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M2mom - 2004-01-26
For really solid info on Moluccan cockatoos or just cockatoos in general please visit http://www.mytoos.com

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  • kathy Poirier - 2014-09-07
    that is a really good site, very informative.
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Michael Chandler - 2014-07-13
I have 2 spotted water turtles. One male and female. My friend gave them to me. There beautiful. I don't really know how to care for them. This site helped a lot. I think there trying to mate. What do I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Water turtles need to be sexually mature to breed, for most that is about 5 years of age. There's not much you can do to encourage breeding other than let nature take its course, however here's some basics. Usually there is a cooling period, a hybernation type stage (winter), followed by normal temperatures and diet. When they go into breeding mode, males can become rather aggressive with other turtles, and both male and female may not eat much. The female will  need a place where she is comfortable laying eggs, a sheltered area with soft soil along with some 'security' decor like rocks or logs. a gravid female will lay several clutches of about 2-10 eggs with several weeks between each clutch laying. Each clutch takes anywhere from a day to 48 hours to lay. A warm consistent temperature is the most important thing needed for the eggs to develop. Some people will use an incubator but a natural outdoor nest works too, especially in areas with warm to hot days. The egg nest needs to have soft materials and the eggs should not be turned. Eggs will typically hatch anywhere between  50 to 120 days.
  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    Thanks so much! The male has been constantly on the female. I have setup a basking area with soft dirt mixed with sand. I have a heat lamp facing the area. My friend brought these turtles home from Massachusetts. I have a good filter system and water level for them. I will catch crayfish for them they seem to love them. I hope she lays eggs.
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Gary Soucyspcc - 2008-07-07
I literally owned and observed these beautiful turtles throughout my boyhood in the late 50s and 60s. Living in Wolcott Connecticut my folks built a home a few hundred yards from several brooks, miles of swamps, and several ponds that housed reptiles and amphibians. It was not uncommon on any given summer day that we would encounter water, milk, grass, hognose, copperhead, black racer, ring, garter, and rattlesnakes. We had turtles everywhere including Bog, Spotted, Wood, Painted, Box, Snapping, and Musk Turtles. It was like living in Paradise for a kid who loved the magic of the outdoors that was virtually untouched by civilization and so called progress! The Spotted turtle was my hands down favorite; both gifted with a friendly disposition and a color scheme only God could have created. These turtles were truly cornerstones of a great childhood I was lucky enough to have grown up in. I feel today that the earth is losing ground and I pray for the future of our tired planet.

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  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    I really love my spotted water turtles. They are beautiful. They are not even scared of me. I have a great setup for them. My friend brought them home from Massachusetts.
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janelle - 2009-11-21
English Angoras babies for sale at 24karrotrabbits.com

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  • Anonymous - 2014-09-07
    How much do you sell them for
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imah - 2014-09-07
Hello I have a leopard pleco and I think it is pregnant so I have been doing some research. I needed to see if it was an egg layer or a live bearing fish. I searched it up and one site said that it was a live bearing fish and another site said that it was an egg layer. Also if it is a live bearing fish what are some signs to look for when it is about to give birth? I hope someone can help. Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-07
    Catfish are egglayers, as are the majority of freshwater fish species. Livebearers are mostly swordtails (like this fish), guppies, mollies,  and a few others. You can see an overview of livebearing fish on the main page of this Livebearer Aquarium Fish Atlas.
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Caroline - 2014-09-07
I have two Striped Dora catfish and one spotted talking catfish in my tank. I got them when they were all very small, only about an inch long. My two striped catfish are now 6-7 inches in length (one is slightly bigger than the other). My spotted catfish is about 5 inches, it is also quite noisy. I have had all three of them now for going on 12 years. I was so worried about moving them when I moved house 4 years ago, but they are still going strong. I have not had any issues with any of them eating smaller fish, in fact I have a group of Pygmy Corydoras (my favourite catfish) that they get along fine with.

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Sunny - 2010-03-17
I Had a 4 year old male spectacled amazon, who is looking for a girl friend :)
It is very hard for me to find a female spectacled amazon, did anybody know a breeder sale the baby female spectacled amazon?

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  • Mary Ellis - 2010-12-11
    I have a lovely female white fronted amazon called tilly and I am either looking for a male friend for her or will be willing to let her go for a minimum amount, or maybe if wishing to breed a baby please let me know.
  • mary - 2010-12-11
    Don't know whether you still have your male white front but need one urgently or am willing to do a breeding thing with my female. Let me know.
  • Mary Ellis - 2011-01-14
    Hi I have a female white fronted amazon who lost her mate last year and is desperate to find another man to share the rest of her life with. If you still have your young man or are looking for a lady for him please let me know. I am sure we can come to some arrangement.
  • linda - 2013-03-19
    do you still have your female white amazon? we are looking for a mate for our male white fronted amazon.
  • gerry vega - 2013-09-05
    I have a female also and would love to breed her. Who has a male?
  • Daniel Dolinger - 2013-10-21
    I have a 3 year old female 
  • burnfinl@yahoo.com - 2014-09-07
    I am also looking for a female spectacled amazon for my male.
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Blake & Judy - 2014-05-26
We know why GOD made animals....especially Angora Rabbits. HE hopes that we can learn how to love like they do. Never thought we would have these sweet creatures as pets....they are wonderful. Thank you GOD!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-09-07
    I like what you said but I want to know we're to get them.
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Amanda - 2013-12-02
I recently acquired a 3 or 4 year old Percheron/Paint cross. I do not know exactly how old she is, she came from an auction. The man at the auction knew her mother was a gorgeous, very large black percheron mare, and her grandmother was a very large grey percheron mare and that her father was a paint and knew the lady who she was seized from (She was rescued from a dry lot) but we were forbidden from contacting the lady. My girl is between 14 and 15 hands right now, her ankles are very large in comparison to her feet and her rump is about a hand taller than her withers. How much taller do you think she might get? Keep in mind that she was malnourished which may have stunted her growth. All comments are greatly appreciated! I just want to find out as much as I can about this beautiful girl as I have started many many horses, but never a draft of any kind. Thank you!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    From its parentage, Percherons range in height from 15 to 19 hands high while Paint horses generally stand less than 16 hands high. So it could be anywhere from 15 to 19 hands high, but my guess is that it will probably be closer to the 15ish height.
  • Brenda - 2014-01-07
    From what I have learned she is as tall as she will get, but will get bulkier. Around 5 years of age percherons will mature.
  • Kimberly Dixon - 2014-03-10
    I, too, rescued a malnourished Percheron at the age of about 2. We have come a long way! He is almost 17 hands and beautiful! The correct diet and the room to run has made such a diference with him. I think Max has topped out and will not get any taller but he is thickening up quite well. The vet said his muscle mass would not be as thick as a well nourished foal would have been but he is very thick and has the beautiful thinck percheron neck so I think it all depends on how they are fed and the conditions they are rescued to. Good luck, this big boy of mine is the best horse I have ever owned and I have 26 on my farm!
  • Jae - 2014-08-25
    Keep in mind y'all, that draft horses can grow until they are 7 or 8 years old. The bigger ones tend to take a longer time to grow, which include other breeds (except thoroughbreds, which grow too fast for their joints. [I have a TB]). My brother's quarter horse was over four when he grew another hand, topping out at 16 hands. My husband's 2-year-old percheron is between 14 and 15 now, has the largest butt in the herd, and has started on another growth spurt. I had hoped he won't be over 16 hands when he's done (for my husband's sake; he just isn't that limber.); but, seeing as there are about 5 more years of growth...I guess my husband will have to start taking pilates.
  • sherri schmidt - 2014-09-01
    ive rescued several draft horses, went in depth to learn about them, from what ive learned there are old school which are larger when full grown at about 7or 8, that is about 17 to 18 hands, the way that they get them taller is if its a male and u guild them, my mare is 18.2 hands and my fresian/percheron cross stud is 16.2, I have learned over the yrs that the best way to feed is flaked premium alfalfa mixed with beet pulp and soaked in water to consistency of oatmeal, they all love it, it keeps coat beautiful and muscle along back, because u soak it u only give about a scoop per horse, and as long as u give hay everyday or grazing u don't have to feed everyday with them, better to have high fat lower protein diet, so depending on what size the stud was u could expect about 16 to 17 hands
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    That's some great info Sherri, thanks for sharing it.
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Laura C. - 2014-09-01
I purchased a Raphael catfish about a week ago. I noticed a small white patch, not fuzzy, on his left side. Currently, the tank is being treated with melafix as I recently lost an angel fish that developed white nodules above his eyes and then developed popeye. I QT'ed the angel before it died. Does anyone know what this white patch could be on the catfish? The ph is 7.0. Temp is 78 degrees. The nitrates have been running high from 80 to 160 ppm. I just treated it again with prime and nite-out, as there was a trace of nitrites, below .25 ppm. I also did a 50 percent water change two days ago, vacuumed the gravel. I also added two plants to control the nitrates two days ago. The tank is 55 gallons and contains: 1 Cory cat 1 bumblebee cat 1raphael cat 1 tetra 1 comet gold fish 2 shumbunkins 1 gold gourami 1 needlenose gar 1 tire track eel 1 red tail shark 3 angels Please help! I don't want to lose another fish!

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  • Laura C. - 2014-09-01
    I forgot to add that I have 1 Pleco too
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    It could very well be Columnaris, which is very contagious and fast acting, but responds well to antibiotics. It is a very common disease especially for catfish, but with a quick response it can be treated. Read about it and treatments on the fish disease page here: Columnaris.
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