blakethechao asked: I've been thinking about having a pet turtle or toroise, but like, in the future, like 5-8 years from now. What do you recommend I do to prepare?
save up PLENTY of money and DO YOUR RESEARCH. Also take the time to find and build a relationship with a source that you trust, whether it be a breeder, a chain store, a mom and pop shop or whatever. A tortoise is a large responsibility, mainly because of the lifespan of the animal. You have to prepare yourself for it to be your pet for basically your lifetime.
And it’s not like a dog or a cat either, where it will run around and make cute noises— yes, they’re PRECIOUS creatures, but make sure you want to make that commitment to an animal that isn’t affectionate in the traditional way.
But yeah, set aside enough funds so that you’ll be able to buy everything right off the bat— a cage to comfortably house him/her at their adult size, a suitable diet including fresh fruits and veggies (and possibly frozen mice depending on the species— redfooted tortoises are one that should get a frozen pinky mouse AT LEAST once a month), and the appropriate substrates, decor, large bathing basin they can easily access and exit.
With turtles, same deal. Land turtles are very similar in care to tortoises, but aquatic turtles require plenty of swimming space, occasional live food, pump, filter, water conditioner, etc.
unbeatablerootbeer asked: My betta's fins used to be pretty solid red, but recently I've noticed that they've been turning whiter/more transparent, especially the back fin, from the outside in as time goes on. Is it possible that these are ammonia burns? Should I change his water more often?
Changing the water more often can’t hurt— I would suggest doing a 20-30% water change once a week, depending on the size of your tank.
While you do that, take a sample of your water in to a pet store and have them test it for free— ask them to test for ammonia specifically and see what it’s at. If it comes back at 0 or you’re not noticing an improvement in color, wait a little while longer.
My mom’s betta started “losing color” and I had thought it was a variety of things— until someone kindly informed me that he is actually a marbled betta. These bettas don’t develop their marbling until later in their life.
cyvivi asked: (crabbyhermie) I saw your hermit crab care post, and I thought I should let you know that most "hermit crab foods" are actually really terrible for them. Ingredients like copper sulfate and other preservatives have been shown to cause molting defects. There are some prepared foods that don't have nasty ingredients, but they can be hard to find. Always check the ingredients! I find that the best (and cheapest) diet is fresh food.
Yeah I actually am feeding mine only fresh (or freeze-dried, in the case of the red shrimp I give them) food.
Right now they are chomping down on coconut shavings, dried cranberries and apples and the aforementioned red shrimp with ground cuttlebone for calcium.
ihasabutter asked: Your initial post on bettas was really helpful when my betta came down with finrot! Thanks so much for posting such clear pictures (super helpful for diagnosis) and treatment options! The little guy's all better and much happier in his new larger tank.
Fantastic! I’m so glad to hear that! The earlier and clearer the diagnosis, the faster the problem is resolved with the least amount of stress for you AND your fish!