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James - 2014-02-10
I've saw this hybrid before and they called it a Christmas macaw.

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Isuru Ranasinghe - 2014-02-11
Please help me... I have 2 giant gouramis about 3 inches long, I bought them 1 week ago. But now I saw that one of them started following the other and eats its tail...what can I do to save both of them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    Gourami tend to have a 'target' fish that they chase, and it sounds like that may be what's going on. Add plants to create many hiding places, and you can also add more gouramis to disperse the aggression. Of course, you will have to have a large enough tank to support more fish if you add more.
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Animal-World info on Pug
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cjd - 2014-02-08
We own a black pug and she is a funny dog. She is stubborn but loving. She has some strange habits like she loves to sleep under a blanket. Sometimes we lose her then see a blanket walking across the floor. She has snoring issues which some people think she is growling. But she doesn't bark. She has had some allergy issues but nothing that can't be taken care of. We have 2 other large dogs and she holds her own with them. Pugs make a great inside dog.

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MollieS - 2010-01-06
I keep my two rosy barbs with a tinfoil barb and a sucker fish in a 30 gallon tank. Do you think that I might be able to add two more rosys to my little fish family?

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  • nm123 - 2011-12-09
    yes
  • Tom - 2014-02-08
    Absolutely not. The tinfoil barb and the pleco will grow too big for that 30 gallon. They get far too large, and leaving them in there could stunt their growth.
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Animal-World info on Silver Dollar Fish
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Charles Damanis - 2010-01-20
I have 9 Silver Dollars in a 30 gal tank. I Love them because they out live all other fish you have. I think I have had them for about 5 years or so and they are about 4.5" long right now. Over the past five years they have had their share of viruses and sicknesses due to water quality as well as introducing "dirty" fish into the tank that may have had Ick and other problems.
It seems like I always have them on a medicinal regiment of Metafix, stressZyme, stressCoat and every now and then Erithromiacin anti-biotic powder form (also used in humans).

Sicknesses:
Here are my suggestions...Erithromiacin is good when your silver dollars have cloud eye and even tail and fin rot and redness in odd areas. It does not damage your water although you cant use a filter with it (I still keep my Ammo Chips in though). The down side is all the water changes you will have to do. Its annoying if you have a big tank, but why do you have a big tank if you can't stand up keep. My thoughts are to transfer some water from the regular tank and add treated water (not straight from the tap) into a smaller tank and transfer your silver dollars into the smaller tank to treat them in a sort of quarantine (just as long as you DO NOT have a parasite, if you do leave the fish where they are because you need to kill the parasite in the normal tank). If you have Ick I suggest Aquari-sol. It is a liquid solution that is better for fish with sensitive skin and it doesn't change your water green, make sure your doses are the right measurement, you do not want to poison your fish.
IMPORTANT: I put in some aquarium salt and raise the temp to about 79-80'F when treating fish with medicine. It is always good to have some salt in your tank. Just remember the only way to get rid of salt in your water is to do water changes so do not over salt your tank. Place some (depending the size of your tank) in after every 3-5 water changes.

Plants:
DO NOT BUY PLANTS. The silver dollars will eat all of them no matter how much you feed them. Even plants suggested by this web page will not work with your silver dollars. Obviously if you have baby silver dollars they can not eat your plants as quick but they still will.
IMPORTANT: The lack of plants will mean that there is less Oxygen in the tank. I put in a long Air Stone and the silver dollars love to swim through it. Its fun watching them get used to it at first they are cautious then the pack leader will test his or her might and try to get through them. Eventually they all go through the bubbles. Im sure they like the way it tickles.

Food:
Romain lettuces is a must. Highly nutritious for you and your fish. It also makes your mind up when you're thinking about testing a new plant in the tank. Just put a piece of lettuce in the tank and a few hours later you will know not to get plants.
They love Shrimp pellets. They nearly choke on them because they shove the whole thing in their mouth and suck on them like cigars. You will NOT need to dump a considerable amount in order to get one into each ones mouth. I have 9 and usually dump 15. It's bad but I do not do it regularly. You can also just throw a few in while the lettuce is in as a treat only to those who grab them first. I use flakes but don't like to do so. Too many flakes gets you PLANARIA (flat worms). I have Planaria and it is impossible to get rid of them.
Important: They will eat/pick at small fish like tetras (when the silver dollars are larger). Only because they think that they are fish flakes. I also had a three inch butterfly fish that floats on the top of the tank. It also sleeps on the top and at night the silver dollars would swim up and bite it thinking it is food. It then died and they are all over it... All I found was a fin floating.

Useful information:
Too many decorations will not be good for your fish. They may like places to hide but if you place driftwood in your tank they are likely to run into it and hurt themselves. Sometimes this will lead you to believe that your fish are sick but it may just be that they ran into something. I have not tried this but have been thinking about it...I believe if you paint or tape an aquarium scene (the paper on the outside that has pictures of plants and whatnot) they will be less likely to crash into the glass. The glass fools them sometimes. They are not as smart as us and something to tell them stop may be useful.

Tank Size:
Bigger is better, they love to swim or just hang out but when they get bigger they start to get black stripes on their side. That means they're stressed and a bigger tank is needed. At this point you will have to battle sicknesses regularly because they are more susceptible to sickness when stressed out. I have 9 in a 30 gal but they deserve to be put in a 55 gal now. I also do not have any other fish in my tank.

I hope the information I have left is useful. This information has been learned the hard way through my experience with the fish. They are a joy to have and if they get any bigger I'm going to have to stop myself from getting my fishing pole.

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  • Sheryl - 2010-04-20
    I have been blessed with a coworker wanting to give us his 55 gal established with silver dollars and tetras. We have not had any experience with silver dollars so this experience you had through trial and error I find most informative. Thank you so much!
  • Tom - 2014-02-08
    Your silver dollars get sick because you overcrowd them. 9 silver dollars in a 55 is over doing it, 30 is worse. I have noticed if they actually have room, and you do your regular water changes, they rarely if ever get sick.
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Anonymous - 2011-12-27
I finally found a place that is not sold out of archer fish and I am thinking of getting some. I would like to breed them but I hear it has never been done before. Some people think it is because they go to saltwater to spawn, I think they would go to freshwater, so maybe I could get a brackish tank with a few of these and slowly change the water to slat and let it stay for a while then slowly change it back to brackish wait awhile, then slowly change it to fresh then slowly change it back to brackish then repeat every 2 months until it works. Will this work?

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  • Mike - 2014-02-08
    It might work.
  • Mike - 2014-02-08
    Don't do that it will make the fish get diseases very easily. You can try but I can't make sure it works.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-09
Hi I'm from malta, hello, I have a problem. How do you recognize albino cockatiels, from hen to cock? Thanks ...joseph from Malta.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    Albino Cockatiels can't be visually sexed. The only reliable way to tell male from female is to have it DNA sexed via a blood sample which is very reliable, or you can have surgically sexed, which is somewhat intrusive but extremely accurate.
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anita Huddlestone - 2012-02-24
Hi,
Want to sell mine. Please, if you know any person who is interested, let him know I have one for sale. anita_huddlestone@hotmail.com

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  • Tamara - 2012-05-29
    Where are U located and is this pony suitable for children? if so what is the price?
    Thanks
  • jess - 2012-06-17
    um I've got a horse
  • Rosemarie Mehl - 2013-01-08
    How tall is the one you are selling? rkmehl@comcast.net
  • Ellie - 2013-02-10
    I'd like one but I don't think my mum would!
  • Kevin Hiatt - 2014-02-09
    I have 3 Shetlands, father & son plus a gelding all rescues which are all gifted to me, my 2 Rescue Centres, then I have had to turn one down offered to me by my vet as full up as I also have a rescue Sec.D Welsh Cob also gifted to me as well as my Belgian Warmblood. The Shetlands 2 are Skewbald and the son is a Chestnut. Until Lottery win bursting at the seams with 5 Horses.
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estrondo - 2009-06-20
I am looking for somewhere to get a hold of more of these puffer fish. We originally had 3, but lost two. We absolutely love them, but have had no success in being able to replace them. Does anybody know where (in Canada) I can get more of these wonderful fish?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-29
    I've seen them at Big Al's in Edmonton Alberta just the other week.
  • steve m - 2012-08-26
    You can find them at Big Al's fish shop in Hamilton Ontario if this is in your area, maybe they can ship!
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-08
    I got mine at Pisces Pet Emporium in Calgary.
  • Cory - 2012-12-16
    Big Al's Aquarium Services in London Ontario has about 7 of them right now. Ask for 'Tony' the week-day fish guy. He is really great! :) I just got one. Absolutely adorable!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-21
    I need help fast ! My South American puffer is not eating anything he is in a 50 gallon with. Just 10 pea puffers the pea puffers are eating beef hart . But the. Puffer is just not eating anything like beef hart, live worms and gost shrimp.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Hey Max, if your South American puffer is new to the tank, it may just be getting its bearings, so I'd be patient. You could also try offering brine shrimp, as shrimps help mimic their natural diet.  However if you've had it for a long time, check its teeth. Their teeth constantly grow, so puffers need crunchy foods like snails in their diet to wear the them down. If the teeth get too long puffers will refuse to eat, and so the teeth must be trimmed.
  • AmazonFisher - 2014-02-09
    Well I have not had any luck with finding them in the usual stores but if you call the store and request one you can order one. I have also had luck with On-line shopping. I use the website AquariumFish.net But be warned do not get the 80 dollar puffer because you will not be able to care for it if it's your first puffer. I recommend the dwarf puffer for it is truly a Freshwater fish. I Am Looking for the Brazilian Puffer, also known as the Amazon Puffer. If you could help me with how to keep a puffer please help me out (FRESHWATER).
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viiny - 2014-02-09
I bought 8 juveniles yesterday, all are 1' or so. How long before their colors pop and they look like the blue moorii adults? I have them in a 90 gallon tank.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    They usually start taking on blue coloring at around 4cm, so you should see this soon.
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