TIPS FOR SPOTTING SIGNS OF DISTRESS IN YOUR FISH BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

Tips for Spotting Signs of Distress in Your Fish Before It’s Too Late
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated February 02, 2018
When you see signs of stress in your fish, you can then take steps to identify the source of that stress and then to resolve it before it becomes a major issue. Keep reading to learn about what causes distress in aquarium fish, the signs of stress, and the proper ways to deal with it.
In your day to day life, stress is something you are used to – something you may have even come to expect. Between responsibilities at work, chores at home, and everything in between, stress is a constant for many people.

While you might be used to operating at a high stress level, your fish are not. Aquarium fish can become stressed by any number of things ranging from poor water quality to disease to changes in tank parameters. In some cases, mild stress is something your aquarium fish can recover from but, in many cases, it is an early sign of something that can become a major problem.

To maintain the health of your aquarium fish, you need to learn how to identify the signs of distress. When you see signs of stress in your fish, you can then take steps to identify the source of that stress and then to resolve it before it becomes a major issue.

Keep reading to learn about what causes distress in aquarium fish, the signs of stress, and the proper ways to deal with it.

What is Stress, Anyway?

In your own life, you may be familiar with stress as your body’s “fight or flight” response. When you encounter a stressful or dangerous situation, your body’s survival mechanisms kick into higher gear. Your body begins to produce certain hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that boost essential functions (like heart rate and respiration) while sending unessential functions to the background. As your heart beats faster and your breathing...

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BUTTERFLYFISH FOR YOUR REEF TANK

Choosing the Right Butterflyfish for Your Reef Tank
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated February 02, 2018
Cultivating a reef tank is a unique challenge, not only because caring for corals is tricky but because it can be difficult to find reef-safe fish. Keep reading to learn about reef-safe species of butterflyfish.
When you think of some of the most colorful fish in the world, you probably picture a thriving reef environment. It is true that many of the world’s most beautiful fish live in coral reefs and that is part of what draws many aquarium hobbyists in. Cultivating and maintaining a reef tank comes with its challenges, however, so it is not a task you should enter into lightly.

A reef tank is an aquarium that supports corals and which may or may not also support saltwater fish and/or invertebrates. Corals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors with some of them being very easy to maintain and other being quite challenging. Outside the challenge of keeping corals, it can also be difficult to find saltwater fish that are reef-safe – many saltwater fish will feed on corals.

One type of fish that is particularly popular for reef tanks is the butterflyfish. You must understand, however, that not all butterflyfish are considered reef-safe. Keep reading to learn more about the dos and don’ts of keeping butterflyfish in a reef tank.
 
The Basics of Butterflyfish

Known for their bright colors and distinct shape, butterflyfish are some of the most beautiful saltwater fish you’ll ever come across. These fish tend to inhabit tropical regions, though they can also be found in cooler waters in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans. For the most part, however, they are found in the Indo-West Pacific region.


Butterflyfish are very elegant in their appearance and graceful...

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST SALTWATER AQUARIUM MISTAKES AND HOW DO YOU FIX THEM?

What Are the Biggest Saltwater Aquarium Mistakes and How Do You Fix Them?
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated November 01, 2017
Cultivating a saltwater aquarium is a hobby full of exciting challenges, but sometimes those challenges can get the better of you. Keep reading to learn about the top ten mistakes made by novice saltwater aquarists so you can avoid making them yourself.
Saltwater fish, particularly tropical fish, are some of the most colorful species in the world. Unfortunately, they are also some of the most challenging fish to keep in the home aquarium. The beauty and uniqueness of these fish is what draws many to the saltwater aquarium hobby and, in many cases, it is the challenge that makes them stay.

As tricky as it can be sometimes to cultivate and maintain a thriving saltwater aquarium, it is also incredibly rewarding – you get to see colorful living things blossom right before your eyes. But this isn’t to say that things are always going to go your way. In fact, most experienced saltwater aquarium hobbyists have at least one disaster story to share.


So, how do you improve your chances for success in keeping a marine tank in your own home? It all starts with research – the more you know going in, the better off you (and your tank inhabitants) are going to be. It takes more than just background research, however. You need to know what mistakes other aquarium hobbyists have made and how to avoid them – that’s where this article comes into play.

Here you will find a wealth of in-depth information about navigating the challenges of a saltwater aquarium including insight into some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them for yourself. If you’re ready to learn how to be the best saltwater aquarium hobbyist you can possibly be, simply keep...
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