05 JUN 2021
What Is Best Koi Pond Filtration System?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Koi Pond | Evolution Aqua
Koi ponds and koi keeping are gaining popularity in South Africa. There are many different types of ponds, but the filtration system will always be vital to the health of the fish. If you are unsure where to start when it comes to understanding a koi pond filtration system, this article is meant to give you a better understanding.    Koi produce waste that could be classified as both chemical and physical so it only makes sense that your pond will need to have the ability to handle both. The two main types of filtration are biological and mechanical.  Biological filtration encourages the growth of aerobic (nitrifying) bacterial cultures that will help break down the chemical components of fish waste. Mechanical filtration is employed to handle the physical solid pieces of waste such as faecal matter, dead leaves, dead insects, etc. There are special equipment you need to have present in your pond to ensure the health of your Koi. Before discussing filtrat.. [More] koipondfiltration2.jpg
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27 MAY 2021
Healthy Treats For Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel
If you already own rabbits or guinea pigs, you know that feeding them is not always so straightforward. In the wild, their eating habits include grass, tree bark and twigs. Domestic rabbits and guinea pigs need a similar fibre-filled diet from a range of sources. They need a balanced diet of 85-90% hay, supplemented by nuggets, fresh greens and fresh water.   Treats are suitable for rabbits and guinea pigs in moderation but you don’t have to go down the route of a sugary, unhealthy snack. Treats should be packed full of fibre and should include ingredients they would find in the wild. You can find delicious snacks made from natural ingredients such as wild grass, dandelion, dried apple, herbs and flowers – and these include our Burgess Excel Nature Snacks range too.  Although they might appear to love sugary treats, rabbits and guinea pigs need lots of fibre in their diet to keep their digestive system healthy. Therefore, it is important to make sure tha.. [More] newburgessnaturesnack2021.jpg
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11 MAY 2021
Hamster Health Checks
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These small, special animals rely on us to ensure they’re healthy and happy. As well as providing nutritious hamster food and creating a suitable hamster habitat for them to thrive in, there are some important health checks that you should carry out regularly to ensure your hamster is in the clear.   Getting to know your hamster’s normal behaviour and habits will help you be able to spot if something is not quite right. This is very important because, as the RSPCA points out: “Hamsters can become unwell and go downhill very quickly, but may often only show subtle signs of being in pain or distress, or that they are suffering, until it is very severe.” As well as providing suitable accommodation, company of their own kind (it’s only the Syrian hamster that prefers to go it alone) and the right nutrition, there are some regular checks that you can carry out to ensure your hamster is hale and hearty. And, by doing this, you’ll also be able.. [More] HamsterHealthchecks.jpg
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07 MAY 2021
EA Launches Tempest Filter For Ponds
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Koi Pond | Evolution Aqua
Award winning aquatics company Evolution Aqua have launched a new, innovative polisher for ponds, the Tempest. The Tempest filter uses Evolution Aqua’s K+Media to deliver crystal clear, healthy water. Designed to be used in conjunction with any filtration system, the Tempest offers additional mechanical and biological filtration. The Tempest filter can also be used on quarantine systems or as a standalone filter on smaller ponds up to 5,000 Litres.   The Tempest filter is easy to install and is simple and quick to clean, by way of a unique, patent pending air syphon design. During the cleaning process, air is drawn into the filter as it empties which causes the water to agitate, effectively cleaning the K+Media. Using Evolution Aqua’s K+Media as the filter media, particles down to one micron can be filtered. Not only that, K+Media is the result of extensive research and development, moulded with minerals for faster maturation times. Evolution Aqua filter me.. [More] EA_Tempest.jpg
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18 APR 2021
Keeping Ferrets As Pets
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Ever fancied having some captivatingly curious ferrets as pets? In fact, these domesticated polecats have been popular human companions for centuries. Images of ferret-like animals on leashes have been discovered on the walls of Egyptian tombs, which suggests that these mischievous little carnivores have been pals with humans for thousands of years. It’s thought that they were first introduced to Britain around 2,000 years ago by the Romans and they’ve gained legions of ferret fans ever since...   Ferrets are fearless explorers who need to be cared for by humans Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) belong to the family ‘Mustelidae’, which includes otters, stoats, weasels and badgers. Their most likely wild ancestors are the European polecat and the Steppe polecat. They have stubby noses, small furry ears, long, flexible bodies, and short, strong limbs, meaning they’re perfectly equipped to move freely in confined spaces and turn round in narrow.. [More] Ferret-Behaviour.jpg
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21 NOV 2020
Why Rabbit Muesli Diets Should Be Avoided?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Burgess Excel
Muesli diets lead to health problems in rabbits and should be avoided. For many years muesli mixes have been popular as rabbit food but the health risks associated with feeding them have been recognised. In 1996 a paper was published that highlighted the problems of selective feeding from these mixtures. More recent research in 2013 confirmed that selective feeding is a problem and that obesity and inactivity can be induced by feeding muesli mixes as well as dental disease.   What are muesli mixes? Muesli mixes are a mixture of cereals, legumes, pellets, extrusions and, in some cases, other ingredients such as locust beans or alfalfa. The mixtures are cheap to produce, easy to store and heavily marketed by the food manufacturers. Cereals are the staple ingredients of these mixes and they are high in starch and low in fibre, so they are fattening, which is acceptable for short-lived rabbits that are reared for meat, but unacceptable for pet rabbits that can live for up t.. [More] rabbitmuesliavoid.png
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18 OCT 2020
What Is the Best Diet For Parrots In South Africa?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Birds | Roudybush | Bird Food | TOPs Parrot Food
There is a lack of scientific study on avian nutrition, especially as it relates to different bird species, but most experts agree that a good diet for parrots begin with a formulated pellet diet with a variety of other foods added as supplements. A diet based primarily on seeds is deficient in many nutrients, including vitamin A and calcium, and is too high in fat.    This is not to say that seed do not have a place in avian diets, but many birds come to prefer them to the exclusion of other healthy choices and can be fussy when it comes to trying a varied diet. Some birds will even pick out a couple of favorites from a seed mix, which further reduces the nutritional balance in the diet. When it comes to parrot nutrition, consider seeds to be somewhat like junk food: birds love them, but they are not the healthiest choice. For most species of parrot, seeds should only make up about 10 percent of the diet. Some species, like budgies and cockatiels are naturally .. [More] birdeatingseedssa.png
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03 OCT 2020
New Aquarium Foods From NT Labs
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Aquatics | Tropical Aquariums | Fish | Marine Aquariums | NT Labs
NT Labs Pro-f offers a selection of probiotic and prebiotic high-specification foods for aquarium fish. All of the foods in the range have been made using the highest quality ingredients along with the latest nutritional technology.   From perfectly manicured aquascaped aquaria with ornamental shrimp and nano fish species, through to competition grade discus, all the fish you love to keep are catered for. Pro-f Probiotic Tropical fish food is a premium feed for freshwater tropical fish. Containing probiotic bacteria, this granular fish feed ensures your fish absorb more of the nutrients, resulting in less waste and improved water quality. Stimmune supports a fish’s immune system, keeping them healthy and primed to fight off disease. Packed with natural colour-enhancing and highly nutritious spirulina to emphasise the colours of your fish, and with easily digestible krill and squid meal. Probiotic Tropical is highly palatable and beneficial to a wide variety of speci.. [More] pro-ffoodntlabs.png
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17 SEP 2020
What Is The Best Bedding For Guinea Pigs?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Guinea Pigs | Bedding | Carefresh
What is the best bedding for guinea pigs for ultimate comfort and odour control? Guinea pigs make a great first pet. Not only do they have fun personalities and make the cutest noises – they often purr when they are happy, but they are also very easy to care for.    Make sure you have space in your home and your heart for two guinea pigs, as they are very social creatures; and it is recommended that you adopt a pair of same-gendered Guinea pigs. When setting up their home, make sure you have a lot of space for them, as they spend a lot of time nesting in comfy bedding. Line the bottom of their habit with a good quality, soft and absorbent bedding that keeps them warm and safe but keeps odours under control. It should be easy to clean up and biodegradable for easy disposal. There are several types of bedding available for Guinea Pigs to nest in, including paper-based, fleece, wood, and hay. The best bedding for your Guinea Pig is either a paper or fleece base.. [More] GuineapigConfetti1024x1024.jpg
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13 AUG 2020
Why Chinchillas Love Blue Sparkle Dust?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Chinchillas | Chinchilla Bath Dust
Chinchillas have dense fur. Over time, oils and moisture collect in their fur. In the wild, chinchillas have no way to clean their fur other than to roll around in volcanic ash which acts as an absorbent. You should never bathe your chinchilla in water. Doing so would remove the natural oils which protect their skin and helps them regulate their body temperature. Instead, it is best to give them a bowl or container filled with "special" dust for them to roll around in. The finer the dust, the better.   A regular dust bath is an absolute necessity for chinchillas. Taking a vigorous dust bath is one of their natural behaviors, and is how chinchillas keep their lush coats clean and healthy. Not only does this dust bath help to keep their thick fur smooth and silky, it is thought to be relaxing and fun for chinchillas. Blue Sparkle is the best chinchilla dust you can use. This ultra-fine aluminum silicate powder contains no limestone, glass, or sand and shakes compl.. [More] chinchilladustbath5.jpg
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