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Aquatic Pets and Aquariums

What’s the best freshwater aquarium fish combination? What size tank does a pet puffer fish need? Does an aquarium need to have plants? Uncle Bill’s can answer these questions and help you find the right aquatic pet, along with all the supplies you need to give it a comfortable home.

Best Aquatic Pets for Beginners

Fish habitats can range from a simple desktop tank to a saltwater aquarium holding 100 gallons or more. Uncle Bill’s generally recommends that people who are new to maintaining an aquarium choose a fish that’s low-maintenance – Guppies, Mollies, or Platies, for example. These are three types of freshwater fish that get along well with each other – in a large enough tank, they can live peacefully (in same-sex groups).

Looking for a Betta for sale? These smart and showy fish are also suitable for beginners. Female Bettas can share a tank, but male Bettas are aggressive and should not be housed together. A male Betta may be able to share a tank with Neon Tetras, because these small fish can outswim and hide from a Betta, should it show aggression.

Aquarium Care

Uncle Bill’s has everything you’d expect in an aquatic pet store: aquariums, filtration systems, fish food, and more. Our friendly associates can help you choose an appropriately sized saltwater or freshwater aquarium for your pet and provide tips on aquatic plants and fish tank accessories.

When you set up your freshwater aquarium at home, make sure it’s not in direct sunlight, as sunlight promotes algae growth. Once a week, change about 10-20% (depending on the tank size and number of fish) of the tank water, using a siphon hose to slowly remove water. Set that water aside and use it to clean the filter. Add pre-treated or R/O water to the tank.

Other Aquatic Pets

In addition to fish, Uncle Bill’s has a wide variety of water-loving animals: Fire-Bellied Toads, Sideneck Turtles – even Axolotls! Our inventory varies by location, so please contact us if you’re looking for a specific type of aquatic pets, or stop by one of our stores. Some popular benefits of aquatic pets include:

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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!

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!

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 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. We are the premier pet store in the Indianapolis area, with locations on the east, northeast, and west sides of Indianapolis, as well as in Fishers, Greenwood, and Ft. Wayne. Uncle Bill’s Pet Center carries a large inventory of pet supplies, and is committed to helping our customers understand and care for their animals throughout their lives.