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The rewarding hobby of fish keeping revolves around routines. Just like other pets—such as cats and dogs—require daily care and feeding, fish and invertebrates also need your attention frequently, although some tasks can be streamlined and automated if you have all of the necessary fish tank supplies. Aquarists know the maintenance performed on their tanks is vital because they’re in charge of balancing the biochemistry of enclosed aquatic ecosystems. Keeping an aquarium clean and balanced will translate into healthy and happy species. This is something you can accomplish in just 30 minutes each week for freshwater tanks, or about an hour each week for saltwater tanks. Daily Aquarium Tasks Fish …

Japanese culture appreciates koi to the point of holding beauty pageants where judges evaluate contestants for their scales, weight, shape, graceful swimming, and overall looks. Breeders are the most likely to enter their koi into these aquatic beauty contests, which serve to facilitate the trading and selling of beautiful koi valued at thousands of dollars. It goes without saying that judges of these pageants pay close attention to the colors of the koi they evaluate. They look for interesting patterns and combinations, but what they really focus on is healthy scales that promote vivid coloring. The Colorful Anatomy of Koi The coloration of koi scales is the result of centuries …

The number of koi you can stock a garden pond with cannot be distilled into a rule of thumb or a mathematical formula. There’s a loose axiom in the world of freshwater aquariums that warns fish keepers about going over one inch of fish per gallon of water, but this mostly applies to species that reach their full length shortly after growing out of their juvenile phase. You really don’t have to worry about such species getting larger afterward. Things are different with koi ponds because of the variants, size differences between males and females, and eating habits. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Aquatic Warehouse, a leading provider of …

Even though aquarium fish are traditionally kept for their ornamental value, we tend to appreciate them as pets. For this reason, seeing these aquatic creatures suddenly dying can be extremely frustrating. Quite a few tropical fish don’t have long life spans, but even guppies should live a couple of years in a healthy ecosystem. Some of the tiny saltwater goby species will only live about a year in captivity or in a natural reef habitat. Since the fish you get from aquarium shops are usually juvenile, you should expect to keep them for about three quarters of their regular life span. If they die shortly after you introduce them to …

Bottled water is an industry that has taken over the world, and the United States is where this market is the most active. Water that comes from bottles sold at a supermarket is perfectly fine for human consumption, and it can be one of the various sources of water for your aquarium, but only if it’s adequately treated. However, for the most part, there are no good reasons for fish keepers to use bottled water unless the municipal water is of suspect quality. The Best Water for Fish Tanks Established H2O that has completed the nitrogen cycle and been enriched with beneficial Nitrobacter colonies will always be the best solution …

Koi are sometimes confused as being tropical fish, but this ornamental aquatic species is descended from Asian carp, thus making them cold water fish. The heartiness and resilience of koi allows them to withstand many climate conditions, but they will do much better when the water temperature isn’t too hot. This reason alone should prompt aquarists to set up their garden ponds in spots where they won’t exposed to direct sunlight for many hours during the summer, but there are other reasons as well. The staff at Aquatic Warehouse, a leading provider of koi pond supplies, are here to offer some insight about the amount of sun and shade a …

Oxygen is as vital to koi and all pond species as it is for humans. Dissolved oxygen molecules are absorbed through koi gills and carried through the bloodstream to support biochemical processes that range from breathing and circulation to cell formation and digestion. When we mention all pond species, we’re also talking about the many different strains of live beneficial bacteria, which need oxygen to feed on nitrites that keep ammonia levels down. Pond water isn’t a perfect H2O chemical model. In fact, stagnant water filled with biological waste under the sunshine can have 10 parts per million (PPM) of oxygen volume, which is still sustainable. When this measurement drops …

You don’t have to be a seasoned aquarist to accept that not all fish will get along. Aquatic species, whether they come from freshwater or saltwater habitats, are guided by certain behaviors that can make them aggressive. Such behaviors may be inherent or a result of events and conditions within enclosed ecosystems such as fish tanks. Fish will fight over food, territory, reproductive mates, or because it’s in their nature to fight for survival. In community aquariums, different species are expected to coexist peacefully. These are the tanks nearly all aquarists strive to keep because of their colorful diversity, but physical aggression can even break out in these habitats. Here’s …

Depending on its location and how it’s set up, a koi pond can be very similar to a natural body of water. Think about a garden pond where the backyard isn’t fenced and faces toward a greenbelt section or a lake. In this case, it wouldn’t be unusual for other species to become attracted to what they may consider a source of food and water. Beyond insects, frogs, snails, and turtles, backyard koi ponds also have the potential of attracting predatory species. What this means for koi pond keepers is that they should become aware of predatory risks, and they should also learn to minimize them. The friendly and knowledgeable …

The aquarium hobby largely consists of establishing and maintaining enclosed aquatic ecosystems that can range in sizes. If you seek the advice of the employees at an aquarium shop such as Aquatic Warehouse, they may recommend starting with a rectangular 20-gallon freshwater tank. You won’t want to start off with anything smaller—forget about the fishbowls you see in the movies and on television because they’re not ideal for beginners. In the case of saltwater and reef tanks, you shouldn’t start with anything smaller than 50 gallons. Here are some of the tips aquarium shops often give their customers when setting up 20-gallon tanks. Start Off with a Kit The most …

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    San Diego, CA 92123
  • Phone: (858) 467-9297
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