Benefits of Owning a Fish and Starting Your Own Aquarium #APIfish

Visiting PetSmart in search of my new fish.

I’m excited to share with you my latest adventure, becoming a fish owner with the help of PetSmart® and API® 

This post is sponsored by MARS Fishcare and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about API Perfect Start but Spencer the Goldendoodle only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. MARS Fishcare is not responsible for the content of this article.



Let’s first look at different reasons or benefit of being a fish owner. 

  • Fish are quiet, affordable, clean pets the involve minimal attention and have minimal to no behaviors depending on the breeds. 
  • Fish can take up as much room or as little room as possible, making them great for apartments. 
  • Fish are a great pet for children. Not only does it help teach them responsibility, but they also provide them with friendship. 
  • Finally, it has been scientifically proven fish have a calming affect. Between hearing the sound of the water to watching them effortlessly swimming about. Fish tanks offer us the opportunity to bring the calming affects of nature into our houses.
After deciding to be a fish owner it was off to PetSmart to get everything I need. 

I decided on API’s 1.5 Aquarium Kit with 180 Degree View. Here is what all came in this kit: 
  • API Perfect Start™, a complete and easy-to-us start-up program to successfully start your aquarium. It consists of 3 envelopes to use on Day 1, Day 14, and Day 28. Each envelop contains single dose of API’s Stress Coat, Stress Zyme, and Quick Start.
  • Multi-Color Led Lighting – light color options include white, blue, red, green, purple, aqua and amber.
  • Easy Care Integrated Filration System – the filter housing is molded into the tank body so it displaces less water. This filter uses API Crystal Bio-Chem Zorb cartridge.

While I was picking out my products one of PetSmarts employees, Megan, came over and asking if we were finding everything okay. I had my mom tell her that we are becoming fish owners and if there was anything she recommended. She asked what kind of fish we had in mind. We told her that we were looking to get a Betta fish. She highly recommended getting the API’s Bettafix and Stress Coat.


She explained that Bettafix is an all-natural way to treat Bettas for bacterial infections. She shared that one of her Bettas was biting his back fin. After using this API product he no longer was biting his fin and it help make his fin healthier. She then told us that Stress Coat is part of API’s Aquarium Maintenance collection and help makes our tap water safe for our new Betta.

Last, but not least, I needed to pick out my new pal. PetSmart had a many Betta fish to choose from in all different colors and breeds. Megan did a wonderful job explaining what the difference of each breed is. Finally I settled on a male blue crown Betta I named, Tuna.

Finding everything I need 
After getting everything we needed for Tuna we headed home and started to unpack and set up the tank. It only took about 15 minutes to set the tank up, fill it with water, add the chemicals, and the accessories. We then let the tank sit over night with the filter on before we added Tuna to the tank. 

Tuna has been a wonderful addition to our family. He is enjoying his new spacious home and I love watching him swim about.

To learn more about these and other API products visit them at either their Website or on Facebook. To check out PetSmart’s collection of API products simply click HERE.

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PupCrate November 2015 Edition

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Today I’m introducing you all to PupCrate,  a new subscription dog box.

Each monthly PupCrate box contains 4-5 treats (USA Made), toys and other pet products that have been hand selected by PupCrate. Each month is sourced extremely carefully from trusted suppliers and each item is unique from anything they will send in a later box.

PupCrate is even great for dogs with allergies. Every PupCrate is wheat, corn and soy free. 

Here is how it work:

1) Choose Dog Size:
  • Small (0-20lbs)
  • Medium (20-50lbs)
  • Large (50+lbs)
2) Choose Toy Preference
  • Plush Toys (soft and squishy)
  • Chew Toys (durable and chewy)
  • Or Mix of Plush and Chew
3) Choose A Term
  • Month to Month – $29.95
  • 3 Month Prepay – $85.95
  • 12 Month Prepay – $330.95

Now lets take a look at the goodies in the Novembers Edition of the PupCrate:

  • HuggleHounds 
    • This cute red bear is made right here in America using U.S sourced fiber fill, as well as made using recycled corduroy. These bears are hand sewn so no two bears are alike. 
    • Retails for $21.95
  • Yaky Charms
    • This microwavable snack is from the same people that brought you Himalayan dog treats. Simply place the bag in the microwave for about 1 minute. And you have yummy Yaky Charms for you dog.
    • Retails for $6.99
  • Yaky Yam Lotsa Checken
    • This treat is name from the same people that brought you Himalayan dog chews. Yaky Yam is baked treats has only 5 ingredients: Yak & Cow milk, sweet potato, brown rice flour, chicken powder, and chicken broth.
    •  Retails for $3.99
  • Earth Rated Poop Bags
    • Lavender scented poop bag refill roll has 15 bags that fit into any standard leash dispensers.
  • Bacon Flavored Spray
    • Bacon spray for dry dog food for picky eaters. All natural dog food dressing and flavor enhancer.
    • Retails for $6.99
  • Premium Beef Treats
    • Made with 100% natural beef liver and lung right here in the USA. Contains no artificial flavors or colors.
    • Retails for $32.99
This box has over a $70 value. PupCrate’s boxes start at $29.95 plus free shipping and handling. If you use the coupon code “SPENCER” you will save $5 of your order bringing you box cost to $24.95. You would save over $45 on all these products going through PupCrate vs going to the store and purchasing them all individually. Talk about a great value!!! The best part you can gift a box to someone in time for Christmas. 

To learn more about PupCrate or to place your order visit any of their sites: Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

*Spencer the Goldendoodle received this PupCrate box in this post to review. The opinions in this review are the honest opinion of Spencer the Goldendoodle. PupCrate is not responsible for the contents of this post.