This Week in Aquarium: 3 Happenings You Missed on the News

This Week in Aquarium: 3 Happenings You Missed on the News

There is a lot happening on aquarium patterns lately, with some of the incidents reported just a few days ago. And honestly, if you missed it on the news, chances are you may never have had the opportunity to know. So as a rewind, let’s see what happened this week: the 3 happenings you missed on the news.

This week, unwanted about 600 unwanted goldfish have found refuge in an aquarium in Paris, France, reports Andrea Romano on their website Travel Leisure.

600 Unwanted Pet Goldfish Have Found a New Home at the Paris Aquarium

Goldfish in Paris are getting a second chance to just keep swimming, even after their owners kick them out of their tiny fish bowl homes. According to Reuters, the Paris Aquarium has been taking in the unwanted goldfish who can no longer live with their humans, no matter the reason. More than 600 goldfish have found sanctuary at the aquarium over the last two years, where they are well taken care of and enjoy much more space to swim around.

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Besides having a home where they can keep swimming, the 600 goldfish receive proper treatment for effective sustainability.

Somewhere in Tokyo, Japan, as reported by Mayuko Ono on Reuter, a lonely dolphin has raised the guts and concern of the public.

Honey the lonely dolphin, abandoned in Japanese aquarium, sparks public outcry

The female bottlenose dolphin, nicknamed Honey, was captured in 2005 near Taiji, a western port town that has become notorious for its annual dolphin hunt that was featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove”, media reports say.

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According to the report, the dolphin has been abandoned for almost8 months (start of the year), and the public are calling for the respective party to save the animal.

According to News Channel 9, there is highly likely to be climate change that may affect salamanders.

New aquarium study predicts climate shifts may upset key salamander community

There is a new aquarium study that predicts climate shifts that could potentially upset salamander communities. Thanks to its warm, humid climate and geological stability, the rippled hills of Southern Appalachia have long been a haven for salamanders.

Tennessee Aquarium Conservative Institute says eighty percent of North America’s salamander species live within a 500-mile radius of Chattanooga. East Tennessee and Western North Carolina alone are home to more species than can be found in most countries.

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Not so many people keep salamanders in their fish tank, really. But if you do, you might want to check this story out.

Conclusion

So, what’s with the happening? Simple: they go a long way to show every last one of us the beauty of Aquascaping as an art to take seriously. Because – after all – that’s what fish family and aquarium is all about.

 

Aquascaping Ideas You Have Not Tried Yet: Tips for Beginners

Aquascaping Ideas You Have Not Tried Yet: Tips for Beginners

I assume you are completely new to aquascaping and you want some handy tips to help you become a pro after weeks of practice. If that’s the case, this fish farming guide is for you. With that said, here are some of the best aquascaping ideas that you have not tried yet.

According to Fluval Aquatics, you need to pay attention to the basics even before you think of getting technical with the design. And that means starting by addressing what’s more important, which is the focus of the project.

WHERE TO START

In most aquascaped tanks, the hardscape consisting of wood and rocks is a given. Will they be the main focal point, or is this honor given to your plants? You also need to consider the plants themselves; low to medium light-plants require less maintenance, lighting and nutrient input versus high-light plants. You may really like a certain type of look but be aware of what the plants require as this will drive much of your aquarium hardware investment: Low-tech = less expensive, high-tech = more expensive.

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Addressing the initial parts of the project shouldn’t be hard. It all comes down to understanding what you want to achieve in the end.

One problem every beginner has is the fear of thinking outside the box. If this is something you haven’t tried before, Wet Web Media recommends you do so.

Think outside the box

If you aquarium is a slice of reality, then in your mind’s eye you need to imagine the riverbank or lake shore that it’s part of. Trees, sedges, reeds and many other plants may have their roots in the water, but mostly grow above it. Using large pieces of bogwood or bamboo canes it is possible to create the illusion of an ‘outside world’ by letting the tops of these things poke out above the water. Plastic plants attached to the hood or the rim of the tank can be allowed to trail into the water, suggesting a verdant bank of vegetation partially submerged by the water.

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Besides, the only way to bring out the best from your fish tank is to make it look different from the many tanks already out there.

If you have never implemented the golden rule, the Aqua Design PT recommends doing so. The goal of this rule is to add an appeal to your creation to make it look beautiful to the eyes.

Use the golden rule

The Golden rule as been around for ages, maybe almost as long as man itself. It is found everywhere, art, nature, construction. It basically is used to measure how to make something, albeit being a painting, picture or in this case a aquascape more appealing to the eyes. This is normally located 2/3 of the tank, basically, centered layouts do not look natural and apealing to the human eyes. But if you place your focal point, a bit to one of the sides, to follow this rule, you’ll see your scape instantly looking better.

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The golden rule is interested because there are no restrictions on where to use it. In other words, you can use it to design your fish tank the same way you would use it in landscaping.

Conclusion

These aren’t the only aquascaping ideas that can help you take your design to the next level. We recommend that you check out our home page to get more ideas that can help you create the best fish tank.

 

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

3 Most Popular Fish Tank Designs in History

No Aquascaping guide for beginners out there that stresses more on style than we do. That’s because we believe that style goes hand in hand with creativity. And given that there aren’t any limits to what you can create when it comes to designing your fish tank, anything goes. However, if you are still struggling to get your design right, here are a few options for inspiration.

The Dutch Style is ranked first on the Aquarium Guide. This style has been around for a very long time, and it is easy to implement.

Dutch Style 

This style is characterized by many different types of plants with multiple leaf types. It’s commonly seen with raised ‘layers’, or terraces, known as Dutch ‘streets’. The floor is covered by either a carpet, or plants, with taller plants lining the back of the tank. Most noticeably, it usually has no hardscape—you won’t see much, if any, stone or driftwood in Dutch tanks.

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The Dutch Style is unique because it is something you have never tried before. And because it is simple to implement, you definitely want to try it.

Takashi Amano is one of the best aquarist that ever lived. And according to Planted Cube, he came up with a unique fish tank design, the Iwagumi Style.

Iwagumi Style

This is one of the most popular Aquascaping styles of the moment. It has been made popular by the father of contemporary Aquascaping, “Takashi Amano”. The Iwagumi style primarily revolves around the golden ratio and rule of thirds. Because the Iwagumi style balances on the use of stone it is advised you use odd numbers of it. The reason for this is to make sure your layout doesn’t balance, so you won’t view the layout as just one kind.

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If you are looking for a style that obeys the rule of proper balance, then you should not think twice about trying the Iwagumi Style.

Home DIT also recommends some of the best styles in the world, including options that you might never even think of as a person.

Moody Aquarium Sink

Another interesting design is this sink. It’s a combination of a regular sink and an aquarium. It’s called the Moody Aquarium Sink and it’s a wash basin that doubles as a lighted fish aquarium. It’s a very interesting idea but besides the beautiful design meant to be pleasant to the eyes, the fish could probably find several things that are wrong with this piece.

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To get the most out of these designs, it would be best to pick the ones you find interesting, and then implement them accordingly.

Conclusion

Many aquarists often appraise designs by Takashi Amano, probably because he was the father of fish tank design. But of course, you are spoiled for choice beyond his designs. So, you shouldn’t limit yourself when it comes to trying things out.

What are the Disadvantages of Fish Farming?

What are the Disadvantages of Fish Farming?

What is Aquascaping? Also known as fish farming, Aquascaping is a form of agriculture that deals with rearing of fish for consumption and commercial purposes. These fish farms can be located in indoor tanks, freshwater lakes or in saltwater cages. But Aquascaping isn’t at all rosy as people want it to be. There are disadvantages to the art, too.

Keeping fish in an enclosed proximity increases the chances of diseases. If one of the fish contracts a contagious virus then, it will easily transfer to the other fish in the farm. Fish are also infested with parasites. According to the This Website , salmon are susceptible to outbreak s of sea lice.

Diseases

Many farmed fish–such as salmon, bass and cod–are carnivorous. They require large amounts of protein to sustain their fast growth and energy requirements. This protein is often derived from smaller bait fish ground up into pellets. Yet it takes five pounds of fish-meal to create a pound of salmon, according to the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. This is an inefficient conversion rate.

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Fish farmers should avoid rearing fish in enclosed proximities. Thus if a fish contracts a contagious virus, it won’t spread easily to the other fish in the firm.

Biz Fluent states that there has been an increasing concern with fish farming practices. People are not certain of which food sources are used to feed the farmed fish. According to EnvironmentalExpert.com, it has been a practice not yet determined to be a sustainable. We are also not sure if this will also strain wild fish stock.

Sustainability is an Issue

One of the disadvantages of fish farming is that most farms are put into natural lakes or saltwater coastal regions where local fish exist. The problem occurs when these farmed fish negatively impact the area by introducing toxic micro organisms which then infect local fish and put them at risk of being killed off. It is not widely known among scientists or fish farmers what the true impact of these fish farms will be on the local ecosystem, especially when the fish being introduced are not native to the area.

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Some consumers in the United States found out that highly recommended salmon (a fish they had been advised to several times a week) was tainted with mercury and PCB’s. There are simply a lot of questions to ask on this.

Most of the concerns that surround fish arise from the crowding together of thousands of fish in their environment. Research shows that chemical used to treat the pests and disease that afflict fish in these concentrated number affect the entire ecosystem.

Growing Concern on Fish Farming

Fish in captivity must be fed. Some species are herbivores or omnivores; species like shrimp and salmon are carnivorous and must be fed on other fish. According to Time magazine, “It takes a lot of input, in the form of other, lesser fish — also known as ‘reduction’ or ‘trash’ fish — to produce the kind of fish we prefer to eat directly.

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In many areas water is heavily polluted from agricultural runoffs, industries and sewages, notably China. It is a great concern when it comes to eating fish raised in such environments. 

Conclusion

Fish farming, whether as an art in Aquascaping or economic activity, has been practiced for hundreds of years. In the world today, fish farming produces a wide variety of both saltwater and freshwater finfish, mollusks and crustaceans. The major challenge of Aquascaping is lack of sufficient water and land.

The benefits of Aquascaping Plants

The benefits of Aquascaping Plants

What first comes to your mind when you look at an aquarium? For most people, the size and design of the tank isn’t often the first thing that grabs attention. Instead, it’s the plants and animals in the water. Plants aren’t just decorations that make an aquatic environment exotic. And if you have been treating them that way then there is one more thing that you have forgotten: the benefits.

An article published on Aquarium Info shows that plants aren’t just used to balance the water environment in the sense of putting them together with plants and other objects. They also help in reducing algae.

Plants Can Help Reduce Algae in Aquarium

Growth of algae in the aquarium can be both irritating and relentless. Aquatic plants have the benefit of competing with the algae for key nutrients. These nutrients (Iron, Nitrates, Potassium & Trace Elements) are key to all plant growth in the aquarium. By adding plants that consume these nutrients from the water column it is possible for the plants to starve the algae.

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We know for a fact that algae is an unwanted plant. And that means we have no reason to let them thrive in the aquarium tank. The best way to control the algae is to ensure the tank has plants.

An aquarium with fish but without plant isn’t quite balanced. Home Aquaria states that animals like fish are very territorial, which means they are highly likely to do well in areas that have aquatic plants. 

Aquatic Plants Create Home for Water Animals

Sometimes certain species of fish can be very territorial. Plants allow different species of livestock to coexist by providing cover and protection. Some types of fish even breed and lay eggs on the leaves of the plants. With the presence of plants, the ratio of number of fish per gallon is greatly increased.

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If you are wondering whether to include fish-friendly plants in the tank, this would be the best time to start doing so.

The Aquarium Guide gives another good reason why Aquascaping plants are important. According to the author, the plants make a great source of food for the fish in your aquarium. By including them, your fish can have food to eat in the event that you have forgotten to feed them.

Plants Are Additional Source of Food

Do not worry; your fish will not devour your real plants in a few weeks. You feed them every day and they seem happy with this,but what if you forget to feed them for a few days? This situation occurs occasionally and real plants can be their salvation.

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Of course, the fish won’t consume all the plants. And most of the time they won’t even be interested. But since they are omnivores, they will need to eat plants once in a while, a good reason to have plants in your aquarium.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, natural plants have many health advantages. They are not like plastic plants. Plastic plants aren’t a good source of food for fish, they don’t create a good animal environment either. With real aquatic plants, you create a real natural environment.

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