Tuesday June 18, 2013
Thinking about getting some new fish for your kids this summer? If you are, the Mickey Mouse Platy may be just what you are looking for. In addition to bearing the likeness of Mickey at the base of the tail, the Mickey Mouse Platy
is easy to care for and has the added benefit of giving birth to live babies, which is a great experience for kids.
Actually, any live bearing fish
is a good choice. Few fish are more enjoyable for families with children. They are easy to care for and very forgiving of mistakes, not to mention colorful and active.
Books About Livebearers
Common New Aquarium Mistakes
Good First Fish
Kids, Pets, and Fish
Marigold Wag Swordtail
Photo © Shirlie L Sharpe
Monday June 17, 2013
Snails, or ninja snails as some call them, have a way of appearing out of nowhere. Even more mystifying than where they come from is how to get rid of them. Anyone who has suffered through the assault of the ninja snails knows it's a tough battle to win. If you've won the battle, share your snail slaying tips
with others who are battling the scourge of exponential snail growth. If you are looking for ways to banish snails
, find out how they got rid of them.
Photo © Kathleen Peterson
Sunday June 16, 2013
I'm often asked which fish are suitable for a tank with no heater. Although species of fish do well in cooler water, one of my favorites is the Zebra Danio
. They are very active and easy to care for, adapt to a wide variety of water parameters, and play well with other fish. Interestingly enough, Zebra Danios are very loyal to their mates, staying with their chosen partner for life. Owners are pretty loyal too, as you can tell from their owner comments
Photo © Shirlie L Sharpe
Saturday June 15, 2013
Have you ever gone to your aquarium, noticed a fish was missing, and upon closer inspection found the fish laying on the floor? Sadly, it happens to almost everyone sooner or later. Sometimes it's due to accidentally leaving the cover open after feeding
or maintenance. But often it's due to not having a well fitted aquarium cover in the first place.
Covers not only keep the fish from getting out, they also keep water from rapidly evaporating. There are several types of covers, from the lid, hood, and canopy combination, to simple glass lids. Which do you need, and what usually comes with an aquarium? This aquarium cover list
explains the differences and uses for each.
Aquarium Sizes and Weights
Before You Buy An Aquarium
Double Tank Stands
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