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The Land Hermit Crab

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I was fifteen years old when my nieces and I bought our first land hermit crabs. It started out as a biology project for my niece but evolved into a wonderful hobby I have enjoyed as an adult.

If you’ve never owned one of these adorable little critters, you’re probably asking; what is a land hermit crab? They are small crabs that enclose themselves into their shells with their large purple "pinchers" (claws). Land hermit crabs can be purchased at pet stores and at novelty shops at the beach. They make good pets and are a lot of fun. 

The species Coenobita clypeatus is commonly referred to as “land hermit crabs” “tree crabs” or purple pincher crabs. The name fits because this species lives on land and can often be found living in trees. They can be found in the wild in South Florida, South America, Africa, and Asia. They never fully submerge themselves into the water because they are land hermit crabs and will drown. They are non-aggressive and will only pinch you if they feel they are going to fall out of your hand. Like lobsters, shrimp, and crabs, they belong to the class Crustacea but can be found as far as a mile from water. There are several different families of hermit crabs and hundreds of species with shells that come in a spectrum of colors such as the Strawberry Crab. 

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Getting Your First Goldfish: Things You Should Know

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So, you want to become a goldfish keeper? Good for you! Goldfish are beautiful animals and can provide lasting enjoyment for many years. But, before you head out to choose a fantail or comet, or even an Oranda, there are a few things you should know about goldfish.

The first step in keeping fish is learning which type of goldfish is best for you and your lifestyle. 

Most pet stores sell three main types of goldfish: the Fantail, the Black Moor Telescope and the Common goldfish (also known as a Comet). Fantails and Telescopes are classified as "Fancy Goldfish," which have double tails and shorter bodies; whereas the Common and the Comet are long and narrow with only one tail. 

Though the hardiest of the varieties, Common or Comet goldfish (which are very similar, the difference being the longer tail of the Comet) are the least recommended for the beginner. This is due to the large size these fish achieve. Each of these are typically sold when they are only a few inches in length, but don't be fooled; these fish have the potential to grow over a foot long! 

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Keeping Aquariums Alive During Summer Blackouts

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Summer is on the way, and that means possible brown outs (power shortages) and even blackouts (power outages) for most of the country. Things get more complex than being without air conditioning when we have fish and aquariums.

This is why it’s so important to have a backup plan in case power goes out for longer than a few hours. 

When power to your aquarium stops, there are three critical events that occur: 

  • Temperature fluctuates
  • Oxygen depletes
  • Ammonia accumulates

Today we're taking a look at each of these things in detail and offering a few suggestions on how you can prepare for a brownout or blackout in your area of the country.  

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Aquatic Quotes

  • "One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste."
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Fish Facts

  • Which type of fish can walk on land? The climbing perch. This amazing fish, native to India, can walk on land in search of water when its water hole dries up.
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