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Poetry on Plum Island

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Please join us Friday October 19th at 5:00 pm for a poetry reading by Susan Edwards Richmond and David Davis.

Susan and David will read poems created to celebrate the natural art of Plum Island and work by our member artists.

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Best Bedding For Bearded Dragon: Zoo Med Eco Cage Carpet VS. Zoo Med Eco Earth Loose Coconut Fiber

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Bedding is the material placed on the floor of the bearded dragon cage. Bearded dragons spend most of their time in the cage, so the bedding will directly impact the health and enrichment of your pets.

Wrong bedding can lead to impaction and disease for them. The best bedding for bearded dragons is very important for them to enjoy along and happy life.

In this post, we will look at two of the best bedding for bearded dragons: Zoo Med Eco Earth Loose Coconut Fiber Substrate VS. Zoo Med Eco Cage Carpet.

#1 Safety and non-toxic material

Above all things, the primary concern of bearded dragons owner is the safety of pets. Whatever bearded dragon substrate you are using, ensure that it is natural and does not contain any harmful dyes or colors, which might cause irritation to bearded dragon’s skin and eyes.

Zoo Med Eco Cage Carpet is the product made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic bottles. This makes it is environmentally friendly and extremely affordable as well. Moreover, with the carpet bedding, you can totally remove the concern about the risk of accidental ingestion like some other loose bedding.

Zoo Med Loose coconut Fiber is an all-natural product that means it is completely safe for your bearded dragons.

Because this bedding is so fine, it is not caused any problems with digestion ore impaction if you bearded dragons accidentally ingest. However, this bedding can be a bit messy and dust when it is dry.

#2 Easy to maintain

It is obvious that bearded dragons bedding requires frequent cleaning. Choosing the bedding that easy to reduce and replace can save much of your time and effort.

Zoo Med coconut fiber is quite easy to clean. You can spot clean and remove solid waste from loose bedding with spoon or scoop. And once per month, you should completely change the substrate.

Coconut fiber is also very well absorbs, which makes it an ideal product for odor control.

Zoo Med Carpet is easier to clean than the loose since you just wash it under the running water and wait it dry then put it back in the cage. To replace, it comes in 13 x 48 inches. This size is ideal for 55 gallons tank but it can be easily cut and used for a smaller tank.

Why Should You Get Reptile Heat Mat?

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Reptiles can be a unique and excellent animal that become popular to keep as pets. However, they also have some requirements that should be adopted that other normal pets wouldn’t. One of those important requirements is the proper temperature.

The most effective and safest heat source you can get for your enclosure is reptile heat mat. This heat mats not only an economical way to provide heat for your reptiles but also keep your pet comfortable and healthy.

What is reptile heat mat?

The best reptile heat mat is the pad that emanates heat for reptile tanks and takes a portion of the tank. Almost heat mats are designed to be placed under the tank and prove heat from the bottom up.

There are quite many types of heat mats that come in a variety of sizes and wattages. The heat mat is ideal to use for animals that do not require UV light and do not prefer to basking, they are usually nocturnal animals.

Heat mat compare with the other heat sources

There are many different methods to provide heat for reptiles. Some owners can use heat tape in reptiles tank but this product was not made specially to use for animals in captivity. It tends to overheat your pets.

Ceramic heat emitter is also another heat source but it consumes a lot of electricity than heat mat. Sometimes it can cause the damage of burning your skin if you are any old how.

Hot rock is a common method to provide heat but it has been known to causing burns since reptiles will lay and spend a lot of their time on it.

The reason that the heat mat is valued over other heating systems is that it takes less cost to buy and bring more efficiency. The amount of heat that the heat mat provides is gentle and barely. It won’t take you lots of effort to maintain and its life span is much longer than another heat source.

The best reptile heating pad will maintain a constant temperature inside the tank during the day and night without bothers your reptiles when they sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gravel Vacuum

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If you are keeping an aquarium, you have to take responsibility to maintain clean water for your fish. And vacuuming gravel is one of your works. The dirt, waster, excess foods and other debris will build up in the tank bottom and you need to remove them.

The traditional methods to clean the tank might take you a lot of time and effort for this job, due to that you cannot always keep the clean environment for your fish. However, you can get to use the best aquarium gravel vacuum to remove all these water pollutants and also ammonia and nitrate that they produce.

But for those who have never get a gravel vacuum before, there are also many questions will come to your mind, this post will help you answer some basic things about gravel vacuum.

How to choose the correct size of gravel vacuum?

The gravel vacuum available come with many different sizes of tubes. Choosing the tube that suitable for your tank. The length of the tube should longer the depth of your aquarium if you do not want to submerge your arm into the tank.

There are 3 different sizes of tube: The largest size is 2 inches (5cm) will suit the aquariums 20 gallons and more. The medium size is 1,5 inches (4cm) will suit the aquarium from 5-20 gallons. And the mini size about1 inches (2,5 cm) will suit the aquarium up to 5 gallons.

How often should you vacuum your tank?

When it comes to the frequency of vacuuming gravel, you should vacuum regularly for at least once a week.  If your tank contains lots of fish and plants that means you have to vacuum more often.

Remember to remove all the decoration and accessories out of your tank when vacuuming, there is a much amount of waste settles under those things.

What you should do if you do not have a vacuum?

If you are not ready to get the best aquarium gravel, you have to do the other work to remove the waste in your tank. You can have the under gravel filters to help you clean the bottom area, but it also comes with some drawbacks.

Keeping some scavenger species of fish such as shrimp and sails. Control the amount of food that you feeding them to avoid they leave the excess food wasted.

To our Saltbox family

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Historically the Saltbox Gallery has always had a spring show. We have been in the process of planning this year's show for early May, however in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak we are going to postpone our annual spring show. Making this decision was tough for us, but it was an easy decision to make. The health of you, our customers, our devoted followers, our friends, our family is of the utmost importance to us.

We have decided to move our show to the weekend of July 31st - August 2nd. We’re excited to be on Plum Island during the height of the summer season. (and the end of greenhead season!) We’ve already begun the process of planning our show, this delay only gives us more time to provide all of you with the best show possible. We’re going to have a blast and we can’t wait to see you all.

Stay tuned for updates on what our member artists are working on.

Stay safe and wash your hands. We look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Thank you.
The Saltbox Gallery

A panoramic photograph of Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard by member artist Joe Frio

Do you need to add crested gecko accessories in their cage?

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If you are finding a way to set up your crested gecko’s enclosure habitat, do not forget to add crested gecko accessories. Crested geckos are vertebrate tropical species, there are three basic requirements of them that you should provide when you set up and decoration their cage: places to hide, things for them to jump or climb water accumulation.

Besides, you should ensure that you are present the cage in the correct way. Your crested geckos require enough space to hide and cover them in order to avoid stress by exposing; enough height and branches for them to climb; and the proper humidity with the best reptile fogger.

Why you should add gecko accessories in their cage?

Environmental enrichment for animals in captivity is necessary but not every crested gecko’s owner takes notice of it. There are some benefits of environmental enrichment are: improve the development of neural and cognitive functions; improve activity frequency; decrease stress levels and susceptibility; improve immune ability and build up resistance:

In captivity, your crested geckos tend to live much more sedentary than their wildlife. So it is important to provide them enough space to adjust their body temperature and doing some instinct behavior.

Adding accessories in their cage can simulate their activity; decrease the risk of obesity and some other health problem.

According to the study, doing exercise and activity play an important role in improving neural and reduces stress. It allows your geckos to exhibit their natural behaviors.

What are accessories you should put in crested gecko cage?

Branches, vines, live plants, fake plants, tubes, hide boxes, PVC pipes, bamboo, moss, food dish platform, etc

How to choose safe accessories?

You can buy these accessories at any pet stores or even DIY it for your pet but whatever you use as accessories, ensure that it safe for your crested geckos. Ensure that not get any things with sharp or rough edges or with dangerous electrical wires. They also should be free from paint or dyes.

There are also some plants can harm your crested gecko, so before buying, you need to do some little research to discover types of plans that safe for them.

Artist member Candy Way

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Artist member Candy Way has been busy painting images of four siblings. She was commissioned to paint them for a gift. Instead of one large painting she and the client opted for four 7 x 5 paintings to hang as a grouping. This now allows each child to take their painting in the future. She takes commissions if you are interested.

Happy holidays from the Saltbox Gallery!

"Twas the night before Christmas" by Margie Florini.

This is what we do after a show on Plum Island watching the Patriots at Plum Island Grille. Is with Karyl Hayes

Best Foods For Bearded Dragons: Zilla Reptiles Munchies VS. Fucker Medley

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Bearded dragons are omnivores; they eat a variety of insects, vegetables, and fruits. Bearded dragons are not picky eaters; they readily accept any food that you feed them.

Feeding bearded dragons is not a different task but you should keep in mind that the variety of food is the key. This will make mealtime become more appealing to them.

As a bearded dragon keeper, it is your responsibility for choosing the best foods for bearded dragons so that they will reach their optimum health.

In many different types of the best food commercially made for bearded dragons, we recommend that you should try the two packaged foods: Fluker's 72023 Bearded Dragon Medley Reptile Treat VS. Zilla Reptile Munchies For Pets.

#1 Ingredients

It is obvious that ingredient is the most important thing that you should consider when choosing commercially food for bearded dragons. The food should be made of safe, rich nutrients for bearded dragons. You should check the full ingredients of the food from any bearded dragon supplies.

Zilla Reptiles Munchies are made from real ingredients such as Sun Dried Bok Choy, Freeze Dried Zucchini, Freeze Dried Green Beans, Freeze Dried Peas, Freeze Dried Bananas, Sun Dried Carrots, Freeze Dried Crickets, Freeze Dried Mealworms, Freeze Dried Silkworms with Calcium.

These ingredients include both meat-based and plant-based food. It is easy and quick to provide your pets with a variety of desirable green vegetables and insects that they prefer.

Fluker’s medley freeze-dried is made from freeze dried mealworms, freeze dried grasshoppers, freeze dried crickets. These are all real dead insects instead of being in pellet form. The free-drying process will keep the flavour and the freshness of this food for along time.

#2 Nutritional value

If you are feeling tired of finding the high sources of protein in order to provide for your bearded dragons with all the energy they need for the day, then choosing Fluckers Medley can be a great alternative.

Fukers Medley provides essential proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals for complete and balanced nutrition.

All bearded dragons keepers will know that calcium is essential to reptiles for proper bone health. To avoid the calcium deficiency illness in bearded dragons, you can provide them with Zilla Reptile Munchies since it contains quite a much amount of extra calcium.

How often should you clean your 10 gallons tank filter?

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If you want to improve the quality of your water, you filter work efficiently and keep the water well-oxygenated, it is absolutely essential to frequently clean you tank filter. Many aquarium owners do not have the cleaning habit for their filters on a regular basis and this can lead to problems with water chemistry.

It is much more essential and require more frequency when it comes to small tank as 10 gallons tank. Even you get the best filter for a 10 gallon tank, you also need to include your aquarium filter in your routine cleaning schedule if you want to keep your tank clean and running properly.

#1 Mechanical filter

Mechanical filters need their sponge or foam pad cleaned around every 4 to 6 weeks. However, there is the note that you should do this work with the same time as you change a part of your aquarium water. Clean your mechanical filters after tis one or two weeks. This will help your fish avoid from two shocks at the same time and being stress.

Cleaning it by always swishing it around in water that you take out from your aquarium. Do not clean it under the tap, you just need to remove the dirt and debris by your hands and then replace the sponge or pad.

#2 Chemical filters

Chemical filters contain carbon and it requests to be replaced frequently, around every 3-4 weeks. This is mainly because carbon removes chlorine, tannins, and other harmful chemicals but it is only effective for a few weeks, and then you need to replace the cartridges.

Making the habit of doing this once a month along with your partial water change. I even do it more often when my 10 gallons tank becomes cloudy very quickly. However, the draw back if you have a cartridge in your chemical filter is that it can be difficult to clean and messy to maintain.

#3 Biological filters

Your biological filters contain a huge amount of bacteria to process fish waste. The more bacteria you have, the cleaner your tank will be in the long term Due to this replace your biological filters means that you will kill these bacteria.

So, biological filters do not need to be cleaned very often or at all. If you want to clean a biological filter, it is better to do it in the water from the tank, while you doing the partial water change.

The reason why bearded dragon running

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The bearded dragon is usually a very calm reptile, it will not have actions that are too excited or suddenly become energetic. However, many bearded dragons are running around, is this a suspicious behavior?

 Bearded dragon running is not the action of a single animal, it can occur in any bearded dragon. This action can come from a variety of reasons and you can show how to respond through these reasons.

Long-time bearded dragon owners are also elusive and explain this behavior of bearded dragon. Especially for beginners, you need to really focus on your pet from the smallest things to keep them healthy and happy.

Here are the main reasons why a bearded dragon runs around:

#1 Being threaten

The bearded dragon will probably suddenly run around if it feels a threat approaching it.

The threat of a bearded dragon is usually an animal of a larger size than it, an unusual light change or a loud noise.

Running is a natural behavior of any animal that is free from intimidation, and bearded dragons are no exception.

#2 Wrong approach

The bearded dragon may suddenly run away if you approach it the wrong way. Not all approaches are right and you need to know how to bearded dragons don't run away when you want to pick them up.

The bearded dragon has an eye on the top of his head to sense the change in light, which is what helps them escape the threats from above.

That's why you should avoid approaching it from the top. Gently pick it up from both sides.

#3 Strange

The bearded dragon may run away from strangers it first encounters. They can be distinguished through body odor.

#4 Glass surfing

Bearded dragons can run around the cage if they have too much power. This phenomenon is called glass surfing and it happens when the temperature in the cage is turned off or there is something wrong with the humidifier.

So check the devices to calm down the bearded dragon.