We have four family pets, two cats and two rats. Despite what
most people think or expect, the cats are not the slightest bit
interested in the rats. The cats are both about 8 years old and
the Rats are just over 1 year.
Rats make great pets, for anyone who can deal with the thought
- and their tails!. They make excellent pets for children, because,
unlike gerbils, hamsters and such, they do not have a tenancy
to bite, in fact there has only been one occasion in our house
of the rats biting, and that was when bran decided to take a pin
and poke them... not a pleasant thing to do, but he learnt his
Before the rats, we kept Tropical fish for about 10 years. Most
of the time as a community tank, moving onto being a tetra tank
then finally we kept Tiger Oscars. Oscars demand a lot of work,
being pretty messy fish. They pull up, eat and destroy anything
they can, and excrete more mess than you can imagine. Naturally
they are pretty large, and grow fast.
The community tank we had employed the Dennerle System, which
meant it had C02 pumped into the tank to feed the plants, by aiming
to keep the plants in the tank healthy and fed, created perfect
water and constant amounts of Oxygen for the fish. It was rather
strange to 'keep plants', which is what it often felt like, but
the results were worth it, The tank often look impressive with
its abundant greenery and happy brightly colour fish inhabitants.
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