Terrapins make great aquatic pets. They are closely related to the terrestrial tortoise that lives on land, but their habits and care requirements are very different. There are many different species of turtle and terrapin, and all have slightly different environmental, nutritional and behavioural needs. For all captive animals, it is ideal to provide a home as similar to the animal's natural environment as possible. This guide gives an overview of the things to consider before buying a terrapin or tortoise.
Betta fish, commonly referred to as Siamese fighting fish, are one of the most popular fish breeds purchased by budding freshwater fish hobbyists. Their stunning colouring, fins and tail patterns make the Betta fish popular freshwater pets. They are also members of the Gourami species, which means they are also labyrinth fish, gulping air at the water’s surface.
Aquarium setup needs to be proper from the start. Choose compatible fish species to create the right aquarium dynamic. Below is a handy checklist of what to look for when setting your first aquarium.
As a beginner, freshwater fish has the best chance of success in a home aquarium. There is a lot to learn for the fish keeper who is just starting out, and picking fish that are fun and easy to care for is important. Most people who start off in the fishkeeping hobby, get hooked very quickly mainly because fish are so beautiful to watch and many have characteristics and personalities all of their own.
Considered as the third most popular pets after cats and dogs, caring for a goldfish requires effort. Make no mistake, looking after goldfish is not as easy as filling a bowl with water and leaving them to it. While it is not rocket science either, you just need the right tank setup and the patience to learn. Goldfish are a freshwater fish in the carp family. Also known as Carassius auratus. ‘Carassius’ refers to the fish’s genus (a group of animals including closely related species), and ‘auratus’ means ‘gold’ or ‘gilded’.
Terrapins are semi-aquatic ‘turtles’, meaning they are a hybrid of land and water animals. Simply put, they are in between a turtle and a tortoise. There are many different species of terrapins. In Singapore, the only legal terrapin species allowed is the Red Eared Sliders. Terrapins make popular pets due to their small stature and long life span. While they do not require as much attention as compared to larger pets like dogs and cats, it is imperative that a clean environment is instilled still. Proper care like purchasing a roomy tank, installing an island and ensuring clean and ample amount of water will establish the well-being of your hard-back friends.
Sleep serves a crucial purpose of restoring body and mind, as well as forming memory and learning. When we think of how sleep works, we imagine the eyes close and disconnected to the world. As aquatic animals, it is difficult to tell if a fish is sleeping. It has probably been a wonder of many, whether or not fish sleep or take breaks. Simply put, the answer is yes, fish do indeed sleep. However, they do so with their eyes open due to not having eyelids. Fishes experience a period of reduced activity and metabolism which performs similar restorative functions that nocturnal sleeps does for us humans.