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Torren Sutton - 2014-06-25
Well I have a black moor and I have a comet goldfish but I don't have a filter for them. Will they die? I have water salt but will they die or not?

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  • BBP - 2014-08-13
    As I've sure you've read here, those aren't the best two types to have together but it can work if you pay attention to whats going on and stay on top of water quality, etc. I prefer the Moors, Telescopes, and fantails but I received a Comet as a gift. All I will say in answer to you question is that the likelihood of your fish dying sooner rather than later is raised exponentially without a filter. Goldfish are voracious eaters and produce a lot of waste. Waste turns into ammonia and other nasties, and the entire tank bio chemistry will be off. Fish need good clean water, space to grow and swim, and peace from more aggressive fish. Do yourself and your fish a favor and buy a filter, change the filter medium as directed, and also invest in an aquarium test kit. API makes several & I personally go to a store to purchase or use Amazon. Last bit of advice - read, read, read, as much as you can on their care and treatment. They are an investment both financially and for your time but the joy you will receive in turn is priceless.
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Jerr - 2009-03-07
I have a 6 year old black moor goldfish who is the LAZIEST fish I've ever owned. He was originally in a little 5gal, and as he has grown so have his tanks. He ALWAYS has prefered sitting on the bottom of the tank. Probably because he manages to hurt himself when he swims. Over the years I have rescued him from the filter system (making one eye larger than the other), later from an ornamental log he was stuck in for a couple of days (making the other eye blind and blood shot). He is currently the size of my fist and is a brilliant gold/orange color with black tipped fins. He lives in a 105gal tank happily laying on his side on the bottom. He has 4 healthy fat tank mates who all swim normally, although my fantail will sit with him to keep him company, and from time to time you will see him haphazardly swim around for excercise. So I have chalked all this up to pure laziness, and PERHAPS a damaged swim bladder due to his near death experiences through the years.
I anticipate him being around for years to come. If anything, he makes for interesting conversation with guests.

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  • raye - 2014-01-21
    I have a black moor too that got herself in all kinds of trouble. Got stuck in her light house and damged her gills... she too was a bit lazy but I found if I give her 1 or 2 thawed frozen peas deshelled every day it gets her moving....good luck.
  • Mark - 2014-02-19
    I have a Black moor and when I woke up he was at the bottom of the tank so I came to the tank and he was still alive. So I gave him some food and then I relized that he is struggling to chew his food. I got a good look at his mouth and it's kind of stuck together. I will check him up and see if he is poorly or not also I will give a water check. Please have a solution for this problem and help my poor black moor.
  • BBP - 2014-08-13
    Actually my reply is for Mark who unfortunately is listed as a reply also and has a serious issue needing help. I see its been a few months so if you have an update please let us know not as a reply but a separate story/comment. My suggestion would be to see if your fish has anything trapped inside its mouth or see if its mouth fungus. Ive never had a goldfish have gravel stuck in its mouth but I am fighting mouth fungus on one and that stuff just will not go away! So Mark please give us an update and I hope its a happy one.
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Carol Wright - 2014-08-14
yesterday when we got up our Jenday conure was missing two toes,we battled the whole day to help him, it took us time and patience to get the swelling down and had to call the vet about bleeding (dont have a vet here)and this morning when I looked to see why he is looking more unbalanced, he has bitten off one of the back toes, why is he doing this, he keep on picking at the toes,he is with a Sun conure, female who had laid over 40 eggs since last year,none fertile as they one is Jenday & sone Sun conure,we give them healty food, take them for vitamin injections when we do go to a town where there is a Vet , but the pair have always been so content, never locked in a cage, sit on our shoulders,I dont know what to do, is there anyone who can give me some advice please

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-14
    Wow, your poor conure.  These birds are quite active and love to chew, so they need lots of toys to chew on and several perches for lots of activities. But biting off it's own toes is very concerning... and unusual. Don't know what the problem could be, but I suggest you get an avian vet to do a physical and some things you can also ask about are gout, possible vitamin B deficiency, calcium deficiency, and maybe parathyroid glands. All the best to you both.
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viv - 2014-08-06
i have no idea how to sex a cock and hen in A dutch frill, can someone help please?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    Adult canaries are very difficult to sex, even for the experts. The only absolute method is that just the females will lay eggs. Beyond that, males (cocks) will tend to sing more and have a stronger song than females, but during a molt or in the winter they may sing less, or not at all.

    Checking the vent / cloaca identify sex is very difficult, as unlike mammals, the differences aren't very distinctive. Only during breeding is it possible to see variations. Blow away the feathers of the vent, the skin leading up to the vent on the male is elongated and prominent, and the vent itself is narrow. On the female the skin is flat or only slightly raised, and the vent is rounder and flatter. Still these differences are not very evident, and are only possible to detect at the height of breeding season.
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randall - 2014-08-11
I have a 5-6 inch parrot ciclid and convert to a deep orange to a mild yellow once I turn lights on. What's up? There is another parrot ciclid that 4-5 inches that the same color all day. Could they be 'mating'? Of course they pick the gravel all day and disbrute it around the tank. Thanks Randall

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    They could be mating, all that rock cleaning is an indication of that. But many Blood Parrot Cichlids will change color with age as well, this is presumably because of  the Midas or Red Devil Cichlid parentage. Both of these cichlid species are known to change coloration as they mature.
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Jeff Dubose - 2014-07-19
this is my boy ODEN live up to his name, fetches tin foil balls loyal , rotten spoiled, what kinda cat is he i've had no luck finding any thing like him, listens to what i tell him, tell him go to bed, he go's, any thing i say he does, (i don't like cat's, but exception to rule, goo friends and bud's, loyal to me only, not far from me, hates when i got to work, cries when i come in, pet me , scatch my belly..ect.. a royal pain til he get's that, monster of a cat, don't like when people raise voice to me, gets between me and them, will attack if they seem like there going to do harm(he was abused before i got him) amazing cat he is, some one tell me what he is ??  thought maine coon, not sure, like i said not a cat person, but wouldn't trade his fat butt for nothing..(not fat..big!!) jumps 3-4 feet to get tin foil balls, loves it, or plain string cord, and thats all he will play with, lets me do what ever, no one else, well i take that back, friend paul plays with him, loves him as much, i hate to say it, as much as i do, he's skidish about feet, and hands, except me and paul, like to get him rebel flag collar, can't find him one, i'm from south, and i think he's got southern attituide and he's a maine cat.. help me fig my boy out!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What a great cat! It's hard to tell what exact breed he is unless you know where he came from, and then you can ask the previous owner, but he does look Maine Coonish. And what a unique and special personality!  
  • Niza - 2014-08-11
    It's a Maine coon cause I have one and lemme tell you she's the love of my life, and her name is tigger and I love her so much. shes a cutie she always comes to me when I call her, or pat my hand on my side, she loves playing with string absolutely loves it, and my siblings think I spoil her to much compared to the other cats we have (it is true) but Maine coons choose who they want to be closest to in the family and mine chose . Its hard to explain how much I love this cat, I always give her kisses and she always listens to me and people might think Im crazy for spoiling a cat and completely loving her too much but I think she deserves it she nothing but the best to me I hope this helps and sorry for rambling on about my cat but yeah so your cat IS a Maine Coon make sure you forever love him and always take care of him and give him the love he needs when and how you want to and he will forever love you 😋😊✌
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Debbie Clifford - 2009-09-05
I recently lost my beloved Maine Coon Baron Munchmausen to rainbowsbridge - he was only 3 1/2years old but in that short time he lived the life of 40 cats. He had a massive personality and made an big impression on everyone he met. He was my puppycat- he'd follow me on walks and scuff around a bit whilst I walked ahead and run to me at full pelt just like a dog when I called him, his magnificent fur blowing in the wind and his big tail sweeping. He would follow me to my neighbours house to try and steal her cats food and would follow me round the house if he was not allowed inside and stand up and paw each window and mew. - He didnt chirp but he had a tiny high pitched mioaw which was far too small for him. He once got on the same neighbours conservatory roof during a residents meeting and ran up and down like thunder before settling just above my head until the end of the meeting. He disappeared into the christmas tree last year and eventually out flew a bird - and he managed to carry a baby rabbit though the cat flap up a spiral staircase and put it into his bed at easter!! It was unharmed. Mice and Voles were not so fortunate -he was an expert hunter with his massive paws. He could turn the taps on the kitchen sink and loved to drink water from running taps lapping it until it went up his nose and he sneezed. He would sit on a big red blanket and let me pull him round the floor like a sledge and he'd wake me up in the morning at 7 am on the dot with rough kisses. I could never have anything other than a Maine Coon now, but filling his boots will be a hard task.

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  • Niza - 2014-08-11
    Im sorry for your loss and my condolences go out to you 💋
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david - 2008-11-29
I just bought a silver tipped shark at petco yesterday and now im really worried because I was told that they get about twenty four inches and that they will eat any fish thats smaller then him. I really love this shark but I dont want him to eat all my fish in the tank. He;s only about an inch or two now but should I return him??? I have swordtails, platties, mollies, yo-yo loach, rainbow shark, and tetras. I am doomed right? This fish will eat all my fish when it gets bigger right??? Please help me before it's too late for me to return the shark. Thanks Dave

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  • *Brianna* - 2010-04-02
    My Silver Tip Does Fine With The Other Tank Mates In My 29 Gal. They Include Swordtails, Platties (3 Really Small Ones), Indian Ghost Fish (With Are Like Tetras) Danios, And Also Ive Had A Few Little Guppies In There. They Did Fine. And My Silver Tip Is About 5 Inches. =) For Everyone Els eI Havent Had Any Killings Yet So I Think They Would Do Fine With Smaller Fish. He Also Has A Few Other Same Size Fish He Swims With.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-25
    The biggest issue you may have is tank sive.  They can out grow the tank depending on size.  They are not very aggressive fish and do well most of the time with smaller fish.
  • Jay - 2013-05-21
    I have 2silver tip and 4 tiger barb went missing my sharks r only 3 inches
  • Toni - 2013-08-20
    Do you know what might cause my silver tipped shark to swim using only his tail fin? He won't use any of his other fins. I'm afraid he might eventually die. :-(
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-11
    Silver tipped sharks are calm and non agrresive creatures your fish are fine
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Kay exotikz - 2014-08-11
We have serval and f1 savannah kittens kayexotikz@yahoo.com

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Arnold Pinto - 2014-08-12
I'm presently having 2 redtailed tinfoil barbs in a 22gallon tank.They are about 3''.Since the time I've got them,I have been noticing them to always be in the lower regions or rarely in the mid regions of the tank.They never come on top of the tank even when there's food put in.I'm a lil worried about the fish not eating and the water getting polluted.Any suggestions ?Thanks.

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