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s k chaudhari - 2010-05-09
I bought tinfoilbarb when it was quite small but in 6 months it has grown almost 4 inches long it was kept along with other fishes like goldfish, silver shark, catfish etc. suddenly it started tearing the eyes of other fishes like lionhead fish, shubunkin, veiltail etc. Why this aggressive behavior suddenly?

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  • samiran roy,india - 2011-11-07
    Mine did the same. I have a normal tinfoil barb and the other one is the leuscitic version of it with black eyes and lesser scales. When they became around 7 inches and 1 and a half years old, they killed my juvenile oscar, a big shubunkin goldfish,and angelfishes. You should buy a new tank or sell it. It is most likely a male I guess.
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Linda Pries - 2013-05-21
I have been breeding cockatiels for several years now and am currently setting up pairs from my own breeding. I have normals, pied, albino pearls and what I have always called lutino pearls. I'm not sure if this is the proper name for these as I have seen them also referred to as opaline pearl. The birds are soft yellow with the grey pearling. Last year I purchased a pair consisting of an albino hen and a whiteface pearl cock. They produced all whiteface pied chicks until their last clutch which also produced a gorgeously stunning whiteface pearl hen. I am keeping her and breeding her back to a normal male who is split to pied. Also will be starting a pair who is a whiteface pied split to albino hen bred to a lutino pearl cock. I'm very anxious to see what these pairings will produce. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, is lutino pearl the proper classification for my yellow birds with grey pearling?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    That Whitefaced Pearl hen must truly be a beauty! A Lutino Pearl Cockatiel has white plumage with yellow pearling, not grey pearling. Lutino's lack all grey pigment. It's probably either a normal pearl mutation or a cinnamon pearl mutation (which has a lighter coloring than the normal). Also males do not retain the pearling, it molts out as they mature. As these birds are crossbred, specific characteristics can become less distinct, so a good knowledge of the genetics as well as the birds lineage (who were their parents/grandparents, etc) is helpful in choosing crossings to get the results you are looking for.
  • Geoff Larsen - 2013-08-30
    I am new to cockatiels and was given a pair for breeding. The female got egg bound and died so now my male is very lonely. What I would like to know is what type he is and how to locate a suitable mate. He is a white face (no cheek markings at all) and a few dark grey patches on the top of his wings. His mate was also white faced but had quite a bit of grey markings all over her body and wings. (My kids named them Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.)
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Nathan - 2014-09-21
Patience is the key to success - Me. Pets: Maroon Clownfish, Falco Hawkfish, Moorish Idol, Flame Angelfish, Fairy Wrass, Clown Goby, Watchman Tiger Goby, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Peppermint Shrimp, Fire Shrimp, Snails, Hermit Crabs, Multiple Frogspawn, Multiple Polyps, Candy Cane Coral, Mushroom Corals, Tree Corals, Brain Corals, Cardinal Tetras, Phantom Catfish, Clown Louch, Common Plecostomous, Blue Acara, Kribensis (Mated Pair), Pearl Gouramis, American Toads, Leapord Frog, Painted Turtle, Bearded Dragon, Guinea Pig.

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  • Nathan - 2014-09-21
    Sorry, im new to this, I thought I was filling out a profile or something. Anyway what I wanted to say was that I've had a falco hawkfish for nearly a year now. He's fine with all the fish that were in the tank before him, but rather agressive with the fish that came in after his arrival. He bullied the dottybacks to death, but gave up on the larger moorish idol after a few days, who ive had for a month now and is thriving. I recommended getting them after adding your smaller and more delicate fish. They eat shrimp but are usually good with shelled animals (hermit crabs, snails, etc.). They are great fish and I highly recommend them to anyone who has a tank with larger fish. (P.s., theyre not mean, it's just their nature. Just because you ate a hamburger for lunch yesterday doesn't make you mean because you ate 'the poor cow.' Just sayin)
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Animal-World info on Black and White Heniochus
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Nathan - 2014-09-21
Remember: these fish are NOT moorish idols!!! I've never had these fish but I purchased a moorish idol (very similar looking fish) a month ago. They are EXTREMELY difficult! I've managed to keep him alive after 2 weeks of not eating, ick, and stress problems from my hawkfish. He is finally looking better but not worth the risk, not to mention these are half the price of moorish idols and MUCH easier to keep alive.

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bonnie kalina - 2012-02-25
Heniochus black/white/yellow bannerfish/ butterflys elongated dorsal fin is losing the filament. Gray patches on banner. Fish not as active today and did not eat. Checked ammonia, nitrate, phosforus. All normal. I do 5 gallon water changes on 75 gal every other day. The fin still has half of the filament on and the other half is just a thin bare thread.

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  • fredy - 2014-09-01
    Hi, did your heniochus recovered from its dorsal fin infection? if so what tretreatment did you use? hope you reply and the fish is well.
  • Fredy Villalon - 2014-09-01
    Hi im having a similar problem and was wondering if he recovered? If so what treatment did you use? I hope you reply soon thanks.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    This sound like a bacterial infection, like Tail and Fin Rot, which besides having disintegrating fins, can also show up with gray patches on the skin.
  • Nathan - 2014-09-21
    Probably a bacterial infection. Make sure all your filtration is running smoothly and do daily 20% water changes until it clears up. Best of luck to your fish!
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Danny DeLano - 2007-07-06
Hello, Everything I read about ringneck doves tell me that they dont live in the wild, but they live in the wild here in Tuscumbia Alabama. I have homing pigeons and sometimes ringneck doves visit and eat the scrap seeds that my pigeons spill. Also mourning doves visit too. The ringnecks are much larger than the mourning doves. I watch them at a very close distance with binoculars and can see the black markings on their necks. Maybe someone let some escape sometime in the past here in Tuscumbia but now I have seen them all over town. Tuscumbia is the birthplace of Helen Keller and I have seen the ringneck doves there at this historical site also. Just thought I would pass along this little bit of info to those who like ringneck doves. Maybe you can come visit this historical deep south town and possibily see some ringneck doves too! Also this area is rich with American Indian History if you are interested. Thanks, Danny DeLano

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  • Doug - 2014-09-22
    Hi, Danny. What you see in your yard is a specious called the Eurasian Collared-Dove. It is not the same species as the domesticated Ringneck Dove, though they are closely related.
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Jhenna Lance - 2014-09-22
I adopted this beautiful long haired chihuahua from the SPCA June 16,2014. She has been nothing but a blessing in our family after our first child passed away last Christmas I was in need of something to lift my spirits. I was only tagging along with a friend of mine to adopt her new cat I walked the the dog kennels and saw this beautiful little golden fluff ball sitting in her blankets with one eye out observing everything. I fell in love. I called the bank and told them it was an emergency I needed them to cover the funds and -$300 dollars later and some strong convincing of my husband she was mine. She has played such a big role in our healing process and has become my baby. She has the best temperament and is so calm I can take her anywhere and she'll just fall asleep in my lap. Everyone is amazed at just how well tempered and patient she is. Not the typical yapping and ankle bitting chihuahua you usually see. And despite my husband being strongly against keeping her he has fallen in love with her as well. She is now my certified emotional support dog and is rarely not with me. My izabelle is the best thing that ever happened to me and has given me the hope and strength I needed on the days I didn't think I had it in me.

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Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-16
I have 4 Snake skins 2 have rounded and 2 have pointed dorsel fins. other then that they are almost identical but they are all lip locking with each other. they are in a 30gal tank the pet store said they would npt gro bihgeer the 2 to 3 inches they are almost past that now. any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Well, these fish will generally reach between 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) in the aquarium. It sounds like you may have some fish interested in breeding, which can account for the lip-locking behavior.
  • Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-19
    so you saying the lip lock is male vs female or male vs male
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-21
    It's generally males that fight to establish territory, but I have seen female gouramis get aggressive at times too. Don't know who's tusselling in your tank.
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Anonymous - 2014-09-20
my holland lop is tan on the top and white on the bottom and she loves to eat and drink

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Chris - 2014-09-21
i have a baby peony very cute and 20 days old . At this age peony can be tame so much and very close to the partner

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