Exotic pets that are perfect for apartments

Four hermit crabs in an aquarium 

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A pet can make a house a home.  It’s human nature to care and nurture and its proven thats it’s also good for the soul to keep pets, particularly if you live alone.  But what if you live in an apartment?  A dog can be difficult unless you have the time and physical fitness to excercise one properly and what if cat hair makes you sneeze or you want a pet to suit your quirky personality?

Choosing an exotic pet may not be an impossibility and in some cases they are clean and easy to look after.  Here are a few suggestions.

  • Hermit Crabs.  These little fellas have their own characters and you can have great fun painting shells of different sizes in non-toxic paints to give them fancy, colourful new homes!
  • Frogs are gaining popularity as a great kids pet. These amphibians may not give you cuddles but will give you many years of joyful entertainment.  Easy to care for and most pet stores will advise you on the tank they need and of course access to water.  They do eat insects tho so be prepared to handle the odd mealworm!
  • Tarantulas.  These are only for the serious exotic pet enthusiast.  They take a lot of commitment and care to keep them in good health.  But for commited spider owners their are years of fascination, interaction with a truly exotic pet which some say display signs of love!

So from the tamest to the almost terryfing there is an exotic pet that you can choose to live happily in your apartment for many years to come!

Shetland Sheepdogs as Pets

For potential pet owners seeking an dog that provides something more than just lazy companionship a Shetland Sheepdog might be the perfect pet. Shetlands, or Shelties as they are often affectionately called, are a breed from the herding dog group.

Shelties might be mistaken for the popular Border Collie breed that was made famous by the television show Lassie. The Sheltie and the Border Collie have more in common than just similar looks. Both Collies and Shelties are excitable herding dogs that need plenty of activity and exercise. The main difference between the breeds is size. Shelties hale from the Shetland Islands. And just as there location would seemingly indicate, Shelties are a small breed.

The breed has been recognized by the English Kennel Club since the first decade of the 20th Century. Shelties generally weight between 10 to 30 pounds and are ideal for as either show dogs or pets. As a pet, Shelties are extremely loyal and crave attention. This intelligent breed needs plenty of human contact and activity. Luckily, the Sheltie is easy and willing to be trained. As a natural herder the breed enjoys work, so it is natural for Shelties to learn and perform tricks.

While the Sheltie is an ideal dog for a family with the time and willingness to provide their pet with plenty of activity, it might not be an ideal breed for more passive owners. Sheltie ranked as one of the most intelligent breeds according to research by Dr. Stanley Coren. It ranked 6th out of the more than 100 breeds tested. Coren found that Shelties could learn activities in less than five repetitions. The Sheltie was also eager to please. The breed would perform the trick 95 percent of the time that it was asked to repeat it during trials.

The active and intelligent Sheltie might be an ideal pet in a loving household.

Using a Breeder Compartment for Live-Bearing Tropical Fish

Fish that are born live in your tank can be really rewarding. Mollies, platys and guppies are among the kinds of fish that will give birth in a tank. However, it is possible to have a tank of live-bearing fish without ever seeing the newborn fry, because the adult fish will eat the babies as soon as they see them. This is prevented by using a breeder tank or net. A breeder net may be a simple mesh-covered framework that isolates individual fish in an aquarium. When fry are born in the breeder net, the only adult that can eat them is the mother.

Floating Plastic Breeders

These are compartments made of clear hard plastic, with narrow slits that allow tank water to circulate, without allowing fish to get through. Air compartments at each end allow them to float in your aquarium. A set of bars with wider openings is placed near the bottom of the breeder to allow newborn fry to get away from the mother. A lid keeps adult fish from jumping into or out of the breeder. Just place a pregnant female in the breeder, and as the young are born, they move through the grate to the bottom, where they are safe from the mother. When the mother has finished giving birth, you may place her back in the tank with the rest of the adult fish, and the babies remain in the breeder tank until they are big enough to not be threatened by the other fish.

Care of Baby Fish

You can get special food that is small enough for tiny fry to eat, until they are able to eat the same food as the other fish in the tank. By protecting and feeding fry, you can maintain a population of fish without having to purchase replacements for those that die. You can even give fish to your friends.