiralis alng the back side of tank. Tank has been runing for about 2 weeks but I introduced lots of aerobic bacteria to age my filter faster. Fairly slow water flow but incredibly well filtered by my trickle filter. So i decided to put a school of 55 neons and 5 marble hatchets with 5 japonica shrimps [to take care of algae that may develop later on]. All fish did really well and not a single fish was lost due to fairly newly setup tank. After about 10 days of feeding all fish with high quality flakes in the morning and frozen blood worms in the evening, along with 25 % water change 2xweek [they seem to love this treatment], to my amazement, i have seen at least half of all neons participate in a group spawning.It looked like they are all spawning. Males were fighting for little territories, females would swim into those territories while males would start their love play and entice females deeper into foliage where they would almost immediately commence with a spawning act. By the time i get home from work i can see all females much thinner than in the morning [before feeding]. This is repeating almost everyday. I can sit and watch these little fish for hours. They have their personality and charm. They are very little fish, but if treated well and if there is no real threat to their safety they relax and surprise their owner with their interesting behaviour.
The biggest mistake a beginner can make is to try keep these fish together with some bigger, stronger fish. They are happiest if they can run their own show without being chased by bigger fish [even dwarf chiclids]. Good luck and enjoy these breath taking little creatures.

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Tony - 2005-01-02
Marble hatchet fish caught my eye in a tropical fish store as one of the most serene fish i have ever seen before. I decided to purchase 5 of them and placed them with my 55 neon tetras in 20 gal, heavily planted tank. From the moment they were placed in the transport bag until the moment of their release into my tank i kept extreme care not to shock them, bounce them around or expose to strong light. When i arrived home i turned off the lights in my fish tank and let the open bag float for about 20 min while adding half cup of the fish tank water into the bag every five minutes. No stress is the key word for these delicate creatures if you want them to keep their immune system high. Releasing these beauties into my tank was the highlight of the day. The light being turned off contributed to their calmness and faster aclimatization to my fish tank. When the lights were turned on again [after 2 hours] they seemed relaxed, but, to my great surprise swiming in a middle portion of the tank. Next day they were swiming in their prefered area, surface, looking for some flies or mosquito larve. They accepted dried mosquito larve and frozen blood worms. It has been almost 6 months since i purchased these 5 marble hatchets and for the sake of their own peace i will give all my neon tetras away and maybe keep only 10 neons in this tank. Neons eat too fast and my hatchets have no enough time to feed well. I am planning on adding at least 3 more marble hatchets as they have become my most favorite tetra. I will attemt to breed them this summer just for the fun and the beauty of the fish keeping hobby.
Piece of advice to those who want to keep this fish: do not place the tank where little kids have access and tap on the glass. It is true that these fish are incredibly sensitive and their immune system will become weaker if they are exposed to stress. Handle them with real care and get as much information about them as possible. Good luck to all fish hobbists.

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alexandra - 2005-01-02
My hamster Cotton has just died at the age of 2 years old. He was the most calm and cute hamster ever he never bit anyone ever. Anyone could hold him. He will be missed.

In loving memory of Cotton November 2 2002 January 2 2005

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C laire Mohun - 2005-01-02
I had 2 hamsters one named peanut and one named Shirley. Peanut died last december. My heart was broken. Hamsters are so playful. I RECOMMEND EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE A HAMSTERS!!! 1/2/05

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claire mohun - 2005-01-02
I love hamsters!!!!!!!!!!

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Sailorgirl - 2005-01-02
We have had Rin and Stimpy (our two firefish) for 2 years in our 135 gal aquarium. They have been hiding in a rock off and on for over 2 months now. Today we realized why!!! We have baby fire fish about 1//4" long swimming near their rock. Shrimp is the only thing to ever reproduce in our tank. We are so excited. Hopefully a few of them will grow big enough to be safe in the tank.

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Dee - 2005-01-02
I added 3 pair of Congos (a/k/a featherfins) to my 135 gal "Amazon Basin" group of inhabitants. They are particularly fond of freeze-dried ocean plankton and all flake foods. They grew fast in the big tank which includes large gold severum,green severum (breeding groups), silver dollars, jurapari and annostomus. They add a beauty and distinction when "cruisng" along and their fins have grown to be luxurious. A spectacular fish when back-lit!


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Aleka Mouratidis - 2005-01-02
Hi my name is aleka and I am from VA I have a hamster but I have just forgotten what kind of hamster he is!! His name is Hammy Cheeks Jr. (Hammy wus da first thing dat came 2 mind and Cheeks wus because he stores food in his cheeks so much and Jr. because that is my sisters hamsters name) My hamster is so cute but keeps me up al night with his squeaking of his wheel. Just 5min. ago I just finished doing my science fair project on him and he got to explore and eat and I think he had the time of his life. He had to go through a maze with food at the end and dont worry I looked up what foods hamsters can eat and what they cant. My sisters both have hamsters 2 my sis Celena has a teddy bear hamster and he is so cuddly but I like mine with its short hair and my other sister has my hamsters brother but they still both hate each other even though they are brothers. Well I have to go put my hamster back in his cage after a lot of testing he must be pooped Hammy and I say goodbye and goodnight and tomorrow is skool and that sucks thanx 4 reading this, thnks and good night

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