How To Choose The Best Pet Bird

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A pet bird is a companion for you and because of this reason; you must choose a bird that can enhance your personality. The bird that you should raise as a pet must be easy to train and relate to. It is good to choose a bird that is very intelligent like a parrot. Aside from being easy to train and teach tricks, it is not very big which makes it easy to care for. A regular cage will do to house it, with enough space to move around and fly in. Other necessary things to do when looking for a pet bird are as follows:

a) Remember that birds have wings because they are meant to fly. Even if they are kept in a cage, they need to able to feel the freedom of flying in a large area. It will be better if their cage is spacious and have room enough for them to fly around.

You have to train him how to do this inside the house though because you cannot let him fly outside.

b) Provide your bird with a large cage. Birds need space so that they can move around and spread their wings even if they are confined in a cage. It should have room where their food and water containers could be placed. It is also good if you can provide your bird with perches; this will allow them to play.

c) To avoid having your bird become lonely especially during the times when you have to leave him alone, provide him with a companion. It is always better to buy a pair of birds instead of buying only one.

d) Screen off your windows so that the birds cannot fly out of the room during the time that you let them fly around.

e) You also have to get yourself prepared for the responsibility that comes with having a pet. Remember that you have to give them nutritious food, fresh clean water, groom them and at the same time keep their cage clean. Cleanliness is important to keep your pet from getting sick.

f) Try to adopt a bird from your veterinarian. This is convenient since the vet must already be familiar with the bird and have its history. He can tell you about the bird’s qualities and you can see if they match your personality and needs. This would make it easier for both the bird and you to adjust to each other.

Having a pet can really consume time and effort but it beats having to return to an empty house. If you train your bird well, you can be sure of a happy and fulfilling life with him. Own your pet now and choose the best!

Are Red Peacock Cichlids Right For You

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Like their land dwelling counterpart, Red Peacock Cichlids are brilliant and beautiful. Also like the bird, it is the mature male that displays this beauty, while the females and young males remain plain. They are as mild as they are attractive and very easy to breed, making the Red Peacock Cichlid a very popular choice for pets.

The biology of the Red Peacock Cichlid gives them the ability to sense prey without seeing it. This is important since it hunts in the dark, relying only on its senses for food. As the fish senses food it will bite into the sand and then filter the sand out of its mouth while retaining the microbes for sustenance. It really is a rather remarkable design and is intriguing to witness.

Unfortunately, most Red Peacock Cichlid owners will not have the opportunity to witness their hunting as they do not hunt this way in most aquariums. The reason is that they are given their food a set times during the day and it is much easier to just eat the food your given as opposed to hunting for it when you are hungry. Occasionally, it may go sand diving for wayward food particles, but that will be rarity if you are feeding regularly. These cichlids are not particularly choosy about their food and can be sustained on a diet of mostly flakes and pellets, though it is a good idea to occasionally offer fresh foods as well.

You can encourage the Red Peacock cichlid to breed and spawn in your aquarium, but must provide plenty of rocks in its environment to help it feel safe. You may also use clay pots, but be sure to provide ample hiding spaces. To encourage spawning to the highest degree you will want to replicate the Red Peacock cichlids nature environment as closely as possible in your aquarium. They do not eat plants, but may uproot them, so be sure to secure any tank vegetation.

In closing, I am going to share my number one tip for raising happy Red Peacock cichlids: replicate their natural environment. In fact, this tip will work for any fish you place in your aquarium. If you can reproduce their natural habitat in your aquarium including decorations, water chemistry and food, then you will have some very happy fish on your hands. It can be tricky to get this right, but as long as you do your research and mimic the natural conditions as best you can you will be alright.

How To Assemble A Tropical Fish Tank

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Having a tropical fish tank at home provides an avenue of fun for the whole family as well as serve as an instrument to teach your children on how to handle pets. If it is your first time to put up a fish tank, it is advisable that you are aware of the proper way of setting up your aquarium starting at purchasing your equipments, deciding the location of the aquarium, loading your tank, putting the accessories in and placing the fish inside the aquarium, then you will have no trouble at all.

First, you must buy a good fish aquarium. A nice size for a tropical fish tank is one that has a capacity of at least 10 to 20 gallons of water. You are in luck if you find one that comes with a full pack which consists of a stand, heater, filter, gravel, and some other decorations. If you cant get a good package, you will have to get it one by one.

When you have the supplies ready, its time to pick an area in the house that you want your fish aquarium positioned. Bear in mind not to place your aquarium next to an open window as problems with algae can occur if your tank is exposed to direct sunlight.

As soon as you have your tropical fish tank in position, fill it up with water which is at room temperature. Fill the aquarium midway with water first then add the gravel before you fill it up fully and add the other decorations that you want to place in the tank.
Assemble your filter and heater. These two are very important in keeping the tank clean and providing your fish the correct water temperature to swim in. Before adding the fish, it is recommended that you allow your fish tank to stabilize with the right temperature first before adding your first fish.

The last step that you need to do is the most exciting part. It is placing the fish to your tropical fish tank. You can allow your children to do it, however you will have to closely oversee them so they wont harm the fishes in any way. To educate little kids to slowly assume responsibilities, it is best that you give them the responsibility of feeding the fishes inside the fish tank. Just make sure you teach them not to over feed the fishes. Your kids will definitely have fun but they also turn out to be responsible owners of the fish.

The Perfect Size A 75 Gallon Fish Tank

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Aquariums have fascinated humans for centuries. Today, it is quite easy to have your own home setup with an aquarium and a wide variety of fish. A 75 gallon fish tank is on the larger end of the readily available sizes of aquariums, but it does have its advantages over other tanks that may be smaller.

Pros And Cons Of A 75 Gallon Fish Tank

It may seem odd at first, but a 75 gallon fish tank can actually be easier to take care of than a smaller tank, such as a 10 gallon tank. There is enough water in the system constantly flowing through filters, and the 75 gallon fish tank can become a sort of self-sustaining eco-system in its own right. There is much more to it than this, and you can find much more information on this online and at your local library.

With a 75 gallon fish tank you also have the option of having a freshwater or saltwater aquarium. A saltwater aquarium is quite a bit more work than a freshwater aquarium, but you can house astoundingly beautiful fish in it once you have it all set up. A freshwater aquarium is probably your best bet if you are a beginner at the whole aquarium idea. Once you understand the basics and have researched saltwater aquariums, you can use your 75 gallon fish tank as a saltwater environment instead of a freshwater one.

One thing you will need to take into consideration is the space a 75 gallon fish tank can take. They are quite large and quite heavy with all that water, so you will need a secure place to put the tank and a good, sturdy stand to put the tank on. One recommendation that most people will make is to not place your aquarium in front of a window that receives much sun since the extra light can heat up the tank and cause more bacterial growth.

If you are just starting in the world of aquariums, a 75 gallon fish tank may not be the best starter tank since it is so large. You might want to start with something a bit smaller until you are used to caring for an aquarium. A 75 gallon fish tank can be a masterpiece and almost a work of art when maintained correctly. Whatever size of tank you choose, you are sure to enjoy your new aquatic environment.

Choosing A Stately Bird

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Forty-three of our States and the District of Columbia have selected a bird to represent them as an emblem. In the majority of the States this popularly-chosen avian representative has been officially recognized and in the other states it is planned to have this done at early legislative sessions. The mere fact that these bird emblems have been chosen is not important so far as the emblem itself is concerned. What is significant is that which led up to the selection; the discussion, study, and thought that it required: the very real educational service that it performed. And the result is that affectionate interest has been thus aroused in all birds and their protection.
When the first query went out, “Have you a State Bird?” it was virtually a new thought. Aside from Louisiana, Maryland and Utah, where custom had already established official birds, and Kansas, where a successful early campaign was held, inquiry revealed that there were no state birds. So campaigns were started, taking most effective form in drives by women’s clubs, Audubon societies and Nature groups in cooperation with the schools to “get out the vote.” Quickly these campaigns grew into crusades. Many candidates were entered. Their qualifications were discussed from all angles. Inquiry brought out whether the birds nominated were valuable economically; whether they were truly representative of the region; what their distinctive characteristics were; whether they were attractive songsters, and many other details. An awakened interest in birds and their study and a greater interest in Nature Study were quickly noted. Balloting was active and the votes cast were well-considered decisions. Beyond all question the value of selecting an official State bird was established. Naturally in the various campaigns many interesting things developed. It is, therefore, of both value and interest now to review these various campaigns in connection with the reproduction here of these official birds in all their color and beauty.
For instance, in 1927, at the request of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, the Legislature of Alabama adopted the Flicker, or “yellow hammer”, as the official State bird. The members of this organization urged the choice because the Alabama soldiers in the Confederate Army were known as “Yellow Hammers”, and the yellow lining of the bird’s wings and tail recall the uniform colors of the Alabama cavalry. Or, when the General Federation of Women’s Clubs accepted the invitation to hold its 1931 Biennial Council in Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. D. I. Craig, Chairman of Conservation for the State was urged to have a State bird selected before the meeting was held. She wasted no time and a campaign was launched throughout the State. Ballots were cast for various candidates but when these were counted the Cactus Wren was out in front in a run-away contest. A bill making the selection official was immediately presented to the Legislature and passed and signed by the Governor in March, 1931.

How Important Bird Proof Method Is To Get Rid Of Birds

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While its nice to have rows of flowers in the garden, its not so nice to watch flocks of birds destroy hard work. Without effective birds control, pest birds such as sparrows, swallows, pigeons and crows can and will invade yard or garden to feed themselves and their young. Blackbirds, starlings, and robins will waste no time yanking out tasty corn seedlings, or chewing into ripening cherries, peaches and blueberries. They also wont hesitate to crater lawn while they dig for bugs.

Even songbirds attack garden at various times of the year. These birds go after broccoli, corn, green peas, snap peas, apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, currants, grapes, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries and strawberries. Therell be a problem if patches of young seedlings completely disappear, or the tops of your young plants are chewed off, or if bites are taken out of the berries as they ripen.

There are some important bird proof guidelines that need to be followed in order to get rid of birds, which are: making sure to make the area uninhabitable, shortening the branches of the trees so that the trees dont offer space for the birds to perch, identifying birds before going near the tree, netting tree fruits, and playing a bird distressing voice that distracts birds.

In order to get rid of birds, a humanitarian bird repellent is used to scare away the birds. The gentle bird control devices include physical, chemical as well as ultrasonic bird repellent for bird control. The physical bird control device contains bird spikes, bird netting and bird trick. Bird spikes, known as anti roosting spike, are an effective bird proof device that prevents birds from roosting or landing. Bird spikes can be stainless steel spikes or plastic bird spikes. The bird spikes are easy to install and it is ideal for use on ledges, signs, windowsills, gutters, roof perimeters, air conditioners, chimneys, support structure, awnings, poles, lights, statues, beams, trusses, building projections and other places birds roost. Bird netting is another physical bird repellent, bird control and a bird proof device. Bird netting is a bird proof net to prevent birds from definite spot. The bird netting can be plastic bird netting as well as entangled bird proof polythene bird netting. The knotted bird proof polythene bird netting can be easily installed at bridges & overpasses, shopping center, yards etc. Bird entices are also a superior scheme of bird control device.

What To Do When Your Koi Fish Is Pregnant

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When it comes to fish having babies, there are two main ways that the females give birth. There are the fish that give live birth and there are the fish that lay eggs on some kind of surface such as branches. Koi fish are part of the group of fish that lay eggs. When you own koi fish, it is almost harder for them not to get pregnant. That’s how common it is.

For the individual koi fish owner, if you have male and female koi fish in your pond there is a chance they could spawn babies. Really, the female’s eggs will attach it itself to almost any surface. For large commercial operations as well as enthusiasts who breed for fun, there are certain products made to help you out with the job. There are certain grasses, water hyacinths, special mops and other devices that can be purchased at specialty shops and online.

Koi fish are usually ready to have babies by the time they are three or four years old. For the female fish to be able to have fish, you should feed her higher amounts of protein before she mates with the male. She could probably get pregnant regardless of her diet, but it’s beneficial to help the process along.

If this is a planned event, it makes sense to keep the male and female fish apart from each other to avoid having to clean up a big mess. Also, it becomes quite difficult to change the water after the female fish has given birth. If you do have a separate tank for mating, place the female fish in first in the morning and then the male fish a few hours later. This will let you keep track of what’s going on. The male fish push the female fish into whatever she is using to lay her eggs and then releases them. And that is how koi fish lay eggs.

After the eggs are laid, it is best to remove both koi fish from the separate mating tank (if you have one). Once the fish are laid, adult fish are very apt to eat the eggs. You will most likely want to do a water change with the water from the separate tank.

The eggs will need careful care for a few weeks. The water temperature should be no lower than 59 degrees, the water quality should be as perfect as you can get it and within a few days the new fish can start to eat live food such as brine shrimp. Within a few weeks they will be eating fish pellets and will be on their way to becoming a regular koi fish.

Window Mounted Bird Feeder 3 Advantages Over Traditional Feeding Station

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If you’ve been considering a new window mounted bird feeder for your home, you’re in good company. As a naturalist and bird watcher of many years, I enjoy using these feeders and would like to share three to advantages of using them over traditional feeding stations.

The first big advantage of this window mount feeder is that it will prevent squirrels, raccoons and other pesky varmints from getting into your bird feeder, eating all the seed or possibly destroying it with their weight.

Since these feeding stations are mounted directly to the window, you can determine the height of the feeder from the ground and its proximity to trees (branches can give animals access to the feeder.) The trick is to place the bird house high enough that raccoons and squirrels cannot reach it and far enough from trees so they cannot get to it from a tree branch.

The next big advantage of having a window mounted bird feeder is that they are easy to remove and clean. Feeders need to be cleaned every few weeks or so because otherwise, they can serve as a transmission point for disease. The purpose of a feeder it to allow you to birdwatch and to take care of the birds, so the last thing you want is to have a soiled bird feeder or one that is full of moldy seed.

Since these feeders are generally made from acrylic, they do not stain and are easy to clean by soaking in a sink of hot water with dish soap and a little bit of bleach to sanitize the feeder. Make sure to rinse the feeder thoroughly so there is no residue, then dry completely and reattach to the window. Never put an acrylic feeder in the dishwasher.

The third advantage of using a window mount bird feeder is that you can enjoy bird watching from inside your house. This makes for a great activity for parents and children, people who are infirm, those who work for home or anyone who enjoys bringing a view of nature indoors.

Since the feeders are generally made from acrylic, you can see right through them. This means you can enjoy the birds, watch them play and fight and even see them splitting open seeds. Since these feeding stations are small, they attract smaller, more colorful varieties like finches and keep away the bigger birds that can be aggressive and annoying.

Installing a feeder on your window is a great way to take care of the birds in the winter time when food is scarce. It’s also a fun way to watch the birds all year long, no matter what the weather.

So What Exactly Is A Real Estate Bird Dog – Aka Property Locator

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What is a Real Estate Bird Dog? AKA Property Locator

So what exactly is a Bird Dog / Property Locator? Bird Dogs, at least when used in the Real Estate lingo, are also known as Property Locators, Property Finders or Jobbers. They are the eyes and the ears of real estate investors that find properties for real estate investors to buy, properties they wouldnt be likely to find on their own.

Bird Dogs go out and find undervalued properties for real estate investors! Bird Dogs do not purchase the properties themselves; however they search neighborhoods, communities, counties, cities, and so on, looking for properties for real estate investors to buy. With a little experience, many real estate Bird Dogs advance to becoming a Wholesaler, which is actually taking control of a property (getting it under contract) and then selling it to investors.

So how does a real estate Bird Dog benefit from doing all the searching but not having to fork out a lot of moola? Investors pay Property Locators in cash when the Bird Dog finds a property the investor likes. These properties can be almost anything: single family houses, multiplexes, duplexes, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, or land.

Investors typically pay Bird Dogs what is called a Referral Fee of around $1000 or more. My personal opinion is that Bird Dogs should be paid a lot more than a mere $1000 if the deal they find makes an investor a lot of money. It should be more in the realm of 3 of the net profit the investor realizes. (Note: you need to check the laws in your state because in some of them it is illegal to pay referral fees.)

If you get good at property locating you might want to advance to the Wholesaler stage of real estate investing your reward from a deal can much more lucrative because you are doing a lot more work. Wholesalers actually gain control of the property by having some type of written agreement with the seller of the property. They then sell the contract to other investors with a wholesaling fee attached to it.

Fish Oil For Depression Treatment – How Effective Is It

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How does the idea of using fish oil for depression treatment sound to you? You can say ‘it is a good idea’, or ‘it is a bad idea’, or you can even say ‘I have no idea whatsoever’. No matter what your answer is, you are not alone. A lot of people do not have a clear understanding of fish oil and the role it plays in treating depression. Let us take a look.

Fish oil, as you all know, is rich in omega 3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA. According to health experts, these omega 3 fatty acids play a major role in improving brain function. They play a very important role in the growth of neurons in the frontal cortex of the brain, which is referred to as the ‘seat of personal behavior’. They prevent the disruption of the dopamine system and promote mental health. A number of clinical studies have shown that a regular dose of omega 3 fatty acids will prevent mental disorders like depression, anxiety, irritability, and aggression. This is why fish oil depression treatment is usually pretty effective.

When consumed on a regular basis, high quality fish based oil supplements can reduce suicidal tendencies and irritability in people who are depressed. They are very essential for pregnant women to stay healthy and to avoid postnatal depression. It has also been proven that omega 3 fatty acids significantly reduce the risks of childhood mental disorders like ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. This is why fish based oil is considered a very good for children and adults alike.

To get the best results in fish oil depression treatment, you should take high quality fish based oil capsules. Look for fish oil supplements which contain plenty of DHA and EPA – preferably in 2:1 ratio. A lot of fish based supplements these days contain very little amount of these omega 3 fatty acids and you cannot expect good results from taking such supplements. So, always make sure the product you choose contains at least 250 mg of DHA and 120 mg of EPA.

One of the most important things you should know about depression treatment is that it is a combination of the right kind of medications, a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, high quality health supplements, and some important lifestyle changes. So, while using fish oil for depression treatment is certainly effective, it definitely should not be considered an alternative for medications. You must always consult your doctor and follow his advice without fail to improve your mental, emotional, and physical health and to get over depression.