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Brooke schneider - 2014-09-25
My son lives with his grandma and he left me to take care of his iguana Godzilla and the other day I had him our on our Dec at our new house and he went in the grass and loved it and run across the street and up a tree and cannot find him in the tree and he won't come down I feel so bad thank God my son is asenior I tried the water dish down at the tree base and food to it is going to get cold

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Amy - 2014-09-25
I think I may have a problem. I've just introduced a 9' plecco (Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps) to my 50 gallon, well established aquarium that is also home to three 4' goldfish. It's been day four, and he sleeps all day in his favorite cave, and for the first two nights, I could watch him darting around as soon as the lights went off. These last few nights, he's been a little sluggish getting out of his cave, so I've been placing his algae wafers in the top hole of his cave to make sure he was getting enough to eat. The resulting mess confirmed he was indeed eating, but tonight, as I turned out the light, he was again shy to get out, and when he finally did, I noticed he seemed thinner and less active than before. I've tested the water chemistry, the temperature is a steady 72°, and the tank is free from filth. I was told by the shop where I bought him from that he was an owner trade in, as he got too big for their 20 gallon tank. He was a very healthy specimen! Could anyone shed some light on this behavior and weight loss issue for me? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-26
    Hard to say what's going on, he may still be adjusting. It wouldn't hurt to do a water change, especially since you're sure he's been eating, because all that food may be putting quite a load on the tank. I also suggest you test your ammonia, it can jump when the nutrient load is increased because the biofilter takes time to adjust to a higher load.
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Nikki turner - 2014-09-26
Someone has released my Australian inland bearded dragon into the wild four months ago and I have been looking for him ever since.I came across a dragon the other day and was certain it was him.this dragon let me touch him many times and didn't even flinch.gr also let me pat him in between his eyes.he still didn't move.when I touched him he closed his eyes for a few seconds and that is exactly what my dragon used to do.I still was not sure if he was mine as my boy was a peachy colour and this dragon was the colour of an eastern water dragon.could he have got that dark and would a wild one let me touch him like that.as I was not sure I left him their to get professional advice.please help me as I am very upset.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-26
    What a tradgedy, so sorry to hear. These critters are often very peaceful, which is why they make such wonderful pets.
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Emily - 2007-12-07
I have 2 pearlscales, Delilah and Kallie. They are so adorable. Delilah is a red and white crowned and Kallie is calico. Deli is about 3 inches long with long beautiful flowing fins. I've had her for over a year and she was about 1" long when I bought her. The bigger she gets, the more golfball-shaped she gets. I just got Kallie a couple weeks ago. She is a little baby, not much bigger than a small bouncy ball. She wobbles when she swims which I find absolutely adorable. I don't know if she is crowned or not but she has short fins (a characteristic of the non-crowned variety). They are some of my favorite fish in my tank (they live in a 90 gal with 7 other fancies) because they are unusual looking and very elegant. Make sure you either soak their food for about 5 minutes before you give it to them or feed them sinking pellets. Because of their shape, they are prone to SBD. Feeding peas about 3 times a week (with covering of pea removed) is also good for goldfish so they don't get swim bladder disease.

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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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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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