Fish http://mypetsmart.com/taxonomy/term/673/all en Pentair Lifegard AquaStep UV Sterilizers http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/manuals/pentair-lifegard-aquastep-uv-sterilizers-0 <a href="/petcare/manuals/pentair-lifegard-aquastep-uv-sterilizers-0" title="Read more..."><img class="ipaper-thumbnail" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/ipaper_thumbs/38266775.jpg" title="Thumbnail of Pentair Lifegard AquaStep UV Sterilizers " height="140"></a> <div class=ipaper-descr-teaser></div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/images_2.jpeg" type="image/jpeg; length=4211">images.jpeg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/manuals/pentair-lifegard-aquastep-uv-sterilizers-0#comments Lifestyle or fashion Fish Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:38:51 +0000 admin 89476 at http://mypetsmart.com Pentair Lifegard AquaStep UV Sterilizers http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/manuals/pentair-lifegard-aquastep-uv-sterilizers <a href="/petcare/manuals/pentair-lifegard-aquastep-uv-sterilizers" title="Read more..."><img class="ipaper-thumbnail" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/ipaper_thumbs/38266775.jpg" title="Thumbnail of Pentair Lifegard AquaStep UV Sterilizers " height="140"></a> <div class=ipaper-descr-teaser></div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-article-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><div class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg"><img class="field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/protocons/16x16/mimetypes/image-x-generic.png" /></div><a href="http://mypetsmart.com/sites/default/files/imagefield_default_images/images_2.jpeg" type="image/jpeg; length=4211">images.jpeg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/manuals/pentair-lifegard-aquastep-uv-sterilizers#comments Lifestyle or fashion Fish Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:37:25 +0000 admin 89475 at http://mypetsmart.com Algae: Smart Pet Guide to Pond Care & Maintenance http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/algae-smart-pet-guide-to-pond-care-maintenance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> John Gertenberger </div> </div> </div> <p>While almost all aquatic plants are good for the pond, some of the small ones are not. These small plants are called algae. Not only are they unsightly, possibly turning the pond into what looks like a container of pea soup, but they can use up available oxygen, and give off huge amounts of carbon dioxide.</p> <p><b>Controlling Algae Growth </b></p> <p>There are five ways to control algae growth:</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/algae-smart-pet-guide-to-pond-care-maintenance#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:07:02 +0000 PetSmart 171608 at http://mypetsmart.com Summertime Koi Pond Care http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/summertime-koi-pond-care <p>After the pond water warms up in the spring, the fish become more active and return to normal eating patterns. You can switch from a low protein &quot;spring time&quot; food to a higher protein diet that will aid in their growth. By summer, the fish should be fed two times daily, as much food as they will consume in 3-5 minutes. Do not overfeed, as uneaten food will decay and increase the toxic ammonia levels in the pond.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/summertime-koi-pond-care#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:04:14 +0000 PetSmart 171607 at http://mypetsmart.com Feeding Your Fish http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/feeding-your-fish <p>How do your fish like to be fed? Did you know they have a preference?</p> <p><b><a name="feeding">Feeding Groups</a></b><br /> Fish can be placed into one of three groups, depending on the food they prefer to eat. They can be carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores.</p> <p><b>Carnivores</b>, such as Needle fish, Jack Dempseys, and Bettas, are meat eaters. These predatory fish may only eat meaty foods such as brine shrimp, freeze-dried tubifex worms, bloodworms, and small feeder fish.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/feeding-your-fish#comments Nutrition Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:02:55 +0000 PetSmart 171606 at http://mypetsmart.com My Fish Needs a Home-Choosing the Right Tank for Your Fish http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/my-fish-needs-a-home-choosing-the-right-tank-for-your-fish <p>The aquarium is one of the most important pieces of aquarium equipment you'll need. The type of aquarium you select will depend on how much you want to spend, how much space you have, and the number and type of fish you plan on putting in it.</p> <p>Aquariums come in either glass or acrylic, but you can find an assortment of shapes and sizes in both glass and acrylic.</p> <p>Here are some important frequently asked questions about choosing the right kind of aquarium:</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/my-fish-needs-a-home-choosing-the-right-tank-for-your-fish#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:01:21 +0000 PetSmart 171604 at http://mypetsmart.com Light Up Your Aquarium http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/light-up-your-aquarium <p>Proper lighting is essential when setting up an aquarium. Every aquarium needs a hood, a canopy and light in order to:</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/light-up-your-aquarium#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:59:54 +0000 PetSmart 171603 at http://mypetsmart.com Aquarium Heaters http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aquarium-heaters <p>Unlike warmblooded humans, fish are ectothermic, meaning they take on the temperature of the surrounding water. Since they can't maintain the body temperature at a chosen fixed level, the temperature must be maintained through a heater.</p> <p>Heaters are only necessary if you keep tropical fish rather than marine fish. Coldwater fish like goldfish or koi prefer cooler temperatures (68&ordm; - 72&ordm; F) and don't need a heater.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aquarium-heaters#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:58:37 +0000 PetSmart 171601 at http://mypetsmart.com Understanding Aquatic Filtration http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/understanding-aquatic-filtration <p>Proper filtration is critical to keeping happy, healthy fish. A complete filtration system should neutralize ammonia and nitrites, and remove floating debris and contamination from the water. There are three basic filtration methods; mechanical, biological and chemical. Your filtration system should incorporate all three.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/understanding-aquatic-filtration#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:52:30 +0000 PetSmart 171602 at http://mypetsmart.com Facts About Under-Gravel Filters and Gravel http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/facts-about-under-gravel-filters-and-gravel <p>An undergravel filter is a basic method of performing biological filtration and some mechanical filtration.</p> <p><a name="undergravel"><b>Undergravel Filter</b></a><br /> An undergravel filter is simply a slotted piece of plastic (undergravel plate) that sits on the bottom of the aquarium and lets water flow between the plate and the bottom of the tank. There is a tube that is attached to this bottom piece, known as the lift tube. Gravel is placed on top of the filter, and the filter, lift tube and gravel work together to provide filtration.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/facts-about-under-gravel-filters-and-gravel#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:50:49 +0000 PetSmart 171599 at http://mypetsmart.com Aquarium Power Heads http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aquarium-power-heads <p>Power heads are typically used to improve the water flow through an undergravel filter. Using a power head with an undergravel filter can allow you to keep more fish without getting a bigger tank. A power head is used to circulate the water in your aquarium. Its main purpose is to help the undergravel filter do its job.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aquarium-power-heads#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:40:14 +0000 PetSmart 171597 at http://mypetsmart.com Aquarium Filters-Choosing the Right Filter http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aquarium-filters-choosing-the-right-filter <p><strong>Aquarium External Power Filters</strong></p> <p>External power filters have become the most commonly used filtration system in tanks up to 55 gallons. Most power filters provide all three types of needed filtration - mechanical, biological and chemical, and can provide all the filtration you will need. Many hobbyists use a power filter along with an undergravel filter to increase the biological filtration (and thus the number of fish they can keep) in smaller tanks. And many use power filters on even larger tanks in conjunction with canister and other filters.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aquarium-filters-choosing-the-right-filter#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:38:32 +0000 PetSmart 171596 at http://mypetsmart.com Vacuum Your Fish Pond or Aquarium http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/vacuum-your-fish-pond-or-aquarium <p>A gravel vacuum/cleaner/siphon is used to remove loose debris from the bottom of the gravel bed without destroying the good bacteria that grows there. It is also used to siphon water out of the aquarium during routine water changes.</p> <p>A vacuum does not remove the gravel from your aquarium. In fact, removing the gravel from your aquarium will destroy any good bacteria that has been established in the gravel bed.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/vacuum-your-fish-pond-or-aquarium#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:36:58 +0000 PetSmart 171598 at http://mypetsmart.com Aeration-Keeping your Fish Healthy Through H2O Maintenance http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aeration-keeping-your-fish-healthy-through-h2o-maintenence <p>In order to maintain a tank of healthy fish, the water must contain oxygen. The process in which oxygen is introduced into the water is known as aeration.</p> <p>In order to maintain a tank of healthy fish, the water must contain oxygen. The process in which oxygen is introduced into the water is known as aeration.</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/aeration-keeping-your-fish-healthy-through-h2o-maintenence#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:35:02 +0000 PetSmart 171595 at http://mypetsmart.com Tank Sweet Tank-Even Fish like a Little Decor http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/tank-sweet-tank-even-fish-like-a-little-decor <p>For some people, the best part of setting up an aquarium is putting in all the goodies! Aquariums are not just a home for your fish -- they're actually considered a piece of furniture. So what would you like to do to dress it up and make it home sweet home for your fish?</p> http://mypetsmart.com/petcare/articles/tank-sweet-tank-even-fish-like-a-little-decor#comments HealthCare Fish Wed, 01 Sep 2010 16:54:45 +0000 PetSmart 171583 at http://mypetsmart.com