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Sharon Jones - 2014-01-31
Hi I have a shubunkin colored blue background with different colour marks on it. It's about 6/7 inches...I would like to know what other fish can I put with it? It's in an about 90 litre tank with a phelc... I've tried another fish like a fantail, had to take it back to the shop because mine kept chasing it all the time...also had another white one nearly as big, the girl said it was the same as mine but again mine was chaseing it all the time...I would love another one or 2 but don't know what to do...please can you help me out...thank you so much...sharon...united kingdom...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-31
    A couple of ideas... add 3 or more to cause distraction. Also, you can rearrange the tank when you add new fish, so that your Shubunkin has to get use to a 'new' home and so is not so bent on chasing new arrivals.
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-01
    HI clarice thankyou for your reply you mean for me to put another shubunkin with mine or a different fish ?...they sell shubunkins in my pet shop but they are much smaller than mine...there is no where i no that has bigger ones,,,i see some ppl on here have certain fish with theres so i dont no what to do shall i try different fish which i have but i dont think it was happy with them lol xxx He/she eats well and seems happy its just me thinking another one would be nice
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    These are very social fish, and do like company. But your Shubunkin is going to be around 4' when it grows up, and with your tank size that's really all the goldfish types it will be able to handle. (Goldfish put a heavy bioload on the tank.) Still its quite small right now, so perhaps you could try a few other relatively peaceful fish like mollies or guppies. (I say 'relatively peaceful' because you never know when you're going to get a jerk that doesn't follow the general behaviors for their species!)
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-02
    hi clarice thankyou for your reply shubunkin is already about 7/8 inches could i still put the fish you said in with him/her and theyl be fine ...regards sharon
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Terrell - 2013-09-03
I have a 16 months year old red nose pitbull. What is the best time to mate him, now or should I wait another year? Last, is he a truly sneak red nose potbelly cause he has a white and red body?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-04
    It is said that pit bulls shouldn't be bred until they are two years old. I would talk to the breeder you got yours from to find out about its actual type. If you don't know who the breeder is, or much about your pet, it's  not a good idea to breed it. You won't be able to produce the breed type and essentially the offspring will be mutts and there's so many in shelters right now that need good homes.
  • Jamie - 2014-01-07
    The best time to mate him is never. Millions of Pit Bulls are euthanized every year for being homeless so you would only be contributing to an already huge problem.
  • Eddie - 2014-02-02
    I have 2 rescues, don't breed.
Animal-World info on Eastern Rosella
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louise wilson - 2014-02-02
Iv got an eastern rosella parrot and shes lovely ( at times when I treat her to new equipment ). I got her given to me about 6 - 7 weeks ago and from day 1 she sat on my shoulder but did tend to bit but she wasnt being aggresive untill it came to me or anyone else putting hands in cage!!! I thought she would always be alittle aggresive but each day she is gaining more trust in me :) today she let me stroke her belly and head and she loved it!!!! Does anyone know how long their life spam is as my bird ( Rainbow ) is 7 years old??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-02
    Sounds like a wonderful bird, and they are so pretty. The average lifespan of the Eastern Rosella's is said to be around 15 years, so you should have a wonderful pet for a long time.
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Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-01-28
I have 4full grown tin foil barbs in a 120 gal tank with 1rope fish, 1eel,1cory cat and a archer. The barbs keep rubbing on the gravel and rock to the point of damaging their selves. They look like they have been descaled. I do a 50% tank change every two weeks . There is no ick and all the other fish are fine, oh and the tank is brackish . Anyone have any idea why they are doing this.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-28
    Sounds like a nice tank with some great fish. If your sure your Tin Foil Barbs don't have Ich, it could be another parasite or some other malady. 'Flashing' (scratching on rocks or gravel) is  usually caused by an irritation of the body, most often the result of  than optimal water quality. It's good that you are doing water changes. After doing 2 or 3 partial water changes over a week, see if they are still rubbing.  Interestingly, I've also read that rubbing on rocks may be an indication of indigestion. Some say it happens with the introduction of frozen fish foods.
  • Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-02-01
    Funny you should say that about frozen foods, I feed frozen krill every 2 days to the eel and rope fish, and the barbs eat the left overs. Wonder if that could be the problem. I'll only put in enough just for the eel and rope fish and remove what they haven't eaten and see if that helps. Thanks for the reply.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    I hope that helps! good luck.
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Jamie - 2014-02-01
I bought 2 German blue rams and was told they were a male and female. Turns out they are both female. Can I introduce a male?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    See the 'Social Behaviors' section above, as it gives a pretty overview of this question, partially it's dependent on your tank size.
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Anonymous - 2009-11-06
The picture of the Pony of the Americas is cute. I have one and she looks a little like her. The info was very helpful to me because I'm doing a report. You did an awesome job! bye

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  • shania-jane - 2012-03-25
    WOW nices pony. I love ponies because they are so cute bye.
  • anne - 2013-11-22
    Your pony is beautiful.
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-30
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Angel - 2014-01-30
We just bought an 8 year-old long hair chihuahua. He is wonderful! The only issue we are having with him is that if he is in the room with me, he barks and growls at anyone else who walks into the room. If I am not in the same room, he loves on anyone. How can we break him of this habit?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-31
    Barking is one of the most common problems reported by Chihuahua owners/ The are very defensive of their territory. The first thing you do, no matter what its age, is spend the time and energy to teach them basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, and come. Teach them one command at a time. Obedience is accomplished by speaking a command firmly to them and rewarding them by offering a treat when they obey. Once they achieve a basic obedience level, then you're will be able to work on changing the barking behavior. When they bark you can follow through with obedience training, teaching them to be 'quiet' on command. A good suggestions I've read  is to also remove distractions that seem to cause them alarm, resulting in barking!
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Natasha - 2014-01-30
We adopted Mia our tortie when she was 10 weeks old. When we picked her up out of the cage she was clawing wanting to get away acting like she had never been held. She is almost 7 months old now and hates to be picked up. We didnt know anything about the breed before we got her but wished we had done more research. We have to kids 6 and 3, whom the tortie was for but shes not very kid friendly. We love Mia but we wanted a lovable pet and instead got a very distant cat who hides most of the day and plays all night. Our tortie rarely is still long enough to be petted and at times she can be to aggressive when playing. Shes not interested in playing with us but she seems to entertain herself and seems happy. We are thinking about a friend for Mia but do not want another tortie. Dont get me wrong i love her but torties are not exactly Family cats they seem to do best with a single person. Any suggestions on a breed? -Signed Tortiely Disappointed

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-31
    Cats need to be socialized by 3 months of age, or it just doesn't happen. Sounds like that my be what happened to your tortie. Definitely get another cat, because that won't be the case with others.
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Carlos - 2014-01-31
Beautiful coral! but be aware that it is very aggressive and not only with other corals. I had mine for several months without a problem. One of my clown fish started hosting it. The bubble coral decided that fishes are not friends but food. One morning my little clown fish was half way inside the mouth of the bubble coral. Needless to say I got rid of the coral since I did not want any more fish ending up as the bubble coral's meal.

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sarah phillips - 2014-01-31
we had an amazon fly into our property 8 months ago she will have nothing to do with anyone but me i handle her but she loves the grand kids to play with her but will not get on their hand she cries like a baby when they leave she is 45 years old according to the band on her leg and knows several wordswe really love her


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