PETS A PLENTY - HELPFUL PET FACTS - Cortland, NY
PETS A PLENTY -  Pets and Pet Supplies Cortland NY
PETS A PLENTY  IS
OPEN  7  DAYS  A  WEEK  607 753 9213
LOCATED  ON  RTE  281  ACROSS  FROM  TOPS  MARKET


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STARTING  A  TANK...
Here are some helpful hints.
1.  Go  slow when adding fish to your tank.
     There is a good bacteria that has to grow and that bacteria will eat
      the urine the fish produce. For example a new 10 gallon tank should
      be started with 3 or 4 small fish.
2.  Do not add an algae eater to a new tank. There is no algae yet.
     When you see algae, then add an algae eater.
3.   Feed your fish small amounts 3  times a day if possible. Do not over
      feed. Too much food will pollute your tank and cause it to be cloudy.
4.   Purchase a siphon and siphon 20 to 25% of the water monthly.
      Always siphon from the bottom not the top.  You want to get the
      extra waste and excess food out of the tank.
5.   Watch your lighting. Do not leave the tank light on 24 hours a day.
      Fish want to sleep too.  Also too much light means too much algae.
      Have your tank light on like 4PM til 11:00 PM.
6.   When you buy new fish, go right home and put them in the tank.
      It's not a good idea to go shopping while your fish sit in a bag in
      your car.
7.   Only float the bag of fish 5 minutes. There is not that  much water
       in the bag.  It will only take a few minutes for that water to reach
       the temperature of your tank. Floating too long can result in death.
8.    Tropical  fish like warm water, 78 to 80.  Goldfish like cold water.
       Some people mix them, it may or may not work.
9.   Some fish will get along with other fish  very  nicely, such as :
      tetras, mollies, platys, swords, guppies, dwarf gouramis,
      Many of the barbs are aggressive as well  as  the  bigger  gouramis.
10.  Remember the bigger the tank, the better your fish will get along
       with each other.  There's enough space so they all have  room
       and  aggression is less likely to happen.
These are just a few hints for a new tank.  Any questions, call us at  753-9213  or  stop in.  We  are located on Rte 281 Cortland in the Blockbuster  Video  Plaza. We are OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.


HERE  ARE  SOME  PET  FACTS:
A lot  of  people  ask  us  about  why  their  pet  bunny or  hamster got  diarrhea. Do  not  feed  your  bunny,  hamsters  or  guinea  pigs  lettuce.  This  is  especially  bad  when  they  are  young.  The  young  animals  just  can not  handle  it.  As  far  as  carrots,  wait  until  your  pet  is  a  bit  older  and  then  only  feed  a  baby  carrot  occasionally.
I  know  one  woman  whose  guinea  pig  died  and  she  had  it  autopsied.  They  found  a  ton  of  carrots  in  it's   gut.
Stick  to  things  like  timothy  hay  or  alfalfa  as  a treat,  and  again  wait  until  your  pet  is  like  3  or 4  months  old  when  it  can  handle  the  fiber  better.

Bunnies  can  get  hairballs  too. Just  like  a  cat,  they  groom  themselves  and  get  hairballs.  Feed  your  bunny  papaya  as  a  treat.
It  helps  break  down  the  hair  the bunny  gets  from  grooming  itself.
Do  not  feed  papaya  from  the  grocery  store.  Instead  stop  into  PETS A PLENTY. We  have  treats  with  papaya  in  it  and  dried  papaya  chunks  as  well.

Does  you  water  bottle  leak.  Do  not  use  cold  water.  The  cold  expands  the  ball  inside the  bottle  and  you  get  drips.  Instead,  use  lukewarm  water.

If  your  guinea  pig  catches  a  cold, you  can  put  bird  antibiotics  into  the  water  bottle.  It  works  on  hamsters  and  lizards  too.
I  use  things  like  ornacycline  from  Mardel.  It  works  well.
Guinea  pigs  are  more  susceptible to  catching  a  cold,  so  keep  an  eye  on  your  pet  guinea  pig.  Signs  are  sneezing,  nasal  discharge
and  runny  nose  or  eyes.

DID  YOU  KNOW  CHINCHILLA'S CAN  LIVE  TO  BE  25  YEARS  OLD.
HAMSTERS 2  TO  3  YEARS  OLD
RABBITS  6  TO  7  YEARS  OLD
GUINEA  PIGS  5  TO  7  YEARS  OLD
FERRETS  8  TO  10  YEARS  OLD.

Hamsters  can  have  babies  every  21  days
Rabbit  gestation  is  only  30  days..the  newborn  are  very  tiny.
Guinea  pigs  gestation  is  60  days. The  baby  comes  out  fully  formed  and  ready  to  eat  solid  food.

If  you  own  a  chinchilla,  give  them  a  dust  bath  often.
It  is  how  a  chinchilla  removes  the  oils  from  your  hands  off  of their  fur.

Rats  make  excellent pets,  they  are  clean  and  very  smart.
They  are  less  likely  to  bite  than  a  hamster.  Also  gerbils  make  great  pets.  They  are  desert  animals  so  they  do  not  drink  much  which  means  they  do  not  urinate  much  which  means  they  do  not  smell  much.







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