Ten Tips for Caring for Your Betta Fish

Written by Amanda Fenton

Betta fish, also called Siamese fighting fish are one ofrepparttar most popular types of fish found in homes acrossrepparttar 148717 world. Their vibrant color and active lifestyle seems to draw in fish fanatics as well as those who have never had fish before. Betta’s are relatively easy to care for and their low maintenance is particularly appealing to people who would like to have fish but don’t have a lot of time to care for them.

Once you bring your Betta’s home you should begin to familiarize yourself with their movements and typical behavior patterns. When you look at your fish after you’ve had them for awhile you’ll know if something is wrong, if they are not feeling well, or ifrepparttar 148718 water in their bowl is not inrepparttar 148719 best condition simply by being observant.

1. Make surerepparttar 148720 jar or bowl that you keep your Betta in is big enough so that he can swim around and not bump or tear his fins or scales. Also be sure there is plenty of surface area so that he can get enough oxygen.

2. Your Betta will thrive inrepparttar 148721 cleanest water that you can provide for him. He does not require a filtration system, but you should change out a third of his water every three days so it stays fresh and clean and keeps your finned friend from getting bacterial or fungal infections. Aged water (water that has set out for twenty four hours) is what should be used to replacerepparttar 148722 old water.

3. Do not put your Betta fish with other Betta’s. They are called Siamese fighting fish because they are, in fact, fighting fish. They will tear at one another, often causingrepparttar 148723 death of at least one fish before they stop. Betta’s can be coupled with algae eaters, guppies, or corydorus catfish safely.

4. Use a turkey baster to clean small particles of uneaten food or debris fromrepparttar 148724 bottom ofrepparttar 148725 bowl or jar. Allowing this debris to sit atrepparttar 148726 bottom ofrepparttar 148727 jar will causerepparttar 148728 water to become cloudy, unsanitary, and to smell awful.

Stop Cat Scratching Today!

Written by Brad Knell

you have morphed into someone he doesn't know and you need a solution to his inappropriate scratching behavior now! Sound familiar? Well, this was our situation a few months ago until we got a handle on a strategy that works.

Cats need to scratch! It helps them excercise their front leg muscles and tendons. It helps to shed old outer layers ofrepparttar nail sheath. It helps alleviate frustration and boredom and it marks their 'territory' in your home.

Once you realize this it is much easier to arrive at an equitable solution. Rather than concentrating on eliminatingrepparttar 148607 problem ( which isn't going to happen ) you need to find a way to redirectrepparttar 148608 behavior to an appropriate area in your home.

There are many products onrepparttar 148609 market which offer a solution. We found a combination of a good quality scratching post wrapped in sisal rope and a set of clear, acrylic shields which fasten torepparttar 148610 corner areas of your couch and chair work best. If you need to learn where to purchase these products, visit our website listed below.

The shields are used to cover up areas your cat has already been scratching, in order to redirect him torepparttar 148611 post. The scratching post should be tall and heavy enough so your cat can extend his full torso up high enough to offer a good stretch. Most cats are vertical scratchers. They reach up, extendrepparttar 148612 front arms, clawrepparttar 148613 scratcher and pull downwards towardsrepparttar 148614 ground. Ifrepparttar 148615 post moves around too much they will likely not use it again so make sure it is stable.

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