Quick and Simple Aquarium Maintenance Tips

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An aquarium can be a great accessory to the home – it’s simple to care for, therapeutic to look at, and kids love them – but how do you make sure the tank stays healthy? Maintaining the tank is a very important aspect when it comes to keeping your fish healthy, and you should be offering it a good clean-up every couple of weeks. Luckily, if you forget to clean, you’ll have a noticeable reminder – see that greenish water? That’s a sign that your tank is already past due for cleaning.

501fish_tankYour fish require oxygen to breathe, but oxygen can be quite tough to come by in an aquarium that’s been left without attention for too long. The more dirt and debris that’s left to float around in the tank, the less oxygen the water can carry. And if the tank is unclean, it’s likely that your fish are having difficulties to thrive. Also, algae can start to form in messy aquariums. Algae itself isn’t extremely troublesome (however it certainly doesn’t look good), but it’s when the algae sets out to die off, then things turn wrong. Perishing algae consumes a massive amount of oxygen, and in serious cases it can in fact eliminate all the oxygen from the fish tank.

Getting rid of algae from your tank is not that hard, all you need is a special algae pad, available in most aquarium stores. Use this pad to clean off any algae from the inside of the tank. If some of it is difficult to come off, use a clean, firm brush to carefully scrub it away from the glass.

If you clean your tank on a regular schedule, you only need to change close to 15 to 20 percent of the water each time. This is just plenty to give the aquarium a good renewal. If you’ve been a bit negligent in cleansing your aquarium, shoot to change around 25 percent. If you’re not certain, then talk with a professional.

500aquariuzWhen doing the water change, use a manual siphon, pulling the required amount of water out into a bucket. Get rid of the water and fill the bucket with the same amount of fresh water that’s been raised to the right temperature for the variety of fish you own. Coldwater fish are most happy in temperatures of around 18 degrees Celsius, and tropical fish in temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius.

Remember that fish are not use-and-throw pets, and if you decide on to keep them in your household they are worth taking the time to care for appropriately. Like any pet, your tropical fish need a clean, harmless and stress-free living conditions. It’s up to you to make that happen, and it’s not as difficult as it seems!
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Choosing an Aquarium Stand

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Whatever the tank size, it’s necessary to have sturdy support dependent not only on the aquarium size, but the filled weight of the tank. The biggest mistake made by tank owners is underrating the weight of the aquarium when it is filled with water. Having a proper stand is as important as selecting the right fish to put in it! A large, heavy aquarium, without a stable stand to support it, will end up in one big mess. Keep your home safe and clean with a proper tank stands. Your fish will thank you. You will want to position your aquarium on a stand that will be able to hold its entire weight. You also want to be sure that the floor is able to support the total weight of the tank and stand.500aquariumstand

Water weighs more than you can first imagine, it’s adding around eight pounds per gallon to your tank. Plus to the water, you’ll be adding substrate for the bottom that is also quite heavy. The weight of a twenty gallon glass tank can really be anywhere from twenty five pounds to well over two hundred pounds when it is filled with water, decorations and gravel.

You can also plan and make your own stand, or have the tank built into the wall. Wooden stands are cheap, and easy to cut and put together. A stand made of wood needs to be able to carry the weight, but it’s easy to go crazy. Using excess wood means less room around for equipment, and doesn’t make the stand any stronger. You can easily over-build your stand and it can look plain ugly.

Steel fish tank stands are built by welding tubing together to create a structure. Usually more expensive to create than wood, but it’s very strong. The steel frame is always much smaller than wood frame in size, so that frees up a lot of useful space around the tank.

Selecting Lures for Effective Fishing

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Fish have been existing for more than 400 million years and are exceptional beings. Over the hundreds of centuries, they have made many amazing adaptations to make it through in the marine environment.

Every spring, the tackle shelves of local hobby retailers are stuffed with eye-catching displays of the latest lures in variety colors, intended to catch the attention of keen fish. Most tackle boxes are stuffed with lures of every tone, and Lureeach fishing trip is a study of what color bait will encourage the fish that day. However, some key points of vision and the habits of light as it goes down water can make lure choice more scientific. Most fish see colors. As with humans, the retina of a fish’s eye has two forms of cells: cones and rods. Cones are put to use for day vision and are the cells that determine color. Rods are used for night vision and could not differentiate colors, even though they can determine light intensity.

The light that humans see is just a tiny part of the overall electromagnetic radiation that is acquired from the sun. We see what is known as the observable spectrum. The actual colors within the observable spectrum are identified by the wavelengths of the light: the longer wavelengths are red and orange; the shorter wavelengths are green, blue, and violet. Quite a few fish, however, can see colors that we do not, such as ultraviolet.

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Location, weather, water depth, and even time of year play part in determining on how useful your lure will be. Wavelengths of light get immersed by water at varied depths – red and orange are the first to disappear, with violet being the last. So red might work near the surface, but if you’re heading deep you’ll want something violet on the end of your line. Uli-Beyer.com have done some in depth research into the influence of water depth on color reflectivity and fluorescence (in both, fresh and sea water), and have found that fluorescent lures can have a noticeable benefit on your results. There are those, obviously, who have asked whether these lures are just nifty gadgets.

At first glance, this way of light and color loss underwater makes a travesty of the significance of color in lures anywhere beyond low, ultra-clear situations, yet anglers around the world will keep on arguing that one color is better than another, perhaps in deep-water jigging. The crazy thing is, if you ask six fishers for their viewpoint on the most efficient lure color, you’re likely to get six different answers. Maybe it’s time we moved color to the bottom of the list of standards when selecting a lure or fly, and positioned far greater focus on the size, action and profile.
As you can see, light and color can get rather challenging. But let’s remember what we are trying to accomplish: catch a fish! Fish are not very smart, and they assault their prey as an instinctive behavior. This is a complex endeavor, of which color can often be an important part, but only if the fish can see the color.