Choosing Fish for a Freshwater Aquarium: A Quick Guide

Choosing Fish for a Freshwater Aquarium: A Quick Guide

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If you have looked at any pet shop’s fish and marine life section, you most likely noticed that domestic species come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and color patterns. There are hundreds of bright and vivacious little guys on display and getting one of each might seem tempting enough. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you refrain from purchasing aquarium fish haphazardly.

Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there for you to consult. Websites such as Reef Nation are a great resource for beginner-friendly fish tank advice, as well as other news and useful information related to aquatic creatures in general.

In this article, we will present a brief overview on how to choose the right fish for your beginner freshwater aquarium.

What to Consider

As previously mentioned, shopping for fish can be confusing for any novice hobbyist, as pet shops offer a wide variety of vivid little swimmers that look great upon a first glance. However, you mustn’t let their beauty overcome the fact that they are living beings with specific needs and behavioral patterns.

Thus, there are a few factors to consider when choosing which freshwater fish to put in your aquarium. First of all, it’s important to remember that some have more specific habitat requirements than others. While some fish are hardy and can adapt to just about any condition, others will wither away if the tank’s ecosystem differs from their native one.

What is more, you must also keep in mind that tank mates should be compatible with one another. Some fish simply don’t play well together, which leads to harassment and aggression. This puts a strain on the victims, which can fall ill and even die in the worst of cases. Therefore, maintaining a peaceful environment is mandatory.

Never put timid fish in the same tank as fast swimmers, as they will tend to disrupt each other. Moreover, come feeding time, those that are more assertive generally eat most of the food. The shier ones tend to linger in the background until the frenzy ends, and at that point there might not be much left for them at all. If you are not careful, they will end up malnourished.

Coexisting in peace also has to do with water conditions. While some species of freshwater fish thrive in soft and acidic environments, others prefer hard, alkaline waters. Placing the two kinds together never ends well, as one faction flourishes while the other fades away slowly. Therefore, you need to research the fish you plan on purchasing carefully before doing so.

Best Fish to Choose

After you’ve decided to put together your first freshwater aquarium, you will want to look for hardy and well-behaved fish that prefer water temperatures of 74 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as an average pH of 7. Furthermore, it’s best to consider steering clear of fussy eaters for now and choosing freshwater species that easily take a liking to flake food.

Neon tetras are the ideal beginner fish as they are small, fun, and easy to care for. They are at their happiest when they are in large groups, so don’t be afraid to buy several of them. Their beautifully vivid colors play well with most tank mates, so you will also add an aesthetic touch to your aquarium.

A popular choice for most novice aquarium enthusiasts is represented by danios. They are enthusiastic swimmers that are bound to put on a show, but they still coexist peacefully with their meeker tank mates. Zebra danios and pearly danios are both beautiful choices. Remember to steer clear of the giant danio, as it can grow rather large.

Barbs are another great freshwater species for beginners to enjoy. If you find that Tiger barbs are too aggressive for the ecosystem you are trying to build, go for Cherry barbs instead. These little guys are a lot cheerier than their intimidating cousins, as they do not nip at the fins of other fish.

If you want to add a big fish as well, try the blue gouramis. In spite of its considerable dimensions, it is a true darling that doesn’t become aggressive with its smaller brethren. Finally, to liven up the bottom of the tank as well, add two or three Corydoras catfish. These adorable gravel dwellers wiggle around and are as sweet as marine creatures come.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right fish for your first freshwater aquarium depends on various factors. The species you decide upon have to coexist peacefully, as well as adapt to life in the tank. Fortunately, there are quite a few beginner-friendly species out there that you can purchase at any pet store. Focus on getting those with a mild, yet fun personality, and you’re all set.

Round-Up of Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

Round-Up of Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

This is for all dog lovers out there that really want their pups to enjoy frozen treats, these Recipe treats are 100% natural, affordable and refreshing for your lovely pups! 100% made from fruits and coconut juice that help boosts your cuties immune system. Perfect for summer seasons!

Besides that your pup’s gonna love these treats and you will enjoy making them!

These are the 9 Round-ups of Frozen Dog Treats! Enjoy!!!

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Cranberry Pupcicles

Cranberries are good for your pet’s urinary tract and yogurt is a good source of calcium.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DIY Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

These treats will not only add some weight, hopefully, but also keep them hydrated, especially after daily walks.

 

 

 


Frozen Dog Treats

This is cool awesome and a fun way to make dog treats a twist. You should try this for your cuties.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Frozen Coconut Water Dog Treats

This is also super cool and good for your dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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DIY Doggie Icy Pops

They are so simple to make, they not only keep them cool, they keep them busy for almost an hour!

 


DIY Berries & Apples Frozen Doggie Treat

The treats are so easy to make the kids can make them. And your baby pups gonna love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Frozen Cranberry Mint Cocktail Doggie Pops

Cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, and are filled with minerals and antioxidants; all very good for your pet’s overall health and promotes urinary tract health.

 

 

 

 

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

Frozen Mango Yogurt Doggie Pops

 

 

 

 

 

 


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DIY Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Dog Treats

For my first foray into the frozen dog treat world, I used ingredients I already had in my fridge, in this case, leftover Greek yogurt from my chicken souvlaki marinade I made for last Sunday’s barbecue night and fresh blueberries left over from my fruit-filled ice pops and Red, White & Blueberry Popsicles.

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DIY Cheap & Healthy Doggie Treats

DIY Cheap & Healthy Doggie Treats

It’s time for some DIY doggie treats!
Our Siberian Huskie puppy loves treats.  She expects treats whenever she listens to a command to sit, stay, and shake.  We go thru a lot of treats!
Recently we went to Petco to buy more treats, we usually buy the bulk biscuits from the treat bar. The price had gone up to over $6 a pound.  The pre-packaged ones were more expensive, even those on sale.  The “organic” treats were in my opinion ridiculously priced, over $10 for a 6 oz. bag.
I found a recipe online for easy baked dog treats, I tweaked it to suit our needs, adding flax seed meal which is said to be healthy for dogs and good for their skin and coats.
Here is the recipe I ended up with Cannoli loves them!  It uses just 3 ingredients and can be made in different flavors, I used sweet potato and apple/blueberry, her favorites!
Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal
4 oz.  jar of strained baby food (any flavor works as long as it doesn’t have garlic and onions)
Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
1.  Measure the flour and flax seed meal to equal 1 cup.

 

2.  Mix dry ingredients with one 4 oz. jar of baby food in a mixing bowl.  Knead until you have a ball of dough.  If it’s too loose add flour a little bit at a time until you have the right consistency.

3.  Place ball of dough on lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/4″-1/2″ thickness
4.  Cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter or use a pizza cutter to cut squares
5.  Place on to parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 mins.

 

6.  Remove from oven and cool.  Store in airtight container.

 For Printable recipe click here!
A Sweet Strawberry Costume for You and Your Pup

A Sweet Strawberry Costume for You and Your Pup

 

Strawberry costume and hat for dogsHalloween may be over, but a cute costume pattern that works equally well for you and your pup is something that’s just too cute not to see! The team at Shari’s Berries crafted three wonderfully simple strawberry costume tutorials that can be whipped up in just six steps for an easy outfit that can be customized to fit any one and any dog.

Ready to get sewing? After making these sweet strawberries, you’ll be looking for excuses to get your pooch dressed up (a strawberry for the Santa parade? Why not!) for some adorable photos.

 

 

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Strawberry costume and hat for dogs

 

Dog costume:

DIY strawberry costume adult

 

 

Adult costume:

DIY strawberry costume adult

 

 

Toddler costume:

DIY strawberry costume

 

 

Headpiece tutorial:

DIY strawberry costume adult

DIY Dog Treats – Healthy, Inexpensive, Easy!

DIY Dog Treats – Healthy, Inexpensive, Easy!

Recently we went to Petco to buy more dog treats, we usually buy the bulk biscuits from the treat bar. The price had gone up to over $6 a pound.  The pre-packaged ones were more expensive, even those on sale.  The “organic” treats were in my opinion ridiculously priced, over $10 for a 6 oz. bag.

It was time to DIY dog treats for my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, who is very treat motivated.  After a bit of online browsing and experimenting I came up with this recipe for dog biscuits.  It’s very simple to make out of organic ingredients, and best of all Cannoli loves them.

You can make a batch of these treats and store in airtight containers for about a week.  To keep store in refrigerator, it will stay good for about 3-4 weeks.  Freeze in ziplock bags to keep up to 3 months.

DIY Dog Treats

Here’s my recipe for DIY Dog Biscuits, it makes 3 Dozen!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 Cup Flax Seed Meal

1  4oz. Jar Organic Strained Baby Food, any flavor as long as it doesn’t have onions or garlic

Water

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Measure the flour and flax seed meal to equal 1 cup.

Mix dry ingredients with one 4 oz. jar of baby food in a mixing bowl.

Knead until you have a ball of dough. If it’s too loose add flour a little bit at a time until you have the right consistency.  If it’s too dry add water a bit at a time until you have the right consistency.

Form into ball

Place ball of dough on lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/4″-1/2″ thickness

Cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter or use a pizza cutter to cut squares

Place on to parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 mins.

Remove from oven and cool. Store in airtight container.

 

 

 

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Healthy Dog Treats
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Servings Prep Time
3 Dozen 15 Minutes
Cook Time
25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 Dozen 15 Minutes
Cook Time
25 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Dozen
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Measure the flour and flax seed meal to equal 1 cup.
  3. Mix dry ingredients with one 4 oz. jar of baby food in a mixing bowl.
  4. Knead until you have a ball of dough. If it's too loose add flour a little bit at a time until you have the right consistency. If it's too dry add water a little bit at a time until you have the right consistency.
  5. Form into ball
  6. Place ball of dough on lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/4"-1/2" thickness
  7. Cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter or use a pizza cutter to cut squares
  8. Place on to parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 mins.
  9. Remove from oven and cool. Store in airtight container.
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Natural Homemade Flea Remedies

Natural Homemade Flea Remedies

Natural Homemade Flea Remedies

Natural Homemade Flea Remedies are the least expensive ways to rid your dog of fleas.

As you can see we have a furry Siberian Husky so it’s very important that we keep her from being flea infested.

When we brought Cannoli home from the breeder when she was just 8 weeks old she was flea infested.  I hate fleas!

I went into overdrive and spent days desperately trying to get rid of fleas.  I first turned to natural homemade flea remedies, some of which worked immediately, other’s take a bit longer and in my opinion more work to see results.  My obsessiveness and absolute disgust with fleas led me to the vet’s office for a prescribed flea treatment a few days later.
Cannoli is now on a monthly flea regimen of Frontline Plus, but I still use some of the natural home remedies, just to be sure.  Like I said I’m obsessive.

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Here are some of the home remedies I use:

 Flea shampoo

  Mix 1 cup Dawn, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 quart water.  Use this to bathe your dog.  Remember to start by forming a good lather around your pet’s neck, fleas will flea to higher ground when you bathe your pet.  The lather acts as a barrier that will prevent them from gathering on your pet’s head and face.  Keep this barrier well lathered as you wash the rest of the body.  Lather up the legs, paws, and tail.  I like to wet my finger in the soap and dab it on the head and face to get fleas that were there before you started.  Be extra careful not to get soap in the eyes and nose, it will burn.  Keep the soap on for about 10-15 mins. before rinsing.

Home Made Remedies to Rid Your Dog of FleasDawn dish soap is a de-greaser and will instantly kill fleas, you will literally see them die.  But Dawn also washes off the natural oils that keep your pet’s skin from drying up.  It will also wash off any topical treatment you may have applied to your pet.  My vet advises against using Dawn in your normal pet bathing routine.  If you must use it do not use it more than once a month, that is what the vet told me.  I would only use this flea shampoo as an emergency treatment, when you see a flea marching across your pet’s face. [spacer height=”-20px”]

Home Made Remedies to Rid Your Dog of Fleas Flea collar:  

Immerse a pet collar or bandana in a mixture of one tablespoon water and 1-3 drops of lavender essential oil.  When it dries put it on your pet. Lavender is a natural insect repellent, you’ll not only repel fleas, your dog will look spiffy and smell good too!

 You can use this on dogs but NOT cats. Essential oils are harmful to cats.   [spacer height=”-20px”]

 Natural  Oil Rub  

1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 1-2 drops lavender essential oil.  Rub this on your dog’s skin between the shoulder blades and at the base of the tail.  Again you will repel fleas and your dog will smell good!  

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Natural Homemade Flea Remedies  ACV Spray

 1 cup Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 quart water, 3 drops lavender essential oil.  Fill a spray bottle and spray it on your pet, avoid the face.  Use a damped cloth on the head, face, and ears.  Spray pet bedding and the surrounding area. 
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Natural Homemade Flea Remedies

 Citrus Spray

 Slice a couple of lemons and place in a heatproof bowl.  Boil a big pot of water.  Pour the boiled water over the lemon slices.  Let sit over night.  Fill a spray bottle and spray your pet, avoid the face.  Brush your pet to work in the lemon spray.  Use this to spray couches, carpets, anywhere fleas can hide.  You can use it on cats and dogs. [spacer height=”-20px”]
 
 

 Flea Repellent Garden

 Plant flea repellent plants in your yard or in containers.  Be very careful when planting herbs and plants as some of them are harmful if not lethal to pets and children.  True mints (mentha – peppermint, spearmint, etc.), sage, rue, lavender, catnip, lemongrass, and rosemary are some herbs that safely repel fleas.  Avoid planting Pennyroyal, also know as flea bane, anywhere around children and pets, the leaves are toxic when ingested.
I have many of these plants in my yard, I use them as borders.  I also have container herb gardens and have them in the patio and front porch.  I group my plants according to their purpose, keeping none edible ones separate from herbs I use to cook.  My herbs have multi-purposes; flea repellent, for cooking, etc.  
These natural remedies kill adult fleas, they do not prevent eggs, larvae, and pupae from hatching.  In my opinion you still have to use an insect growth remedy from your vet to make extra sure your pets don’t get fleas; but I have friends who swear by the natural remedies and their pets seem flea free.  
For more information about prescribed flea treatments click here to read my post Rid Your Dog Of Fleas.  
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