• Cory Catfish!

    | Sep 13, 2023

    Corydoras Catfish!

    cory-catfish-two-small-spotted Sharp-looking, easy to care for, and friendly, Cory cats bring both aesthetic beauty and functional benefits to the aquatic ecosystem. Corydoras catfish, also known as the "armored" catfish - part of a genus of over 165 Corydora species that has even hundreds more still to be classified -  can grow up to 1-4" and live up to 5-20 years depending on care, any changes in the tank, and overall conditions and maintenance. 
    The name comes from the greek words "kory" for "helmet" and "doras" for "skin," and the armor on their bodies is made of bony plates that run along its entire body! 

    cory-catfish-peppered-on-leaf-reversed These bottom-dwellers will live happily with and will not typically be inclined to disrupt or bother other fish. Although this makes them more likely to be bullied by more aggressive fish species due to it’s peaceful, reclusive nature and lack of desire for confrontation. Provide them with a nice, shaded hiding place such as a cave or type of driftwood structure. Plants are a wonderful option, too! Java fern and java moss, hornwort, hairgrass, or amazon sword plants can make good and visually pleasing options!

    cory-catfish-panda-grazing-sharpened As bottom-feeders, Cory cats have adapted with horizontal pectoral fins for resting on the substrate/bottom and three pairs of barbels for rooting out food in the substrate. At least 2 inches of substrate (softer and not jagged or rough if possible to prevent potential harm) will make them comfy since they spend most of their time at the bottom of the tank. 
    While fairly tolerant to varying pH and hardness levels, one will need to keep an eye on the ammonia and nitrite levels as catfish are more prone to stress or health issues from this, especially when introducing them into a new tank. Be sure additions to the tank are made after water testing and when the tank is mature with no measurable amounts of nitrite or ammonia in the water. They tend to prefer softer, acidic water and will make frequent trips to the surface for a gulp of air as they are able to absorb oxygen through the walls of the intestine. Be certain your tank is covered since Cory catfish tend to have a habit of leaping out from the surface after coming up for a gulp of air!
    Cory Cats take to aquarium life quite well and will readily feed on prepared foods from bottom feeder or algae tabs / wafers to flakes or pellets, but regular feedings of live foods like Blackworms, Bloodworms, Daphnia and Brine shrimp are highly relished. 
    Since they are pretty social, these fish would love to school with their own species or similar fish in 4-6 or more fish together. Use at least a 20 gallon tank for a small school, then adding 2-4 gallons per additional fish; some possible tankmates may include other catfish, certain plecos, mollies, het. harlequin or flame rasbora, guppies, platies, or swordtails. They're also more fun to observe when there are multiple Corydoras in your tank since, if they’re schooling in groups of five or more, they’ll provide you with a synchronized water dance that is truly amazing! 

    corydoras catfish cory cats uncle bills Active, pleasant and peaceful, lively, and fairly hardy, these catfish can be good for beginners or aquarists of all levels. Plus, they come in varieties of patterns, have adorable barbel "whiskers," and big, lovable eyes!  If you’re someone who enjoys a low-stress aquarium experience, this is a great fish for you. Now, Assorted Cory Catfish are just $3.99 now until 10/16/23 at Uncle Bill's with your Extra Value Card!

  • ZooMed Labs' NEW Axolotl & Aquatic Newt Items!

    | Aug 15, 2023

    ZooMed Labs' NEW Axolotl & Aquatic Newt Items

    zoomed-axolotl-and-food Axolotl and aquatic newt fans rejoice - Uncle Bill's has recently brought in ZooMed's NEW axolotl (will be online on our site soon!) and aquatic newt diets, as well as their famous Low Boy tanks

    Axolotls and aquatic newts are carnivores that need a high-protein diet. ZooMed's soft, moist pellets are easy to eat  for these amphibians that swallow their food whole, developed by zoo nutritionists  specifically for aquatic newts and axolotls:
    zoomed-new-low-boy-28s*High-Protein Diet: Made with animal protein sources.  No soy protein! *Soft Moist: Easy to eat for these amphibians that swallow their food whole.
    *4 mm Pellet Size: Perfect size for larger juveniles and adults.

    What's more, ZooMed's Low Boy tanks (now in 28 Gallon and 50 Gallon sizes and for either terrariums or aquariums!) are perfect for a variety of exotic pets. Great grow-out tank for hatchling turtles, tortoises, a variety of other reptiles and amphibians, or Tetras, Goldfish, Angelfish, Clownfish, coral frag growth, and more! These breeder style tanks make nice lagoon style displays, or can be used for axolotls too. 


    are fully aquatic amphibians that live their whole lives in water. When choosing a habitat for them, horizontal space is also more important than a deep water level. ZooMed recommends having the water level at least the same depth as the length of their body.  Juveniles could start out in the 28 gallon, and then adults in the 50 gallon size. Between the large surface area of the Low Boy tanks and the species-specific focus of their new foods, you can find a winning combination for axolotl care with ZooMed's new items!

    Right now until 9/11/23 you can save 10% OFF ZooMed Labs' select new Axolotl, Aquatic Newt, Bearded Dragon, & Tortoise diets as well as the 28 Gallon Low Boy Tanks for sale at your local Uncle Bill's Pet Centers with your Extra Value Card

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