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Aquariums in Classrooms

by DFS-Pet-Blog on April 14, 2010

“We, (Drs. Foster & Smith) along with Tetra, want to help children discover the amazing hobby of aquarium-keeping. Aquariums offer fascinating learning experiences, and help develop an appreciation for fish and the ecosystems where they live.”


Smaller saltwater aquariums provide a perfect platform for some smaller species of fish and invertebrates. Learn about aquarium shrimp, and watch a fascinating video of a pair of Magnificent Shrimp Gobies with their buddy the Red Banded Snapping Shrimp.

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What is the one item you couldn’t live without for your aquarium – not including water? Leave a comment with your advice and you might win a $100 gift certificate.


The aquarium industry is just starting to apply LED technology. Find out all the cool “techy” stuff these lights have, and how they are incredibly eco-friendly.


O Baby! (Fish That Is)

by DFS-Pet-Blog on January 28, 2010

Fish aquariums can be found in many of the offices here at Drs. Foster & Smith. Recently, we were lucky enough to catch nature in action – Discus fish spawning!


A Paludarium, part 3

by DFS-Pet-Blog on November 27, 2009

See the most recent changes I’ve made to the paludarium, or “water garden terrarium,” that I keep in my cubicle, and help me come up with more plants to add to it!


A Paludarium, part 2

by DFS-Pet-Blog on October 22, 2009

In part 2, read about some of the changes I made to my office “water garden terrarium,” including adding fish and new live plants.

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Bettas are more than just decorations, they’re living things! But there are a lot of misconceptions about keeping them, often leading to the early death of these beautiful pets. Here’s a rundown of why a tiny glass bowl is unsuitable for a betta, and how you can provide a much happier, healthier home.


A Paludarium, part 1

by DFS-Pet-Blog on September 26, 2009

For three years, I’ve shared my cubicle with a small jungle. That’s not a reference to my coworkers, or the mess on my desk, but a paludarium. The word paludarium stems from the Latin words “paludal” (relating to marshes) and “arium” (a place of, or connected to). That is, an environment that combines both water […]


Corals Bright As the Sun

by DFS-Pet-Blog on September 9, 2009

Reef aquariums with live coral need special care. A reef aquarium specialist shows proper care for sun coral: feeding, lighting and temperature.


At the age of six, my uncle took me along with him to Pier 1 imports to look at aquarium fish for his 30 gallon freshwater aquarium (I am old and yes, Pier 1 did in fact sell aquarium fish back in the 70’s!). After looking over all of these colorful and interesting fish, one […]


Seahorse, of Course

by DFS-Pet-Blog on August 12, 2009

**Guest post from Felicia M.** I’m the photographer at Liveaquaria’s Aquaculture Coral and Marine Life Facility, and I’ve always been fascinated by aquatic animals.  Right now I have three aquariums – a chilled “deepwater” aquarium, a coral-only nano bullet tank, and a planted livebearer tank. My favorite fish are my seahorses, of course.  In the […]

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