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Jim Simon - 2014-01-23
Hello, I have a 75gal tank , I started noticing white spots on some of my fish some flicking or rubbing on things . I treated for what I beleived was Ick . Have had a major die off of all species of fish. Now I've tried treating with E.M. Erythromycin fish still dieing.I looked very closely at front glass of tank and I can see very small white worms on glass . What do you suggest for a treatment . Any advice would be greatly appreciated .Thank you. Need help before everything dies

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    If the white spotes look like sprinkles of salt, that is the parasite Ich, but if they are a bit larger, it could be caused by the bacterium Chondrococcus columnaris, known as mouth fungus.  Erythromycin is a good treatment for that. As far as the worms, well this sounds like you may have Planaria, often referred to as White Worms. Planaria are very small flatworms, they are related to flukes and tapeworms. If you look at them closely, you can see tiny eyes as well as protrusions from the sides of their heads. Planaria doesn't harm fish, but it is an indication that something is wrong with your tank. You need to give your tank a good cleening, especially the substrate as that is where they find food. They also feed on waste and dead plants.
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Hannah - 2014-01-23
Hi me and my dad own a tank and my dad in particular is very fond of catfish and has owned many types over the years. After our chocolate talking cat fish died we bought another baby and after some time in the tank he got his fin caught in the wood. His left fin was ripped off completely including bone. After a little while he managed to rip his stump that was left off as all you could see was clearly bone and over 3 or 4 months he grew it back. He now has two complete working fins. Has anyone heard of this before as i cant find any thing on them growing back their fins and iv asked many people. It was amazing i must say as we watched week by week the fin growing back

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    That is a really cool story. I know fins can grow back, but usually they will only do so if the soft tissues are affected, this is the first time I ever heard of regrowing after the bone is damaged too/ Very cool and I wish you guys and your tank all the best!
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Jennifer Nikki Duvall- Goretcki - 2014-01-23
I received a 12 inch jag off craigslist for free.  I have a 220 gallon established African and South American set up with several fish ranging from about 9inches to 2inches. When I got the fish he was thin. The jag did not eat and I began to worry. I think he gave my tank a parasite or the introduction of him may have added stress among the fish and allowed for a already existing parasite to flourish and be exacerbated. Several of the cichlids are 'flashing'. The jag still was not eating about nine days in, around the same time I noticed the flashing, and had been what seemed to be lethargic in a cave he had claimed as his. So, although I visibly saw now ich I treated for it for three days. Then changed half the water. I mixed Epsom salt and water and entubated him (stuck a tube down into his stomach) to try and rid any intestinal parasites. A couple days later I wetted some spectrum food and entubated him with that to try and boost his energy since he had not ate in about two weeks and was rarely moving, and showed no interest in is normal pellet food, nor freeze dried shrimp! He has finally started attempting to eat his food and is actually swallowing some rather than spitting it back out. Now my concern is what the heck this parasite could be. I checked the jags gills and they are a smooth red with no sight of manifestations of parasites and I also checked another large cichlid who has also been flashing and saw nothing on its gills. There are no white spots on the body either and the three day treatment with the common blue dye color ich treatment stuff didn't seem to ease anything. My ph, nitrate and ammonia levels are never off and I check them regularly. The flashing is not a show for dominance nor for breeding. They are twitching like they have a body tick and then flashing (what almost seems involuntarily at times) around the tank. The water change of almost half the tank has helped some and I plan on changing more water this weekend and continue to do so do rid as much of the parasites in the tank as possible. Anyone have any idea what it could be or had any similar experiences?  The jag still is not very active and lays in his cave a lot.  He still looks malnourished with a slightly sunken in stomach as well. Please help.... I don't want to lose any of my fish!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    Your cichlid could have Hexamita, an intestinal flagellated protozoa that attack the lower intestine. Large cichlids are prone to this disease. A favorite  antibiotic for treating gastrointestinal diseases in cichlids is Metronidazole. It has no discernible side effects, doesn't kill fry or stress out other fish too much. And it is a moderately priced treatment when dosing the whole water volume. See more about it on our fish disease page here: Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments: Hexamita
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Laura - 2014-01-24
I have loved horses all of my life and I came across 'Gabriel' purely by accident. My neighbor and I were out hitting the local yard sales. One place we stopped at had a pretty Palimino on the back property. I commented on her. Lynn the owner said I have one for sale. It was not the Palimino however,it was Gaberiel, a 16yr old Chestnut Arabian. Lynn threw my 11yr old son up on his back and led him around the yard. Gabriel was so passive and friendly. My son had taken riding lessons over the summer but is still very much a beginner. Yet, Gabriel (Gabe)was so gentle I thought this might be a good way to continue my son in riding. To make a long story shorter ~ I told my husband (who was out of country)about him and he said get him. When I said I was scared he asked why. I told him a horse is very time consuming. He told me not to worry about it and to go ahead. So I made the jump and bought him. However, though Gabe is 16, you would not know it. Put him under sadddle and he is a different horse. The first time I got on him he went to bucking and kicking up his heels. Scared me to death. What happened to the sweet passive horse I bought?? There was no way I could put my son on him. I didn't give up though and soon I could simply give a verbal correction when he would start acting up and he would calm down. However, I realized this is not a horse for my son so I would have to be the one to become his owner/partner. I have developed a wonderful friendship with Gabriel, it took a little time for us to learn each other but he aims to please. He has learned to trust me and me him. I look forward to getting up everyday and spending time with him. I loose time at the stables and minutes turn into hours in a flash. My husband now fully understand my concern of how time consuming a horse can be ~ he has become a horse widower. Gabe is a wonderful horse, friend and companion. He has a wonderful disposition and friendly to everyone. When I think of how Gabe came into my life I believe we were ment to be. He is truely a gift from heaven.

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sharon - 2014-01-24
I've had my adorable long haired chihuahua for about 3 weeks and we have really bonded. She is an awesome little traveler in the car and a perfect companion. She is 3 years old and very well trained and obedient. My only concern is that she doesn't like any hard dog food I've given her. The vet gave me some healthy samples, but she turns her nose up unless I coat it with cottage cheese. I don't think this will be good for her long term. She wants people food but I'm avoiding that habit. The vet thinks she might have some skin allergies, which restricts her diet even more. Any suggestions??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    Sounds like you have a great little companion. As far as allergies... here's some thoughts. 1 in 5 dogs suffer from some type of allery, but it's hard treat until you know what the allergy is. There are two different categories of allergies, internal and external. One of the most common types of internal allergy triggers are food. It can be alleviated by avoiding foods with a high gluten content, corn and 'filler' products. When choosing a dog food, the most important ingredient is should contain for your Chihuahua is meat. It can be chicken, beef, fish or lamb, but they need roughly a 40% meat content.Some of the most common Exernal allergies are reactions to Shampoos, conditioners and soaps as well as Flea bites.
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sandra - 2014-01-21
Hi, my name is Sandra our two nanday's just hatched two babies last week, every thing seemed fine. Today both babies are dead she is still laying on the other eggs, I feel so bad. Not sure what happened, this was their first flock together could that be why ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    That could be the problem. Sometimes new parents are not always good at raising their first batch of young, even though they are doing their best. The next hatchlings may be better, or it may take another egg laying session.
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azmina zazu aboobaker - 2012-10-14
I have a 11 month old rott and I wanted to find out at what age will he start barking?thanks :)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-14
    There is no age that they start. Really depends on the dog.  He may not have found a reason to bark yet.
  • Romit - 2014-01-22
    Same problem with my 5 month rottie too
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Sinchan Sarkar - 2014-01-22
I have four budgerigars parakeet.and two of them made a couple. they started to feed each other for near about three months. I have provided two breeding box in my cage. the cage is very big and spacious. but still the hen does not lay a single egg. I change their food and water regularly and have given mineral. What should I do now?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    You may want to separate the pair for breeding, if you're sure it is a male and female.
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Jean Susie Martin - 2014-01-14
We have two zebra finches and they have laid 1-2 eggs but we don't know which is the female. They both fight over the nest. They are both white chested but one has a black strip across the chest going from left to right. Could someone please tell me which is which.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Zebra Finches are very easy to sex because the males have orange cheeks and the females don't. See the descriptions of the male and female above... under the 'description' section.
  • Jean Susie Martin - 2014-01-16
    Both of our finches have orange beaks. They can't both be females if one just laid eggs.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Both sexes have orange beaks, but males usually have brighter beaks. When sexing them, look for differences in is the feather color of the cheeks. Males have orange cheek patches and females have no cheek patches.
  • Aj Tyne - 2014-01-22
    Even if they are both females they can still lay eggs -- the eggs will not be fertilized and will not hatch. So perhaps you have two females. If they are fighting over the nest, it might help (I'm not sure) to provide a second nest so each one has a nest to sit on.

    As the others said, both male and female will have orange beaks. The male will also have orange cheek patches on the sides of his face -- these may be bright orange or pale orange but females will not have them.
  • Aj Tyne - 2014-01-22
    They can both be females and still lay eggs. The eggs will not be fertilized and will not hatch into baby birds, but the females will each still lay the eggs. If they are fighting over the nest, it may help to give them each a nest so they can each tend to their own eggs. The males and the females have orange beaks. But the males only have orange patches or spots on the sides of their faces. In some males the orange may be paler and in others very bright, but only males will have the spots on the sides of the face.
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Carol Leroux - 2014-01-22
I have a year old male pom who is beautiful or handsom i guess. He is well behaved and does not bark when told. my vet said it was the first pom she never heard bard. he only yelp a little when he got his shots. he is playful, very cuddly and wants to be with me 24/7. He is 5.6 lbs and is exactly as the pics show. my only question is he hates dog food but loves beef, chichken, fish, some vegs and fruits. is this good or bad?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    As you can see in the diet section above, 'a diet of dry food due to the likelihood of tooth and gum problems'. So you'll have to be careful feeding him other foods.
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