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August 14, 2011

Drinkwell Pet Fountain (original) Review

I have had a Drinkwell Pet Fountain for my two cats for about a year. This is one of the early models that had finally come down on price for me to try. It is not the most positive review. To be fair, the newer models may be different, I do not know. (Model number coming soon). I am just dropping a quick review in case you are thinking of getting one. I would insert a picture but the thing is in the trash and I am too irritated to drag it out.

Note: I am reviewing this based on its use for cats. Using this fountain for small dogs may be a little different as far as frequency of cleaning, etc. But it might still give you something to consider.


January 16, 2011

Review of Tetra, Whisper Filter (EX 30, 45)

I was cleaning my fish tanks out today and was grumbling about a few of my filter systems like I normally do when I clean them when I realized that I have never updated any review for the things in my sad, neglected blogs.

So here goes.

I have had the Tetra, Whisper Filter systems for 2 years (already?)  now. Size EX 30 and 45. When I posted on how to convert the filters to something less expensive and customizable, a reader had asked if I noticed a difference in their performance when compared to older models. At the time, I thought I had but I had not had them long enough to be sure. Well, now I can definitely say. I do not like them. I continue to use them along with the older models since I already have them, but I would never use them alone.

I am comparing these to the use of Whisper 10-20, 30, and 40, as well as one TopFin 60 in fresh water tanks. These filter are also for the budget conscious.


November 23, 2009

Suction Cup Plant Hanger as a Pet Bird Perch.

A few years ago I was looking for a way to put a perch in my shower so my parrotlet could hang out when I was in there. The pet shop perches that had suction cups to stick to smooth surfaces were expensive and huge. I eventually found plant hangers with suction cups that worked perfect!

(that is black grout, not mildew in the picture-ha)


December 12, 2008

What is creeping and crawling on the sides of your tank?!

December 11, 2008

Pet Cage – Build Your Own


Last update: March 8, 2009. More details about the cubes finally added in the “Materials” section.

Do you need a cage that has a lot of room, is safe, and will not cost you too much money? Here is a great method that has worked wonders for two house rabbits I have fostered (future posts). This cage may also work for small dogs, guinea pigs, chinchillas (?) and a variety of medium sized pets that cannot fit through very tiny places. Read and decide if it will work for you. So far it has been tested on rabbits (personally) and small dogs (from discussions) that I know of.


September 7, 2008

Betta Fish-Look at the Bubbles!

My beta just built a huge bubble nest so I thought I would do a quick blurb on betas (Siamese fighting fish).

A beta can be a good starter fish. They actually can do well in a bowl or an aquarium and can be easy to keep (for a fish).

Here the beta is flaring his gills to threaten the camera.

Last update: October 31, 3008


September 6, 2008

Birds: My Parrotlet!

Last updated September 12, 2008. More pictures added.

I am owned by a parrotet (and cats). His name is Bucky. If you are unfamiliar with parrotlets you are missing out. Generally I do not recommend birds to most people because they are deceptively high maintenance and the novelty can wear off fast. Having said that, if you are wanting a parrot type bird but cannot have a large one and can have the guy out for at least an hour (or more!) a day, then you may want to study up on parrotlest. They give you much of what a large parrot gives you but in a small package and they are a little more forgiving. You will not have the noise and destruction that goes along with large birds. They are not a bird to keep in a cage like a canary and watch, which unfortunately that often happens because of their size or they are not given the time needed to bond (get a well handled young one from a breeder). Get them out like the parrot they are and have fun!


September 4, 2008

Crayfish as Pets! My Electric Blue Boy

Last Update: January, 2010. Several months ago I added ghost shrimp. The crayfish leaves them alone but will eat any that die. A few weeks ago I added snails (from a trusted source to try to avoid disease). They are happily cleaning the algae and one even cleaned the crayfish. Previous crayfish I have had liked to eat these. Either this one is well fed or not that bright. Lazy?

If you are in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area, Animal Kingdom sells these crayfish. There was a HUGE one in there when I was in last. Over twice the size of my guy. Probably a very mature female. 4 years old? more? Wish I knew. Petland sells them too but I have had Ick infestations from them too many times to recommend. At least this one. I do not know if all are this way, to be fair.

If you are looking for the knitted crayfish please click here otherwise read on for live crayfish keeping.

For many reasons I have a love for crustaceans. I find their behavior fascinating. Unfortunately if you are not set up for salt-water, you are limited on what are available. (Hmm…that reminds me, I will have to add a blog on crabs later.) Crayfish (crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs, freshwater lobsters, blue lobsters….) are usually thought of something you would eat (at least around here) but they are actually quite fun to watch. They have attitude.


August 22, 2008

Handfeeding a Goldfish

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One of my favorite fish was a red-cap Oranda goldfish named Shemp. There was a Moe but we Never got around to a Curly. I had this fish for 8 years before he/she  died of a disease that flared up on occasion through his life. Moe followed the same path.

What was striking about Shemp is that he would eat from my hand and if I put my hand in the water, he would swim up and sit in it. Needless to say it was easy to take Shemp out of the tank when I had to move. I just picked him up. For some reason, he never became scared of my hand after that. This fish was not smart, as fish go, but he was really cool….as fish go. When he (and the other goldfish) died I went on a fishy rebound and got cichlids. Sigh. More about them later.


August 4, 2008

How to Raise Meal Worms

Update May 15, 2009: I added a quick note on raising a smaller amount of worms at the very end as well as a precaution against moths and mites.

Meal worms are handy for feeding a variety of animals. I feed meal worms to my fish and to wild birds at outside bird feeders. Other people use them to feed pet reptiles, skunks, sugar gliders, and so on. If you use very many, it can get expensive buying them from a pet shop or wild bird store. Raising them is an easy option not only for less expensive worms, but also to ensure healthy, gut-loaded worms for your pets. Some people also like to eat them (not me-no way!) since they are a healthy protein source.

This picture shows a very full container of medium sized worms.  The bran is about to be refreshed. The clumping of worms is where there are pieces of carrot.

There are a variety of ways to raise meal worms that you may read. There is almost no “right” way to do it. You just need to find what works for you.

In this blog I will attempt to explain a method that has worked for me for nearly a year. (more…)

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