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Koi Pond Aeration System

koi pond aeration systemIt is important that a Koi Pond should be equipped with a good Aeration System to ensure that the water has a homogeneous mixing since a typical depth for a well set up pond can be as deep as 6 feet. Although buying the whole unit including installation will easily cost anywhere between few thousand dollars, there are many advantages on why having the aeration system will ensure that you have a well and easy-to-managed koi pond. Let’s discuss every aspect and details of it.

Uneaten and leftover fish food tends to sink to the bottom of the koi pond and as time passes by, the accumulation of these slow decaying materials will cause a huge buildup of noxious gases. The situation is aggravated to become even worse especially if there’s no proper pond aeration system, and since the bottom layer seems to be void of oxygen, anaerobic conditions will mean decomposition will generate toxic compounds which have no place to go to. Rotting materials will also fill the bottom area with think layer of sludge and with worsening cleanliness condition, this will also mean that the area will promote growth of pathogens including bacteria that will cause fish disease.

Control of clear water quality is another important aspect that will ensure that your koi fish will achieve proper growth and development of color. Although having a good pond filtration system will ensure that the water stays clean, wider pond area of over 1 acre will mean that not all the water will be able to fed to the system to ensure filtration takes place. With combination of an aeration system working in tandem with a pond filter system, this will ensure that the water is properly agitated and mixing all around before being pumped in to the filtration unit.

A well setup koi aeration system will also ensure that there is more dissolved oxygen spread around available for your pet fish. Aeration will overcome problem related to “stagnant point” whereby it basically refers to a dead spot whereby there is no flow or movement of freshwater. Better aeration system can be achieved by having diffusers so that there are more surface area for exchange of gas and thus increasing amount of dissolved oxygen in the water. Other methods such as using the Oxydator can also work to achieve the same results. This will definitely help to ensure that you have a healthy and more active koi fish.

Other than that, with proper water circulation, your pets can easily find its live foods especially planktonic crustacean like daphnia and other benthic organisms moving around. Water movement will also prevent algae growth that will just accumulate on the pond top surface and this also helps to contain problems related to green water bloom. This is important because buildup of algae will affect aquatic plant growth at the bottom of the pond.



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Willow Method for Green Water Problem

using willow leaves for green waterIf green water starts to become a problem, you can always try using the “Willow Leaf/Branch” Method as a temporary solution. The idea on using willow branch is because the plant is a good nutrient absorber and as such it will help to reduce the amount of dissolved organic present in the aquarium water and therefore halting the algae growth. There are varying success rates using this method because first of all it takes time for the willow branch to establish the roots (normal time frame is about a week) and second, different species and hybrids of the willow tree can also produce different results.

Using willow method can also pose a challenge because you will need to find the tree itself. Once you come across one, pluck a few branches with the leaves intact and then place it in your fish tank. Somehow based on my own experience, using just the willow method itself may not be sufficient to quickly clear off the green water problem and as such you can do it along with introduction of daphnia to the water. Daphnia can be easily bought in any aquarium pet stores and the food for these planktonic crustaceans are actually algae. However, before you put in the daphnia, make sure that the aquarium fish has to be removed to another backup tank, or else the daphnia will end up as food for your pets. Together with the willow method this will help to clear up the aquarium green water problem much faster.

Using willow method is more like applying corrective action rather than preventing the whole problem before it actually gets out of hand. In fact, it is only effective during the early stage when you first spotted the aquarium water starts to turn slightly greenish. Somehow, it will be quite useless to apply the method when algae bloom has already developed to the advanced stage and as such I always believe the whole mess can be avoided if you follow some simple methods as mentioned earlier in the aquarium algae control topic.



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Keeping Midas Cichlid as Pet

Red Midas CichlidMidas Cichlid is one of the largest and most aggressive fish that can grow up to 15 inches in length. The fish is best kept in its own tank away from the other fish and so far my attempts to breed the species has resulted in failure because the newly introduced females were attacked upon introduction. (Usually in order to make things easier, I would suggest you use a fish tank separator to study their interaction before mixing the male and female together). The fish is often identified and mistaken with another type of cichlids known as the flowerhorn or “lou han” as what most Asian fish breeders have come to name it, mainly because of the presence of a large hump on its forehead. If you are an avid aquarium hobbyist who likes to pet your fish by touching it, I would advice against doing so with Midas Cichlid because they are notorious for having a knack to bite on fingers.

Unlike flowerhorn, which doesn’t have its own scientific name because its crossbred nature, the Midas Cichild is a native species that is caught from the rivers of Costa Rica in South American region and domesticated in home aquarium. Being a tropical fish, Midas Cichlid preferably should be kept in warm waters in the region between 27 to 30 degrees Celsius and water hardness around 8 to 10 dGH with the requirements similar just like the Discus Fish. In terms of diet, they are considered predatory fish that likes to chase after their food and they will accept just about anything from small sized fish, live worms including freshwater snails as well.

orange midas cichlid pictureToday, Midas Cichlid is a popular freshwater fish that are sold in almost any aquarium stores. With selective breeding, it is quite common to find different variety of color mix to choose from like red and orange. Setting up your own aquarium for your newly acquired pet is quite simple because the best setup should be a barren bottom acrylic tank with presence of at least a driftwood to provide a hiding place to make them feel safe at home. Basically in order to grow the best and most healthy Midas Cichlid, the aquarium size should at least measure 55 gallons and above to ensure that they can grow to the maximum length. If you are a first timer in aquarium fish keeping, you can also read more on the blogpost that talks about this topic related on how to setup your first cichlid tank.

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Cheap Aquarium Food Supplies

cheap aquarium food using microwormsGrowing your own microworms is perhaps the cheapest alternative of food supply for your fish fry and other smaller aquarium pet fish like neon fish and guppies. Setting up your own microworms hatchery is not exactly difficult because once you get the starter culture growing, all you need to do is to ensure is that the whole cycle repeats itself without losing the original stock. Listed below is basically what you need to get everything started.

Microworms starter culture is easily available from aquarium pet stores and a single pack that comes in a small container cup should not cost more than $5. This is considered cheap because if you were to buy normal blood worms, it could easily cost you a lot more in the long run as you will need to resupply the food once it is finished. But before you purchase your starter culture, let’s prepare the food needed in order to grow these microworms.

Food for the microworms is actually yeast, which you can buy from retail stores. Start by first preparing a plastic container with the top cover drilled with holes. Once this is done, mix in a medium sized box of oats together the yeast to the container and then add in enough water so that the yeast will begin to grow. The microworms culture, which you will add later part will then feed on the yeast and in about two days, the worms will start to crawl up from the sides of the container. Microworms is a good choice of cheap aquarium live food not just because of the cost factor but the high nutritional content will ensure that your fish fry grows much faster while the adult fish will showcase their full potential of bright colors.

Once the initial container of microworms starts to foul, it is time prepare a new batch by repeating the steps mentioned earlier. If properly carried out, it is possible to provide endless supply of fish food without ever heading to the aquarium stores. A word of caution however, if you intend to feed microworms to your pet fish, just make sure that your aquarium tank should have a bare bottom setup without gravel or else it is impossible for the fish to find it once it sinks beneath the layer of gravel.



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Understanding Your Pet Goldfish

pet goldfishGoldfish or better known from their scientific name as Carrasius auratus, belongs to the carp family. They are freshwater fish believed to have originated from the rivers in China where they were domesticated and bred in unique fish bowls before being introduced to Japan and later to the western countries. Goldfish seen today are very much different from their ancestors, which have torpedo-shaped bodies and with pale dull colors. In fact, the common goldfish that you can see sold in aquarium stores are actually a result of years of selective breeding done to pick out the best visually appealing characteristics with stunning colors and shapes.

Goldfish are generally active and friendly fish, which can easily recognize their owner. It is not common to see Goldfish swimming from one side to another in an aquarium tank, getting excited and splashing the water vigorously during feeding time. They are also notorious for being a heavy feeder whereby they will not stop eating and continue to stuff food into their stomach until they die.

Goldfish should not be kept with other fish species in a community tank. First of all, they have different requirements when it comes to water condition because as a cold water fish they can only thrive in waters with lower temperature around the region of 18 degree Celsius. Even if you managed to find tank mates to live with them, this is still not a good option to take because bigger fish will often pick on your pet resulting in injuries. Even plecos, which are always present in any aquarium setup to collect fish waste, will attack your goldfish resulting in torn fins and raised scales. Being a heavy feeder also means that their feeding regime will eventually spoil the water quality in the community tank.



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Setting up a Cichlid Tank

cichlid tankCichlid fish is one of the most beautiful home aquarium fish. They are popular for their colorful appearance and basically they are easy to take care of which makes them a suitable pet for every fish hobbyist. Most species of cichlids originated from Africa but there are some, which are also native to rivers in Central and South America.

Setting up your own cichlid tank is rather straightforward because basically what is important is that, the tank must be large enough measuring at least 50 gallons and above with sufficient places to hide. Aquarium decorations such as driftwood will provide excellent spot for them to acclimatize to the home aquarium environment much faster. For the aquarium bed, fine substrates such as gravel and sand can be used to create that natural look. Live plants such as Anubias or Vallisneria should be considered as well to be included into the tank.

Depending on the type of cichlids fish species, usually the tank water temperature should be controlled in the region between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to have a clean and manageable cichlid setup, the aquarium must be equipped with high capacity water filter. The reason is because cichlids’ favorite diet mostly consist of meaty foods and thus the water gets dirty easily. The tank lighting is also another important consideration because it must be bright enough to bring out the colorful appearance of your pet.

Today one of the most famous setup is the African Cichlid aquariums, which is made up of either Lake Tanganyika or Lake Malawi cichlids. Both species have different needs in terms of tank water conditions and also dietary requirement and as such, both groups are best separated to their own aquarium. Another option is that, if you are looking for colorful fish, then the Rainbow Krib will also make an excellent choice for your cichlid tank.

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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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