The Basics Of Keeping Your Own Aquarium

The Basics Of Keeping Your Own Aquarium
 by: Low Jeremy
Did you ever dream of having an aquarium in your house? Most people think that having an aquarium inside the house requires a lot of task and maintenance but it is actually easy and very handy. If you are a beginner, you can easily learn a lot from it and you can get a lot of helpful tips to keep your fishes in good condition.
The first thing you need to decide on is the size of the fish tank. If you are a beginner, you can start off with a small aquarium. This will not be a burden or a problem because maintaining a small aquarium is not a heavy task. If you have learned the basics of taking care of your aquarium, you can just upgrade your present aquarium to a larger one.
Only that, you will need extra materials and extra amounts of water. You need to choose a good location or spot for your tank. Make sure that the table can hold the weight of your tank. The next thing to consider is the type of equipment that you need for your aquarium.
Choose the kind of water you want to feed in your aquarium. Choosing tap water can be a good option because it is cheaper than distilled water. Distilled water is a very good water option because it is sure to be safe and clean. If you choose tap water for your aquarium, you need to buy a product which can remove the chlorine in the water so that the fishes will not be harmed.
You need to add water very slowly especially there are a lot of fishes in the tank. You can also provide a heater for your aquarium so that the fishes will be in good condition and the water is also good. You will also need to have a good lighting for your aquarium so that the fishes can see clearly the surroundings.
Fishes need light in order to see the food. You will also need a hood to keep the fishes secured in the tank also by giving them proper lighting. Fishes need extra care and love just like humans do. So, if you can provide them with the best aquarium that you can, they will surely appreciate it.
Now that you know the basic requirements for putting up your own aquarium, you can gather all the materials and start choosing the fishes that you want.

Cat Diseases : Watch For Early Warnings

Cat Diseases : Watch For Early Warnings
 by: Marc Deschamps
Watch your cat and disease signs that may indicate a variety of health problems. Being alert to these indicators can help treat your cat quickly and efficiently.
Bad breath
Don't panic if your cat has a bad breath. Check first if he had fish or other food with strong odours. If not, consult your veterinary as bad breath may the the sign of a tooth decay, urinary problems or the presence of round worms.
Abundant saliva
This sign of cat disease may be the cause of poisoning or viral infection such as pneumonia. However it may simply be due to a foreign object lodged in the cat's mouth. In that case take the object out before the cat swallows it.
Decolorated gums
This might indicate aneamia, the presence of parisites or other affection. If this symptom follows an accident it may be due to internal bleeding.
Running nose
This sign of cat disease is, most of the time, caused by pneumonia.
Your cat caught a cold or something is stuck in his nose !!
Red and burning eyes
Sometimes, this sign of cat disease indicates respiratory problems. It can also be caused by dust.
Running eyes
This is always due to a cold.
Eyes turning opaque
This sign of cat disease indicates a major ocular problem. Consult your veterinary immediately .
Your cat is constantly scratching his ears
Parasites may be present. If the ear contains brownish and smelling crusts there might be an ulceration. If the ear is warm and aching this is probably due to an hematom that will require minor surgery.
Frequent coughing
This sign of cat disease is the result of a pneumonia.
Quick and heavy respiration
This is the symptom of pneumonia or heart problems.
Your cat does not eat anymore
This is a classic cat disease symptom resulting from a variety of health problems. However, bear in mind that a cat in healthy condition can skip 2 to 3 meals. Be concerned only if he skips more.
Your cat is losing weight quickly
This is a sign of probable aneamia or viral infection.
Your cat is weak and apathetic
Again this may be due to aneamia or the presence of parasites. This sign of cat disease may also result from heart problems.
Your cat does not drink water anymore
If your cat peaks over the water bowl but does'nt drink anything he may have typhus or a kidney infection.
He drinks too much !
You would not suspect this is a sign of cat disease. Unfortunately, this may the symptom of a variety of sicknesses : diabetes, liver problem, or uterus infection.
If your cat vomits frequently it may not mean he is sick. But if he vomits a yellow liquid, often times the typhus is the culprit. You also have to watch intoxications and kidney or liver infections. In any event, consult your veterinary immediately.
Urinary difficulties
This may be a serious cat disease symptom. The presence of blood in the urine, particularly with the male cat, requires a quick action you should rush to the veterinary.
Here we have several possibilities but it is likely that your cat is not physically active and that his nutrition is not well balanced. Cut on the dehydrated food for a while. You may also use a light laxative. If this is not working, constipation may be caused by tiny hair balls .... or a tumour.
A real diarrhoea is totally liquid. Your cat may have been excited or his nutrition is unbalanced. Add rice or pasta to his meals for a day or two. If you find traces of blood in the diarrhoea, this sign of cat disease may result from a tumour or it may indicate the presence of parasites.
High fever
A body temperature exceeding 38.8 celsius is a sign that something is working wrong. Don't guess, check with your veterinary.
Drastic change in behavior
This is a sign of cat disease that is difficult to gauge. If your animal becomes aggressive he may have contracted the rage. You may also detect this problem if his mewing is low and rough.
Copyright 2006 Marc Deschamps

Photographing Your Cat with Close-Up Techniques

Photographing Your Cat with Close-Up Techniques
 by: Nancy Hendrickson
Other than photographing our kids, there's probably nothing we enjoy photographing more than our pets--in my case my two Ragdoll cats. (In case you've never seen Ragdolls, they're "giant" cats that were first bred in the 1960s. They're big, gorgeous, even tempered, long-haired cats, with blue eyes and raccoon faces. Their name comes from the fact that they can relax so much they go limp, just like a child's ragdoll.
Like most cat owners, some of my initial shots were of my cats playing, sleeping in the sun, chasing their own tail, or other similar cat antics. However, the more photographs I took, the more I realized my favorite shots were those where I got up close and personal--usually within a few feet of my cats. Using this up close technique, I could focus on specific features, like one eyes, both eyes, black and red ears, long whiskers, or the paws. I know most of us like seeing the whole cat in a photo, but when shots are focused on specific features, they can be extraordinarily dramatic.
For example, I have one photograph of my male Ragdoll (he has DEEP blue eyes) that focuses in on just one eye; and in that shot you can see the hint of a reflection in his eye. I think it's a great photo--and captures the beauty of his eyes.
If you'd like to try close up shots, here are my recommendations:
1. Don't try and get the shot when your cats are all revved up and racing through the house like a whirling dervish! Try and capture them when they're quiet, have just eaten, or are stretched out in the sun.
2. If you have a helper, have them hold something distracting just over your shoulder. This gives the cat something to focus on besides your camera--and can hold the cat's attention long enough to get the picture.
3. Focus in on your cat's most distinctive features. For example, for me, it's the eyes. Your cat may have unusual markings, perfect ears, or the longest whiskers on record. These are the features to concentrate on. Remember, the goal here is to capture a knockout art-style print, not just a snapshot of Kitty.
4. If you're using a digital camera, set it to take multiple shots (without a delay between shots); then once you have the feature in focus, rapidly shoot several shots. This way you'll have far better luck in capturing the perfect shot.
5. Don't be afraid to use a slow shutter speed to capture your cat's eyes in a blur. I've done this in several shots, and it can be very dramatic.
6. Avoid using a flash, or you'll be processing the photo through PhotoShop (or other image editors) in order to remove red eye.
Good luck with your photos--and don't forget to give your cat a treat for posing for you!
by Nancy Hendrickson

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