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Liquid Fish Food


A type of fish food that is becoming increasingly more popular, especially among fish breeders, is liquid fish food. Having food for fish available in a liquid form can make some of the components of the food more bio-available to fish, and may also have some other health benefits for good pet care. However, the majority of fish owners are unaware of the benefits of liquid fish food, which can promote good health in overall pet fish care. There are several different type of liquid fish food formulas available on the market today, which may or may not be the best fit for your fish’s nutritional needs. Here is some general information about liquid fish food formulas.

 

LIQUID FOOD FOR BABY FISH

The use of liquid fish food formulas is sometimes used to feed baby fish, or ‘fry’ as they are sometimes called. Liquid fish food formulas provide an aqueous suspension of tiny food particles, which are much easier for newly hatched fish to ingest. Because baby fish grow at such a rapid rate, they will thrive off of a diet that provides them with a constant supply of nutrition.

INGREDIENTS OF LIQUID FISH FOOD

Some of the most common ingredients in liquid fish food formulas include:

CALANOID COPEPODS

Calanoid copepods are a type of zooplankton that is in the order of copepods. There are approximately 2000 different species of calanoid copepods, which may reside either in saltwater or freshwater environments. The reason why calanoid copepods are a valuable source of nutrition for fish, is because they ingest phytoplankton and algae. This ingested food is then converted by the calanoid copepod into a more digestible form, which provides better nutrition for other animals, such as fish. Most commercially grown fish are dependent on calanoid copepods for a source of nutrition, which may be consumed either in their adult or larval forms. In most cases, calanoid copepods are freeze-dried before they are added to liquid fish food formulas.

NANNOCHLOROPSIS

Technically, nannochloropsis is a genus of alga that was first classified in 1981. For the most part, nannochloropsis is spherical in shape, and lacks chlorophyll b and c (unlike other related microalgae). However, nannochloropsis contains a high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are often used for many different industrial applications. As an additive to liquid fish food, nannochloropsis provides a high-energy food source for most pet fish.

TETRASELMIS

Tetraselmis is a type of phytoplankton that is commonly used as a nutrient source in liquid fish food formulas. By description (in its natural state) tetraselmis is motile, green and very tiny. Tetraselmis is valued for its extremely high level in natural EPA lipids. In addition to this, tetraselmis also contains a fairly high protein content. Tetraselmis is also able to stimulate feeding in many different types of pet fish, by using its natural amino acids. In its digestible form, tetraselmis contains a 54.66% concentration of protein, a 18.31% concentration of natural carbohydrates and a 14.27% concentration of total lipids.

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Benefits of Air Stones and A little of its Drawbacks


Precisely how effective are those small bubbles which come out from air stones, or diffusers? A number of aquarists believe that they perform a crucial role inside the aquariums with regards to oxygenation and air diffusion of the water, and that this air source is sufficient. When it comes to the rise of DO (dissolved oxygen) in a fish tank, the water surface is one of the main sites where this exchange takes place. Oxygen is blended down into the water; carbon dioxide is released out to the air, not forgetting that other gases readily pass through the permeable surface of water at the same time. This is the principle which our bodies work on whenever we breathe; inhale good air and exhale bad air. It’s the same manner with the fish tank.

So, if the water surface area of your aquarium is where the primary exchange of gases occurs, then why use air stones and also have bubbles in the aquarium in any respect? For the reason that they do have their benefits.

  • They are widely used to drive various kinds of filters and equipment, for instance under gravel filters and a few sorts of protein skimmers.
  • Fish tanks that contain solid covers or close fitted hoods on top are prime candidates for stagnant air, low oxygen levels, and high levels of carbon dioxide. Nonetheless, for these types of set ups with an under gravel filter run by an air pump, the fresh air bubbles that come up through the uplift tubes help to get rid of these problems by provided superb oxygen along with other gas exchange opportunities. A power head works extremely well instead of the air pump and stones to work the under gravel filter, however, if the power head is not equipped with an aeration function, or this characteristic is not used, it can provide low oxygen and low PH.
  • Whether having an under gravel filter or not, air bubbles aid to maneuver the tank water vertically on the way to the surface, aiding with oxygen and other gas exchanges.
  • They are an affordable way to move the tank water vertically.
  • They do develop a wall of bubbles that can look pretty cool in the aquarium, plus watching them can be quite soothing.

Air stones can be made of ceramic, glass, or getting more in fashion, wood. Wood stones can be easily made at home with different kinds of woods that are attainable, however the most typical wood used is lime wood. This kind of air stone must be perfect for air driven protein skimmers, and they are reasonably priced to produce. These air stones are also available on the market.

Ok, so air stones do have some positive aspects, however are there any down sides with their use? Of course!

  • They usually are not as reliable as power heads, water pumps, and/or protein skimmers are in making water movements within the aquarium. Most of these are far better at helping with oxygen and also other gas exchanges at the water’s surface.
  • They do not move water swiftly enough or in adequate volume for what a tank normally needs for good at all times, vertical and horizontal, water flow. This condition can also contribute to a low or too little GPH (gallon per hour) tank water turnover time.
  • They generate a lot of salt spray that in turn contributes to salt creep issues.
  • They clog up.
  • They tire out very quickly, in most cases need replacement.
  • They can result in irregular air flow.
  • Air line hoses can get pinched or kinked, which often weakens or cuts off the air flow.
  • More often than not the air pump chosen to work air stones is inadequate, contributing to low air flow pressure.
  • Some air flow pressure is dropped the longer the distance the air has to travel through the clear tubing from the air pump to the air stones.
  • The deeper the fish tank water, the farther the air has to be pushed downhill to reach the air stones, resulting in shortage of air flow pressure.

Now that you have known all the benefits of air stones as well as some of its negative sides, you will be able to set up your aquarium completely. Kids can participate in this one of a kind hobby and might have their own fish tank if they want. You can check the coolest designs and latest models of kids aquariums at KidsAquariums.com that will definitely suit your child’s taste.

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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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
1998

 

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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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The Little Fish And The Big Fat Bean


One day, a little fish was out swimming in the river with her mother.

The water was clear and warm, but the little fish wanted to swim faster and go farther. So she swam on and on till she reached the riverbank. She looked, and there, growing on the bank, she saw a large bean stalk and on the bean stalk, a big, fat bean. The little fish thought that she had never seen anything so funny.

“Hello there, Fatso!” she called to the bean.

“Hello, Midge!” the bean called back.

The little fish felt very hurt that she should be called that. She burst into tears and hurried off to complain to her mother about it.
“Oh, Mother!” she wailed. “That big fat bean called me Midge, of all things! I’m not as tiny as that, am I? I even have a tail!”

“Perhaps you hurt the bean’s feelings yourself in some way,” said the mother fish.

“Oh, no, mother dear, I didn’t!”

“Well, let’s swim back to the bank again and I’ll ask the bean what made him say such a thing.”

And the two of them, mother and daughter, made for the bank.

“Good morning, Mr. Bean!” the mother fish called.

“Good morning to you, Mrs. Fish!” the bean called back.

“Tell me, Mr. Bean, what made you hurt my little daughter’s feelings? Why did you call her Midge?”

“She only got as good as she gave. She called me Fatso, so I called her Midge in return!”

 

 

 

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