Monday, March 17, 2014

Feng Shui Tips: The Best Place to Put Your Aquarium

For centuries, the Chinese believe that fish tanks can attract good luck and abundance. This belief has been passed down from ancient Chinese Feng Shui masters.

Water in the tank is considered one of the best magnets of wealth and prosperity in the household. It signifies the flow of life, health, wealth and prosperity.

Water is considered one of the five important elements of Feng Shui that also include wood, metal, earth and fire. Aside from water, the other elements are represented by driftwood and plants (wood) and rocks or tank accessories made of metal (metal). Aquarium substrate (rocks and/or gravel) also represents the earth element while the fire element is found in the bright colours of its aquatic inhabitants. Your choice of fish species can enhance the energy benefits which are attracted by the water in the tank. Red or orange-coloured fishes are believed to bring in the fire element.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Beginners Guide to Setting Up Shrimp Tank

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Shrimping is one of a kind hobby even among aquarist. However, these addicting hobby of keeping dwarf freshwater shrimp had grown over the years. Now, rare shrimp species such as Red Cherry Shrimp and Crystal Red Shrimp are common among the shrimp tank hobbyist. Setting up a new shrimp tank can be challenging, however with appropriate planning and research the results can be rewarding.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Toxic Substances in Fish Tanks

Being a controlled environment, the artificial settings of fish tanks provide a favorable venue for the presence and accumulation of toxic substances. An aquarist is fully aware that fish keeping is a 24/7 responsibility. There are various factors that you have to constantly monitor including water quality, fish feeding and nutrition, overcrowding, presence of ammonia, heavy metals, etc to ensure that the environment inside the tank remains healthy and favorable to its inhabitants.

Poisoning is one of the most common causes of fish kills. Introduction and contamination of the aquarium environment with common toxins is very common. These toxins may come from the water, fish food, decorations, plants, and even the substrate. Toxins can also be formed as a product of metabolism or as a result of poor tank maintenance and management.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pond Maintenance



Pond Maintenance


A pond's ecosystem involves the interaction of many important factors including water, sunshine, dissolved minerals and gases, plants and animals. If there is a disruption in the delicate balance of this aquatic ecosystem, water quality will deteriorate rapidly resulting in algal bloom. Warm water temperature creates a favorable environment for the quick buildup of algae which can be unsightly to look at and can be harmful to your pond's inhabitants.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Heavy Metals in Aquarium Tanks

Heavy metals
Heavy metals
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What are heavy metals?


Some of the most common heavy metals include lead, zinc, copper, and cadmium. These are chemical elements that readily dissolve in water and are dangerous to aquatic life when present in abnormally large quantities.