greeneggiwegs:

scalestails:

fishesnstuff:

greeneggiwegs:

upd8 tobias is showing all the signs of dropsy now. His abdomen is swollen and his scales have started pineconing more. I’m going to pick up some medication today in hopes that it will do something but it might be too late.

Side note: He already has AQ salt in his tank for an infection. Do I need to totally change his water to get all that out before adding medicine or can I add it in on top of that?

Instead of medicine try some Epsom salt baths! Epsom salt will bring down the swelling :)

Yes, do a 100% water change to remove the AQ salt. His body cannot properly regulate the amount of water going through it, and AQ salt makes the water more dense- thus making it even harder.

Epsom salt is most effective when used as a bath, I believe. It ca be added directly to the tank, though.

Also it should be used in conjunction with a broad spectrum antibiotic, because what’s causing the(most likely) renal failure is more than likely bacterial.

I’m so sorry and I hope he pulls through. I hate dropsy so much.

Oooh, didn’t know that. The AQ salt is from before the dropsy was apparent when an old trouble spot on his tail is acting up.

What antibiotic do you recommend?

For dropsy,  Metronidazole seems to be a good one.

This lady I know says only rich people can get into fishkeeping nowadays. Do you agree with that?
Anonymous

It doesn’t have to be! It depends on what you want to do, really.

If you buy used you can get a freshwater set up extremely cheap, possibly even completely free! Like, whole set up. I’ve seen a lot of craigslist adds giving away tanks with the stand, light, filter, decor, etc. Most of the time people are either moving or just lost interest in the tanks, so they become a burden/eyesore. So they’re willing to give them away to whoever will take them.

However, even if you buy used a saltwater reef tank will cost quite a lot of money.

would you recommend zebra finches to first-time bird owners?
Anonymous

Yyyyyyyyyes and no. Their care itself  is very simple, but they are not as social as parrots at all and they need a huge flight cage. Bigger than you’d expect for such a tiny bird. Plus they can’t be kept alone.

But the actual feeding, cleaning, and “handling” of them is indeed simple! All other standard bird rules apply such as no teflon, a rounded diet, etc.

I agree entirely that animals should be rescued, not purchased simply out of cute factor or false info. That's why my next bird will be adopted instead of encouraging breeders to over-inflate demand.
Anonymous

Oh that makes me happy. Birds are severely negelcted by most owners, there are SO MANY who need homes.

fishesnstuff:

greeneggiwegs:

upd8 tobias is showing all the signs of dropsy now. His abdomen is swollen and his scales have started pineconing more. I’m going to pick up some medication today in hopes that it will do something but it might be too late.

Side note: He already has AQ salt in his tank for an infection. Do I need to totally change his water to get all that out before adding medicine or can I add it in on top of that?

Instead of medicine try some Epsom salt baths! Epsom salt will bring down the swelling :)

Yes, do a 100% water change to remove the AQ salt. His body cannot properly regulate the amount of water going through it, and AQ salt makes the water more dense- thus making it even harder.

Epsom salt is most effective when used as a bath, I believe. It ca be added directly to the tank, though.

Also it should be used in conjunction with a broad spectrum antibiotic, because what’s causing the(most likely) renal failure is more than likely bacterial.

I’m so sorry and I hope he pulls through. I hate dropsy so much.

Training day 4
Peepis got very close to my hand today! Good stuff. I think she’ll tame down right quick. After giving her the millet I held out my fingers, which only scared her for a short amount of time. 
(also, please excuse the poo on the bars, this is pre-cleaning)

Training day 4

Peepis got very close to my hand today! Good stuff. I think she’ll tame down right quick. After giving her the millet I held out my fingers, which only scared her for a short amount of time.

(also, please excuse the poo on the bars, this is pre-cleaning)

xthegirlwithkaleidoscopeeyesx:

barkundra:

My dog recently had surgery to remove a tumor in his chest. The surgery has set us back a lot and we could use some help to pay with the expenses. My dog is my best friend and means the world to me. Any donation would be absolutely outstanding and if you can’t spare the money please signal boost this.

Signal boost!

scalestails:

Our betta section just after a water change.

kai-ni said: Phew, how long does that take?
tinyratfeet said: Are they getting decent care? I’m not accusing, just curious. Can a betta really live in such a small space for weeks at a time, or even months for the “less desirable” ones? How often do you guys do WCs?
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On a slow day with little to no customers interrupting me it takes 1-2 hours, depending on how many bettas there are! On a busy day it could take 4 hours. 
As for water changes, they’re done every day if we have the time, which we really try to. Sometimes it’s just too busy to do them, though, but they rarely go more than 2 days without a water change. 
As for their health, with daily water changes and proper handling (being mindful to reduce the amount of disease transmission) they do fine for about 4-5 weeks. After that, they certainly start to decline and are much more likely to get sick. We do have illness spread (usually columnaris) but rarely things like fin rot, ammonia poisoning, etc. 
I take special note of which ones have been around for a while, and am sure to add AQ salt to their water to help prevent parasites. We always treat illness to the best of our ability as well. In fact, my boss just got some preventative medicine for bettas (kind of like Indian Almond Leaf Extract). And anyone working will clean a bowl separately if it’s particularly dirty. We hate having dead fish at any point in time and make it a point to keep them as healthy as we can.

scalestails:

Our betta section just after a water change.

kai-ni said: Phew, how long does that take?

tinyratfeet said: Are they getting decent care? I’m not accusing, just curious. Can a betta really live in such a small space for weeks at a time, or even months for the “less desirable” ones? How often do you guys do WCs?

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On a slow day with little to no customers interrupting me it takes 1-2 hours, depending on how many bettas there are! On a busy day it could take 4 hours.

As for water changes, they’re done every day if we have the time, which we really try to. Sometimes it’s just too busy to do them, though, but they rarely go more than 2 days without a water change.

As for their health, with daily water changes and proper handling (being mindful to reduce the amount of disease transmission) they do fine for about 4-5 weeks. After that, they certainly start to decline and are much more likely to get sick. We do have illness spread (usually columnaris) but rarely things like fin rot, ammonia poisoning, etc.

I take special note of which ones have been around for a while, and am sure to add AQ salt to their water to help prevent parasites. We always treat illness to the best of our ability as well. In fact, my boss just got some preventative medicine for bettas (kind of like Indian Almond Leaf Extract). And anyone working will clean a bowl separately if it’s particularly dirty. We hate having dead fish at any point in time and make it a point to keep them as healthy as we can.

theexoticvet:

I love that I have been getting so many questions from people interested in all things veterinary, exotics, and everything else. I hope this continues because I enjoy it. What I am going to have to stop are the questions about specific illnesses in pets. 

This is for multiple reasons but the top ones are 1) I do this for a living and while I don’t mind giving free advice, asking me for a diagnosis and treatment options for a pet without paying me is unfair. 2) There is no possible way I can diagnose and treat via the internet, I have to be able to see an animal in person and any vet that tells you otherwise is not a very good one.

If you are so concerned about your animal that you need to post it on the internet, you need to make a vet appointment. This is the only way your pet is going to get the proper treatment they need. Waiting for responses from the online community only delays medical treatment and could make the situation worse. Also there is no way to guarantee the information you are getting is correct. Honestly 99% of the info I see offered to pet owners on Tumblr alone is incorrect and some of it could actually be harmful.

Please keep asking me questions about animal care in general, diseases, how medications work, how procedures are done, or anything else for that matter. But I will no longer be answering  questions about specific sick or injured pets, if I see them I will delete them. If your animal is sick it needs to see a veterinarian

Our betta section just after a water change.

Our betta section just after a water change.

Lovely goldies at work.

Some convicts at work bred!

Remember my most recent spider friend? Well she laid this egg sack and died abruptly. :( so I’ve been watching the sack for any signs of life and yesterday I saw the little spiderlings! So I released them in the yard today. 

Good luck little babies!

Remember my most recent spider friend? Well she laid this egg sack and died abruptly. :( so I’ve been watching the sack for any signs of life and yesterday I saw the little spiderlings! So I released them in the yard today.

Good luck little babies!

Tadaaaaa! This whole process took way too long but Hamsteak is finally in a suitable cage!

Now he just needs to loose some weight!

2 Comet goldies lookin’ for a home

kai-ni:

Okay so. Fish community halp. I currently have with me two comet goldfish, and I know darned well I can’t care for them in the long term. They’re pond fish.

I do not have a pond.

The tank they’re in right now is too small, and I know it, but they were rescues (from bowls, people who couldn’t care for them properly. It was during a thing where the campus was giving out goldfish as prizes I - yea long story) And the tank is double filtered and their parms are always perfect, so it’s handling the bioload fine. They are still quite small, around 3 inches I’d say (but they never stop moving so I don’t know. XD)

Anyway I’ve been trying to re-home them but finding good pond owners is like finding Jimmy Hoffa’s briefcase. If I hear ‘we just buy new ones every summer’ one more time I’ll possibly scream and cry.

So fish community, I need a lil help. Should I post an ad on craigslist? I’m hesitant to do this because…

Well I don’t have a car so I can’t bring them to you, and I’m not comfortable shipping them because I have no experience with that. (and no money for that either) so?

So basically I need to find someone willing to go out of their way and come to me to adopt two comet goldfish that aren’t spectacular and really aren’t much bigger than the ones you can buy at the pet store for like 50 cents.

Do you see my problem? I just don’t know what to do with them! this has been killing me; stunting will soon become a problem with them if I keep them much longer… but taking them back to the pet store is a death sentence and I just can’t find anyone to take them who I KNOW will love them and care for them.

They’re really sweet fish, I do love them too and I want what is best for them. They’re semi-trained, they’re comfortable around my hand and will eat from it. They’re just really sweet.

——SO FISH COMMUNITY. Does anyone live near Kansas City or Saint Joseph Missouri and has the resources and is willing to take in two comet goldies? I doubt it but I’m allowed to try ahaha. Contact me at kainifiesta@live.com, tumblr’s messaging system sucks.——

If anyone out of state is legitimately interested maybe you could walk me through how to ship them? Still not sure I’m comfortable doing that…

And even if you’re not interested suggestions are welcome. I think if I end up keeping them over the summer I’ll get them a big sterilite tub. But it’s not something I can keep up with because I can’t take that to college so. no win for me. They need a new home.