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Aquatic | November 23, 2010

Tangs or Surgeonfish

Tangs or Surgeonfish have long been a hobby favorite, and as often as not, a heartbreak as well. A complete breakdown on all the different Genera of tangs and surgeonfish is beyond the scope of this article, but the information is widely available if you look. What I will attempt to do here is give you several easy tips to increase your success rate, and help you help your customers. The five main Genera (Acanthurus, Ctenochaetus, Naso, Paracanthurus, Zebrasoma) all have different tricks that will help you keep them in the aquarium. Read the rest here »

Aquatic | November 19, 2010

Why Testing pH is so Important!

Introduction to pH & Alkalinity

The pH is a very important parameter in the biology of aquatic organisms. It is a measure of the acidity of the water. The scale runs from zero to 14. Zero is the most acidic, 7 is neutral and 14 is the most basic. A change of 1 pH unit, for example from 7 to 6, means that the water gets 10 times more acidic. Read the rest here »

Aquatic, News | November 16, 2010

Pest Removal Using Fish

In the article Pest Removal Using Invertebrates, I talked about several species of invertebrates that can help eliminate nuisance algae and various pest species from your aquariums. This article will do the same, but will be talking about fish that can help eliminate and control various algae and invertebrate pests. Same rules apply to fish, they can’t read, and often don’t know what they are supposed to eat and what they are not supposed to eat. These suggestions are guidelines only, and you should monitor any new additions carefully. Read the rest here »

Aquatic, News | November 15, 2010

Pest Removal Using Invertebrates

There are many different types of invertebrates that will help you control common aquarium pests. All of these should be maintained in a copper/medicine free invert only or reef tank. Some of them also will cause some problems of their own, and I will attempt to list them all. Caution is always required when adding new species to any tank. Every tank is different, and the interaction between species is difficult to predict. Remember, invertebrates and fish do not know how to read, so they often don’t know what they are supposed to eat and what they are not supposed to eat. Read the rest here »

News | April 26, 2010

Comparison of Modes of Action – DeFlea Products and Pyrethroid Containing Pesticides

De Flea products use a different mode of action to kill fleas, ticks, lice, mites and other ectopatasites compared to pesticides containing pyrethroids (pyrethrum and similar chemicals.) Read the rest here »

News | April 5, 2010

Garlic: What Has Been Studied Verses What Has Been Claimed

Republished with permission from Reef Keeping, written by Steven Pro

If all a new hobbyist were to do was gloss over the medicine aisle at his favorite local fish store and observe the proliferation of garlic-based treatments, or peruse the various online postings of garlic’s proponents, he would surely come away with several likely impressions: Read the rest here »

Aquatic | March 30, 2010

Selecting Healthy & Appropriate Marine Fishes

Republished with permission from Reef Keeping, written by Steven Pro

This entire article is nothing more than my own personal opinion. But that opinion has developed during my 13 years of marine aquarium keeping as well as my 10 years of working full-time in the ornamental fish industry. I offer it not so much as a definitive statement, but as a guide to what I go through and what I look for when purchasing fishes, and as an aid to my fellow aquarists.

-Steven Pro

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News |

Mike’s Message – March

As owners of Bird Dog & Cat Fish, Trish and I attended the 2010 Global Pet Expo Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, March 25-27. Global Pet Expo is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). Read the rest here »

Aquatic | March 29, 2010

Get Out of My Tank! Fish Removal Tips & Tricks

Republished with permission from Reef Keeping, written by Steven Pro

Removing fish from a fully decorated display is a common headache for some and a nightmare for others.

The typical scenario involves removing every piece of live rock and coral, followed by tediously chasing the fish until it succumbs to exhaustion and is finally removed. At this point, the aquarist is left with the ominous task of replacing all the live rock and corals to their exact previous locations because the display just looked so good before. Inevitably, all of the pieces don’t fit back together just right – things don’t end up looking the same.

A lot of dirt and detritus get kicked up in the process, and the fish suffer a tremendous amount of stress from the ordeal. Well, fear not, fellow fish geeks! I am going to provide a variety of tips and tricks to help even the most novice net wielders successfully remove their targeted fish safely and efficiently. Read the rest here »

Aquatic | March 25, 2010

Caring for the Fish of Finding Nemo

Republished with permission from Wet Web Media, written by Steven Pro

With all the publicity of Finding Nemo, there is sure to be a considerable amount of interest in aquarium keeping and in particular, the care of Clownfish and Tangs.  Young, impressionable children are going to be clamoring for their parents to buy them their very own Marlin, Nemo, and Dory.  This article is intended to give a beginner some of the basic information on the care and environment required to properly house these types of pets. Read the rest here »

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