My Shrimp Addiction

My Shrimp Addiction

When I first got bit by the planted aquarium bug I was weary of which fish I wanted to add to the tank to compliment the aquascape. My first set up consisted of a variety of hardy low light, low maintenance plants and schools of neon tetras, galaxy rasboras & otocinclus ...
Love Hognose Snakes

Love Hognose Snakes!!!

Alright, so I am a Reefer by heart... but this little Western Hognose has got me completely spellbound! To think something so cute can be so feisty and have such an attitude. It is adorable how they false strike with their mouths closed; what looks like ferocious cobra-style attacks ...
29 gallon Zen

29 gallon Zen

I started this originally for the fish and with blue and white gravel. Over time I added plants and really fell in love with aquatic plants. This tank has been up and running for about 18 months, 3 months in it's current set up. The substrate is Fluorite Blank Sand with slate rock. ...
1.5 gal plants

1.5 gal plants

This has a LED light from ​a 29 gallon tank package and a Aqueon Quietflow 10 gal filter. The substrate is Fluorite Black Sand. I dose only liquids with Potassium, Phosphorous, Trace, Flourish (general), and Excel, about twice a week. 1/3 to ½ gallon water change every 1-2 ...
10 gallon fresh

10 gallon fresh!

This was originally a quarantine tank for our 29 and 55 gallon tanks. Over time it evolved into an eye catcher of its own! Two filters: Whisper 10 gal filter and a Aqueon QuietFlow 10 gal. Marineland enhanced LED light. This tank is about 76 F. Substrate: Fluorite Black Sand capped ...
Feeling Coy (Koi)

Feeling Coy (Koi)

Feeling coy about a koi set up? Technically this is an indoor pond, but nonetheless still an aquarium!    Many koi keepers are opting to place their ponds indoors as it's a bit more affordable and a great choice for those of us in cold-climate areas. It would still ...

Should I be feeding my juvenile ball python live or frozen mice?

I have a 6 month old ball python. So far I have been hearing mixed reviews about feeding your snake live mice and currently have him on frozen. Do live mice really make them more aggressive? If I do choose ...AnswerWe always, always, always recommend feeding frozen rodents, or freshly (and humanely) euthanized rodents. Feeding live animals to your reptiles puts them in danger. Rodents can be vicious when cornered, ...
Beauty of Giant Clams

Beauty of Giant Clams

There is something to be said for the elegant beauty of giant clams. Here are two clams from my personal collection. A Tridacna noae (previously known as Tridacna Maxima 'Teardrop') and a beautiful little Tridacna derasa.
The perfect beginner Community

The perfect beginner Community

If you’re looking to build your first community first you need to decide on the size of your tank. I do suggest, that starting out, a 15-25 gallon tank is a good starting size. Then decide what kind of fish you’re looking for. Marbled Hatchetfish, Cherry Barb, or cobalt ...
Semi-predatory Red Bay Snooks

Semi-predatory Red Bay Snooks

My tank was missing a little something – namely size. I wanted a fish that had some girth but wasn’t too aggressive. I do have larger cichlids in my tank so beware getting a fish like this with little guys. They have protrusible mouths and can suction the little guys in ...
Chameleon enthusiast

Chameleon enthusiast

Chameleons are fascinating creatures. They are nature’s camouflage experts and for a reptile enthusiast are a great addition. Chameleons can, however, be quite finicky. First of all, as their natural habitat is arboreal you’ll need a tall, large terrarium no smaller than ...