Leaf Insect Eggs

My leaf insects have just started to lay eggs at last so I thought I would show you what to look out for when cleaning them out. Leaf insect eggs are small and don’t look particularly special so it would be easy to throw them away when cleaning out your leaf insects. Female leaf insects …

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How To Keep Livefood Alive

If your exotic pets require livefood in the form of crickets, locusts and the like then one problem you may have encountered is simply that tubs of livefood die shortly after purchase. Visiting some reptile shops the rows of tubs for sale consist mainly of dead insects and so keeping your livefood going for longer …

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Removing Praying Mantis Eggs

If you’ve ever bred praying mantis then you’ll no doubt have seen their egg cases or oothecae as they’re often referred to. Female praying mantis lay numerous eggs together in one single neat little package, then produce a “shaving-foam” type of substance which they cover the eggs in. After a short while this “foam” dries …

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Mandarin Goby Care

The mandarin goby is a small, colorful fish that is popular for its unusual look and vibrancy. They are carnivores that feed on tiny crustaceans that live on rocks and sand. Mandarin gobies are also known as dragonets and are an aquarium enthusiast’s dream. But they can be tricky fish to take care of. Mandarin …

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Nassarius Snail Care

The Nassarius snail is an easily-maintained marine (saltwater) species. The care levels  they require are minimal – not only will they source their own food on most occasions but they can also help to keep your tank clean by feasting on unsightly detritus. Nassarius snails will slowly comb through the bottom of your aquarium, scavenging …

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Coral Banded Shrimp Care Sheet

The coral banded shrimp is a beautiful decapod crustacean that makes for a great addition to any marine aquarium. Many aquarists seek out this boxing shrimp because of its color and personality, which can add a lot of interest to your tank. It is also reef safe, which means it can be added to your …

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Otocinclus Catfish Care

Popularly known as dwarf suckers or Otos, the Otocinclus is a popular fish species that is often kept in captivity. This is a type of catfish belonging to the family Loricariidae and is most commonly found in South America. If you are looking for a new addition to your planted aquarium, the Otocinclus catfish is …

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Best Aquarium Heaters on Test

So you’re looking for a heater for your fish tank. Where do you even start the search, bearing in mind how many different models there are on the market? How do you figure out which will work for your current (or planned setup)? And most importantly of all, what is the best aquarium heater currently …

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Best Automatic Fish Feeders

Any seasoned fish keeper knows that “little and often” is the best mantra when it comes to feeding fish. That’s all well and good in theory, but modern life has a nasty habit of getting in the way. So whether you’re heading off on vacation or keep forgetting to feed your fish each morning an …

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Tiger Barb Care Sheet

The Sumatra barb, more popularly known as the tiger barb, is a tropical fish that is immensely popular amongst hobbyists. In this comprehensive care sheet we’ll discuss everything you need to know to successfully keep your tiger barbs happy and healthy. Habitat While the tiger barb is native to Asia and Africa, where it is …

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