Monday, November 25, 2013

What Pet Stores Don't Tell You About... Cycling

Now I don't want to make it sound like all pet stores give bad information about fishkeeping, because some are very good at what they do.  However, it's been my experience that most pet stores give pretty bad advice when it comes to proper aquarium fish care, so I'm going to be doing a mini-series talking about some things pet stores don't tell you about fishkeeping.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Easy DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery

Many types of baby fish, including goldfish, grow best on a diet of live baby brine shrimp.  Baby fish, also called "fry" eat baby brine shrimp readily because the movements of the shrimp entice them to eat.  Baby brine shrimp are also good for fry because they are high in protein, are easily digestible, and can survive for hours in the fry tank, giving the fry a more continuous food source.  Hatching baby brine shrimp is fairly simple and it's easy to make a brine shrimp hatchery on your own.  Here are step-by-step instructions showing how to construct your brine shrimp hatchery and how to raise the brine shrimp.

You'll need two 1-liter bottles, an air pump, a lamp, flexible airline tubing, rigid airline tubing, brine shrimp eggs, baking soda, and salt (kosher salt, canning and pickling salt, rock salt, or any non-iodized and additive-free salt will work fine).

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dia de los Muertos Goldfish Tank

I thought my goldfish should join in on the holiday fun! Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on October 31st and November 1st & 2nd. The holiday is a celebration of the lives of loved ones who have passed away and is characterized by brightly painted skulls (sugar skulls), female skeleton figures in bright colorful dresses (la catrina), and flowers like marigolds. I have long been fascinated by this holiday because I love the juxtaposition of dark and light themes. So anyways, I hope you enjoy the photos and video!  This is by far my favorite holiday themed tank I've done so far.