Author: Jason

Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Bird Feeders

Do you have bird feeders that are often sought after by squirrels?  We have often had the same problem.  We don’t dislike the squirrels, we actually enjoy them just as much as watching birds, but we would rather them leave the bird feeders alone. One way to help discourage squirrels from raiding your bird feeder is to offer them a food source more suited for their taste.  You can purchase many different types of squirrel feeders from your local pet store.  One of the cheapest solutions is to buy a closed top squirrel feeder.  You will pay more for...

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Make Your Own Bird Suet and See the Difference

If you enjoy the company of wild birds in your backyard you can attract more species by offering a variety of foods.  Suet is one type of bird food that will attract woodpeckers, mocking birds, cardinals, and more.  You can use suet bought from a local pet store, but I have found making my own attracts more birds and they tend to visit more often because they prefer the taste of suet made at home.  You should only use this suet when the temp is 80 degrees or below due to the risk of the lard spoiling and going...

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Finding Dory, A Cute Movie with a Possible Devastating After Effect

As many of you know, Pixar/Disney has released a new movie “Finding Dory”.  When “Finding Nemo” was released it had devastating effects on clownfish.  Clownfish sales went up by 40% and many were purchased by parents buying them for their kids without knowing anything about saltwater fish husbandry.  Luckily, many of the cheaper clownfish sold today are captive breed and it doesn’t have an effect on our oceans ecosystems.   This still caused a lot of fish their deaths because of buying on impulse without any education as to what they were getting into before purchasing. The fish known as...

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Banggai Cardinalfish

Category: Cardinalfish Common Names: Banggai Cardinalfish, Kaudern’s Cardinalfish, Longfin Cardinalfish Scientific Name: Pterapogon kauderni Origin:Asia Water Type: Saltwater Water Temperature: 72° – 78° F Temperament: Semi-Aggressive Water pH: 8.01 – 8.4 Specific Gravity: 1.020 – 1.025 Maximum Size: 3″ Minimum Tank Size: 30 Gallon Diet: Carnivore Reef Safe:Yes Husbandry: The Banggai Cardinalfish is a reef safe carnivorous fish.  Feed plenty of frozen foods such as spirulina fed brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and other meaty foods.  Banggai Cardinalfish are mouth brooders and will sometimes reproduce with minimal effort in the display tank when a mated pair is present.  Often the young will...

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Clown Triggerfish

Category: Triggerfish Common Names: Clown Triggerfish Scientific Name: Balistoides conspicillum Origin:Australia, Indonesia, Sumatra Water Type: Saltwater Water Temperature: 72° – 78° F Temperament: Aggressive Water pH: 8.01 – 8.4 Specific Gravity: 1.020 – 1.025 Maximum Size: 1′ 8″ Minimum Tank Size: 300 Gallon Diet: Carnivore Reef Safe:No Husbandry: Triggerfish are a very aggressive species of fish and the Clown Triggerfish is on top of the aggressive scale.  Extreme care must be taken when picking tank mates that will co-exist with this fish.  Be sure to pick other aggressive and like sized fish when trying to find compatible tank mates....

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