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Shannon Courtney - 2014-04-09
Help! I honestly can't have two guinea pigs! I feel really sad about it but I can't have two, only one so what should I do if it gets lonely? Please Help!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    Just plan on spending as much time as you possibly can with it when you are home! Why can't you have two? Could you get a rabbit instead? Rabbits and guinea pigs often make good companions!
  • annie - 2014-04-18
    Well Shannon I have the same problem but I got an answer: play with your guinea pig and give your guinea pig something to play with while you take a break from your guinea pig, hope I helped :)
  • Hashtag - 2014-07-07
    I am getting a guinea pig and have read on a website that getting a teddy bear can stop your guinea pig getting lonely.
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Josie Carnington - 2005-08-14
I've been reading about peach-fronted conures for a few days now and would love to have one. I am just a kid but I'm going to try and save up my money to try and get one. You might be thinking that I'm probably going to change my mind in a few days, but I'm not. Those conures are very hard to resist. I was at Petco yesterday and there are usually just parakeets but this time there was actually a peach-fronted conure. It was so beautiful. I looked at the price and it was 300 dollars. I think that I will be saving for a while for that bird. Anyway it was so cute and I got to feed it. I think this would be a good pet for anyone my age.

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  • nice dragon - 2010-07-01
    I am glad you have made a plan about your future peach fronted conure. That bird will be happy to have such a thoughtful owner.
  • marissa - 2011-02-03
    I have one and I am only 13 and it is the best bird, anyone of all ages could have one!
  • Janelle - 2011-12-25
    Josie , we read your story today and I know you posted it years ago. I just wondred if you ever got your bird? And if so how do u like it ?
  • Linda - 2014-07-09
    Try to buy your birds at pet stores that socialize them and not keep them in cages.
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Rick - 2012-11-08
I bought my Emperor Angelfish about 2 months ago and since day 1 he/she has been happy. Its a 2 inch juvenile that rooms with a coral beauty/Bi-color Angelfish, Yellow tang, 2 clowns, 2 Blennys, and a engineer/Firefish Goby. 150 IBS of live rock with plenty of hiding spots and plenty of flow/filtration with only Rodi water changes. The only downside to this scenario is that while my Juvenile leaves my soft/hard corals alone, its only in a 75 gallon reef tank which I will have to upgrade to 150 Gallon sometime soon! Have tests for everything you could think of, took a while to master keeping levels accurate however the satisfaction of figuring it out shows in my fish and my corals! Just hoping Juvenile still will mature and turn to adult colors in this scenario before I eventually change to 150 Gallon in the next year or so.. Completely love this Emperor, lots of personality already!!

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  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-11-28
    Glad to know you will be putting him in a larger tank and you are watching water parameters! Good for you! So many people buy these beautiful fish and wonder why they die in only 2 to 4 years. It is all due to stress and small tank size. If you can afford closer to 200 gallons that would be even better but minimum really is 180 gallons.... old literature seems to undersize tanks for these big fish, but you seem to really love your angelfish, so just something to think about! (being big eaters and poopers a larger tank is actually easier to keep balanced too and I am all for that with my own tank!) Oh, the coloring they get as adults is more intense if the tank is very large from what I understand. Have fun!!
  • Rick - 2013-04-20
    I'm asking for trouble! So far everything is still great, my juvenile emperor is as happy per my last e-mail along with another roommate.. lol. Not my fault, friend of mine went crazy and bought a Juvenile Blue angel after only having his set up running for 3 months and his Juvenile Blue angel almost died however I put him in my quarentine tank for about 1 week and he looked good then I got stupid and decided to put him in my main tank and to my surprise there was no aggression towards my Juvenile Emperor (same size) or my Dwarf angels/Yellow Tang, I know in time this will change.. My wife is going to kill me but I must upgrade to a bigger tank very soon instead of a couple years.... ughhhhhhh... I actually run 2 skimmers and a Aquafuge2 refugium on the back of my 75 gallon reef tank and all levels are near perfect! I also do 5 gallon water changes every week.. However that being said, my days are numbered for this beautiful set up I have spent so much time on.
  • Rick - 2013-05-11
    My upgrade is done. I have recently transferred all my livestock over to a 210 Gallon aquarium. My juvenile emperor & Blue angel will be happy now! I also still have a yellow tang, coral beauty, bi-color angel, pygmy angel, neon & orchid dottyback, engineer goby, firefish goby, 2 clown fish and many different corals. Now I need more live rock!!!
  • Rick - 2014-07-07
    Back again, my last reply was in 2012 on this blog. I'm just touching base and updating anyone who cares to listen that my Emperor Angel that I purchased almost 2 years ago (as a Juvenile 2 inches) is now almost 6 inches and finally turning into adult colors. For those of you who get this Angel small you better be patient and educate yourself every day about this hobby and your fish. Since my last reply I decided to upgrade to a 210 reef in 2013 and used my 75 gallon as a sump (DIY sump). I then purchased a Calcium Reactor not long after that and last but not least purchased a very strong and capable skimmer (Up to 500 gallons). OMG, I think I stare at my skimmer more then my main display tank, lol.. Anyhow my Emperor is doing great and my Blue Angel (Introduced at same time as Emperor) has already changed over to adult colors and is beautiful! I also have a yellow Tang, 2 clowns, engineer goby, Bi-color angel, Pygmy angel, 6 line wrasse, neon dottyback, and 3 chromis that all live in harmony. Granted my Blue angel and Emperor tend to argue sometimes but nothing to dramatic, lol.. I also have numerous SPS corals growing along with some hammers and birdsnest corals which none of these fish touch. It took over 3 years to accomplish this and it definitely didn't happen over night. I spent a lot of money (Ask my wife) and countless hours googling/educating myself on all factors of this hobby and carma eventually comes around but my god did I have my fair share of issues! I made the mistake of buying a used 210 and tested it with water filled for 48 hours and no signs of a leak then after tank had been active for 3 months I came home from dinner to water leaking out of my 210 an inch every hour! OMG, thank god I didn't start my 75 gallon sump yet.. I was very lucky and never lost any fish or coral and then purchased tank brand new and now its been running over a year now with no issues. Well, that's my story. I hope all of you that take the time to read this and are passionate about this hobby will understand the importance of being patient and letting things work it self out, take care my reef maniacs and until next time enjoy that small bit of the Atlantic/Pacific Ocean we can dream of putting in our home!
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Meridith Cantelli - 2014-07-07
I have a mosque l miniature apple head chihuahua. My question is she's going bald on top of her head which I thought was normal for her breed but today I noticed 2 more bald spots on both sides of her body. Is this normal for her breed?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I don't think this is normal, it sounds like a skin problem. I would take her to veterinarian for a check up.
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Abhinav - 2014-07-07
I have 5 orandas. One of them often sits at the bottom but eats well. There is no white spots. What is the problem? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These fish should be active and swimming around. Your Oranda could be sick or stressed, possilby due to water conditions... such as an inadequate filter and low water flow, causing low oxygenation. Another possibility is if the fish is a year old or older it could be full of eggs and not able to release them, in which case, hopefully the body will re-absorb the eggs. However, the best first thing to do is an immediate 20% water change and vacumn the gravel. Then follow that up with about a 30% water change everyday for the next three days. Make sure the temperature of new water is the same as the old, and that you add a water conditioner each time. Keeping the lighting turned off during this time can also help.
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estrondo - 2009-06-20
I am looking for somewhere to get a hold of more of these puffer fish. We originally had 3, but lost two. We absolutely love them, but have had no success in being able to replace them. Does anybody know where (in Canada) I can get more of these wonderful fish?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-29
    I've seen them at Big Al's in Edmonton Alberta just the other week.
  • steve m - 2012-08-26
    You can find them at Big Al's fish shop in Hamilton Ontario if this is in your area, maybe they can ship!
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-08
    I got mine at Pisces Pet Emporium in Calgary.
  • Cory - 2012-12-16
    Big Al's Aquarium Services in London Ontario has about 7 of them right now. Ask for 'Tony' the week-day fish guy. He is really great! :) I just got one. Absolutely adorable!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-21
    I need help fast ! My South American puffer is not eating anything he is in a 50 gallon with. Just 10 pea puffers the pea puffers are eating beef hart . But the. Puffer is just not eating anything like beef hart, live worms and gost shrimp.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Hey Max, if your South American puffer is new to the tank, it may just be getting its bearings, so I'd be patient. You could also try offering brine shrimp, as shrimps help mimic their natural diet.  However if you've had it for a long time, check its teeth. Their teeth constantly grow, so puffers need crunchy foods like snails in their diet to wear the them down. If the teeth get too long puffers will refuse to eat, and so the teeth must be trimmed.
  • AmazonFisher - 2014-02-09
    Well I have not had any luck with finding them in the usual stores but if you call the store and request one you can order one. I have also had luck with On-line shopping. I use the website But be warned do not get the 80 dollar puffer because you will not be able to care for it if it's your first puffer. I recommend the dwarf puffer for it is truly a Freshwater fish. I Am Looking for the Brazilian Puffer, also known as the Amazon Puffer. If you could help me with how to keep a puffer please help me out (FRESHWATER).
  • Kate - 2014-07-08
    Hey, email me if still looking, I'm in canada and have a box of 40 amazon puffers expected July 15 :) can also help with care if confused by all the various instructions. We also have Peruvian amazon leaf fish coming, the perfect tank mate for puffers!
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Riaan - 2014-07-08
PLEASE HELP!!! Can blue Alexandrines be bred and how do the babies look at about 2 to 3 weeks? I took a photo of the babies I have and they are all blue Thanks. Hope you can help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Blue Alexandrine Parakeets are color mutations. It makes sense that the babies of two blue parents would also be blue, but to understand all this fully, you need to speak with a breeder who can talk about the gene sequences in mutations.
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Wendy - 2014-07-08
Hi All, I have had my red devil for about 8yrs, his name is Bully Bob. He has a big aquarium and for the last couple of months has been staying in the corner and not moving much. He still eats and I have checked my water several times (ph balance) and keep it clean, but he now has been lying on his side on the rocks. I thought that perhaps this was his time, but it has been over a week and he is still eating, but has lost a lot of weight. I live in Calgary, so I know the water is hard. Any thoughts on why he is doing this or anything that I could be doing to improve his situation? We love him very much. Wendy

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It does sound like your cichlid is not well. Here's some things you can try right away: do about a 40% water change, lower the pH to 6.7 or less, and reduce feedings. What you describe could possibly indicate it is suffering from an ammonia poisoning. If it is ammonia poisoning, you could try to neutralize any ammonia, even if it is at very low levels. But keep in mind that if you put in a chemical to neutralize the ammonia it will affect your biological filter, rendering it useless, so perhaps a quarantine tank would be better for this.
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Kym - 2014-07-08
I have an African Sideneck Turtle, and I have never owned a pet before. I have followed all instructions that I have been given about caring for him as well as cleaning his tank. However, lately I've noticed that there is this mucous-like slime in my filter and I don't know what it's from. Like I said, I'm new at this, so if I may be doing something wrong or if he's sick please let me know so I can make him better.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I'm not sure why there is a mucous-like slime in your filter, but it definitely sounds like your tank needs a good cleaning. Water turtles need a clean tank and a good basking area to prevent them from getting sick. It may just be that you have a dirty tank, but also check your turtle carefully to see if anything is wrong. If mucous slime develops in its nose or mouth, it causes a bubbling out of the nose or wheezing and indicates a serious respiratory problem, in which case you'll want to take it to a vet immediately for treatment.
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aussie - 2014-07-08
I got a skinny pig about 4 months ago for my daughters but I won't rid of it. He is the smelliest mess and he is not that friendly. He is the worst pet ever but not sure what to do with him. The girls won't play with him because he is so crazy and not too friendly. Any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Well, because you plan on keeping him, I suggest you keep him clean and healthy, and work on socializing. Perhaps you could get him a companion (another guinea pig of the same sex) for a friend.

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