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Your Best Resource for Fish and Other Aquatic Pets

Aquatic pets make a fascinating and engaging hobby, and there’s no better place to learn more and expand your collection than Uncle Bill’s Pet Center. We carry the widest assortment of saltwater fish, corals and invertebrates, aquatics food, freshwater fish and plants, aquariums and accessories, and everything you need to build an exciting and sustainable habitat for all of your aquatic pets.

The benefits of aquariums—whether for saltwater fish or freshwater fish—are many and varied. We find that, once our customers get started with aquatic pets, they become more and more enthusiastic the more they learn. Some popular benefits of aquatic pets include:

Read more on our Aquatics blog!

Clown Plecostomus!

| Sep 11, 2018

The Clown Plecostomus!

While we have already discussed the potential benefits of incorporating a plecostomus into your tank, (you may see that previous blog post here) we are now going to take a peek at one of the more overlooked types of plecostomus:  the Clown Plecostomus a.k.a. Panaqolus maccus, clown panaque, or ringlet pleco of the Dwarf loricariid catfish group.  
The Panaqolus maccus lives naturally in Venezuela in driftwood-entangled riverbanks.  They have a beautiful, striped or wavy pattern that can range in coloration from white to bright orange on its typically dark body.  Color can change on a number of factors, though, such as age, origin, mood, and diet.  Clown pleco's can add a bit of flash and panache to almost any community tank or planted aquarium!
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and a constant source of driftwood are both necessities for keeping this species.  Their primary diet derives from the driftwood, but this can be supplemented with select, small amounts of veggies, algae wafers, or other suitable foods.  A clown pleco also would not deny the occasional meat source, as well, like daphnia, bloodworms, or other similar offerings.  

Reaching up to only 3.5 - 4 inches in length, the Clown Pleco stays fairly small and therefore won't outgrow your tank, either!  It adapts well to many aquatic environmental conditions and tank mates as long as there is enough space and some driftwood to feed upon.  The Panaqolus maccus is normally a very peaceful fish and will get along pretty much with any other community fish as long as they are not aggressive cichlids or large enough to eat the plecostomus.  
dwarf-clown-pleco  These Clown Pleco's can do wonders for a planted tank as they are more often eating the algae and from the wood than uprooting or eating the actual plants as some other species may be more inclined to do.  Right now until October 15th, 2018, you can get a Clown Plecostomus for your tank at only $9.99 at Uncle Bill's Pet Centers!

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Aquariums are great learning tools.

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Whether you’re an adult hobbyist or have kids interested in science, building and perfecting an aquarium habitat is a fun and exciting way to learn about nature and ecology.

Aquariums promote responsibility, but need not be demanding projects.

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Kids of all ages can participate in various tasks related to keeping their aquarium running, and often become deeply invested in the saltwater fish or freshwater fish they select. However, keeping an aquarium can also be a relatively low-maintenance hobby, making it perfect for busy pet owners.

Aquariums reduce stress and anxiety.

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Have you noticed how many doctors’ offices have aquariums? That is not a coincidence! Experts including the former Surgeon General of the United States advocate aquariums for their proven health benefits, including reducing blood pressure!
To learn more about how to get started with an aquarium, or to view our amazing selection of freshwater fish and saltwater fish, as well as other aquatic animals and accessories, visit Uncle Bill’s Pet Center today!
Uncle Bill’s Pet Center is the premier pet store in the Indianapolis area. With locations in Fishers, Greenwood, and Ft. Wayne, as well as on the East, Northeast, and West sides of Indianapolis, Uncle Bill’s Pet Center is an ethical, humane source for a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, fish, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles, amphibians, and other small and exotic animals. In addition to pets, we also carry a large inventory of pet supplies, and are committed to helping our customers understand and care for their animals throughout their lives.