How to Set-Up the Best Home for Your Pet Beta Fish

As soon as you bring home a Betta fish from a pet store, equip yourself with the essential Betta fish facts that you will need in setting up a home for your pet. Setting up an ideal Betta tank is quite the same with setting up a regular one. However, there are just some special considerations to take note. Below are helpful tips you will need for creating a home for your beloved Betta.

Large Tanks – Known for swimming gracefully in the water, this fish needs enough space at all times. Tanks that can hold eight to ten gallons of water are best for them. Bettas wear long flowing fins that may grow longer through time. They can get easily hurt when their fins get tangled with the plants and other stuff inside the aquarium due to lack of enough swimming space. In addition, they will need surface space as they cannot breathe in the water. They stick their heads out the surface to breathe some air.

Tank Cover, Tank Heater and Water Conditioners – One of the ways on how to care for a Betta fish is to keep it from hurting itself. As we all know, they could be very active. Thus, jumping off the water surface and landing on the floor are likely to happen to your pet. Providing a tank cover can prevent it from such risks and from dying instantly.


Tank heater is another thing that will keep your pet alive in the tank. Bettas are a tropical fish and the ideal water temperature for them is 78 to 80 degrees. Heaters can help you maintain such temperature in your tank.
Afterwards, treat the water in your tank for any presence of chlorine or chloramine. Buy a water conditioner for freshwater tanks. It protects your fish from all forms of chlorine. It also allows your fish to be put in the tank immediately.

Substrates, Plants, And Lighting – Substrates are great for your tank especially when you want some plants in your aquarium. While colorful substrates make tanks better-looking, they are not proven safe for your tank plants and fish. Another of the Betta fish facts to remember is that this fish is also known for their appetite. Colored substrates may have paint that can flake off through time. Your pet can mistake these paint flakes for food. They can die from eating these. So, just go for sand for your substrate.

The best plant you can put in your sand substrate is the Amazon Sword Plant. It is known for generating more oxygen in the tank. They just grow quite quickly, so you got trim them every now and then.
Enough light is also essential for your Betta pet and the good bacteria living in the tank as well. You can either install a light in the tank or place the tank on a spot where ample natural light sets in.


Tips on Getting Kids Brush Their Teeth

I think kids need supervision while brushing their teeth. Not only do they need help reaching all the teeth, they also need an adult to make sure they don’t decorate the walls with toothpaste!

Here are a few ideas to help make teeth brushing time a better experience.

Brush their teeth during their bath. My little kids take a bath and then rinse off with a shower. During the rinsing time they get a toothbrush (with toothpaste already applied) and they brush while rinsing. They spit into the drain and there is no mess! This tip works really well with young kids who can’t reach the bathroom counter.

Keep the toothbrushes in the kitchen.  I have a friend who keeps the toothbrushes in the kitchen drawer and the kids brush their teeth in the kitchen sink. Since kitchens are bigger than bathrooms it is easier for mom to help the kids brush at the kitchen sink and for some reason there seems to be less mess.

If you are concerned about kids spitting in the kitchen sink, give the sink a quick cleaning after they are finished brushing. Your sink will always be clean!

Put on some music! A dentist friend of mine recommend putting on some music and encouraging your children to brush their teeth for one entire song. Brushing to music will help the time go by quicker.


Three Simple Ways to Create Space in a Small House

To me,“small  house” is a very relative term. It’s because you can always make the most out of the space that you have to get enough space for your family. Recently, we found three simple solutions to create more floor space in our house. Let me share them with you through this post.

One solution that we found for helping us with furniture arranging was to take doors off that we felt we could live without.  By taking a door off of the closet in our boys’ room, we were able to fit a bed on a wall that wouldn’t normally have fit. If we had kept the door, it would have taken up much of the available space in the room.
Next, I installed a neat spread of shelves above our door. This was such a simple solution for more storage space!  It was quick and inexpensive to add a single shelf. I have been able to use it for a lot of things that previously covered our floor space.
Lastly, I utilised all the plight of shelves in our house. Shelving has been a staple in our home.  It seems that whenever we’ve wanted to add more space to a closet, craft room, or laundry room, shelving has been our answer.