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Seth - 2014-01-12
My two livingstonii cichlids do fine in my 300 gallon tank they are mixed with mbuna has and peacocks I've found that my undergravel filtration system is more than enough to keep water conditions optimal when used with power heads and crushed coral I've found that my livingstonii cichlids are more docile compared to other peacocks and haps

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Peggy - 2014-01-12
I have cory albino cat fish swimming at top half of tank. Had water check several times at pet say it is good. I bought power head think might be oxygen level problem. I can' t get temp down past 80 degree. I unplug the heater. Is any one had this problem before what can I do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    The higher the temperature, the less oxygen in the tank. So I would agree that is probably why the fish is swimming at the surface.
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savannah - 2009-10-12
Awww, I know a horse like this named "Amarillo Rose", she is a sweet heart!

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  • Rachel - 2010-06-03
    Aww :)
    I loan a 15hh chestnut mare named Copper
    she is so sweet, and such a great jumper.
  • horselover0800 - 2013-10-21
    So if you are unnaturally tall for your age (11) then you can still have one as a pet? Or if not, would a mustang be better for me? Thanks, please answer my question. xxxxx :)
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-12
    Yes a mustang would be better but I would recommend a more calm horse
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Alex - 2014-01-12
I have a 5 inch African brown knife fish in 36 gallon bow front. He is living with 3 agassizi Cory cats and a redtail shark. At the local fish store I was told sharks would be ok but somebody on another site said the shark isn't a good idea at all. I need some help. So far they have been getting along just fine but I'm worried I like all my fish in that tank and don't want them harmed.. Plz help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    You'll have to keep an eye out. When the Red Tail Sharks are young they tend to hide and be subdued, but as these fish mature they are known to get aggressive and territorial issues can ensue. But whether you'll have a problem or not remains to be seen. They tend to be most aggressive to others of their same species.
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Animal-World info on Dojo Loach
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chenise johnson - 2014-01-13
Hi all, we have two dojos, both which are usually very active. But our bigger one has become sick over the last week. He's very lethargic and his fins dont seem to be moving. He wiggles down to the bottom of the tank and back up again every so often but now spends his time hanging over the filter. Currently doing tank tests. What could this be please help!xxx

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    The information you've provided leaves little to go on as to what could be wrong. However, loaches are susceptible to something known as 'skinny disease', which isn't really on disease but rather a name for a condition where the fish get lethargic, stop eating, and basically waste away. If your fish stays lethargic, I would suggest that some type of treatment would be in order.   

    Many fish diseases are Gram negative bacteria. The Mardel brand makes two good products, Maracyn and Maracyn Two, that can be used together for a full spectrum of bacterial infections. Maracyn is erythromycin, and tends to deal with Gram positive bacteria while Maracyn Two is minocycline, and tends to deal with Gram negative bacteria (Gram negative bacteria affects fish when their defenses are low).

    This is a good place to start, but if this treatement doesn't work, then you will need to look at other treatments. Neither of these will affect internal parasites, and neither seems to be active against Mycobacteriosis (Kanamycin can be used for mycobacteria). There are a number of different parasitic medications, but be careful not to use any treatments that are not safe for scaleless fish!
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Phyllis - 2014-01-14
Help! My ONLY bird, a severe macaw who is 15 years old just started laying eggs! The first clutch in Dec. was 3 eggs all cracked within about 3 days apart. The second clutch was 2 eggs, again 3 days apart. The second clutch of eggs were not cracked but she did not sit on either clutch. she just lays them on a part of her cover that she gets covered with than goes up on her top perch. While she is about to lay these eggs, she bangs her beak on the bottom rails of the cage ALL night long! So, my question is 1. is she damaging her beak by banging it all night and 2. How do I get her to stop. Her diet consists of Kaytee rainbow pellets but I'm concerned she is losing calcium.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Older female macaws will sometimes start to lay (and protect) eggs. Leave any unbroken eggs with her until she abandons them as a female will generally not lay new eggs if she is already sitting. The bird's environment can often be a cause, so look at her surroundings carefully to see what may be encouraging this behavior. Providing distractions and keeping her busy can help stop egg laying behaviors, and help keep her from damaging her beak. If she is confined in a smaller cage, she might view it as a nesting area. Start taking her out daily and putting her into different environments, as this can help break the egg laying behavior cycle.  Also move the cage to a different area each night. It also helps to start teaching her some new tricks to keep her occcupied.

    You have to be carefull with vitamin supplements. Even though egg laying can deplete calcium and other nutrients, additional supplements offered along with a pelleted diet can be risky. To make sure she's getting enough calcium, a better choice would be to put her on a good breeder's diet while she's laying, and take her back to her normal diet afterwards.

    There are also medical treatments to help manage excessive egg laying. A trip to an Avian Veterinarian may be of help, to get a complete physical and discuss the problem.
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Animal-World info on Alexandrine Parakeet
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Dail Malins - 2005-02-19
I have 12 Alexandrines, 8 of which are trained to do tricks, all started by my first boy Kasuku, he made it very clear he knew what I was saying. So for fun I started to train him and his buddies. This blossomed into the troup of eight clowns who love to show off and entertain folks. This we do every weekend.
If you have an Alexandrine as a companion count yourself as one of the lucky people, I see lots of folks saying their Alex is agressive when in the cage, this is very normal. It is his very own piece of real estate and it belongs to only him. As long as he is sweet when out let him have that space. Hey, hey GREEN POWER to all the Alex lovers!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-21
    Hi sir, I have a 1 month old Alex. It's active and playful. Please tell me how to train my pet.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-04
    Sir, guide me to train and keep my nane healthy and happy. This is my mail id jshreemano@gmail.com so, please mail me and expecting Ur reply.
  • Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-04
    Sir, guide me to train and keep my nane healthy and happy. This is my mail id jshreemano@gmail.com so, please mail me and expecting your reply.
  • Kiran Gowda - 2014-01-14
    Hi..frndz..I'm having onemonth old baby parrot,(alexander )...he's not eAting properly..can anyone suggest me to give some diff foods fr him..I'm frm tamilnadu,...mail me razkiranp3@gmail.com
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Anonymous - 2013-09-25
Mustangs are awsome! ! !

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  • bryce - 2013-11-21
    This website is amazing.
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-14
    i love horses
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Joshua - 2014-01-14
So, I got a Sideneck about two months ago, and he (I'm assuming it's a he, I have no guarantee) shares a tank with a Yellow Slider. He usually just hides under the basking platform and eats very little. I've tried varying the water temperatures, different foods, all sorts of things. He is incredibly inactive, and how little he is eating is worrying me. He doesn't mind being handled, and will even let me pet his neck while I'm holding him. Any help would be welcome

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    It could be the time of year as they may hibernate or become inactive during the cooler months.
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Alan Green - 2009-10-11
Hi there.
I have an Illiger macaw, I have had him for 3 months. I adopted him from a lady that
could not take the noise. He is a wonderful bird and I love him to bits. I open his cage
and he climbs down the cage and waddles over to me on the couch. When he wants to come out of his cage he says, "come now, come on boy", and he does not stop until I open his cage. His name is Zuse, and he chops up his wooden toys like a chain saw.

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  • jyt - 2014-01-14
    my mini macaw hatched nov 2013 still not weaned yet cannot wait for Dexter to come home does anyone have any suggestions? Illiger
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