Keeping Your Freshwater Fish Happy

A green, beautiful, and planted tropical freshwater aquarium with several freshwater fish.

Treat your freshwater fish with care and keep them happy. 

Fish lovers are often misunderstood as shy introverts. However, they are also the funniest and most engaging of pet owners. If you are a freshwater fish owner, then you know that your wonderful personality is due in part to your aquatic friends. Here are some tips to keep your pet just as happy as you are.

Freshwater Fish Tips

Freshwater fish are at their happiest when they have a clean environment to swim in. So, in order to keep them happy and healthy, you need to properly maintain their aquarium. Here are a few things you should remember to do:

Keep Your Fish Safe – Before you can start cleaning your fish’s aquarium, you are going to have to find somewhere safe to put them. Place your fish in a large glass with water from its tank. Using the same water for the tank keeps them comfortable.

Keep the Aquarium Warm – Freshwater fish love to swim in waters that are 72-78 degrees. Buy a heater to keep their aquarium warm and use a thermometer to monitor its temperature.

Keep the Water Clean –  An important part of maintain your fish’s aquarium is to replace at least 25% of its water with tap water every two weeks. Turn off all heaters, pumps, and filters before you change the water, and remove any decorations and pants from the tank. Also, change your tanks filter every two weeks as well, so it is operating at peak performance.

Keep Gunk and Algae OutAlgae can build up quite often in your fish’s tank. This happens when there is too much fish waste dissolved in the water. Changing the water can help prevent this, but we recommend buying an algae scrubber to scrub away any algae and gunk.

In short, a clean tank makes a happy fish. Take good care of them and they will stay with you for a good long time.

Caring for and Feeding Your Pygmy Hedgehog

A pygmy hedgehog sitting and staring into the distance.

Here is how to do everything you can to care for your pygmy hedgehog.

The pygmy hedgehog is an uncommon miniature species of hedgehog that can be very endearing. There’s always something cute about a miniature animal, and hedgehogs are no different. You will have a tough time finding a cuter pet to have as a companion.

But you may wonder if the pygmy hedgehog require special care. What does it eat? Here are a few things to help you get started.

Caring for Your Pygmy Hedgehog

First of all, it is important to know that this is a tiny and fragile animal. It is, therefore, not the greatest pet for kids, who at times can be fairly rough. The hedgehog also take a little bit of time to tame, and you don’t want a child being bitten if the animal gets hurt.

This is a pretty solitary animal, so unlike many other animals, you don’t need to get a few so they can keep each other occupied. Even if you decide to get more, you want only one per 3 x 1.5-foot cage, at a minimum. Make sure it doesn’t have a wire floor for the hedgehog to get hurt on. If the cage does have a wire floor, cover it with a flat walking surface. Make sure the wires are close enough together so this tiny guy won’t get his head stuck or even be able to sneak out. Also, make sure the bars are vertical, not horizontal. The hedgehog might try to climb horizontal bars and get hurt. An exercise wheel is a great toy. Just make sure the running surface is flat and not just horizontal bars.

Feeding Time

Hedgehogs need a well-balanced diet. Fortunately, a high-end dry cat food with plenty of protein may do the trick. Make sure the food is meat and not fish-based. In the wild, this little guy usually eats insects, so if you want it to feel like home, you should include mealworms, silk worms, wax worms, or other insects from a hedgehog’s natural diet.

Pygmy hedgehogs take a little TLC, and you may have to search to find a vet with experience, but they are an adorable and enjoyable little pet.