• Blue Gourami!

    | Feb 13, 2018

    Blue Gourami!

    The Blue Gourami, a.k.a. the Trichopodus trichopterus, can also be called the Three-Spot Gourami.  It may reach up to 4 inches in length, and has two spots alongside its body.  Where, you may ask, is the third spot?  It is the eye that appears as the third spot being directly aligned with the other two spots!  The colors of a Three-Spot Gourami are prone to change if their mood changes or if the conditions of the tank are alteredblue gourami Typically, their spots may fade with age but this is not always the case.  This species of fish can come in opaline, platinum, gold, and blue.

    blue three spot gourami Native southeast Asia, it can be naturally found in slow-moving waters such as marshes, swamps, canals, and low wetlands.  It thrives rather well in environments with diminished oxygen due to its labyrinth organ, which allows it to breathe air directly from the surface of the water. Being omnivorous, these fish require both meat-based and plant-based diets such as algae / flake foods, freeze-dried foods, shrimp, worms, and daphnia.

    These fish are hardy and tolerant of less than ideal conditions as long as there are no strong currents, aggressive tank-mates, and as long as there are plenty of hiding places for this docile species.  It prefers heavily planted aquariums with room enough above the plants to sip some air from the surface of the water.  three spot blue gourami

    This petite, peaceful species can be kept in pairs or small groups of similar fish, but preferably not with any large or aggressive fish that may try to bully them.  Blue Gourami's can be kept with many different species of tank mates with similar size and temperament.  Male gourami's might even exhibit some small signs of bullying to other fish in the tank, especially if the victims have long tails / fins or bright colors.  However, even though male gourami's may get a bit territorial-aggressive, they are still timid around other larger, more aggressive fish; and these territorial tendencies will most likely lessen if the tank is large enough with plenty of space.  Keep a lid on your tank with these little guys, too, as they can be fantastic jumpers! blue gourami three spot

    Right now until March 12th, you can get your very own Blue Gourami's for only $3.49 each at Uncle Bill's Pet Centers!





  • Silver Dollar Fish!

    | Jan 09, 2018

    Silver Dollar Fish!

    There over a dozen Tropical fish with this common title, but all are similar in appearance:  a round, flat body that is silver in color, with occasionally some red markings, black spots or stripes, and opalescent blue or green tinges when light is reflected off the silver scales.  The Silver Dollar is the common name for various kinds of species within the genus Metynnis.  silver-dollar-fish-up-closeThe most readily recognized species is the metynnis argenteus - "argenteus" aptly meaning "covered with silver," and they are close cousins to Piranha's and Pacu's!

    Strong and not very demanding, these fish can be great for beginner freshwater enthusiasts.  Silver Dollar fish can be rather hardy once acclimated and as long as water conditions are clean and consistently stable.  They can grow anywhere from 4 - 8 inches in length and may live up to 10 years or more!  Silver Dollars are classified as semi-aggressive fish, but actually are fairly peaceful schooling fish.  They may live within a community of other fish that are either larger than themselves or that do not fit inside their mouths, such as Oscars, Pikes, and certain Catfish for example. 
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    While one of the easier types of fish to care for, it may require more room and a larger tank than most other beginners' species.  Depending on how many fish and other organisms there are in the tank, you may need a 29 Gallon, 55 Gallon, or even a 75 Gallon tank or larger to comfortably house these fish along with their school.  Since Silver Dollars are pretty timid and skittish by nature, they prefer to live in schools of at least 4 fish or more and like to have plenty of hiding places.  
    silver-dollar-fishSilver Dollar fish also have quite the reputation for eating live plants since they are herbivorous, so using plastic plants or the hardiest of plants may be necessary.  Be sure to keep an eye on them at feeding time, too, to ensure that the Silver Dollar fish get their share of food as they are so skittish they may not eat enough around more aggressive eaters.  silver-dollar-fishesEven though they are typically vegetarian, they may also snack on some small insects or protein-rich fish food such as brine shrimp.  What's more, they prefer low lighting if possible, dark substrate, and lots of room to swim about.  When swimming in their school, they may each even move in sync with one another as they swim - which is very fun to watch!  Right now until February 12, 2018 you can get Silver Dollar fish for only 2 for $6.00 at Uncle Bill's Pet Centers!




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