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Friday, June 26, 2009

What You Need to Know About Pet Health Care Insurance (aquarium hoods)

. Friday, June 26, 2009
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Before you purchase a pet health care insurance plan for your pet, check the list of the companies approved veterinarians to see if your veterinarian will accept the companies check.
Ask your local veterinarian what type of pet health care insurance plan would best suit your family pet. Ask your local veterinarian to read over the plan and listen to their advice. Talking to your local veterinarian will also help you establish if the insurance company you are considering purchasing your pet health care insurance plan from is reputable.

If you have purchased a pet that is as of yet unaltered you'll want to look for a pet health care plan that includes neutering and spaying.

Before you pay for a pet health care insurance plan you need to carefully read how the policy handles prescription coverage. Most companies that sell pet health care insurance do not include prescription coverage in their basic medical health care insurance plan. If you are concerned about the cost of any prescription your pet might need during the course of its life you should probably consider buying a prescription coverage rider to complement your pet health care insurance. Although this rider may appear expensive and unnecessary you'll probably wish you had purchased it if your pet is ever given a prescription for anything. Just like the human counterparts prescriptions are very expensive.

One of things you need to take into consideration when purchasing a pet health care insurance plan is the deductible. The deductible is the amount of money you pay out-of-pocket for veterinarian services rendered that your pet health care insurance plan does not cover. Different pet health care plans require different deductibles. The higher a the deductible you choose the lower your monthly payments to the insurance company but the higher deductible the more out-of-pocket extension had each time you visit the veterinarian's office/clinic.

Most pet insurance companies have "cap" or limit placed on each pet health care insurance plan. This cap varies from one procedure to the next a broken leg will probably have a different cap then cancer treatments will for your pet. Before you purchase your pet health care insurance plan talk to the company representative about waiting periods. Find out exactly how long it'll take over the policy to be effective and how long the general wait for claims to be reimbursed is. Most companies have a ten day period between the time they receive the vet bill and when the check gets placed in the mail. Also find out how the refund is processed. Does the pet health care insurance company pay the veterinarian directly or do you have to pay the vet and the company mails the check to you when they receive the bill.

Why you have the company representative on the phone task about any and all exclusions that might be included with your pet health care insurance plan. Specifically ask about any and all pre-existing conditions and hereditary defects that might come up later in your pet's life. Many pet owners especially, those that have dogs, discover that hereditary defects come into their particular dogs are not covered by their pet health care insurance plan. Some companies will allow you to cover these potential problems with an additional rider. In some cases your local veterinarian will be able to warn you about any exclusions.

If you are considering a comprehensive health care insurance plan ask if the plan covers teen veterinarian visits such as; dental care, immunizations, and heartworm testing. Also ask if the pet health care insurance plan also covers the office call.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Koi Fish Food Guidelines

. Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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by Randy W. Tan

Koi are ornamental domesticated varieties of common carp for decorative purposes in outdoor ponds and dependent on Koi fish food available mainly in pet shops.

Koi are categorized as omnivorous fish thriving for both plant and meat substances. Scientifically-manufactured fish foods are suitable for feeding them to enhance their coloration and propagation.

Koi are cold-water fish which normally live between temperatures of 15-25 degrees Celsius (59-77degrees Fahrenheit) and do not react in cold weather temperatures. Their food intake decreases during winter time in view of the fact that their digestive system slowly processes the food they take.

Their appetite comes back when the water becomes warm in spring time.Pet supply shops offer assorted Koi fish food that is scientifically manufactured for Koi and other fish in the form of pellets.

Fish foods are formulated to be nutritionally balanced. Majority of Koi food comes into two varieties: floating and sinking. Floating fish foods encourage Koi to come to the surface and also provide the opportunity to feed your Koi in the palm of your hands. However, Koi are bottom-feeding fish and best suited to sinking food.

Formulated Koi fish food contains various elements such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals which are essential to promote healthy bodies, growth, and propagation. Proteins allow Koi to develop, repair damaged tissues, and produce eggs and sperms.

Carbohydrates are the source of energy for Koi and helps in the metabolism. Fats work in a similar fashion and pro. Vitamins are important for the growth of Koi, normal metabolism, and increased spawning activities. Minerals aid in basic metabolic functions of Koi as well. It includes building skeletal and nerve structures, osmoregulation, and efficiency of gaseous exchange in the blood system.

As an alternative to formulated fish food, Koi can be fed with a wide assortment of food including, watermelons, peas, and lettuce. They often enjoy devouring live foods including cockles, prawns and earthworms. Tadpoles from frogs are fed during spring, while in summer, silkworm pupae are great source of proteins. Japan exports these live foods for your Koi and has a desiccated variety as well. However, overfeeding of these live foods will bring diseases to your Koi if not monitored properly. It is advised that these be fed as occasional treats to your Koi.

Koi enthusiasts should not rely mostly on live foods as a staple diet for their Koi. There are some organisms and foodstuff which are not recommended to be fed to your Koi. Maggots are carrier of harmful bacteria from decaying flesh. White bread contains an element of bleach which will do no good to your Koi.

Peas, beans, and corns are hard to digest because of its hard outer casing. Koi hobbyists should know the basic nutritional guides and feeding manner for their Koi.

Koi should be provided with enough food for them to consume. Leftover fish food will sometimes be stale and lack the nutritional value our Koi needs. Unattended food in the water promotes propagation of bacteria which brings disease and sickness to our Koi.

In order to have a reliable and nutritional fish food, formulated Koi fish food are recommended for feeding your Koi to attain and maintain Koi fish health, ideal color, growth and better propagation.

Randy Tan is a koi breeding expert. For more great tips on koi food and general koi care, visit http://www.koibreedingtips.com.


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Friday, June 5, 2009

Get Piece Of Mind When You Fit Fish Tank Hoods!

. Friday, June 5, 2009
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by Joe Slavin


By adding fish tank hoods to your aquariums will prove beneficial to the wellbeing of your pet fish. Hoods provide security, and will stop fish from jumping from the tank, avoid fluctuating temperatures; reduce evaporation, and provides the ideal place to fit lights that will enhance the visual show. With the inclusion of a tank hood as an element of your display will, reward you with having fewer problems, provide a more suitable environment for the fish and improve the overall appearance of your aquarium.

Fish can be vulnerable to attacks from other pets like dogs and cats which will stress them even if they do survive the attack. The looming figure of and the peering eyes of some giant cat about to scrape you from your home is not what any pet fish desires. Not just some other pet, even your kindhearted toddler could decide it was fish feeding time and proceed to drop sandwiched, lollipops and other water contaminates.

Some species of fish will from time to time jump out the water, which is fine if they land back in the water. If the jumping fish go in the wrong direction, heaven knows where they will finish up. Well we all know about fish out of water, and further strengthens the argument about using fish tank hoods.

An aquarium tank without a hood allows water temperature to rise and fall and won't be the idyllic aquarium ecosystem. This is especially true for tropical varieties. In most cases a room temperature will vary from day to night and season to season.

Evaporation is another problem caused by the lack of using fish tank hoods. This can be a nuisance having to top up the tank periodically.

Lighting is so important if you want to have your fish aquarium looking at its best. A fish tank hood will provide the most appropriate place to house the lighting tubes. This gives a great effect especially in subdued lighting with the encapsulated light going down into the tank. All plantation that you have in place in your fish tank will derive benefits with the added light. When you tally up the cost involved on aquariums and adding the fish and internal furnishings, the additional cost of fish tank hoods could work out to be a wise investment. Apart from the benefits of a more secure environment for your pet fish plus having a more pleasing display you will also have piece of mind, and that I'm sure you will agree, is possibly the greatest benefit of all.


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Setting Up Your First Aquarium

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by Jody Siena

Available online you will find starter kits, as well as beginner fish. Fish tanks include nitrogen cycles, which is produced by ammonia, nitrates, and nitrates. Fish naturally produce such chemicals, yet the chemicals must be balanced so that the fish will not become ill or die.

Starter kits are available, which supply additives, such as ammonia. Since, fish tanks require a degree of ammonia, the starter kits are ideal for beginners. Starter fish are also available, which can produce adequate supply of ammonia. If you purchased a coldwater tank, goldfish is a great starter fish.

When you first purchase your aquarium and fish, you want to make sure the nitrogen cycles are sufficient to provide fish the correct amount of ammonia. Tanks typically include plants, which plants will aid in purifying your tank by absorbing chemicals and providing oxygen. Plants also break down ammonia and water, which the plants will filter ammonia and bacterial in the water. Since, fish produce nitrates or ammonia, the plants will help you maintain a balance. If you ammonize your tank with starter fish, make sure you avoid overfeeding the fish. Use your test kits to check the level of ammonia in the water. Generally, it takes around five weeks or longer to ammonize your tank properly. You can purchase starter kits, or products that will help speed up the process so that you can add more fish.

Once you purchase your tank and prepare to set up the tank, make sure that you have a stand that will securely hold the tank. You want to avoid situating the stand/aquarium near windows, doors, or heaters. This will only increase algae build up, which will make your maintenance job tougher.

Once you tank is setup you can add gravel after boiling and rinsing. If you purchased pre-washed gravel you will not have to boil the gravel before putting it into the take, still you will need to rinse. Start adding the gravel toward the back of the tank for the best results. In addition, it depends on the filter you purchased as to the height of gravel placed at the front of the tank. For instance, under-gravel filters require that you use lower levels of gravel near the front of the tank. It is recommended that you install the filters and heaters last after setting up your tank properly. On the other hand, if you purchased powered filters, you should install the filters before adding gravel.

After you add your gravel, you can add ornaments and plants. Make sure you purchase marine based plants. At the start, you should only fill your tank halfway, and then completely fill it after you have added your additives. You want to use pre-treated water, to fill the tank halfway. Once the tank is full, put your thermometer in place. Next, prime the filters, which you will have available instructions with your purchase.

If you chose other than goldfish to ammonize the tank, then wait a few weeks before adding fish. On the other hand, if you chose goldfish, you can add the fish to the tank to start the ammonize process. You can prepare the fish for tank water by allowing them to float at the top of the aquarium while still bagged. In addition, you will need lights and a hood to fit over the top of your aquarium. In fact, most aquariums today come with hoods included. The hood is used to keep out critters and keep your fish in the tank. As well, the hood will help regulate the tank lights.


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Setting Up Your Salt Water Aquarium for Success

. Friday, May 29, 2009
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by catwomanseven


The most important set up tip you can get is to gain as much information as you can concerning the proper PH levels for marine salt-water aquariums. No matter how pretty your set up is, if your water levels are out of control your marine life will not be alive for long. In general the larger the tank the less likely you are to have spikes in PH levels. The minimum suggested size for a marine tank is 30 gallons and preferably higher. Anything less than 30 gallons and you'll spend as much time checking water quality as you do watching your fish. Maintaining proper salt levels will help to ensure you maintain a healthy environment for your under water world.

Lighting is also a major key in maintaining a healthy living environment for your marine life. Most people who want a well-balanced salt-water tank want some level of a coral reef. This is needed to sustain that balance. If you don't want a reef then lighting is not as essential but if you do, then going with high bay lights as the systems will help you maintain the correct levels of UV for your aquarium. You can buy commercial hoods complete with lower quality ballasts and brackets or you can buy lighting systems designed to light! Most experienced reef owners will tell you that sit on top hoods pale in comparison to open tanks with high bay lighting that is suspended above the tank. It causes less heating issues and also acts more like the sun (in the fact that it's farther above the water, not right on top of it.) Most suppliers can also help you with setting up daytime lighting and nighttime lighting. It's been proven that marine life get just as much benefit from moonlight as they do sunlight. For some reefs, moonlight is even more important than sunlight.

Once you have your reef, lighting and PH in place you'll need to focus on filtering. Freshwater aquariums require much less filtration than well balanced marine set ups need. Bacteria tanks are often employed to ensure the fish are getting the right amounts of bacteria. Skimmer filters and salt filters are also commonly used to ensure the conditions in the water are properly balanced. This is one of the largest costs of owning a salt-water set up and will also be one of the most labor-intensive projects for your tank. However as tedious as it may seem, proper filtration of the water is key to success.

Maintaining a marine tank will always be more labor intensive then a fresh water tank but you'll rarely see anything in fresh water nature that compares to the majestic flow of marine life and coral reefs. The benefits out weigh the work involved in maintaining a reef tank.


K. Green has much experience with fish tanks and using high bay lights to maintain a healthy living environment for all her marine life.


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Are Corner Aquariums A Solution To Space Shortage?

. Thursday, May 14, 2009
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by Joe Slavin

If you have decided on buying an aquarium, you may want to consider one of the corner aquariums which are the best option to fill an otherwise void space. There are a wide variety of models to pick from, which can be from the basic through to ones which come complete with cabinets or stands and hoods incorporating lighting and filtration solutions so that the exterior look is appealing and at the same time efficient.

For many fish keeping enthusiasts, especially in the smaller type homes being built today, if space is at a premium, this is where the corner aquarium comes into it's own being the ideal space saver. Fishkeeping has been a very popular pastime for many millions of people in all corners of the world and now with these type of tanks being available, gives the option to be a fishkeeper to many millions more.

The normal oblong style of aquariums we see are more often than not situated against a wall, but this may possibly deny the householder the room required for a bit of furniture with greater priority. Not only in the home, but in offices and restaurants where space can be at a premium, corner fish tanks again can fill the needs of the proprietors. They will still do the job of relaxing and entertaining the occupants without taking up valuable space that could reduce their profits.

There is no need to sacrifice style with these types of aquariums as there is a good array to choose from. Some have a bowed front, others have a straight front and others have a front with one large glass panel and two smaller ones on either side. A corner fish tank aquarium can even be custom made to fit any space and to suit most situations. In actual fact you can fill a piece of previously wasted space with an ornamental fish tank and receive the pleasure and ambiance given with such a display.

A pair of tanks could be situated in flanking corners of an area to produce a pleasing result and illuminate a dull corner. This also gives the fish keeper the opportunity to vary the types of aquariums he wants. For instance you might go for a fresh water aquarium in one area and a saltwater aquarium in the other.

When set in place these corner fish tanks especially with complementary aquarium stands and hoods can be aesthetically pleasing. They will equally provide lots of enjoyment and relaxed atmosphere to clients in eating places, office settings or to any pet fish devotee.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fish Food: Tips For Feeding Your Aquarium Fish

. Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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by Fred Mallery

any of us dream of having an aquarium filled with beautiful fish. Did you recently take the jump and make the purchase? If so, you are likely to have many questions. One of those questions likely focuses on aquarium fish food. Continue reading on for helpful tips that can ensure your fish are well cared for, as well as how to get the best value for your money.

There are many different types of fish food available for sale. Take a walk through your local fish or pet store and you will be surprised with the selection. Wait until you shop online, your options seem endless. Which fish food should you choose? You want to get the best value for your money, but don't automatically think lowest price. You want to have a highly rated and recommended fish food, one that stays fresh longer, and one that provides your fish with added benefits. Depending on the contents of your aquariums, this may include frozen fish food, flake food, pellet food, and freeze-dried fish food.

Frozen and freeze-dried fish foods have the best nutritional value. Flake style fish food is often a mixture of different foods. This makes it difficult to monitor and estimate the value your fish are getting. Generally speaking, frozen fish food is best, but freeze-dried comes in a close second. You will see that frozen fish food has higher costs. This is generally due to the added nutritional benefits, long shelf life, and the resealable freezer safe package. Luckily, you can feed your aquarium fish a mixture, also keeping the costs down.

Flake style fish food is the most common food fed to aquarium fish. Your first thought may be to opt for the cheapest package available. Know however, that flake fish food comes in many different formats too. Look at your options. You can purchase vegetable flakes, those with added protein, and more. Although the nutritional value of flake fish food is not as high as frozen, keep it in mind. The proper nutrients can increase the energy of your fish and highlight their beautiful colors.

Pellet fish food is not as popular among new fish owners, but it is available. This type of fish food is ideal for carnivores. This is due the shape. In the water, it looks more like live food than fish food with flakes. You should find your fish going to the food quicker and eating a healthier diet. Pellet food is available for sale in different sizes. When making your choice, consider the size of your fish.

Know your fish's needs. If you are a new aquarium owner, you may have done little research in terms of fish food. Now is the time to get started. As previously stated, flake fish food is the most common food feed to aquarium fish. It is cheaper and easy to find, but should not be the only food your fish eats. As mentioned above, you can mix it up between flake, freeze-dried, and frozen fish food. For marine fish, flake food is best used as a supplement, not their main source of diet.

Always consider use when buying fish food, especially flakes. Frozen, pellet, and freeze-dried food will stay better longer. You may run into a problem with open flake fish food. Your fish's food will lose the little nutritional value it does have. There is also the risk of bacteria and mold growth. When buying flake fish food, only buy what you can use in a reasonable amount of time. Stocking up and bulk purchases can save you money at first, but not if must discard contaminated food later.

It is easy to overfeed your fish. The best approach is to divide up the feedings. Two small feedings a day is usually better for aquariums fish than one large feeding. If there is noticeable food left over in the acquarium after a few minutes, you have likely overfeed your fish. Other telltale signs include cloudy water and mold growths in the tank. These are both signs of leftover fish food.

In short, buying fish food for your aquarium fish is an important purchase. You have many choices and it may seem impossible to make the right one. Most important, know your fish's needs. Fresh water and salt water fish not only require different aquarium setups, but different nutrients too.


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Friday, March 6, 2009

The Gasteropelecidae Fish

. Friday, March 6, 2009
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By: Jody Siena

Tank maintenance is based on the fish type. However, today’s tanks have switches that enable you to change the water temperature. In addition, tanks today enable you to dim or intensify tank lights with switches. Water is purified via a filtration system. The quality of water is controlled by electronic devices. Automated features enable you to distribute food, as well as fertilize dosage. The water resistant tanks today come in a variety of shapes in size, and use electrical advanced solutions to maintain safety. In addition, tanks today enable you to stock plants and fish of all species. The lights today can be adjusted to accommodate most fish types. Still, fish are different in many ways. To understand this, you must have an overall ideal of what the 22,000 species prefer. The fish types include the freshwater fish, which its counterparts are Coldwater fish and the tropical fish. Seawater or saltwater fish is a different species, i.e. the fish prefer dissimilar water conditions and meals. In addition, the dangerous species on the market must also be learnt before you attempt to purchase these breeds. The dangerous species include the Piranhas. In addition, we have fish that fly, which is our next subject.

The fish that fly

Gasteropelecidae include the Hatchetfishes. The fish are marked for its pressed exceptionally deepen figure. This fish primarily habitats in the northern South America. The fish is also called the flying fish, since he is proficient in flapping his chest fins skillfully. The gliders can escape tank water and land fifteen feet away from the aquarium. Therefore, it is wise to keep a hood on your tank to avoid loss.

Akin to the Hatchetfish is the Carnegiella Marthae. This popularly known Blackwing Hatchetfish originated in the Amazons, Orinoco, Peru, Rio Negro, and Venezuela. The Hatchetfish from this breed grow at 1 and ¼ inches in size. The Hatchetfish are small fishes, which have a black chest. The ridge like parts or keel is also black. The tank species relate better in peaceful waters, or fish of his breed. The fish is small, and has a quiet and calm nature. Hatchetfish of this breed will accept all foods, and prefers soft water condition, yet will relate to insignificant acidy waters. The fish breeds similar to the Hyphessobrycon. There is no available information as to how the fish breed however.

Gasteropelecus Levis or the Silver Hatchetfish comes from the lower regions of the Amazon. This fish grows around 2 ½ inches in size. The silver colors of this fish are setoff by blue-blackish thin parallel stripes. As long as tank conditions are good this fish can habitat in communal tanks. The vigorous fish feeds in the same way as other Hatchetfishes. The water conditions are expected to be the same as other Hatchetfishes as well. This fish in particular has no records of breeding in aquariums.

Outside of the Hatchetfish rests the Family of Cyprinidae. This family includes the Carp-like fish and the Carps. The fish come from a large body of bony families, which spread out through the lands of North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. This classical fish have pharyngeal bones, which make up for teeth. A few types of Carp fish have a set of barbel fins, which make up for adipose fins. Carps grow up to 8 feet.

The Indian Mahseer Carp known as Barbus tor is the largest Carp breed. Carps are freshwater fish, which includes the family of minnows. The fish sometimes have round scales, which include soft fins. As well, the fish have toothless jaws. Minnows are freshwater baitfish akin to the carps.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Aquarium Cabinets - Cabinets to Make Keep Your Aquarium Protected and Attractive

. Saturday, February 7, 2009
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By Ilse Hagen

To protect your aquarium from damage, stains, and dirt, make sure you buy the right cabinet for them. Aquarium cabinets aren't just protective accessories for your aquarium. They also serve as decorative accents for your aquarium because they never fail to draw attention to it, making it more attractive for your guests and friends to look at.

What's your type of cabinet?

You can choose you aquarium cabinet depending on the aesthetic value that you want it to contribute to your space but don't forget its additional features for your aquarium.

For example, a bow front cabinet is curved at the front outwards and can be bought with aquariums that go along their shape for a more custom fit. You can also buy standard cabinets that are flat and rectangular on all sides if you own regular aquariums you have bought separately.

However, if you want an aquarium cabinet that can fit into all kinds of wall corners, you can buy the corner cabinets. They are designed to fit into corners and they are also ideal for small rooms because they take up less space so they don't end up making an area cluttered.

Shopping tips for cabinets

Remember that the cabinet is not just for decoration for your aquarium so if you're shopping for aquarium cabinets, make sure it is durable and efficient enough for you. In terms of material, choose something that is made of wood like cherry, maple, pine, or oak. For a larger aquarium, your cabinet should have thicker wood panels. But if you own a small one, an MDF (medium density fiberboard) model is ideal and it also has more designs and colors. Make sure your cabinet has drawers, too, for storage.

More information on Aquarium Cabinets is available in Picky Guide, one of the fastest growing online magazines giving free consumer reviews and information





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What You Need to Know About Aquarium Heaters

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By Gloria Gangi

As you many have already figured out there are many things that you need to do when you set up your aquarium. Depending on which type of fish that you have in your aquarium will depend on the temperature of the water. One of the things that you will require for your aquariums is an aquarium heater. An aquarium heater is a small device that is placed on the inside of the aquarium that controls the temperature of the water. It is important that the temperature is set correctly so that your fish are kept comfortable.

Are Aquarium Heaters Important?

Did you know that most tropical fish are cold blooded animals? Being cold-blooded means that they cannot control their own body temperature so they cannot keep themselves warm. Different types of fish also have different body temperatures so when buying your fish select ones that have the same type of temperature requirements otherwise you will find that some will die.

How Do I Know What Type Of Heater To Buy?

It all depends on the size and type of your aquarium and the type of fish you plan on purchasing. There are three basic types of heaters available. There is the aquarium heater that simply hangs on the side of the tank. The hanging types of heaters are the most basic heating unit and are okay for use in smaller aquariums.

There is also a submersible type of aquarium heater. This is the type of aquarium heater that is dropped into the water completely to heat and warm the aquarium. These are more convenient and more reliable that a heater that hangs on the side of the tank because it provides more consistent heat for the fish.

The heating cable system is also used and is commonly used in aquariums with live plants. This is the best aquarium heater because it provides continuous, even heat throughout the aquarium. It cost more money, but is a better heater than the other two types of aquarium heaters.

Since most fish are cold blooded and will need heating to ensure that they stay alive and live comfortably, an aquarium heater then becomes an essential item in most home aquariums. If your unsure of the type of heater is required for your aquarium then your local pet shop or aquarium shop is the best place to ask. 84 degrees is the minimum requirement for most tropical fish so the type of fish, aquarium size and plants will determine the type of heater you will need.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

AQUARIUM HOODS FOR NICE AQUARIUM

. Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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by rima

Aquarium hoods are just as important as any other part of our aquarium setup. Aquarium hoods not just cover the aquarium but can be use as accessories for our aquarium. The function of aquarium hoods is to make our aquarium look nice than before, that mean different than the original. We can use many different ways to change our aquarium’s accessories. One of that ways is change or modifies our aquarium hoods to more elegant and modern. Before we start change our aquarium hoods, we must consider the aquarium hoods and aquarium body that have ideal match between each other. This is important to make our aquarium match with other furniture or home decoration.

Colour of the aquarium hoods- suitable colour can produce conducive environment especially for emotional people, who want to calm themselves without any problem. From that we can conclude, aquarium hoods with beautiful colour can make people love their home to search for repose environment when back from work.

Shape of aquarium hoods- choose suitable shape of aquarium hoods from various shape that match with our aquarium and other accessories such as aquarium stand, lighting, aquarium body, filters and aquarium content; fish and plants.

Place of our aquarium- don’t make mistake when looking for suitable place to put or park our aquarium. We can use aquarium stand to solve this problem. This is because when we use aquarium stand we can hide other equipment required to run the aquarium. For the result we have elegant aquarium inside or outside our home. Also use aquarium hoods to cover the top equipment of our aquarium such as electric motor, aquarium light and filters from our view.

Cheap and save our budget- most important thing to modify our aquarium is our budget. We must consider our ability to achieve our objective. We can produce or built aquarium hoods from our creativity using recycle thing such as old desk, driftwood, old door and other old furniture. All recycle thing will we use must clean, tough and not heavy that can accommodate aquarium body.

The functions of aquarium hood to us also important because it can attract other people perception when looking at our aquarium decoration. So, we can show natural view of marine life to our visitor.


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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Aquarium Tips - A Helpful Guide For The First Time Owner

. Sunday, January 18, 2009
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By Dean Cecere

You have endless possibilities when setting up an aquarium of your own in your home. A fresh or saltwater aquarium can be a great addition to any room of the house, and you can create any environment you like using an array of aquarium supplies for your fish to live in. It is important to keep in mind that there are things to consider when first setting up an aquarium, such as the type of fish you would like to have in it. This will determine whether you want a freshwater aquarium or a saltwater aquarium, or maybe even a warm water aquarium. Tropical fish will require a heater to supply warm water, but geneally it is best to start with a cool water aquarium until you gain experience wit fish tanks. Besides, tropical fish are expensive, and chances are, they will die if you don't yet have the experience.

If it is your first time setting up an aquarium, you probably want to start with something small like a ten gallon tank, and in time, upgrade to a bigger tank, maybe even a saltwater tank depending on the fish you have chosen. Once you move up to a larger tank, you can create any environment you choose with a variety of aquarium supplies. You should also know that in order to maintain your aquarium, supplies are a necessity. For starters, your tank will need a hood to prevent the fish from jumping out, a filter to keep the water clean, water testing kit for PH water levels, a pump, lighting and others depending on type of aquarium.

Having an aquarium in your home is a lot of fun and promotes a relaxing atmosphere. It requires a little time getting accustomed to it, but once you do, you will reap the rewards. Before you set up any fish tank, clean it thoroughly, condition the water, and clean all aquarium supplies, including gravel and rocks before you add them in the tank. Cleanliness is critical to aquarium maintenance, and will help your fish stay healthy. After all, they are pets, and you want to make sure they are taken care of. One thing to remember, it is wise to start with freshwater, and once you've mastered that, you can always convert it to a saltwater aquarium if you choose.

Dean Cecere is owner of a leading pet, pet supplies and accessories resource guide.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Aquarium Driftwood

. Saturday, January 10, 2009
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By Max Bellamy

Aquariums are not complete with just water and few fish swimming around in them. Adding aquarium driftwood can help make a beautiful aquascapes. Driftwood can be anything like small arches, caves, or hollows. Driftwood like branches, stumpy, and planted driftwood are readily available on the aquarium market.

The choice of driftwood would primarily depend on the size of aquarium and the type of aquarium like freshwater or saltwater aquarium and the types of fish present in the aquarium.

When looking for driftwood, it is necessary to make sure that driftwood sinks naturally inside the aquariums, because if it doesn't sink, then they should be attached to a holder to keep them fixed at the bottom of the aquarium.

It is also necessary to make sure that the driftwood is free of snails and algae, so that it does not contaminate the aquarium's ecosystem. To ensure this, many aquarium shops thoroughly clean driftwood to make them safe for your aquarium.

Ensure that any driftwood you purchase do not have tannins in it, so it will not contaminate or discolor the water. Artificial driftwood is widely available at affordable prices. Apart from adding beauty to your aquarium, driftwood helps to mimic the natural environment of fish and help them enjoy being in the aquarium.

There are special kinds of driftwood suited to each kind of fish. For instance, Caribbean driftwood is a favorite of Dart frogs and Terrarium. Planted driftwood, with java fern and java moss growing on top of it, are also available.

A small driftwood centerpiece suitable for aquariums with a capacity of 10 to 30 gallons could cost you around $12.50. The price ranges can go upto $50 for super large driftwood for 100 to 150 gallon capacity aquariums. No matter what the size of your aquarium is or how many fish it holds, adding accessories to it like driftwood pleases the fish in the aquarium and is quite pleasing to the eye.

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Aquarium Lighting - 5 Great Tips To Light Up Your Aquarium

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By Abhishek Agarwal

1. Fish need lights to survive
Regardless of whether you have a fresh water set up or a marine set up your fish will need light in the aquarium to survive. However, sometimes different fish require different kind of lighting and it is better that you ask for advice from the fish accessory shop as to what lighting you should have for your fish.

2. The various kinds of lighting
You could use florescent lighting for fish that are brightly colored as this will make the fish stand out more in the aquarium and give the aquarium a nice effect. You can get these lights in various sizes to suit your aquarium. You will have to buy the light fittings separately as they do not come along with the fish tanks or the hoods for the tanks. This is an expensive part of equipment as you will have to buy the fittings for the lights also.

3. Lighting for marine tanks
Marine tanks need more light and these are more expensive as a lot of pure light is needed here to light up the reefs. Anemones and corals require a lot of light and also sensitivity to live in under these conditions and so light plays an important role in this sort of a marine aquarium. If you are planning on a coral reef make sure that you have adequate light and the correct kind.

4. Where to find aquarium lighting
Aquarium lightings maybe easy to install, but cost quite a bit. You can buy these at any pet shop or fish shop that sells accessories for fish tanks and aquariums too. You could also search for second hand lighting for marine aquariums but always ensure that they are in working condition first or else you will be wasting your money on it.

5. Get good lighting to define your aquarium
To get a good look about your aquarium you should put good lighting and not some cheap kind which will make it look shabby. If your lighting is good then your fish tank will look good and will be worth being put up. You could try out various colors and not just adhere to white for your lighting effects. Try out various colors and see which one you find most suitable for your aquarium and for the type of fish collection that you have in it.

Abhishek is an avid Fish Lover and he has got some great Aquarium Care Secrets up his sleeves! Download his FREE 105 Page Ebook, "Aquarium Care Made Easy!" from his website http://www.Wonder-Homes.com/636/index.htm. Only limited Free Copies available.







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Purchasing Aquarium Hoods - Tips To Make A Great Buy

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By Abhishek Agarwal

An aquarium hood may seem like an unneeded product, but the first time one of your fish jump out of the tank, you will be wishing you had one. There are some fish that just like to jump when they get excited, especially when they see the food floating at the top of the tank. The hood is the best way to keep the fish in the tank. There are other reasons for a fish hood, such as lighting. Many hoods come with lighting that is needed for the tank.

If you need an aquarium hood for your tank there are several places to look. The first is obviously a pet store. A local mom and pop shop might not have many varieties or not enough sizes. You can try the bigger chain stores for the most choices. Specialty fish stores are probably the best place you can buy a hood. The store will probably have many different choices as well as very knowledgeable sales people. You could also look on the Internet at the different aquarium hoods available.

There are different variations of aquarium hoods. Some come with no lights at all and fish owners have to purchase the light and fixtures separately. This is a pretty expensive endeavor, but more companies are going this route because it makes them more money. When looking at hoods, you also need to decide between a plastic hood and wood one. The wood hoods are usually more expensive because there was extra time and effort put into making the hood. If you have extra money around, you may want to think about getting your hood customized. These are the most expensive types of hoods, but you can have anything you want on it, including lights.

Hoods by themselves aren't expensive. It's the attachments that cost the most money. If you don't own a fish tank yet and are considering buying one, look at everything you are going to have to lay out first to get your first aquarium started. Do a little research to learn where you can get the best products for the cheapest price or the product that is the most cost efficient. One thing to look into is a jewel aquarium. It comes with the hood with light attachments already included in the price.

Abhishek is an avid Fish Lover and he has got some great Aquarium Care Secrets up his sleeves! Download his FREE 105 Pages Ebook, "Aquarium Care Made Easy!" from his website http://www.Wonder-Homes.com/636/index.htm. Only limited Free Copies available.





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Aquarium Stands - Choosing the Right Stand For Your Aquarium

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By Jake Wilson

When you are purchasing your aquarium, you are naturally going to be caught up in the selection of filters, fish, plants, hoods, lighting and all. A common mistake people make is overlooking where they are going to actually place their aquarium. Have you guessed what I am talking about yet? That's right folks, I am talking about aquarium stands.

Aquarium stands are just as important as any other part of your aquarium setup. There are many different sites on the web that offer aquarium stands. In this article I will offer a couple points to consider when looking for your aquarium stand.

There are two main types of aquarium stands open and closed. Open stands are usually pre-made for smaller sized aquariums (up to 40 gallons) and normally made out of metal. Closed stands are crafted most of the time using pressure-treated wood, and cover both the top and bottom of the tank. You must make the closed stand out of pressure treated wood, as normal wood will rot with all of the moisture it is exposed to.

Closed stands are normally pre-made in rectangular shapes to fit most aquariums. The bottom portion of the aquarium stand normally extends at least a few inches past the size of the aquarium to maximize stability.

The interior part of these aquarium stands normally features a support bar for the middle of the aquarium to further stabilize it and prevent too much movement. Closed aquarium stands are normally made for larger sized aquariums, and most of the time they have cabinets and drawers built in to hide the other equipment required to run the aquarium.

Open and closed aquarium stands are good if you are trying to have a pretty standard shape aquarium. For those of you out there who are out there requesting custom jobs, try to get your aquarium builder to build a stand for you as well. Most custom aquarium designers on the web will also offer custom aquarium stands.

Make sure to mull over a few different design options for your aquarium stand, aquarium stands can be pretty pricey. However, I am sure that any company you are purchasing your custom aquarium from can have special discounts when you purchase the two together.

Many people choose to use a metal aquarium stand for their setup. Metal is a very strong material and can support much more weight per pound as opposed to wood. With metal, you do have to make sure you pick the right material as some metal aquarium stands can rust when continuously exposed to moisture. To avoid this problem make sure you use rust resistant metals for building your aquarium stand.

I hope you found this article on the different types of aquarium stands helpful. I personally recommend anyone looking for an aquarium stand for a tank over 40 gallons, to call one of the custom aquarium stand makers.

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