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Discus Fish Secrets- Top 5 Tips on Discus Fish

Discus Fish

What Secrets are These 2 Discus Hiding?

5. 50% Water Change Weekly
Discus have weak immune systems which makes raising them, at times, quite trying. Discus need cleaner water than many common fish can handle, so you generally need to do more water changes than a normal tank for discus to thrive. There are breeders that change 50% of the water daily! 50% weekly will suffice.

4. Discus Need Lots of Oxygen
Keep an outside filter and an inside sponge filter for extra aeration.The underwater gravel filter alone will not be enough.

3. Keep Nitrate Reading below 10
Not the 20-30 that most freshwater fish are fine with. Again, Discus are very sensitive to nitrate readings so keep them low. Read more…

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis

Right now there’s no known cure for it and there’s not even a simple diagnostic test for it. Feline infectious peritonitis, FIP for short, is a progressive viral disease that, unfortunately, is almost always fatal.

Oh, it starts out innocently enough. It’s caused by certain strains of the feline coronavirus, most of which don’t even cause disease or, if they do, may cause fairly mild intestinal or respiratory symptoms.

But sometimes, at some point, either the virus mutates or the cat’s immune system malfunctions and the disease develops into FIP. Read more…

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My Dog Has Diabetes ~ Some Observations

My 6 yr old (at the time) 36 lb pug mix (Zoey) was diagnosed with diabetes in Aug 2011. I thought it was a bladder infection and delayed going to the vet for 2 weeks thinking I could cure it myself. Luckily she didn’t get cataracts as that is the major and most expensive problem to worry about post-diagnosis. $2000 an eye is what it costs…yikes!

I brought her home. gave her initial shot of 4 units of humulin and checked her blood sugar. I test on the lip and luckily Zoey is ok with it. Her blood sugar was over 400. So, I gave her a couple more. Basically, I upped it til her got her under 150 which now requires 10 units.

Here are some observations I have made concerning this frustrating malfunction of the pancreas. Keep in mind I only have 1 dog with diabetes so I am not an expert at all; I’m just past beginner status, that’s it. Read more…

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