Saturday, May 12, 2018

I Tried Following a Terrarium Tutorial by SerpaDesign!



I love trying out new things (especially if they’re cheap and easy), so I just had to try out SerpaDesign’s DIY tutorial for making a free closed terrarium using items from nature. I’ll admit, I did have to spend a little money (cost analysis included), but I’m pretty happy with the results. Check out my 4-minute step-by-step video of how I made my first terrarium!

References

Make an AWESOME Terrarium for FREE!

Question of the Day

Have you ever made a closed terrarium and if so, how long did it last? Comment below to share your experiences!


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Saturday, May 5, 2018

5 Gotchas to Know Before Marrying a Gamer | Life as A Gamer’s Wife



Thinking of marrying a gamer? Here are 5 surprising things I didn’t find out about my geeky husband until after we got hitched. (To be fair, we didn’t date for very long. ๐Ÿคญ) Bottom line: I totally dig being married to a gamer and all the spicy variety it brings to my life. With his love of games and my love of aquarium fish, we’re just two different kinds of geeks at heart!

Question of the Day

What things surprised you about dating or marrying a gamer? Comment below to share your experiences!


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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How to Stop Fish, Snails, and Shrimp from Escaping Your Aquarium



Check out my quick 3-minute tutorial on how to keep your fish from jumping out, snails from crawling out, and shrimp from escaping your aquarium. Despite having lids and hoods on all my fish tanks, they always seem to find the smallest opening to sneak out! ๐Ÿ˜’ So here’s a couple of easy DIY tricks I use to prevent unnecessary fishy deaths.

Materials I Used

Craft mesh
Velcro
Removable mounting squares
Aquarium-safe silicone
Hot glue gun

Question of the Day

Have you ever had a fish or other animal escape from an aquarium? What did you do to help prevent it from happening again? Comment below to share your answers!


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Saturday, April 28, 2018

How to DIY Upgrade the Filter for a Top Fin 5 Gallon Aquarium | Hack My Betta Tank



Love the look of PetSmart’s Top Fin Retreat 5-gallon rimless glass aquarium but not sure about the filtration? Skip the disposable cartridge in the starter kit, and check out these easy tips and tricks for giving this nano tank a much-needed renovation. (P.S. This aquarium is perfect for a betta fish because the filter output is way slow and gentle. ๐Ÿ‘)

Materials I Used

Petsmart Top Fin 5 Gallon Glass Aquarium
Foam sponges
Ceramic bio rings
Filter insert bags (instead of pantyhose)

References

Petsmart Top Fin 5 Gallon Glass Aquarium $49.99 Unboxing Review!
Aquarium filter setup! How I Bio media Filter!

Question of the Day

Have you ever hot-rodded your aquarium filtration, and if so what worked best for you? Comment below to share your answers!


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Friday, April 27, 2018

Axolotl Health Issues and Treatments | What to Do If Your Axolotl Is Sick



No one likes it when their axolotl isn’t feeling well, so here’s an overview of common axolotl health issues and treatments. Contact a licensed veterinarian who is familiar with amphibians to receive professional help for your axolotl.

This video covers fungus on gills, external injuries, skin discolorations, parasites, and intestinal and internal organ issues. There’s also a glossary of general treatments for axolotls, such as using a quarantine tub, force feeding, fridging, salt baths, and tea baths. Best of luck with your axolotl!

References

List of Herp Veterinarians:
Directory of Aquatic Vets and Disease Diagnostic Labs
List of Reportedly Safe and Unsafe Treatments
Salamander Illnesses and Medications

DISCLAIMER: Consult a professional veterinarian for all health issues and recommended treatments concerning your axolotl. I am just a hobbyist providing general information on the topic and shall not be liable for any losses or damages related to the content of the video. Also, remember that some treatments may need to be altered for juveniles versus adults, so talk to your vet about the proper course of action.


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

How to Clean a Fish Tank | 4 Easy Water Change Methods to Try Out



Check out my video tutorial on the easy way to clean 4 different types of aquariums, including a quarantine tank, desktop nano tank, fry grow-out tank, and your main display tank at home. Topics include:

► How to start a siphon and vacuum the gravel
► How often to do aquarium water changes
► How to clean an aquarium filter sponge
► How to remove algae
► What I use as my aquarium glass cleaner

Materials I Use


General Instructions (skip steps as needed)

  1. Measure the water quality to determine how much water to change and how often to do water changes. Aim for ammonia and nitrites at 0 ppm and nitrates at 20-40 ppm for a tank with live plants (less otherwise).
  2. Turn off the heater and filter.
  3. Clean the filter and filter intake sponges if they're clogged and preventing good water flow.
  4. To remove algae, scrape down the aquarium walls and scrub the dรฉcor using an algae pad or scrapper. (Don't use soap or other cleaners to clean anything inside the tank.)
  5. Put the hose end of the siphon in a bucket, sink drain, or outside to water your plants. Start the siphon to begin removing old tank water. Use the tube end of the siphon to probe the bottom of the tank and vacuum up detritus.
  6. Add water conditioner/dechlorinator directly to the aquarium.
  7. Fill up the tank using new water that is at the same temperature as the old water. (Your hand can sense temperature accurately within a few degrees.) To avoid disturbing the substrate, you can pour the water onto a colander or clean plastic bag that's placed in the tank.
  8. Turn on the heater and filter again.
  9. Wipe down the outside of the aquarium to remove smudges and water spots. I like to use a lint-free glass polishing e-cloth, while others recommend white vinegar. 
And you're done! Hopefully these tips and tricks have made aquarium maintenance less of a chore, so you can spend more time enjoying your beautiful aquarium. Good luck and keep on swimming!


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Saturday, March 3, 2018

What Education Do You Need to Make Video Games? | Interview with an Industry Veteran



Exclusive interview with my husband Mr. Gamer, a 20+ year veteran in the video game industry, on what kind of schooling (both formal and informal) is needed to make video games for a living! Topics include:

PART 1: Advice for Middle and High Schoolers
► What are my goals in middle and high school?
► What classes are important and how do they apply making to video games?
► Do you need good grades or a portfolio to get into college?
► How do I get experience making video games while in middle or high school?

PART 2: Advice for College Students
► What college degrees and universities are best for video game careers?
► Should I go to a “regular” versus video game college?
► What kind of experience should I get during college?

Comment below if you have any questions for Mr. Gamer about the video game industry!


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