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.