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Awww!! Your polar bear/puppy is soo cute. I actually have the opposite situation. I got my yellow lab when I was 7 and lost her the year after I went to college (2008). Now I have a black lab. Labs are such great dogs. <3

Actually I remember copperarabian saying that acrylic containers are best for photographing fish because light travels through them better than glass. Copper recommended getting a beanie baby case as they are tall enough, have a lid, and are a thin acrylic. I've been looking for them ever since she recommended him.

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OMG I have a TON of those!! I can send you one if you want?

And that's funny how closely our stories are with our labs. They are amazing dogs <3

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Oh man, I finally measured that tank I got from my friend for free.... it's 55 gallons!!! WHOOOOO! At least I think it is if I measured it right o.O

Length = 48"
Width = 13"
Height = 21"

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Maisy is a lab/collie/?! mix. xD

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10 Gallon Tank:
~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
~empty~

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Many of my scaly friends from my original tank from 2011 have passed, except for two! I am in the process of re-doing my tank. :)
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Wow, your lab is gorgeous. All the labs I see around here are chill guys with obesity problems. Yours is so slim!
Did Ro like zuchinni?
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Mine is quite overweight. lol

10 Gallon Tank:
~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
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Many of my scaly friends from my original tank from 2011 have passed, except for two! I am in the process of re-doing my tank. :)
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Olympia - Deezel? Yeah, its all in the food and the amount you give to them. He is on Taste of the Wild, which is a dog food that is very high in protein, which means its quite fattening. I give him a half of a cup twice a day - doesn't seem like a lot, but the high protein will make him feel just as full as if he was on a lesser food, but received more.

Combine that with a decent amount of exercise (he goes on a walk daily, sometimes every other, maybe even less) and he's at a good weight. He was actually getting a little thick for a while because my mom was giving him more food because she though half a cup was mean lol. I think he's slimmed down since then though.

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As Ro did like the zucchini! It sank though and she wouldn't go down to eat it, so I'm not sure how much she actually got.

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As Ro did like the zucchini! It sank though and she wouldn't go down to eat it, so I'm not sure how much she actually got.
When I give my goldfish veggies, I make sure they don't sink by stringing them to a suction cup on the side wall of the tank. I run a plastic zip tie either through or around the food and the ring on the suction cup. (It is originally for air tubing, so has a ring to put the tubing through.)
If the food is something thick, I will punch the zip tie through it and loosely dangle it. If it is something more loose, like spinach, I will roll it and pull it tight.

I used to do it with fishing line, but found a pack of several hundred food safe mini zip ties on sale for almost nothing and they have made life easier. i usually leave the food in the tank overnight (mine forage like crazy while I am sleeping...) and take out whatever is leftover in the morning. Then I cut the zip tie.

My goldfish don't like zucchini very much, but they devour broccoli. I blanch it and dangle it by the stem... They go crazy picking the little leaves (?) off the top.
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My LPS sells a veggie clip for feeding goldies! :D

10 Gallon Tank:
~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
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Sorry I went AWOL for a while. My boyfriend's dad was in from Sweden and we spent the weekend with him.

We feed our black lab mix A Taste of the Wild, too, but that is because she has food allergies. We get the venison. She still has that lab energy, so she gets plenty of exercise. Daily 2 mile walks, fetch, and I want to start jogging with her (mostly because I would never go without motivation lol).

That does look like a 55 gallon tank! Congrats!! That should hold little Ro and a friend or two for a while.

I also use a lettuce clip for my goldies. I have the basic clownfish one that you can find at any pet store. I hand feed my guys (and they actually are both males, I found breeding stars on both). That way I don't have to worry about them not getting the food. But I don't think now is a good time to start trying to hand-feed Ro because it take a few days of not eating, and she needs her meds daily.

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