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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Making Your Own Simple Pond

Having a pond in the backyard will definitely be an eye catching sight for everyone. The sound of water, beautiful fishes and exotic plants all makes your mind cool and relaxed besides feeling fresh. So if you think you can feel fresh, relaxed and cool by making your backyard beautiful, now is the best time to start it. Having a pond in your backyard is not a tough job. It can be easily done with some proper planning and implementation. This article deals with various techniques and strategies that you can make use of while building a backyard pond.

 Before starting pond building the first question you have to solve is in relation to the type of pond that you want to build. Solving this question will help to find answers for where to locate the pond, what features to include, how much depth and width to keep etc. Generally home ponds are of the following kinds :

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pond Bridges For Closer View to Fish Ponds

When we are looking at a beautiful pond, we often imagine looking at the beauty closer, but suddenly you feel that it is impossible to do because of its danger. Why do not you try to enjoy it through a pond bridge?

You often feel worry of your children that play near a pond since the surroundings are wet and slippery. Something bad may happen because of this. The best solution for this case is by adding a pond bridge. This feature provides ease for those want to enjoy the beauty of the pond closer. From such a distance, it also provides more beauty to the whole view of the pond.

 It can also be a romantic area for you and your couple. Just by sitting on it in the evening with the pond lighted by some dramatic lights, it offers a free recreation. You do not need to leave your home just to get something you even could create it by yourself.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Why Do People Keep Fish As Pets?

Fish are probably the lowest maintenance of all pets. They do not need your company. They do not need grooming. You do not need to train them. You never need to exercise your fish.

Fish can be fed once daily, or if you need to go away for the weekend, you can get slow release food that will last a couple of days.
Fish will never chew your slippers, bite your guests or soil your rug.
Fish are silent, so the neighbors will not complain about the noise.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fish Criteria

If you want to have a stress-free life, then you should start a freshwater aquarium in you home. Researches have shown that different types of freshwater aquarium fish can lower the blood pressure of people. So take advantage of having your own aquarium. Furthermore, watching fish in an aquarium can calm down even the most hyperactive children. In addition, it helps reduce the amount of pain killing medications that is used when patients stare at freshwater aquariums. Even Alzheimer patients benefit from aquariums by calming them down. Setting up freshwater aquariums can undoubtedly help people live a healthier life.
The question now is how you can set up your own aquarium. Many may say that it is quite easy but without the right knowledge, it becomes difficult. For those who want to start a freshwater aquarium, read on and learn how to set it up properly.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Snakehead

The Snakehead is a type of carnivorous freshwater fish. It is a species of native tropical rain forest can live in brackish water and is often found in Southeast Asia countries. Snakeheads are divided into two types, larger-sized called the Toman (Channa Melanostoma)  and smaller one we simply called snakehead (Channa Striatus). 

The adult snakehead usually showed monogamous behavior and strongly territorial. Snakeheads can live in stagnant, slow moving , shallow or muddy waters. However, normally they can be found in ponds, rivers , lakes or paddy field. They normally weight around one kilogram, sometimes more.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Selecting the Right Koi

Koi are considered to be one of the most popular fresh-water fish. This particular species can found swimming around ponds. Koi collection and breeding has become a worldwide hobby. Their popularity can be credited for two things: the various bright colors that they have and the longevity of their lives. Koi have known to live an average of 25 to 30 years, but they can even live longer than that when they are placed in the most ideal surroundings. In fact, the longest living Koi lived until two hundred twenty-six years.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Black Koi Fish Facts

Koi can come in a variety of bright and attractive colors. The most popular one is the black koi. The Japanese honed and developed the skills needed to breed this type of fish. They studied its habits, breeding patterns, and diet.

Although there are many of colorful koi out there, the most popular one is the black koi. With its black base coloring, this remains to be the cornerstone of the species that evolved from the Chinese carp. Unlike what its name suggests, most of the varieties of black koi have their own color variations as well. Here are a few of the following:
  1. The Karasu, or crow. This is known to be the oldest known black koi. Although they appear to be entirely black when seen from above the water, the underbelly can actually be white or orange. They just appear black because of their purely black upper body and fins.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The History of Koi Carp

Koi are considered to be one of the most beautiful fish to keep in the pond. Caring for them can be a lot of hard work, but when they are raised in an ideal environment, they give off such vibrant colors that a Zen-like atmosphere is immediately created in the garden.

The Japanese koi carp are known throughout the world as a beautiful fish with bright vivid colors and unique-looking markings. No one can really be certain about its history and when the transformation of colors truly began. The koi have gone through various stages of evolution and migration. There have been debates about where they originated and how they came to be the revered.

No one can really be certain where koi first came from. Some believe that it came from China while others claim that Europe was where the fish came from. There are records, however, of carp fossils in China. Some of these fossils date back to as early as 20 million years ago.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Climbing Perch

Now I'm going to tell you about this very hardy and special fellow. In Malaysia , the Climbing Perch or Puyu as we Malaysian called it is a common tropical fresh and brackish water fish of Asia and the Far East. Its scientific given name is Anabas Testudineus. During the drought period it has the ability to aestivate (hibernate) in the mud and emerge during the favorable period. Puyu a.k.a Climbing Perch is one of the most energetic freshwater fish I've ever seen. You can certainly find them in some paddy fields and small river, sometimes in some drain. Its hard scale and fin makes it easy for them to move on watery ground particularly during the rainy season where most of them will migrate by climbing river banks to find some other water source or river. The Climbing Perch are also able to survive without water for several hours. They possesses an accessory air-breathing organ called labyrinth organ above the gill enabling it to survive for several days or weeks out of water provided breathing organs can be kept moist. They also lives as a group.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Sultan Fish

Jelawat or also known as the Sultan fish is a freshwater fish predators. Its scientific name is Leptobarbus Hoevenii. I myself did not have this type of fish in my pond but I always see a few in a supermarket nearby. These fish could grow up to 60 cm and usually swims deep in the river. Long time ago, Jelawats are a royal dish (for Sultans or Kings only). I think thats how Jelawat got the name Sultan Fish. After a while, Sultan fish has been successfully bred and commercialized for the public community. It is usually found in rivers, lakes and mines around Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. You may note the difference between Malaysian Jelawat and Thailand's Jelawat. Malaysian Jelawat are whitish silver in color and they have bigger body and belly. Jelawat from Thailand have red on the tail and the fins beneath.

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