Here are a few tidbits about some of the products we carry.
Feed your fish
Fish like to eat, and eat a lot!
Feed your fish two or even three times a day, but very small meals. There shouldn't be anything left after about 10 minutes. Food left after that won't usually be eaten, but will spoil and make a mess.
Food that They Need
Be sure you are feeding your pet the right diet. We will be happy to help you determine which diet best suits your needs. Some Pets are very specific...
Guinea Pigs cannot eat Rabbit food, for example. It looks the same, but the vitamin content is completely different.
Live or Frozen ??
When feeding rodents to reptiles, you have to make this choice. Generally speaking, frozen thawed rodents are the safer way to go. They almost never carry harmful pathogens, and are easier to keep on hand. We do stock both though, to fill every need.
Safe Veggie List
The key to success with veggies, is to offer a variety. Stay away from using just one or two, and mix it up as often as possible. Good choices : Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Dandelion Greens, Kale, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Shredded Carrots, Parsley and Cilantro. Generally, stay away from any sort of lettuce, as they have almost no nutritional value.
Also avoid spinach, as it binds with calcium making it difficult to absorb. Fruits and berries are ok occasionally, but are messy and spoil quickly.
The first step in determining a problem in a fish tank is doing some basic water tests. Fish live in the stuff... so if something is wrong with it, it causes problems!
We do basic water tests at no charge, and sell the kits so you can also do them yourself.
Healthy Treats for Pets
Pets like treats too! Unfortunately, many human treats aren't too healthy for them. Many have too much sugar, or salt. They are a lot smaller than we are, so even small amounts affect them more than us.
We have plenty of safe treats for your pets in our shop.
Keep them safe!
Reptiles and UVB
UVB is a necessary part of the process in which vitamin D3 is produced in the skin of humans and animals, and is also what causes sunburn in humans. The vitamin D3 that is produced is responsible for regulating calcium metabolism. Vitamin D3 is obtained through diet or UVB exposure. Since most reptile species are unable to utilize dietary vitamin D3, they must have access to UVB. A lack of UVB and vitamin D3 can ultimately result in metabolic bone disease in reptiles, and rickets in humans. Nearly all animals that are active during the day are exposed to UVB.
OK, where do I get UVB Light?
Most heat bulbs do NOT have UVB. For that matter, neither do most light bulbs in general. To get UVB, you must purchase a light bulb made for reptiles, that states it has UVB. There are three types of bulbs that have UVB : Flourescent Reptile Bulbs, Compact flourescent Reptile Bulbs, and Mercury Vapor Bulbs made for Reptiles. Both types of flourescent bulbs emit almost no heat, so a separate heat bulb is usually required. Mercury Vapor bulbs emit UVB and heat, but carry a higher price tag. We can help you decide which bulbs will work best for your animal, and its enclosure.