SPRING CLEANING: HOW TO CLEAN AND GIVE YOUR OLD TANK NEW LIFE

Spring Cleaning: How to Clean and Give Your Old Tank New Life
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated April 26, 2018
Keeping your tank clean is about more than just aesthetics - it also affects your fish. Keep reading to learn how to spring clean your aquarium.
Over the winter, it is easy to just hunker down and do everything you can to stay warm. While you can’t escape responsibilities like work or family obligations, certain things are likely to fall to the wayside – your fish tank included. With spring on the horizon, you are finally coming out of hibernation and it’s time to survey the damage.
 
While a properly equipped fish tank can do perfectly well with minimal maintenance, months of neglect will eventually take their toll. Your crystal-clear water will start to cloud, your tank decorations will begin to accumulate algae, and even your tank walls might develop a film. As you start spring-cleaning your home, make sure to add cleaning your fish tank to your to-do list.
 
As is true for most things, there is a right way and a wrong way to deep-clean your tank, so keep reading to learn how to do it properly. In this article, you’ll also receive some tips for updating your tank to give it new life in preparation for spring as well as some tips for long-term maintenance.
 
A Word of Precaution Before You Begin
 
If you need to deep-clean your fish tank, your first instinct might be to drain all the water and give everything a good rinse. While that is certainly one way to do it, it is also the wrong way. If you completely tear down your tank all at once and give everything a good scrub, you’ll be scrubbing away more than algae and grime...

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...

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE FEEDING YOUR FISH?

Do You Know What You Are Feeding Your Fish?
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated May 30, 2017
Not all aquarium fish food is created equal. Take the time to learn about the quality of the product you are feeding your fish to see whether it might be time to make a change.
When you go grocery shopping, you probably take the time to choose the items you intend to purchase. Perhaps you have a favorite brand, or maybe you check the label before you make your decision. As an aquarium hobbyist, do you put the same degree of effort into shopping for fish food? The chances are that you simply pick something off the shelf based on what’s on sale or what looks good – you probably don’t take the time to read the labels and, even if you did, you might not understand how to use that information.

Feeding your aquarium fish a high-quality diet is the key to keeping them healthy. A healthy diet gives your fish the energy their bodies need to maintain essential processes and it also helps to keep them looking their best. Unfortunately, not all fish foods are created equal and it isn’t always easy to pick out the good from the bad. Keep reading to learn how to read a fish food label, what ingredients to look for, and how to pick a high-quality product.

How to Read a Fish Food Label

The pet food industry as a whole is less regulated than the food industry for humans. This can sometimes make it a challenge to interpret the information on a pet food label – it also makes it more important for you to take the time to evaluate the quality of a product before you buy. There are two parts of the label that are the...
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