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You're going in the right direction, with your efforts to make the couch unappealing, and provide scratchers as alternatives. You just need to experiment a bit more to discover the right combination of things to discourage it from the couch and encourage it to the scratchers. Since the blankets aren't working, try a different method to discourage the cat. ...


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The first thing you want to do to battle algae is to remove excessive light. The worst is when sunlight reaches the tank. Algae can grow in very little light, so given sunlight (or even a tank light that's on for more than 12 hours), algae will be able to grow even faster. It's different for each tank, some of mine I can keep lit for almost 12 hours, others ...


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I totally understand your frustration. Cats are very independent, complex creatures. I imagine your cat is very happy, you’re providing it everything I would suggest and then some. Seriously, give yourself some kudos for that. I have a few thoughts that may help: Firstly, cat ownership does require a certain level of “letting go”. When I got my cat, I was ...


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Is there any actual benefit to this? Will using one have a noticeable impact on either the individual lifespan of the shrimp, or the long-term survival of the ecosystem? Short Answer It depends entirely on your current method of aerating your tank. If you aren't adding oxygen to the water (usually by bubbling air through it) then the answer to both ...


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One of the primary reasons for water changes is to remove harmful waste and chemical compounds from your tank that tend to build up over time. This is especially important in new aquariums where there aren't bacteria and an ecosystem in place to handle any of these compounds organically. There are two compounds in particular that most people target for ...


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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 filter instead. First, bear in mind that no amount of water changes will compensate for all the problems of overstocking: it won't increase the amount of ...


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We opted for the Million-Bubble air pump. Before we had it, we occasionally just used a dropper to blow some bubbles in the tank. The advantage that the Million-Bubble air pump has is that it is bigger than the dropper we were using (pushing more air into the water with each pump), and it has an aerator at the end which creates lots of tiny air bubbles ...


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As far as I know, bathing a guinea pig too often is a bad idea. Keep in mind a guinea-pig is a very sensitive pet, if you do that, you'll probably be harming their natural skin protection, which will lead to illnesses. If you really have to, I'd recommend bathing them once at month at most. Even if you don't believe it, guinea pigs are very self cleaning and ...


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These lights/tubes produce UVA and UVB. The same type of tubes are used in sunbeds and marine tanks To produce UVA, mercury inside the tube reacts with the gas and electricity. This is why you should never shatter tubes because you can get mercury poisoning and they have to be disposed of properly. The mercury will slowly stop to react as expected - as a ...


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Water changes are almost what they sound like, you're changing the water in the tank. But, with very few exceptions, you never want to change more than 50% of the water in the tank. Water changes that replace a substantial percentage of tank's volume can cause the fish stress, and should really only be done in emergencies. Even if there is a problem with the ...


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There are a couple of ways to dampen or limit the ammonia smell. Baking soda: You can add this to the bedding and you do not need to use a lot of it. You can get this in bags from 1 kg to 1000 kg. It limits the smell of ammonia by increasing the pH so less urea is converted to ammonia. Lime: You can add this to the bedding, but you need to use a larger ...


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If you currently have an algae problem, the main thing to do is identify the cause of the algae. Usually the cause is an imbalance in the tank, usually it's due to excess light or excess nutrients. This is something you'll need to balance so that you stop battling the algae. However, as this question is "how do I get rid of algae," I'll outline the steps - ...


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Common super glue is actually harmless to use on an aquarium, but it might not yield the desired result. This article describes why super glue is safe: Super glue is safe for use in fish tanks because it becomes completely inert when moist or wet. The main active ingredient of the glue is Cyanoacrylate. When in contact with water it forms strong and stable ...


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Per this Cat Centric article on removing feline urine, treating with enzymes is more effective than vinegar alone. Vinegar provides the perception of cleanliness; proper enzymatic cleaning provides the complete removal of waste. The intent of saturating with enzymes is to break down the uric acid salts into gases. It is these residual uric acid salts that ...


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This post is a little late after your original question, but I could not help to finish this for anyone who sees this question! You should try putting the wood pellets (Or whatever soft animal bedding you are using) on top of the newspaper, that will make the cage easier to clean, and it will be more comfortable to your cavy. :) Cleaning the cage really ...


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I use Seachem Flourish Excel at 1.5X for a week and then at the recommended strength until it's gone. All up, about 2 weeks. I have had two outcomes from this method. 1. The algae disappears or is reduced to pin head sized dots on some of the plants. 2. The algae goes from black to blonde and then molts. I don't know what factors have influenced these quite ...


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Too many uncertainties here. Any structural joint needs careful preparation, correct materials & correct procedures. If you mess up you may lose your fish, a risk not worth taking.


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No, you do not need to change the filter material. But what you need to do is remove the charcoal and replace it with new filter foam (filter sponge). The charcoal is only needed if you are removing medication from the water. When you can see the water flow from your filter is reduced you need to clean the filter foam; to do this, you take some water from ...


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If in doubt, ask your vet to estimate the critters age. The insurance companies are aware that pets don't usually come with birth certificate, and an informed estimate is acceptable.


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You can't be sure that this cat is a 100% Manx, even if he looks like it, because there are no papers and you don't know his parents. You can suggest that he has some Manx blood, but you don't know if he is really a pure blood. No reputable breeder would admit him into his breeding program because of this. So correct is to call him an unknown breed. But you ...


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It sounds like what you need is DVD of an Aquarium. There are several varieties at Amazon or ebay as well as other retailers. No feeding, no cleaning, and no worries.


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To clean an used aquarium, you need to get some kitchen sponges similar to the ones here. Be sure they do not contain any soap or detergents. Be sure to use only clean water when cleaning inside the tank. You need to empty the tank of all of the equipment and gravel before you start cleaning it. Moistening the algae and dirt makes them easier to get off. The ...


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What are the differences between the tanks? If the cloudy tank has fake plants in it and the others have real plants. You add a little salt to the real plant tanks. Water softerns in houses for well water use salt to make it less hard. Another idea would be during a water change instead of fresh water add water from one of the tanks that are clear. See if it ...


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This answer is part of Pet's Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. Hypoallergenic dogs: You're looking for a hypoallergenic dog. A hypoallergenic dog means this: A hypoallergenic dog breed is a dog breed that is purportedly more compatible with allergic people than are other breeds. (...


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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 to buy aquarium safe sealant as domestic silicone contains algae and bacteria inhibitors, which are harmful to fish. Most fish shops sell it in small tubes but ...


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Just remember that most of the time, the size of the bubbles that the pump produces are too large to be integrated into the water column, therefore most oxygen exchange is done via diffusion (see this webpage). The bubbles help as they increase the area of the water surface as they break through the top. I think the cheapest pump/air stone you can buy ...


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Yes you can do an external repair. Read below and take a look at the time lapse. If you cannot drain your aquarium to repair a leak from the inside, and you need to work from the outside, you have to beat hydraulic pressure. The way you can do it, is by patching from bottom (where your leak is) to top. Before you begin, drain as much as you can. Use a 2" / ...


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Get snails. They are much more effective than fish in cleaning algae. I have three large mystery snails, two zebra snails, and a bunch of Malaysian trumpet snails and ramshorn snails. My glass and, most important, my plants are spotless clean.


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The filter sponge is where the beneficial bacteria live which help to take ammonia, turn it into nitrite and then finally convert it into nitrate. These bacteria can also live in the substrate (gravel, sand, dirt etc). In a well established tank, which is what is sounds like you have, your main concerns will be the nitrates. There's a lot of debate about ...


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Snails need substrate to be "happy" Based on my experience. I's not strictly essential for their survival but snail will bury if they need to lay eggs and if the environment they are in is not ideal (too low moisture, too cold/hot, not enough food). I use store bought coconut fiber as a substrate, it doesn't smell and it retains moisture much ...


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