What You Need to Know About Koi Fish

The Koi fish is an ornamental fish that has been domesticated from the common carp. They are usually kept outdoors and serve as decoration to many gardens. It’s fairly common to see koi ponds in Japan, although the history shows that they originally come from China. One of the things that distinguish them is the wide variety of colors they can have – from red to blue, black to white, and even gold or pink – as well as some type of scales and patterns.

For Japanese people, koi are like a lucky charm. They believe the koi represents love, luck, wealth, a successful career and prosperity. Each Japanese Koi is usually linked to a different symbol: a blue koi is meant for serenity; the gold koi brings wealth; the blue, red and gray koi bring positivity; the metallic koi brings business success. It’s not uncommon to see in Japan some Japanese koi being passed down from generation to generation, as a family tradition.

Besides its beauty, the koi has a

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Tank Requirements For Discus Fish

For Discus fish, there are 2 consideration in tanks – tank depth and volume. Because of their size and swimming habits, a minimum of 18″ is needed for tank depth, the deeper the better. Regarding volume, a good rule of thumb is that each adult discus will need 10 gallons of water. Larger tanks will also give more stable water conditions, and taking into account other considerations the minimum size for a discus show tank should be no less than 55 gallons. It is also advisable to use a rectangular tank. Not only are they cheaper, but are more efficient, because they maximize surface area. Surface area is the most important factor in buying a tank. Why? Because it is only at the surface of the tank that gas exchange occurs. (Oxygen in, Carbon dioxide out.) Assuming you have a seventy five gallon show tank, and it’s biological filter is working as required, up to twenty young fish 3 inches in size, or 6 or 8 fully adult discus can comfortably inhabit the tank.

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What Fish Are Best for Aquaponics?

Setting up an Aquaponics system is great fun. Getting the right fish to put in is one of the crucial step. To know what species of fish to keep in your pond, you should first ask what your intentions of keeping fish are. If you are raising fish to be eaten, you may choose a different species than if you are simply them for feeding your plants.

What fish are best for Aquaponics? You have many choices and you may do well with one of the following:

Tilapia

They live in shallow streams, river, ponds and lakes. Their primary source of food is algae or any other plant based food. They grow very fast and reproduce a lot. They are may be kept for food as they are a very rich protein source. They are very popular with commercial fisheries and artisanal. Tilapia requires warm water and is therefore not suitable for areas with freezing conditions.

Jade Perch

This is an Australian native fish that has the highest levels of ome

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Fishing With Night Crawlers – Tips That Will Help You Catch More Fish

Ever since “fishing” became popularized, live worms and specifically nigh crawlers, have been being used to catch fish and with good reason. Almost any species of freshwater fish will readily bite a night crawler that has been impaled onto a fishing hook. The biggest problem with using live worms such as this for bait while fishing is that the bait often gets ‘stolen’ before the fish is hooked. In this article I will outline a few tips that will help anyone catch more fish when they are fishing with night crawlers.

Live worms have been my “got to” bait of choice when fishing for almost three decades and in that time these tips have enabled me to be more efficient and effective anytime that I am fishing with this incredibly effective type of bait. The first tip is to use an appropriate portion of the worm itself. Think about it, a night crawler is a fairly large chunk of bait especially when it is rigged up and many of the freshwater

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Keeping Aquarian Fish Healthy

My first aquarium was set up in my teens and comprised the normal cold water gold-fish. They didn’t survive long for some reason and the exercise of keeping fish as pets was soon abandoned. Years later, however, when my shop opened it was the tropical fish that took my fancy. They made a great addition to the flowers and other things that were retailed as part of my landscaping designing and florist business.

As an importer of these gorgeous creatures it wasn’t long before my keen mind had learned enough about them to be able to advise purchasers of their needs. With all the accessories they require on hand the display units made a wonderful display at the rear of the plants and other outdoor products.

With the lights on most of the time and the tanks decorated with weeds and rocks it was a lovely experience. The fish were lively and colourful. Along with the bubbles floating to the surface it could not help but draw people’s eyes.

As the large

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Fish Farming, Not the Best Solution for Overfishing Problem

The fish farming industry would like us to believe that their products are better for the environment than seafood from natural sources. However, this is simply not the case. Simply put, anyone who tries to argue that fish farming works to correct the problem of overfishing that is currently threatening the world’s fish populations is either misinformed himself or being intentionally misleading. The fact of the matter is that, like other types of animal agriculture, fish farming is by nature extremely inefficient. It has been estimated that it takes 4.5 pounds of seafood from natural sources to produce a single pound of fish raised on a farm.

Of course, some fish farms are better than others. For example, vegetarian farms are a growing trend. At such farms, the fish do not feed on their ocean-caught cousin, but rather on vegetarian food pellets. However, even this is unnatural, especially since many of the fish being fed these pellets are carnivorous by nature. For this

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Breeding Betta Fish

It is not an easy task to breed Betta fish. However, one important factor is to take care of your Bettas for efficient breeding.

How to Breed?

To begin with, it is necessary to have a female Betta fish. However, it is a bit tough to find a female Betta fish these days. Female Betta fishes are dull as compared to males. Even though some are beautifully colored, their fins are usually shorter than males.

You can keep two female Betta fishes in the same tank, but you cannot do the same with males. First, you need to keep the male and female Bettas in different tanks and provide them with the best quality food. The female needs to eat properly, because female Betta is less likely to produce eggs with an empty stomach.

With the help of this diet schedule, the male begins to form a gurgle nest, while the female fish starts looking a bit plump. At times, you may even witness the eggs within the female Betta’s belly. This is the right time to put both the f

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5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance

One of the best things that individuals can include into their backyard is a fish pond. This will make the landscape of any garden appear more tranquil and beautiful. But the work that goes into having a fish pond does not end once the fish has been dropped into their new home. Fish pond maintenance means routinely cleaning and taking care of the fish pond!

Here are some easy to follow tips for fish pond maintenance:

1. Building a fish pond entails more work than just digging a hole in the ground, and filling it with water. The first thing individuals have to do is use a plastic lining to separate the ground from what to become the fish pond. This way the debris and soil nutrient does not get into the pond.

2. Including an assortment of plants inside the fish pond, and planting it around the edges will help manage and absorb the nutrients in the fish pond. Some water plants will also help to control the presence of algae. Not only does plants decorate the fish p

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3 Must-Try Campfire Fish Recipes For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Tired of eating the same food at the campground over and over again? Try cooking fish over your bonfire – it’s easier to cook but is equally satisfying (even more when it’s fresh). Most of all, it gives you a break from your usual menu of breakfast meat and eggs. Fish is way healthier, too! So the next time you go camping or fishing, be sure to try any of these campfire fish recipes:

Camp-Style Fish Tacos

What you need:

For the fish:

  • 6 tortillas
  • 2 snapper fillets
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)
  • Potato chips, for serving (optional)

For the corn salsa:

  • 2 ears corn on the cob
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno
  • Handful fresh cilantro, minced
  • Salt

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How to Take Care of Betta Fish

Betta fish or Siamese Fighting Fish are highly popular pets. Not only are the gorgeous with their long-flowing tails, but they have cool personalities. Bettas are often referred to as underwater “cats and dogs with scales.” Although they have great personalities, they tend to be aggressive towards other bettas (male and female alike), so often they live in solitude. In some instances, they may be suitable for tank mates. Still, this situation’s success depends primarily on the betta’s temperament, the size of the tank, and other factors as well. If you are interested in becoming a betta fish keeper and often ask how to take care of betta fish, there are certain things you must know to extend the life of your fish and keep it healthy and happy. So, here’s your how to take care of betta fish guide:

How to Take Care of Betta – Set Up Your Tank Properly

If you really want to successfully care for a betta, you must take s

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