Your Child's Goldfish ~ easy, inexpensive care ~

Written by Stephanie Olsen

Goldfish are popular starter pets for children and a good parental choice when it comes to budget and time considerations, although you should take note that goldfish can grow to be anywhere from 6 to 12 inches and may live for as long as 10 years.

Getting Ready

The day before you take your child torepparttar pet shop, fill clean buckets with 10 gallons (that's 16 quarts or nearly 40 liters) of water so that it has 24 to 48 hours in which to allow chlorine, lead and any other toxins to evaporate and in order thatrepparttar 116320 water is room temperature. Goldfish can survive in a wide range of temperatures, from above 50 to below 80 degrees Fahrenheit (that's 10 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively). It'srepparttar 116321 sudden change in temperature that kills them. Add about 2 teaspoons per gallon of uniodized table salt (the big crystals, notrepparttar 116322 fine stuff from your saltshaker).

What to look for

Remember to look for a lively fish when choosing, and to stay away from tanks with any obviously sick fish in them. Ifrepparttar 116323 owner catchesrepparttar 116324 fish without a net, either by scooping or using his hand, that's a sign that you're dealing with a professional. Fish have a slimy protective coat (that's why they feel so slippery in your grasp) and using a net can cause damage to this surface.

The Aquarium

If you've got a spare 10 - 20 gallon size aquarium at home, that's great. If not, any similar size waterproof container will do as long as it's got enough surface room forrepparttar 116325 fish to breathe. Standard glass fishbowls are inappropriate as they are obviously too small; furthermore, they do not provide enough oxygen: every inch of fish (head and body measure) needs 20 square inches of surface (multiplyingrepparttar 116326 length and width of your container will give yourepparttar 116327 area, so a 12" x 8" rectangular tank has a total surface area of 96 sq in., enough for a fish four inches in head/body length).

Should We Walk or Ride

Written by Richard Myers

Should We Walk or Ride

Most of us when playing golf are riding in carts. But should we consider walking rather than riding?

The PGA has written they believe "walking isrepparttar most enjoyable way to play golf andrepparttar 116319 use of carts is detrimental torepparttar 116320 game." They claim "this negative trend needs to be stopped now before it becomes accepted that riding in a cart isrepparttar 116321 way to play golf."

There is no doubt that walkingrepparttar 116322 course is a good exercise program. There have been many scientific studies to prove that walking a golf course is a great exercise. One study has shown that walking 18 holes has aboutrepparttar 116323 intensity of 50 percent of maxium aerobic workout. Another study shows that bad cholesterol was reduced in walking golfers.

There are many other sources that show that walkingrepparttar 116324 course is very good aerobic exercise.

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