Fish

Top Ten Reasons for Owning a Pond

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care, Fish

10. Provides the family Labrador retriever a place to cool off.

9. Less water usage. Lawns and landscaping require watering. Often rainwater is sufficient to top off a pond once it has been filled, dependent on the area of the country.

8. The pond provides a wonderful local wildlife habitat.

7. Sludge collected by a pond filter may be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

6. Just add fish and you have wonderful, easy to care for and entertaining pets.

5. A pond encourages young people to help preserve the planet and brings them in close contact with nature.

Coral Reefs Currently Under Stress from a Changing Planet

Filed Under: General Care, Fish

Did you know that corals are actually marine animals? There are more than 2,000 known species of coral. These delicate creatures are under stress around the world due to warmer temperatures, changing pH levels, and even agricultural and fresh water runoff. Coral reefs provide homes to more than a quarter of the world’s saltwater fish. Coral reefs are typically found in shallow water areas, often close to the coast or island locations.

Koi Herpes Virus

Filed Under: Diseases, Fish

Koi are a highly personable and hardy ornamental carp whose popularity for pond owners has exploded in the past several years. When a pond is confronted with Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), the results are devastating. The virus has a mortality rate of 80% and the few survivors are typically euthanized, resulting in depopulation of the entire group of fish.

The 2008 Presidential Candidates--And Their Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Reptiles, Cows, Birds, Fish

What does a person’s pets say about them? If you can figure anything out about someone by the pets they keep, you may want to take a look at the pets of all the presidential candidates. It may help you decide on your way to the ballot box!

Are Pets Appropriate Gifts?

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, General Care, Birds, Fish

Are pets appropriate gifts for the holidays? The answer to this should always be yes, but unfortunately this question is often tragically answered, no! Pets make wonderful companions. They enrich our lives and are always there for us. Where else are you going to find an individual that is always in a good mood and glad to see you? These wonderful critters are devoted and loyal. Yet they are dependent on us for everything, thereby creating an awesome responsibility.

Keeping Your Goldfish Healthy

Filed Under: General Care, Fish

Goldfish are the most common pet fish. They are easy to care for, and there are hundreds of breeds to choose from, although the orange comet fish is likely the one you will see at your local pet store. Goldfish are a wonderful pet for someone with limited space and time to dedicate to "playing" with a companion animal, but they still take work and effort to feed and house properly. Contrary to most people’s experiences, a goldfish that’s that cared for properly can live over 10 years.

Making a Home for Fish

Filed Under: General Care, Fish

Fish are beautiful and peaceful pets, and in general are low-maintenance. However there are a few things you need to prepare before bringing your new fish home.

Due to an excess of chlorine and gases, most tap water is unsuitable for aquariums, and needs to be conditioned before introducing your fish. Conditioning, or aging, is done simply by letting the water stand in its tank for at least one week. This allows the water bacteria to strike its own balance, kills possible fish parasites, and lets organic particles settle out.

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