Spring Safety Tips from KONG

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If you’re looking for information on which garden plants are dangerous to pets, what to do about shedding, and why you shouldn’t use sticks as chew toys, look no further.  This great article from KONG will answer all your questions!

Spring Safety Tips with KONG

SpringBlog_Classic February 27, 2015

Spring is the time of year when winter melts away and we emerge from Netflix binges to get back to life. Whether you’re focused on a tropical getaway or scrubbing away the winter blues, don’t forget about your furry friend. Keep your pup occupied with a KONG classic stuffed with their favorite treat.

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What is a sump pump and how can it help your reef aquarium?

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Sump systems help to declutter your reef aquarium while protecting the fish and other aquatic lifeforms living in it.

Sump systems help to declutter your reef aquarium while protecting the fish and other aquatic lifeforms living in it.

Sump systems can be a great way to declutter your reef aquarium while also providing a great filtration system. A sump system exists below your aquarium (underneath the aquarium in a cabinet or even beside the aquarium) and can house all of your filtration equipment.  Other benefits of a sump system include:

Water aeration

Waste dilution

Healthy water

Keeping the surface clean of contaminates

Creating less clutter

Water level stability

For more information on sumps and how they work, stop by and see us at 2851 North Avenue in Grand Junction OR check out the links below:

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-01/gt/

http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/some-sump-basics/

http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-exclusives/fama/reef-aquarium-sump.aspx

From Tetra: Spring Pond Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

This winter has been absolutely brutal in most of these United States. So, let’s shift our thoughts to warmer things, like that pond of yours. Now is a good time to go through your spring cleaning checklist so you can hit the ground running come that first break of warm weather.

Remember these important steps:

  • Check your pond for any areas that may require repairs, such as rocks that have displaced, a tear in the liner, and broken piping or valves.
  • Remove any accumulated debris from the pond bottom and surface.
  • Remove and dry your de-icer (if applicable), inspect it, then store properly for next season.
  • Inspect and replace hoses, and tighten any fittings that are leaking.
  • Start up your pump and filter in shallow water to ensure everything is working properly (there’s nothing worse than putting it the bottom of the pond only to discover you need to take it out again).
  • Replace up to 25% of the pond water with tap water. Remember to add a water conditioner to remove chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals found in most tap water.
  • Take a good look at your fish. Examine their activity, ensure they are not struggling or swimming oddly, and inspect their fins and scales to ensure they are healthy. Begin feeding according to seasonal feeding cycle.

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From Tetra: The Greener Side of Ponds

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The ‘Greener’ Side of Ponds:
Environmental Benefits of Owning a Pond

There’s no doubt the primary driver for homeowners to add a pond to their landscape is to create a place of beauty and relaxation where they can escape this hectic world. Another benefit is increasing their home’s living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden.
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There also seems to be a constant change in energy costs, as well as huge shifts in our nation’s weather patterns. More and more areas of the country are being affected by extended drought conditions, primarily in the western half of the United States.

By replacing some or all of your lawn with a pond or water feature, you can conserve energy, save money, support the environment and have a beautiful place to relax!

Here are TetraPond’s seven environmental benefits of owning a pond:

  1. Lawns require watering; whereas, ponds can be re-filled with rainwater.
  2. Ponds are a self-sustaining cycle of hydration that keeps plants alive without having to water them.
  3. Less mowing means less use of gas and carbon monoxide emissions.
  4. Pesticides and fertilizers for the lawn can be harmful, creating run-off that ends up in groundwater, streams and rivers.
  5. Sludge collected by your pond filter can be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your flowerbed and garden.
  6. Ponds attract and create a haven for beautiful fish, dragonflies, frogs and birds, adding to wildlife propagation.
  7. Water gardens influence the young to help create a better future for the planet.

Remember, every little bit helps, especially when it comes to water conservation. And these are just a few things you can easily affect, right in your own back yard.
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