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Candy - 2009-06-05
I had a similar experience as Freddie - My husband and I were moving and I cleaned out the fish tank and put all of my fish into a huge tote to transport them to our new house. I had a pyramid in my tank at the time and I forgot about my spotted (I never saw him eat EVER and I would only see him if i had the tank light off - he would come out of hiding.) I put all of my decorations into a garbage bag and my grandparents drve everything to my new house in their van. I started setting up the tank and had it filled aobut half way and I was cleaning off the plants a bit. I moved my plants and in the bottom of the bag was my spotted! I panicked a little bit but he had enough water in the bottom of the bag he survived and is at his 3rd home now! (I moved across the country and had to leave my fish with my parents) LOL! It was a crazy story I had to share!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-02-05
    That's awesome
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Leah - 2014-02-05
My golden dojo loach is about 5 months old. He is in a 46 gallon tank with a common pleco, rainbow shark, amd a dwarf neon gourami. The tank has a live plant (along with hiding places and rocks), filter, sand, and heater. A few days ago I noticed he sort of floated from his tail end but managed to keep himself where he wanted to be. An hour ago I noticed he was floating upside down at the top and breathing. I have been watching him and I notice he is trying to flip back right side up but can't seem to do it. I'm very worried about him and not sure what to do. I have a smaller tank with my dwarf frog that I could transfer him to but I don't want to make him more uncomfortable with the transfer. I also don't know if he's been eating enough. I feed them a very good amount but the gourami and shark seem to always be hungry and eat. I've caught the shark chasing him around the tank a few times but the loach doesn't have any noticeable injuries. Just a little pale. Please help me out. I love this lil guy.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    These are strong fish, but he sounds like he's very stressed, most likely from the tankmates A separate tank to recover would be good, and make sure there are plenty of hiding places, especially with soft whispy plants.
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jolene rockwell - 2014-02-03
I have one of these, he lives with my orange toadfish, and I have actually seen him smack the toadfish in the face with his tail fin and the toadfish just sits there! He is a silly little fish and I like him a lot!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    That's very cool... and a funny story too!
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Mercedes - 2014-02-04
The cinnamon bunny is a mixture of rust with gray.

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Bethanny Parker - 2014-01-26
The rabbit named Bob in the photo is not a New Zealand rabbit. New Zealands are always solid-colored, either black, white, red, or very rarely, gray. But they are never mixed colors. That is either a mixed-breed rabbit or some other breed entirely.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-02-04
    There are such things as mixed colors if you're in the ARBA.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    It was great of the person to share his bunny too, it's very adorable!
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Stacey - 2014-02-02
I bought my daughter two male rats late July 2013, one hairless which was 1 month and a white one which was 3 months. Took them to the vet 2 weeks later once I found a vet that took exotic pets. They got a clean bill of health. On Thursday around 5pm I went to do my daily cleaning of the cage, change the liter pan daily and feed them and fresh water, I notice the hairless which is Rascal was just laying in his hut. This is not normal for him because we call him our hyper boy. He was cold as ice, tried warming him up with heating pad and took him to the vet on Friday. The vet couldn't tell if he had phenomena she would have to get an x- Ray and she said that was not a guarantee account of rats can't hold there breath and he is to sick to sedate. So she gave me medicine for Rascal that was sick and for Ratouille to take as well for 2 weeks. Rascal died Saturday 2/1/14 and my daughter was so upset. I put him in the cage for his buddy to see he had passed but he didn't seem to care he just wanted out to play. Ratatouille is showing no signs and I am a little bit worried on getting another friend for him because I don't want him to get sick. I am not looking to have Rats forever, thought this would be a great first pet for my daughter . If I get a young rat I would be facing with that one being alone after Ratatouille passes and if I try to get an older rat and they don,t get along then I am face with 2 rats being alone. I have the critter nation 3 story cage which I can pull up one of the ladders and it turns out to be 2 cages. So my question is what would be the best for ratatouille with out investing in another cage and can I quarantine in the bath room tub? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-02
    I'm so sorry to hear about Rascal, a tradgedy for you all. It sounds like your vet wasn't sure what the problem was, so I would probably give Ratouille a couple of weeks before I introduced another friend, if you decide to do that. It could be that he is fine. They are very social and do like a companion. They also have a short life-span, 2-3 years, so that's the length of time you would have these pets.
  • Stacey - 2014-02-03
    Thank you, he is on the meds for 2 weeks. What age of a new male should I try to introduce to an 8 month old? Ratatouille is very friendly and playful.
  • Stacey - 2014-02-03
    Thank you, he is on the meds for 2 weeks. What age of a new male should I try to introduce to a 8 month old? Ratatouille is very friendly and playful.
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bb - 2014-02-03
What can I do? My kissing gourami didn't eat and move for a week now. He just moved from the corner to another corner, but didn't eat.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    It sounds like your fish is stressed. Gourami's don't always eat right away when you first get them due to stress, but other factors could be bullying, or your water parameters. If you determin he's not being bullied or intimidated by any other tank mates, try doing a partial water change and see if it helps.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-03
I have had my lilac for 14 years and he/she has been such a joy to have. Mine is very quiet unless he/she feels it's time to change food or water. When I first rescued my friend from an abusive owner there was no handling. I tried the glove approach boy was that a mistake! So I moved forward with a wooden perch to teach my lilac the step up routine. Still to this day I cannot just reach in the cage and and ask my bird to step up, he/she runs from me but if I stick the perch in there it isn't an issue, he/she steps right on it. I don't know if the previous owner scared my friend for life and now my feathered friend will always have trust issues. I am able to hold my bird if he/she is not near the cage. My feathered friend is very protective of me and will attack if he/she feels I'm being hurt. My husband and I were play fighting and my bird flew off the cage and attacked him and still to this day protects momma. I have my lilac in a very large cage with a double yellow nape and they are very good friends. With a little love and a lot of time you can train your feathered friend/friends but you have to be commited or a bird lover.

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Jess - 2012-05-12
my lace plant is dying and i dont know why. i got it on march 27th, 2012... had like 20 full leaves then. now it has like 2-3 baby leaves. the rest rotted off. i tried plant food, which doesnt seem to effect it. my 3 amazon swords are flourishing nicely though!
iv read multiple sites that contradicted each other on proper amount of lighting. low vs high? which one is it?
and should i plant it away from a water current or does it matter? HELP! haha This plant cost me $15!

Current water stats (which im trying to fix):
55 gal freshwater tank (started mid January 2012)

Temp: 70-78F

pH: 6.0 (was 7.4 two weeks ago. idk what made it jump down. the only new thing i added to the water was a Nitra-Zorb pad 3 days ago to help with ammonia & nitrates. I didn't read anything on the box that said Nitra-Zorb effected pH.)

ammonia: 1.0
nitrite: 0.0
nitrate: 40

Livestock:
1 Minnow, 2 Otocinclus Algae Eaters, 3 Kuhlii Loaches, 6 Flame Von Rio Tetras, 5 Harlequin Rasboras, 2 Threadfin Rainbows, 20+ female Dalmation Platties/Mollies (3 are adults, the rest are babies/fry), 2 Dwarf Gouramis, & 1 male Crowntail Betta.

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  • shannon matthews - 2014-02-01
    your lace plant might be going though shock! your sudden rise in ph was 4 marks higher than the species recommendation i'd leave it alone and let it regrow. lace plants are kinda finicky plants. if you want to test rather or not your plant food is affecting the ph buy a ph kit and get a sample of your tank water. plant this fragile plant away from from your filter currents and keep it shaded out of hot light. this plant lacks protective leaf tissue other plants have.
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Diana - 2014-02-02
I have a thirty gallon tank in front of a kitchen window. I have seven comets ranging from an inch and a half to three inches. The last two that I bought were very small in hopes that they would grow up into bigger fish as the older ones pass. My question: Why would these two latest purchases be loosing their coloring? One was white with orange dots and the other was orange with black markings. Now the first is solid white and the black on the other is barely noticeable. I bought these fish for their markings and now the markings are gone.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-02
    Goldfish color changes are usually due to genetics, and they will often change colors within six months, or even years. But it can also be a sign of illness, so watch them closely. Parasites can be a cause of color change.
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