Installing A Backyard Pond In Your Backyard

Gouramis are a quite popular chocies among fish hobbyists. For novice fish breeders, breeding gouramis can be an appealing challenge. Getting them to spawn and raising the fry can be a rewarding experience.

Frogs are truly amazing creatures. Some are purely aquatic frogs and can be kept in filtered fish tanks, some are only semi-aquatic and can be housed in tanks or terrariums that are 2 parts water and 1 part land, and some frogs are arboreal (live in trees) and can be kept in enclosed terrariums with plenty of branches and vines to climb on. Frogs can have personality like any other pet, and they can form attachments to their owners in some cases. They are a delight to watch and to care for.

An African clawed frog is actually considered an invasive pest species in many locations, but has found favor in the pet world. They are totally aquatic frogs, needing a well-aquarium landscape design with water filled to half tank, and a good filter. They eat freeze-dried food pellets or frozen blood-worms like most fish do. They aren’t hard to take care of, but they do contract fungal infections sometimes that can be fatal if not treated as soon as possible.

The first thing to do before you even think of buying your plants is to work out a general design of what the end product should look like. Aquatic plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as planted and floating types. Work out on paper what you want your tank to be and then head over to the nearest fish store. A good idea is to also seek the advice of the shop owner on what would be ideal plants for the set up you plan to create.

If your aquarium is well-covered, open the covers on your tank, and place nylon netting over the openings to prevent fish from jumping out. This allows heat to escape. You can aid this process further by directing the air-flow of a small fan across the top of the tank.

The next step that you should do is that you should design the pond that you will create. You should dig the pond up to 10-15 feet deep if you are going to use the pond for swimming. Or, it should be 10-20 feet deep if the pond is for fishing. Then, you should grade of the banks of the pond no steeper than 3 to 1 (3 feet horizontal for every 1 foot vertical).

Due to their tiny size the plants may need to be anchored to start them off until they are established in the tank and of course they need their life force, light. Lots of folk use a “daylight flourescent” light which does the job just fine.

You can easily tell when you don’t have enough light because your plants will be suffering. If the leaves become pale green or even yellow, have weak stems, few leaves and there is diatom algae around then you definitely need to up the lighting intensity. More specifically tall leggy plants means that the lighting colour temperature is too low in other words too red on the other hand low squat growth means that there is too much blue. Stunted growth means there is too much green and yellow.

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