All posts by Fran Marshall

Fran Marshall
Fran is OATA certified and has been keeping and working with fish for more than 10 years. She has multiple tanks, including Marine fish-only and reef systems. Her main passion is in keeping nano systems, both freshwater and marines, and overcoming the challenges they bring.

The Future of Fish Feeding

As with most aspects of life, the best nutrition for our pets is something we learn about constantly, and we are constantly aiming to improve all aspects of their husbandry, diet included. As each year passes and we gain more knowledge, the top brands are able to grow and develop to incorporate all this new information. Vitalis Aquatic Nutrition is one of these companies, that has been able to co...

Protecting Your Pond – Stopping Herons and other Predators

It’s every pond owners’ nightmare – perfecting your pond, getting it all set up with your beautiful fish, and then some pesky bird coming through and attacking them. But how do you stop them? There are lots of products available on the market, but do they really work? The products out there all have their pros and cons, but which is right for you?The most advanced option, and therefore t...

Pond Diseases – Part 2

So last week we looked at parasites in the pond specially, but that’s not the only thing that can cause problems for your fish. It’s worth knowing other diseases that make your fish sick, and it’s important to be able to identify them to ensure they don’t run riot and cause any serious devastation in your system.UlcersUlcers are usually very obvious, and are first noticeable as an ...

Parasites in your Pond – Part 1

Parasites in your pond can be a major cause of concern. They can quickly spread and cause devastation to your system. Recognising the signs and symptoms can save a lot of disruption and heartache. We’ve put together a group of common pond parasites to watch out for. Next week, check back for other common health issues for fish in ponds, followed by health concerns for aquariums too.White Spo...

Air Pumps – are they just another thing to buy?

Air pumps in ponds – do you really need one? What purpose do they serve? In fish tanks, air pumps have become more a visual feature than a required piece of kit, blowing nice bubbles, which although obviously helps in the tank, most modern internal or external filters would cope perfectly well without.So does this go for ponds too? No is the answer. Air pumps can make a dramatic difference t...

Helping Wildlife Thrive in your Garden

Garden pond with pond plants

It’s that time of year. Everything is blooming, growing, breeding. From the lambs dancing in the fields, the influx of insects, and the first butterfly you spot, all are signs of the new season. Nature knows what it’s doing, but sometimes it can do with a helping hand. Here’s some tips of what you can do to help out nature near your pond. Have a pondFirst, just having a pond...

Tank Light Bulbs: What colours do you need?

 When it comes to lighting for your fish tank, it can be a minefield. Not only are there different fittings of bulbs to consider, but also it seems an infinite amount of variations in colours and names – is there really that much difference in them?Firstly, let’s look at the basics. If you’re looking for high spec lighting for marine corals for example, this isn’t for you. Tha...

Custodians: Your freshwater aquarium ‘clean-up’ crew

Plecostomus

When problems with algae appear in your aquarium, it’s all too easy to jump straight to the chemical solutions, but keeping a set of aquarium custodians or ‘Clean-Up Crew’ can be just as effective, and far more natural when it’s done right.The phrase ‘clean-up crew’ has been around since the 1980’s, and has been used by professional aquarists and vendors all over, and refers to o...