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Discuss anything aquarium related here, including inhabitants, decor and issues.

Google is your friend.
Feel free to ask questions but know that there are a lot of resources out there that could answer your question a lot faster and accurately than /an/.

Make sure to include these things in your post before asking because we can't help you if we don't have the full picture:
-tank size
-any and all inhabitants + how long you've had them

>General aquarium care sheets - http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/
>Livestock and plants for sale - http://www.petsolutions.com/ http://www.aquabid.com

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were you a good boy this year?
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For the majority I've been a good boy
1. There are several animals that will fit in a 5 gallon tank, but if you want a crab, that limits it. Thai micro crabs would be the best fit, but they would do best with shrimp and snails as the only tankmates. You could swing it with some smaller fish like endlers if you wanted to.
If you'd like an invert only tank, micro crabs, dwarf shrimp, and nerite snails would be a good stock.

2. You want the tank with the largest footprint. In this instance, it would be the wide prism.

3. Read through the OP link on cycling. Sensitive animals like dwarf shrimp and micro crabs will need the tank to be cycled before being introduced. Hardier ones like Bettas and endlers will survive the cycling process relatively unscathed if you're careful about feeding and water changes, but it's easier on the fish and good practice in general to cycle a tank prior to adding animals. Besides, you'll only ever have to do it once.

Where do you live? In the US, any tanks between 2.5 and 10 gallons end up costing about the same to set up.

Ghost shrimp aren't known for being good algae eaters. An amano shrimp or nerite snail would do a better job on the algae. Also, I agree with the other anon on otos. 5 gal is too small, especially for a beginner.
I've seen some interesting subscription magazines, but I don't know of anyone who reads books on keeping aquariums. Most people nowadays seem to just look up online articles on specific aspects of it until they're confident.
You can try lurking forums and just reading into topics that seem helpful.

Cories can be more susceptible to certain diseases due to being scaleless and bottom-dwelling. What are the water parameters? Are the wafers you're feeding algae wafers?
the only book I've heard of people reading is ecology of the planted tank by diana walstad, and obviously that's not for everyone.

I would but I need the money. I've got $25 to my name right now :(

>you'll only ever have to do it once
it's surprisingly easy for people to fuck up their cycle.

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If dogs are doggos and rats are rattos, what are cats?
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This here.
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I don't know if this is the right board for this, but does anyone know where I could buy amber with bugs inside?

I wanted to get a small piece of amber for my niece for Christmas, she's super into bugs but I have no idea how to find this shit without getting ripped off. I see mineral thread and other naturalist stuff so I think I'm in the right place. I'm in Canada as well so someplace that won't anally devastate me with shipping would be ideal.

Can anyone help me out?
Just get a house fly and put it in Jello then freeze it. Problem solved.
No idea bro...maybe at rural areas in countries where conifer forests are abundant. Maybe the locals have collected them.

-Visit expensive jewleries

Recently my dog has been throwing up a lot for the past few days. I used to feed her regular raw chicken. My grandma took up feeding her, to which my dog is now eating raw beef mince and a puree mixture of broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, pumpkin, and sweet potato. The vegetables are all cooked before pureed.

I'm wondering if it's due to her change in diet. I'll be taking her to the vet in the next week or so to see exactly what's going on with her. Any ideas as to what might be upsetting her stomach?
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>The vegetables are all cooked before pureed.
I dont really like this, btw. Dogs are good at chewing, there is no reason to puree anything.
and pureeing makes it impossible for the dog to say
>i dont like this particular ingredient
by not eating it. in fact, the dog doesnt even know it's eating multiple ingredients.
OP here, had just rushed her to the vet because of immediate vomiting again.

Vet had said her diet of the raw red meat might be the problem. He said she might have gastro problems and promptly gave her a shot to help her through the night. Will be bringing her back slowly to her regular chicken diet for the next few days to see if it helps out. Hopefully this is the only cause of her sickness. If not, he's said to bring her back for blood and xray testing.

Not my idea for vegetables. I had asked her about the sweet potato, knowing that potatoes are somewhat harmful to dogs.

Yeah, she actually feeds her own dog the same diet due to wanting her dog to help out with people in nursing homes. Apparently they're supposed to have a particular diet.

I agree, I'm not sure why she would puree the vegetables either, but it might be due to her own dog's preferences or not. I'm not entirely sure.
Well that's good you took it to the vet, sleep soundly pupper
the orange vegetables are fine in smaller amounts, especially the pumpkin. sweet potato should be in smaller amounts. the broccoli and cauliflower are probably giving the dog bad gas buildup and may hurt her stomach.

also, why are you feeding raw? are you making sure the diet is balanced? have you discussed your dog's macros with your vet? are you feeding human-grade food? dogs can absolutely get sick from raw meat even though they're better-equipped to digest it.

finally, even though you're switching BACK to chicken, make sure you do it gradually. you should have done a gradual transition for the beef, but it's too late for that now. from now on, when you switch protein sources (*especially* when you go from a white to red meat), make sure you do it very slowly.
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>raw chicken

Now OP, I'm not saying your wrong here. But wtf is up with this? Obviously it didn't murder your pupper, but really now. Raw chicken? Are dogs immune to salmonella?

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>and therefore you FUCK UP all the carefully established moisture on the nose and it has to be thoroughly re-moistened again

I'm so sorry, doggo.
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Why is doggo and kot booper wet?
>Noylt to mention how many women have done ye olde peanutbutter trick.

If you put food in a vagina it tends to cause yeast infections. Most women probably wouldn't bother, especially with the surplus of vibrators on the market.

I mean I know you're trolling but I felt like pointing that out anyway.
why would you put the peanut butter in the vagina and not on the clit? if you give head by tonguing around in her vagina you're doing it wrong.
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>tfw you accidentally step on your doggo's tail or paw and you're not sure if they know it's an accident or not
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I die a little inside whenever that happens

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Every night. Every single night i turn my lights off and some faggot bugs start flying at my computer's screen like birds flying at windows. They come out of nowhere and they're SO MANY AND ANNOYING. As i type this, the little shits are flying at my computer and walking on the keyboard.
They're brown-ish (head is much darker than body), long-ish, have soft bodies, very long wings for their body size and six legs, and are also longer than flies but have less bulk. They don't taste like anything, but their abdomens do have a squishy texture.

Pic related, they look NOTHING like any bug on this pic.
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This idiot got into my soda and i could take a picture of it
Do they have long antennas?
Nope. They look like this >>2273303
Clean your room or house some insects make their nests or hide in messy places.

If your house is clean then get an indoor insect killer

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>so determined to sting you that they kill themselves in the process

why are we saving bees again?
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What are some really good documentaries on honey bees? Anyone? Pls :)
Bees aren't meant to stick thick skinned vertebrae like people, when they attack other inects/bugs they don't die

No we definitely need them for pollination
I only wish I had a cause or purpose so fulfilling and commanding that I was willing to charge something a thousand times my size in a suicidal gesture.

Instead I sit at home playing video games and browsing an when I'm sad.
Yeah but not all pollinators are as good as honeybees, they are fully adapted to do such task and they pollinite plants that are important for mankind.
Bee movie

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How should I discipline my 6 month old puppy? Obviously I don't want to hit him or anything but this is my first dog ever and I'm not sure how to go about training him properly. I understand he's still a puppy but I know there's a way to teach him. Any advice would be appreciated
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try to set him up for success and praise but if you catch him doing something bad a quick clap or "hey!" should be enough
A booped snoot, stern tone, and time out in the pen works.
A flick is usually enough unless you have a really tough dog.
this and this. especially being LOUD and SUDDEN. it's best to *startle* them out of the behavior rather than try and play any mind games or just be outright violent. startling them has been way more effective for me.

if you don't catch them in the act of doing something you don't want (peeing, tearing up paper, chewing things), you CANNOT punish them for it. it simply doesn't work and they won't understand; they'll just think they're being punished for no reason. always catch them in the act so they understand it's that behavior that needs to stop.

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Truly a athlete edition.

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If I pulled that off would he die?
Depends on if the air is toxic or not. That's just a gas mask.
It would be extremely painful
He's a big draft horse.
for mules

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>>2220757 hit bump and getting close to archive, so new thread inbound.

post bird. share bird. love bird.
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If they don't get along, just keep them in separate cages.
Anyone have any experience with pet store birds? Maybe you couldnt find anywhere else or an impulse buy. How long did it take them tame the bird when you got it?
I remember when i was like 12 and coudnt find a breeder and even if i did my mom wouldn't have let me go anyway so i got a parakeet from petco. He would step onto my finger and he was really cool. Rip mario
So my mom rescued a cockatiel yesterday from some cats. It lost some feathers off its back. We bought a cage, food and a cuttlebone the same day.

Looked around to see if anyone was searching for a lost bird. Nothing. It was eating and drinking. Didn't huff at us as much when we found it.
I was looking up vet number to call when it started thrashing about. I should've just taken it to any vet right away. I was gonna call it Sasha.

On a related note, every time I hear about someone else's bird dying or getting sick it makes me very worried about the same thing happening to my cockatiel. The thought of losing my little guy is horrifying to me.

This is what being a parent feels like, isn't it?
buy wires

gib wires to bird

cover real wires with fake wires

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What is this phenomenon? And how can I get one? They're so adorable. Like a crossbreed of rat and rabbit.



You could get a chinchilla or a sugar glider. Both are awful pets. Get a rat if you want. They are the best pet rodent.
Terrible idea, not only is it illegal in a number of states they are incredibly destructive.

If you happen to be able to care for one from infancy it would work out a lot better, but it would be in your best interest for it to not live indoors once it reaches adulthood and to interact and play with it outside.
Squirrels are pricks once the reach adolescence. Friendly squirrels are just friendly pricks. Extremely territorial, especially about their cage so good luck cleaning it. Can't reliably be litter trained. Need a fuck ton of mental stimulation. They find out how to make the noises (like banging shit in their cage, not even their squirrel noises) that piss you off the most. They don't like being grabbed for - if you need to catch them quickly for whatever reason, like they are about to do something stupid, expect to get bit. It's just a prey instinct like with bunnies. And their bites are bad. They also have very very fucking sharp nails that they scratch you with accidentally or not. If you want one to free roam a room or your house, the squirrel proofing that is needed is ridiculous, and that's assuming you are only concerned about the animal's safety and not your belongings. Ideally a squirrel cage would have ample vertical space as well as horizontal space. People think the tails are super soft, but in reality it's actually feels more like wire hair.

Now for the good side. They are very intelligent, and while that can be challenging, it's fun to give them interactive toys to figure out. Because they can sit on their haunches and use their hands, you have a whole different variety of food puzzles to create and use. It's also interesting to watch them interact with their environment. Depending on where you are, they may continue to go through a semi hibernation.

Notice in those videos how 2 were baby squirrels and one was mostly pictures, and the squirrels was allowed to free roam outside too. Definitely look up videos and information on how to actually care for a pet squirrel before you go through with it. You can find out what permits you need and take an imprinted squirrel from rehabs. Otherwise most people steal theirs

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Aye Aye
howie/howard is a good cat name
rolling to name the cat this (lieu for short)
Carrier Strike Group Five
Name your cat "Male(female)"

Kek wills it.

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I am an aquatics specialist at Petco. Ask me anything.
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How do you feel someone shows up asking to put non feeder, cheaper fish and inverts into predator tank?

(I do this with danios and livebearers in a turtle tank because the stock looks healthier than the feeder tanks and prefer to stay on the inexpensive side. Not all of them get repeatedly sacrificed though in bulk though, I have fish that been living there for like half a year and only suffered 2 casualties, only one of them actually being eaten. )
I work in an aquatics shop (an independant garden centre) and i hate how it works. I hate that our company values profit over the health of the animals. I hate that we throw money away on and refund / replace fucking idiots who cant pick up a book or even learn from their mistakes. I hate that we have to believe every blatant lie because "they seem genuine". THAT'S WHAT A LIE IS, BARRY, YOU ASSHOLE.
Depends on petco. They have a policy not to sell to those who keep coming back and buying a bunch of fish so close together as its suspicious. Thank fish stores for coming to buy fish on sale and then jacking prices up at there store.
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That's pretty odd. That's like that always sunny episode where they buy a bunch of gasoline and try to sell it to people.

Anyway, I make it a point to tell the aquarium guys what kind of tank I have and research fish and usually go in with a list of potential fish (most of which they never have.) I'm running 12 fish across three tanks. Lots of shrimps, crabs and snails.
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I know it's not your department but if I came into your store and was like "hello yes I would like to buy a mouse to release in my house so my cat can chase it" would you still sell it to me? It's not something I actually want to do because that's clearly fucked but it just struck me as an amusing thought and then I wondered if people actually did it.

There's enough negativity in the world, let's have another seal thread.
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Alright an. If i go to a beach and see seal, can safely assume its a mermaid's dog?

Or is this a good way to get mauled cutely?
Everyone dies anon, but not everyone gets to live. You may die but you'all have a glorious, happy death.

I am waiting for a service dog but it won't be another two years I work remotely so money is not an issue.

I have PTSD and are looking for a pet that is quiet and loving. Quiet is because loud sounds trigger my PTSD I love all animals and go to a park and hand feed birds, chipmunks and squirrels but I can not do it all the time because when my PTSD is bad I can not go outside by myself.

What kind of pet would you recommend?

Pic related its my favorite breed of bird to hand feed.
definitely a cat, they're one of the easiest pets and they can be great companions. otherwise I'd recommend a couple of rats- some of them are very loving and fun to watch.
Nuthatches are cute. CUTE!

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