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Meghan Dietz - 2014-05-17
I have some swordtails that aren't growing! I've had them for a long time, and you'd think they were grown-ups by now! Please help, I want to breed them! ~Meghan, 12 years old

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beverly - 2012-05-01
i bought a fancy fin goldfish at the local pet store, bout 2 days ago. this morn when i went to feed her i noticed that there are long hair like stringey stuff hanging off her.under her body and from her fins, i have read alot bout fungs, but have not seen anything that looks like it ,, what do you think? thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    A dip or bath in Mebromin. There are other dips out there depending on fungus.
  • beverly - 2012-05-01
    i put a littl drop of primafix in her tank,, i hope thats ok, its what the pet store recomended, i will get what you suggested,, thanks for you quick responce
  • G.B - 2012-05-20
    i think you'll find thts probly their own 'fish-mess' , also i was going to quickly ask seeing as you seem confident about ur messages, can fantail goldfish and Ryukin breed/mate together? because i was thinking about getting one of each of those for my goldfish bowl, as im a beginner on them. and they seem pretty easy to look after and i just love fish and animals! Please reply, thanks! G.B
  • Matt Anderson - 2014-05-17
    Hi G.B. Although there has been an unfortunate tradition of keeping goldfish in bowls, I highly suggest you don't keep the fish in a bowl. Not only are the fish very messy and need heavy filtration, but goldfish grow to a foot long when kept in proper conditions. Unless you can get a 30 gallon tank I suggest you don't get goldfish. No fish can be kept in a bowl.
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MS. H. Ollava - 2012-01-26
Are these the horses that walk with their hind quarters down? PLS reply.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    They have a unique walk to them and are very comfortable to ride. Narrower an the walk and smooth. Not exactly sure what you mean by hind quarters own? Tucked?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    I did some research on hindquarters on a walk in a horse and any of the material I found said that some horses can be 'trained' to walk with the hindquarters lower or tucked but it is a training. It is not a natural thing and in fact will disrupt the natural gait of the horse. It is used fo show, tricks and is not a natural gait for a horse and if the horse appears to naturally walk like this, there is probably something wrong. On this note, vets went into breathing in the abdomen and the side to side gait and why it is there etc and it was over my head on the terms. Regardless, anything I could find said not natural for hindquarters to be own.
  • Brooke - 2014-05-18
    Yes, that form of walking is referred to as 'the big lick'. It has a lot of controversy on wether or not it is harmful to the walking horse. Some of the trainers do a thing called soaring to promote the gait, but it is highly illegal and looked for at all of the shows. The stacked and weighted shoes are commonly used, but can cause long term hoof and leg problems. Tennessee walking horses can do much more then the big lick, that is just one thing they commonly are trained to do. I own one myself and he just rides pleasure and never big lick trained.
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Betty L Shepherd - 2014-05-18
I got my maximillians pionus ( Webster ) when he was 1 yr. old....My husband had just passed away.  I lived with my Daughter and family.  None of them paid any attention to him,  He is 19 yrs. and I've had him 18 yrs.  His first owner was a man and he hand fed him, then at 6 months old a lady brought him to the pet store where I worked part time.  I fell in love with him the first time I heard him say Hi! Sweetheart... that did it for me.  My husband always called me Sweetheart until he passed away.  Problem:  He doesn't like anyone but me and he doesn't want anyone near me especially a guy.  I tried socializing him but with none of the family trying to be friends with him he doesn't like anybody.  Is it too late to help him like other people?  I have a schnauzer and a cat.  They all get along fine together.

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Alivia - 2008-05-27
I've had mice for a long time now. I recommend them as pets for someone who doesn't have much space, and wants a pet that is cheap. Mice can be a great starter pet for children that are mature enough to understand the fragility of such a small animal. I work in a petshop and see a lot of mice come and go every day, they're wonderful pets if you are willing to spend time playing with and taming them. Each of the mice have been handled daily from birth and are so friendly they run up and sit on my hand when I put it in their tank. I keep both boys and girls separately, but I recommend that you only own mice of one gender even if you keep them separatley unless you are intending to breed. No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. If you're looking at getting pet mice, the best thing to buy is a tank with a secure lid, as long as there is plenty of ventilation. Paper cat litter or Carefresh are great bedding for a mice tank, but I add shredded paper and unscented tissues to their houses and nestboxes so they can have a comfy bed. My boy Aslan tears up his tissues and makes a huge nest he sleeps in the middle of, it's extremley cute (: An important thing to realise is that female mice especially may contract tumours, when this happens there is very little you can do besides having them put to sleep humanely at the vet's when the tumour begins to impend their movement. This happened to my little girl Esme a few months ago, and though it was very upsetting, I'm glad her life ended before she had to suffer. I breed my mice ethically occasionally to sell at the petshop where I work when we are low in supply, this way I can meet the owner's of their future homes. The only way I will sell one of my babies is if I believe the person will honestly care for that mouse as well as I would, because they are taken care of very well at home.

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  • Meghan Dietz - 2014-05-18
    Yes, I have a mouse named Rosie. I like your care sheet! (Whatever you call what you wrote) And I agree completely on your information on how you care for your mice. I enjoy the mouse that lives in my room, and being 12 years old, I know quite a bit about these wonderful rodents. Ask any questions! I can answer them, I'm always on this site for information about all kinds of favorite animals! Thanks for reading! You're totally awesome about mouse facts! :) =) :P
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hira - 2014-03-31
I have a pair of plum head parakeets. They both are very friendly with me because I am the only one to entertain them. They are very jolly and sometimes become a shouting monkey to get my attention. I love them. I have recently gotten a female parakeet for my mino (male parakeet). She in a few days has adjusted amazingly. But the problem here is that I don't know when they will breed? I want to become aunti of their kids. :) They play with each other and have an open environment, they go from one room to another. I have set some flowers and tree stumps to make my place look like a forest. But when will they breed? I am really worried. Please help me. Want to become aunti hira..

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  • pankaj holkar - 2014-05-18
    Hello no need to worry these are also like other birds and you are petting them. All you need is to provide them nesting boxes according to ther size and they get mature for mating after 3 years. Female will start spending time in a nestbox, that is the sign that she is ready to breed. And will allow male for sex. Remove all messes you have created in your house. They need their mood, their time and privacy. All you need is to provide them time.
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Ruchika - 2014-03-23
I found him on the roadside and he is with us from a month and he only has guava and barley. What must we feed him and he is not friendly and we are worried he is afraid. Tell us what to give him and what we have to do to make him play with us.

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  • hira - 2014-04-02
    Hi my plum eats bread dipped in tea or even garevi. He eats corn, strawberries, mangoes, apples...almost all types of fruits. You can try giving them these. :)
  • pankaj - 2014-05-18
    Ruchika provide them kacha mango, green indian chillis, some sprouts, and like oats chane ki daal
  • Alex - 2014-05-28
    Hi there, do you still have the male and is he tame? Looking for an untamed male for my female in the aviary.... she has been very lonely since her partner passed away :(
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Jennifer - 2010-05-01
I have an abyssinian guinea pig and his name is Spicy. He lives up to his name.
I have him trained to go into a cuddle cup when I am going to pick up to move him out of his cage to let him play. I put it down on the ground and he hops right in to go back. I also taught him to give kisses. I say can I get a kiss and he lifts his snout if he is in the mood.


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  • Sara - 2010-07-17
    Hello Jennifer,
    It sounds like you know heaps about Abyssinian Guinea Pigs, and I need a lot of idea's of how to keep one. I might be buying one next year and I need all the help I can get. I'm scared it won't like me or will run away, or poo a lot in my house, and then my house will get all smelly and mum won't like that!
    Any help?

    Sara, age 10
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-18
    Deer Sarah don't be scared of the gp not liking you it will be nervous at first but if you spend time with it, it should bond with you:-) You will have to clean it's cage around once a week, also you should do lots of research on the breed before buying it and properly consider a cage mate (OF THE SAME SEX):-) :-)
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Animal-World info on Black Moor Goldfish
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Laylovv - 2009-10-31
Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor. If you are extremely experienced then disregard as you know what types can live in harmony. Moors are my favorite:) It makes me ill when I hear "I just bought a new moor goldfish and put him in a bowl" Or " my other fish nip my moor and scare him to the other side of the tank" Or "My moor is in a 3 gallon tank".

These fish CANNOT compete with anyother fish for food. If you think it is funny when your other fish nip at him try putting a pitbull in your bedroom and when ever you try to sleep it bites you. This is what your putting your Moor goldfish through. They are not athletes and their eyesite is poor but they have the best personalities of all fish I have owned. To kill a fish out of ignorance is still your fault. If you have killed more than 2 fish then pick a different hobby. Fish are not for children. If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta. If you do not have the money for a filter that is $20-$30 then go get a betta. If you do not have the money to buy your moor antibiotics or melafix or other remedies when it gets sick then you should not have a fish. MOOR GOLDFISH ARE THE MOST DELICATE FISH. DO NOT GET A MOOR GOLDFISH IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD A FISH BEFORE.

Start with a Betta, or a NON-FANCY Goldfish. Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility.

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  • Mike - 2010-03-02
    "Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor?

    The statement you've made is incorrect: I have a 30 gallon tank with a moor, tele, and dojo loach for the past 5 years and they get along fine, you don't have to house them with just moors as long as your goldies aren't fighting they can be housed with a bunch of different fish excluding aggressive fish as they will nip and bite at them.
  • Paige - 2010-03-16
    "If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta."

    Actually, water for a Betta should be changed more often than a Black Moor Goldfish, depending on the side of the tank. Anything under 1 gallon should have at least a 50% (preferably 100%) water change daily; anything over 1 gallon to five gallons should have a 20-30% water change weekly. Bettas are extremely prone to fin rot from dirty water, and although they are not overly dirty fish, their water does get contaminated fairly quickly.

    Please do not assume that Betta fish are the easiest of fish to care for. Contrary to popular belief, they in fact should not be kept in anything under 1 gallon, because the lack of surface area for them to move around in can cause them to get ill very quickly. Bettas also need a slightly warmer water temperature, from about 70F to 80F. Although Bettas are good for beginners, they can't be completely disregarded when it comes to care. If these small needs are fulfilled, these fish can be great pets that are full of personality :)
  • Ferrell - 2010-04-21
    Thats mean saying that kids cannot take care a black moor I just bought a black moor and my sis bought a shunbunkin yesterday. Today Blackie (black moor) is now the boss of the tank against a shunbunkin. I can change my water in the 2.5L fish tank. This is my first time having a fish and blackie is doing great with Sparkles (shunbunkin)
  • Gabi - 2010-06-21
    Hello Laylovv, I just red your comment about the Moor Goldfish; I got one for my anniversary, and he seems a little bit sick. Like wanting to be under some rocks that I have in my aquarium. And he also is having some strange actions like ''seeing dead'' or laying on his side. I'm so sad, I don't want him to die :/. Can you help me? Is there an antibiotic or a remedy that I can give him? Or do you know why is he doing this weird stuff? Thank you so much
  • Noah - 2010-06-23
    "Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility."

    Although Bettas might be ok in a tank that small, "regular old goldfish" need even more room than fancy goldfish like Black Moores! Common, comet, and shubunkin goldfish need 20 gallons per fish as they can attain a size twice as large as fancy goldfish.
  • betty - 2010-07-26
    I keep and love goldfish as well as bettas. There are many misconceptions that bettas can handle "dirty" water easier. It is very hard on them and I believe just as hard as on a goldfish. If you do want to start with a betta, decide to give it a good life by keeping its water clean and warm. If you decide to go with Moors, {I agree not the best first fish} be very sure they are getting food in their quite small mouths. They can slowly be starving, until one day they are limp and almost unable to respond. They can really have a hard time getting enough food. They need more observation than say Orandas or Lionheads but are wonderful.
  • Leah Macdonald - 2010-08-02
    I started out with 3 moor goldfish and they were fantastic. Two of the three died not long after I got them although they were not particularly healthy from the start as the shop I got them from was not very good. I still have one of the three which has lived quite happily with a fancy goldfish for the last 3 years in a 60L bio-orb tank. I also have another moor in another 60L tank which lives comfortably with 6 white clouds and 2 orandas with absolutely no problems. From my experience they can live well with other types of fish it just depends on the circumstances but I agree that they should not be kept in a bowl or a 3 gallon tank as they do grow quite big. I have one which started out as less than an inch big and is now at 6 inches in just 2 years.
  • jennie - 2013-03-21
    I have my black moore with another fancy gold fish and they r doing good so I don't know were u get ur info but it isn't true
  • Adam - 2013-07-11
    Got a Black Moor today after having goldfish for quite a few years, within a matter of minutes I noticed one of my gold fish chasing and nipping the moor, luckily I have a smaller tank which I have put my gold fish in and left my moor in the 54L tank, quite a character!
  • Jillian - 2014-03-14
    -_- NOT impressed with the Pit Bull comment. I love my Black Moor, but I love my Pit Bull too and I have a real problem with people using these beautiful animals as an example of nastiness and meanness. NOT impressed.
  • helga - 2014-05-23
    I have 3 goldfish and 2 black moors. I bought them at Walmart lol, but now after 3 years the goldfish have grown to 6 inches and the moors as well. I do have them outside in a 100 gallon metal tank and the Arizona winters don't bother them at all. The only weird thing is: one of the black moors has now turned almost completely orange. The black moors figured out pretty quick to come up with the goldfish when I throw food in the tank, and they may not see that great, but they sure get their share of the food. I do have a good filtration system in the tank. I wonder how long those fish will live?
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    Dude, Bettas NEED filters.
  • Joe - 2014-06-05
    I had a black moor with two commons and two Shubunkins. My moor chased and nipped at them when I first got him. I had to put him in a separate tank while my Shubunkins tails healed. After a few weeks in solitary confinement I put him back with the rest of the gang. He learned his lesson and never nipped them again. Unfortunately he and two of the others eventually died from a severe fungal infection. Gave them all their meds but the meds took too long to kick in. I won't bother with a moor again quite simply because I don't trust myself to care for it properly.
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platypuses rock - 2010-03-22
I have 2 shorthairs and they are brother and sister. Their names are chico and lilly. They get along well and they are so affectionate!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-04-18
    stinky awesome
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-25
    Cool I have two of them too. Also a brother and sister. Katie and Captain.
  • KittyGirlSurpreme - 2014-05-24
    I've got two cats as well named Emily and Grace. They're sisters. They're both shorthaired tabbies. Grace is a ginger and Emily is actually a tabby tortoiseshell called a Tobby. Meaning she's got orange and brown stripes. They're really cute. I just got them.
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