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Safe Aquariums for the Immunocompromised

by Jane Wangersky September 11th, 2015| Care, Fish
When you're living with a major illness, a pet can be really comforting. Unfortunately, pets can also pass infections to their people.  Aquarium fish  may carry bacteria that can infect humans who are immunocompromised (for example, due to HIV, lymphoma, chemotherapy, and many other conditions and circumstances).


3 Tools You Must Use for Your Dragon Goby Tank

by Marnie Bii June 30th, 2015| Care, Fish
The time you put into maintaining your tank directly reflects in the condition of your dragon goby population. Your fish benefit from a tank with the right balance of live plants, algae growth and water quality. Without those three components, your dragon gobies could develop an infection or simply
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3 Issues That Can Impact Your Cuttlefishes’ Health

by Marnie Bii January 30th, 2015| Care, Fish
When in good health, cuttlefish flit around the tank by quickly moving their tiny fins like wings. Their bright coloring constantly shifts as they rapidly move in and out of the light. Cuttlefish are normally quite active, especially during feeding times. In addition, they are smart enough to respond
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How To Decipher Your Fish’s Behavior

by R. Carnavale January 9th, 2015| Care, Fish
Here's a quick question to test your knowledge about fish behavior:

When your fish dashes to the most distant area of the aquarium away from you and he's hovering with fins spread and body quivering, he's indicating that he's:

  1. shy

  2. afraid

  3. eccentric

  4. sick

The correct answer is #2. As to what triggers this odd behavior
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3 Steps to Nursing Your Betta Back to Health

by Marnie Bii November 11th, 2014| Care, Fish
Pet stores keep betta fish in tiny cups of water until someone takes them home. Their time spent in this small vat of water often negatively affects their health. Bettas in bad health lose their colorful pigments and begin to thin out. Their energy levels may be adversely affected

4 Steps To Introducing New Fish To The Tank

by Marnie Bii October 14th, 2014| Care, Fish
Although it is tempting to just plunk new fish into your established tank, it's not always the wisest choice. Some species react positively to a brief introduction, which requires floating the new fish in a water-filled bag at the top of the tank for several hours first.

3 Ways To Reduce Strong Fish Tank Odors

by Marnie Bii September 16th, 2014| Care, Fish
If you do not keep natural tank cleaners, like plecos and snails, in your aquarium, you will need to take it upon yourself to keep odd smells at bay. Fish tanks grow algae and bacteria that can release unpleasant odors into the air. When this happens, your

3 Awesome Tank Cleaners For Your Aquarium

by Marnie Bii August 19th, 2014| Care, Fish
If you want your freshwater fish friends to stay healthy, you'll need to clean out the tank on a regular basis. You can invest in a few additional tank-mates to help you take care of that time-consuming job. Plecostomus, shrimp and snails will all pitch in with the cleaning

3 Pests That Love Freshwater Aquarium Setups

by Marnie Bii July 22nd, 2014| Care, Fish
Even well-maintained freshwater setups experience pest attacks from time to time. The critters can seemingly come from nowhere and tend to pop up overnight. You might see everything from little worms to a barrage of snails at least once while tending your freshwater tanks. Read on to

Fish Flukes: Deadly, But Preventable and Treatable

by Marnie Bii June 24th, 2014| Care, Fish
If you run an aquarium of any size, you know how important it is to keep a close watch on water quality. However, did you know that poor water conditions allow parasites, like flukes, to run rampant? Fish flukes, or Gyrodactylus as they're properly known, latch onto

Fish Smarts: 3 Cool Tricks For Your Aquatic Friend

by Marnie Bii May 27th, 2014| Care, Fish
Despite their reputation as background scenery, pet fish are actually smart enough to learn quite a few tricks. Rest assured, training fish is not an exercise in futility. Their memories span much further than the popular belief of just three seconds. In fact, your fish can actually

Cleaning Your Fish Tank

by Bea April 29th, 2014| Care, Fish
You can probably get away with not cleaning your room for a relatively long time without really hurting anything (except maybe your hygiene), right? Here's the thing, if you don't clean your fish tank, you're probably going to hurt the critters inside. Plus, why spend money on
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