Category Archives: Aquatic Pets

Care of Aquatic Turtles

by Chip Bridges

Are you considering a turtle as a “pet?”  Just like all other pets, aquatic turtles require proper care, handling and nutrition to survive and thrive. This article outlines some basic care of acquatic turtles and addresses a couple of the concerns you may have with owning an aquatic turtle.

Survival in the Tank

by Shawn Chase

Kind-hearted aquarist seeks tank companions for a peaceful, relaxing environment.

Hi, I’m Tanya the Yellow Tang, responding to your recent ad. I’d love to come live in your tank!  I love to graze on algae and swim around and around.  I will always entertain you with my antics.  However, I do have a few requests. I have a slight aversion to anything that’s the same shape as me, and sometimes I despise the color yellow.  I know I sound a little picky but you should meet my sister Yaya!  She pretends that she’s sweet, but she can’t stand anyone that comes into her territory!  Please let me know if I can live with you…

Mommy, where do fish come from?

By Shawn Chase

“How about you do an article on breeding fish?”  I’m asked.  Hmmm, the breeding of fish? Really?  Where does one start?  How fun can this be?  Do I have to???  It’s not that I don’t care.  I certainly do, because fish are my life. It’s that there are too many things we could talk about.  So let’s see if I can have some fun with this…

Flushing Nemo

by Shawn Chase

OH NO!  We don’t want that!

With the popularity of “Finding Nemo” and television shows portraying ocean life, more and more people want to set up saltwater fish tanks.  While it’s wonderful to have this expanded interest, it’s sometimes portrayed too simply as: Buy a tank, mix up some saltwater and throw in a bunch of pretty fish and coral.  Not quite the case.  So let’s think about a few basic things.

Aquarium Expert Debunks Myths

by Chip Bridges

Question: Fish tanks are beautiful and I’m thinking of getting my first one. What do I need to Know?

One doesn’t have to be in the aquarium hobby long to hear some strange and untrue myths repeated over and over! Many myths and wives’ tales are just harmless misinformation, but there are some that can lead to failure in the hobby – or downright animal cruelty. So here are some tales not to listen to!

Myth 1: Fish only grow to the size of their tank or bowl. Would a child grow to the size of its room? If fish waste builds up to unsanitary levels, the fish will fail to thrive and grow more slowly. If provided clean water, a goldfish will grow too large to turn around. Please, never put any animal in a small container thinking that the animal will stay small. It won’t.

Myth 2: Goldfish are short-lived. Goldfish have routinely been recorded living over a century. If yours they die quickly, disease or poor water conditions are the cause. Allow 50+ gallons per goldfish and with good care they should wind up in your will!

Myth 3: Your tank needs an algae eater. No. Algae can keep the fish alive in a neglected aquarium. Algae need nitrogen, which they get from fish poop. Algae pull the deadly nitrogen from your aquarium water, and they can’t do that if eaten by a snail.

Please see the care sheets on my website blueridgereef.com for more information. And please send your questions there, too, and we’ll try to answer them in a future issue.

Happy aquarium keeping!

Chip Bridges is the owner of Blue Ridge Reef & Pet in Black Mountain. He has over 30 years experience as an aquarium keeper and/or aquarium business owner.

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