What is fishless cycling? This article is all about the relatively new technique of fishless cycling. This is intended to help fish keepers avoid what is generally known as New Tank Syndrome. As the name implies it is only applicable to new tanks that have recently been stocked with fish.. The technique of fishless cycling […]
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A raised pond is simply a pond that has been raised above ground level. They have become increasingly popular as gardens have become smaller and concerns over child safety have increased. They are frequently included in an aquaponic system where fish and plants are grown together. Such systems require careful control of water levels as […]
Understandably one of the first things every fish keeper wants to know is, “How many fish should I keep in my tank? (or pond, or aquarium). This is another one of those ‘How long is a piece of string?” type of question, to which there is no simple and straightforward answer. It all depends… Factors […]
Feeding fish is one of the more pleasurable daily tasks. Kids absolutely love to help and fish quickly learn to greet the hands that feed them. Fish eat an amazing variety of foodstuffs. It is important to recognise that you are not just feeding the fish. Fish food is also indirectly the source of food […]
Nitrite is a simple chemical made up of two atoms of oxygen combined with one of nitrogen, hence NO2. It can be represented simply by Diagram 1 above. Fish do not directly produce nitrite. Rather it is primarily an end product of the first stage of nitrification that occurs within a biofilter. Fish constantly excrete […]
What is pH? As fish keepers we cannot afford to ignore pH. It has a profound affect on an enormous range of biological and chemical processes that occur within a fish tank. Nitrification, photosynthesis and the toxicity of ammonia and carbon dioxide and heavy metals are just some of the processes affected by pH levels. […]