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Top Tips

Our team put their collective heads together to compile some of the best quick tips to offer you some simple advice that can help make all the difference.

Reptile

Reptile

-It‘s always worth having a spare heat for emergencies.
-Having an alternative watt spare heat bulb is always a good idea for unexpected weather changes.
-For reptiles that require UV lighting, remember to change the bulb every 9-12 months to maintain a healthy creature.
-We always recommend using a specialised Vivarium disinfectant every time you complete a clean. They do not contain any chemicals which could harm your animal.
Reptile Forums UK is an excellent online community for reptile owners.

Marine

-We suggest a weekly 10% water change to maintain a good level of water quality.
-Using RO (Reserve Osmosis) water over tap water will save you long term problems in your aquarium, such as high levels of phosphates and nitrates.
-It is well worth keeping a record of the dates you fit any new bulbs, including UV’s, so you are aware of when the next change is required.
-We personally recommend changing UV bulbs every 6 months and T8/T5 lights every 12 months and halide bulbs every 16 months.
-Having your own personal testing kit will ensure you are always aware of what is going on with your tank.

Marine
Tropical
Tropcial

-Make sure you always have plenty of dechlorinator in reserve for emergency water changes.
-We recommend having a spare heater, brakes often happen outside of shop hours.
-When cleaning your aquarium filter, make sure to use old aquarium water. Tap water is likely to kill off your beneficial filter bacteria.
-Research any fish you have concerns about adding to you aquarium, or ask our staff. Be aware that just because a fish should be friendly, does not mean it will at times such as breeding.

Cold Water

-Always keep a close eye on your water temperature. Sudden peaks and lows will have a detrimental effect on your fish’s health.
-Gravel Vacuums should be used frequently as coldwater fish are general very messy and use of a vac will ensure a clean tank.
-Be aware that many cold water species require greens in their diet. Most good frozen fish foods contain spinach, alternatively put live plants into the tank and they will feed from these.
-Water changes little and often are better than 50% changes.

Cold Water