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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:

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Fantail Goldfish!

| Nov 13, 2018

Fantail Goldfish (Carassius auratus of the Cyprinidae family)

A happy accidental discovery stemming from the breeding of multitudes of carp for food, the ancestor for this domesticated version of wild carp from east Asia was a "silver-grey" carp known as "chi" and was one of the most commonly eaten fish in China at the time.  Fantail goldfish are specifically western versions of the Japanese Ryukin, another fancy goldfish, which also has an egg-shaped body and long quadruple tail fins.
Typically, in the wild red, yellow, or orange fish would stick out too much and get eaten by their predators, but in the ninth century Buddhist monks began keeping the colorful chi fish in ponds so as not to become prey. Over time, as it was a good deed to set an animal free in Buddhist tradition, the colorful carp were also released into public "Pond(s) of Mercy" which spared them from getting eaten by predators and humans alike.  They then also became a symbol of wealth and good luck to the imperial royals and wealthy families as their popularity grew.

fantail-goldfish-no-backgroundBetween the 1200's and 1500's it slowly became common to keep these goldfish in ponds, bowls, and to be bred for their distinct color patterns.  Fantail goldfish were the basis for all modern fancy goldfish species, originating in the 1400's during the Ming dynasty in China.  By the 1500's, China began trading goldfish to Japan.  The goldfish was then domestically distributed to Europe in the 1600's and America in the 1800's.  Eventually we wound up with the domestic fantail goldfish we keep today in all their variations and different characteristics.

Fantail goldfish are fairly hardy in the correct conditions, easy to care for, and can make a great choice for first time fish keepers.  Along with basic aquarium requirements, they need a temperature range of 60-78 degrees, but do best between 73-74 degrees F. goldfish-uncle-bills-650x500 They can grow up to 6-10 inches long and can live up to 10-15 years of age and even longer with the right care and environment.  They can come in a few scale types: solid color; metallicmatte; and nacreous, which is speckled pattern.

Fun Fact: Goldfish are one of the most studied creatures in the scientific field for their visual perception and level of cognition.  They can actually perceive all of the same colors as humans do, with the addition of even seeing ultraviolet light!  They are very social fish and thrive in a community tank full of similarly friendly fish. Fantail goldfish are also quite interactive with their pet parents, even to go as far as anticipating their pet parent's arrival at home or to show excitement over their company!
Right now until December 10th, you can get your very own fancy Fantail Goldfish for only $1.99 each 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.