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Don't Forget to Flush...Your Growing Media

So maybe you’ve heard of flushing growing media and wonder whether it’s necessary for your hydroponic setup. Water is already constantly flowing through it, right? But growing in hydroponics means using fertilizers that are added to your water reservoirs because your plants have nowhere else to get their nutrients. And occasionally, the salt ions from [...]

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The Completely Common Reason Behind Your Snake's Cloudy Eyes

Do you check the discarded skin when your snake sheds? You should, especially if you notice that your snake has cloudy eyes. Check the shed skin to see if the scales that cover the eyes, called eye caps, are present. Cloudy eyes during snake sheddingMany snake owners notice that their exotic pet gets cloudy eyes [...]

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You Mean I Can Harm My Plants with Too Many Nutrients? Understanding Nutrient Burn

Lots of nutrients are good for your plants, right? Well, yes, but it is possible to give your plants too much of a good thing. It’s like when you take vitamins. A daily multivitamin can help round out the nutrition you get from your food. But swallowing the entire bottle of vitamins could cause severe [...]

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Do Reptiles Need to be Bathed?

You understand the concept behind bathing cats and dogs. After all, you have hair that needs to be washed and brushed out. But what about lizards and snakes? Do they need a bath? Reptiles may not sweat, but there are good reasons why you should give your herp a dip in the water every now [...]

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Use Reflective Surfaces to Maximize Plant Lighting

You’ve probably seen those aluminum foil sun reflectors that were popular for tanning in the 60’s, 70’s, and even the 80’s. They were a cheap way to maximize the sun’s power to tan skin, right? Right. And you can maximize light exposure for your indoor plants in much the same cost effective way. If you’re [...]

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Top Methods to Help Your Reptile through Shedding

Shedding is a necessary function for skin. You shed your skin, and so does your reptile. The big difference, however, is that lizards, snakes, and other reptiles shed most of their skin all at once. And that makes it a bit more uncomfortable for them than when you shed a few flakes here and there. [...]

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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Effective Soil Amendments

Soil amendments are various materials mixed into the soil your plants are growing in, in order to improve plant health and growth. They’re also called soil conditioners, and they can be used in outdoor or indoor gardens. Potting soil typically comes balanced with the nutrients your plant needs, but over time amendments may need to [...]

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How to Remove Algae from Fish and Turtle Tanks

Anywhere that’s wet and warm with access to sunlight is a likely home to algae growth. And that means the aquariums you keep fish and aquatic turtles in are prime targets for algae to take up residence. Although a little algae won’t hurt your exotic pets, an algae overgrowth can be harmful to their health. [...]

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Best Ways to Reduce Odor from Indoor Gardens

Plants can put off a variety of aromas, and some are a bit heavy for the enclosed space of an indoor garden. Not to mention the smells emanating from water reservoirs, grow media, and fertilizers. You’ve likely got some airflow going in your grow room, but what else can you do to help keep guests [...]

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Do Lizards Bite Their Owners for No Reason?

If you’re thinking about getting a pet lizard for you or your child, you may be wondering how safe they are as a pet and whether you should be concerned about bites. The truth is that lizards can bite, and the results can be exacerbated if you don’t take care of the wound through proper [...]

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