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5 Benefits of Raising Pets With Children

By Holly Gough 

Pets Are Constant Companion

Your child is bound to get bored and lonely. This happens most when you are raising a single child. However, having a pet around helps your child to have a constant companion in the house.

Pets also can match the energy and excitement level of a child. A human adult can never match the energy and enthusiasm a pet, in the form of a dog, has. The pet can keep your child busy and engaged. It can be your child's constant playmate without getting bored.

Increase Your Child's Activity Level

In the era of smart-phones and tabloids there are chances that your child might become less active. However, a recent study has shown that the kids, who own a dog, exercise eleven minutes more on average, than non-dog owning kids.

Eleven minutes might sound quite less but also when you add up the figure in terms of weeks and month you realize the benefits. A pet in the form of a dog really helps your child to walk the extra mile and keep him/her active.

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Grows Responsibility

Children with pets become more responsible than the others. It keeps them alert whether the dog or the cat got their share of food or water. They also tend to share more than the other kids.

The kids learn to be accountable of someone else. In that way they grow up to be more responsible adults. They learn fast that how the pets are dependent on the human beings and from that understanding, the attachment develops.

Makes them Empathetic

Pets also teach your children to become empathetic and kind towards others. Kids without any kind of pets tend to become cruel or repulsive towards other animals. However, kids having pets like dogs or cats tend to care more for others.

The responsibilities of owning a pet makes them accountable and their self-esteem also increases. They grow-up to be dependable adults than kids who don't own a pet. By keeping in mind their pet's feeding and grooming routines, they also learn to keep track of their own routines.

Makes them Healthier

Studies have shown that there are also certain health benefits of having pets. Babies who are being raised near pets tend to fall less sick than the babies who are not. Pets, especially dogs, carry certain microbes from outside into your home. These microbes tend to help your baby by improving their immunity.

Interaction with pets also helps in releasing the dopamine hormone in your child. This makes them more cheerful than the others.

 

About Starting a Salt Water/Marine Aquarium

By Indika Francis  

 

Saltwater aquarium fish are among the loveliest of animals to be found anywhere in the world. Many different saltwater aquarium fish can be housed in your marine tank provided you will know the things they need in regards to care, that include feeding, environment, competitors and space to grow.

Any marine enthusiast strongly believe that setting up a marine tank is difficult hence is selecting the most appropriate saltwater aquarium fish! This is because it's easy to make mistakes with the kinds of fish you prefer. It's usually preferable to start your marine tank, which has a few hardy and affordable fish. The vast majority of saltwater aquarium fish are collected from nature as an alternative to captive raised so don't waste that gift by making mistakes that result in the death of your fish.

Damsels absolutely are a great saltwater aquarium fish to start off with. Damsels are hardy little creatures and that can survive in poorer water conditions than many other marine species. They aren't fussy about their food and won't cost you the earth. Unfortunately damsels are also quite aggressive. You are able to keep just one or two of these tough saltwater aquarium fish in a tank but don't try any more than that.

Its best to start with damsels and after that add extra aggressive fish later, If you would like to house saltwater aquarium fish that might be more shy, it is important for you to take your damsels out before adding more timid varieties of saltwater aquarium fish. Blue and yellow damsels are two species that are generally less aggressive compared to others.

 

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Mollies are an alternate starter saltwater aquarium fish. Mollies that are used to salt water allow you to start with cheaper fish while you learn how to make sure the salinity of your tank is correct for more sensitive creatures. Alternatively mollies are raised and bred in captivity this means you won't get much real experience in keeping them. Make sure you get them used to the tank by allowing saltwater to drip into the bag for approx 6-8 hours. In the event the bag becomes full remove some water. As the tank cycles you may put the fish in the tank.

Clownfish are cousins to damsel fish and are a relatively hardy saltwater aquarium fish. They are not that easy to acclimate to a marine tank, though. They're also quite territorial but aren't more likely to be aggressive to other species. They don't have to have an anemone to survive. Say you do get one consider that they would need water that's very clean and superior quality lighting.

Blennies or Gobies are fairly hardy and small and shouldn't really become a problem for the other saltwater aquarium fish inside the tank. They're character fish but they are little and so might get lost in very big tanks with bigger saltwater aquarium fish. They're really a good choice that will help control algae however if you have a fish only tank they may not be easy to keep fed.

Tangs undoubtedly are a hardy saltwater aquarium fish which could be a little bit sensitive and have an inclination to contract marine ich (also know as "White Spot"). They eat algae so as soon as you grow some you could possibly make an attempt to introduce some tangs.

Triggerfish or Lionfish are an ideal saltwater aquarium fish to create a tank that might eventually contain large aggressive fish. However they can be costly if you make mistakes. It might be a good idea to 'practice' on fish that are generally both cheaper and easier. You need to provide them a large amount of shell fish as well as other sea creatures to keep them healthy.

Angels and butterflies are extremely sensitive and difficult saltwater aquarium fish to keep. They should get special diets much of the time so they typically are not that easy to care for within a tank. The same goes for Batfish.

As you gain more experience in keeping conditions in the tank stable you have the option to put a few other varieties of fish. Select from Hawkfishes, Grammas, Dottybacks, Basslets and wrasses. But remember to learn how you can take care of them properly because some are not as easy as others. However they are a much easier bet that angels and butterflies.

So which saltwater aquarium fish should beginners avoid? You should not attempt angelfish, butterfly fish, Pipefish, seahorses, long-nosed Filefish, blue ribbon eels, Stonefish, and Moorish Idols as well as mandarin fish until you really know what you are doing.

And what about invertebrates? Contrary to popular belief invertebrates are well suited for mini or micro-reef tanks. Many invertebrates do good in non-reef tanks. For the novice aquarist the hardy species are best. Some of the more common are shrimps like the cleaner shrimp, blood shrimp or peppermint shrimp and coral banded shrimp. As is the case with saltwater aquarium fish, stick to the hardier shrimps to start with.

Anemone crabs are another option you can possibly try along with saltwater aquarium fish. And why don't you add some sea urchins and starfish which are very well suited to beginners with a couple of month's experience? They differ in size, shape and color and many are poisonous so be mindful! Sea urchins and starfish eat detritus and algae along with other small bits of food which means they'll help in keeping your tank clean and your saltwater aquarium fish healthy.

Anemones aren't really suited for beginners. They are in need of special lighting and top-notch water conditions therefore if you can't foot the bill for the lights refrain from it or you'll live to be disappointed. Invertebrates you ought to avoid include tridacna clams, flame scallops, Octopi, Nudibranchs, or any hard or soft coral and sea squirts. Much like the saltwater aquarium fish listed previously these invertebrates have special feeding and living requirements.

When you select saltwater aquarium fish, you have to take into account that they are a bit more expensive than the freshwater varieties. Because of this you ought to be very careful with them and try to keep them alive. When fish are captured and moved from the store to your current home they actually are liable to get stressed, especially since the majority of of them have been taken from the ocean mere days ago. So be sure you can properly care for your new friends before you bring them home!

5 Pet Birds That Make Great Additions to the Family

By Genie Fletcher  

Birds are amazing creatures that could be a great addition to your family. When choosing a pet bird, you will want to find the bird most compatible with your lifestyle and living situation. Here are some of the most popular birds that make the perfect pets.

The Parakeet (Budgies)

This is the favorite of all pet birds. These birds are the perfect choice for new bird owners or adults with children living in their homes. Even though the parakeet is not as large as its cousins, it will still require the same type of respect and care as a parrot. Due to their size, parakeets do not require a lot of space and they are easy to maintain. You can choose from a variety of colors, including red, purple, blue and green. Parakeets are smart enough to learn various words and phrases; however, most of these birds are content with whistling and singing. The average life span of a Parakeet is approximately 12 to 14 years.

African Greys

This is one of the most intelligent birds to choose from. African Greys have a very large vocabulary, and once you learn how to care for them properly, these pet birds are easy to train. Due to their intelligence, African Greys can be very demanding pets; this species of parrots become bored quickly when they are not stimulated. When cared for and fed correctly, these birds can live up to three decades or more. If you are looking for a smart and affectionate pet bird, the African Grey is the best choice.

 

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Finches and Canaries

This is a pet bird favorite to choose from. This popular bird measures at five inches or less, and it requires a lot less space in comparison to other pet birds. Finches and canaries have softbills or waxbills, unlike parrots, a species known as hookbills. Since finches and canaries prefer to travel in small flocks, and they rarely pay much attention to humans, this is the perfect bird to choose if you will only be able to provide your pet with minimal interaction. If you provide adequate care for this bird, it can live up to 10 years.

Cockatiels

These birds are a member of the parrot family and they are delightful pets to have around the home. Cockatiels are natives of Australia and they are medium-sized creatures. These birds have advanced whistling and singing abilities that your entire family will love. Even though cockatiels have the ability to speak when trained properly, this bird prefers to mimic random and quirky sounds, such as the ringing of a telephone. You can choose from a variety of diverse color options when adopting a cockatiel. The average life expectancy of this pet bird is between 15 and 20 years.

Lovebirds

If you want to choose from the parrot species, this is the smallest bird in that family. However, many people prefer lovebirds in comparison to larger parrots that are more demanding. Lovebirds are approximately six inches long and, even though they are small, they have a strong personality and great intelligence. These birds are quiet, making them a great choice for the person who lives in an apartment or condominium. The lovebird has a life expectancy of up to 20 years.

These are some of the most popular birds that pet owners love. Before you take any of these birds home, you should always choose the one that matches your personal lifestyle the most. Choosing a bird that is a good fit for your family is the best way to ensure proper care of your pet.


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