Wednesday April 23, 2014
Recently an advertisement on Facebook caught my eye. It was entitled "Fishscape Fishbowl
", and featured an unusually shaped goldfish bowl
. After surfing the web for more info, I discovered the product won a 2011 Design Excellence Award (IDEA). That means it's a good thing, right? I don't think so. It is clear this fishbowl is designed for humans, not fish. Sure, it's attractive, but what does it do for your fish, other than reduce the amount of swimming space and all important water volume. What are your thoughts about this type of product? Take the poll, and post your comments.
How to Clean Goldfish Bowls
Wall Fish Bowl
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Monday April 21, 2014
At one time Buenos Aires Tetras
were commonly seen for sale, and were quite popular. Unfortunately they acquired a reputation for consuming live plants, which caused people to avoid them, and ultimately resulted in fewer being offered for sale. That's a shame because they are extremely hardy, adapt to a wide range of water conditions, including cool temperatures such as those in an unheated tank
. Among the larger of the Tetras, Buenos Aires do great with almost any medium to large fish, and can be used as dither fish in cichild tanks. For anyone who doesn't keep live plants, it's worth your while to shop around for these attractive Tetras
Black Widow Tetra
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Blind Cave Fish
Red Eye Tetra
Photo © Nick Sc
Sunday April 20, 2014
I regularly get emails about the loss of fish due to a broken heater. Occasionally the accident occurs due to shifting rocks that break the heater. But most of the time, it's a big lively fish that caused the damage, and paid the price with his life. Invariably the owner writes to me asking where they could have put the heater to keep it safe. My answer is, no place is completely safe. Glass heaters are always at risk of breaking, regardless of where they are placed.
That doesn't mean there are no options. These days there are many unbreakable heater materials used, such as break-resistant quartz
, or titanium heaters
. If you already have a breakable glass heater, you can always get a heater guard
to assure no future mishaps occur in your aquarium
More About Heaters
Heater Size Guide
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Saturday April 19, 2014
I'm often asked questions about the disease pop-eye. The condition, formally known as exophthalmia, actually isn't even a disease at all. Instead it is a symptom of something else that is amiss. That something else can be a wide variety of things, from injury to disease, making the root cause of pop-eye somewhat difficult to nail down.
There are some common causes, and these tips to diagnosing the cause of pop-eye
should help you track down the underlying issue. Once you know what is at the root of the problem, you can take steps to correct it. But before you jump to do anything, make sure your fish isn't one that normally has protruding eyes, such as the Goldfish
in the image above. As they say, don't fix what isn't broken.
More About Fish Health
Books About Fish Health
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