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Clarice Brough - 2014-07-26
My favorite canaries!

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shimmy - 2014-07-26
Hello,

I know it's been a while since you posted this, but your fish probably has an ailment known as Swim Bladder Disease, a disorder that tends to affect Fancy Goldfish in particular. If your other Red Cap is exhibiting normal behavior and feeding activities, this is most likely the case. I highly recommend, should you intend on continuing to keep goldfish, to research the disease when you have time, as the following advice might make more sense.

For now, temporarily stop feeding and prepare a small amount of peas (yes, the same stuff we eat) by using plain frozen or fresh peas, rinsed and with outer skin removed. Softening might help with their intake, so soaking them to allow thawing or even boiling them slightly is okay. Goldfish should be fed 2-3 times a day - replace one of those feedings with a pea daily for the sunken one, or one each if you haven't quarantined (always a good idea) it already. Also, if you're using flake or freeze-dried feed it is generally recommended that you soak the food for several minutes with water prior to offering (freeze-dried should always be soaked prior to consumption), or consider switching to or alternating with a goldfish feed of the sinking variety.

As an added precaution, check the tank parameters to ensure they are within the ranges or levels that Red Caps prefer. If you have a tester or kit (a wise investment), double-check the numbers for all the usual things but pay especially close attention to Nitrate, high levels contributing to the cause of the disorder. If higher than normal, do a larger than usual water change and feed less.

A less likely cause of the disorder are intestinal parasites, which is hard to diagnose and probably not applicable to this situation. I'd still look up symptoms of intestinal parasites and see if the fish is exhibiting any telling signs of them in addition to sitting at the bottom of the tank.

Finally, I'd do a review of the tank to make sure that your fish are in the conditions that they thrive in, which can easily be forgotten or overlooked in the midst of other events and emergencies - especially over the long life of these fish. This would include keeping in mind that Orandas in general do not do as well as their slender-bodied cousins, such as the Common goldfish/koi, in colder or faster moving water, but still require a fair amount of surface movement at the water surface to provide that high oxygen level they require. Staying on top of tank maintenance and filter cleanings are always helpful, particularly in this case where such a sensitive body part is vulnerably exposed, and upgrading or expanding the various equipment as they grow/needs change.

Other General Tips: If you have high maintenance due to algae or other plant growth, consider moving the tank further from natural sunlight (basically, any windows) or electronics (TVs, computers), even reducing the amount of time the aquarium lights are on if you have any (timer recommended, 5-6 hours is plenty). Last but not least, make sure none of the decorations or even foreign objects are in the tank, have sharp or hard pointy parts (even those smooth ornamental displays can break to form dangerous areas), for the obvious reason! =P

Hope this helps! Email me if you need more help - fish illnesses is a tough topic, of which I am not an expert of nor am remotely qualified to discuss - but I'll do my best!

Just keep swimming,

shimmy

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Leeanne - 2014-07-24
Hi Everyone, We had a beautiful male Plumhead Parrot named Jasper! We had just moved up the Sunshine Coast, Yandina, Qld. I think it was almost the end of 2013 at the time. We had only been there for about 3 weeks when Jasper flew away and being in a completely new area and lots and lots of trees for as far as you can see, he must of lost his bearings and never came back :-( :-( he was about 4 and a half years old and had him from a tiny little syringe fed baby!!! He use to mimic my family and myself. But loved hanging out with me all the time. He use to live in the house with us and also loved spending time outside in the trees with a couple of our other birds at the time. We MISS him so very much and hope to god that he was found safely!!!!! But would loved to find him and bring him home!!!!!! If anyone up the Sunshine Coast, Yandina way and have found our baby....we would LOVE to hear from you!!!!! I know it's a long shot but I've read so many stories where animals have been reunited with their owners and am praying this will happen with our 'Jasper'!!!!! Leeanne :-)

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Thiannon Otway - 2014-06-30
Do lion heads live in Penrith NSW? And are they allowed to live in NSW? If they do, please post a 'Link' with Lionhead bunnies for sale. Since my bunny died, I want a 'lion head' bunny. I can't find any results for lion head bunnies in NSW..

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  • Jules - 2014-07-25
    I am looking for lionshead bunny in melbourne also, have you found a breeder yet? I am not having much luck. Please let me know and I will so the same for you if I come across any breeders.
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Jackie - 2014-07-25
I have two brown ringneck doves and they had two clutches of eggs. Three of them hatched but the other one was rotten. They now have three babies that are growing up fast. Is it okay if they take care of three babies or will it be too much for them.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    They should be fine taking care of three babies. A very important thing for them however, is to make sure they have plenty of water while caring for their young.
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Evan - 2009-04-28
I once had a sheperd. It died of heartworms, we gave it all it's shots too.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-10
    You don't give it shots for heartworms. They need the heartworm chew tablets every year just like flea and tick medicine every year.
  • lisa - 2011-07-27
    Heartworm are prevented with either monthly pill or monthly topical application - there isn't a shot... If you are using the proper prescribed meds for heartworm then you or your Vet should of contacted it manufacture..
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-17
    You should have given him heartworm preventative.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-16
    Heartguard is a toxic to them. Interceptor is what they take for prevention of heartworms.
  • Racelle LaMar - 2014-07-25
    Ivermectin at high doses can be toxic in breeds such as collies, that being said- it is dose dependent. The dose in Heartgard is well below the dose which will cause issues and is not a problem.
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shelley - 2014-03-25
Why does the male love bird regurgitate its food and feed the female?

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  • carrie ann - 2014-07-25
    They are falling in luv
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faythe - 2014-07-25
I have few different kinds of sharks in my tank. One has a lesion behind his eye area & some of them I've noticed blood looking color in their eyes. What can be causing that? I've changed the water to try to make sure the water quality is still good.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    It could be that they are scrapping with each other, especially if the tank is not large enough and/or lacking enough places for them to hide and take refuge from each others territories.
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Lexie Jeffress - 2014-07-11
Hi guys I'm getting 2 female pet mice today and I'm super exited! :D I was just wondering if anyone still uses this forum? Also Jasmine Hensley are you in room 4 year 7? I think I know you anyway just wondering what to expect!

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kristyn - 2014-07-24
My daughter took her two whites outside to enjoy the mild weather today, they were sitting on the car when my daughter forgot about them and came inside for dinner. When she remembered she rushed outside and was able to find her male right where she left him but we can not find the female anywhere, we searched under the car under the hood in the tire wells, around our house and year even in the trees we are frantic with worry and have no idea where to search for her. Could she go very far? It is suppose to get into the 50's tonight and we are afraid she will freeze to death. Anyone have any ideas?

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