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post #1 of 15 Old 01-07-2015, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for New Pet Ideas

No dogs or cats please. I have 3 fish tanks, and I am comfortable with the number of water changes I do now (about 10g total a week between the three). So no water creatures hence no amphibians. I don't want reptiles because I have a gecko and I don't want to be feeding insects and keeping on heat lamps. So take away dog cat fish and reptillians; that leaves you birds, rodents, and invertebrates. I have never had a bird, and do not have room for it at the moment. I want a big space for any bird, finch or macaw, and I have no room for that. Leaving rodents and invertebrates. I had rats. Past tense. Meaning I have them away to a foster family. They are too poopy, like a lot of poop all day err day. It's just gross. Finally invertebrates. I don't like arachnids (tarantulas or scorpions). Leaving bugs (walking stick, praying mantis, etc) and hermit crabs. I know aussieJJDUDE has hermits and would like to hear from him. I would like to hear any arguments to woo me towards a pet like a bird or rodent. I do not have time for a dog or cat right now so I physically can't. I can't even walk my malamute. I do not have room for guinea pigs or rabbits. I need a compact smaller creature. Which is why invertebrates are my only hopes. Thanks a bunch.

I am an aquarium caretaker in socal, with a past in saltwater and freshwater. I also used to work at a tropical fish store.
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-08-2015, 04:56 PM
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Snails. You want to get snails.

Everything else seems to have been ruled out. lol. There are land snails, if you're not interested in doing water changes.

At this point, with all of that ruled out, do you REALLY want another pet? What's the motivation here? Are you getting a pet just to get another pet?

So long, and thanks for all the fish!
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-09-2015, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Because I want something new. I love my lizard, but would not want a heat lamp. I love my fish, but i have enough water. I want a cat, bird and dog but cannot for reasons. Rodents are ok, but I had rats and lost interest. Guniea pigs and rabbits are too big, leaving only hamsters which I am iffy, but I can be persuaded. Insects are ok as long as they aren't arachnids. I also kind of have been wanting a hermit crab. The motivation is a collection, or variety, of animals. Sorry for the pickiness really I just posted this to see if anyone had anything new I didn't know about (I am in california so hedgehogs, ferrets, gerbils, etc are illegal)

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post #4 of 15 Old 01-09-2015, 12:37 AM
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I stand by my snail suggestion. There are some fairly exotic looking ones. I don't know about Cali restrictions.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!
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post #5 of 15 Old 01-11-2015, 08:34 AM
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i think a praying mantis.....i guess because i think
they look amazing,the set up can be as high or low tech as you want.
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-13-2015, 12:35 PM
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Highly recommend either ferrets or sugar gliders !
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post #7 of 15 Old 01-13-2015, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Both illegal in California :/

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-13-2015, 01:17 PM
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Sorry! Didn't even realize you're in Cali, its bogus they're prohibited, wouldn't survive more than a week in the wild on their own so its not an ecosystem threat :(
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-13-2015, 10:18 PM
Ok well the snail suggestion was a good one. How about....
1. Pet Rock. Pros: can take it anywhere. Wont eat ya outta house and home. They come in many shapes n sizes. The Cons: Wont come when called. Often cold to snuggle with. Very lazy..just sits there all day.
Ok that was sorta a joke. Seriously how about these...
Scorpion
centipede or millipede
hissing cockroach
ant farm
beatles
grasshoppers
my daughters fav bug...lady bugs. Tho they should be in the beatle list I suppose.
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Ok well the snail suggestion was a good one. How about....
1. Pet Rock. Pros: can take it anywhere. Wont eat ya outta house and home. They come in many shapes n sizes. The Cons: Wont come when called. Often cold to snuggle with. Very lazy..just sits there all day.
Ok that was sorta a joke. Seriously how about these...
Scorpion
centipede or millipede
hissing cockroach
ant farm
beatles
grasshoppers
my daughters fav bug...lady bugs. Tho they should be in the beatle list I suppose.
I have four Arizona red Rock they are quite nice and love their coyote deco. Luckily they don't need a cage. As to the insects, I know I'm picky but I want something to hold. I don't think a pet Is a good idea right now :/

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