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Some aquarists feel their tanks should leave the water surface exposed to the air and without a cover. They believe a lid takes away from the natural look of their aquariums, and they may even think these items are just props because fish and invertebrates could care less about them. These can be a flawed assumption because aquarium covers can serve many purposes in terms of tank design and overall protection. Most Modern Aquarium Tanks Feature Lids While you can still find tanks that sell without lids, especially with freshwater planted aquariums and reef aquariums, they tend to be in the minority with fish-only tanks. If you’re new to the …

Asian aquaculture is filled with interesting lore and tales about the ancient days of this sustainable practice. Even though Japanese rice farmers started breeding koi for ornamental purposes in the 17th century, they had already become familiar with their origin species, Asian carp, which was introduced to the Nihon Rettō archipelago around the 5th century. Making rice paddies a comfortable habitat for carp is a very smart method of organic cultivation, and Japanese farmers noticed that certain fish would outlive some of their relatives. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Aquatic Warehouse, a leading provider of koi pond supplies, would like to share some information about the average lifespan of …

When setting up a garden pond, you really should take your time with everything, from the fish you choose to acquiring all of the essential koi pond supplies. Many beginners in this hobby often dream about the day when they get to stock their pond with the most eye-catching fish, but rushing toward this step of the process isn’t recommended. Instead of watching YouTube videos featuring lavish ponds filled with exotic koi, a better idea would be to think about introducing suitable species progressively. Plant life should always be first because it’s conducive to proper establishment and a full nitrogen cycle with the first bacterial colonies sticking to the biological …

Virtually all aquatic species need periods of light and darkness. The only exception are the freshwater blind cavefish and the marine creatures that live in the deepest sections of the ocean where sunlight will never reach. Aquarium fish are tropical species that normally live in habitats where they get periods of sunlight followed by several hours of darkness. Some species have biological cycles triggered by light or the absence thereof. As keepers of aquatic ecosystems, aquarists should understand the relationship between light and dark cycles as they apply to their tanks. The trusted staff at Aquatic Warehouse, a leading provider of fish tank supplies, would like to share some details …

Keeping fish is very similar to keeping common household pets such as canines and felines, at least in terms of nutrition and feeding habits. Even if you only have an aquarium stocked with plants and invertebrates such as ghost shrimp, these are organic species that require nourishment not just to survive but also to stay healthy and thrive in their aquatic habitat. Feeding of aquarium species is entirely up to fish keepers. Most newcomers stick with the recommendations they get from an aquarium supplier, but these may need to be adjusted as more fish are introduced or as they grow. Aside from paying attention to feeding schedules, there are other …

Recreating natural habitats as much as possible is a goal all koi pond keepers should strive for. A fiberglass pond form or liner materials that hold water certainly don’t fit the description of a natural bottom, which is why many koi keepers choose gravel and rocks as a substrate. Aquarists who keep freshwater tanks don’t think twice about the use of gravel at the bottom. In the case of saltwater reef tanks, substrates tend to combine sand, shells, and rocks that would normally be found in coastal habitats. The knowledgeable staff at Aquatic Warehouse, a trusted provider of koi pond supplies, wants to share some considerations about putting gravel at …

Fish keeping is a hobby immersed in practical biochemistry and microbiology. As a young student during the 1820s, respected naturalist Charles Darwin kept saltwater creatures in tanks and ponds equipped with rudimentary aeration systems and very frequent water changes. Darwin and his peers knew plankton and bacteria were crucial to keep their captured species alive for more than a few days, but this was no easy task. The obstacles Darwin faced as a young zoology student have been surmounted through advances in the aquarium hobby. Similar to the primordial soup theory, the water kept in aquarium tanks is far from pristine. It needs to be a mix of organic compounds …

Partial changes that involve taking out less than 40 percent of established aquarium water and replacing it with treated water are often recommended to be done at least every two weeks. Many freshwater fish keepers often cite the example of 2.8 gallons of water changed every two weeks in a 10-gallon tank, but this recommendation is cited as a minimum frequency. In smaller tanks, the water must be changed more often. On paper, very frequent water changes may seem ideal because the parameters of an established tank are supposed to worsen as time goes by. However, the reality of numerous water changes will tell you this isn’t always the case. …

All garden ponds are bound to experience loss of water. Even natural aquatic habitats go through this process, but the difference is that koi ponds are exposed to even more external factors that can result in lower water levels. Adequate depth is crucial for koi and other garden pond species, which is why it’s important to learn why water loss may take place. The trusted staff at Aquatic Warehouse, a leading provider of koi pond supplies, has put together a list of six reasons your koi pond might be losing water. 1. Water Evaporation This natural process is even more prominent in regions where the summer months feature higher temperatures …

Most koi ponds feature liners made of materials designed to hold the water volume necessary to keep fish and other species. Unless the bottom of your pond is made of a fiberglass form or solid impermeable concrete like a swimming pools, there may come a time when you notice water levels retreating at a pace faster than evaporation. Dry summer conditions without the benefit of rains will cause evaporation of as much as two inches per week. If you notice faster water loss or bubbling in a single surface spot, there could be a tear in the liner, and it will need to be repaired. The trusted staff at Aquatic …

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