• NEW Starfire Red GloFish Barbs!

    | Nov 15, 2016
    These Starfire Red GloFish Barbs were born brilliant!  Whether you're an experienced fish keeper or a beginner in the aquarium hobby, these GloFish can add zeal to any tank community.  The brilliantly colored little fluorescent fish are friendly, relatively hardy, easy to keep, and fit into almost any aquarium environment with fellow community fish.  It is particularly important, though, to note that GloFish Barbs specifically need to be kept in groups of five or more to keep the fish from potentially becoming aggressive.  Be sure to not crowd your community tank, too, and to not keep your fish in a small bowl or in direct sunlight or heating/cooling sources.
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    Contrary to what some people may believe, GloFish have not been injected, painted, or dyed; they actually get their lifelong, magnificent colors from a protein gene they inherited from their parents.  Each new GloFish inherits its unique color directly from its parents, maintains the color throughout its life, and passes the color along to its offspring.  Initially, the National University of Singapore utilized their unique coloration to help identify and fight environmental pollutants and toxins in bodies of water to help prevent sickness in local areas.  After an interest was shown in also keeping these fish as pets, they have been bred to pass on their unique and brilliant colors to their offspring, much like many other freshwater tropical species.
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    These vibrant little guys make a great addition to or stand alone tank for nearly any office, home, or classroom and can make fantastic first pets!  Try "experiencing the glo" with Tetra's Glo Ornaments, Plants, Lighting, GloFish Kits, and tank accessories.  GloFish can be an educational tool for children and provide a fun, interactive way to inspire a love for science and responsibility, all while still offering the stress relieving affects of owning an aquarium.  Want to learn more about these amazing GloFish?  You can also visit and Uncle Bill's near you for more information.  We'd be happy to help!




  • Check out our Koi & Ponds this Season!

    | Aug 16, 2016

    Koi & Pond Season!

    Koi, or "nishikigoi" in Japan, are a more decorative variety of the domesticated common carp (koi comes from the Japanese word for carp,) distinguishable by coloration, patterning, and scalation.  Koi come in a great selection of colors and patterns; each one is unique!  Koi Pond Fish VarietyThey are found in Central Europe and Asia and are usually kept in outdoor ponds or water gardens.  
    Carp are coldwater fish, and their ability to survive and adapt to many climates and water conditions allowed the domesticated species to be propagated to many new locations.   
    However, koi tend to thrive best in temperatures ranging from 60°F to 75°F and do not react well to being cold as it inhibits their immune systems.  Because they are so bright in color, they require a bit of creative protection when kept in the outdoor pond.  Be sure that there is at least 5 feet depth minimum to ward off cold as well as possible predators, along with some tree-shaded areas and a pump and filtration system in place to keep the water clear.  As with any other aquatic pet, it is key to make sure that proper oxygenation, pH stabilization, temperature, and feeding amounts are kept in check.  With the right care, koi can live anywhere from 25 years up to 60 years or more (some have been recorded to live over 200 years of age) and grow up to 3 feet long!Koi Hand Feed

    Koi are mostly omnivorous and will eat a selection of foods from typical koi commercial foods, vegetables like peas or lettuce, and insects.  Koi will actually begin to recognize those that feed them and become excited and gather to see you during feeding times.  They can even be carefully trained to take food from your hand!  

    In Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means "affection" or "love"; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan.  They are sometimes even passed down from generation to generation, and to those who receive them as gifts are believed to bring good luck!
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    Pond season is coming to a close soon
    , so please be sure to come in to an Uncle Bill's near you to check out the live Koi ponds (at our Greenwood, Fishers, or Fort Wayne stores) and possibly take home a family heirloom, and new friend, yourself!  You can also see a few of our Koi and other pond fish in some underwater action in a video on our YouTube channel.





     
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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.