Tetra Cube Aquarium Review

In this post, I’m going to review Tetra Cube Aquarium.

Tetra, of course a huge name when it comes to aquariums, fish food etc. They’ve produced great products to enhance the overall experience of keeping fish as pets.

Tetra Cube Fish Tank Review

Tetra Cube Fish Tank comes in one size only – 3 galloon. It is the perfect starter sized aquarium for kitchens, dormitories, classrooms, and offices. The 3-gallon kit is neither small nor big i.e. it fits almost anywhere!

One of the best thing about this Tetra Cube aquarium is its seamless build. It comes equipped with a Tetra 3i filter to keep your tank clean and provide a perfect environment for your fish. The tank also features LED light and a convenient feeding hole. The aquarium and cover are made of a clear plastic that resists cracking or shattering.

The tank is perfect for small tropical fish, goldfish or betta.  Its dimensions are 10″ x 10″ x 10.5″

One issue with the tank seems to be the fact that the filter is not the best you can have. You can instead get Aqueon Quietflow filter. Also, try to use natural plants instead of plastic plants because it is not a big aquarium and hence, there is not a lot of room to maneuver, so the plastic plants will be regular touch with your fish and will shred fins of your fish, especially in case of betta.

You can decorate it with substrate, plants and logs. Try the Zoo Med Floating Aquarium Log, which looks pretty nice. You can also use natural leaves  to decorate and create a natural environment for the fish.

Apart from this, you can decorate with what goes best with your home decor.

Tetra Globe Aquarium Review

In this post, I’m going to review Tetra Globe Aquarium.

Tetra, of course a huge name when it comes to aquariums, fish food etc. They’ve produced great products to enhance the overall experience of keeping fish as pets.

Tetra Globe Fish Tank comes in one size only, which is a 1.8 gallon desktop aquarium. It does not need a great deal of setup and can just nicely in the corner of your table or any other place. What makes it unique is the waterfall option.

Other features powered by electricity include on/off button for low voltage LED lights, power filter and also, cartridge based filtration. It is actually this filtration system, which doubles as a waterfall feature in the tank. Great thinking guys!

Ideal fish for this globe waterfall fish tank include Goldfish, Betta, Guppy and Neon Tetra.

Overall, Tetra Globe Aquarium takes a unique twist on classic “fish bowl” shape and provides a great option to add personality to your home. Let you creations go wild with colored gravel and plant combinations.

Do Fish Eat Banana?

Banana! Kids love bananas. Adults love bananas. Herbivores like cow, horse etc. love banana.

Do fish like bananas? Do fish eat bananas? Is it okay to feed your fish banana?

Let’s think this logically first — banana is a natural but land based food, which is not found in water. Fishes live their entire life in water, so it is not something they eat naturally. So, bananas are something, which a fish might not eat in the wild.

But for fishes in a fish tank will eat whatever you feed them. Bananas are one of those things you can feed to aquarium fishes because they are rich in potassium, which will not hurt them. Not all the fishes will take a liking to eating bananas, but it is worth a try.

When you feed banana to fish, do try the ripened, pulpy banana instead of green banana because they’re too hard for the fish to eat. Downside is that banana decomposes comparatively faster than other food, which can foul your water and may require frequent cleaning of the fish tank.

Irrespective of whether you feed banana to fish or not, you should always provide high quality fish food to them on a regular basis.

Do Fish Eat Cookies?

Cookies!

Who does not like cookies? Probably you’ve been wondering the same for the fishes in your fish tank – do they like cookies?

feed cookies to fish

Let’s think this logically first — cookies are not natural food. They are man-made artificial food. So, with this fact, it is safe to assume that they’re not a preferred food to begin with.

Next  – cookies come loaded with sugar. So, another reason why you should not feed cookies to your fish.

Another reason you should not feed cookies to fish is that cookies will crumble in your fish tank upon contact with water and muddy up water – water may require cleaning.

Overall, you need your fish to be healthy, so you should not feed cookies to fish even though with certain cookies, you may find that fish eat cookies.

Instead of cookies, you should feed your fish high quality fish food.

These Java Ferns Provide Natural Environment in your Fish Aquarium

Java Fern or Microsorum pteropus, has long been popular among aquarium enthusiasts. It is attaractive and is easy to obtain and grow. In recent years, several new varieties have appeared that differ from the standard broad-leaved form. One of the most attractive is Microsorum pteropus ‘Philippine’. Introduced and sold by the Danish nursery Tropica and once only available in Southeast Asia, it is now popular in almost every country.

 

I see one such great Philippines java fern being sold by Marimo Pet Company. The LUFFY Coco Philippines Java Fern is now available worldwide and easily available for purchase from Amazon.

Known particularly for its slightly broad leaves that embody a hammered like surface pattern, the naturally darker green hue of the Philippines Java Fern adds depth and contrast when placed with other underwater plants in any fish tank. Beauty aside, this plant is easy to care and is quite popular among aquarium enthusiasts who’re looking for a fuss-free plant options to beautify their tank.

Although not a difficult plant, it definitely does have somewhat specialized requirements. Not suited for soft and acidic water, it is often found in brackish habitats in nature. If presented with unsuitable water parameters in the aquarium, it soon develops holes and blackish areas on its leaves. A general hardness of around 10 dGH and a pH of 6.6 and above are recommended.

It grows great even with low CO2 levels, dimly lit tanks or with minimal to no plant food. With strong light however, these ferns evolve into a brighter, more striking green – giving you the flexibility to play up or tone down the color and design of your tank. As long as they are tied down and their rhizomes (roots) aren’t covered, these ferns will slowly grow and live for a long time, reaching up to 12 inches or more when it reaches adulthood.

I tried the LUFFY Coco Philippines Java Fern, which comes attached to an organic coconut husk. Each plant bears at least 10 leaves, each at a size range of 3 to 8 inches.

Do Fish Eat Bread?

Bread! Yummy bread 😀

Breads – Everyday staple of all our diets? Is it okay to feed the same bread we eat to our fishes?

fish eats bread

Let’s think this logically first — breads are not natural food. They are man-made artificial food. So, with this fact, it is safe to assume that they’re not a preferred food to begin with.

Next – Breads offer little nutritional value and instead are rich in carbs, especially the white, refined flour bread. So, another reason why you should not feed bread to your fish.

Another reason you should not feed bread to fish is that bread crumbles in your fish tank upon contact with water and muddy up water – water may require cleaning.

Overall, you need your fish to be healthy, so you should not feed bread to fish even though it is safe to do so sometimes.

Instead of bread, you should feed your fish high quality fish food.

Major Types of Fish Food

A wide range of fish food is available from pet shops and aquarium shops. In addition, there is fish food available in fish free ponds, ditches, surrounding pastures and near the surface of water of rainbarrels and small puddles.

There are many different types of freshwater fish feed readily available today. As you’ll ready below about major types of fish food – you’ll also learn the importance of food variety to be given to your fish. A wide variety of quality food within the species’ feeding parameter is beneficial for the long term health of the fish.

Major Types of Fish Food

Live Fish Food

Live food is closest to the natural fish diet and a great source of fish food. Since live food is not readily available to fish in an enclosed man-made environment, it can be beneficial to actively incorporate live food as part of their diet as it simulates the feeding habit of fish in their natural habitat.A distinct disadvantage of live food is that disease pathogens can get introduced in your fish tank. Live organisms that are suitable for fish include earthworms, water fleas, different types of worms, tubifex, glassworm, daphnia among many others. It is generally recommended to incorporate live fish food at least twice a week in the fish tank.

Frozen Fish Food

Frozen fish food is live fish food, which has been frozen. It is of high nutritional value and due to the process of it been frozen – most of the pathogens get killed. These can contain a variety of ingredients such as bloodworms, Daphnia, or brine shrimp.

 Dried Food

Dried food is baked to remove moisture and vacuum packed to ensure a longer shelf life. It is usually commercially produced and very easy to find irrespective of whichever city or country you’re in. Though it is often enhanced with vitamins and trace elements, quality usually deteriorates rapidly once the food packet is open. Overall it has lesser nutritional value than live or frozen food but has long shelf life. Buying smaller packs can offset this disadvantage.

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Fresh Food

Fresh foods includes fresh vegetables and/or fresh meat. Vegetable matter is an important source of carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamins thought low in protein and fat. Vegetables that are commonly fed to a variety of aquarium fish includes romaine lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale, watercress, zucchini, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, beet tops, and strawberries.

Meat is a food source of protein and depending on the type of meat being fed, it is advisable to cook the meat prior to feeding fish in order to prevent introducing infectious disease to your fish. Meat containing high amounts of fat should be avoided. Meats that are commonly fed to a variety of aquarium fish includes beef liver, beef heart, pork spleen, chicken, shrimp, anchovy, clam, mussel etc.

Advantages & Disadvantages of using Gravel in Fish Tank

Most people assume that the gravel used in fish tank is just to make their fish aquarium attractive. It is not entirely true. While gravel is not an absolute requirement, but there are several reasons why it’s recommended. There are a few situations as well in which this gravel or substrate isn’t desirable.

polished gravel for fish tank

 

Advantages of a fish aquarium gravel:

1. Biological Filtration

The most important function a good gravel can serve is to provide a conducive home for beneficial bacteria to support bacterial colonies. Gravel acts as a trap for waste produced by the fish, leftover food and plant debris in the fish tank. If the tank is left with a bare bottom, it will be necessary to change water more often in the aquarium to keep harmful wastes from building and floating up.

2. Habitat for Fish

Gravel provides a kind of natural habitat for your fish. The more comfortable your fish feels in the habitat – less stressed and healthier they would be. Stress is considered a major contributor to a compromised immune system in fish, leaving them more susceptible to diseases.

Gravel substrates provides a safe home for eggs laid by fish and keep your water fresh for a longer period of time.

3. Aesthetic Appeal

Last and the obvious one – substrate provide aesthetic appeal to the tank. Gravel hides the debris that inevitably is produced every day within the tank and provides a contrast to the background, which helps fish stand out.

Disadvantages of a fish tank gravel:

In some scenarios, gravel substrate isn’t helpful. Some of the disadvantages are:

  1. Extra work needed to clean the aquarium.
  2. Many a times, using gravel substrate gives an impression that water is clean and there isn’t a need to change the water, but may not be true.

 

Conclusion:

Overall speaking, advantages of using gravels far outweighs the disadvantages of using gravel.

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