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Anonymous - 2012-01-25
Hi, my science teacher is giving me her red bellie pacu and I plan on keeping it in a 150 gallon tank with 3 senegal bichirs, 4 fire mouth cichlids, some kind of darter, some mosquito fish, and 4 feeder fish. I will introduce the fish thruogh out the period of 1-3 months. the pacu is presently 8-10 inches and blind in it's left eye. My teacher feeds it flakes and live fish from time to time. Are there any fish I could also put in the tank to keep the pacu away from the other fish and can I change its diet to mostly veggies and some meat, no live fish included. P.S., can you keep a pacu with piranhas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-25
    It's great your science teacher is giving you a Pacu but is he giving you a tank to go with him?> A Pacu when an adult is going to go about 3/12 feet and weigh about 60 pounds. You need a thousand gallon tank. If it will fit in his mouth, he will eat it. Pacu with Piranhas - I guess it is whoever gets bigger first. Piranhas will eat anything. Did your science teacher ever read up on what he was doing?
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-26
    The store person said it wouldn't get bigger than its tank, the store person lied.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    I don't know whether he store person 'lied' or just mis informed. Fish not out growing their tank is a myth - an old wives tale used to sell more fish. In any case he is not a good or reliable informtion source.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    a fish will grow slower in a small tank but will still get big
  • Lola - 2014-01-11
    Hello...I have a black pacu and a red bellied pacu in a 150 gal. tank and they have busted the top canopy! You MUST have a very large tank for these fish. I am currently trying to relocate mine....really put thought into this before getting them. However they are wonderful pets...I hand feed and pet mine everyday, but I just can't house them anymore. I have had them 2 years and have went from about 3 inches and a few oz. up to 20 inches from nose to fin tip and 11 inches from belly to back and around 10 or 12 pounds.
  • Jim Sadler - 2014-02-05
    The Pacu can no longer be considered a safe fish. In New Guinea they have killed native people as well as threatening to exterminate the crocodile population. The black Pacu is doing well in South Florida fresh water canals and can be quite a shock when they strike a bait as they are strong. A 53 lb. black Pacu died when a cold spell hit and it got into the salt water rivers here. They are good news for fishermen and apparently reproducing well.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    Fortunately, Pacu's kept in a very large aquarium are probably not going to be attacking anyone.
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Steven Cole - 2014-02-05
we bought a silver tipped shark. he is small, only a few inches. currently in a 10 gal fresh water tank. we have had him for a month now with 2 small koi, a rainbow shark, a bala shark and pleco. lately he has taking to swimming circuits around the tank. depth varies during these circuits but it's mostly closer to the top.what's wrong with him? we replace about 2/3 of the tank water every week. and filter operates perfect. plenty of oxygenation happening. is he just entertaining himself?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    It doesn't sound like he's sick, however these are very active fish. They get very big, at least 14' in length, and they grow large quickly. See the 'Aquarium Setup' section above, your tank is way to small for this fish, as well as most of your other fish. The tank is overcrowded and the problem will only get worse as the fish grow. A very general rule is 1'of fish per gallon or water, but the Silver-tipped Shark will need at least a 75 gallon tank.
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Ben - 2014-02-05
An eastern rosella flew out of a tree and landed on my girlfriends shoulder. It was looking seriously malnourished and desperate. Needless to say Madeleine brought it home. When I saw it I didn't believe it was an eastern rosella, it had no feathers on it upper body what so ever, and without any feathers on his face he reminded me of Steve buchemi with his googly eyes. That's how he got his name Steve. Steve was surprisingly tolerant of human contact, it was almost like he was hand reared and had escaped. After some research we worked out he was still very young as he still had juvenile down under his wing and back feathers. It took a few weeks but with good feed plenty if water and a large cage to sleep in at night he recoverd his feathers back and actually got chirpier. He was being a really cool bird. Any how I will get to the point. Recently we went away for a weekend and when we returned he was a different bird. He was really aggressive and quite cheeky. The problem was exacerbated when we had to go away again two weeks later. He is not the same bird and it can get quiet scary when he decides to attack you for moving the remote away from him so he doesn't chew the buttons off. His attitude has gotten to the point where I'm ready to let him go. Madeleine on the other feels as if Steve chose her and is willing to persevere for a while longer. Has anyone had similar things happen to them with their birds? And if so what did they do to remedy the situation? He has heaps of toys and gets to fly about pretty much all day. He is only put in the cage to sleep. It's almost like he's acting like a spoilt teenager. Please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    He does sound like a spoiled teenager...lol. Rule of thumb, it takes a parrot about 30 days to acclimate to a new home and come to know you as their 'flock'. But they are like children, and after that they may try different behaviors to get attention, or to be dominant. They do often have a 'teenage' period during maturation where the behavior can be like what you described, though from what you said, I think your bird may be a little young for that.

    Any change in established routine, environment, or companions is difficult for them. Establish a routine and stick to it. Rather than giving the bird free rein in the household, you could try to give him some specific times out of his cage for exercise and to interact with you. If he mis-behaves while out, then you can use return him to his cage early as a notice that the behavior is unacceptable. When he is being good, offer treats, praise, and lots of interaction. Time, affection, and patience are necessary.  Parrots are wonderful companions and I'm glad Madeleine is willing to be patient and perservere.
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Ben - 2014-02-05
An eastern rosella flew out of a tree and landed on my girlfriends shoulder. It was looking seriously malnourished and desperate. Needless to say Madeleine brought it home. When I saw it I didn't believe it was an eastern rosella, it had no feathers on it upper body what so ever, and without any feathers on his face he reminded me of Steve buchemi with his google eyes. That's how he got his name Steve. Steve was surprisingly tolerant of human contact, it was almost like he was hand reared and had escaped. After some research we worked out he was still very young as he still had juvenile down under his wing feathers.

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johnny kap - 2009-10-25
I have a clown triggerfish, a picasso triggerfish, and a panther grouper in a 10 gallon tank and they are doing fine so far! They never fight and when they do it seems they are just playing. They are great fish!

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  • John - 2010-05-10
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    I hope you're joking... that's just wrong and incredibly cruel. None of those fish belong in a 10g tank! By now, I'm guessing all three would have either died from ammonia poisoning or killed each other... do a little research before buying fish; what you're doing is called animal cruelty.
  • Steve - 2010-10-18
    These fish should never be placed in a 10 gallon tank. This tank is way too small. They definitely would fight.
  • Mike - 2010-12-12
    Really???? In a 10 gallon??
  • chris - 2011-01-10
    For those fish you need at least a 100 gallon tank. That's wrong.
  • Hew Janus - 2011-02-09
    You need to do a lot more research into what you are buying and what its needs are.
    Saying you have had one of these for ages (7 months) is talking rubbish.... they can live anything up to 25yrs. get to 20" and become more and more aggressive as they get older. As they mature the become very territorial, and will fight and kill any other fish in the tank. They need at least a 200 gal Tank. And they need mental stimulus.
    Learn before you buy. As you are just wasting your money and killing a pet.
  • jacson - 2012-01-06
    I like the clown triggerfish.
  • Frank - 2013-01-17
    I seriously hope this is a joke,,,,,,SERIOUSLY??!!!?!?
  • JFK - 2014-02-06
    I nano tank can be used for months to quarantine new large fish, I read an extra large angelfish or trigger fish need a thirty gallon. I tried it, they left out you need flow (circulation pumps), and skimmers rated for 150 gallons, I did twice that. Anything 5-7 inches can't survive in a 10 gallon (large to extra large salt water fish). I pet store in CT sold me a show size queen angelfish once in a 10 or 20 gallon, they where about to push it into a net, I told them they have to use a large jar or bucket (they seemed dumb and dumber). The type of fish is not the point, its the size, allot of the comments don't make any sense, you should post something meaningful and useful to other people based on experience and positive results. I just had to put a 4 inch Blue-lined trigger fish in a 10 gallon, it was attacking everything in its path, that will change quickly, its hard to get three fish the same size when ordering on the web, never happens, or the order is partially filled.
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Jana Beth Berry - 2014-02-03
About 2 weeks ago, my goldfish started growing these bumps on his nose/ upper lip. Now there are 3 of them. He is about 7-8 inches long , shares a tank with another goldfish of the same size and a 14 inch pleco. They are in a 30 gallon tank with 2 filters, one for a 25-50 gallon tank and one for a 10-15 gallon tank. I haven't used chemicals in their tank since right after it was set up. They seemed fine until this growth a couple of weeks ago.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    If your fish is a variety that has a cap, like an oranda or lionhead, it could just be the beginnings of his cap.
  • Jana Beth Berry - 2014-02-04
    I dont believe he is, but I am not sure. He is at least a year and a half old now. I got him from the 25cent tank at the pet store. I am not familiar with those breeds of gold fish. Would it take this long to grow his cap?
  • Jana Beth Berry - 2014-02-04
    I just looked up the oranda and lionhead goldfish. He looks like neither one. He has a single tail and a dorsel fin. I cant figure out how to upload a picture on here to show what I am talking about.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    If you fish is eating an acting normal, I wouldn't worry too much. As far as the cap... The cap is known as a 'wen'. It can starts to show some as early as 3 - 4 months, but it really starts forming at about 1 - 2 years, and becomes full in about 2 - 2 1/2 years.
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K.Swapnil - 2012-05-20
I have a pair of Indian rose ringed parakeet ....
and they are 2.3 months old......

I have two que. to ask:
Q1.When the black lining/strip would appear around the male's neck
Q2.one have them has a prob. that it produce a very low sound like if its throat is not well and by looking it closely i noticed when it opens its beak to make sound a very thin layer of water formed and burst.....Wat is the problem with it

Please answer these and try to email me at swap.blue@gmail.com

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  • Ron Sorkar - 2014-02-05
    You should not give them banana.that makes problem to create good sound. i am also a bird lover. i have also a parakeet bird male. The black ring will arrive after 8 to 9 months.
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Zoey - 2014-02-05
Please can some one help me my cousin got a angel fish 2day and her black knife keeps attacking it is this normal?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    A Black Ghost Knife can get aggressive with its own or similar species, possibly like those nice flowing fins of the angel! Making sure the tank isn't too small, these guys reach 20' in length, and that there are plenty of hiding placed all around the tank can help.
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Tanya Good - 2014-02-05
My Regent parrot, Milo will be 26 next month. Yes, I have had him the entire time. Anyone have a 'realistic' life span range for these birds? Everything I have read is 20-25. Well, he has surpassed that! Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    You rock! Your Regent is well cared for, and long-lived. I have read 25, and up to 30 years as an average lifespan for these birds.
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david watson - 2014-01-11
hi i got my english bull terrier 5 month ago as she was left tied up in a back yard and the owners didnt want her iv took it day by day with her and she came 2 and was doing brillint up ntill last 3 week she is not eating proper and he as nibbled the fur off all her 4 paws i took her to the vet n he said she as the worest case ov exma so i gotsum tablets off him cost 54 pound and they never helped 1 bit so i rang bk my vet n he said best thing to do is to put her down so i av not gone bk with her dose any1 v any advice 4 me plzzzzzz dave

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  • NN - 2014-01-21
    Hi Dave, You have done the right thing ignoring your vet, that is so extreme and should only ever be considered in dire cases. Once you take them in they become part of the family and that doesn't become an option. There are lots of treatments available and I found the best to be the natural ones. Our old English use to get sore feet as they tend to wee on them when they go and it burns the skin. Firstly try washing her feet often and drying properly. We also found antihistamine work to help with inflammation. Humans use a oat bath to soothe skin complaints so that may be worth a try?!? Soak oats in some tights in warm water then use that to wash with. Lastly you could try Manuka honey, it's expensive but can work wonders for lots of things for man & dog. You can try melting a tsp In warm water (not hot as you'll damage the goodness) and rinsing the area with it and also feeding it to the dog can sometimes help their natural immunity. I really hope one of those helps and if in doubt you can always contact a reuse center before you put a dog down for advice.
  • G.Baker - 2014-02-05
    Hi. I am so glad you did not listen to your vet.English Bull terriers are prone to a lot of skin problems and vets tend to want to stuff them with drugs. Our bull terrier is suffering from inter digital cysts which is common also in bull terriers. The vet recommended all types of drugs for this complaint which when we researched them they caused all kinds of problems in the long term. I think it is better to try more natural treatments to cure the skin infections that this breed suffers from. Firstly look at the diet you feed your dog as a lot of these breeds have allergies to certain foods and a lot of them do not get on well with grains in the commercial foods. I would try a more natural diet if that is possible and if you can get some pure salmon body oil not salmon liver oil. If you can obtain this add a little to the food each day, start it gradually then build it up to the correct amount for your dog. Again as the other person suggested try an oat wash, as this soothes the skin. Hope this helps,
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