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Doc Green - 2014-08-05
I own a what I believe to be a male midas cichlid. I'm 95% sure he is a male. The territory displays,the attacking of everything that enters the water. The long trailing dorsal and analysis fins. Anyway mine is in a 90 gallon currently I just moved him from a 55. Now my confusion lies in were is his hump.his head is thick but it's no wider than his body. There's also no real shape from a side profile either. Is this because there's no female or am I doing something wrong? He eats fine very aggressive fairly active. Has a pond snail named turbo for a buddy. But why has this guaranteed hump not forming?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Well, hopefully it is a Midas Cichlid. Both male and female specimens can get a slight hump, but it is usually larger in males. The hump begins to form when they are mature, usually this is at about 6 inches (15 cm). I've alsoheard that the hump develops better and faster if they are very comfortable in their environment.
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Anonymous - 2014-08-04
I have a large yellow loach in my tank, among many other types of fish. However, when i cleaned my tank and but him back in it he seems bloated and floats to the top. I feel as if he is tired/annoyed . Iv heard they "fart" air bubbles to rid this, however i havent noticed. Help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    It sounds like he may be 'gulping' air when he is stressed by the transfer process, which will make them look bloated until the air is dispelled. Perhaps you can leave him in the tank when you are doing maintenance. Do only regular partial a water changes while syphoning the gravel, then you won't have to move him and hopefully you won't have to deal with stress issues.
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Animal-World info on Featherfin Squeaker
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Josh Autry - 2014-08-04
Hi, I'm new to being an aquarium hobbyist. I recently bought a 40 gallon aquarium and its running remarkably. I currently have 9 corys (3 different species...julii, emerald, and albino)n 3 red tailed tinfoil barbs and an albino BN pleco. All the fish get along quite well. But anyway, I was at my local fish store, (professional aquarists) and I noticed the african feather fin cat. They really cought my eye and I'd like to have at least 2 of them. My tank has two great homes on opposite sides of the tank and I'd have room for another cave. I know they're territorial but I'd like to see two of them in my tank. With that being said, I know I'd have to move them to a bigger tank. So my question is, how long can I have them in my 40 gal before I move them to a 55 or 75?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Your tank, as you know, is not large enough for a single adult, as one will need about 50 gallons. Moving them will depend on how quickly they attain full size. Though you should have some time, you'll have to keep an eye on them as size depends on a number of factors including age, how comfortable the fish is, and how well it is fed. Another problem you will face though, is trying to mix it with your cory cats. That is not a good mix as it will be aggressive towards them.
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Animal-World info on Black Moor Goldfish
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Charmaine - 2014-03-08
Can a black Moore be with a Siamese fighter female?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    They can be fine if the tank is large enough and there are plenty of hiding places. Plants, even artificial help to provide places for retreat.
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Animal-World info on Mackeral Tabby Color Pattern
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Eileen - 2014-08-04
I have 4 tabbys they are awesome. I have a black& brown named shamerock, she had a beautiful baby that hasgrey tiger stripes we named her Clover,a orange male tabby named James& baby Miko is a tortoise shell tabby. All colors all adorable& sweet

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Animal-World info on Budgerigars - Parakeets
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vidyumna - 2014-08-04
My bird oggy passed away .He was a legend very active.I tried to accompany female bird three times but none survived.since couple of days he became mum.as per the advice I administered antibiotics for two days.110 mg tablet dissolved in one litre water and a small quantity od this kept in the water bowl.
Next day new preparation prepared and kept
But third day i lost him.very much depressed
Why this happened.experts please let me know.want to be cautious in future.please answer

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Its hard to say why your bird died. They live on average 12 to 14 years and are very hardy. It sounds like your bird may have been sick, because you said you were advised to start an antibiotic treatment. Presumably you told them about, or they saw, physical symptoms that indicated this type of treatment. The best way to get an answer is to have your veterinarian perform an autopsy, yet even that may or may not be conclusive.
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Animal-World info on Yellow-naped Amazon
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Quentin - 2014-08-03
I have a yellow nape amazon named (Ima)and she goes to work with my wife Arla every day and she's a very good girl she stays on her perch and doesn't squack everyone in the complex knows (Ima) and the bird lady.

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Animal-World info on Russian Tortoise
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Brianna - 2013-04-24
I acquired my tortoise from a relative recently and only after much research found it to be (I hope) a Russian tortoise. Crush is a little trouble maker with some attitude lol but he is very smart and knows when it's time to eat. He has been staying in a large wooden enclosure filled with 'critter care' bedding that seems to suit him fine. Is there anything else I should provide him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-24
    These are great little tortoises, and it sounds like you're on your way to a great time with your new friend. The information above will give you a good overview of what they need. Wishing you and your Russian Tortoise all the best.
  • wayne - 2014-08-03
    Brianna you need to provide 90 degree heat at one end for him to bask under and a cooler end of 70 degrees. At night shut lights and heat off as his nights should be light and heat free to simulate his natural environment. Also his shelter should be placed at the cooler end.Best of luck,research, research, research !!
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Animal-World info on Malawi Eyebiter
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JRyan - 2014-08-03
So, I just got an eye-biter at a local pet store. interestingly enough the pet store clerk had it in with and labeled as a venustus cichlid. I knew right a way it was something unique. Anyway, now I have it in a tank by itself and am looking to add some fish mates from another tank I have. The fish I want to add are catfish so my question is whether or not the catfish I have, which are of multiple species, will be compatible with my compressiceps. Now the catfish are the same size or bigger so I know that part is alright but if anyone has any useful information for me I would much appreciate it.

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Animal-World info on Chion
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Sandi Harrison - 2013-03-22
I have an eight-month-old male Chion and he is the most lovable dog I have ever had. He got parvo three weeks after I got him even though he had been vaccinated and survived after five days in ICU. He loves everyone and I have him at my store with me every day. He loves his three 20+ pound cats, one in particular. He is a joy and when I mate him in a few months with a Chion who has the same father different mother, I am going to keep one of the litter. He's very fussy about food and pants a lot in a car, but other than that, he is snuggly and lovable and loves kids and people in general. I think having him around people all day has been good for him. He loves to play and in the yard it is impossible to catch him when he's running in circles. He is very very smart!! I love him a lot as he has stolen my heart!!

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  • Nima - 2014-08-03
    That is so beautiful! As you said, the socialization at the store has been great for him. They are very smart. We absolutely love our dog, Caya.
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