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Beginning A Brand New Saltwater Tank

Fish keeping is a peaceful and entertaining hobby. Once you are done with all the haggling to build yourself an aquarium, then simply by taking time to just look at it you can relax and sooth your senses. The diversity and complexity of the marine life in the tank can rejuvenate through its visual appeal. Saltwater aquariums specifically, they tend to consist of more colorful and unique varieties of life compared to freshwater fishes.

If you want a saltwater tank, you need to be familiarized with the fact that due to the variety of aquatic life and trouble in reproducing them, many fish in a saltwater fish tank are directly take from the sea. So in such a way this contributes to the cost, as a significant portion of the costs of shipping and handling of the fish is passed on you.

Starting a saltwater tank is for many reasons a lot different from getting a freshwater tank sorted out.

You will require aquarium heaters to preserve the environment of your tank at temperature levels which your fish can bear and flourish in.

Be careful to select the right heater for the tank size and the fish that you intend to keep. Often when heater problems occur it is due to the heater being of the improper wattage to meet heating requirements of an aquarium in the location it occupies. Too high a wattage can result in rapid temperature rises that can result in cooked fish if you make adjustment mistakes. It is important of all heaters, regardless of type to maintain good circulation around the heater for the best results for temperature control and accuracy.

There are Air Stones which you would need to keep in your tank. These are needed to aerate the water for fishes to live healthily.

In addition to the above materials I just mentioned you would need sea salt mix, so that you can recreate the saltwater condition and make the fish feel at home! There is a requirement for a hydrometer too, which would help you to monitor the state of the water in your saltwater tank.

Now when you are done with the preparation work, its time to choose your fish. A favorite for some are Damsels. They are probably the best saltwater fish for novices. They are not fussy eaters and are conditioned to endure in different water conditions. Another popular option is Clownfish. This species once again are hardier and can endure negative conditions in a saltwater aquarium. This particular fish is not an aggressive fish and loves to live with other tank mates in peace and harmony. However if there are lots of clownfish in your tank they tend to be more aggressive.

You might also consider having Tangs in your tank. Tangs are very useful in cleaning up the tank from algae. If there are not a big collection of algae in your saltwater tank for Tangs to eat, you just need to take care that they are supplied with their stable diet.

Managing That Wet Dog Smell

Some dogs, like the golden retriever, Newfoundland, Irish setter, Chesapeake Bay retriever, and the Portuguese water dog, are excellent swimmers and are just as playful in the water as they are on land. Other dog breeds enjoy playing in the water as well.However, one of the not-so-pleasant after effects of a days frolicking in bodies of water is the unpleasant smell that emanates from a wet dogs body. Instead of you wanting to hold your pooch, you are suddenly repulsed by his wet dog smell.

Why are Certain Dogs More Prone to Wet Dog Smell?

Some dogs have been shown to have coats that have significantly larger amounts of sebum compared to other breeds of dog. Now sebum is not a harmful substance; it is very helpful

actually especially in these breeds of dogs. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands underneath the skin to create a waterproof coat on the dogs skin. It also traps moisture inside so that your dog will not be dehydrated.Considering that your dog has been frolicking in water the whole day, chemicals in the water interacted with the sebum on his coat, harboring bacteria that give off that distinct wet dog smell.The only way you can prevent this is by thoroughly drying your dog.

Can it be Prevented?

The only way to completely dry your dog is by using a hair dryer preferably set to its lowest speed setting. Although towels can dry the fur of your dog, it simply cannot remove the moisture that is present on your dogs skin. Make sure to use a hair dryer that has a quiet motor because many dogs have been known to have anxiety attacks because of the powerful noise coming from the dryer.If you do not have a hair dryer, you can assist in the complete drying process by placing your dog in front of an electric fan and patiently brush his coat with a soft-bristled brush. Brushing separates the strands of hair on his coat and exposes the skin surface underneath. This allowsthe electric fan to hasten the speed of moisture evaporation.

Give your Dog a Proper Bath

Although you do not need to bathe your dog every day, at the very least you need to give him a proper bath at least once every two weeks to prevent excessive drying of their skin if done

more frequently. Use only shampoo that has been formulated for dogs as human shampoos cancontain harsher chemicals that can damage your dogs skin.Your dog needs to enjoy what he loves doing, even if it means he is at risk of having a wet dog smell. It is your responsibility to prevent that because, after all, you are his caregiver.

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