Fish Aquariums Maintenance

Fish keeping is enticing not to mention full of fun and lesser commitments than any pet animals. The majority of your accountability as a fish owner falls in the category of water maintenance. Keep in mind the water you put inside the fish’s tank is the human equivalent of the air they take. Just like inhaling and exhaling air filled with smog and smoke is unpleasant, water that is poor in quality can make fish’s ill, miserable and perhaps even die early. Its quality of life is completely determined by the standard of water in their tank, therefore a number of essential things you’ll need to do to provide your fish a first class home ecosystem.

Sustaining the Water Quality

  • Check the pH levels daily– Weekly evaluation of pH levels of the water is very important to the overall health of the marine life. You should also have a master test kit to check on readings of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites of water aquarium.
  • Do not overfeed – Avoid giving food more than they can take. Observe the amount of food they consume every day and soon you can estimate their daily food requirement to avoid overfeeding.  Waste foods from uneaten meal affects the water quality, only give whatever they can take within five minutes and after wards get a net to take the leftovers.
  • Good Bacteria – Though providing clean water is essential, there are actually helpful bacteria that actually work to scrub waste and in case you dispose all old water, wash all the decors and substrate, you kill every one of these beneficial organisms. Hence the key in fish tank maintenance requires only partial cleaning of the water to permit bacteria to grow and survive other than start all over again in every cleaning.

Weekly Clean-ups

  • Water Replacement- Every week, change approximately around a quarter or perhaps less of the water by simply siphoning it out of the tank, then changing it with new water which has been allowed to sit for at least 24 hours to allow chlorine to escape or until it has been taken care of with a conditioner. Water kept laying at least a week is suitable but 24 hours needs to be the minimum. This process is known as conditioning or cycling your water. Bear in mind the fresh water ought to be exactly the same temperature as what’s in the tank or you will distress the fish.

  • Clean the gravel and ornaments- While you are undertaking the partial water removal, also clean up 25 percent of the gravel or substrate in your own fish tank by using a gravel vacuum. Basically clean off a few of the accessories if it is becoming mucky from handful of algae but NEVER utilize any variety of soap or cleaning merchandise on it, fish are highly susceptible to chemicals.
  • Filter Cleaning- To ensure water to stay clean, filters have to be rinsed and taken care of at the same time. However, choose a specific time other than during a water replacement to deal with your filter systems to lessen the effect on the tank bacteria and the fish.

Algae Growth- Keep it at Bay

Although algae is a sign that your water is at prime state to hold marine life, keeping your tank filled with it restraints visibility, removing one of the significant delights of fish keeping in the first place. Keep algae growth manageable by scrubbing up algae from the sides of tank before water changes, maintaining filters thoroughly clean and not permitting direct sunlight to reach the fish tank (this also can make temperature alter) which helps make an alga grow in number. Acquiring plant life inside an aquarium also combats algae development as plants take in the same nutrients algae needed to grow.

Observing Your Fish

Sometimes it is hard to discern from water assessments if there is something wrong with the condition of your aquariums, but the behavior of the fish is definitely a clear sign of problems.

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You’re an Addict when…

– Your daughter can identify more species of fish than most pet store employees.

– You buy a $200 water purification system for your fish tank while you’re still drinking out of the tap.

– The first thing that moves when you move are your tanks.

– You go into a pet store and the employees ask you what kind of plants or fish they have.

– Your idea of a vacation is going to look for cool new things for your aquarium at pet stores.

– Your idea of going to the lake means looking for new and interesting plants and fish for your tanks.

– You buy fish as an excuse to buy another tank.

– You use the excuse “Ahh come on honey the next tank will be yours I promise” to get another tank.

– You take better care of your tanks than you do your vehicle.

– The refrigerator is bare except for the frozen fish food.

– You make weekly trips to the lumber yard to make more tank stands.

– Your tanks get their own room.

– Touring houses for sale, you look at the garage and automatically start figuring out how many tanks will fit in there.

– Your spouse gives you the option of your tanks going into the garage or you going into the garage, and you decide to put your bed out there instead of your tanks.

See your score below:

0-5 points – You have a problem.

6-10 points – Need to check yourself

11-14 points – You’re officially addicted!


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1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive

1  2  3  4  5
Once I caught a fish alive.
6  7  8  9  10
Then I let it go again.


Why did you let it go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on my right.

1  2  3  4  5
Once I caught a fish alive
6  7  8  9  10
Then I let him go again.


Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my big fat toe.
Which toe did he bite?
This big fat toe on my right.



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Keeping Betta Fish Healthy and Well

The Betta fish is regarded as one of the most preferred pet fish among the marine life enthusiasts. Because Betta is a gorgeous fish, several marine life enthusiasts use this fish to add natural beauty on their aquarium. Still, there are a few individuals who prefer to store their Bettas in small bowls as pets. Even though having Bettas typically are not difficult to keep as the fishes are notable for its physical toughness, there are some tips that we need to look at to keep these fish variety well.

Because of its traits of physical strength, the Betta fish will be able to live nicely even if it is placed in a small bowls or jars. This marine life described as labyrinth fish that can survive even in atmospheric air. Thus, given a small space; it can endure whatever instances where oxygen is deficient because it can swim towards the top of the water to take air. Even though this variety of fish can thrive in small fish aquariums, it is very important that the water in these containers be changed regularly. The smaller the water aquarium space, the more often is the need to change the water. In case a Betta is keep in a small living area having poor water quality, it will fail to reach its full coloration and high activity levels.

Bettas must be placed in water with temperature between 74 degrees to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is higher than 84 degrees F, the Betta will show discomfort in the long run. When replacing the water, it should be stable and the temperature of the new water should be similar to the old water. This is to ensure that the Betta will not go through an abrupt alteration of temperature and become sick and tired. If the Bettas are place in a relatively small living place, there is no need to filter the water. However, if larger containers are used, filtering is encouraged as it can lengthen the time needed for water change.

Experience aquarium hobbyists do not recommend putting more than one male Betta fish in a small fish container. This type of fish tends to be aggressive and competitive to defend their property given a small living space. Hence, they may cause harm to each other. It is seldom that two female Bettas will fight against each other, maybe a little fin nipping, but this is normal even among humans. Putting, however, both male and female Bettas with other kinds can create nasty circumstances. It could affect other fishes in the aquarium community when these two Bettas start breeding. In case you decide to combine Betta with other fish species, choose not an aggressive variety of fishes to prevent problems among your pet fish.

Bettas have a rapid metabolic rate; hence, it is advisable that these fishes be fed with small, frequent meals. If too much food is given in one feeding, the Betta may not consume all the food and the remaining food may cause pollution on the water.

All the things mentioned above are some of the points that we need to note if we want to keep our Bettas well and healthy. Keeping Betta as your pet fish is an interesting and rewarding hobby.

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Jokes 101

Tony Carey, from South Australia

Marlin Rouge
Jurassic Carp
The Blair Fish Project
Pulp Fishin’
Silence of the Lemmings
The Codfather
Cast Away
O Batter, where art Thou?
Home Abalone
Forrest Gubby
The Full Manta Ray (The Full Monty)
Pearl Harbour
Final Fintasy
Mullet (An Australian current (sic) release)
Happy Gilmore

From Greg Sudmeier (who was on the aforementioned Spokane bus ride)
Song lines, movie tag lines and others

The Perch Is Over
Tanks for the Manta Rays
Roe, Roe, Roe Your Boat
Sittin’ On the Haddock of the Bay
Billy the Squid
Blubber Come Back To Me
Blubber Ducky
Wouldn’t It Be Blubbery
New Orca, New Orca, It’s a Halibut Town
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Trout
Koi-zy For You
Match Mackerel, Match Mackerel
Piranha Happy Face
Algae Around
Minnow the Moocher
Once In A Whale
Gars and Dolphins
Lox Be A Lady Tonight
Halibut You
Maxwell the Silver Hammerhead
Cod Bless America
Smugfish Gets In Your Eyes
I’m In Love With A Beautiful Gar
Octipy My Baby With A Dixie Manta Ray
Shadanooga Choo-Choo
Don’t Coi For Me Argen-tuna
Dory, Dory, Hallelujah
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Ling

The Flounder Music
Clang, Clang, Clang Went Petrale
When You Fish Upon a Gar
What a-Trout Love
Blueberry Krill
Send In the Clownfish
Like A Sturgeon
Till Eulen-Seagull
>From the Musical “Mer”: The Age Of Aquariums, & Where’s the Fishline?
Group(er): Public Anename
Beethoven’s Fish-th
Can You Eel the Love Tuna-ght
Blowfish, Gabriel, Blowfish
I Love a Piranha
Just the Ray You Look Tuna-ght
What’s It All About, Algae?
Oh, What A Beautiful Marlin
Cod of Our Fathers
A Might Fortress Is Our Cod
Who Let the Cod’s Out?
Coi Me A River
Starfish Starfish Night
Break A Wave
Bouys and Gills
Big Gulls Don’t Coi
How Much Is That Dogfish In the Window?
A-Tuna Mattata
Hakuna MaTuna
A Gill in Calico
Mako Whoopee
Little David Play On Your Carp
Come Thou, Almighty Ling
Buffalo Gills
Carptown Races
The Old Grey Mer
Fin-iculi, Fin-icula
The First No-Eel
Coi to the World
Walrus Sand Forever

From Dan Barrett
song lines and more

A Cod, Aged, For Sale
I’m Gonna Wash That Catfish Right Outta My Hair
Give Me the Shrimper Life
Deep Porpoise
Underneath the Manatee
Oyster the Sun
I Flounder New Baby
Boogie Woogie Bluegill Boy
Gill Wind (Eel Wind)
Mr. Salmon
Body and Sole
Song From Marlin Rouge
It Happened in Manta Ray
Blowfish in the Wind
A Fugu Day
(Great) White Christmas
I’ve Got a Filet I’m Falling
The Eyes and Eels of the World
Stingray to Heaven
Stingray to the Stars
Last Night on the Back Perch
Swim Bladder Loves Me
Starfish Fell on Alabama
Calamari Moon
Shellfish Bridge
The Impossible Bream
Once in a Whale
Ship Without a Snail
Ain’t Gonn Give Nobody None O’ My Jellyfish
Kiss Me, Skate
Now I Filet Me Down To Sleep
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Skate
I Filet a Song Comin’ On
Big Snapper and Egg Man
Red Snails in the Sunset
I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plankton
Lobster, Come Back to Me
Since I Smelt For You
I Never Smelt This Way Before
Lumpfish Is a Many Splendored Thing
Thanks For the Manta Rays
I Fish You Love
I Fished on the Moon
A Dream Is a Fish Your Carp Makes
I’ll Be Loving You, Walrus
Mako the Man Love Me
Japanese Sandab
Sky Shark
Lox Lomond
Mahi’s Makin’ Eyes at Me
I’ve Got the World on a Stingray
Everybody Loves Swim Bladder Sometimes
I’m Not Roughy
Gill of My Dreams
Octopus One
Let Me Call You Sweet Carp

Whale Meet Again

Whale Meat Again (a double pun!)

I Left My Heart In Salmonisco
Trout Love
Tuna Na Na You
With Penguin Hand
You Get The Bass Of My Love
Sturgeons In The Night

Cod This Be Love – Bob Marlin and The Whalers
You’re Shrimply The Bass – Tuna Turbot
Fins Can Only Get Batter – B:Ream

Porgy and Bass
All Snook Up
Oh Them Golden Kippers
O Sole Mio
Whistle A Happy Tuna
Sweet Betsy From Pike
At The Sharktown Strutters Ball
Crabtown Races
Where Have All The Flounders Gone?

Minnow The Moocher

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A Jawfish and Cat Tale

by: Bill Winterholer

One story I would like to share is that of my cat Oreo and his Yellow Headed Jawfish friend.

I have had several fish since I started my marine interest, Damsels, Seahorses, Shrimps, etc., but of all the fish I have had, and unfortunately have lost, the one that always sparks Oreo’s interest is the Yellow Headed Jawfish. Any other fish in the tank gains only a passing interest for Oreo, but put a jawfish in the tank and that darn cat suddenly is absorbed in it. He would hang off the hood of the tank peering for a glimpse of the creature. I finally ended up putting a chair in front of the tank just for him, and I am not joking when I say that he would sit there for hours watching this fish.

Sadly the first Jawfish we had jumped to his death from the tank one night and Oreo whined for days, as if grieving for the loss of his fish friend. We obtained a second jawfish months later and once again Oreo was mesmerized. Oreo was in joy to have the fish back, and again the chair was placed in front of the tank.

Unfortunately, this fish followed the same fate as the first, and again Oreo was at a loss. I haven’t bothered to buy another Jawfish until I can figure a way to prevent the fish from jumping out of the tank, but I can imagine Oreo will love it when we do.

Bill Winterholer


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Precious the Cat Takes a Dive

by:  Bill Winterholer

I became interested in raising fish not long after I moved into the home we’re in now and began a garden pond. In my pond I had goldfish, and became interested in the many species of goldfish. During the winter I began to keep Orandas in a 29 gallon tank in my basement. There were two redcaps in the tank.

I had a Whisper filter attached to the end of the tank and covered it with a piece of plexiglass. This glass was 1/4 inch thick and covered the whole tank, except for about two inches at one end where the filter was hung. Unfortunately, my cat Precious liked to perch upon the plexiglass and stab her paws at the fish as they passed by. I was constantly chasing her off of the tank, as I was fearful she would kill the fish.

One evening, perplexed after having chased her off for the third time, I finally removed the plexiglass and in its place stretched out a sheet of Saran wrap. My wife knowingly grabbed a bunch of towels from the hamper in the bathroom and we sat down – my wife to watch a TV show, and I to do my usual computer chores.

Not more than twenty minutes later I was distracted by the sound of a SPLASH, then the howl of a very, VERY angry cat hauling her soaked self out of a fish tank. Water was EVERYWHERE, and when we tried to approach her, towels in hand to dry her off, she bared fangs and unsheathed claws. She knew what we had done to her and wasn’t liking it, but Precious never dared perch herself on the tank again!

Hope this brings a smile to your face.


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