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Aquarium Decors: Think Twice!


Setting up an aquarium could sometimes be very tiring but enjoyable as well. If you want to have a beautiful aquarium for your fish to live in, you can put decors in it. Finding the right decors for your fish tank is both hard and easy. Hard because you need to check the decors if they contain harmful chemicals that are toxic for your fish, on the other it can be easy because you can just ask around the right decors for your fish tank.

You can find a lot of fish tank decors and colorful unique materials that are great for beautifying your fish tank, they can brighten up your dull aquarium and the list of these ornaments will go on and on, but the important part here is to choose the ornaments that best fit your fish tank and fish as well.  Plastic materials and rocks like limestone are not recommended for use because they will soon degrade and will eventually alter the water chemistry consequently causing hazards to fish.

Some materials used in manufacturing aquarium ornaments contain limestone which are easily dissolved in water and that will increase the hardness of the water and raises the pH level too, thus making the water more dangerous. Almost all aquarium fish won’t be able to withstand this kind of water leading them to die fast. Cockshells and corals are also avoided for the same reason, since both materials will increase the degradation of water. Forget about how they look, surely they’re lovely but think over the damage they will cause if you put them on tank.

There are many ways how to know if a material contains limestone. Here’s how to do it, take a small piece of that ornament on a flat non-absorbing area and put some diluted acid or vinegar on the surface of the material. If you see small bubbles surfacing in that piece of material then it’s clear it contains a limestone, therefore it needs to be avoided.

There are a lot of great options of aquarium ornaments available in many pet stores. For instance Granite, it’s a great substrate, natural rocks on the other hand can also be taken into account. One of the most common aquarium ornament is an aquarium plant but you need to be ready for the maintenance since it requires additional time and cost.

Lastly, if you would like to add any decors in your fish tank it’s vital to wash them properly with lukewarm water. It is recommended to soak them at least 2 to 3 days to get rid of those harmful materials like any metal chips.

Eani Mini Aquariums for Kids


The age-old goldfish bowl is getting competition from tiny aquariums in a variety of interesting shapes and sizes. Even the smallest apartment or college dorm room can now be graced with live fish. But are they a healthy habitat for the fish? If properly set up and well cared for, yes they can be. If haphazardly put together and marginally cared for, the fish will be doomed to a very short and unpleasant life.

The Good Side
The good side of mini aquariums is that anyone can have one. The monetary investment is small, and the space requirements so minimal that virtually everyone can find a place for one. College students in dorms, nursing home patients, apartment dwellers, even the most crowded of school classrooms all have space for a mini aquarium. Often apartment building ‘no pet’ rules don’t apply to fish. Fish are very relaxing to watch, and can provide an opportunity for children to care for a pet in situations where larger pets are not allowed.

The Bad Side
Mini aquariums do require maintenance, and should not be purchased with the notion they can be ignored for long periods of time. However, the biggest down side of small aquariums is that problems can occur swiftly, and are often fatal before they can be rectified. This is due to the small volume of water in which the fish live. Changes in water chemistry and temperature can happen in a matter of a few hours – or even minutes. Therefore it is critical to monitor the water conditions closely, and perform water changes faithfully.

First time fish owners should be particularly careful during the initial break-in stage of the mini fish tank. Toxins in the water will rise sharply as the biological system is first being established. If water changes are not performed, the levels will become lethal very quickly. Testing is a must, so have water-testing kits on hand or make arrangements with a local pet shop to do the tests for you.

You’re an Addict when…


- Your daughter can identify more species of fish than most pet store employees.

- You buy a $200 water purification system for your fish tank while you’re still drinking out of the tap.

- The first thing that moves when you move are your tanks.

- You go into a pet store and the employees ask you what kind of plants or fish they have.

- Your idea of a vacation is going to look for cool new things for your aquarium at pet stores.

- Your idea of going to the lake means looking for new and interesting plants and fish for your tanks.

- You buy fish as an excuse to buy another tank.

- You use the excuse “Ahh come on honey the next tank will be yours I promise” to get another tank.

- You take better care of your tanks than you do your vehicle.

- The refrigerator is bare except for the frozen fish food.

- You make weekly trips to the lumber yard to make more tank stands.

- Your tanks get their own room.

- Touring houses for sale, you look at the garage and automatically start figuring out how many tanks will fit in there.

- Your spouse gives you the option of your tanks going into the garage or you going into the garage, and you decide to put your bed out there instead of your tanks.

See your score below:

0-5 points – You have a problem.

6-10 points – Need to check yourself

11-14 points – You’re officially addicted!

 

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A Jawfish and Cat Tale


by: Bill Winterholer

One story I would like to share is that of my cat Oreo and his Yellow Headed Jawfish friend.

I have had several fish since I started my marine interest, Damsels, Seahorses, Shrimps, etc., but of all the fish I have had, and unfortunately have lost, the one that always sparks Oreo’s interest is the Yellow Headed Jawfish. Any other fish in the tank gains only a passing interest for Oreo, but put a jawfish in the tank and that darn cat suddenly is absorbed in it. He would hang off the hood of the tank peering for a glimpse of the creature. I finally ended up putting a chair in front of the tank just for him, and I am not joking when I say that he would sit there for hours watching this fish.

Sadly the first Jawfish we had jumped to his death from the tank one night and Oreo whined for days, as if grieving for the loss of his fish friend. We obtained a second jawfish months later and once again Oreo was mesmerized. Oreo was in joy to have the fish back, and again the chair was placed in front of the tank.

Unfortunately, this fish followed the same fate as the first, and again Oreo was at a loss. I haven’t bothered to buy another Jawfish until I can figure a way to prevent the fish from jumping out of the tank, but I can imagine Oreo will love it when we do.

Bill Winterholer
1998

 

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Weird Cute Aquariums


Consider them weird but accept it, they’re cute!

Rocket Aquarium

 

A Blender Aquarium?

 

An old television aquarium

 

A truck aquarium

 

A coffee table aquarium

A distorted glass aquarium

Making fish feel at home aquarium

 

A round shaped wall aquarium

 

A bar desk aquarium

 

A fish tank with a bird cage inside

 

A bulb aquarium?

 

For real, toilet fish tanks!

 

Ceiling aquarium in a hotel room!

 

Grand aquarium in a hotel receiving area!

Infinity aquarium

An ipod fish tank!

A robot aquarium

A sink aquarium

A sofa aquarium

 

A telephone booth aquarium!

 

 

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A Small Fish Story


An Irish Folk Tale

Retold by Louise Carus from The Real St. Nicholas: Tales of Generosity and Hope from Around the World

We’ve hunted high and low and haunted libraries—including the greatest folklore library in North America at Indiana University in Bloomington—to find more stories about St. Nicholas from the British Isles. This is the only story we’ve been able to locate. —LC
While St. Nicholas was generous to others, he did not lead a grand life himself. He was even once a beggar who traveled all over the country with only the clothes on his back, his staff, and an old wooden pail. One day, he came to a little town by the sea where almost no one was willing to help him. All day he stood on the street, asking for alms. But by the time evening fell, only three people had taken pity on him: a fisherman, a woman, and a priest. Strangely enough, each of them had given him the same thing—not a coin, but a small fish.

He put all three fish in his pail filled with water and walked on until he came to a house where a very poor widow lived with her children.

“Begging your pardon, madam, but might a person stay here overnight?”

“To be sure,” the widow answered wearily, “but we only have water soup and a crust of bread for supper.”

“Supper won’t be a problem! Look here: I have three fish. You can fry them and we and the children will all eat them together.”

The widow looked doubtfully into the beggar’s pail. She had no way of knowing the three little fish had been growing in there. By the time she saw them, they had become quite large.

“What a joy,” the woman cried. I haven’t seen such big fish for a long time, not even at the market!”

One fish, two fish, three fish do I see,
Plenty for my children and enough for me!

She happily lit a fire and began to cook the fish over the glowing coals.

While she was about her work, the Saint asked, “Do you have a pail?”

“Yes, indeed I do.”

“I’ll thank you to fill it with water and bring it to me.” The woman did as he asked. Soon the fish were ready to eat. And how delicious they were! The widow and her children were so hungry they left nothing but the bones, Nicholas said, “Don’t throw those bones away. Give them to me.”

The children and their mother looked at one another in surprise. “What is he up to?” they whispered. But they were so grateful for a good meal at last that they didn’t question Nicholas.

After they had eaten, the family lay the bones of all three fish on a plate. Nicholas picked up the bones by the tail and threw them into the widow’s pail.

Again everyone was surprised. “Why is he doing that?” they wondered.

Then as the widow was about to carry the pail outside to empty it, she noticed three live fish swimming in the water! “What?” she gasped. “How could that be?”

One fish, two fish, three fish do I see,
Plenty for my children and enough for me!

Who knew where the fish came from but Nicholas, and by that time he was sound asleep.

The next morning, the good Saint said, “Please fix these fish for breakfast.”

The woman gladly did so, and once again everyone had enough to eat.

When they were finished, again Nicholas said, “Bring me the pail and give me the bones.” Then he threw them into the water and continued, “You must always do this. That way, you will always have fish and you and your children won’t be hungry any more.”

Then the Saint swung his wooden pail over the end of his staff, said goodbye, and walked off down the road.

The widow and her children never saw St. Nicholas again, but they lived well for a long time. At last, one day the mother left a single child alone at home while she and the others went to visit relatives. The child at home got hungry, so he tiptoed over to the widow’s pail and looked in:

One fish, two fish, three fish do I see,
Enough for the others and plenty for me!

With that, he scooped out one of the fish and fried it for himself. Afraid that his mother would find out and scold him, he threw the bones away.

When the widow returned, the first thing she did was go to the pail to prepare dinner.

One fish, two fish, thr——

But now there were not three fish swimming in the water—there were only two. And from then on, that had to be plenty enough for all of them!

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Funny Fishy and Kitty Moments



Kitty Perry

What’s with the water anyway?

 

 

Who will take the fish?

 


it really fits!



Trading places

 


Scary shadow

 


Going somewhere you kitty?

 

 

When everything is coming to an end.

 


Perfect fishing gear!

 


food experiment

 

 

too defensive


 

I’ll eat your letters.


 

short term memory!


 

Don’t deny the obvious.

 

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