FAQ-Aquariums and Water

How do I setup my tank?


Basic tank setup depends on the type of fish. Fresh water setup:

    1. Filter under gravel with air pump

    2. Optional outside filter
    3. Gravel 1 to 2 lb per gallon..
    4. 
Lights fluorescent with hood
    5. Decorations depend on type of fish and your personal preference.
    6. Plants, rocks, driftwood, etc. 

    7. Food: basic flake, premium pellet, frozen foods and or optional live food.
    8. heater with thermostat
    9. thermometer
    10. cover

    11. Stand (metal or wood)

Advanced setup:

a) Filters: under gravel filter with power head, outside filter box or canister type, inside box or sponge filter etc.

See this article in more detail, Setting up my aquarium

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FAQ-Small Animals

Small Animal Habitat Setup

Small animals need to be kept in a safe and secure environment. They should have access to food, water and a hiding spot to feel safe in. Bedding requirements depend on the animal. To get the best advice on setting up a small animal habitat call us at 708-293-0600.

    1. Cage or Tank with cover (as required) A wire cage or aquarium sized to your pet

    2. Bedding – pine or cedar shavings, bark, coco fiber, sand or other type depending on the species
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    3. Water – a water bottle or open dish depending on the species or animals requirements
    4. Food - depending on the species
    5. Toys – chew toys are important for many small animals to keep teeth in good health. Play toys for your ferret keeps them occupied.
    6. 
Shelters – can be as simple as a clean cardboard box for them to hide and rest or a chewable hiding spot for gerbils, hamsters, etc.

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FAQ-Reptiles

What do I need to keep my reptile happy?

(Habitat Setup)

  • Light – should include heat lamp. UV light, regular lamp

  • Moisture- a bowl of water

  • Bedding – sand, coconut fiber, bark, Repta-Liner(Green Mat)
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Hiding spot – a fixture for the animal to hide in, decorative cave, driftwood
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Vitamins - prepared powder or liquid as needed for your species 

  • Calcium - prepared powder or liquid as needed for your species
  • See our Bearded Dragon and Veiled Chameleon setup page. (This setup can be modified for many other reptiles.)

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