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My cat hates his collar. How to handle it?

As far as getting comfortable with the collar goes: Every cat initially hates collars. Think how you would feel if someone insisted you wear a necktie and you'd never seen one before ... "This is ...
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How do I continuously change fish tank water?

You won't find anything that does this off the shelf at your local pet shop. It's possible to build it if you're an experienced plumber, but the short version is don't bother, just get a big canister ...
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What is special about an aquarium using no carbon dioxide, no fertilizer and no filter?

It is special in a sense that most aquarium setups include a lot of equipment, mainly a filter; the filter facilitates cultivation of nitrifying bacteria that are responsible for neutralization of ...
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Light spectrum visible to hamsters

So... First, a quick biology lesson on cones and rods. Rods are photoreceptive cells that are very light responsive and are responsible for most night vision capability. However, very dim light ...
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My cat hates his collar. How to handle it?

It's not clear in your description if you are using a breakaway collar (one example). If not, definitely switch to that. Instead of getting stuck and waiting for you to free him, a breakaway collar ...
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Goldfish coming to the top of bowl and releasing bubbles

I just went to the pet store and got an air pump and an air stone and installed them to my fish bowl. I observed that this solved 3 things :- Air bubbles trap some of the dissolved impurities and ...
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How to test if fish tank will break and flood my house?

This link here outline pretty well how to check for bad sign around an used tank and also outline how to prepare the tank for your use. I will resume briefly what to check but I leave the link so you ...
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Activated charcoal filters + fan for covered litter box?

A few things: You should be careful with covered litter boxes, some cats will decide that they don't like being in a confined space. Adding a fan to this situation could force a cat who is on the ...
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How to prevent my cat from deconstructing cat fountain?

Try a different fountain. You might like the look of that specific fountain, but it's made of lightweight plastic pieces that are assembled in a way that allows them to be easily moved by a pet (a ...
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Are cat tracker devices too heavy to put on a cat's collar?

A cat tracker weighing 10 grams is not too heavy for your cat, but cats in general do not like to have objects hanging around their neck. I think it is better to get your cat microchipped to avoid it ...
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Is a carbon or cartridge filter necessary in an aquarium with a simple biofilter?

Firstly, thank you for reading about the nitrogen cycle before getting fish! That's a +1 straight away. Biofilter is a bit of a funny term, really, because all filters technically become biofilters as ...
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How do I read my new tropical fish thermometer?

You don't exactly mention what your difficulty is in reading the thermometer. The scale from bottom to top reads 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 (combine the digits left and right of the indicator). ...
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Are cat tracker devices too heavy to put on a cat's collar?

The main concern here should not be the weight, but attachment. When putting a collar on a cat, one should make sure to get one that has a safety unlock feature that opens the collar by weight, and ...
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Replacing gravel plants and ornaments in fish tank

The most important will be to keep your beneficial bacteria so you won't have to cycle your tank again. Fill your temporary tank with water from the main tank and if possible the old filter, so the ...
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What is the correct order of elements in Haqos EX1500 External Aquarium Filter

The HAQOS EX1500 sucks water from the sectioned tube that is build into the filtration stages and goes all the way down. This filter circulates water through the stages from top to bottom. Once water ...
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Can it harm my water pump if I limit the input with a valve?

Short answer, Yes it can. Your product link is not English, and I did not see diagrams. Different designs can have different issues. Less water is probably better then sucking air, so your solution ...
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What's the purpose of a gravel blockage of a mat filter?

It's just to prevent gravel from sliding into the corner when the filter is removed for maintenance or to be replaced. Without it, a person would typically need to use both hands when changing the ...
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Better solution for holding appliances inside the aquarium?

I used silicon sealant in my Oscars tank as he kept moving the heater and tank décor. As long as it's practical to lower the water level whilst you do it, it's a great permanent solution. Just be sure ...
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Aquarium lighting systems that follow seasonal changes?

Easy way.. buy a dawn to dusk photo cell. Wire it to a relay. Normal switching for photo cell porch light. On at dark, off at dawn. Relay on at night cuts power to your lights. At dawn relay off send ...
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Aquarium lighting systems that follow seasonal changes?

I know something about this subject because I've tried to find a lightswitch (for my home office) that does the same thing. I have tried two different timer wall switches that say they turn on at dusk ...
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How important is the quality of the clippers used for occasional pet grooming?

There are two primary concerns which you should consider when making your choice between them, and deciding whether your vet's choice should be the same as yours: How often will they get used? By ...
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How long to wait before I remove the old filter?

3 weeks or so should be enough to get some of the bacteria to transfer. Note that only so much will grow in the NEW pump until the load is greater, so you will not get a full transfer from existing ...
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Is there a "shock collar" that doesn't actually shock the pet, but instead just makes loud noises?

You bet there is! PetSafe has a ton of products that will help you, I sold a lot of their products back in the day and people were really happy with the results. 1) In ground cat fence, this one has ...
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Is my lighting correct for a bearded dragon?

Reptiles need to thermoregulate so you should always have a daytime basking light along with the tube UVB light for the cooler end. Mercury vapor bulbs or metal halide bulbs for basking are the ...
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How do I read my new tropical fish thermometer?

To add to what JAD has already pointed out, these thermometers can be difficult to read. I was in the same position when I started fish keeping. The key to being able to see where the red line appears ...
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Adequate UV light for my birds

The UV light you need is UV-A and UV-B (wavelength of 300-400 nm). Be absolutely sure it is NOT under 300 nm and be sure to put the lights at a couple of meters from the cage (shortwave UV-B is the ...
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How to bridle a young horse

Dealing with my own young horse ATM (she had basic training a while before I got her, but she was left in the pasture for a long time, and decided she'd rather not work), and here is what I've learned ...
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What can I do to prepare my horse for backing

If you've taught her to accept the blanket already, that's very good. First, I'd start simply by grooming her. If she accepts being groomed all over her body, then start with a saddlepad; let her ...
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Sponges for mechanical particle filters for aquariums

Do not use kitchen sponges or other types of household sponges, they have been produced using different chemicals to make them softer and often fire resistant; this is toxic to life in water. You can ...
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