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Debra Clymer - 2014-06-30
Today was the worst day of my life, my timneh of 40 years was found dead in the bottom of her cage this morning. I'm so devastated by this, she hasn't been ill, was fine when I left for work. I don't know if she dropped from a heart attack fell from her perch and broke her neck, I don't know what happened to cause her death needless to say this passing of her has just devastated me to no avail. I could never imagine being without her, my home has become so silent now the worst part is not knowing what happened.

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Laurene Normandie - 2014-06-30
Good Evening Everyone...I just 'rescued' 2 synodontis catfish,  from my son who could not longer keep his tank. 

My question is...Both of them appear to have 'sores' or what  looks like inverted barnacles.  Not sure what to do. They are about 3 years old and both have cataracts. 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It sounds like they have cloudy eyes, along with the sores, which are most likely the result of poor husbandry.  Try treating them with an antibiotic. You can also add some Melafix to the water (tea oil remedy for fish that helps with wounds and helps reduce infection). Also be sure you have a large enough tank for them with some rocks or wood to create hiding places and keep the tank clean with regular water changes. 
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Debra Clymer - 2014-06-30
My love and best friend died this morning, I had her for 40 years. (My timneh) needless to say I'm devasted over her passing. She was not ill. Fine when I left for work this morning. couple hours later she laid dead on the bottom of her cage. Worst part is not knowing what happened to her. Heart attack? Did she fall from her perch and break her neck? Don't know I always thought I'd be the one to go first.. My home is so quiet now it's so hard to be in it because of the silence. To everyone who owns a timneh they are the greatest. I know as time goes by pain lessens but the hole in my heart will forever be there. Miss you so much my feathered friend.

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Ronald&Rhonda - 2014-06-30
Just purchased Sam. He's(?) a 4 month old Meyers. Things moved pretty quick for Sam. He got to the pet store on Friday and we picked him up on Sunday. 2 moves in quick succession. Today is the next day from purchase (Monday) and he started eating and drinking this evening. He has a pretty hard bite! Searching online for tips to break this. From what I see, just training for trust by doing a couple tricks should do it. We're looking forward to a long happy relationship with Sam. He's our first pet bird, so we all have a lot of growing up together.

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Animal-World info on Redcap Oranda Goldfish
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Cheyenne - 2011-11-26
I have a 55 gallon hexagonal tank with a medium sized redcap oranda goldfish her name is Puff. And I believe she has a fungal infection, but I'm not sure. I also have a Rexa XP4 Filstar filter. Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Try Animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms Symptoms and look at symptoms. Also look at Fungal diseases. Identify which one (if any) your little guy has and the corresponding treatment is listed.
  • abhinav bhattarai - 2014-06-30
    Cheyenne, your red caps are suffering from a disease called white fungus. You should buy a medicine from the fish store and put a single drop in the water. If it does not work then you should keep your fish isolated.
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Animal-World info on Turkish Angora Cats
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Kelly Curtis Spangler - 2013-05-21
I adopted a 5 yr old Turkish Angora. She is white with one blue and one gold eye. They say on here (the video) that they don't need much grooming, however, my Lilly sheds like crazy leaving the chair she claimed as her 'throne' white. Also I find balls of fur everywhere lol. Well I also have two black British Bombay cats and one Black and White long hair cat and they shed a lot less. Other than that, she is the best kitty ever. She licks you and hugs you and she loves to what I call 'Happy Paw' for confort. She def. took charge over the other cats as the Alpha cat. LOVE this breed, just wish the fur would stop flying. ahhahah!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    She sounds adorable, but then... I'm partial to long-haired gorgeous cats too:)
  • Kelly Curtis Spangler - 2013-06-05
    She is !! :)
  • Jase - 2014-02-26
    I have a bombay and he is the coolest little kitten. My daughters talked me into him after years of hating cats and never wanting one, I have to say I am glad we adopted him. I have READ that the Angora breed does not get its full coat till around 2 years old which might be when it stops shedding so bad. I also read that they will shed a lot more in hotter climates. If that helps I don't know.
  • Leela - 2014-07-01
    You should get furgopet comb, it helps A LOT. I tried many different brushes and mitts. This one works so well and even my other short hair cat likes it. I found two angora kittens so I have a lot of brushing to do ^.*
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Animal-World info on Platinum Gourami
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Jamie - 2014-07-01
MY female platinum Gourami keeps picking on my male golden Gourami. I don't know what to do to stop this, help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Gouramis are very territorial, and will often fight with each other. This is especially true when you have only two. Three work much better, so try adding a third. Also provide many hiding places with plants that reach up to the surface, so they aren't always in each others faces. Some folks even suggest water changes and mixing up the food you offer, but I'm not familiar with whether these will work or not.
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texbird - 2010-07-29
I second the Camelots are NOT for beginners comment.

Very intelligent. Have a sense of humor.
Very bonded to their owner. Want to be on you or near you all the time.
Get bored easily, need toys and stimulation.
Mouthy/nippy/chewers - must train not to pinch you.
Can be loud if unhappy or bored.
Need lots of out of cage time & attention with you. If you can't devote at LEAST 2 hours a day or more interacting with them don't get one.
Can easily become a one person bird if not trained to socialize.
Also if you have a temper don't get one - they don't respond well to yelling. - need calm but firm corrections.

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  • Ellen Moskowitz - 2010-08-03
    Where can I find more photos of the Camelots birds? I am trying to improve a painting I did from an old photo.
  • pernell - 2011-02-02
    Hi my name is pernell I was wondering if you have any loose camelot tail feathers that wanna sell or give? It's for my baby daughter...write back...ok? Thank you...
  • Noble Thomas - 2014-06-29
    Hello, My name is noble, I am looking for a Camelot macaw. Please e mail me more details. Thank you.
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arlene - 2014-01-28
Hi, i have a chug tht my father rescued from the garbage disposer he brought her to me when she was 3mths old..my daughter named her beauty.. she is very playful and loves my daughter but unfortunately my daughter has asthma and lately beauty been shedding so much hair and im afraid im gonna have to give her away..it breaks my heart because i already have a year with her and i love her so much..so im writing here to see if this is normal for a chug and if anyone has any remedy or suggestons on what to do.. i know my daughters health comes first but when my daughter hears we giving her away she starts to cry my daughter has no siblings so beauty is her best friend.. :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-28
    She sounds like a great pet, and I would try to alleviate the problem rather than anything else. Because of their heritage they are big shedders. You can't prevent her from shedding but regular grooming can help reduce the amount of hair that falls out. Regularly brush your chug to help remove loose hair. Bathing once a month will help also, but too much bathing can cause dry skin. Still you can use a wet towel and rub your chug's fur. The damp towel will also catch loose hairs.
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-28
    thank you clarice..i will do that.
  • arlene - 2014-01-28
    Thank you clarice, I will do that.. so chugs are big shedders..ohno!!! :'(
  • Alana - 2014-03-27
    Hi Arlene. Before you get rid of your beloved dog, know that it is normal for Pugwawas to be shedders. They lose hair frequently, but if you brush them daily and wash them once every 2 or 3 weeks, they usually are just normal shedders. Do not get rid of your dog; it sounds like your daughter needs her in her life. Best of luck to you, Alana.
  • Barbara Maycott cash - 2014-06-27
    Use flax seed oil. In her food. The SHEDDING WILL STOP. I HAVE AN ENGLISH BULLDOG. HER SHEDDING HAS subsided tremendously. Get it at walmart in the vitamin Area. It's a green bottle. It's only $6 .. In two weeks you'll see a HUGE DIFFERENCE.
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Beth - 2014-06-28
Hi, my husband and I have a kissing fish, and we have had this fish for 11 years! The fish has had no other tank mates, due to the other times we have tried to put other fish with it, it has become aggresive and they ended up hiding from the kissing fish and have died. I am just now reading up on this fish and didn't realize it needed such a large tank. We have a 10 gallon tank and the fish is rather large. Very mellow fish for the most part except when we tried to put other fish with it.

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