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...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALL-IN-ONE AQUARIUMS

What You Need to Know About All-in-One Aquariums
Written by Katherine Barrington Updated April 05, 2017
Starting a new tank can be time-consuming, especially if you have to choose all of your own equipment. To make the process easier, consider an all-in-one aquarium.
If you’re thinking about starting a new tank, you have a lot of decisions to make. What size tank are you going to choose and what kind of equipment? Do you want to purchase a separate lighting system or go with natural lighting? And what about heating – how are you going to keep the tank warm? Coming up with answers to all of these questions can be difficult, especially for a beginner. If you find yourself in this boat, you might want to think about an all-in-one aquarium. Keep reading to learn more about what an all-in-one tank is and whether it might be the right option for you.
 
What is an All-in-One Aquarium?
 
An all-in-one aquarium is pretty much what the name suggests – an aquarium that comes with just about everything you need to get started. Simply put, it is a ready-made kit that comes with the aquarium itself as well as essential equipment such as filtration, lighting, and heating. Some kits also include decorations, but the more you include in the kit the higher the price. Many all-in-one tanks are also nano tanks, tanks under 30 gallons in size. The top all-in-one tanks on the market have equipment that is specially designed to complement the tank’s design and to support the tank’s needs according to its size. You still have to choose and purchase the fish and you will also need to know the basics about setting up and maintaining an aquarium, though some instructions for use...
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