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Hand Taming Fish

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Miscellaneous Topics, Techniques Tricks & Gear | 0 comments

Hand Taming Fish

Written by Sandee Hennessy Hand Taming Fish – by Sandee Hennessy As far as hand taming fish. Hm-m-m. It helps to have at least one koi in the tank that likes people, but it is not necessary if you are patient. My sister’s fish were really wild when she got them and would dash around and slam into the end of the tank if you even walked in the room. At feeding time, they would huddle at the other end of the tank and wait till you left the room before they would eat. I watched them for a while. I told her to let them get a little...

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How to Euthanize a Koi or Pond Fish: Euthanasia in Fish

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Miscellaneous Topics, Techniques Tricks & Gear | 0 comments

How to Euthanize a Koi or Pond Fish: Euthanasia in Fish

Abstract: It is unsettled whether Koi and other fish can feel pain, or if they do, whether they subjectify the sensations quantitatively, or as “painful” – Therefore it would be preferable to assume they do, since that’s very easy to accomodate. 2018: I believe small to medium fish that are easily handled should be anesthetized with a stout (double or triple) dose of anesthesia such as Oil of Cloves. Too much would cause changes in water quality that might even be severely irritating. When the fish is completely asleep...

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How To Set Up a Beginner Community Tank Aquarium

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Miscellaneous Topics, Techniques Tricks & Gear | 0 comments

How To Set Up a Beginner Community Tank Aquarium

Setting Up A Community Tank This article concerns the selection, purchase, and set up of a tank for fish – geared to the beginner. Part One for Beginners – The Tank You might be amazed at the lack of crossover between pond hobbyists and freshwater aquarists in this country. It might amaze you to know that *most* people who have ponds do *not* keep indoor aquaria. Most people with aquaria are only later interested in pondkeeping. Perhaps one of the reasons is that the pond tends to be an investment in time that precludes aquarium...

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The Perfect Community Tank? Fish For A Beginner Aquarium

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The Perfect Community Tank? Fish For A Beginner Aquarium

Perhaps a Perfect Community Tank  With the new fishtank on your mantle, bubbling or pumping away, you are probably wondering what to put into it. Stocking a fish tank would easily be called the “fun part” of the hobby. Be sure to have achieved the following checklist with your new tank before buying the first fish: Temperature 76 degrees F pH balanced to Neutral not by accident, but by a chemical regulator Aeration and circulation vigorous, you can hear the fishtank from five feet away. Lighting is 12 to 14 hours on, rest off....

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Koi and Pond Fish Cannibalism

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Koi and Pond Fish Cannibalism

Koi Cannibalism Well, what discussion of Koi Nutrition would be complete unless we talked about the Koi’s more jocular habits of eating fry, frogs and each other? More fantastic than fact, here are some things you might not know. Large Koi and large frogs In the Springtime, there’s these little frogs called Spring peepers. You can here them in low areas of your yard or the woods, living in puddles. In the cold months of Spring they spawn and lay strands of eggs. And sometimes, they get in your pond, and a big Koi catches one. Or,...

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How To Supplement Koi and Pond Fish Nutrition with Treats

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How To Supplement Koi and Pond Fish Nutrition with Treats

Someone said that it would be helpful to write an article on Koi treats. And so I am. But in this article I am only going to comment on what I personally have given my fish. There’s a lot out there, how much of it has actually been tried and how much is theory I shudder to think. Silk worm pupae Available various places in sealed silver bags, this delicacy drives Koi crazy. Really, really nutty. They love them. I guess when a silkworm gets old and stops making silk, it’s “history” and is freeze-dried for Koi....

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Pellet Size and Koi Nutrition in Koi and Pond Fish Feeds

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Pellet Size and Koi Nutrition in Koi and Pond Fish Feeds

Small fish need small pellets that they can wholly engulf, but they will spend time chasing the biggest pellets. It would be better for the fish if they were given a small pellet they could entirely engulf. They could fill their stomachs instead of scraping off a meal over a lengthy time. Can small fish eat large pellet? Yes, but that is only by badgering the large pellet around the surface of the pond as it softens in the water, and eating off it like a giant peach.   ...

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Immune Boosters in Koi and Pond Fish Food

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Immune Boosters in Koi and Pond Fish Food

Some foods are made with immune boosters. These are certainly harmless and they may very well perform as promised depending on what we’re talking about. Look for any combination of following putative immune-boosting ingredients like: Optimun, Aquagen, Nucleotides, Torula Yeast, Brewer’s Yeast, Bee Propolis, Colostrum, Aspergillus niger, beta carotene, lactoferrin. Don’t hang your hat on any particular ingredient as a miracle supplement or life saver – okay? …but recognize that the addition of these items...

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Color Enhancers in Koi and Pond Fish Food

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Feeding, Nutrition | 0 comments

Are there color enhancers in the diet? Look for terms like Spirulina, Bio-Red, BetaCarotene, Canthaxanthin, Marigold petals, Xanthins, Shrimp Oil, Synthetic and Non Synthetic Carotenoids, Color Enhancers…On the label. Generally, the shrimp oil is the most expensive. It performs as well or better than the synthetic carotenoids but either is acceptable. Spirulina cannot push color unless the fish are exposed to sunlight. None of these color enhancers are hazardous to fish but can make a fish with a yellow head YELLOWER and so they say: a...

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Ingredient Splitting in Koi and Pond Fish Food

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in Labels, Nutrition | 0 comments

Ingredient Splitting in Koi and Pond Fish Food

Ingredient Splitting This Blue Ridge Hatchery Food engages ZERO ingredient splitting.  If you were manufacturing a food and found wheat to be cheaper than fishmeal, you would want to use wheat to save money. But, you know the consumers want the fishmeal to be FIRST on the list. So you split the wheat! Example: Two pounds of fishmeal is less than three pounds of “Wheat”. Right? So, honestly, that would read: Ingredient one by weight: Wheat Ingredient two by weight: Fishmeal But what if you did your label based on: 2 pounds Fishmeal...

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