Archive for the ‘Exotic Pets’ Category

Hatching Apple Snail (Mystery Snail) Eggs in Your Aquarium

There are several types of “Apple Snails” available for aquariums. P. diffusa (formerly P. bridgesii) Apple Snails are popular among natural, planted aquarium enthusiasts because they don’t eat healthy plant tissue and are good janitors. Their gorgeous shell shades of gold, pink, purple, ivory and tan make them even more appealing.

Common Diffuser Essential Oils that may be Toxic to Dogs, Cats, Birds & Other Pets ©

Due to recent viral social media posts, many pet parents are wondering, “Are essential oils used in diffusers toxic to pets?” The answer is complicated by the varying tolerance levels of each species or breed. Some essential oils are toxic to all pets, or only some dog breeds, or species such as cats, rabbits, birds, […]

What Do Reindeer Eat?

I lived in Canada’s Arctic for a decade and spent part of that time working for the Department of Renewable Resources. Santa & I were practically neighbors! Therefore, I feel especially qualified to share this important information about the natural diet of Reindeer as we approach Christmas Eve.

Natural Ways to Keep Aquariums Cool (With Infographic) ©

Most pet fish can handle temperature spikes just like they would in the wild. Even cold water fish (like Goldfish) can cope with elevated temperatures temporarily. Other fish are more sensitive to change and require temperature stability, such as many marine fish and some fresh water Goodeid species. Any fish will be stressed to some […]

The Natural Care of African Serval Cats ©

This post was inspired by Samson, a domestically-bred African Serval that was killed by a truck after roaming freely on Vancouver Island, Canada. While I don’t know the circumstances behind his escape, it is apparent that some education of pet parents about exotic cats is in order. For starters, they must be harnessed or in […]

Natural Rocks for Aquarium Decor ©

It should come as no surprise that we’re big fans of natural aquariums. When people think of natural freshwater tanks, they usually think of plants first. However, there are other natural decor options for both freshwater and reef tanks that contribute beautifully to aqua-scapes, including rocks.

Top Live Food Choices for Pet Reptiles (Infographic) ©

Reptile keepers and breeders have been culturing live food for their pets for almost as long as they’ve been keeping reptiles in captivity. Live insects, worms and larvae are natural, high in protein, and usually nutritious (and can be gut-loaded with more nutrients). Feeding them stimulates the hunting instinct in pet lizards (Geckos, Bearded Dragons, […]

Live Fish Food Cultures for the Home Aquarium ©

Fish keepers and breeders have been culturing live food for their fish and other aquatic pets since the hobby began. Live food is natural, high in protein, usually nutritious (and can be gut-loaded with more nutrients), and stimulates the hunting instinct. Breeders use live cultures to bring their fish into breeding condition. Live fish food […]

65+ Plant-Based Sources of Protein / Amino Acids for Pets (With Infographic) ©

Protein (built with amino acids) is important for all pet animal species, including horses, dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, birds, etc.  The skeletal and muscular system, organs, nervous system, glands, immune system, circulatory system, and blood alkalinity, all depend on protein to function.  It is even more critical for breeding, lactating, and growing animals.

Welfare Weekend: Big Fish Campaign Educates Fish-Keepers

‘Monster Fish’ is a term used by aquarium enthusiasts for fish that grow so large they can’t be kept in most home aquariums.  They’re commonly sold as small fish, often to inexperienced fish-keepers who have no idea how large they’ll get. The Big Fish Campaign is determined to change that through proactive education.

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