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Caring for your Ball Python

Caring for your Ball Python

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Update: Aug 25, 2016
Ball Pythons (Python regius) are medium-sized constrictor snakes (total length of 24””-40” for males and 36”-60” for females), native to partly forested areas in ...
Caring for your Pet Turtle

Caring for your Pet Turtle

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Update: Aug 25, 2016
Housing Considerations: The best home for a Red-Ear Slider or Map turtle is a screen-covered glass aquarium. For hatchling-size turtles, a tank of 15-20 gallons ...
Basic Requirements for Growing Live Aquarium Plants

Basic Requirements for Growing Live Aquarium Plants

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Update: Aug 25, 2016
Adding live plants to your aquarium can have several beneficial effects on the water quality and health of the fish in your tank, but there are a few ...
Beneficial Bacteria & The Nitrogen Cycle

Beneficial Bacteria & The Nitrogen Cycle

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Update: Aug 25, 2016
Why “Beneficial Bacteria” is needed: Fish need “clean water” (chemically speaking) in order to survive. In aquarium terms, “clean water” means water that is free ...
Closing Your Pond for Winter

Closing Your Pond for Winter

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Update: Jul 29, 2016
As summer draws to a close, pond feature enthusiasts need to start thinking about properly closing this environment for the fall and winter. Taking the time to learn ...
Opening Your Pond Step-By- Step

Opening Your Pond Step-By- Step

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Update: Jul 29, 2016
Opening your pond for the first time in spring or summer is an exciting occasion for any water feature enthusiast. Not only is this the best time to introduce new ...
Why Do Bettas Blow Bubbles?

Why Do Bettas Blow Bubbles?

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Update: Jun 1, 2016
If your Betta comes in a small container, look for a cluster of bubbles around the rim. You may even find one in the corner of your home aquarium. This bubble nest ...
Tips for Providing Proper Water Conditions for a Betta

Tips for Providing Proper Water Conditions for a Betta

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Update: Jun 1, 2016
Bettas are naturally found in the warm Asian waters of countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia. A common misconception is that they are happy and healthy ...
Understanding and Eliminating Your Betta’s Tail Biting

Understanding and Eliminating Your Betta’s Tail Biting

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Update: Jun 1, 2016
Bettas are known for their long, flowing fins, fanning regally as they swim. Unfortunately, tail biting can be detrimental to these spectacular features, resulting ...
Steps For Acclimating Your Aquarium Fish

Steps For Acclimating Your Aquarium Fish

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Update: Jun 1, 2016
Have you ever jumped head first into a lake or pool without testing the water? The initial shock can be easier to handle than wading in gradually, but it doesn’t ...
How to Help Your Skittish Betta

How to Help Your Skittish Betta

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Update: Jun 1, 2016
Experiencing a bout of skittishness is common with bettas, but when the case becomes extreme, it can have detrimental effects on your fish’s emotional and physical ...
How to Select a Betta Tank

How to Select a Betta Tank

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Update: Jun 1, 2016
Any home aquarium should replicate a natural environment as closely as possible. Keeping your fish healthy is all about consistency, especially when it comes to ...
How to Properly Feed a Betta

How to Properly Feed a Betta

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Update: Jun 1, 2016
Unlike many common varieties of tropical fish found in home tanks, bettas are carnivores and require a diet comprised of more than flakes made of roots and veggies. ...
Betta Fish Anatomy

Betta Fish Anatomy

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Update: May 31, 2016
Betta Fish Anatomy Bettas are native to Southeast Asia where they are referred to as Siamese fighting fish. This species of Gourami is known for its bright coloring ...
The Importance of Sleepers and Hideouts in a Small Animal Cage

The Importance of Sleepers and Hideouts in a Small Animal Cage

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Update: May 25, 2016
A comfortable, private critter is definitely a happy one. That is why it is imperative for you to provide your small animals with a cozy habitat that allows them ...
How Chuckit! Toys Can Bring You and Your Dog Closer Together

How Chuckit! Toys Can Bring You and Your Dog Closer Together

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Update: May 25, 2016
Toys can help you to bond with your pet and be an essential part of their training and upbringing. Certain pet toys can help fulfill specific needs for your pet, ...
Five Aquarium Fish That Get HUGE

Five Aquarium Fish That Get HUGE

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Update: May 25, 2016
If you’ve had an aquarium for a while and you’re ready for some big fish, there are a lot out there to choose from. Whether you’ve dealt with large fish in the past ...
How Big Al’s Can Help You Start Your Own Backyard Chicken Coop

How Big Al’s Can Help You Start Your Own Backyard Chicken Coop

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Update: May 25, 2016
Raising chickens in your own backyard is a tempting fantasy for many people. Not only are the eggs convenient, fresh and delicious, but they also elevate your baked ...
Correct Use Of FURminator Products

Correct Use Of FURminator Products

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Update: May 25, 2016
Home may not feel like a home without pets, but sharing your living space with furry friends does have one big drawback: pet hair, and lots of it. All pets require ...
Why Keeping a Clean Litter Box is Important

Why Keeping a Clean Litter Box is Important

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Update: May 25, 2016
Keeping a clean litter box is essential for your own health as well as the health of your cat. While cleaning the litter box can be a dirty job, it’s a necessary ...
Why Do Fancy Goldfish Look So Weird?

Why Do Fancy Goldfish Look So Weird?

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Update: May 25, 2016
The goldfish often is considered the most typical fish to get for an aquarium, especially for beginners. A little, round fish bowl with a solid orange goldfish swimming ...
How Many Fish Is Too Many for My Tank?

How Many Fish Is Too Many for My Tank?

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Update: May 25, 2016
If you’re new to owning fish, you may be wondering how many is too many for your tank. The answer isn’t simple. Although some calculations are based on the tank’s ...
Do I Have to Have Bottom Feeders?

Do I Have to Have Bottom Feeders?

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Update: May 25, 2016
A common question new aquarium owners ask is whether or not bottom feeders are necessary to include. Some worry about the creatures ruining the aesthetic appeal ...
Top 5 Most Colorful Cichlids

Top 5 Most Colorful Cichlids

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Update: May 25, 2016
For hobbyists and beginners alike, a freshwater tank is a centerpiece, and the kind of fish you use can determine the wow factor for your guests. Consider adding ...
Why is Everything Covered in Green?

Why is Everything Covered in Green?

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Update: May 25, 2016
You probably installed a koi pond in your landscape design for its natural beauty and the deep calming effect it emulates. Yet, during seasonal changes you may notice ...
How Big of a Water Change Should I Do?

How Big of a Water Change Should I Do?

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Update: May 25, 2016
When the water in your fish tank starts looking a little stagnant you might be inclined to change it out. Give the fish some fresh swimming water and watch them ...
Five Aquarium Fish That Do Not Need a Heater

Five Aquarium Fish That Do Not Need a Heater

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Update: May 25, 2016
If you don’t want to deal with a heater for your aquarium, cool water fish might be the perfect option! There are a lot out there that can live in harmony with ...
Preparing your tank for vacation

Preparing your tank for vacation

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Update: May 13, 2016
So you are going on vacation and so you want to make sure that your aquarium is in tip-top shape before you leave. Doing maintenance prior to a vacation acts as ...
Top Five Reasons to Buy a New Tank Instead of One That’s Used

Top Five Reasons to Buy a New Tank Instead of One That’s Used

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Update: Mar 10, 2016
If you’re thinking about purchasing a new tank, make sure it truly is new! Buying used may seem like a more cost effective option, but could end up costing you more ...