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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
2:11 pm
Jimbo the Jack Russell...The Dog with the 'Napoleon Complex' by Trisha Adams - ArticleCity.com
Jimbo the Jack Russell...The Dog with the 'Napoleon Complex'
 by: Trisha Adams
I didn't like Jimbo much when we first brought him home.

At the time, we had an old Dauchsand named Frank that was so easy going, so easy to take care of. Frank needed no supervision. He just didn't have any inclination to push the envelope in any way. And this is what we were used to. We had no idea what we were in for. Nor did poor old Frank... or our poor old cat Peter.

But talk about cute. This Jack Russell puppy was the epitome of adorableness. But what a little arrogant brat he could be!

Peter was very protective of his dignity and enjoyed his daily walk across the yard to his own private latrine area. Needless to say, things would never be the same for Peter. His dignity and suave stride was quickly converted to panic and a terrorized sprint as Jimbo, who lay in scheming but patient wait, knowing full well Peter's daily routine, sprung from cover and ran that poor cat up the nearest tree.

I'll never forget the look on Peter's face as he glared at the little tyrant skip away in glee. And, after a few deep swallows and recovering his now damaged pride, Peter slowly and gracefully climbed down, swearing his certain and eternal hatred for Jimbo every downward step of the way.

And I wish I could tell you that relationship improved over time...but the only thing that improved is that Peter got his claws into Jimbo enough times to keep him at bay... most of the time anyway.

Now Frank was a bit of a different story. Jimbo idolized Frank, and Frank was like a doting grandfather to Jimbo, a little too doting I always thought. For instance, they would service each other with flea-biting sessions. Well, I say each other, but it was mainly Jimbo that was serviced. He would clench Frank's foot between his sharp puppy teeth while Frank would commence with flea-biting. If, however, Frank wanted to stop, Jimbo would bear down on his foot. And poor old Frank could not stop until Jimbo released him! So you can see why I had a hard time liking this dog.

But Frank adored Jimbo, and Jimbo followed Frank everywhere he went. The two were inseparable although Frank's sweet disposition never quite wore-off on Jimbo. He has remained the dynamo tornado even up to the present.

Frank and Peter have long since died and Jimbo is our only pet... who is now nine years old. You wouldn't know it though.

That's one of the amazing things about Jack Russells, they neither look old or act old. He, who is a short legged Russell, will still challenge any dog, no matter the size or stance. He will still chase every cat, rabbit or squirrel no matter the time of day, and chase them with extraordinary youthful lightning speed.

As for me? I fell completely in love with him, even though it took some time to get to know him. While he does, and always will I suppose, be predisposed to what is rightly named the 'Napoleon Complex', this Little General, in all his lasting arrogance, has won my heart and admiration as being the most unique and endearing personalities I've ever known.

Trisha Adams
Jack Russell Terrier Pics & Tics

Friday, June 20th, 2008
6:11 pm
Here's A Quick Check for Feline Urinary Tract Infection
Here's A Quick Check for Feline Urinary Tract Infection
 by: Nancy E. Wigal
There's a couple different ways you can tell if your cat has a Feline Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). The most obvious way is if she cries while urinating, you see blood in her urine, and/or she won't use the cat litter box to urinate.
If you see this behavior in your cat, please call your vet immediately to get her checked! This is a very painful infection for kitty to suffer through.
But here's another way you can do a rough estimate check for a feline UTI before your cat feels the pain. Quite simply, you can do a fast check of your cat's urine pH balance. If it's out of range, call your vet as fast as you can to schedule an appointment for kitty. She'll need further examination for an accurate diagnosis.
The benefit of checking your cat's urine pH level yourself is save you and kitty a lot of grief. It's easy and safe to do. Your cat won't be traumatized, and this is another way you can stay on top of her health.
Take a clean cat litter box, and put either a little bit of aquarium gravel in it, or some non-absorbent litter. You want just enough to make kitty happy to scratch around in.
Confine kitty with this cat litter box set up in a quiet room. Do this around her elimination schedule. You'll get the most accurate results if you can check her urine sample as soon as she's eliminated.
Once kitty has made her liquid deposit, dip a urine pH test strip in the urine. Gently shake off the excess, and read the corresponding chart. If she's healthy, the level should read between 6.6 - 6.8. If it's higher or lower, call your vet for further consultation.
Please be aware that this test can be affected by when your cat last ate. If she ate several hours earlier, the results might be high. Re-test her one more time - soon after she's eaten. If the reading is normal, no worries. If it's still high, get her to the vet - quickly.
This is an easy way to check your cat's urinary tract health, but it's only a rough estimate. However, you can do it on your schedule, in your home, and kitty isn't traumatized. If anything, she might think this is just another crazy human thing she has to put up with.
Happy testing!

Good page. Cat Litter Box Health Considerations
Friday, June 22nd, 2007
1:00 am
Superglue in fish tanks?
I'm thinking about making tank dividers like these ones, but was going to glue the binder bits into a frame so the whole thing can be pulled out and clipped into place elsewhere if needed instead of being stuck in the tank. I was wondering if superglue would be safe, as I can't find pure silicon sealant anywhere in town. My plan is to cut the canvas, glue the binder bits on all 4 sides, then put it in the tank and hold it in with clips on the top and suction cups on the bottom (bare bottomed breeding tank)

Any ideas? I can get a tiny tube of sealant but its like at pets at home and has less stuff in it then a small tube of toothpaste.

The tank is my betta tank in the bedroom, to separate a male and female betta, if that matters :) Its planted with live plants of all sorts.

thanks all!

x-posted everywhere!
Monday, April 9th, 2007
9:18 pm
I have a question about my fish. I have a small tank in my room containing 1 black molly (male), 1 dalmation molly (female), and 1 red mickey mouse fish. The mickey mouse is the newest. The other day i noticed that the mickey mouse's back fin looked damaged, almost like it has been bitten various times. When I asked in the pet store they said that all three of these fish would be able to live together with no problems. 

This fish has always hidden behind plants. At first I assumed that it just liked the hiding space, but now i'm thinking that she may be hiding for a reason. She also does not like to come to the top of the tank to eat usually (although she does sometimes) she usually waits for the food to start to float down and eats in the middle. The mollies eat at the top usually. Also, The female molly is somewhat aggressive to the male; however, I have never actually seen her be this way toward the mickey mouse.

I don't know if any of this is important for the problem but just in case, my fish are...
   In a lightly salted saltwater tank
   warm water
   eating regular saltwater fish flakes
   have plants and a large rock (the kind that they can swim through)
   the mollies are around 1 month old and the mickey is about a week, but they are not my first fish.

Would/ are they biting or hurting her?
Is there a way to stop this?
Any other suggestions?

If anyone has any input, please please please let me know. my fish are seriously like my children.
Saturday, April 7th, 2007
10:21 pm
Problems with my bettas (2 pics)
First, Erick is changing colours, which is a bit weird. Or is that normal? The black is spreading and he's getting metallic sea green stripes as seen in pic below.

Second, Mr Melinko's tail has many splits from a fight at the pet shop, and some of the splits go straight to his fin base, what can I do to help him heal besides frequent water changes? Should I add salt or something?

Thanks all in advance! More pics of Erick are Here and more pics of Mr Melinko are Here 
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Cross posted to every fishy place I know of, I really want to help my little fishies.</p>
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
10:09 am
Finding a fish/aquarium club near you!
Folks have been asking about clubs in their areas, so I'm posting here to offer ideas on how to find them. They're a lot of fun, you can learn a lot, and you can participate in some very great auctions that feature fish, plants, food, and equipment.

First thing to do is check out the listings here at Wikipedia.

Next I recommend going to your local book store (the bigger the better) and picking up a copy of Tropical Fish Hobbiest. In the back are pages of club listings and events!

You can also try doing a Google search on fish/aquarium clubs.

If you're in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia region, please visit the <ahref="http://pvas.com/index.htm">Potomac Valley Aquarium Society</a> for more information on our monthly meetings (next one is this coming Monday night). We're also having our big Spring All-Day Auction this April 15th!
Saturday, October 14th, 2006
10:09 pm
HI all , i  am a newbie here, there is a list on my profile of all my tanks and fish, i am so glad to see communities like this.

have the following fish tanks 10 gal with gold fish, guppies and a male beta named Rainbow(Dani's tank), 10 gal with baby parrot fish , a 20 gal of Goldfish and a pico and a snail, 30 gal that is golds and guppies, 2 pico's and 2 snails, 40 gal with Zebra Danio's, Spotted Danio's, rainbow danio's, black tetras, 2 snails, and a pico, and our new 90 gl that we are still trying to find out what all was giving to us in it , we know there is a pair of white parrot fish,black shark, 3 huge pico's,a orange swordfish, a  puffer, a huge gold, red crab, fiddler crab, 4 snails, a beautiful yellow stripped angel, 3 red barbs, a red eyed barb, a painted glass fish(orange), and other fish i am trying to find out what they are. We also have a 27 gal octagon tank we will be setting up soon.
So are you can see i may need help with lots of things   Thanks in advance !
Monday, July 10th, 2006
10:15 pm
New additions
Alrighty you guys! Something different- a fish update! YAY!

So, I've been wanting to re-do my 29 gallon tank for quite a while and I FINALLY figured out what I want- 3 Congo Tetras, 2 Albino Congo Tetras, and kinda go from there. Today I bought 7 Rosey Tetras (yeah, I had never heard of them nor seen them until today and they were just beautiful so I had to snag a school of them) and 1 Apistogramma Borelli. Don't worry, I got pics. Obviously, that's why I'm making this post. Here they are:

Comments? Questions? Concerns?

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
11:16 pm
How about this....
So, I think I may have figured out what I want to put in my 29 FW tank:

3 Congo Tetras
1 Apistogramma Borelli (beautiful little guy)
5 or 6 Neon Dwarf Rainbows (maybe)

So, yeah. I'm not trading in my bottom feeders but I will need to get new algae eaters because all I have in my 29 are my Otocinclus Catfish and those belong in my 10. I'll be looking for another school of fish but I'll be thinking about that a little bit more.

Does anyone have any information and/or experience with any of those fish? All I really know is what I find online and what I'm told by my LFS guy who knows a butt load about fish since he's been in the business for so freaking long. I especially would like information on Apistogramma Borellis because all I could find online was stuff in a different language (isn't that just irritating?)

Thanks in advance!

Monday, June 19th, 2006
6:23 pm
A little more specific...
I want to redo my 29 gallon tank but it's so hard to describe to people what exactly I want. Since I've had it, I've had tetras and danios but I really want it to calm down and have color but not too much. Here's the best description of the kind of fish I'm looking for:

2-3 diamond-shaped (i.e. tall body such as gouramis or discus) 2 1/2-3" fish with nice color (preferably some blue because they really bring out the tank) that stick together and can be kept with smaller fish and don't cause chaos. This is what I've been having the most trouble finding! I was almost thinking about Discus but they're just too freaking expensive!

1-2 schools of some sort of small tight-schooling fish with color that offsets the larger ones.

Help? Anyone?

(x-posted to fish communities)
Monday, June 12th, 2006
9:23 pm
New tank arrangement
Alright you guys, I need your help with something. I have a 29 gallon aquarium that I want to turn a little more exotic than it is, as in have more color with a more.... interesting variety of fish whether it be small cichlids, rams, angelfish, gouramis, colorful barbs, etc. I know 29 gallons isn't much to work with but does anyone have any ideas for what I could do? Experiences for compatability would be nice. Basically what I'm asking for is everyone's input on "If you had a 29 gallon freshwater tank, what would you put in it?"

Thanks in advance!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
9:29 pm
Aquarium Pictures
January 1, 2006
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Friday, November 18th, 2005
4:04 pm
Pictus catfish needs a home
Hi, everyone! This is an announcement for anyone who lives in the area of Victoria, BC, Canada.

I recently picked up a small pictus catfish at the pet store, and I don't think I can keep him. He's very active and is disturbing my more peaceful fish. My aquarium is a little too small for everyone.

The pictus cat is a slightly aggressive fish which can grow up to 6 inches. He may eat very small fish. Once he reaches full size, he can eat fish up to 2 inches. However, he's very valuable to have in an aquarium, because he acts as a janitor, keeping the tank clean and eating all the leftover scraps of food on the bottom. He's a bright, beautiful silvery colour with black markings.

So, if anyone in the Victoria area has a larger aquarium with more active, agressive fish in it, and would like a pictus cat, please contact me by email at catgirl@vanisle.net.

Thursday, November 17th, 2005
10:30 pm
Easy Keepers
I finally got my 29 gallon stand! I'm so stoked. So, anyways, tomorrow I am tearing down my 29 gallon and my 10 gallon (which is resting on the bottom of my current 29 gallon stand) and putting in the 29 g stand and putting my 10 gallon tank out in the living room. Now for the reason of this post...

At the beginning of December, I am enlisting into the US Army and will leave at the end of the summer (delayed entry- I have school still), and while I'm gone, my mom will be taking care of my fish. Now this is about a 4 year term, may be longer. Because my 10 gallon tank will again be up on display instead of hiding out, I'm going to get a couple of small schools with real nice, pretty, easy fish.

Here are my ideas:
-White Cloud Minnows
-Gold Cloud Minnows
-Cherry Barbs
-Neon Tetras (I'm actually rather worried about the tetra disease they get pretty easily)
-Cardinal Tetras

I really adore the minnows and my LFS has a ginormous school of them combined and they seem to school rather tight with each other. What of those do you think is pretty hardy that will do well with Pygmy Gouramis (I have 2 of those in my 10 right now)?

Like I stated before, I need them to be hardy and I want peaceful schooling fish. Any thoughts?

Also, here's an update on my 29 gallon:
2 Julii Corydoras Catfish
2 Corydoras Catfish of an unknown species
4 Zebra Danios
1 Leopard Danio
3 Pristella Tetras
4 Pearl Danios (What can I say? I'm attached)
1 Flying Fox
1 Rainbow Shark
2 Madagascar Rainbow Fish

Seems like a lot of fish but there's actually a lot of swimming room for them all.

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies!
Friday, October 14th, 2005
7:27 pm
Fish update
Alright, a bit of a fish update.

Yesterday, I ordered a wooden stand for my 29 because the iron one is a little iffy and I feel the 10 gallon tank settled on the bottom is the only thing keeping it from toppling over. Should be here in a couple of days, give or take. Only $130! I'm stoked!

A while ago, I bought 5 Pygmy Gouramis. They weren't doing too well in my 29 with all the other fish; they just lingered on the bottom and missed out on all the feedings, so I moved them into my 10 gallon tank. One of them died yesterday; looked like one of his gills was eaten up. I'm keeping a close eye on the other ones; I'm hoping it's not a fungus or a parasite or anything. Also, my two shrimp have gone mysteriously missing. Hrm...

29: Yesterday, while at my LFS (I gotta stop going there! It burns a hole in my pocket!) I bought 2 Madagascar Rainbowfish and 4 Pearl Danios. They're beautiful! I also purchase a Flying Fox a while ago from Petco and he's surprisingly still up and running!

I also just got my CO2 running again, after many battles against it. It started working after the first few hours. I was real happy.

So, here's an updated list of my 29 inhabitants:
-4 Zebra Danios
-1 Leopard Danio
-4 Pearl Danios
-3 Corydoras Catfish
-1 Flying Fox
-2 Madagascar Rainbowfish
-3 Pristella Tetras

Still debating on whether or not to get rid of my Tetras or not. Hrmm...

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005
8:59 am
Fish update
Alright, so the "rotten egg" smell mystery has been solved. I went to my LFS telling them I was ready to give up, tear my tank down, return the fish, and end it all! They pinpointed the problem immediately: it was the CO2 generator. There was bad yeast or whatever in the CO2 (hence why it hadn't worked yet) and that was causing the incredibly discusting smell. So, now my room smells like normal again and I love it. Although, I have yet to be able to get the smell out of the CO2 canister itself. I've soaked it in vinegar-water over night already but it didn't get rid of the smell. Any suggestions? Do you think maybe I should soak it again?

Alright, and I finally got some updated pictures of the tank and my fish. Care to view?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
5:40 pm
Yet another update... sorry y'all
I wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last post with suggestions, recommendations, and overall comments.

After school today, I drove over to Petco (I don't care if you're one of those people who are trying to boycott that place; don't bother converting me, it won't work) and I bought an AquaClear Power Filter 200gph for a 50 gallon aquarium. I hung it on the front of the tank so I have both filters running (I'd really hate to take down the other one right now because it has "beneficial bacteria" even though some of you said that all of that is probably dead). Right now it's noisy for some reason, but I'm sure that will pass after a while. It's been a couple years since I got my other one so I don't remember if that one was noisy at first or not.

Anywho, drifting slightly off topic. I also took as many fish as I could grab out of my 29 and put them into my 10 gallon. Sadly, that was only one zebra danio and two pristella tetras. I really don't feel like fighting with my fish today so I think I'll leave the rest alone before I send them into a panic attack because of the "Godawfl net" (OH MY GOD!) Heh. Hopefully that will help my tank water clean out some. As soon as I turned it on (right now, I have the circulation on that filter on high), all sorts of stuff was being pulled from the rocks and whatnot and into the filter. I mean, if things that were THAT LOOSE weren't being pulled up by the other filter, that slightly worries me.

Anyways, quick question that hopefully no one will have to type a lot for (I feel bad about taking everyone's time with all my silly questions! But here's another one). How many water changes is too much? A lot of you were recommending doing more frequent water changes for the rotten egg smell, and I did a water change yesterday, so how often is TOO often so I don't end up killing off my fish because I'm trying to get my water CLEANER?

Sorry for all these annoying posts! If any of you are sick of it, just tell me to shut up and I'll leave all you guys alone :-P

10:00 am
Does it smell in here, or is it just me?
Few questions reguarding scents around the aquarium. Ready?

1. What causes a "rotten egg" type scent?
2. How can I get rid of it?
3. What can I do to prevent it?

I realized yesterday one cause for it: my filters were discusting BEYOND discusting, so I brought them over to the bathtub and washed the cartridges real well, but the scent is still there. I also took my 10 gallon filter apart and cleaned that one out, too. Does anyone have any ideas why it's still there and how I can rid of it? It's rather discusting.

Anywho, yesterday I went to my LFS again (bad bad me!) and I got that clown pleco I adored and brought in my old pleco. I got 3 bucks for him. I feel almost ripped off because they're selling him back out for 9, but they gotta make their money somehow, right? I also bought 3 cories to pick up after my messy fish because they spill food EVERYWHERE! Along with that, I bought 2 algae eating shrimp which I put in my 10 gallon, along with my new pleco, since there's more algae in there for the time being. Right now, those guys are the only ones in there. All my other fish are already transported into my 29. Oh yeah, and I finally got a clam, which I have been waiting for my LFS to have to a long time. Those are some absolutely amazing creatures! So incredible.

Anyways, today is going to consist of searching for filter elements for my Aquatech filter, whether I have to order them online in bulk or not, since I noticed Walmart, the place I got my whole kit from, only has ONE of the cartridges, not both, so I don't know where I'm going to be able to get the other section of it. Gah. Why do they have to make things so difficult? I'm hoping drsfosterandsmith.com will have it. *crosses fingers* I also need to go and buy a bunch of the sponge pieces for my 10 gallon AquaClear filter since those also dirty insanely quick and I already have other pieces right now.

Oh yeah, another question. Do you think if I put carbon back into my 10 gallon filter if that will help remove the smell? Maybe it's something caused by not having carbon in there to do a more thorough filtration in my tank? I durno, I'm just throwing ideas out there....

Friday, August 26th, 2005
11:43 am
Mah list and new pics!
... As well as other details.

To start out with, I got my driftwood in the tank yesterday. I decided
to stop soaking it because the water wasn't really changing colors so I
guess I found a good batch of it. I put it in my tank, put that little
plant on top of it just to sorta add some looks to it and to save some
space, also, the manager, Chris, at my LFS told me that I can start
adding hardy fish after I have it circulating for about 24 hours.
Sweet. So, I added my 3 Pristella Tetras and as soon as 10:00 pm rolled
around, I turned my light on and
got some pictures! Yay! So, here they are!

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Alright, I went over to my LFS again (haha, I love that place) to make
sure that I put my CO2 mechanism together correctly and I did. Sweet.
Anywho, I browsed around their fish and learned some about what they had and it helped me somewhat complete my list.


3..............Clown Loaches.........................................................Scavenger/snails

1..............Clown Pleco..............................................................Algae

1..............Farlowella Catfish......................................................Algae

1..............Blue Corral Dwarf Gourami.......................................Swimmer

4..............Zebra Danios- Clear..................................................Swimmer

2..............Zebra Danios- Solid...................................................Swimmer

Alrighty, explanation: I'm going to start out with 3 Clown Loaches
and I may increase it to 5 depending on how they fit in my tank. I
didn't check the plants for snails nor snail eggs so I might find
myself a few unexpected surprises in a few days but that's alright. I
also wanted some bottom feeders so I found that this would be the way
to go about it. The woman I talked to at my LFS told me I should have a
variation of algae eaters because they eat different things and I
loved  how the Clown Plecostomus looked and I thought he was really humble and cute, and he'll only get about 3" or so. The Farlowella Catfish eats algae off plant leaves and off the glass walls, so I thought he'd be a great candidate as well. The Blue Corral Dwarf Gourami
is an addition I have been wanting to add to my tank for a good while
because he will offset the colors of my danios and my other fish and
will add a vibrant look.

Now, you're probably wondering what I mean by clear zebra danios and
solid zebra danios. Most zebra danios that I have seen have the clear,
almost wavy tails, which is what I mean by Zebra Danios- Clear.
My LFS has some beautiful danios that have solid and different-shaped
tails that also have a tint of orange or red on them which is what I
mean by Zebra Danios- Solid.
It's mostly a code for me to remember. I thought having 2 oddballs in
the bunch might make things look interesting and also offset it all.

I don't know yet what else I'm going to add to my aquarium, but I think
it all depends on what it looks like after everything is said and done,
but I'm open to suggestions as to what might look pleasant with that
mixture of fish. Only things I want to avoid are: livebearers and
aggressive fish. I'm looking more for community fish that will school
amongst themselves. So, any recommendations?

Oh yeah, and I probably should add, since I don't know if any of you
know this, but out of my 3 Pristellas, my 3 Zebra Danios, 1 Leopard
Danio, and my 1 Double-spotted Plecostomus, I'm only keeping my Zebra
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
9:20 pm
My New Aquarium!
Alrighty, I think I deserve a break. Well, my pocket too! Goodness!
Heh. It was to the point to where if my mom asked me how much I spent
at Caesars, I'd say "Let's not get into that topic..." Haha. Lets go
down the list, shall we?

  • 29 Gallon Aquarium Kit with tax: $102.00 at Walmart.

  • Iron Aquarium Stand with tax: $39.19

  • Aquatic plants w/o tax: $19.96

  • About 15lbs of Flourite: $25.99

  • 50lbs Natural Gravel: $22.50

  • Power GloFlow bulb: $21.99

  • CO2: $38.99

  • Medium Driftwood: $13.99

  • More aquatic plants: $3.99

  • Floating thermometer: $2.99

  • Argent Cycle: $13.99

  • Bowl Rock: $48.00

  • Tax on above items: 16.99

                        Total: $370.57

Ouch. Worst part is: The iron aquarium stand is wobbly. You know what
that means? I may have to drain most of the water out of my 29 and get
an oak stand instead. Somewhat good news? My gecko tank is also 30"x12
1/2" which means that if his last ownet does confirm that the stand is
originally made for a full-sized, water-filled aquarium, I'll switch
it, so I won't have to go through the hassle of returning the iron
stand and getting a new oak one in place of it for an extra $40
(really, the hassle of it all isn't worth the 40 bucks). So, anywho,
here's what it all looks like! (for the time being)

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