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How to Spot and Treat Common Betta Fish Diseases

Bluel beta fish swimming in tank

Keeping a Betta fish is one of the more colorful experiences in the fish keeping world but it can also be particularly challenging. Unlike keeping other pets, keeping a Betta fish can be frustrating because of the lack of ability for your fish to communicate its needs. In this article we will address a number of common Betta fish diseases, how they can be identified and what should be done to treat them. Read on to find out what signs you should be looking out for to ensure that your Betta fish does not succumb to one of these common Betta fish diseases...

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How to Breed Betta Fish Guide

2 Betta fish in tank with bubbles: How to Breed Betta Fish

Betta fish are one of nature’s more colorful fish and one of the most popular pets. Many people decide to breed their Betta fish to discover more about the fish and to attempt to achieve brilliant new colorations. While these vibrant fish are a pleasure to look at, the breeding process is an extremely delicate one. These aggressive fish require strict supervision throughout the breeding process in order to ensure that the young survive and the male and female do not kill each other after mating. In this article we will discuss how to best go about mating your Betta fish in order to ensure the survival of the young...

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Saltwater Aquarium for Beginners: 10 Easy Steps

Saltwater tank with fish: Saltwater Aquarium for Beginners

When it comes to aquariums there is nothing more beautiful than a large saltwater aquarium. The glowing, bright colors and glistening neon water makes for a stunning look to add to a business or home. However, few people understand the work that goes in to setting up and maintaining them. In this article we will cover all the basics of how you go about setting up a saltwater aquarium from picking out your aquarium to preparing it for your saltwater fish selection and more...

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UrthBox Reviews: Be A Conscious Snacker

UrthBox Reviews

Want to discover new healthy snacks, beverages and more? UrthBox is a healthy snack box subscription sent to you once a month. They offer various sizes and give discounts if you pay for 3 or 6 months at a time. If you have specific dietary needs you can specify them when choosing your box. Learn more about this healthy snack box in our UrthBox Review...

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Eco-Friendly Burial Options: Life Afterlife

Person holding green urn: Green Burial Options

Picture this, instead of cemeteries we have memory forests. Doesn't that sound beautiful? An eco-friendly burial option can give us a "second life" through nature. How cool is it that we can give back to Earth as we leave it by becoming a tree or reef?! There are a few options available for natural burial already and we're sure more green burial options will sprout up in the coming years...

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Climate Change is Slowing Neptune Grass Growth

Neptune grass at bottom of sea: What is Neptune Grass and Why It Matters

Ancient seagrass (aka neptune grass) is believed to be tens of thousands of years old and yet it may be at threat for extinction as a result of climate change. In this article we take a dive deep below the sea to find out what's growing on the ocean floor and to better understand the most recent findings in regard to this ancient oceanic organism and its importance...

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Easy Almond Milk Recipe

Jar of homemade almond milk

So I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow's milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! And with commercial Almond Milk manufacturers now in class action suits about how few almonds yet how many chemicals are in their products, I am further encouraged to make my own. So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you...

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Animal Testing Ethics: Under the Microscope

Microscope in lab: Animal Research Ethics

The topic of animal research and if it's ethical or not has long been debated. Is it beneficial to progressing or do the risks outweigh the rewards? Below we take a look at the definition of animal research, the varied opinions on animal research ethics, important cases in animal research history, threats to researchers, statistics and alternatives to animal testing...

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The Dirty Dozen: What to Buy Organic and What Not

Guide to Eating Clean

I’ve been working on cleaner eating for a while, but because we were still eating out more often than I care to admit, I hadn’t really worked hard to include organics in our budget. I bought organic when the prices weren’t that different (like with carrots), but I, honestly, sort of chose to ignore the dangers lurking on the regular produce shelves. Recently, I started hearing about grapes from a few friends. It’s sort of a no brainer than any fruit or veggie that you eat the skin of is probably best in the organic variety. Twice over the last month, I heard that because grapes skins are so thin, the pesticides can seep all the way through the grape. This is scary since I know pesticides have been linked to many different conditions and even cancer. That’s definitely not ideal...

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Is Zipcar Worth It?

Zipcar: Is Zipcar Worth It?

Car sharing has been a known concept in Europe for years but in 2000 the founders of Zipcar brought the idea to their hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started rolling it out across the U.S. The idea is to bring alternative transportation to life. The benefits of car sharing are evident to Zipcar’s founders and they seek to bring this sustainable solution that has worked so well in Europe to the United States. Zipcar sees itself as more than just a new company on the block or an eco-aware company trying to do good for the now. The company is an ambassador for change, something that is evident throughout the company as they consciously make decisions to better impact our planet in the future. Sure the company is doing great things but is Zipcar worth it for you?

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Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits: Your Hormones Will Thank You

Cup of raspberry tea: Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits

Red raspberry leaf tea, not to be confused with raspberry flavored tea, has long been used for women’s health. In my doula practice, I definitely see a lot of use and get a lot of questions about Red Raspberry leaf tea. I am no doctor, so I always tell clients to check with their doctor before use, but having used it myself and based on all of my research, I do sing its praises. It’s not simply a flavored tea, but it is made from the leaves of the raspberry bush and offers many benefits; however, it is not just for women. The health benefits extend to everyone. It is also quite tasty and can be prepared as iced or hot tea...

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Save the Earth, Share a Car: Zipcar Review

Parked zipcar on street

Are you committed to earth friendly transportation but find it difficult not owning a car, even if you have access to public transportation? If you live in a larger city or a college campus, it's not as hard as you think. Zipcar, the most well-known and popular car sharing service, has the largest fleet of shared vehicles in hundreds of cities and college campuses around the U.S. -- and around the world. Read more to learn why we chose Zipcar as our number one choice in our Best Car Sharing Service comparison article...

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Allergy Symptoms in Children

Baby sneezing

Allergy symptoms in children often resemble the signs that indicate they are tired or catching a cold. It is important then, that you know what the common allergies are for children, what may trigger these allergies, and what to do if your child has an allergic reaction to something...

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Best Compost Bin: A Down and Dirty Comparison

Person holding pile of compost in hand: Best Compost Bin

Looking for the best compost bin but feeling lost in the weeds? Composting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while also creating fertilizer to help your garden flourish. In our experience it also decreased kitchen odor from food rot in the trash can while also reducing your amount of trash, especially if you combine it with recycling. Earth's Friends has researched the best indoor and outdoor composting bins so you can feel confident with your decision and get to composting soon! Get ready to toss away those scraps into a stylish and smell-free system while lowering your impact on the landfill...

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Aluminum Free Deodorant: 3 That Truly Work

Woman applying deodorant

So you're thinking about switching to natural deodorant. Aluminum free deodorant seem to be a sure-fire way to return to basics and reduce the increasing health concerns associated with aluminum and parabens in relation to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, respiratory and brain disorders. Yikes! We are right there with you - read our research on which aluminum free deodorants work best when it comes to smelling fresh while reducing your health risks associated with this sometimes sticky (and smelly!) situation...

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