• Aquatic Plants

    | Aug 16, 2017

    The Benefits of Aquatic Plants

    Let's face the facts - no matter how good of quality a plastic plant may seem, it still looks plastic.  Furthermore, plastic plants cannot perform photosynthesis to help oxygenate the water and assist in neutralizing nitrogen waste.  
    aquatic plant water wisteria
    What's more, if you place real plants in an aquarium before adding your fish, you can help condition the tank with their carbon cycle to make it a more stable environment for your fish!  Real aquatic plants can reduce the occurrence of new tank syndrome, which is the tendency for fish placed in a newly set up tank to have higher mortality rates.
    aquatic plant amazon swordAquatic plants can provide biological filtration by absorbing many types of tank waste such as excess food, ammonia, decaying materials, and nitrates.  Plus, because plants compete with algae for nutrients in the water, they can help reduce the growth of pesky algae.
    Plants also provide shelter and security for many species of fish and can even help more territorial fish establish their own turf more easily.  It is a truly symbiotic relationship between fish and the aquatic plants they live with!aquatic plant java fern

    Keeping a planted aquarium can be rather rewarding, and not as difficult as it may seem.  With the right lighting, nutrients, substrate/anchor, CO2 levels, temperature, and water quality, you can easily turn your tank into an aquatic landscape. 
    In fact, there are even several different decorative methods that bring an artistic touch to arranging plants in your aquarium.  By arranging root-sized to tall stem-sized plants, you can create a beautifully sculpted aquatic garden with simple techniques such as the "mountain" arrangement, the "valley" arrangement, or even various "sloping" shapes!  
    aquatic plant peruensis ludwigia For the best looking natural garden landscape, try adding a diverse variety of compatible species of plants.  Not only are aquatic plants beautiful and bring even that much more life to a tank environment, they also give the gift of hours of relaxation!  Your fish will thank you, too, since live plants improve overall water quality, bring diversity to their environment, and reduce their potential stress as well.  Stop by an Uncle Bill's near you to see what types of aquatic fauna we have to offer!



  • Dubia Feeder Roaches!

    | Jul 18, 2017

    Dubia Feeder Roaches!

    Uncle Bill's is now carrying the exceedingly sought-after and popular feeders, Dubia Roaches! 

    dubia feeders

     They might not sound appealing at first, but there are many benefits to feeding Dubia Roaches instead of crickets or most worms.  They are actually rapidly becoming one of the most popular feeding choices by herpetology enthusiasts.  They can be fed, in addition to reptiles, to certain amphibians, fish, birds, and some invertebrates.  

    Dubias are relatively more nutritious in protein than meal worms, super worms, or crickets - and protein is much more important for your reptiles than fillers or carbohydrates.  They are also very hardy and easy to care for, living up to 2 years with simple food and water.  


    A few more reasons to choose Dubia Roaches over Crickets are:dubia cricket comparison
    *    Crickets smell
    *    Crickets jump
    *    Crickets can be noisy
    *    Crickets can bite and possibly injure reptiles  
    *    Crickets are not as meaty (have more shell)
    *    Crickets don't grow as large
    *    Crickets are more likely to die shortly after being bought

    Dubia Roaches do not climb or fly as long as they are in a smooth-sided surface container.  They also cannot breed in temperature climates lower than 80 degrees, so your home is safe if any escape.  

    These Dubias contain nutrients essential for insect-eating species' overall health such as more calcium, more protein, more fat, and more ash than crickets.  Your pet will be more regular, as well, due to their thinner exoskeletons compared to crickets.  The Dubia Roaches from our supplier are gut-loaded with homemade, premium organic food along with fresh fruits - unlike many other companies which tend to use ground dog food.  
    Dubia Roaches Nutritional Information
    No other pet store in the Indianapolis area as of 5/21/17 sells these amazing little feeders!  You can find Dubia Feeder Roaches right now at our Greenwood and West 38th Street locations!




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Aqueon
Aqueon
Developed by true aquatic hobbyists, Aqueon is the first single brand to provide a broad array of aquarium solutions. From their inception, Aqueon products have one goal in mind, "What is best for the health and well-being of fish and aquatic life."
Cobalt
Cobalt Aquatics
Starting with a staff of the 3 owners and a line of probiotic enhanced flake foods made in the USA and a handful of equipment items made at a world renowned aquatics factory in Italy, Cobalt Aquatics’ aim was to bring the highest quality products to market.  From humble beginnings in 2011, Cobalt Aquatics now features a product mix of hundreds of items from flake food to frozen mysis shrimp, to the original MJ pumps, to award winning heaters and the innovative Egg Rockers.
Marineland
Marineland
The spirit of innovation is alive and well at Marineland. You can find it in products as diverse as the Magnum® canister filter and the revolutionary Advanced LED Lighting Systems. So whatever your passion — fresh or saltwater, big or small — count on Marineland to bring you the most reliable, the most technically advanced, the highest quality aquariums and accessories on the market.
Tetra
Tetra
Tetra is the only brand name that's become synonymous with ornamental fish keeping, thanks to Dr. Ulrich Baensch. He founded Tetra Werke (Company) in Melle, Germany 50 years ago, and pioneered the development of flake fish foods.  Tetra now manufactures hundreds of products and publishes books for aquarium fish keeping, reptile and amphibian keeping, and water gardening.