05 Apr

Common Fish Keeping Mistakes

No one is perfect, we all make mistakes, especially when we start a new activity or a new hobby. The new owners of goldfish and other species make many mistakes when they get one. This list is intended to help new goldfish owners.
You will find here, in no particular order, 5 of the most frequent mistakes. Our friend Timothy over at one of our favorite fish blogs gives his take on the matter.

Mistake # 1: Using a jar or a small bowl

You should never keep goldfish in a jar. The goldfish, which live a very long time, become big and grow quickly when they have good living conditions. Also they need a lot of space to swim, so a fairly consistent habitat is needed. They also produce a lot of waste, which means that you need a large amount of water to dilute and clean their waste and a large colony of good bacteria to change the waste into less harmful products. All this is requires a bigger aquarium.

Mistake # 2: Feeding too much

goldfish mistakesFeeding your goldfish too much is harmful. They digest like some birds, this means that they eat and that the droppings happen less than a few min after. The goldfish is looking for food all day, and never really stops. This is why you should feed your goldfish in small quantities several times a day a day, rather than giving them plenty of food at one time. Too much food can both cause constipation and swim bladder disorders like bloating.


Mistake # 3: Too many in a tank

Goldfish need a lot of space and can pollute the water very quickly if not maintained. Therefore, be careful not to have your aquarium in a situation of overpopulation. The more goldfish, the more difficult and frequent the maintenance must be. Remember 40 liters of water per goldfish is a must . Overcrowding is often the cause of illness and death in the aquarium.

Mistake # 4: Not using a filter

An aquarium must have a filter that will work at all times, it is the center of the closed ecosystem in the aquarium. As mentioned earlier, goldfish produce a lot of waste, which pollutes the water in their aquarium. The filter maintains a colony of good bacteria that degrade fish waste to make them almost invisible. Sometimes we use a filter sold with the aquarium, but they are still insufficient capacity for goldfish, the filter must have a water flow of 5 times the volume of the aquarium per hour.




01 Jan

Puppy Training Tips For First Timers

It can sometimes be challenging to own a new puppy, especially if you are a first
timer. There are many lessons that you need to learn. Hopefully, you need those
lessons fast because if you don’t, you and your pet may suffer. The very first
thing that needs your attention is puppy training. As this is the first time
owning a dog, it may take you some time to get up to speed with your dog
training techniques. Here are some tips that may help you.

Understanding your puppy

Know that your puppy is still a very young animal. And because it is still a baby,
it cannot control its bladder very well. In other words, you can expect your
puppy to create some problems for you, especially in the first few weeks. Also,
note that your puppy still doesn’t know how to behave. As a child, it doesn’t
know what is the right and wrong behavior. Again, it takes time for the young
pup to pick up social cues and learn how to behave properly. It is your job, as
the owner of the pup, to train your pet.

The social hierarchy

Dogs are, by nature, social animals. But there is a social hierarchy that dogs keep
to naturally. So if a dog misbehaves, let it know (with love and patience),
that the wrong behavior will not be tolerated. In other words, you must assert
yourself as the “boss” early on. Otherwise, the dog may grow up
thinking that it can bully you (and other family members) into giving in to its
demands. When that continues to play out in the family, your training has

Housebreaking your puppy

Housebreaking your puppy is all about helping your pet to develop good habits. This needs to begin at a very young age. For very young pups, it is common to see it urinate every couple of hours or so. This eventually lengthens to every 4 hours after a few weeks, as the pup starts to grow up and can control its bladder better.
There are various housebreaking techniques available. The most commonly known
(and rather effective) method is the crate training method. This involves
placing your pub in a relatively comfortable dog crate to help the puppy adjust to a desirable schedule.

You can also train your puppy to eliminate in a specific location. You do this by
placing the paper with special odors near where the pet usually urinates. These
odors are created with special liquids that can be bought from the local pet
store. The animal will soon recognize the odors and will eliminate in the same
spot. You may then start moving the papers slowly to the spot that you want.</p>